Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Material Matters - Stuck Choosing the Right Fabric?

Love to sew? But sometimes we get stuck deciding which fabric to use for what pattern. Linda Lee has sorted through her successes and failures and is ready to tell all her secrets. Learn about fabrics that drape well and take off 10 pounds. Discover which fabrics maintain their beauty for years, which ones are easiest to sew and those to avoid.

Seminar Code 953s1: This 45 mintue seminar with Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop takes place Sun Oct 23 at 3:00 pm at the Creativ Festival in Toronto.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fashioned in Silk: Silk--an all-purpose fabric?

Mimosa Top in Silk
Mimosa Top in Silk
Are you intimidated by silk fabrics? Do you consider it too delicate? Too hard to sew? Too expensive? Let Linda Lee show you how to incorporate this beautiful and versatile fabric into your everyday wardrobe--one that will last for years. Find out how to cut it, sew it, care for it using the right tools, innovative techniques and fashionable styles that bypass trends.

Seminar Code 952s1: This 45 mintue seminar with Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop takes place Sat Oct 22 at 12:00 noon at the Creativ Festival in Toronto.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cool Edges - Interesting Edges are Everywhere!

Verona Jacket Detail
From high fashion couture to trend accessories, there's more to edges than meets the eye. Discover some pretty cool edges from raw and ruffled to trimmed and turned. Learn to make fun fringes, use interesting selvedges and add novelty piping and ribbons. Get a fresh perspective on how to rethink a pattern to add an edge whether it's subtle or daring. See samples and techniques galore for clothes, home decor or fun accessories.

Seminar Code 951s1: This 45 minute seminar with Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop takes place on Fri Oct 21 at 12:00 noon at the Creativ Festival in Toronto.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bonnie Glass, Artwear Designer, Has a Beautiful New Website

Waltzing the World
I've posted about Bonnie here before. But just in case you don't know who she is, Bonnie Glass is an incredibly talented designer and creator of one-of-a-kind garments. She has her own distinct look and her techniques are intricate and precisely executed.

And when I say one-of-a-kind I mean if you are lucky enough to own a Bonnie Glass creation, you will be the only one. Every garment is truly unique.

Bonnie has a new website with a gallery of her past and present garments. If you are looking to own a Bonnie Glass, there are contact details. If you like to sew and want to learn Bonnie's secrets, she is holding classes in her fabulous studio this fall. And Bonnie is the instigator behind the Just for Us Originals wearable art show that takes place in The Living Arts Centre September 23 and 24, in Mississauga.

Quincy Pant - Tapered and Flattering

When I was in Montreal last week, I visited a lovely and chic boutique in the old city. The store clerk insisted I try on a pair of Michael Kors knit pants. I looked at the size 14 label and thought; "Are you kidding me?". But I decided to give it a try. I could barely do up the waistband but surprisingly, the rest of the pant fit pretty well. They were black and therefore slimming, and tapered. Other than the too tight waistband and butt, they looked really, really good!

I decided then that I would make myself a pair of tapered pants when I returned home. The new Quincy Pant from The Sewing Workshop seemed like a good choice. I whipped up a pair using a black cotton spandex woven fabric. I made a few adjustments (having recently created my own pant muslin using the Islander Pants, Etc! workbook) and this trial pair turned out very well.  I made the XXL but I found that it was a little too baggy.

I have now cut out the size XL in a navy Ponte de Roma double knit. I think I'm gonna like these pants a lot. I also have some lovely navy and silver brocade on the cutting table for the Quincy Top. The two garments will make a great outfit for the holiday season.

The Quincy Top & Pant pattern from The Sewing Workshop pattern collection will be available at our Booth #830 at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. Meet Linda Lee, the designer and owner of The Sewing Workshop Collection at our booth during the Creativ Festival.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit - Montreal

There is little that is as tame as the 1999 evening gown shown here in the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. The display of garments from several of the designer's collections are fascinating, provocative and outrageous. Use of animated mannequins, including one of the designer himself, make the display both intriguing and creepy--but very much appropriate. The exhibit is summed up quite nicely on the Museum's website.

Montreal itself is a beautiful city to visit in the summer. The architecture, the wide boulevards and the old city make walking about on a sunny day a true pleasure. Somehow, Montreal seems much more vibrant than at any other time I had visited, with the possible exception of Expo '67.

If you go, be sure to add on another day and visit the textile shops on St. Hubert. There are several, but C&M Textiles and Goodman Textiles are two of note.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oh so many gorgeous fabrics!

If you are coming to the Creativ Festival in Toronto this fall (Oct 21-23) you will be treated to lots of great new fabrics. I am so thrilled to be bringing back the Burmese Silk Blend Bundles. My supplier had discontinued carrying them for about a year and then boom! A special order. These bundles are 3.25 to 3.5 metres in length, about 39" wide. They are handwoven with silk and rayon/cotton and come in lovely colours. The colours blend when you wash the fabrics and they take on a lovely crinkly texture. If you love handwoven, ethnic fabrics, you'll love these.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A New Website, I promise!

After several months of working with programmers to build a new website, I am throwing in the towel!

I'm not a web designer or an HTML programmer, but I know something about creating and maintaining websites. And now I know so much more than I ever dreamed possible.

I have decided that I need a turnkey operation with a lot of technical support to ensure I can get products up quickly and serve customers promptly. So I am now in test mode with one of the best ones and hope to launch very soon.  In the meantime, if you experience a problem trying to visit my website, www.distinctivesewing.com, its only temporary as I work out the glitches.