Navy Cotton Twill Ginger Pants

Happy Halloween, everyone! I wish I had something ~spooooky~ to share with y’all today, but I’m afraid (lolz) that I’ve been pretty boring this year in terms of sweet Halloween costumes. Instead, my sewing has been strictly practical – in the case of this month, I made some new pants! Can’t go wrong with a nice pair of pants, amirite. The Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files has long been a pants-staple of mine, although I primarily use this pattern to make jeans (I should add – with much success! It’s a GREAT jeans pattern). I’m pretty stocked up […]

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Polka Dot Fun

  What do you do when fall doesn’t come around?  Well, I am just going to keep sewing for the temperatures.  We are fluctuating from 60 degrees to mid-80 degrees, so I pulled out  Mood Fabrics’ Navy Polka Dotted Rayon Challis and went to work on a great dress that I can wear now and later.       I went with Simplicity 8084 for the dress and I am in love with this style.  I have found regular shirtdresses do not do much for my straight figure but with the drawstring waist and the blouson-type  top, this one really works. […]

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The “It Still Feels Like Summer” Dress

Howdy y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their autumn, wherever you are! Here in my part of the woods it continues to feel very much like summer, and I’m not complaining — yet! I was never much of a cold-weather gal, so the mild Texas winters suit me.  I decided to salute our long summers with a bright, neon orange dress! Gotta make use of this summer complexion while it lasts, right? So, I taught myself to sew about 6 years ago, and since then it seems like there are very few  fibers or fabrics that I have not worked […]

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Alice + Olivia Sweater Cape

I think I look smug here. I know I FEEL smug here. I’m grinning like the cat that ate the canary all throughout these photos, and I don’t care. Just a few short days ago, I was certain I’d completely wrecked this Alice + Olivia sweater knit, found on the top floor of Mood Fabric’s NY location. For this summer girl, Mood’s magical top floor is one of the few reasons to celebrate the drop in temperatures. (Though this yardage was found in-store, here’s some sweater knit offerings if your fingers are doing the walking!) Cold weather. Short days. UGH. Invariably, my summer-lorn mindset […]

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Wool + Lace Black and White Dress

I’ve just finished a classy wool dress for fall/winter that I’m in love with! The idea for this garment has been floating around my brain for years and I’m just so pleased to see it turn out exactly how I imagined. I knew I wanted to play around with lace motifs and needed a lace that I could cut into that wouldn’t fray. The one I used is from Mood fabrics and is all sold out but here is a black 3D guipure lace that’s similar. The white is an ivory wool twill also from Mood fabrics and also all sold out. […]

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Red Is One of My Favorite Colors – Vogue 8871

  Every once in awhile I inventory my closets to see what needs to be retired and what needs to be added.  I noticed that I only have only red dress in rotation.  That was kind of odd, since red is one of my favorite colors.  So I decided it was time to add a little warmth to my wardrobe. This is the perfect time.  The holiday season is around the corner, and I may as well get a head start.  So I began with a simple princess seam red dress.  Vogue 8871 is perfect:  it’s simple; it’s fit and […]

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Men’s Fitted Poplin Shirt (and Total Designer Knockoff)

Is it wrong to blatantly knock off somebody else’s design if you’re just sewing for yourself? I almost never do: menswear doesn’t really afford too many possibilities.  But I stumbled upon a beautiful white poplin shirt from the Fall 2016 collection of designer Hussein Chalayan a few weeks ago, and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, at $520, it was way beyond my means.  So I did what any determined sewer would do: I decided to knock it off. Last summer, I happened to purchase three yards of gorgeous white mercerized cotton poplin shirting at Mood Fabrics in NYC.  (Also […]

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