Make Way for Polka Dots!

Polka dots: do you wear them or avoid them? I have generally avoided them, though whenever I’m exploring the cotton shirting aisles of Mood Fabrics in NYC I often find myself drawn to them. But then I worry they’ll be hard on the eyes or overwhelming to my short-ish frame (I’m 5’7″), so I move on. On my last visit, however, I found what I think is the perfect polka-dotted cotton voile.  The dots are somewhat random, so easier to look at, while the mixed color palette — the black dots in particular — give the eyes a place to […]

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Chinese Red Double Cloth: Great Fabric, Wrong Pattern Choice Vogue 1525

  I seriously debated this Rebecca Vallance outfit, Vogue 1525.  When the pattern was first published, I thought about purchasing it.  But then I thought; “No this isn’t the look for me.”  After seeing it made by others, I thought maybe it will work for me. Well, throughout the entire process, I had doubts about the look on me.  In hind sight, I realized I should have simply made a muslin.  It would have told me a lot about how this outfit would look on me. Over the weekend, I tried it on again.  I think it’s the crispness of […]

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Leopard print faux fur jacket

Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters! Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside. My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I […]

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Vogue 8921 In Black-Metallic Gold Foil African-Inspired Stretch Velour

Happy New Year! This is one of four projects that I’d hoped to finish before the end of 2017.  I barely made it finishing the hem on December 30th around mid-night.   This fabric is definitely the speaker.  No need for a lot of details to show it off.  So I decided to make another version of  Vogue 8921, view C, the first time I used this pattern was in 2014. Forgive if the photo quality is not the best.  It is brutally cold in Illinois.  So no outdoor picture.  No way, no how. My goal was to have this dress […]

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