Make Way for Polka Dots!
Polka dots: do you wear them or avoid them? I have generally avoided them, though whenever I’m exploring the cotton shirting aisles of Mood Fabrics in NYC I often find myself drawn to them. But then I worry they’ll be hard on the eyes or overwhelming to my short-ish frame (I’m 5’7″), so I move on. On my last visit, however, I found what I think is the perfect polka-dotted cotton voile. The dots are somewhat random, so easier to look at, while the mixed color palette — the black dots in particular — give the eyes a place to […]
Chinese Red Double Cloth: Great Fabric, Wrong Pattern Choice Vogue 1525
I seriously debated this Rebecca Vallance outfit, Vogue 1525. When the pattern was first published, I thought about purchasing it. But then I thought; “No this isn’t the look for me.” After seeing it made by others, I thought maybe it will work for me. Well, throughout the entire process, I had doubts about the look on me. In hind sight, I realized I should have simply made a muslin. It would have told me a lot about how this outfit would look on me. Over the weekend, I tried it on again. I think it’s the crispness of […]
Leopard print faux fur jacket
Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters! Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside. My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I […]
Vogue 8921 In Black-Metallic Gold Foil African-Inspired Stretch Velour
Happy New Year! This is one of four projects that I’d hoped to finish before the end of 2017. I barely made it finishing the hem on December 30th around mid-night. This fabric is definitely the speaker. No need for a lot of details to show it off. So I decided to make another version of Vogue 8921, view C, the first time I used this pattern was in 2014. Forgive if the photo quality is not the best. It is brutally cold in Illinois. So no outdoor picture. No way, no how. My goal was to have this dress […]
Relaxing in Silk Chiffon
After 8 full days of hollering with family and friends, I am worded OUT! My brain is in need of the kind of recharge where you spend all day at home in a robe. Unfortunately, I’m not one to spend all day in a robe. Robes are problematic for me. One, robes in our house are historically not fancy enough. Two, I don’t really sew things to chill in. Luckily, I tricked myself into sewing a fancy robe. This is Vogue 9253, made by the entirety of the sewing population last summer. The whole shebang is french seamed, a lovely […]
Three Cozy Sweaters
Okay, it is cold here, which really is normal for the end of December and all I want to wear is warm and cozy. This Mood Fabrics’ Italian Gray French Terry is perfect, it looks just like a chunky sweater knit but it is really a comfy sweatshirt! In November on Instagram I started seeing posts about One Week One Pattern and that interested me. What is One Week One Pattern? One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments […]
A Furry Happy New Year!
I have been wanting to make myself a faux fur coat for a long time. This winter I finally took the plunge! At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I purchased 1 3/4 yards of a lustrous high-pile black faux fur. It didn’t really look like an imitation of an animal — mink, maybe? I thought it looked elegant and — most importantly — wearable. While I love to look at some of the more “out-there” fake furs, I didn’t see myself wearing any of them. (You can see Mood’s online selection of fake fur here.) I wanted my […]
Festive Brocade Holiday Dress
The holidays are here, and you know what that means – time to bust out the sparkly garb! Or in my case – if you don’t have a sparkly party dress, it’s a great opportunity to sew one up 🙂 While I have a great brocade skirt that I got a lot of wear out of last year, I wanted something fresh for this season – so I timed my next NYC trip to include a change to shop at Mood Fabrics for a festive brocade. I actually have very little experience with brocade – my lifestyle doesn’t warrant much […]
Winter White Corduroy Jeans!
This has definitely been the season for me to sew more with napped fabrics. I don’t think I’ve ever been this drawn to corduroy as I am this season. The 70s fashion friend made a huge comeback this year along with its cousin velvet. And I can’t seem to get enough of them. I love wearing white jeans all year long. So a pair of white cords just made sense. I searched and found this amazing fabric: Whisper White Short-Piled Stretch Cotton Corduroy. The cords are so subtle that the fabric looks like velvet. Either way, this fabric is so […]