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Minty Summer Separates!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! So, today’s project is a bit of a different one for me. I’ve been wanting a full, mint green skirt for the longest time, and it’s finally warm enough to wear one! I chose a creamy cotton voile (here’s a similar color that’s absolutely gorgeous!), thinking it would be nice and light for summer. It’s not totally opaque, but I left it unlined- I can always wear a slip if I want to. You don’t really need a pattern for a skirt this simple, but I was inspired by Pattern Runway’s free Easy Gathered [...]
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! This month, my project is a fun one! Now, I don’t wear much black, I never wear white, and I DO NOT wear black and white together. I just don’t! But for some reason, this print just called my name and I went with it! This is a Theory poly-cotton blend, soft and with lots of drape, that I found at Mood Fabrics NYC. (I don’t really follow designers, so I’m not searching for any specific designer’s fabric at Mood, but I seem to always find and love Theory fabrics! Whoever picks out their [...]
Geometric Shift Dress!
Hello! Hope your weeks are all off to a great start! I’m so excited to show you my (literally) shiny, new dress! This is a Marc Jacobs cotton/silk blend that I picked up at Mood Fabrics NYC. It has a lovely satin finish so it feels extra fancy. As soon as I saw it, it looked me in the eye and spoke to me: “I’m a shift dress!” Who am I to disagree? (Check out Mood’s selection of geometric prints here!) The fabric sewed up easily, more like a cotton than a silk. I armed myself with a sharp needle [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]