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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 [...]
Transitional Basics in Beautiful Fabrics
I’ve been needing to fill in the blanks in my closet with classic “go-to” pieces for a while now. And what better time than transitional wardrobe season with classic black and white. I love white shirts and white blouses. The more interesting, the better… a not-so basic “basic” you could say. This Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1387 blouse is perfect. It’s great for layering under a jacket now and perfect on its own for the warmer months. I chose this beautiful Carolina Herrera single-ply silk crepe from Mood Fabrics because it reminded me of the original designer garment. And what a [...]
A Classic Camel Hair Coat
Every year, I like to make at least one substantial coat. Last year, it was my beloved cashmere pea coat. So this year, I decided it would be a classic camel hair coat. I wanted a coat that I would love and cherish for years to come… nothing trendy at all for this project. Just timeless elegance. I picked this beautiful camel-colored 100% camel hair fabric. It’s described as “a heavy-weight camel wool with a long brushed nap. Very soft, slightly spongy.” This is a napped fabric with a raised pile. Which means it’s best to layout your pattern and [...]
Holiday Glam with Black & Silver Baby Sequins Dress
‘Tis the season to be sparkling! What’s the holiday season with sparkle and shine? I’ll tell you: dull! Don’t be dull, add some sequins to your holiday (and beyond) wardrobe. My latest addition was inspired by this gorgeous black and silver abstract baby sequins fabric from Mood Fabrics. When I fell head over heels in love with this fabric, I knew I needed a simple design that would let this fabric shine (pun intended) and let it be the star. I needed a design that has a limited amount of seams, darts, pleats, pockets and set-in sleeves. This dress is [...]