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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt

Everything leather and leather-ish is very popular this season. Leather is not only the new black, but the new everything and it’s everywhere. And I’ve been playing with all forms of it. While searching Mood Fabric’s index, I discovered this great Donna Karan Black Solid Faux Leather, which is a black patent vinyl with a black fleece back and I had to have it! When I bought it, it said heavyweight, so I wasn’t sure what I would make. I just knew that it looked interesting and I bought several yards. When I pulled it from the box, it was indeed [...]

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The Lurex Woven Peplum Blazer

This peplum blazer is made from this gorgeous Carolina Herrera novelty fabric. Stone-colored, it combines “black threads with graphite, gray with soft silvery strands, in a textured weave that can scarcely be described as medium-weight with the prettiest subtle sheen,” from Mood Fabrics.  And it was perfect for this collarless jacket! When I think Carolina Herrera, my first thoughts are elegance and sophistication. So I wanted to create something that would do this beautiful fabric justice. I chose New Look 6231. Even with the pleated peplum, the lines of this jacket are simple and uncomplicated.  A perfect way to highlight [...]

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The End of Summer White Maxi Dress

This pattern has been on my “To Sew” list since last year.  I was determined to get it made this season.  And I did, in the nick of time! < This pattern is Vogue 1305.  And it’s a designer one — Lialia by Julia Alarcon.  She was also profiled on “All on the Line with Joe Zee” last season. The description of this dress is as follows: semi-fitted, lined, pullover dress (fitted through hips) has draped right side extending into sleeve, left side slit, shoulder opening, and back opening with button/loop. Note: shoulder opening can be worn as neck opening. I [...]

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The Abstract Silk Crepe Dress

This is Vogue 8849.  And I used view B. I used this absolutely amazing abstract floral print from Mood Fabrics. The fabric is called Springtime Floral Lightweight Silk Crepe.  And these pictures just doesn’t do it justice.  It was so easy to work with.  Not as lightweight as a crepe de chine.  But it still has a great amount of body and a lovely hand for draping. This pattern was great to work with. Well-drafted and easy instructions. My favorite part is that this pattern is a Vogue Pattern’s “Custom Fit”.  Which means, no FBAs needed!  And it does what [...]

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Nautical Crop Top with High Waisted Shorts

Mikaela made the special request for a crop top and high waisted shorts. She specifically said she wanted the shorts to be striped and I said, why not make a matching top.  Suit dressing is popular this season. I remembered the perfect fabric from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be what she wanted.  This fabric is Nautical Double-Faced Cotton-blend Jersey.  The fabric is really easy to work with.  It doesn’t have a lot of stretch, so I would probably use it for garments that don’t require a lot of recovery… preferably things that could also be made in [...]

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