Friday, 29 January 2016
The traditional, often quirky, Linton tweeds were accompanied by feather fine pleated dresses. Woolly, natural coloured tweed skirts – with fragments of shaved wood woven in – looked lightweight, with hemlines splaying into full fringes. That nod to nature extended into night-time hours too, one dress had sleeves embroidered with feathered bees, others boasted wooden birds, and of course petal appliques abounded.
There were some interesting styling details especially in accessories: hip holsters which Chanel described as smartphone pouches.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
- should you buy sew-in or fusible interfacing?
- do you need woven, non-woven or knit interfacing?
- what weight of interfacing should you buy (light weight, medium weight, heavy weight)?
- which colour interfacing is most appropriate?
- very textured fabrics – the glue won’t bond well to the fabric
- napped fabrics (e.g. velvet / fur) – the pressing needed to bond the adhesive will crush the fabric
- fabrics that are very heat sensitive – e.g. sequins, metallics, vinyl fabrics (the heat can melt or distort the fabric)
- fabrics with a very loose or open weave e.g. lace, mesh (the glue may seap through to the right side of the fabric)
- Before you apply interfacing to your main fabric, it is worth doing a test using a scrap piece of fabric and interfacing. This will let you check that the weight of the interfacing is suitable and that it results in the right amount of shaping to the garment. If you find the end result is too “stiff”, you should try a lighter weight interfacing; if the result is too flimsy, try a heavier weight.
- When choosing the heat setting, it’s usually appropriate to use the “wool” setting for medium or heavy weight fabrics. For light weight fabrics, use a heat setting slightly higher than that which you would use directly on the fabric (as you have the press cloth as a protecting layer in between). When you do your test piece at the beginning, it’s a good time to check the temperature setting is appropriate – too hot and you’ll damage your fabric, too cool and the adhesive won’t bond to the fabric properly.
- NEVER skip using the press cloth when applying fusible interfacing! Not only does it protect your fabric from excessive heat but it also helps prevent getting any of the adhesive glue on to your iron plate! You may also wish to place a layer of scrap fabric underneath the main fabric, in between the fabric and the ironing board, to prevent any leaks on to your ironing board cover.
Thursday, 31 December 2015
Part of our Contemporary Classics Collection, Beth’s flattering silhouette features a relaxed and stylish empire line fit with a back closure. Following our illustrated instructions, seamstresses of all abilities will be able to construct this perfect dress.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Why not cut through the post-Christmas blues by vamping up your wardrobe? Forget trawling through the sales and looking like everyone else; create your own take on style classics. You can’t go wrong with our Carla skirt pattern made up in a bold fabric. You could shorten the hem and go for opaque tights or lengthen and create a strong column of colour. Make this season your season.
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Sew Spring 2016 runway looks. This week, Paule Ka’s show was so fresh, so fun and so wearable. The collection featured beautiful dresses in quirky fabrics. If you’d like recreate this look at home Muse Attire's Beth dress pattern would be the perfect choice.
Friday, 2 October 2015
Cloning the looks of others takes the creativity out of our style identity but fashion icons can inspire our sewing. Carine Roitfeld’s urbane style was the inspiration behind some of the key pieces in Muse Attire's Contemporary Classics Collection.
Carine’s casual, sleek silhouette is timeless and effortlessly elegant. The Carla skirt reflects Carine’s clean lines but also has a fit and form that would make it practical for women’s busy lives. The inclusion of a back vent enabled the design to keep her fitted look whilst ensuring ease of movement.
Likewise, the Lauren shirt is all about strong femininity. It’s a masculine wardrobe staple with a feminine fit. If you want a super hot look opt for linen or sheers rather than cottons.
Whilst fashion icons often have extreme styles, they are a wonderful source of initial inspiration. Magpieing and mixing design details is a great way to approach your own styling.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
A Monday morning fashion fix takes the edge off the back to work blues. Whilst I'm enjoying the weekend, I tend to be a style sloth so I rather relish donning something more appealing for the return to work.
Our Contemporary Classics Collection of sewing patterns are perfect for creating in-work style. A smart shirt, sleek skirt and you're back in business.