A new star is shining, creating inspiration for all of us. Karen (our second Karen) is a member of our sewing community, along with all of you. She is creative, thoughtful, and prolific (!) in her sewing, and I'm sure you will find some wonderful ideas in her work.
Let's see what she's created. These 8 garments are terrific examples of what can be done with CLD patterns. To make it easier for you to make your own versions, we've put these patterns on sale until 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, August 10.
Karen made her Snap To It view B from one of our Japanese cotton dobby fabrics. By the way, we stock snap tape in black and white.
Soft fabrics like Karen's that drape well work for this vest. Linens would be good.
Try a fabric with some body for the By Popular Demand jacket. Use as many of the details as you want, ranging from sporty to dressier. There's lots of opportunity for topstitching (tips are on the Stitch to Style blog).
So much fun! I love Karen's choice of fabric for View C of The Blouse Perfected. She is so good at seeing the possibilities of each fabric.
Great details! The shape is so simple that it's a good base for all sorts of playing around with design.
Karen decided not to "pinch" the front of her shirt, but if you look closely you can see her perfect matching of the print down the front closure.
The irregular stripes make this shirt even more interesting, but the icing on the cake is the stacked buttons. Karen pays attention to everything.
Yay, we still have some of this fabric in 2 colorways. By the way, the vest only takes 1-5/8 yards of fabric if you use pre-made single-fold bias tape to finish the neckline and armhole edges. It's also easier, because you're not making your own binding. Plus, this vest is one-size-fits-all.
Karen's design ability and workmanship are outstanding, but they're not her only reason for sewing.
She says, "I started making doll clothes when I was about 5 and have never stopped. Sewing makes me happy and I can forget the world while holed up in my studio. Sometimes it is even clean enough to see the floor! I like that my clothes do not scream "homemade" as I'm often asked where I buy them because they are so distinctive. I love CLD patterns and fabrics because of all the wonderful combinations that are available, We do not all have to look alike! We each can have our own style and panache.
To see Karen's travel wardrobe and her thoughts about it, jump over to the Home Page.
Karen's enthusiasm is contagious. Enjoy making something new that springs from one of her ideas.
To help you out, we'll suggest some fabrics. Some are regular price, but some have been marked down as much as 30%. They will remain on sale until 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, August 10.
For Snap To It--
For Light and Shadow vest--
For the By Popular Demand jacket--
For View C of The Blouse Perfected--
For the Anything But Ordinary jacket--
For the Just a Pinch shirt--
For View A of Ready Set Go--
For the Vest in Artist in Motion--
Don't forget--all the patterns featured in this ad are specially priced until 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, August 10.
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