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ERROR on Vogue 8561 Skirt Pattern
I've discovered that there is an error on the guidesheet for the skirt in Vogue 8561. Complete instructions including photos are posted on the website on the Tutorial Page where you will also find directions and photos for how to do the Twisted Binding I'm using on t-shirts and more.
In response to many inquiries, I have posted step-by-step instructions to easily insert circles in knit fabrics on the link below. It works with wovens too, but knits are easier and more forgiving. I discovered this playing around and it is a fun way to add a bit of interest to almost any knit. I insert the circles after the garment is cut out.
Both garments below are tweaked versions of Vogue 8497.
|Link to Marcy's T-Shirt Gallery
Scroll down on the page for Holey Moley instructions.
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Come to Paris with Marcy and Nandini
8 Magical, Inspiring and Artful days in Paris
November 15 - 23, 2009
|InnerParis Tour Details|
|InnerParis Registration Details|
|Register for InnerParis|
|A Dozen Reasons to Come To Paris With Marcy & Nandini
See the major Madeline Vionnet Show at the Musee de la Textile et du la Mode
|Sure to be awe-inspiring, this is the first major retrospective of Madeleine Vionnet in Paris. In 1952, Vionnet, made an exceptional donation to the museum: dresses, original drawings, and photographs that trace her work between 1912 and 1939. Madeleine Vionnet, who invented the bias cut, is recognized as being a true artist with fabric and clothing and her work continues to influence contemporary designer like Azzedine Alaia, Issey Miyake, Yojii Yamamoto and John Galliano.
|Imagine yourself sipping a cafe au lait, watching the world go by and writing or sketching in your journal. |
|A pause in the afternoon in Marcy's favorite sidewalk cafe on the Place de Vosges.|
|Visit the Yves St. Laurent archives, here we are in one of the original workrooms, viewing St. Laurent's sketchbooks.|
|Travel, dine, explore, shop and play with a group of kindred spirits!|
|Wandering and discovering tucked away streets.|
|Exploring one of Paris' most beautiful & magical covered passages.|
|A quiet moment in a Paris museum. |
|Shop for Paris fabrics from couture to inexpensive remnants.|
|Amazing ribbons and trims.|
|Fabulous button shopping.|
|Visiting a vintage millinery shop; like stepping back 100 years.|
Design Outside The Lines
June 1 - 5, 2009
Five Pines Lodge, Sisters, Oregon
September 25-28, 2009
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Creativity, Fiber and Sewing Retreats
with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson
Design Outside the Lines retreats offer dynamic and supportive learning environments for all skill levels, beginner to accomplished. Guaranteed to inspire the evolution of your work and ignite your imagination.
We gather in a beautiful place and set up a working studio. Each retreat has its own special theme and flavor...no two are alike! In Sisters, our design focus is on garments. In Taos we focus on divine details, accessories and smaller scale projects. All retreats include lessons on surface design.
Marcy and Diane create the kind of events that sewing enthusiasts and design explorers want to attend, and the results are amazing fun which stimulates growth for all.
|Photos below give a taste of what happens at the retreats.|
|Link to Design Outside the Lines Details|
|Diane and Marcy teach for the group each morning, and work with participants during the open studio.|
|Remy at the design table.|
|DOL studio in Santa Barbara|
|Francesca designing and draping.|
This summer we are offering a few intensive hands-on studio workshops where participants can dive in deeply to develop their skills in sewing, fitting, design, construction and surface design. Work with Nandini and Marcy in a small group setting.
|2 New Marcy Patterns: To be released April 2 |
|Click for more info on Marcy's new patterns|
|Vogue 8582: Knit Tops|
|Vogue 8590: Handbags|
|Spring Pairings: Tasteful Neutrals
Suggestions from my studio to yours to get your spring sewing off to a fresh and creative start. I am showing the pattern envelope with comments as well as including the line drawing and a fabric suggestion. When I am selecting a pattern, I always scrutinize the line drawings, for that tells the true tale about the design of the pattern. AND, I immediately start considering ways to change the pattern to customize it for myself and my wardrobe needs.
At the recent Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Sandra Betzina and I did a fashion show together and it was wonderful to see her patterns made up in many different fabrics and to hear her commentary on how she adapts her designs to different fabrics ranging from simple natural linen to making a high drama coat from an exquisite Indian tablecloth she found in a thrift store!
Spring means separates. It can be cold and rainy one day and balmy the next, so layering is a secret ingredient. Pale tones and spring colors set the mood. One of my consistent spring sewing-wardrobe strategies is to make a new linen or linen-like jacket and pant each spring. One year I use black or grey, the next year I use ivory. The pieces from one year blend and morph together. I fill in with t-shirts and vests that layer---this means the shapes work together: the vest slips on easily under the jacket, the necklines are compatible, the fabrics work together and the shaping of everything flatters my figure.
|Link to see Marcy's garments from the Sewing Expo Fashion Show
This link takes you to MARCY'S CLOSET on her website
Pattern says 'coat', but this makes a great spring shirt/jacket in linen or spring tweed. Sandra Betzina had at least 5 versions in the Sewing Expo fashion show. This is EASY sewing. The fit comes from the darts that add shaping. Sandra's fitting suggestion for those without a defined waist is to straighten out the curve at the waistline on the side seams but keep the darts. I might taper the wide cuff and cut it shorter and make it in white or cream linen.
|Vogue 8534Simple little t-shirt with ready to wear detailing. I love the 3/4 sleeve version with pleating at the neck and I am a great fan of a cut-on/all in one sleeve. Perfect for any of our drapey rayon/lycra or microfiber knits. Gorgeous in color or black or ivory/white or an elegant skin tone. I'd use a solid color so the detailing shows and consider using a contrasting stitching. Notice that the sleeve on this t-shirt works with the sleeve on the coat opposite, and that the neckline detail on the T repeats the darting on the coat---details that really make a difference.|
|Vogue 8561Make the funky European-influenced pant in brown linen denim to wear with the coat/jacket and t-shirt in ivory for a pulled together yet casual look---and the pieces will work with other items in your wardrobe too. |
|...or try the above patterns in the following fabric combination:|
|Spring Fabrics: COLOR|
Hit the refresh button in your spring sewing with color. Here is a sampling of the many new fabrics on our website.
|LINK TO SEE MARCY'S ENTIRE FABRIC COLLECTION|
|Wovens: Linens & Stretch Wovens for Pants, Skirts, Jackets & Vests|
|What Would Nandini Do?
This issue, Nandini's topic is Honoring Humble Tools,.....and she reveals one of her signature trade secrets in an article that begins: One of the first things I do with a new piece of fabric is.......
|Cool Cyber Links|
Power Sewing is a weekly Web-TV show, of 15-20 minutes in length, which covers all aspects of garment sewing. You can watch a sampling of free shows, and then sign up for a subscription of a year, quarterly or pay-per-view. This is the next best thing to taking a class from Sandra, like being right next to her in her studio. Sandra is always on the cutting edge, and her teaching style is fun and practical. A sampling of shows includes topics like: inserting an invisible zipper, setting in a sleeve, embellishment options, getting the pattern to fit you, and includes home dec projects such as: pillows, duvet covers and window coverings!
|Barbara de Jonge
Barbara de Jounge works by cutting, slashing, shredding or otherwise distressing wool fabric before dying, felting and creating her unique edgy and artful creations. LOVE the safety pin sweater!
|Design and print your own designs on fabric
Brilliant concept. Your designs printed on quilting cotton, only $18. yard. Check out the blog too,
|Apparel Arts School in San Francisco
Apparel Arts, a San Francisco Fashion Design School offers courses in pattern making, fashion design, construction, illustration, draping, design principles, grading, textiles, business seminars, tailoring, fit, couture sewing and fabric manipulation. School owner, Suzy Furrer has just released a new book, called Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women's Clothing, which features the French Couture method of patternmaking. (see link to her book below).
Reading and sewing are two of my favorite things in the world. Since sewing became my livlihood & avocation, I've decided that sitting in bed (or hammock), sipping tea and reading is my hobby.
Thanks to the glowing recommendation of Francesca and Mollie, enthusiastic sewing friends, (and Oprah, who said it was her favorite Christmas present), I just purchased a Kindle2 reading device and am thrilled with it.
Marcy says, 2 thumbs up, this is a great way to read and so perfect for travel too.
|Designer Fabric Sale in San Francisco
at Giselle Shepatin's Studio
March 26: 2-5PM
We are having a huge fabric sale with lots of leftovers from all seasons. We are selling fantastic designer fabrics and lots of new remnants from our hidden stashes. The materials include: silks, linens, embroidered fabrics, lace, handwovens,handwoven patchworks, velvets, high end eco friendly fabrics, skeins and cones of fancy yarns, grab bags of scraps, trims, fancy elastics, emblems, and lots of other things too.
Many of the fabrics are designer-coordinated by colors for the season, including our last season's leftovers (look up the Fauna collection on our website www.giselleshepatin.com). We are offering these fabrics to you at wholesale prices. We hope to see you here on March 26 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Questions call 415 355-0500,
From the South Bay:
From 101 North, take the Vermont St. exit. Turn left on Vermont, left on 17th, and then right on Alabama. The building will be on your right, at 375 Alabama.
From 280 North, merge onto 101 North and follow directions from 101, above.
From the East Bay:
Take 80 West, towards San Francisco. Exit at 9th St/ Civic Center. Turn left on Harrison, left on 16th, and right on Alabama. The building will be on your left, at 375 Alabama.
From the North Bay:
From 101 South, turn right on Van Ness. Then turn left on 15th, right on Shotwell, left on 16th, and right on Alabama. The building will be on your left, at 375 Alabama.
There is a buzzer systems to get in the building at the front door, there is an elevator around the corner, once in the building. Take the elevator to the 4th floor, and we are at the end of the hall. The studio number is 490.
As far as parking goes, only street parking is available. In general, it is not too hard to find parking in the afternoon that is relatively close to the building. There are meters on Bryant, near 16th, and that is a short walk. This is hourly parking.
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