SR Harris Here We Come!

Spring trends and the final version of March’s Fashion Sewing Club will make an appearance at SR Harris’s Burnsville store tomorrow-Thursday, March 22 at 10:30 am.
This event is free to all. We hope to meet and inspire new sewists (and a few of our loyal fans-thanks!!!).

We’ll focus on making the spring fashion trends wearable for our personal styles and then show our garments from March Club, which were also presented at Treadle Yard Goods last week. Our goal is to continue Fashion Sewing Club both at Treadle and SR Harris.

“Sew and Tell” is encouraged as your name will be added to the drawing for the door prize which will be a cut of fabric supplied by SR Harris. Show us what you like to sew!

Come check it out-we’ll be in plain sight from the front door! Sylvia and the staff at SR Harris have been great to work with and want to be more than just a place to buy fabric. Let them know if this format is something you’d like to see more of.

Ruffles for Every Body!

Some trends, like clockwork, signal the change in season. It seems like each year ruffles mark the start of Spring. And this year, the story remains the same. Whether you cascade them from shoulders or spiral them off hips, ruffles/flounces create a soft, feminine look that can make you look fashionable. The tricky part is that they add volume, so placement is key. Let’s take a look at how ruffles/flounces can be successfully used on three body types.

1. Pear Figure

Pear figures have proportionally larger bottoms than tops. Adding ruffles/flounces to the upper body balances the figure and draws attention to the face. Take a look at New Look 6507. This asymmetric ruffled neckline works well. Similarly, the strong shoulder line of Burda 6429 offsets a larger hip nicely.

2. Inverted Triangle Figure

The opposite of the pear shape is the inverted triangle. The defining feature is narrower hips than shoulders. In order to look more proportionate, volume is needed on the lower body. Adding ruffles and flounces to skirts and shorts is one way for the inverted triangle to look proportionate. Consider McCalls 7287 and Simplicity 8606 as great options.

3. Oval Shape Figure

Typical characteristics of an oval figure are narrow hips and an undefined waist/midsection, which is often the largest measurement. The goal of the oval is to de-emphasize the midsection while defining a smaller area, which is often right under the bust, and elongating wherever possible. Subtlety is recommended for ovals embracing the ruffle trend. Strategic placement and drapey fabrics are key. The oval should consider subtle overlays, drapes, and flounces as a more flattering alternative and use them in elongating angles to maximize their look (see beautiful evening gown above).

Butterick 6396 (View A) features a flattering flounce. Try Pamela’s Patterns Draped Front Cardigan for very soft, subtle fullness at the wrist and hem.

No matter what your body type, Spring into the season wear fashionable flounces and ruffles.

Wearable Spring Fashion Trends

Now that the season is turning, its fun to look at the upcoming spring fashion trends for 2018. If you’re at all like me, I tend to follow a particular style rather than trend. However, looking modern is nice and if a certain trend fits into my aesthetic, it’s fun to embrace. Here are a few 2018 spring fashion trends that caught my eye. I’d love to hear your take on these too.

1. Sequins

Sequins are typically a holiday trend, but not this season. Expect it to be in full force through spring and summer. Think tank tops, simple dresses, pencil skirts, trims on cardigans, etc. I love the idea of a sequined bomber jacket. Take a look at the Jalie Charlie Bomber, wouldn’t it be “killer”?

2. Paper Bag Waists

A paper bag pant/skirt is defined as a pleated/gathered waistline that sits at the high waist. This waistline is perfect for belting and is flattering on the hourglass/pear-shaped figure. McCalls released their version this spring. McCalls 7726 is a recent make of mine, and I’m in LOVE with it.

3. Plaids/Stripes

This classic seems to be everywhere from tops to bottoms. As sewers, we can take advantage of the different angles they offer. Plaids and stripes allow us to strategically create optical illusions to minimize/maximize parts of our bodies. Vogue 9293 gives us lots of options.

Now that I’ve shared three of my favorite wearable trends, I’d sure like to hear about yours!