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Electric Blue Neoprene Blazer!
Hi, guys! Hope everyone is well! Let’s talk for a minute about fabric fads. Sometimes a fabric seems to get popular overnight and show up everywhere all at once! Neoprene is one of those fabrics. It’s suddenly everywhere! I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I’ve mostly seen it used for bodycon dresses or skirts and that’s just not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bright blue Alexander Wang neoprene at Mood NYC, I had one thought: BLAZER! (Check out Mood’s selection of neoprene here!) Now, neoprene is an unusual choice for a blazer, but [...]
Little Plaid Jacket!
Hi, guys! I hope your week is off to a great start! One of my favorite things about sewing clothes is that you can find unique ways to make a style your own. For example, you can take the edgy, menswear-inspired moto jacket, but make it up in pastel lace, and you’ve created a unique look that really shows off your personal style! So, for this little jacket, I wanted to try the classic Chanel-inspired silhouette, but use a casual (and extremely washable!) fabric that screams “me”! I knew right away that I wanted to use a plaid flannel cotton [...]
Wool and Pleather Winter Minidress!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and sewing up a storm! OK, question: do you have seasonal color palettes? I know I do! Sometimes I feel like my closet is split between two different people- winter me and summer me! In warm weather, I’m all about bright colors and fun prints, but in the winter, I wear much more subdued colors, like heathered browns, burgundies, or, my very favorite, greys. My cold weather clothing drawer is almost entirely grey! The unexpected benefit of this is that I have a really, really easy time getting dressed in the winter- my separates [...]
Snow Day (Faux) Fur Coat!
Hi, guys! Hope all is well with you, and that if you’re here in the northeast, you’re not too tired from digging yourselves out of the snow! I must confess to secretly being glad about the snowfall… what better excuse to wear my new faux fur coat?! Friends, I’ve wanted a coat like this for many years (to be exact, since I first saw The Royal Tenenbaums way back in 2001). I’m so excited to finally have one! I know that sewing with faux fur can be intimidating to many, but at the workshop where I began working this past [...]
Fuchsia Bouclé Coat!
Hi, guys! I hope that you’re all well and enjoying the holiday season! I’m really excited to share this garment with you today. I worked on it for a really long time, so I’m very happy to be wearing it finally! I knew that I wanted to try a coat in this silhouette when I first saw one about a year ago. The cocoon-y shape paired with dropped shoulders makes for a really interesting and fun look. I’d planned to make one last spring, but couldn’t quite get things together, so I was determined to make one this fall. Well, [...]
Isabel Marant-Inspired Sweater!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday! One of the best things about sewing is that you can take an idea and make it your own. You know, when you see something and like it, but wish it was just a little bit different? The idea from this came from a sweater from Isabel Marant’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. I loved the colorblocking, particularly in grey and brown. It looks really cool together and is a fun alternative to the black and brown combos I’ve been seeing lately in fashion [...]
Nanette + Ebony + Grainline Tee!
Hi, guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! Let me start off with a word of explanation: I really, really, really didn’t mean to get a summery print so late in the year. But I stumbled across this Nanette Lepore linen/silk blend (!) online and immediately fell hard for it (good news- it’s still in stock!!!). But, it’s October, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I left the browser window open for two days when I saw Mary’s tweet that she had just ordered the same print and, well, that little nudge was all [...]
Little Pink Jacket!
The little pink jacket… it’s a wardrobe staple, right? Alright, maybe not, but it sure is fun! I’ve been a bit obsessed with coats lately, and while I have a few in my sewing queue for this fall and winter, I knew that the first one I wanted to make would be for my mom. She has a fun personality and doesn’t take her wardrobe too seriously, so I knew I could have some fun with fabric and style. She’s a very casual dresser, but she likes styles that are classic or slightly vintage, so I thought this cropped swing [...]
Hi, guys!!! It’s the end of summer here in the U.S., so why not go out with a bang? Chez Ginger, going out with a bang usually means a really over-the-top garment like this psychedelic caftan. I was immediately drawn to this printed cotton at Mood Fabrics NYC, and my first impulse was to drape it over my entire body from head to toe (look here for a selection of Mood’s retro florals!). Luckily, the memory of Clio’s made-for-mom caftan was fresh in my mind, and probably a more elegant solution than just wrapping and pinning half a bolt around [...]