A Monochromatic Beach Look

Hello, and happy almost July! We’re definitely in the thick of summer now! One of the many perks of living in a beach town is that I feel completely justified in treating myself to some new handmade swimwear every year. Fresh swimming duds are definitely a wardrobe necessity for me! I actually began stashing some swimwear fabric earlier this year for this summer’s suit. I’m always drawn to patterns, and even more so with fun garments like a bikini. This Black/White Broken Glass Digitally Printed Tricot from Mood Fabrics online caught my eye with its modern print and monochromatic palette. It’s [...]

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Men’s Geometric Print Shirt and Linen Shorts

Hurray for summer sewing! Short sleeve shirts and shorts are two of my favorite things to sew, maybe because I associate them so closely with warm weather and summer vacations. I found a beautiful geometric cotton print at Mood Fabrics in NYC last month and decided it would make a perfect summer shirt.  (Mood has a vast online selection of beautiful cotton prints.  This one is similar to the one I found in the New York store.) I used vintage Simplicity 6955, a men’s shirt pattern from 1966, because I like the preppy cut, though I chose to narrow the [...]

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Sewing Projects For the Home

Hey everyone! I’m doing something a little different this month for my MSN project – instead of sewing for myself, I sewed some stuff for my home! This is about as close to unselfish sewing as I can manage I just recently moved house (from a basement apartment in the middle of the woods, to a sweet second-floor apartment with masses of windows, in my favorite part of Nashville!), so sprucing up and decorating were at the top of the list! Plus, I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough time to sew an outfit for myself with all the packing/moving/unpacking [...]

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Jersey Shirt

    Solid color knit shirts are a need for my wardrobe, so this week I worked on one to fill the void in my closet.    I went with Mood Fabric’s Cobalt Viscose Jersey, which has a lovely hand and drape.  This color is sold out but there are several other colors in that same fabric or you can pick from this great selection of jersey fabrics. I went with McCall’s 7247 for this fabric which is clingy and I thought this would be a good pattern for the fabric.  One  thing to note about this pattern, it is a slim [...]

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Black and White is Always Right!

  A black and white outfit is always très hip. You get pieces that can be worn together or separate.  That’s the perfect way to add to your wardrobe. Especially when using seasonless fabrics.   When searching for seasonless fabrics, I look for comfort. I also look for fabrics that will keep you comfortable in the warm months and can also be layered in the cool months. For my top, I used this gorgeous Black Sleek Viscose Ponte Knit. I love the weight of it.  It works for this top and it would also work for a body con style dress. [...]

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Bright Italian Batiste Button-Front Shirt

It’s officially summer in Texas, y’all. The sun is blazing, our air-conditioner runs almost constantly, and I’m wishing that muumuus would make a dramatic fashion comeback. Barring such a phenomenal event, I’m instituting my summer wardrobe rules, once again. Light, natural fibers and flowing shapes are key to surviving triple-digit heat. All the better, if bright colors and summery prints are heavily involved. Mood Fabrics has a ton of cotton prints that hit this sweet spot, right now. One of my favorites is this Italian Floral Printed Cotton Batiste, which comes in three pretty colorways–Blue/Yellow/Orange, Fig/Pink/Blue, and Black/Orange/Yellow–and is covered [...]

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Little Black Dress

Greetings from Edisto Island! Hubby and I are on the grounds of the island’s historic Presbyterian Church now in its fourth century of worship, and which we found to be a perfect setting for photos. I was on a mission to make brightly colored summer clothes when New Look 6429 leaped off of the catalogue page. It is one of those patterns I’ve been looking for since I returned to sewing nearly 5 years ago. Cut in shoulders, cut out neckline, simple and chic, I was smitten. I also had a  beautiful piece of black stretch viscose crepe from Mood Fabrics waiting to [...]

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