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Vogue 1507 | Paisley + Pinstripes Print Mixing!
I’ve never been the biggest fan of prints, so when I find some that I like, it’s true love! I fell in love with this crisp Dark Midnight Paisley Printed Cotton Poplin which is unfortunately sold out, but there is still some available in the yellow colorway. I knew it would be great for this top. And since I knew that I would be making the pants also, I wanted a complimenting fabric, so I picked this Italian Navy Pinstriped Blended Linen. It’s a cotton/linen blend with 1% of polyester. Just enough to keep them from wrinkling like crazy. Vogue 1507, [...]
Classic Navy and White for Spring!
A navy blazer is classic and timeless. It’s also essential to my wardrobe and the reason I needed to feel that hole. I’d run across this fabulous Theory Uniform Navy Striped Stretch Cotton-Linen Blend from Mood Fabrics.com. I knew it would be perfect for a jacket. I selected Vogue Patterns 1439, from designer Anne Klein. I love Anne Klein patterns. The styles, especially the jackets and pants have excellent tailored details and classically-chic styles. Here is the ready-to-wear version which is currently sold out. I cut the size 14. I like to give myself room with jackets. Even though this is [...]
White Button Down Shirt + Floral Print Full Skirt!
For effortless elegance, pairing a crisp white button down shirt with a floral full skirt is a no-brainer. A classic white shirt is a mainstay wardrobe staple that every woman should have in her closet. White button down shirts top almost every bottom well. And a fun floral full skirt is appropriate for so many scenarios. It works for so many occasions whereas a bodycon skirt would not. Every year, I have to update my classic white shirts. They occasionally become dingy and threadbare from wear and tear. The key to a great white shirt is being bright white, crisp [...]
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 [...]