Embroidered Linen Skirt

Hey gang! We are really in the dog days of summer here in East Texas, with temperatures hovering near triple digits.  In heat like this, there’s really no way to stay cool – honestly, I’ve given up trying! Instead I just put on a pretty outfit that makes me smile, even if I am a wilting flower well before noon! This month’s make for the Mood Sewing Network was one of those times when my first glance at a fabric immediately inspires a whole outfit, complete with lipstick colors and hairstyle. It’s rare that this happens to me, but when […]

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Marc Jacobs Silk Faille Pencil Skirt

Good afternoon, y’all! I don’t know about you, but my July absolutely flew by. In between houseguests and summer trips, this was one packed month. That’s especially true, when you factor in my favorite summer happening: the Romance Writers of America National Conference! Each July, 3000 genre fiction authors descend on one city and talk about our industry, books, and latest authorial gossip. With three days of business meetings and workshops, capped off by a fancy gala, it’s also a great excuse to dress up a bit. Originally, I had planned to make a formal gown for the awards gala, […]

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Cotton Pique Shirtdress!

Hi, guys! We’re nearly halfway through the summer- can you believe it?? I’ve done some wild and crazy sewing this summer, experimenting with different silhouettes and going crazy with prints, which has been really fun. But this month I decided I wanted to make an everyday summer dress, classic in shape and color, that I can dress up or down, accessorize multiple ways, and wear anywhere my day takes me! No crazy prints allowed! (Sidenote: my print and bright colors mania has led to a bit of a situation in the shoe department. Tell me I’m not the only one […]

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Silk Summer Tanks Times Three

My Mood Sewing Network projects this month are all about fabric pairings.  It started with finding this Anna Sui silk crepe de chine panel print at Mood Fabrics online.  I thought it would pair nicely with some of the Mood Mark Jacobs embroidered dot silk I had left over from this shirtdress project, a garment which has mostly languished in the back of my closet. I’ve always wanted to make something I’d wear more often with the left over fabric since those raised dots are so fun!  An easy summer tank seemed just the thing, and the free By Hand London Polly Top was […]

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Blue Silk Blouse for Fall

I’m usually the last person to switch over to fall sewing every year. August is so hot around here and I’m never ready to start thinking about making cool weather garments. However, what little enthusiasm I had for making maternity clothing has completely evaporated and I’m wanting to make some things I can wear after this baby is born in October. I always nurse my kiddos for the first year so will need my clothing somewhat unfitted on the top. A silk blouse was of course my first thought because I seriously love them and all the other ones I’ve […]

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Summer Eyelet

Today’s outfit inspiration comes from a completely new realm for me – watercolor painting! I signed up for a watercolor painting class earlier this summer, and I’ve really been enjoying the process of learning something new – and the results that come with it! This is one of the paintings I did in my final class; no, it wasn’t a fashion illustration class, but the teacher was open to letting us paint whatever wanted (and in my case, it was fashion illustration! Which amused her to no end :)). I had some swatches from Mood Fabrics that I knew I […]

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Silk Crepe De Chine Romper

Last week we housed 5 adults and 2 children for 24 hours. And all I got was this awesome Silk Crepe De Chine thingamajig. One of said adults, the six-foot-fifty-eight one, was sporting a fabulous, flowy, silky pants-thing that had holes for your footsies and shirring at the top.  This dame, let’s call her The Diva, wore them because she knew I would specifically be fascinated by them.  Indeed I was.  I made her take them off that evening so’s I could study ’em. With two screaming nutjobs in the house in various states of undress, it wasn’t weird at […]

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The Capri-Blue Neoprene Mesh Dress!

When I saw this fabric, it immediately caught my attention.  This is Capri Blue Nylon-Silk Neoprene I wasn’t sure about it, so I swatched!  If there is every a “questionable” fabric that you aren’t familiar with — swatch first!  And I’m so glad I did. I don’t think the picture accurately details this fabric. It’s a textured honeycomb patterned, capri blue neoprene material is layered on top of a pastel blue knit, combining to make a thick, three-dimensional material with a nice one directional stretch. And the fabric content is 79% nylon, 21% silk. It’s absolutely amazing. The fabric sewed well.  However, […]

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Men’s Cotton Herringbone Suit

I’ve been wanting to make a warm-weather suit since the spring, but this month I finally hunkered down and made it! I found an elegant pants-weight navy cotton twill at Mood Fabrics that fit the bill perfectly: it’s lightweight but sturdy enough for tailoring.  The cotton has a herringbone weave that sets it apart from standard diagonal twill fabric.  (You can see Mood’s selection of cotton twill fabrics here.) The suit has a poly half lining (drawn from my stash) and minimal interfacing to keep things casual and lightweight. I picked up my genuine horn buttons at Mood too. (Check […]

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