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A Polka Dot Halter Wrap Dress!
I’ve been really having an eye for vintage patterns lately. I especially like the ones from the 1970s. This one is dated 1980, so it still has that late 70s vibe. This pattern is Simplicity 9704 - Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas front wrap dress with pleated front closing skirt and curved hemline. Tie neckline. I knew that I wanted to make this dress in a silk crepe, so when I started my search of fabrics I lucked up on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Dark Blue (more like cobalt) Polka Dot Silk Crepe from MoodFabrics.com. The hand of this fabric is [...]
A Peacock Blue Stretch Wool Sheath!
My preferred style of dress has always been a sheath dress. I know a lot of women like skater styles or dresses with full skirts. But I love a sheath dress. And this pattern – Vogue 8872, which is a play off of the ever-so-popular Black Halo Jackie O Dress, is no exception. My preferred way to wear a sheath dress is close-fitting. Sheath dresses look elegant and slimming, especially when they’re form-fitting (not skintight). This is something you must keep in mind when picking fabric. I like fabric with a little bit of stretch for wearing ease. That’s [...]
Vintage Christian Dior Mohair Coat!
Every year I make a coat. It’s something that I look forward to and I’m always excited when I plan my project. For the longest time, I’ve had this gorgeous vintage Vogue Paris Original (#1023) – 1970s Christian Dior coat in my collection. But I had never been able to find the perfect fabric. I wanted something “fuzzy”, just like the pattern envelope. And I found fabric that was absolute perfection. This heathered gray fuzzy mohair-blend from Mood Fabrics just epitomized everything I was looking for. And as a plus, it was gray. I am completing all the neutral outerwear [...]
Navy Blue is the New Black!
I have an affinity for black. I usually have to show self-restraint in order to not stock my sewing studio with black fabric. So when I came across this gorgeous navy blue, I awarded myself a reprieve. I mean, it’s dark but it’s not black so that makes it okay! This Mood Fabrics fabulous find, a dark navy woven is from designer Theory. And just as stunning as this fabric is, it’s equally unusual. It’s a woven with 2-way stretch that feels and sews like a neoprene. It’s magical when used on a structured garment as my skirt and also [...]
Black and White for Fall Nights!
There is just something so classic and elegant about a black and white ensemble. And I just can’t get enough of these wardrobe staples. There are so easy to mix and match with other pieces in my closet. And one of the things that I’ve been craving most is a black guipure lace skirt. And why not a white top with dramatic sleeves to pair with it! For the top, I used Vogue 8945. It’s actually a pattern for a dess, but I love the sleeves… so why not a top? I cut the size 14 and I only used [...]
The Bold Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe De Chine Romper!
Summer is in full-effect here in the South. And cool, casual, chic and comfy looks are required. And one of my favorite summer fabrics is silk crepe de chine. I love it in everything and I can always find a garment that it’ll be perfect for.
Sporty Chic Separates
As much as a I love a beautiful dress, great separates keep my wardrobe moving on a daily basis. Sure, a dress is the epitome of one-piece dressing ease. But the ability to rework separates again and again, makes creating new outfit possibilities endless! Lately, I’ve been working on filling gaps in my wardrobe and I discovered that I need more knit tops that are wash and go and easy to throw on. And a striped nautical knit top is a perfect addition. I chose a beautiful black and ivory striped viscose fabric that was so popular that it’s sold [...]
Floral and Lace Panel Dress Inspired by Clements Ribeiro
For March, the Mood Sewing Network challenge was to sew something “inspired” by the spring ready-to-wear collections with our monthly allowance. I chose a Clements Ribeiro that I saw on Net-A-Porter.com. My inspiration: Clements Ribeiro S/S 2014 I chose Clements Ribeiro because I wanted to highlight a lesser-known designer. And, I love this dress! I was drawn to the fabulous floral print and the back lace panels. As you know, a fabulous (non-knit) print for spring is hard to find. But luckily, I found this stunning black and white cotton-lycra medium weight twill at Mood Fabrics.com. Along with this beautiful [...]