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Newsletter Archives : January 2006

The holidays are wonderful but isn't it nice to get back to our old routines!

January is a great time to plan a fresh new wardrobe.
Here are some tips (and photos) from our sewing room to yours on creating a new capsule wardrobe.

We start by searching out a fabric that offers lots of mileage for our anchor piece - a blazer.


With the extra work that goes into a blazer, it should pay back by being as versatile as possible.

We chose this medium weight silk tweed to make our Princess Seamed Blazer.

Being a natural fiber it breathes well and can be worn comfortably from spring into the warmer weather.

I love how the colors in this weave will make a blazer that can be worn with many garments. Look closely at the swatch and you will see six distinct colors.

Image The resulting Princess Seamed Blazer can be worn with Black, Brown, Tan, Mustard, Blue, and White.

Remember, by using the ready to wear and European tailoring techniques from our video Construct the Princess Seamed Blazer, this jacket can be made even easier.
The video is available in DVD & VHS formats.

Click here for more details on these and all of our products.

We made three pieces to coordinate with our blazer.

#101 Short Sleeve Shell
#601 Flat Front Pant
#104 Shapely Shirt

#101 Shell and #601 Pant, both in Black Silk/Cotton

ImageThe Short Sleeve Shell is our easiest Blouse.
Tuck it in or wear it over your skirt or pant.
The pattern includes four different necklines. Shown here is a very flattering scoop neck.
Three textured buttons at center front add interest to a fast and simple pullover top.
The short sleeves were lengthened.

The Flat Front Pant is a classic straight-legged pant designed for the figure with a tummy.
You'll create a long fluid look when you cut the Pant (or one of our skirts) in the same color as the Top.

#104 Shapely Shirt in 97% Cotton/3% Spandex.

Image This shirt could be made up in every one of the colors in our tweed weave.
It's a wonderful basic with slimming lines, designed to fit and flatter petite plus women.

#202 Princess Seamed Blazer worn over #104 Shapely Shirt

This Blazer can go easily from office to casual.

There’s plenty of style mileage in this capsule wardrobe and by tucking fabric swatches into your purse, you'll be ready to spot more pieces - either ready-to-wear or fabric that will mix and match.


Sewing Show Season is on the Horizon.

Sewing shows are so much fun!
Acquire new skills at the many classes offered, pick up creative tips from the fashion shows, meet your favorite pattern designer and more...

Petite Plus Patterns will be at a number of sewing shows this spring and we'd love to meet you.

Kathleen will be teaching classes on Fit, Pattern Adjustments and on Wardrobe Techniques (Harmony, Proportion & Awareness).

Plan to take in our fashion show, "Celebrate Your Curves".
If you will be attending a sewing show in your area, why not volunteer to model?
It's a lot of fun and you will receive a pass along with a pattern for each show that you appear in.
Call on our toll-free line 1-877-909-8668 for more details.

And finally, we hated to do it but reality and our accountant said it had to be done.
Yes, our prices have gone up.
But to take the bite out we are offering 10% off on all of our patterns until January 31, 2006.
It's our thanks to you for your continued support and encouragement.

Be sure to mention this newsletter offer when you place your order.

Happy New Year from all of us at Petite Plus Patterns!

--Kathleen, Dan, Vija and Sheila

Here's where we'll be this spring.

Creations Plus Quilts!
February 17, 18, 19, 2006
Civic Centre Complex
808 Civic Plaza
Prince George BC

Sewing & Stitchery EXPO
March 2, 3, 4, 5, 2006
Western Washington Fairgrounds
Puyallup WA
mail request for brochure to:
Sewing & Stichery Expo 2006
PO Box 11243
Tacoma WA 98411-0243

Sewing & Crafts Show
March 10 & 11, 2006
Victoria Convention Centre
Victoria BC

Sewing & Crafts Show
March 17 & 18, 2006
Abbotsford BC

International Textiles EXPO (Trade Only)
March 28, 29, 30, 2006
Rio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas NV

Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive
April 7 & 8, 2006
Northlands Sportex
Edmonton AB

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