Monday, July 23, 2007

Classic T-shirt & Picchu-Picchu Sweater

I finished off a sweater this week that I started earlier this year. It was a free pattern from

It is made from Berroco Ultra Alpaca a blend of 50% Alpaca and 50% wool. It is a wonderfully soft yarn! Skill level is rated as intermediate. I made it in size Small.

The T-shirt is made from a Pucci inspired print that I found in New York during our Springtime in NY trip. I used Cecelia Podolak's Classic T-shirt pattern #109. It is one of the best fitting T-shirt patterns I have found! I have now made several master patterns with various scooped necklines traced off of my ready to wear favorites. This T-shirt neckline is scooped more than the original pattern. I like this pattern so much that I am offering a 10% discount and free shipping until Aug. 14. E-mail me at for this special offer.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Leather Jacket

Green is the new black! These are the buzz words I have been hearing for the past month.
This is the leather jacket I made this week using Material Things The Classics Fitted Jacket pattern #108. It will be the sample for the West Coast Leather workshop I am teaching in Vancouver August 19-24. Cecelia Podolak's patterns can be viewed at The pattern was designed for leather and makes good use of the skins. Ce's patterns fit like better ready to wear. Her guide sheets are packed with great industry tips.
The jacket is made from beautiful lambskin, which was dyed various shades of green. The coloring is similar to jade. It has a front zipper closure and invisible zipper front pockets. The sleeves have small slits, allowing them to be worn down or turned back. I highlighted the seaming with edge stitching.
To encourage you to try sewing on leather, I am offering this pattern at 10% discount with free shipping until Aug. 5, 2007. E-mail me at for this special offer.
With this pattern and my Sewing Leather CD you can give leather a try!

Friday, July 13, 2007

New Suede Skirt

This summer I am working on several new leather garments to help promote my new Sewing Leather CD this fall. Here is a great suede skirt made from one skin using Simplicity 9825. I omitted the CF seam and put an invisible zipper in the back. The yoke makes good use of the skin. The skin was purchased with the tie dye print. The top is Vogue 2814, an Issey Miyake, pattern. It is made from a lightweight wool jersey. I washed the jersey first on a delicate cycle in cold water. It felted just slightly. The neck and hem edges are raw and top stitched.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Vogue 8397

Here are the new pants from Marcy Tilton's trio of pants pattern for Vogue. I love the pants! They are very fast and easy to make up and comfortable to wear. I made them out of a rayon blend doubleknit from It has the perfect weight and drape. Fiber content is: 38% rayon, 35% polyester, 23% nylon and 4% spandex.
The pants have vertical seams in the front, which make them very slimming.