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This week we're bringing you some innovations from another of our Sewing Stars.  It's wonderful when we can all see how a pattern can be reimagined and can look so different, even when the changes are not so  difficult to achieve.  

Terri keeps a keen eye on shops, visiting both in person and online.  When she sees a silhouette, detail, or fabric that intrigues her, she goes to her CLD pattern stash and gets to work.  Here are some results of her ingenuity--

      Snap to It view A     Snap to It view B

I've made several versions of the Snap To It pattern for fashion shows, but they've all been in cottons.  Terri has turned that idea on its head and turned Snap to It into wool jackets. For View A (above left), she omitted the buttons and used a tie to fasten the fronts.  Here, she's paired it with plaid wool One-Seam Pants.

For View B (above right) she again used wool and had to figure out how to make short yardage work.  So she cut the sleeves on the bias (avoiding fussy matching!) and used the selvedge as trim.  She kept the snap tape fastening called for in the pattern and has paired her jacket with a pencil skirt from Putting It Together.

We have snap tape in black and white on the website.  (You can order black and white in the usual way.)  However, we also have a limited quantity of snap tape in beige, tan, and rust.

     beige snap tape     tan snap tape     rust snap tape

Here's how to order--The snap tape comes in 1-1/4 yard lengths for $10 each.  If you would like 2 lengths of a new color, order a quantity of 2 white snap tapes, then email Louise at and tell her which color you want.  If you want 1 beige and 1 rust, for instance, order 1 white, then order another 1 white, and email her to tell her which colors you want.  This offer will stand as long as supplies last.

      Snap to It view B     Snap To It pattern

Believe it or not, this floaty jacket is also View B from Snap To It.  Terri has used a lightweight floral fabric, used the left front for both fronts, straightened the hems on the fronts, and omitted a fastening.  What a difference, and what a fashionable result.  She's paired her jacket with a shell from Putting It Together and more One-Seam Pants.

      Putting It Together     Putting It Together shell

The shell from Putting It Together is a versatile basic, but Terri has taken it to another level by cutting straight grain strips which she fringed and tucked between her facings and the body of the garment.  It's also peeking out from the jacket just above.

     Ebb dress     Ebb pattern

Don't we all need a dress to just slip on at the last minute so we can head out the door feeling great?!  Here it is--Terri has lengthened the Ebb top to make a dress that could be duplicated in a wide variety of fabrics and look great in all of them.

Be inspired by Terri and see where it takes you.  Here's her philosophy about sewing:

"Unique, tasteful, and elegant is why I sew, especially using Cutting Line Design patterns that embody those 3 words.  I love to snoop shop the high end, casual, and artsy collections; I change up pattern details and combine fabrics and textures without fear.   I figure if 'they' can do it, I can too!  So I challenge myself, and have fun doing it." 

The patterns Terri used will be on sale until 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, September 14.

Be sure to check out the Home Page for more photos and ideas from Terri!

Here's a wide variety of fabrics suitable for duplicating Terri's ideas or some of your own.  Some of these fabrics are at regular price, while others are marked down as much as 25% until 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, September 14.

First, some wools--

      red and black wool check     orange pinstripe wool

      textured wool blend     wool and nylon crepe

      wool with silk and nylon     wool suiting

Cotton sateens and midweight cottons work for many types of garments--

      cotton/lycra sateen     cotton pinstripe

      cotton midweight     cotton/lycra sateen

      cotton/lycra sateen     cotton/lycra sateen

      cotton/lycra sateen     cotton/lycra sateen

And those versatile cotton dobby weaves from Japan that hardly wrinkle!

      cotton dobby from Japan     cotton dobby from Japan

      cotton dobby from Japan     cotton dobby from Japan

      cotton dobby from Japan     cotton dobby from Japan

And a couple more: a linen/rayon and a linen from Japan:

      linen/rayon     linen from Japan


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