Gettin’ My Preppy On

Madras, anyone? Finding this multicolored cotton patchwork on the Mood Fabrics website was almost as refreshing as a dip in the pool! I looked forward to putting a feminine twist on this classic preppy fabric and paired it with Butterick’s dress pattern 5917. Perhaps I’m a child at heart loving those madras children’s clothes filled with ruffles, but I thought this pattern had just the right feminine touch without the fussiness for the busy fabric. Actually, I’ve seen lots of RTW seersucker dresses sewn in this pattern. Since there was only one review on the Pattern Review website I wasn’t […]


A Designer Interpretation in Linen

  I like the designer, Barbara Tfank, for her ladylike dresses.  To me they express a classic elegance that epitomizes the look of the 1960s.  Her dresses speak of Grace Kelly’s and Jackie Kennedy’s style and panache to me.  So even though my original idea was for a sheath dress and jacket in black linen, this style spoke to me even more. Now there’s loads of black linen at the Mood NYC and LA stores and online at I know linen is a basic and not a flashy designer fabric BUT it is a staple in my summer wardrobe. […]


Little European Swim Trunks

I’ve been watching (what seems like) every sewist I know tackle swimsuits this season with admiration and apprehension.  As much as I wish to make my own swimsuit, it just seems like an overwhelming task (although Ginger Makes and her last project has me feeling less afraid).  Trying to sew swimsuits for my girls seems doable–less fit issues for little girls than for a 35 year old woman–but when I can find cute little suits for $15, it seems hardly worth the effort.  Then it hits me. I am in love with European inspired swim trunks for little boys and […]


Satin Scoop-Back Dress

Guys! I love this dress. I feel like I need a wedding to wear it to now or something. The fabric is this cream satin from Mood Fabrics and I loved working with it. It seems to be pretty high quality but it was really affordable too, so that made me happy. Two tips for working with it though: #1 use glass head pins instead of plastic ones. This fabric isn’t very forgiving and leaves holes left by thicker pins. #2, if you’re going to be gathering at all, use quilting thread. I had issues with the thread breaking on my […]


Colorblocked Silk Skirt a la Kate Spade

  “Well if it isn’t Sultry and Sunshine!” blurted the drunk man upon seeing my friend and me. The year was 1984. My friend resembled Angelina Jolie and well, I just looked like myself, only 29 years younger. It’s not hard to know who was Sultry and who was Sunshine. I’m not sure what little Miss Sunshine was wearing that evening but I doubt it was yellow. There is no yellow in my home and I did not own any yellow clothes until two years ago after a medium told me I needed more yellow in my life. (Blogged HERE […]


Dotted Cotton Voile Blouse and Navy Denim Skirt

When I was planning my summer sewing in my new home of Seattle, with its seemingly jumbled mix of warm and cool, sunny and cloudy days, I was drawn to Mood Fabric’s cotton voiles. I thought they would be perfect for a summer blouse no matter the weather. This particular dotted cotton voile in cornflower blue was my favorite. A simple solid color with the interest being in the raised dots. It was perfectly behaved when cutting and sewing as well. Aren’t those dots so fun?! I imagined a loose blouse with sleeves that hit just above my wrists, long […]


Men’s Rayon Knit Tee and Linen Shorts

This month has been all about making summer clothes for my partner, Michael.  (I think it’s time to sew for me again soon!) When Michael and I visited Mood Fabrics together last month, in addition to the coral eyelet I used for a shirt (posted last week), Michael chose a lightweight, stretchy, rayon knit with a subtle floral print, and a rich, terra cotta-colored linen.  I decided to make a v-neck t-shirt with the rayon knit and short pants with the linen. Since the rayon knit was so lightweight, I also picked up half a yard of a sturdy cotton […]


Thakoon Cotton Dress for Summer

I’m sorry, but I just cannot get enough of these Thakoon cottons from Mood Fabrics. These are literally the BEST fabrics for summer, as far as I’m concerned. Thakoon is my new favorite  designer. If you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on his fabrics available at Mood, you’re in for a wonderful surprise —they’re so dreamy! This black-and-white Thakoon cotton I used here is super-soft and lightweight with the most beautiful drape. Since my pattern calls for a bit of contrast, I went with this lovely purple sateen. This one is soft and lightweight with a rich […]


I Can’t Believe I Made a Swimsuit!

I mean, I guess it’s not that surprising since everyone and their mom is making a swimsuit this summer (has anyone’s mom made this pattern? I’m guessing my mom would love it, but don’t give her any ideas or I’ll be running a swimsuit sweatshop… my sister already wants one!), but the thought of sewing swimwear has always made me say, “No way, Jose!” I bought this fabric at Mood Fabrics NYC. Not everyone knows that they sell swimwear fabric, but yes, they have lots of it, all kinds! I planned to get a solid color, but this print had […]

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