On November 8, 2013 we had pleasure to host a party to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of PatternReview.com
The guest list was covering two pages: sewing bloggers, Vogue Patterns
magazine editors, fashion designers, and Deepika herself! The fact that Deepika was attending the party was an absolutely pleasant surprise for everyone!
The theme of our party was Little Black Dress, and, according to that, all guests were asked to put on their own "LBD" and join the celebration. As famous LBD in the 21st century can allow itself broaden the borders and become simply a creative statement, our guests beat the record and we got the best of the best on that night!
When having great people, it is a challenge to be great hosts, but we tried and did our best. The night was spiced up with Fashion Trivias, a PR (aka PatternReview.com) contest, LBD Runway, music and Friday night refreshments.
Fashion Trivias were such fun; it turned out that fashion history was like 2+2 for our guests, but guessing the fiber content of the fabric with their eyes closed was not the easiest one, however, they truly enjoyed it.
It is the fact that all our guests are experienced sewers, besides that they are outstandingly talented. And that's why we had a special PR contest for them. Ten people made up two teams: "Velvet" and "Remnants". Having a couple of small fabric stashes, 40 pins and 15 minutes, they had to create "The Year 2020 Look" Their spontaneous creativity and unprecedented team work impressed us. The rest of audience compared the looks and chose the winning team - "Remnants".
The winners were rewarded with beautiful prizes: Chanel Brocade and New York Print Viscose Knit.
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The party reached its apex, when our guests participated in a special Runway, demonstrating their self-made LBDs.
We wish Mlle Coco could see it! Oh, that was superb, and you do not expect anything else when dresses are fantastic! After the secret voting, three winners stepped up on the pedestal: Cathy (Peter Lappin's cousin) - Winner #1, Kyle - Winner #2, and Mary - Winner #3
After so much laugh and fun the evening smoothly entered the part of PR Birthday Cake cutting and Champagne glasses clinking. The guests chatted for a short while more and, finding it to be a hard decision, had to leave... but to return again!
We want to thank everyone who came to join the celebration! Those who could not make it this time, we felt your strong desire to be with us!
We certainly will get together again!
With Fabriclove, Elliott Berman Textiles
These two dresses are among the simplest and most stunning projects I've undertaken. I refer to them as Street Scene and Sunrise. They are fabulous because they take full advantage of the beautiful fabric, require minimal time and fuss, and are straightforward to sew.
The fabrics really make the dress. They both are French digitally printed viscose jersey from Elliott Berman Textiles
. The colors are clear and the prints are beautifully defined. They were easy to sew and unlike many lightweight knits, did not curl at the cut edge.
I used Kwik Sew 3561
which is essentially 2 pieces – the front, back and the sleeves. Any simple dress pattern for knits would work.
The pattern I used suited my purposes because it was very easy to vary. I have varied it several times.
And this is my how-to-do instructions:
1. I made solid sleeves, picking up one of the colors in the print. I found this showcases the print.
2. Instead of turning the edge of the neckline under, I added a neckband. For Sunrise I used the printed fabric. For Street Scene I used the sleeve fabric.
As to make the neckline as flawless as possible on this type of dress is quite critical, this is how I managed it:
I cut a strip of fabric 4 cm wide and 5/6 of the circumference of the neckline. The neckline took as long as the rest of the garment and it was worth the extra care. I carefully marked out on the band where the center back, center front and the shoulder seams are. I placed the band seam center back, folded the band in half lengthwise and stretched it as I sewed. For the Street Scene I only sewed one edge of the band to the neckline and hand-stitched the other on the wrong side.
3. The Sunrise dress has a 2-layer strip of a soft black net-like knit attached all the way around. I did this because I did not want to have the dress to finish with the lightest color at the hem.
Elliott Berman Textiles thinks that Jean's sewing project is very inspiring!
Take a great print and make something easy and effective!
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I like to call this cape "Winter is Coming" as I was watching through (or listening, on the tricky bits of the cape) all the episodes of "Game of Thrones" and love the North, the cold and the fur all the characters wear. Being a proud, cold-loving Canadian gal, I can tell all of you as well that winter really is coming! I wore this out this past Friday at 0°C (32°F), and it was quite warm, so I am confident that it is going to handle the lower temperatures.
The cape is actually a Vogue 8776 pattern, view C, which is the longest of the three capes. While it is an "Easy Vogue"
, I rarely do any of the Easy Vogues in an "easy" way! I used a lovely wool/cotton boucle I bought from Elliott Berman Textiles
Yard End sale for it. I interfaced all the fabric to give it more body, using sew in interfacing and many small stitches. Once that was done I took a wool that I used from a previous knitting project and ran it through the warp and the weft on a wool needle to give the fabric a more three dimensional and rustic feel (you can see that in the close up of the neck)
The trim and the neck exterior are recycled deer hide, three large pieces that used to line a coat, bought from an Etsy vendor (FabulousFabricFinds
) . The neck is so warm and cozy, a real delight to wear as you can tell from the closeups.
For closures I sent away to a lady online on Etsy (thewoodsmanswife
) who makes toggle buttons and jewelry from antlers shed by deer. They are attached on leather thong, attached inside in between the lining and outer boucle layer. I used grommets on the boucle layers for a more professional finish.
For lining there is a standard brown kashka lining (satiny on one side and fuzz on the other)
I ran the trim all the way down the front, the hem, around the armholes and the pockets. All the fur was hand attached using fur needles, pliers and was reinforced from the inside so the stitches won't tear through.
I have been wanting a cape since the trend started in the last 2-3 years, but I was never able to find one I liked. Now I have it!
Happy winter everyone!
(Sewn and written by Jennifer Byers)
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This is a dress made by another original and talented designer and fabriclover Olga B. It is made of our Italian woolen brocade in rich brown and green fig leaf with slight satin finish.
The dress is based on Olga's own design and that makes it absolutely unique.
The fabric is very flattering in the upper body. As Olga suggests it would look good on someone with a larger bust and gives fullness to someone with a smaller bra size. If you have a complex pattern, the fabric blends together nicely and looks continuous across seam lines. To see more Olga's designs, visit her shop Sofia Fiodor on Etsy
If you got inspired by this classic and elegant dress, shop at www.elliottbermantextiles.com for the same fabric available in rich navy blue/black colors as well.
We would love to introduce our intern and future fashion designer Amanda Lalite. Her sewing talent does not know limits and she goes on creating her own patterns. Here is one of her latest sewing projects on making a stylish outfit made of our stretch jacquard.
I used this beautiful Peach Silk stretch Jacquard
from Elliott Berman Textiles
to create a flirty matching outfit that is very comfortable and perfect for going out.
I made a racer back crop top that flares out a little and a slip-on mini skirt with pockets and no zipper. During the construction, I thought of using the reverse side of the fabric on the back of the top, inside of the pockets, and as a border at the hem of the skirt would add a great amount of contrast and contribute to the overall design.That's a technique I love to use and often seek fabrics that have a interesting "wrong" side as the contrast is always interesting to me. I believe this makes the outfit more modern and special.
The silky gloss is really beautiful and prefect for a special event or just for a day you want to feel pretty.
The one difficulty I had working with this fabric was its stretch and making sure it didn't affect the appearance of the fabric and how it lays. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the outcome of this design and love the fabric!
Sewing machines and skills do not only give us an opportunity to spend time doing what we love but save us money, especially when it comes to designer items. We all love scarves, and certainly had times when tried to make some of those ourselves. Was it cotton gauze or voile, silk or mohair knit?
Jennifer Byers shares with us her project sewing a scarf with Dolce & Gabbana digital print silk. You might say that it is not a challenge, however, the scarf hems can be troublesome to sew and hand-rolling (the neatest manner)requires pure patience and attention.
And here is what Jennifer shares: “I am hand rolling the edges on that gorgeous D&G fabric. It is delight to work with! It is a slippery fabric but it is not hard to work with because it has a bit of "tooth" on the surface, which helps me keep a grip of it. It has a bit of body as well, more than other sheers and silks”
The pattern which Joen used to make this beautiful tunic is quite easy. As Joen says the fabric was wonderful to work with and so comfortable for the hot summer days. "The neckline was sewn per the pattern instructions which is twisted as you see, but you decide now many twists you want to add to your neckline", says Joen. She altered the sleeve length and gave it a looser fit to be more comfortable wearing.
Laura Huston and her Colette Patterns Laurel Dress require special attention. Laura’s dress became one of the winners 'Best Use of Print' in Colette Patterns’ Laurel sewing contest on May 21, 2013 It is pleasure for Elliott Berman Textiles to be a part of it.
As we have brought your attention to the ruffled neckline of the dress, Laura shares some tips on sewing it:
“For the neckline create two pieces of bias tape out of the material: A) 1-1/4 x 2 yards B) 1/2 inch single fold bias x 2 yards. Piece A is folded lengthwise, RS out. Put this folded strip through the ruffling foot, after testing several sample strips to get the right amount of tuck. Then bast this ruffled strip to the RS of the neckline, raw edges together. Piece B, single fold bias, is placed RS down on top of the ruffle and sewn at the first fold. The bias tape and ruffle are then turned to the inside of the garment (pressed/clipped) and the last step is to turn the second fold of the bias under and slip stitch, again to the inside of the garment”
As you know sewing for us is not just some hobby but a part of our life. For Laura it is even more than that:
“I took up sewing to deal with a pain condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. To have fun recognition like this does more for me than you can imagine!"
This is an haute-couture master class from Jennifer Byers - "Vogue Skirt 8697" made of our Chanel Wool Boucle and Silk Organza as interlining. Exclusive sewing project! If you want to know more details on how to sew it, follow Jennifer's Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/67885758@N06/
Jennifer's Vogue Skirt 8697 is not the only Haute-Couture sewing project she began using our Italian Wool Boucle from Chanel. You will be astonished to know her special techniques on sewing Chanel jacket and pants. Stay with us and find out all about it in the next post from Jennifer.