“Contemporary Couture Jacket”  Online Class on PatternReview.com

“Contemporary Couture Jacket” Online Class on PatternReview.com

Angela Wolf sewing couture jacketA well-made jacket can show off an outfit to its best.  Join me on PatternReview  for the fundamentals and fine points of creating a contemporary couture jacket (hint: my version of the traditional Chanel jacket).

You’ll love the comfort and style of this jacket… it feels more like a sweater! It’s the perfect topper for jeans or more formal dress.  This couture jacket is a must-have for the modern lifestyle!

The class offers 12 videos with 2 hours and 45 minutes of HD video.  There is also a 164 page PDF file with photos and close up details of every step.

  • Selecting fabric and lining.
  • Creating a 3-piece sleeve, laying out the pattern, and cutting the fashion fabric.
  • Attaching fusible interfacing, finishing the edges, and cutting the lining.
  • Using a couture technique to quilt the lining.
  • Sewing a jacket with a plaid.
  • Preparing and hand-stitching the lining.
  • Sewing the sleeve vent and attaching sleeves.
  • Covering shoulder pads.
  • Trim ideas, including a tutorial on how to crochet your own trim!
  • Closure options including custom covered buttons.
  • Pockets with a couture touch.
  • And last but not least, adding the prestigious weighted chain.

  Join me 🙂

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Thinking you don’t have time for a few hours of hand-stitching a couture jacket?  Why not bring the jacket with you!  Seriously, I hand-stitched the lining on this jacket while fishing (see the finished jacket below).  The lining is hand-dyed (and not with fish blood and guts :))    Fishing and sewing might be an odd combo, but it worked.  How about you, any fun sewing stories that can beat fishing?  Now be nice 🙂   Cheers xoxo Angela

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Quilting Silk with the Muvit Foot creates Eye Candy!

Quilting Silk with the Muvit Foot creates Eye Candy!

Angela Wolf Pattern CollectionIn my mission to come up with fun and unique fabric manipulations, I thought I would test out quilting (taking a short break from embroidery this week :)). And yes, I said QUILTING!  I am not sure about you, but as a fashion designer when I hear the word “quilting” I typically cringe! It’s not that I don’t think quilts are beautiful and I sure wouldn’t want to offend all my friends that have a passion for this art (especially my mother :)) – but the fact of the matter is, the word itself makes many apparel sewer’s run the other way.  The term quilting gives me an instant vision of cotton, LOTS of cotton, and bins of more  cotton scraps that can be added to some project down the road.  I know, I am so judgmental!  I obviously overlook my bins of silk scraps that I know will fit into a pocket eventually.

But I think I should really take another look at this art, especially with fabric manipulation on the mind.  Besides, who made the rule you can only quilt cotton.  What about my favorite sewing technique, that is very Chanel inspired, where the silk charmeuse lining is “quilted” to the jacket fabric.  Very luxurious and looks fabulous!  Although we call it “Chanelism” not quilting.  Go figure!

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Or have you seen the quilted leather shown by Proenza Schouler – definitely on the short list for a fall must-have!  Givenchy and Chanel both added some form of quilted leather to their collections.  I really love the way you can use quilting to create a unique looking fabric or you can place the quilting in particular area of the garment to add a custom design element.

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So, as to not risk ruining a large piece of luxurious fabric, I thought I would try a small sample.  I am going to use silk charmeuse with batting and create Eye Candy (those of you that travel often will understand the name.)  This only requires a little fabric and should be easy for testing the quilting method before I add quilted silk to a garment.

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Start with 2 pieces of silk charmeuse and 1 piece of batting.

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Pin together the layers.

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Use clay chalk to mark a straight line, diagonally across the fabric.

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I am using the MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot on the Brother Dreamweaver XE .  You could also use a walking foot or just a standard foot if you don’t have a the fancies 🙂

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I am going to start the first row of stitching using my laser-vision as a guide to follow my chalk line.  Although, the light is a little hard to see, probably because I have the bright light turned all the way up on the machine – I swear I can get a suntan from the brightness LOL!

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Then, using my foot as a guild, I am stitching row after row.  I noticed that sewing at a medium speed with the MuVit foot works the best, in fact the same is true for the walking foot on my Quattro.

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After quilting the entire piece of fabric, I laid my pattern on top of the quilted fabric and cut it out.

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I added an elastic band to the back, pinning in place at each side.

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Then finished the edges with bias tape.  Here is a quick video if you want to see an easy way to make your own bias tape.

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 That was very easy!  In fact this was going to be a gift, but I think I might have to keep this one for myself 🙂  So you can see the technique of quilting is pretty easy and it does work on other fabrics besides  cotton.  I have a few more fabrics I am going to try, I will let you know how they turn out.  But I can definitely see this quilted silk charmeuse used in a jacket or vest.   If you any photos of fabric manipulation post them on flickr here is my link to share or add them to facebook!  Inspire others by your creativity!  Cheers, xoxo Angela

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Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

DIY Project: How to Sew Fleece Texting Gloves

DIY Project: How to Sew Fleece Texting Gloves

texting gloves angela wolfThis is a fun and easy sewing project; sewing fleece texting gloves.  You know I can’t resist coming up with a few fun gifts items to sew. How about a pair of texting gloves! I don’t know about you, but I really get annoyed when I have to take off my gloves in order to answer my phone, text, or check an email. Instead of buying gloves and cutting off the fingertips, I decided to whip up a pair of custom gloves. These are easy and fast to sew, not to mention you can customize how tight and tall you want them and not worry about your rings getting in the way.  Did I mention they are GREAT for fishing!

The video below walks you through the entire process, including another glimpse at the V-Sonic Pen Pal feature on the Brother Dreamweaver XE.  In short, here are the steps:

1.  Measure around your knuckles, this will be the width of your gloves.

2.  Measure from your knuckles up your wrist and come up with a length measurement.

3.  Chalk mark your stitch lines, making sure to block out the area for your thumb.

4.  Stitch and press your seam allowance open.

5.  Fold the glove in half so the folded edge is at your knuckles.text gloves Angela Wolf

6.  Hand stitch the thumb hole closed.

7.   Serge the raw edge.

That’s it!  You can add beading, decorative stitching, embroidery … by the way, if you add embroidery, do so before you sew the gloves together.  This is such an easy project.  Show everyone how creative you are and post photo’s on my facebook, Instagram, and pinterest of your new gloves.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers and stay warm!

 

 

Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Learn How to Ruch a Simple Tee

Learn How to Ruch a Simple Tee

My first pattern The Ruched-T  (now available in sizes XXS – 5X and paper or downloadable :))has been out a few months now and I have really enjoyed all the emails and facebook postings from everyone wearing their new tops 🙂   A few of you have asked how I do the ruching and I thought the best way to explain is to just show you.  So I have put together a short video and of course I had to show another awesome feature on the Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D, the multi function foot controller.  This special foot allows you to use your feet to backstitch,  cut the thread, put the needle down, etc. and then you can keep your hands on the fabrics while sewing!  Wait until you see this one!  Anyway, enjoy ruching your tee’s and keep sending me photo’s, I love it 🙂   xoxo Angela

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Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

How to Sew Designer Jean Pockets … Part 2 Adding the Coin Pocket

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Here is part 2 for finishing off the front of your designer jean pockets.  This video will show you how to add a coin pocket, which is totally optional.  Sometimes I add a logo instead, just depends what kind of mood I am in 🙂   Of course I have to show off a few other features on the Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D, like using the V-Sonic PenPal to determine how wide my zigzag stitch will be – you really have to see it to believe it.  Now, I just have to finalize the last of the Angela Wolf Jean Patterns so we can ship them out soon, wish me luck!  xoxo Angela

Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own

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