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A Perfect Plaid Statement Coat!
Don’t you love when you find a hidden gem in a pattern? I do! And this is what Vogue 9123 is, a hidden gem. I completely overlooked this pattern since it was released. And lo and behold, the perfect lightweight coat pattern! We tend to have a lot of mild winter temps, and this coat is perfect for that type of breezy winter weather. My perfect fabric is this Rose/Gray/Off-White Flannelled Wool Coating. It’s very lightweight and feels almost like a wool suiting. I cut the size 14 straight from the envelope. I didn’t have to make any adjustments. I [...]
A Silk Tunic and Faux Leather Leggings!
During the cool weather months, leggings are a go to fashion staple for me. Its a no-brainer because of how easy they pair with ankle boots and tuck into tall boots. For this occasion, I was looking for a dressier look. I decided to create a pair of stretch faux leather leggings using this Black Stretch DTY Pleather from Mood Fabrics.com. For constructing thsese, I found that a ball point needle and a teflon foot worked perfectly. I used McCall’s 6404 leggings pattern, view C. I tapered the leg down to a 10″ opening and used invisible zippers on the outer [...]
A Perfect Ponte Knit Dress for the First Day of Fall!
This is the perfect dress for the official first day of fall! It’s super comfortable and a “wardrobe basic”. It’s essentially a sweatshirt dress. The fabric is a Heather Gray Polyester Blend (poly/rayon/lycra) Ponte Knit from Mood Fabrics.com that is probably one of the softest, yet at the same time – luxurious knits I’ve ever used. I’m not just saying this because I’m a Mood blogger, but as far as ponte knits go, they have pretty much the best quality that I’ve ever encountered. This knit reminds of a cashmere blend knit that’s used in high-end loungewear. What I love [...]
Good-Bye Summer Yellow Dress!
It’s the end of summer, and to celebrate I needed a great dress to close out the season. And what color represents sunny days than a gorgeous yellow. I picked this Sunflower Yellow Faux Dotted Swiss Polyester Chiffon from Mood Fabrics.com. It was perfect for (OOP) Vogue 1240. This is an old pattern that was released in 2011, so there were plenty of reviews. I knew going in that the armholes were “side-boob-revealingly low”. So I cut the size 10 and graded out to the size 12. Underneath all of that draping, the body of the dress is basically a [...]
Shake, Shimmer and Sparkle!
Vogue 1288 has been on my to sew list for a while. So long, that the pattern is currently out-of-print. I knew from the beginning that I would always make this dress using a sequin fabric. It was just meant for it. Then I ran across this perfect Blue and white Pailette Sequin Fabric at Mood Fabrics.com. It was kismet! I cut the pattern size 12 and lengthened by 3 inches. The sequin pailettes are sporadically placed on a polyester mesh backing, so I decided to underline it with this polyester stretch crepe de chine. But when I tried it [...]
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 [...]