Let Your Fabric Speak
to choose the right fabric for your project. Does it ravel? Is the
weight suitable? What style pattern are you using? Will the fabric you
want drape or will it be stiff? Where will you be wearing the fabric?
the character of your fabric with quilting. Metallic
threads to liven up quiet fabric. Create two jackets from just one
pattern by changing the style of the collar and closure.
a special vest and learn which binding method works best for you: knit
binding, woven bias, self bias or rib knit trim.
Create "puzzle" fabric by binding pieces of fabric with bias edges. Use
commercial or self bias binding. Quilt that fabric for even more
interest. Make a vest, tote bag
and even a clutch purse. Chapter 109 shows you how to make
for a jacket with old
blue jeans and embellish with faux suede Wisteria. Embellish
jacket with colorful wisteria cut from suede.
Suave As Suede
faux suede like a pro: Choose the correct patterns, determine proper
amounts. Lay out your pattern to reduce
waste. Techniques for pressing, stitching, fasteners explored.
Use your scraps to update a boring jacket, skirt, anything..
may come and go, but when they are back, make
coordinating belts for any outfit. Fleece core belt procedures.
The Midas Touch
fabrics: follow a few simple rules
for handling. Learn needles, fusible materials, pressing. Create
a gold lame' blouse, embellish a sheer overblouse with the left over
lame'. Don't forget the bag and belt, which are also shown.
Suits Me To A Tshirt
basic T-shirt pattern you already have turns into dozens of day or
night blouses, suit jackets, even
a maternity top.
Shirley uses this T-shirt method to make metallic fabric tops like the
one above, too!
jeans to create jackets and vests, then add
shag, suede, fringe, or add dozens of buttons, rhinestones or studs.
lace and fabric embellishments to
add feminine flair to a simple denim jacket.
Shag on old cotton jacket. See
did the trick!
collarless suit changes dramatically with neckline insets, Battenberg
lace collars, a decorative lapel, or a sailor collar.
techniques: flat, dimensional, lace, suede. Multiple methods to make a
ever elegant wrap for warmth and style. A ruana is similar but larger,
like a poncho. Convert them into shirts or coats when no longer in
for the patternless blouse: measure your neck, add a touch of ease,
fold your fabric, cut out that neck area (template shown), cut out