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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • We Have Luxurious Maiyet Fabrics

    Silk top and shorts from Maiyet A swoon-worthy silk top and short set from Maiyet's 2013 collection

    Luxurious Metallic silk fabric from Maiyet We have this luxurious metallic silk fabric from Maiyet's 2013 collection

    Oooh-La-La Maiyet!

    Have you heard of the New York designer, Maiyet? Until a month ago, I had not. So, when I heard we could get a bundle of luxurious Maiyet fabrics from one of our suppliers, I quickly checked out the company's website. The site took my breath away. And, my quick internet search revealed Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and Reese Witherspoon also love the brand.

    The fine garments sold by Maiyet are lovely and expensive because the Maiyet team is:

    "motivated and empowered by the promise of preserving ancient artisan techniques and elevating the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Bolivia, Japan and Thailand. From textile weaving in Varanasi, India to sourcing cashmere fiber from Outer Mongolia, Maiyet has worked with the world's most extraordinary talents in techniques as diverse hand knitting, macrame, crochet, hand block print development, reverse appliqué, embroidery, batik, shibori, metal working and hand carving."

    I am proud to be able to offer you these one-of-a-kind fabrics. We have between one and five yards of each fabric, so they are going fast. We started with 30 different Maiyet fabrics, and we only have 18 left. Click here to see all the Maiyets we have for sale. Click here to check out the Maiyet website for yourself.

  • Jalie Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Pattern Review

    Eleanore pull-on jeans Front View Eleanore pull-on jeans front view

    Bonnie made a cute pair of Jalie Eleanore Pull-On Jeans out of floral stretch denim -- available here.  They look cute on her, but she did make some major alterations. Here is her review of the pattern:

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

    Yep it did, after many adjustments.

    Were the instructions easy to follow?

    Yes, they were.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

    I loved the style and the use of stretch denim. I didn’t like the lowness of the rise, or the single-layer yoke.

    Fabric used:

    Floral Stretch Denim from The Confident Stitch.

    Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

    After comparing the pattern to a pair of ready-made pull-on jeans I like, I made some changes based on the differences between the pattern and the ready-made jeans. My ready-made jeans had a much higher rise, so I raised the back rise by 3 inches, and the front rise by 1 inch.

    I also had trouble making the waist small enough, so I created a fake fly with 3 hooks, which allowed me to cinch in the waist and still get the pants over my hips.

    Would you sew the Eleanore Pull-On Jeans again? Would you recommend the jeans to others?

    Why, yes I will. I love my pants. I recommend this pattern to intermediate sewers who know how to alter patterns.


    The Eleanore Pull-On Jean is a great pattern for anyone who loves a low-rise. It is also a good pattern for anyone who wants a mid-rise and knows how to make the alteration.


    Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Side View Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Side View

    Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Back View Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Back View

    Eleanore pull-on jeans back pocket detail Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Back Pocket Detail

    Detail of the faux front pocket on the Eleanore Pull-On Jeans Eleanore pull-on jeans faux front pocket detail

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  • Colette Peony Handmade Dress in Stretch Sateen

    colette peony sateen confident stitch Kate in her Colette Peony


    Colette Peony Sateen Confident Stitch Kate in her Stretch Sateen Peony

    Selecting the next sample to make is a collaborative effort around here. One of us has an idea for a perfect fabric/pattern combo, and we all discuss and decide together. Usually, Bonnie makes samples in her or Jane's size, since they are both approximately a size 6 -- the same size as our mannequins -- but, sometimes I luck out, and we decide to make something in a larger size. Enter the Colette Peony! You can find the pattern on our website here.

    Here are Bonnie's answers to the Pattern Review questions about the Colette Peony:

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

    Yes, it did.

    Were the instructions easy to follow?


    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

    I liked the style lines and that Colette Patterns fit Kate in the bust without any alterations. I didn’t like the height of the bateau neckline (too high), and I didn’t like the back sleeve cap ease. I lowered the neckline almost 1 inch, and took out approximately ¾” of the sleeve cap in the back.

    Fabric Used:

    Two black and white stretch sateens: Figure Eights, and Polka Dots. I liked using fabrics with the same colors but different designs for this dress. They were great to sew and fit with, but I narrowed the skirt a few inches because the lack of drape in the fabric made the skirt very wide.

    colette peony sleevecap alteration Bonnie increased the seam allowance for the the sleeve cap in the back to reduce fullness there.

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

    I lowered the neckline almost 1 inch, and took out approximately ¾” of the sleeve cap in the back. I also narrowed the skirt by approximately 3 inches.

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

    Yes and yes. I really love the dress, and the alterations were not difficult.


    One of Colette’s original patterns, this dress is still in style and a great choice for those of us with hourglass figures.


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