Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Skip the Malls - Stonemountain in Berkeley has the fabric for your next garment!

Are you tired of malls,
going shopping, and never finding what you need?
Introducing customizable pieces for a unique wardrobe with flare!
            Get what you want in a quality fabric, right size with a custom fit, and one-of-a-kind styling! You won't find that at any mall!
This delightful layering piece can be worn as a jacket or a shirt.
The loose-fitting top has a yoke  extending into collar (wrong side shows) with dart tucks, no shoulder  seams, mock front bands, narrow hem and asymmetrical button closing. Great for many fabrics - wool, linen, cotton and more!
This Asian cotton is lightweight yet has a great texture that would double well as a jacket or a shirt.
If you want to create custom embellishments, this pattern even has instructions for silk-screening included.
These Sewaholic shorts are so adorable!
They are so nice made up in a suiting or wool blends
And how wonderfully flirty
- a wide grosgrain ribbon!
Trousers and shorts sit below natural waist with contoured waistband. Trousers are slightly flared.
Great for wool, linen, cotton and more!
Shorts are so cute in wools - here are a few to try out!
And don't forget to add pizazz with a fancy wide ribbon!

Make Something Unique and All Your Own!
Make Vogue 1291 and Vogue 1292 and create an outfit that will give you great joy!
Vogue 1291 - Misses Top - Sandra Betzina
Both top and skirt are designed by Sandra!
This loose-fitting pullover top has a bias  neck band, front sleeve overlapping back sleeve forming shoulder  opening, no shoulder seams and narrow hems.
Great fabrics are lightweight wools and knits, stretch lace, chiffon, and lightweight crepe.

Vogue 1292 - Misses' Skirt - Sandra Betzina
Sandra Betzina is the host of the Power Sewing Web TV Show and designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the Today's Fit Tab. She has produced a skill series of eleven DVDs and is the author of: More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, and The Power Sewing Toolbox: Tips & Techniques.  Sandra is a popular speaker and hosts several week-long sewing retreats in San Francisco throughout the year.
Here are a few flattering layers that lie close to the body.
If you feel that a tank top is too revealing for your figure, the Perfect Tank Top Pattern will change your mind! This pattern is designed to hide upper chest and bra strap problem areas and accentuate the positive!
This tank would be nice in one of our rayon knits.
We have a wide color and pattern selection to inspire you!
Each piece here can be completed in 10 - 30 minutes! That right there is shorter than it takes to drive one way to the mall!
When sewing with knits you must use a ballpoint or jersey needle.
When sewing wovens you can use a universal needle.

This pattern is one that we recommend to our beginning students.
A simple straight forward pull-on skirt. This is a basic for any wardrobe. Make it up in a woven or a knit for a more or less formal feel.
              Straight pull-on skirts in three lengths have side seams, center back seam, and elastic in casing at waist.  These skirts are very easy to make and have easy-to-follow sewing instructions.
This skirt is designed for firm knit & woven fabrics such as double knit, jersey, cotton, cotton types, linen.
It would be great in a racy red linen!

Boutiques are so expensive!
Save your money - come to Stonemountain!
While here, check out One-Yard Wonders
by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins!
This book has 101 sewing projects that just use one yard of fabric!
How fun - you can embrace the variety of cotton prints at Stonemountain & Daughter and build a personalized and creative household of items made by you!

Or start making fun gifts for the holidays! This book has projects for your house, for on the go, for organizing your sewing and crafting spaces, clothing, bags, and toys and accessories for children.
With categories like that, who needs the mall?
Here is a simple skirt and top that we use for our beginning sewers.
Simpler patterns take less time but can be very altered dramatically depending upon fabric choice. Alter skirt and sleeve lengths for different looks as well!

Pattern - Kwik Sew #3139 - Skirts, Top, and Scarf
 The pull-on skirt has an elastic waist and a hemline slit on  one  side.  The View A top is finished with bias cut bindings. View B  top  has a boat neckline, cap sleeves with shoulder slits, and the  neckline  and armholes are finished with narrow hems. 

This skirt would be nice in our Robert Kaufman Radiance Collection. This fabric is 55% Cotton and 45% Silk. It is easy to sew as it sews like cotton, but it has a charmeuse-like sheen to it.
This fabric can be worn right side out for a shimmer or reverse it to show the matte side. Here you can see the shine on the right and the matte side on the right. It would be nice for custom bias bindings as well. You could add a small amount in contrasting color!
Clover Bias Tape Makers let you make custom bias tape.
We have two kinds - the standard kind and ones with an additional channel on top so that you can add fusible web.
1/4" makes a nice shirt binding - though can be a bit small for a beginner to manipulate. 3/8" or 1/2" are a bit easier to use.
Want to sew these simple ensembles?
Jump into our 101 Beginning and Beyond
These patterns are often recommended to our beginning students in our 101 classes.   
Or try our Mini Beginning and Beyond - 102
Our same popular class format in a shorter time block! 
We have after school classes for our young sewists!
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  light-hearted environment and in small classes with plenty of  one-on-one attention.

Beginners make a tote bag or pj pants, experienced  sewists work on their choice of projects.

In these times of mass produced clothing, it's amazing to be around the creativity of our customers.  We are attempting to create garments which reflect who we are and clothes to truly live in!

Please stop by and visit us in Berkeley!
Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics
2518 Shattuck Ave. @ Dwight Way
Berkeley CA 94704


You can also email me at fabriclady3@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!  Happy Sewing, Suzan

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