Men’s Wool Plaid Shacket!
OK, I know what you’re thinking: WHAT, in heaven’s name, is a “shacket”??? Readers, it’s simply slang for shirt jacket. Kind of cute, don’t you think? Last year at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I purchased three yards of a beautiful wool plaid flannel, originally intended as lining for a tweed coat but which I decided was too special to be hidden away. This month I decided to use it to make a shacket. (Mood has a wide selection of wool plaids in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) I used a regular men’s shirt pattern, but I added [...]
Vintage Christian Dior Mohair Coat!
Every year I make a coat. It’s something that I look forward to and I’m always excited when I plan my project. For the longest time, I’ve had this gorgeous vintage Vogue Paris Original (#1023) – 1970s Christian Dior coat in my collection. But I had never been able to find the perfect fabric. I wanted something “fuzzy”, just like the pattern envelope. And I found fabric that was absolute perfection. This heathered gray fuzzy mohair-blend from Mood Fabrics just epitomized everything I was looking for. And as a plus, it was gray. I am completing all the neutral outerwear [...]
Fuchsia Bouclé Coat!
Hi, guys! I hope that you’re all well and enjoying the holiday season! I’m really excited to share this garment with you today. I worked on it for a really long time, so I’m very happy to be wearing it finally! I knew that I wanted to try a coat in this silhouette when I first saw one about a year ago. The cocoon-y shape paired with dropped shoulders makes for a really interesting and fun look. I’d planned to make one last spring, but couldn’t quite get things together, so I was determined to make one this fall. Well, [...]
Draped Tee in Silk-Cotton Jersey
This month I wanted a quick make, something that would leave me with plenty of time for holiday cheer… and chasing Baby Girl all around the house! She’s now crawling, pulling up, and cruising around! In fact, she’s so busy these days that I only have time to sew and blog while she’s sleeping. I’ve had to resort to taking indoor shots here because I was only able to sneak in camera time during one of her noontime naps. The best windows in the house are in the living room and dining room, two rooms which are currently covered in Christmas [...]
Snuggly Plaid Flannel Shirtdress
This month’s Mood Sewing Network project was all about cosy fabrics for me! The temperatures have dropped here in London over the last couple of weeks and all I want to wear is lots of soft and warm layers. I actually ordered this Blue Plaid Soft Cotton Flannel (unfortunately now sold out but there’s still a little left in red!) back in February as part of my very first MSN order but haven’t found the perfect use for it until now. I spotted the dress below on Pinterest a little while back and knew my plaid was destined to be [...]
Italian Wool Cardigan Sweater
Just as the song states, “oh, the weather outside is frightful” that has been the case here in Missouri. I just need to change the words from snow to rain, cold, gloomy and damp. With the cold and gloomy in mind, I decided it was time to make something out of sweater knit. I went with this Mood Fabrics’ Italian Wool Flamestitch sweater knit in the blue colorway but do note if blue is not a color for you it does come in three other colors. This sweater knit is just the softest and so cozy, perfect for yucky weather. [...]
Isabel Marant-Inspired Sweater!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday! One of the best things about sewing is that you can take an idea and make it your own. You know, when you see something and like it, but wish it was just a little bit different? The idea from this came from a sweater from Isabel Marant’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. I loved the colorblocking, particularly in grey and brown. It looks really cool together and is a fun alternative to the black and brown combos I’ve been seeing lately in fashion [...]
Fit and Flare Skirt In Yummy Rebecca Taylor Wool
I’ve been eying this lovely black with red polka dotted wool from Mood fabrics for awhile now but couldn’t quite envision what I wanted to make out of it. It’s been sitting in one of my many Mood boards just waiting patiently. I tend to go for bright/sparkly/interesting fabrics and this black wool is more quiet and subdued. But then I was checking through some of my boards hunting for fabrics that have sold out since I added them – as you do if you are as fabric obsessed as I am – and I saw that it was almost [...]
The Perfect Staple: Theory Dark Denim Skirt
When it comes to sewing, I’m a “frosting” girl. Give me lush florals, party dresses, and silk linings every time! Unfortunately, this means that on casual days my wardrobe is rather bland: jeans, sweaters, and t-shirts. For the next few months, I’m going to focus on those in-between, unloved parts of my wardrobe, so that they too reflect my personal style. I’ve gone through everything, donated a few heaping bags of regularly ignored pieces, and plan on (beautifully) filling the gaps. First up on my list? A simple denim skirt. I needed something cute to wear with all those sweaters, [...]