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Black Poplin Handkerchief Hem Shirt Dress
Is cotton poplin not the greatest fabric to work with? Of course it is. We’ve been getting a few warm days as spring slowly approaches, and this is the perfect fabric for warm weather day dresses. When I think of something easy to wear that packs a power punch on style and simplicity, shirt dresses are one of my favorite styles. I’ve made quite a few over the years, so I wanted something this time that put a different spin on the classic dress. That’s why I picked McCall’s 7351. My fabric is Jet Black Stretch Cotton Poplin from Mood […]
Winter White Corduroy Jeans!
This has definitely been the season for me to sew more with napped fabrics. I don’t think I’ve ever been this drawn to corduroy as I am this season. The 70s fashion friend made a huge comeback this year along with its cousin velvet. And I can’t seem to get enough of them. I love wearing white jeans all year long. So a pair of white cords just made sense. I searched and found this amazing fabric: Whisper White Short-Piled Stretch Cotton Corduroy. The cords are so subtle that the fabric looks like velvet. Either way, this fabric is so […]
Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker Fabric equals the Perfect Cotton Shirting!
I was doing a closet purge and closet organization and realized I was short on tops. I always feel like I’m missing out on great tops to just throw on with a pair of jeans, so I’m on a mission to fill in that hole in my wardrobe. This top is Simplicity 8455. I decided to used Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker. It makes a wonderful and interesting shirting fabric. Being that this fabric is 100% cotton, it cut and sewed like a dream. This fabric worked well with a lightweight fusible interfacing in places like the facing and the […]
The Baja Blue Single-Shoulder Stretch Crepe Jumpsuit
When you find a great fabric you love, you buy it multiple times! That’s what I did with this amazing Theory Baja Blue Stretch Crepe, which is unfortunately sold out. I bought this fabric last year and made this great dress and it immediately sold out then. If Mood restocks this one, you should grab it. But until then, here are some selections that I think would be great (Ralph Lauren Evening Blue Stretch Crepe, Deep Wisteria Stretch Polyester Crepe and Italian Stretch Polyester Crepe Fabric). It’s no secret that I love a jumpsuit. And I always like for my fabric to have […]
A Matte Viscose White Dress!
Every spring/summer season, I make a white dress. It’s basically become a tradition for me. A white dress signifies summer. My dresses vary in style, shape and fabric. I’d purchased this stunning Ralph Lauren White Viscose Matte Jersey for another project. But since I didn’t order a swatch, I didn’t realize just how lightweight and translucent the fabric would be. So I had to think through how I would use this fabric. I decided on McCall’s 7591. I felt the silhouette would be perfect. And I was right. This fabric is gorgeous and it was not difficult to work with. […]
Going Nude for Spring!
From the first moment I laid eyes on Vogue 1531 by designer Lialia, I knew I had to make this! The front with the dramatic cowl neck is beautiful. But the open-back design sealed the deal! This pattern just called out to me. There is something sexy, yet sophisticated and polished about this look. I feel what keeps it in this zone is the choice of fabric. So I immediately started searching for an amazing fabric choice. I couldn’t find anything quite right. It’s like when you have an idea of what you want, but not a definitive definition. But […]
African Wax Print Pussy Bow Dress!
Happy New Year! With a new year comes new things. And African Wax Prints are new to me. My Instagram feed is constantly filled with all sorts of African Wax Prints and Ankara Prints in the accounts I follow. I love looking at them. I’d never had a desire to try them out because I find a lot of the prints to be overwhelming since I’m not the biggest lover of big, bold and colorful prints. But when I saw the Black and Red Geometric African Wax Print from Mood Fabrics.com, I knew that was the one that would make […]
A Faux-Fur Leopard Print Coat!
I’d been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It’s the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com. J.McLaughlin Pella Faux Fur Leopard Coat I’d seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I’d previously used in plaid wool.I used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could’ve gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that […]
Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!
I’ve been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect. Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket, so I knew that this one would be a great because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It’s very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn’t need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle. The body of the jacket […]