The Fall Trends are everywhere….


As my kids get ready to go back to school and there are no more vacations on the horizon, I find myself starting to look forward to fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and the easiness of it, sundresses and flip-flops never get old, but I also like when the weather cools down and I can get back into a great trouser and a comfy sweater. Tonight I decided to take a look and see what Fall 2013 holds for me. While I don’t redo my wardrobe every season, I do update and add a few new fun pieces. Take a look at what the “experts” are saying. While not every trend works for every body, there is definitely something for everyone this Fall. I am really excited about some of the trends this Fall and can’t wait to bring them to you in our projects coming soon.

  • Here are the colors that we will be seeing this Fall. Everyone is still talking green. From emerald to olive, green is hanging around a bit longer. Beside green, head-to-toe black knocked prints off the runway, while pink, orange, and red really warmed things up. Cream and camel provided palette cleansers, while moody moss-green and inky sapphire brought sophistication.



  • Outerwear is in. Try it in houndstooth, plaid, velvet, fur or leather. All these fabrics made an appearance on the Fall 2013 runway.




Emporio Armani - Runway - MFW F/W 2013


  • Leather never goes out, but this Fall try it in a deep blue, moss green, or burgundy.

Valentino - Runway -PFW F/W 2013


  • Embrace a classic print. From plaid to houndstooth, these classic prints are out in force. Like leopard, houndstooth, as well as other classic prints, pretty much go with everything. They really are a neutral. I love what Glamour says, “An old school menswear pattern in a 2013 cut is a recipe for chic if you ask me. Look for a houndstooth blazer for the office, which you can also wear with skinny jeans on the weekend.” I definitely think this is one trend I will jump on.03-nyfw-tommy-hilfiger-houndstooth-trend-w724-1

Moschino - Runway - MFW F/W 2013/14








  • BCBG, as well as others, say layering in going to show up this Fall. While some of the runway combinations were a bit unconventional for my taste, I did like that they did keep the print and color to a minimum. Also since none of the pieces were bulky, the effect was still very streamlined. This trend may be one I have to think about.




  • Dare to wear white. According to the runway, winter white will make a huge presents this Fall. Remember, as long as the fabric is appropriate, leave your lighter textiles, such as cotton, linen, and seersucker in the closet, and think more wool, cashmere, flannel, silk, and leather, you will be right on trend. Try a chic coat for the office, a chunky sweater, or a wool dress.




  • High slits and skirts below the knee.Altuzarra - Runway - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week



  • Fur, I say go faux, was hot on the runway. From a vest, to a hoodie, to a full jacket, fur is making a comeback.





Wow, there are lots of great ideas to take away. I will be spending some time over the next few weeks talking to Robin and figuring out what new fabrics we have coming in for Fall and what projects we want to show you. Should be fun!


Pillow, dog bed, or kid magnet?

When “Best In Show” came in, we all thought it was a great new Home Decorating print. Robin thought it would make the cute dog bed, so off she went.  She combined it with our brand new chenille fabric and a winning combination appeared. Making a pillow or dog bed is a pretty quick project that can infuse some pattern and color into any room. Here are a few pictures of the pillow coming together….


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As anyone with children knows, the best toy is something that was not intended to be used as a toy. It can be the shoe box from you new shoes or the work pillow I brought home to photograph. I came home and left the pillow on the fire-place to photograph later that day. When I came downstairs this is what I found…photo copy 6

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It immediately became a great place for Sarah to play. Before I knew it the doll was out and the pillow was not mine any more.  As you’ll see below, she took her dogs and gave them a dog bed. Needless to say it took a few days to get the pillow back to work with. It is now in the window for you to see, but let me tell you Sarah was  not happy about it. While the intention was a dog bed, it would also be a great throw pillow if it was a bit smaller, but for Sarah it was a great comfy new play place. I guess you’ll have to make up your own mind, dog bed, couch cushion, or perfect play place?

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Proud sponsor of The Alphabet Collection…

The Alphabet Collection 

 Image is proud to be a sponsor of Pattern Anthology’s newest patterns, The Alphabet Collection.  It is available for purchase for a limited time only!  Pattern Anthology is a collaboration of four pattern designers, Andrea, from Go to Patterns & The Train to Crazy,  Kate, from See Kate Sew, Melissa from Melly Sews, and Shauna from Shwin and Shwin.  A few months ago I was lucky enough to connect with Andrea and we hosted a group of bloggers for her event, Fabric Weekend 2013. You can read more about the day here.  Andrea connected me with Kate and before I knew it we were part of this amazing pattern collection. The tour started last week and it has been great watching each blogger do their own interpretation of the Alphabet collection. I love that it is unisex and still so fun and interesting.  It is just perfect for back to school. There are so many possibilities. By mixing and matching fabrics and textures you can create looks that go on for days and it looks like these bloggers did just that!

Our fabrics have been very popular with the Study Hall Jacket and the vest. Here are a few pictures.

This yellow wool really adds that wow factor. Great pop of color! Also the suiting for the vest is a cute play on mens apparel.
The Echino Bonnetbus is so cool! He looks ready to start learning!
This warm & cozy sherpa vest is perfect for Fall. It’s almost like wearing your favorite blanket.
I love what Shwin & Shwin did with this orange boucle. The texture is great and that gold zipper just takes it over the edge into perfection.
This vest from our Ikat is lovely. Just as Elsie says, it is just the right amount of grown up, yet still young at the same time. I love the racer back detail as well.
And lastly, what girl doesn’t want this jacket? This faux fur adds a look of sophistication that any pre-teen would love.
 I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the outfits. Every morning I go to work and look to see the newest creation. It’s a nice surprise. If you buy the pattern and make something with our fabrics please tag us or post it on our Facebook page. We love to see what you guys are making out there. Can you believe it is almost time for school to start?!? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer & get sewing!

One pattern, two fabrics…

I feel like I have been talking about these rompers for a while.  Sorry it has taken us so long to post this blog.  We’re in the process of making changes to the site, as well as adding shelving for our growing inventory. Both exciting changes, but time-consuming!  Without future ado, here are both the rompers….

Both rompers were made from McCall’s M6083. The first romper Robin put together is made from a stretch denim. It has a casual look and is great for day. Since we used a dark denim, with a little bling, this could go from day to evening very easily. Here are a few pictures as it went together.


Getting started!


Pinning the two pocket pieces together.


The pockets assembled.


Contrasting stitching adds a little fun to this simple and classic look.


Serging the elastic on before you roll the fabric over.


Folded over and stitched.


Added top stitching

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A little styling for the front entry.

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Contrasting stitch color on the shorts.

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Here is the finished project. It ended up going right to the front mannequin. Perfect summer piece.

For the second romper we choose a beautiful silk zebra print. The champaign color of the background gives this
animal print a sophisticated feel. I absolutely love it! When I do get to Hawaii this will be great for a night out.

Here are a few pics as this one went together.


Putting the front & back bottom crotch together


Putting the front & back bottom together


Pinning the pockets


Finishing the top.

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This is a great piece. It can be dressed up or down. I didn’t have time to accessorize my model, but just the little gold belt and heels are a good start.

This could be made with any of our silks or printed charmuese.

While I really like the romper both ways, this pattern needed some adjusting. We made a size 8 and had to lengthen the top portion to fit my bodice and go up one size in the bottom for my hips. Just a bit of advice so you don’t learn the hard way, like we did.  Always better to think about these sort of issues before you cut into your fabric. If you’re built like I am you may want to make one size top and another size bottom.

Thanks for stopping by.


The first fabric Friday…

I was supposed to be relaxing on the beach, with a drink in my hand, but instead, due to tropical storm Flossie, I’m back at my desk typing. I am disappointed to say the least, but work must go on.  We’re hoping to reschedule, but so far we’re not having an easy time of it. Anyway, today we want to show you some of the new products that just hit our warehouse and should be online by next week. I will show the link to where they will go when they are online. Remember it takes us about a week from warehouse to online. Thank for your patience, it will be worth it. The licensed cotton prints are perfect for children’s decor, accessories, and apparel. The apparel fabrics have an amazing feel. I know they are going to sell quickly. When I was photographing them in the retail store people couldn’t keep their hands off them. The new home decorating fabrics have are beautiful. The navy embroidered one is so classic. A few of the home decor fabrics are linen blends. I always love the look of linen blends. For me they read as relaxed, airy and timeless.

Cotton Prints

Dr Suesse

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

For the boys
Licensed Cotton Prints

for the girls

Hello Kitty

Moda, Modascapes


Kyoto Gardens

Kyoto Garden


double knit

Double Knit


stretch denim

Stretch Denim

sweater knit

Sweater Knit

voile print

Voile prints

knit stripes

Striped Knits

Home Decorating


Just a reminder that our cotton prints and our flannel prints are 10% off everyday. Also this month, August 1st through August 31st, the entire Home Decorating store, as well as the entire Home Decorating section online, is 20% off.  To top it off, if you order more than $75.00 online you get free shipping everyday. What a deal! Next week I’ll have some new notion products to show you as well as more fabric. See you next Friday!

Thanks for checking in.


A long overdue introduction from Hawaii! (Or not)

(If you follow us on Facebook you know I’m supposed to be in Hawaii sitting at the beach with a drink in my hand writing this post, but instead here I sit at my home computer due to tropical storm Flossie. We did reschedule, but I figured I would send this from home and not wait two more weeks.)

So last week I was talking to Robin, the newest member of our online team, asking her for a bio for our newsletter. She told me she went online to look for mine and couldn’t find one. It made me realize I haven’t properly introduced myself to everyone out there.

I will keep it short. I came to Michael Levine, Inc. from the television industry. I grew up on sets, as my dad was a gaffer (lighting) and I knew from a young age I wanted to be in that world. I loved the excitement of it. After I graduated from college I worked my way up the ladder and eventually became an associate producer. I worked on many sit coms over the years, but the one that I worked on the longest was Malcolm & Eddie.


After 5 years the show was cancelled. During my time on that show I got married, had a baby, and was thinking of having another one. I just couldn’t imagine working on a new show again. The hours would be crazy and I knew I didn’t want to miss any more of my little girl’s big moments.

I was lucky that my husband’s family needed help in their business.


While I never imagined I’d work with fabric, and I may not be the most fashion forward person you will ever meet, I have always loved to shop for clothes and had a passion for home decorating. If you look in my closet, beside it being organized in color order, you would notice the pieces I own are pretty timeless. I buy a few items every season that are on trend, but I on the whole I like to stay true to what works on my body & what will be able to live in my closet for more than one season. I figured I would bring this knowledge to the table, as well as my organizational skill and see how it went. That was over 11 years ago so I’d say it has gone pretty well. During my time at Michael Levine I have worn many hats. I have done HR, payroll, assisted with buying new product, and reorganized various departments, but getting our online/social media off the ground has been the most exciting. Coming out of the television industry I love work that is fast paced and always changing and that is exactly what this online business has been.

They first year I came into the online division,, it was all about setting up systems to get product online and to get connected to the buyers out there.  Once we mastered getting the fabric online relatively smoothly, though not always fast enough, I thought we should enter the social media world. Over the last 9 months we have been working on making a presence for ourself on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrestour blog and Instagram. I have to say it is a lot harder than I imagined. Trying to think of new things to blog about or new ideas and products to post is not always easy. It is a world that never sleeps. Everyone wants new information right now. I am trying to learn how to balance those demands with my the other aspects of my life. I am working on setting limits for myself so that I don’t become someone who has to be attached to her phone all the time.  With a teenager in the house, who just got a phone last month, I am trying to model the importance of face to face time as opposed to text/screen time, so I want to set a good example. That being said,  once the kids go to bed I am up until all hours working at my desk.


Sorry I digressed. So I have been at Michael Levine, Inc. for over 11 years and have had two more children. I work part-time in the office and part-time from home. When I came to Michael Levine, Inc. all those years ago it was really important for me to spend the afternoons with my children. I didn’t want to look back and feel like I missed being with them. My oldest, now a teenage, is a high level gymnast. Besides needing to be driven to the gym and have food prepared that 30 minutes is a great time to connect with her. I love that I get to have that. The younger two have homework and various activities, from soccer to baseball to art and while the afternoons are crazy, I wouldn’t trade them for anything. If I had stayed in the television world spending that time with them would have been impossible. Since we have gotten our online store up and running my part-time job has quickly become more like a full-time job and I couldn’t be enjoying it more. I still only work from the office until 2pm, but I work many hours every evening to stay on top of everything. Sales are growing, we’re connecting with amazing bloggers, and  bringing more people on board so we can do projects for our blog as well as get more fabric onto our site. We’re in the middle of revamping our cotton section and next will tackle the apparel section. We will be looking at our in-store notion department and getting more of those products online as well. It is a long road, but one that is so worth traveling. I love the challenge and can’t wait to see where we will be in another year and than another year after that, and so on. Thank you for following us and buying fabric from us. We really appreciate your business and look forward to meeting your fabric needs for many years to come.