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Runway-Inspired Two-Piece Dress

I’m not someone who really follows runway fashion, and, prior to this challenge, I had never even heard of the designers I’m drawing inspiration from. But as I looked at many, many photos of runway shows, I kept coming back to Sea‘s spring RTW collection. The collection was split between looks that were tough, dark, and androgynous and looks that were romantic and feminine. I especially liked the looks where the designers used elements that usually look prim and proper and gave them a youthful edge by combining them with modern details like cut-outs and exposed zippers. I decided to [...]

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Brit-Inspired Houndstooth Blazer

Guys, I’ve been watching a LOT of TV lately. I feel like a bit of a couch potato, but it’s totally justified since I work in film and television—it’s homework, right? JUST SAY YES. My main obsession lately has been all things BBC- Dr. Who, Torchwood, Luther, and Sherlock, to name a few. All of this led to a sudden, desperate attraction to classic British wool garments—there are only so many times you can see Benedict Cumberbatch swirling around in a fantastic wool coat before you want to wrap yourself in tweed from head to toe! If you ever find [...]

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Twill and Flannel Anorak

Brrrrrr! Readers, it’s cold out here! I’m no fan of winter weather, but I AM a fan of outerwear, so at least the silver lining of this week’s snowfall is that I get to road-test my new jacket! I’ve really been digging the trend of slouchy anoraks that all the cool Brooklyn babes seem to be wearing lately, so I was excited to recreate the look myself. The ubiquitous olive green doesn’t do me any favors, so I opted for a nice medium gray cotton twill from Mood Fabrics NYC (these beautiful organic twills are favorites of mine– I’ve used several colorways for [...]

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Shiny Sateen Blazer!

Hi, guys! Happy Almost-Holidays! This time of year I often find myself with functions to go to after work, but I don’t have time to go home and change first. Sometimes I drag a cocktail dress to work and change in the ladies’ room, but I decided that it would be easier (and less stressful!) to make a day-to-night piece that I can toss on top of my work outfit when I feel like getting a little festive. Enter this blazer! I used two black cotton sateens, one very shiny (for the lapels and welts) and one more matte (for [...]

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Cozy Cocoon Cardigan in Quilted Plaid Wool

Hi, guys!  Hope you’re all well!  Here in NYC it has suddenly grown bitterly cold, so perhaps we can blame what you’re about to witness on the weather. I’ve been really interested lately in the fun cocoon coats and jackets popping up on Pinterest and fashion blogs.  There’s something really daring about the exaggerated shape, and I really like that.  I love to be bold and try new shapes!  I thought it would be really fun to try out a traditional cold-weather fabric in this modern silhouette, so I used this amazing plaid wool coating from Mood Fabrics NYC (look [...]

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Wool Double Knit Sweater for My Dad

O, Autumn!, fairest of seasons, when the air is crisp and clear, lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and a sewist’s heart leaps at the thought of wrapping herself in wool from head to toe! I hit the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC determined to find the perfect cocoon to shelter myself from autumn’s advances and boy, it did not disappoint! The only thing is, when I found this luxurious wool double knit, I knew immediately I had to make a sweater for my dad. He’s always cold, but lives in a cool climate, so he layers up nearly year-round! (Special thanks [...]

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Better-Late-Than-Never Baby Dresses!

Friends, I’m gonna let you in on one of my ugliest, dirtiest secrets. I hate sewing things for babies. I can feel the searing rays of your judgment! But let me explain– baby clothes are fiddly to make, fit for about 10 minutes, and never stay clean for very long. It’s a lot of work for very little payoff!  Plus, many babies are showered with so many tiny outfits when they could probably use a big box of Pampers much more than another cardigan! But, when dearly-beloved friends have babies, even the grumpiest baby grinch is occasionally tempted to dabble [...]

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Silk to the Max!

Do you ever spot a fabric that you want desperately, but don’t really know what to do with?  I usually try not to buy fabric if I can’t come up with a specific plan for it as I don’t really have the space to store it, so I said no to this amazing silk crepe de chine TWICE.  Finally, on a third visit to Mood Fabrics NYC, I had a vision of myself wearing it from head to toe and snatched it up to make a maxi dress! Editor’s note: Take a look at all the silk crepe de chines [...]

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I Can’t Believe I Made a Swimsuit!

I mean, I guess it’s not that surprising since everyone and their mom is making a swimsuit this summer (has anyone’s mom made this pattern? I’m guessing my mom would love it, but don’t give her any ideas or I’ll be running a swimsuit sweatshop… my sister already wants one!), but the thought of sewing swimwear has always made me say, “No way, Jose!” I bought this fabric at Mood Fabrics NYC. Not everyone knows that they sell swimwear fabric, but yes, they have lots of it, all kinds! I planned to get a solid color, but this print had [...]

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