Devil in a Blue (Lace) Dress

  Let’s call this look,”Devil in a Blue Lace Dress”. When the Mood Sewing Network decided that it was time for a group project, that was not what I wanted to hear.  I don’t even do sew-a-longs because I truly prefer to roll solo when it comes to sewing.  It’s not that I don’t play well with others, it’s that my sewing is personal.  It’s dictated by my mood and what’s inspiring me at the moment… not a consensus plan.  And to be quite honest, lace was not on my radar.  Sure, it’s pretty and one of the hottest trends of the season.  And [...]

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Candy Colored Lace

When Carolyn and I set up camp in the lace shelves at Mood Fabrics NYC over a month ago, I couldn’t help but pull every technicolor bolt out for a snapshot.  Carolyn quite rightly reminded me: Oooooooooona. We’re here for everyone else. I am not the best listener.  She had to remind me of this repeatedly. But I abstained! I did not walk out with my own lace that day!  (The promise of Lazzara’s pizza helped.)  Instead, I let the bolts simmer in my head for a week, and returned to find this crazy pink and orange diddy hanging out in [...]

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Mustard-Yellow Poplin Jacket

Lately, I have been seeing a certain color combination of navy and mustard in fashion and I have been wanting to introduce it into my wardrobe.  I found this Donna Karan mustard poplin add this stripe jersey from Mood Fabrics and now I have the perfect combination for new spring garments. At first, I was thinking a skirt and top, like this picture from my pins, but I really don’t wear skirts that much and  I wanted garments that I will wear quite often.  A jacket for spring is always a welcome addition to the wardrobe and I selected BWOF  6/2006 #104 [...]

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A Lace Dress for a Non-Lace Girl

Hi, all! I hope you guys have enjoyed the lace project posts this month as much as I have! Now, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m not much of a lace girl, so my goal with this challenge was to make a garment that I would actually wear and love. I decided to avoid anything overtly floral or feminine, and with this in mind dug through a gazillion bolts of fancy lace (inadvertently missing an entire section of what I guess is “not fancy” lace, whoops!). I settled on this gold mesh-like poly lace: Pretty cool, right? I decided to [...]

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Neoprene and Lace Bomber Jacket

(Greetings from Meg at Mood! The Mood Sewing Network bloggers are letting me participate in this month’s Lace Challenge. Here’s my take on lace.) Ok, I admit it. I am crazily obsessed with bomber jackets this spring. This is the second bomber jacket I’ve made in a month, and I’m working on number three right now. They’re easy to make, easy to wear, so what’s not to love? Version #2, graciously modeled above by Marianne, is made from neoprene and lace using Burda pattern 7210, available at Simplicity.com. (You can get more pattern and sewing details here on the Mood [...]

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Navy Lace Dress a la Tory Burch

While Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I’m in trouble. This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased. Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood, and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress [...]

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Silk Twill Top a la Kate Spade

I’m staying at a lovely 5-star resort through the weekend (not our typical getaway) – one of those places where you swap your car for bicycles upon arrival. My husband is engaged in professional activities allowing me to bring along a suitcase of sewing paraphernalia guilt free. This morning when I discovered my white thread was left at home I called the concierge to request a sewing kit so I could hem my top. “My apologies Mrs. Gunn, but we do not furnish sewing kits.” My husband was slightly incredulous when I got dressed and pedaled to the nearest store [...]

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A Lace Dress for Paige

At Mood Sewing Network, March is lace sewing month for the bloggers.  I was discussing with my oldest daughter, Paige, what I might make for this challenge.  After a few ideas, she suggested a dress for her.  I thought it was a great suggestion and I told her to start looking at patterns and inspiration photos. Next step was the lace selection and Paige wanted a mint color lace (popular for spring).   She looked at the  incredible laces on Mood Fabric’s online shop and we knew Mood had an even a wider selection at their at their store in NYC and LA. [...]

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Guipure Lace + Wool Tweed = Designer Interpretation

Let’s face it ~ this month it’s all about the fabric!  Upon accepting the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge, I decided to use a lace that I’ve never sewn with before.  I’ve made a few lace garments in the past, even using an embellished lace in an evening gown but never a piece of lace as beautiful and awesome as this guipure. I chose the guipure because I wanted to interpret a designer dress and it featured the prettiest lace on the bodice of the dress. So after choosing my guipure, I headed upstairs to the third floor of Mood [...]

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