Little Pink Jacket!
The little pink jacket… it’s a wardrobe staple, right? Alright, maybe not, but it sure is fun! I’ve been a bit obsessed with coats lately, and while I have a few in my sewing queue for this fall and winter, I knew that the first one I wanted to make would be for my mom. She has a fun personality and doesn’t take her wardrobe too seriously, so I knew I could have some fun with fabric and style. She’s a very casual dresser, but she likes styles that are classic or slightly vintage, so I thought this cropped swing [...]
Men’s Cotton Poplin Button-up Shirt
I sometimes wonder what my go-to uniform would be if I were challenged to only wear one silhouette (one week one uniform, anyone?!). It’s an idea I’m having fun exploring these days, though I haven’t come up with any easy answers so far. Yet, when it comes to my husband, I know what his uniform would be - a blue button-up shirt and slacks. And, thanks to this lovely chambray blue cotton poplin from Mood Fabrics and a bit of my sewing time, my husband has yet another blue shirt to add to his daily rotation. I’ve made this pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, several times now. [...]
Pink Marc Jacobs Jumpsuit
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your early autumn (or spring, depending on your hemisphere). Here in the Land of Endless Summer (a.k.a Texas) I’m still enduring the heat and humidity. Honestly, I can take the high temperatures, it’s the mosquitos that are driving me crazy! However, as the weather hints at cooler days ahead I’ve decided to celebrate with a fun, and gratuitously girly make! One day while I was trolling the Mood Fabrics website (like you do) I decided to venture into a new-to-me territory - polyester. I’ve always avoided synthetic fabric because of the heat and humidity issue [...]
Silk and Cotton Artist’s Blouse
Oh, fall. It’s the season of brightly colored leaves, trundling yellow buses, and the return of jeans to my wardrobe. From May to September, nothing so heavy as denim touches my skin, but the falling autumnal temperatures make me long for cozy jeans and blouses. Not that ours have exactly fallen yet, but a girl can dream, right? I have yet to brave pants making, so this month I decided to make the perfect blouse for wearing with my RTW skinny jeans. A dress lover at heart, my most beloved casual blouses are loose, flowing and made from sumptuous [...]
Men’s Classic Mountain Parka
Today is the first day of fall and I’m oh-so-ready: I am delighted to present my just-completed eight-pocket mountain parka! This design is based on the famous 60/40 (referring to cotton/nylon) mountain parka produced by Sierra Designs (below) in 1968. Back in the days before Gortex and other waterproof, breathable fabrics, a shell parka like this one was what you’d wear on a hike or backpacking trip. The fabric is sturdy and water-repellant and the fit is generous enough for layering over sweaters and/or thermals. Part of the challenge of a project like this is that everyone knows what the [...]
Sweaters & Skinnies for Fall!
Ok, I’ll admit – when I first started working on this outfit, the air was a LOT more fall-like than it currently is at the moment. Stupid fickle season, ha! Anyway, I’m totally a trooper so I’m modeling this outfit for y’all nonetheless (photos taken early morning before the temperatures got too high, because, woof.). My first real cold-weather makes – like I said, it’s a little early in the season here, but I like to get a head start so I can actually start wearing this stuff when the weather cools down When I was in NYC last month, [...]
Meshed with Anna Sui’s Multicolored Stretch Lace
At first sight, I ordered Anna Sui’s Black Multicolored Stripe Lace. It was too sheer to not line it with some type of mesh. So I select the perfect black mesh to marry with the lace. The combination was great. Of course the lace has texture and has a soft embroidered feel to it and the mesh is smooth and silky. I love working with both fabrics. A little bit of caution though with the mesh. The selvage does not lies flat on the table. So I nipped along the selvage to gain control over it for laying and cutting [...]
Red Crossover Top
You see these everywhere, the crossover top for fall and McCall’s 6991 is the perfect pattern for this type of top. The perfect fabric needs to be a fabric that is the same on both sides, with that in mind I went with Mood Fabrics’ Red Silk Crepe de Chine which is so gorgeous in person. This fabric has just the right drape for this top and added so much to the success for my crossover top. At the McCall’s blog, you will find helpful hints for this pattern. I used several of these to help construct [...]
Black and White for Fall Nights!
There is just something so classic and elegant about a black and white ensemble. And I just can’t get enough of these wardrobe staples. There are so easy to mix and match with other pieces in my closet. And one of the things that I’ve been craving most is a black guipure lace skirt. And why not a white top with dramatic sleeves to pair with it! For the top, I used Vogue 8945. It’s actually a pattern for a dess, but I love the sleeves… so why not a top? I cut the size 14 and I only used [...]