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The Threads Experience
Louise was 1 of only 3 teachers invited to teach at The Threads Experience.  She was thrilled to meet new students and to teach her unique fitting techniques.


Teacher of the Year

 
WATCH THIS SHOOTING (SEWING) STAR

WHEN KAREN WANTS TO TRAVEL, SHE MAKES A TRAVEL WARDROBE
Karen's travel wardrobe

 

I was "gifted" with 3 yards of this nice rust linen.  I knew I wanted to make a Color Me Chic jacket and a pant.  Louise found this great cotton shoe print for the top (Simplify Your Life with the button shoulder) (and I do love shoes).  When I got all 3 pieces done I went to my closet to see what else might go with it. And after a brief looksee here is what I found :

 

Navy pant - One Seams with exposed darts at bottom - CLD fabric

White pant - Easy Ageless Cool - CLD fabric

White linen jacket - By Popular Demand, no buttons - CLD fabric

Off white linen top - Just My Style (out of stock) - Stash I think

Beige linen pant - One Seams - stash - eons old

Navy jacket - Anything But Ordinary - modified, lengthened and pintucked -  Stash.  Not my best sewing efforts but I needed a travel jacket in a hurry and this fabric was available and could be wadded up and used for a pillow if necessary.

Sandy here:  Wow, this was resourceful.  Just think of how many outfits could be made from these garments.  Karen knows what colors work for her and the styles are compatible, so BOOM--travel wardrobe!

STITCH TO STYLE SUMMER WARDROBE
READ ALL ABOUT IT ON THE STITCH TO STYLE BLOG
The Blouse Perfected view A
View A of The Blouse Perfected.

Remember this?  It's the first one I showed you on the Stitch to Style blog.  I modified the pattern to shorten the sleeves, and I had fun with the stripes.  This was the first shirt to match the plum-colored pants.

The idea was to create a group of cool, easy garments for a breezy summer vacation.  (Maybe next year?)


The Blouse Perfected pattern

Putting It Together shell
Putting It Together shell.

This top achieved my goal of creating 3 tops for every pant or skirt in the wardrobe.  And a plus--there was enough fabric left over to make it even after I made the shirt.

Putting It Together pattern



Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life, View A

And this was the second top to match the plum-colored One-Seam pants.  You may recall that I pulled in the pants at the hem with a button sewed on through a pleat.  See the detail at Stitch to Style.

Simplify Your LIfe

The Blouse Perfected plus Putting It Together
One plus of coordinating your colors is that you can extend your wardrobe effortlessly.  My goal was to have 3 tops per pant, but by combining the two striped tops, I made a fourth outfit with no additional effort.  Winner!!