Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sewing Pants - great Patterns, Sewing Classes and Fashion Fabric at Stonemountain in the Bay Area!

Great Patterns, Fabric, Classes and more - all at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley!
       
With Fall right around the corner, why not make a great new pair of pants? The fall patterns are coming out and here is a sneak peak - a Vogue pattern! - This cigarette pant is from Katherine Tilton.
       
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(Bonus - this pattern includes a skirt too!)
And yet another bonus for this pant -
            
          
         
The pants are tapered and cuffed pants and have an interesting front seam detail and topstitching.
Vogue suggests moderate stretch knits only: Ponte Knit, Cotton Knit, Double Knit, Interlock.
Our elegant collection of Ponte knits would be perfect.
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Our stretch wools are amazing too!
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These pants are reminiscent of the elegance of Katharine Hepburn.
         
This pattern by Loes Hinse is flattering on many body types.
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Loes Hinse Hepburn Pant
Loes Hinse patterns reflect soft feminine shapes with simple lines that are easy to mix and match. Because of this, her patterns can be made in a variety of fabrics and can be used again and again.
         
This pant would be great in a rayon, silk noil or a linen.
         
           
          
         
A selection of Stonemountain & Daughter's Linen
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A selection of Stonemountain and Daughter's Silk Noil
         
This Decades of Style 1940's Empire Waist trousers is another variant on the theme. They are cuffed and stylized and very 1940's.
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These pants will make your legs look long and sleek!
This intermediate pattern has an invisible zipper at center back and darts in front and back for shaping. 2" cuff at bottom.
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 Decades of Style #4004 - Empire Waist Trousers.

Tips from Janet Manning - Decades of Style
 1) A lightweight wool is perfect for these pants. They really look fantastic when you make them up in the wool suiting fabrics!  I think that is personally my favorite fabric for those trousers. I've actually made them up in quilting cotton and they looked totally cute in that as well.
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Stonemountain & Daughter wool suitings

2) If your fabric is very light weight and somewhat drapey - you might need to be a little more aggressive about tacking the bottom cuff in place if you don't want it to flop around.
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Don't know how to hand baste? 
Jump into our hand stitches class with Carrie Besso!
 Essential Hand Stitches
These stitches deliver confidence and professional results.
         
      
       
Want to make pants that are all your own? 
Want to make sure they fit?
525 Pattern Adjustment Class with Barbara Beccio
For the more experienced sewist, you can begin to work on these pants in  Beginning and Beyond 101 or 102 or a sew lab 250...
You may have to  repeat classes in order to finish your project.
101 Beginning and Beyond
and if you have less time - you can get going in -
102 Mini Beginning and Beyond - Kwik Start!
These classes are for seamsters of all levels.
Sew Lab 250
This is the place to work on individual projects with an instructor and get the help you need! Need help starting a project? Or get help finishing a project that you have started at home!
      
    
  
  
    
     
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"Women  did not commonly wear trousers in 1930. There were some loopholes   in  this dress code in the form of lounge and beach pajamas. Ah,    necessity, the mother of invention! This fabulous vintage pattern from    1930 is proof positive of the progressive spirit of fashion."
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A nice floaty fabric is what you want for these salon trousers.
Our rayons would be great - fabulous prints!
        
      
Want to make these pants with some help? You can make them in Beginning and Beyond 101 where you will have four or five sessions to complete it! If you have less time, you could make part or all of your project in our Mini Beginning and Beyond 102 which is nine hours of sewing in two or three sessions.
       
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If you need help fitting your pants, we recommend Pattern Adjustment with Barbara Beccio or the Fit Lab with Lynda Maynard. For fitting or construction assistance you can also take one of our popular Sew Labs! Our Sew Labs are created to assist you on any phase of your project, so you get the help you need!
      
Kids Sew Too
         
at Stonemountain & Daughter!
          

Join our After School Sewing Club with Barbara Beccio.
Sewing 8 years +
 Join kids, 'tweens thru  16, in an ongoing class for total beginners to intermediate stitchers.  Students work at their own pace and sew in a  lighthearted environment. Classes are small with plenty of  one-on-one attention. Beginners make a tote bag or pj pants, experienced  sewists work on their choice of projects.
After School Sewing Club
(940A) September 13, 20, 27 October 4 Thursdays 4 - 6 pm
(940B) October 8, 15, 22, 29 Mondays 4 - 6 pm
(940C) November 1, 8, 15, 29 (skip 11/22) Thursdays 4 - 6 pm
       
 $90/4 Sessions
      
    
  

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