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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 […]
Neoprene Jersey and Mesh Sheath Dress!
I’ve been obsessing over neoprene fabric for a while now. And it seems like the more obsessive I became, the better the fabric is now. Neoprene isn’t as thick and stiff as it was a few years ago. These new and improved lighter weight “neoprene-like” fabrics are a dream to sew with and perfect for structured garments. Which is why I picked this black/ivory abstract neoprene jersey. Talk about hard to get! I stalked this fabric for weeks. It sold out and all of a sudden it was back! I knew it would be the perfect fabric for this dress. […]
A Polka Dot Halter Wrap Dress!
I’ve been really having an eye for vintage patterns lately. I especially like the ones from the 1970s. This one is dated 1980, so it still has that late 70s vibe. This pattern is Simplicity 9704 – Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas front wrap dress with pleated front closing skirt and curved hemline. Tie neckline. I knew that I wanted to make this dress in a silk crepe, so when I started my search of fabrics I lucked up on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Dark Blue (more like cobalt) Polka Dot Silk Crepe from MoodFabrics.com. The hand of this fabric is […]
A Peacock Blue Stretch Wool Sheath!
My preferred style of dress has always been a sheath dress. I know a lot of women like skater styles or dresses with full skirts. But I love a sheath dress. And this pattern – Vogue 8872, which is a play off of the ever-so-popular Black Halo Jackie O Dress, is no exception. My preferred way to wear a sheath dress is close-fitting. Sheath dresses look elegant and slimming, especially when they’re form-fitting (not skintight). This is something you must keep in mind when picking fabric. I like fabric with a little bit of stretch for wearing ease. That’s […]
Vintage Christian Dior Mohair Coat!
Every year I make a coat. It’s something that I look forward to and I’m always excited when I plan my project. For the longest time, I’ve had this gorgeous vintage Vogue Paris Original (#1023) – 1970s Christian Dior coat in my collection. But I had never been able to find the perfect fabric. I wanted something “fuzzy”, just like the pattern envelope. And I found fabric that was absolute perfection. This heathered gray fuzzy mohair-blend from Mood Fabrics just epitomized everything I was looking for. And as a plus, it was gray. I am completing all the neutral outerwear […]
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 Capri-Blue Neoprene Mesh Dress!
When I saw this fabric, it immediately caught my attention. This is Capri Blue Nylon-Silk Neoprene I wasn’t sure about it, so I swatched! If there is every a “questionable” fabric that you aren’t familiar with — swatch first! And I’m so glad I did. I don’t think the picture accurately details this fabric. It’s a textured honeycomb patterned, capri blue neoprene material is layered on top of a pastel blue knit, combining to make a thick, three-dimensional material with a nice one directional stretch. And the fabric content is 79% nylon, 21% silk. It’s absolutely amazing. The fabric sewed well. However, […]