Wraps, wraps, wraps

Wraps are the perfect accessory for Fall.  They can go from casual to very dressy.  One of my favorite wrap tops is Silhouette Patterns Collette’s One-Piece Wrap http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/html/patterns/p_083.htm

This wrap takes about 2 hours start to finish!

This wrap is a stretch wool from Mood Fabrics

I made it for my daughters rehearsal dinner, just a light wrap to keep the chill off – her wedding was in March and it can be cold in New England.  It has no stretch, but the drape is soft and the gold thread makes it very dressy!

The blue mohair wrap below is also a Mood Fabric find.  It is almost like a fuzzy blanket!



My everyday – go to wrap – is a soft two-way stretch jersey from Joann’s.  The black goes with everything, it is just enough on my shoulders and looks modern. The smooth drape mkes it comfy to wear and always looks great!

My Wraps and Scarfs class includes this pattern.  All students can complete this wrap and the results are outstanding.

Happy Sewing,


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Alexander McQueen Tartan Skirt

I have been reading Alexander McQueen Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson.  McQueen was such a tragically brilliant soul.  His work is thought provoking and on the edge.  I decided to give one of his tartan skirts a go.  They are beautifully cut an like a puzzle.  The inspiration I gained from his magnificant work with plaids, really challenged my math and cutting skills.

McQueen’s skirt is basically a high/low A-line bias cut skirt.  Sounds easy, right?  Not so much.  Without being able to examine the skirt in person, I needed to go with the photo as my inspiration.  I would never assume I could cut this the way McQueen did, but I think I embodied the spirit of his design.

Since I was fairly unsure of how this would work out, I used and inexpensive plaid flannel from Joanne’s and a lining I had in my stash.

I cut two skirt backs, one side at a time to ensure the plaid match.  I cut one front piece on the bias, one half at a time.  Next, I cut the front off-center and then removed a few inches from each side of the cut.  I purchased 3 yards of fabric, cutting on the bias requires a fairly large amount of fabric, so I had about a yard left to cut the center panel which needed to be pleated.  I’m sure McQueen cut this as one piece, and I might try to figure that out at another time.  Today, however, I cut the center panel on the grain, sewed it to the left and right front panels and then used a French Curve to connect the high to the low.

Matching the plaid at the side and back seams was easy because I took care with the cutting.  The bias cut gives the skirt a beautiful drape and makes it fun to wear.  It moves softly when you walk.


Once the front was assembled, I cut the lining as one piece for the front and two back pieces.  I connected the flannel front assembly to the back pieces,  The next step was to sew the flannel to the lining at the hem line.  They matched up pretty well, I under stiched and top stiched the hem to prevent rolling.  Since the fabric is fairly inexpensive and cut on the bias, I expect it will sag after a certain amount of time, but it’s not the kind of skirt you can wear every week for several years, so I’m okay with it.

After the hem was finished I basted the lining to the skirt at the waist and worked out the pleats for the front panels.  I added 3 small pleats to give the front edge a quiet nod to a kilt.  Final steps were adding the waist band, back zip and a hook and eye.

I’m pretty happy with this skirt, it’s a fun addition to my Fall wardrobe.  It looks sophisticated and contemporary.

Find things you love and make them.

Sew What’s Fabulous,





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