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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Welcoming Fall with Mustard and Chocolate

  I love creating separates that can be mixed and matched throughout my wardrobe and worn over and over. I love clothes that I can get great mileage out of, yet has a bit of unique appeal. Like this amazing top.   This is Vogue 1188. It’s currently out-of-print, but still very much of the moment. Dramatic sleeves are presently trending for this season and these sleeves are definitely bringing the drama. I call it sewing kismet and feel that the sewing goddesses have shone down upon me when a fabric is “sew” perfect for a design. And that’s how [...]

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Ruffles for Fall 2016!

I am currently working on transional garments, pieces that I can wear now and later. I’m also embracing some of Fall 2016′s hottest trends – Ruffles. I love a black and white outfit. These separates get the most mileage in my wardrobe. So let me tell you about these pieces:   This Black Stretch Silk Georgette top is modified from Vogue 1308, which is a jumpsuit pattern. I took the bodice and lengthened it and I eliminated the back zipper to create a tuckable, pullover top. I doubled the asymmetrical ruffle for added volume and finished them with a rolled [...]

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Rainbow Cutout!

While I was browsing the designer spring/summer collections online, I discovered these fabulous stripe dresses from Dolce and Gabbana.     Source: Net-a-Porter.com   I loved all of the elements of the dresses and the striped fabric and I decided that I could make this look work for my everyday life.  And I knew the perfect pattern I would use to execute my look. I picked Butterick 6351 and found this fabulous Italian Multicolor Striped Cotton-Lycra Sateen fabric from Mood Fabric.com. I cut the size 14 in the C cup. I added an inch to the length of the bodice [...]

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Black and White is Always Right!

  A black and white outfit is always très hip. You get pieces that can be worn together or separate.  That’s the perfect way to add to your wardrobe. Especially when using seasonless fabrics.   When searching for seasonless fabrics, I look for comfort. I also look for fabrics that will keep you comfortable in the warm months and can also be layered in the cool months. For my top, I used this gorgeous Black Sleek Viscose Ponte Knit. I love the weight of it.  It works for this top and it would also work for a body con style dress. [...]

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