Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hi everyone,

Since Color Me Chic is our newest pattern, I thought I would talk with you about it today.  

Color Me Chic

First, I'll show you the envelope illustration.

We've included a jacket that's soft or structured depending on the fabric you select.  It's so easy to make that you might want at least a couple of them.  (I'll talk to you in another post about the top.)

Louise made her first jacket in the shorter length in a fairly firm fabric. She did not add a fastening to the fronts, choosing to let them drape.

She made her second jacket in the longer length and added a fastening.  The versatility of this design is great.

I chose a Japanese linen for my first jacket, so it's a bit softer than either of Louise's jackets.  I let the front of my jacket drape, and I love the look.  It seems to go with the softness of the colors and print.

I really like the collar worn up, as above, but you can also wear it folded down a little, if that's your preference.

If you've used our patterns for a few years, you may have noticed that we have changed to much deeper back neck facings.  They give a collar a much more solid foundation to stand on.  And as a bonus, they look really pretty when your jacket is hanging in your closet and you see the right side of fabric in the neckline.  Here's how mine looks.  It's topstitched in place right next to the serging and just below the collar seam (and yes, I was so short on fabric that I had to piece the facing!).

I'll show you the pocket too.  On the shorter version of the jacket, the pocket extends into the hem.  On the longer jacket, the pocket stays in the same place, so the jacket extends below it.  You would simply finish the bottom of the pocket rather than letting it extend into the hem.  As you can see, I managed to match the line of bubbles.  Maybe that's why I was forced to piece that back facing!

And here's the view of the jacket showing the pocket in place.

Now that I'm looking at the photos, I've noticed that the "bubbles" echo on the right front facing.  How cool is that!?  Lucky break for me, as I was so short on fabric.  

I wore this jacket in Puyallup and Atlanta this year and was quite comfortable.  Give it a try--I think you'll find it easy to make and easy to wear, and you can make lots of variations of it.

You can always contact us at the website:   Let me know if you have suggestions for future blog topics.  In the meantime, you can join in the conversation over at the Facebook Forum.   Louise checks in regularly to answer your fitting and sewing questions, and you can see what other sewers are creating.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hi everyone,

We're so excited to bring you inspiration, specific tips, wardrobe planning, sewing techniques, fabric info, pattern restyling, pretty pictures, pattern alterations, sewing tools, interfacing info, and whatever else we dream up in our quiet moments.  So here's our first installment of our thoughts about sewing.  I hope you enjoy it!!


Here's a great tip from Louise about how she came up with the casing to shape the collar on the Fun With Fabric jacket.  Wouldn't you know it--right after the pattern was printed, a light bulb went off in her head.  She went right into her sewing room and brought her idea to life.  Here are her instructions for adding a casing and tie (or ribbon) so the collar can gently gather and add a frame around the face, making the jacket even prettier.


  • The garment was totally finished.  I wanted the stitching to go through both layers of the collar...if the casing was only attached to the underside of the would not gather the top collar correctly and would just 'bunch' up in clumps.

Step 1: Creating the casing. 

  • The drawstring casing is ¾" wide, finished (I started with 1¼" wide). Staystitch at ¼" along both long sides and turn and press the 1/4" edges to the wrong side. I made the casing 25" long...but this would really depend on the size jacket you were making. You want the drawstring casing to stop about 3"- 4" back from the vertical front fold of the band on the underside of the collar when folded into the final from the top side of the collar you only see 2 rows of stitching...faintly.  I turned the two short front sections of the drawstring casing back ¼" and stitched them before applying the casing to the underside of the garment collar.

  • I put 1/4" Steam-a-Seam along the long ¼" turned back edges of the casing as close to the edge fold as possible. The placement for the drawstring casing is 1½" above the neckline where the collar joins the body of the garment at the center back and parallel to the top edge fold of the collar band. This is placement for the long bottom edge of the casing. Make sure the casing is parallel to the top fold of the collar and centered so both ends are the same distance back from the front band fold.
  • Stitch the upper and lower long edges of the drawstring casing. Pull all threads to the underside and tie off at all four corners on the under side of the collar so no back stitching is visible on the top collar. It's all in the details!

  • The long drawstring is ½" wide finished and 45" long.   Note that this drawstring was cut on the straight of the grain because I didn't have enough fabric for a bias cord.   I was using 45" fabric, so I have the selvage at both ends of the drawstring and knotted the ends after the drawstring was slipped through the casing.


Here the collar is pulled it up just slightly to make it stand on its own. That's it, you're finished!

Another Fun with Fabric (under the yellow top) jacket with a decorative ribbon for the casing

And of course you can see the pattern and all the fabulous fabrics you can use to make it at