Fall Color Forecast

We all know Pantone is famous for their color palettes. Well the closer we get to Fall the more excited I am to start rocking these new colors. I plan on using the list of colors below as a guide for my first trip to the fabric store.

Since I live in Miami I will be buying lighter fabrics, however, i plan to stick to the color palette wholeheartedly. Did any of your favorite shades make the list? I dont know about you but I am ready to charm everyone in a chic crimson red pair of high waisted pants lol!

Taken from Pantone.com

Sangria, an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations is enhanced by Aurora Red, a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.

The grown-up reds are followed by two extremes of the purple family that intrigue the eye and inspire the imagination. Mauve Mist, a romantic and elegant purple shade, reminds us of the deco era and stimulates a sense of femininity and empowerment, while Radiant Orchid, a captivating and adaptable shade, enchants the complete spectrum. Pair either with Cypress, a majestic and powerful green; indicative of its name, this shade has a towering presence and serves as a stunning perennial.

With its slightly green undertone, Bright Cobalt offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt blue, which unifies this season’s blues. Likewise, Royal Blue, which is both evocative and dignified, provides more complexity and excitement than the average navy, while still remaining versatile. Pair Bright Cobalt with Sangria and Cypress, or Royal Blue with Mauve Mist and Aluminum, a futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral.

Similar to Sangria, Cognac’s name alone leads to glamorous illusions. This classy and cultured brown takes a typical autumnal color to a sumptuous realm, making the shade unexpectedly ideal for evening wear. Adding a ray of sunlight and warmth, optimistic Misted Yellow alludes to the promise of spring to come. Both Cognac and Misted Yellow will also be prevalent in prints—a surprisingly popular trend this fall season.

For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2014.



Getting To Know Your Fabric

Now that you have your sewing machine set up, its time to see what it can do. In order for us to get started we need fabric (still LOL at myself for not including it in my previous blog with my list of “must haves).

Before I head to the fabric store for my mini haul I decided that I needed some basic knowledge on the different types of fabric.I live in Miami, so I am interested in more lightweight fabric. I refuse to make something I can’t wear immediately ( I can’t be the only one like this),

Since it will be my first time using a sewing machine, I do not want to spring for the “expensive” fabric. I believe my first few items will be crappy (for lack of a better word), asymmetrical, or just plain horrid. I’m ok with that, I know with practice it will get better – hopefully-.

So while I was doing my online research I found this amazing list on craftsy.com. Its the most self explanatory and gives you the low down on 12 commonly used fabrics for garment sewing.


  • Cotton voile: Voile is a lightweight, semi-sheer fabric with a great drape.
  • Cotton lawn: Lawn is very similar to cotton voile but is slightly crisper.
  • Rayon challis: Rayon challis is a smooth, lightweight fabric. It drapes well and is slightly heavier than other lightweight fabrics, like cotton voile and cotton lawn.
  • Chambray: Chambray is another smooth, lightweight fabric. It doesn’t drape as well as rayon challis, cotton voile or cotton lawn.
  • Denim: Denim is a heavy-weight fabric with very little drape or stretch.
  • Double gauze: Double gauze is a unique fabric in that it is literally two layers of gauze woven together. The double layer of fabric eradicates the main problem of sewing clothing from gauze (the sheerness), while retaining the good qualities (extremely light and breathable).
  • Knit: In the knit fabric category, there are several types of knit, varying from lightweight to medium weight. Knit fabric is your go-to for any garment that needs to have a great deal of stretch. Patterns are designed for either woven fabric or knit fabric, and patterns sized for knit fabric will often specify the degree of stretch needed in the fabric.
  • Silk: Silk is a lightweight, delicate fabric that drapes well. It has a slightly shimmery appearance. Silk can be slippery and more difficult to work with. It also makes a great lining fabric.
  • Satin: Satin can vary from lightweight to heavyweight, depending on the type of satin. Like silk, it has a glossy appearance.
  • Linen: Linen is a medium-weight fabric with little elasticity (hence the wrinkles). But it conducts heat very well, which is why it’s a popular choice for warm-weather anything.
  • Wool: There are over 200 different types of wool, coming from 40 different breeds of sheep, so the weight will vary depending on the type of wool. Wool is extremely hard-wearing and versatile. It’s also very warm and a good choice for colder weather garments.
  • Flannel: Flannel is a soft, lightweight fabric. It works well for colder-temperature shirts, pants and jackets.

Hope this list helps my fellow newbies and served as a refresher for my seasoned seamstresses.

Do you have any fabric info to share? If so drop a line below. I would love to hear from you!



Finally Have A Sewing Machine, Now What???

New sewing machine is finally here! The first thing I did was read the directions. I couldn’t expect to become the next DIY phenomenon without a properly assembled machine. So at this time if you havent already done so, take that beast outta the box and get it together!

***After Assembly***

Now that your machine is set up and positioned in a comfortable location on your table, its time for a little shopping! There are some must have materials you need to get started. Check out what I purchased on my first sewing haul.

  • Fabric sheers and detail scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric chalk
  • Magnetic pin cushion
  • Sewing gauge
  • Tape measure
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Thread
  • Sewing and hand needles
  • Container to keep all my supplies in
  • Thimble (always saw my aunt use one, its probably old school but it was cheap so I had to get it lol)

A bit much for my first haul, I know! Just wanted to be prepared for my first try. I don’t think you can ever be too prepared.


What were the first things you purchased on your sewing journey or what do you recommend as a “must have”? I would love to hear from you, so drop me a line below.





Who Is SEWIndia?

Hi out there! My name is India Redhead and I am new to the sewing community. I just received my first sewing machine ever, its the Brother Project Runway Edition with over 40 different stitches. I am taking it out of the box today and reading the manual. I plan to use internet tutorials to become an expert seamstress. Ive always wanted to learn to sew, and there is no better time than the present right?

I know it wont be easy but I am up for the challenge! I plan on making clothes for myself and well as clothes for little boys ( I have a 17 month old son). I am in love with patterns and starting to fall in love with the corporate chic look. Expect a lot of post about tips for using the machine, using patterns, upcyling your thrift store finds, fashion blunders, and more!

I am so excited about this journey. If you have any tips or anything specific you want me to blog about drop me a line and I will get back to you ASAP!

To know me is to love me! I’m just Sew India 😉



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