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Wiggly Peplum Dress!

What comes first– the pattern or the fabric? It’s an age-old question, really (no, it’s not)! Me, I go to Mood Fabrics in NYC armed with a plan and a pattern every month, with a pretty decent idea of what I’m looking for, but I’m invariably assaulted by a beautiful fabric of a completely different variety and end up leaving with her! It’s a pretty good bet that if I come in looking for gold brocade, I’m probably going to leave with fuchsia voile. This fabric was no exception! I had completely different plans for this month’s project, but when [...]

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Cheetah-Print Ponte Party!

Since joining the Mood Sewing Network, I’ve really enjoyed sewing with new-to-me types of fabrics.  It’s really pushed me to develop my skills and do more research before I cut into a new fabric.  Today, however, I’m revisiting a fabric type that I used once before to make a garment that was an irreconcilable failure… ponte! I’ve never purchased or really seen garments made out of ponte, but once I started reading rave reviews of it, I was curious!  So about a year ago, I picked out a gorgeous black ponte from Mood and admired its heft and drape before [...]

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A Lace Dress for a Non-Lace Girl

Hi, all! I hope you guys have enjoyed the lace project posts this month as much as I have! Now, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m not much of a lace girl, so my goal with this challenge was to make a garment that I would actually wear and love. I decided to avoid anything overtly floral or feminine, and with this in mind dug through a gazillion bolts of fancy lace (inadvertently missing an entire section of what I guess is “not fancy” lace, whoops!). I settled on this gold mesh-like poly lace: Pretty cool, right? I decided to [...]

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The “Oona Made Me Do It!” Top

Friends. The internet is a dangerous and scary place. One minute you’re innocently setting up a Twitter account, and the next you’re accepting dares from a madwoman! BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL.  #Sewingdares spread like wildfire! Obviously, I’m no sissy, so I immediately agreed to this dare and headed off to Mood with Oona!  She pulled out bolt after bolt and wrapped me in vibrant colors and prints from head to toe. It was a difficult decision, but, like the loose cannon she is, that girl decided at the last minute to up the ante and dare me to use TWO [...]

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Paprika Wool Jacket

Here she is—my first make of 2013, and my very first jacket!  I’m so excited to add this little piece to my wardrobe! As you may recall, when I was looking for jacket inspiration, I was really drawn to the idea of using a fun, vibrant color.  But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice, men, and fashionistas… I came to Mood NYC with every intention of leaving with a bright, saturated fabric, but once I laid eyes on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren wool, I just couldn’t put it back!  It’s a twill-weave suiting with lots [...]

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Inspiration Strikes: Jackets!

Hello, everyone! Did you make any sewing plans for the new year? I’m really excited about making heaps of garments this year, but I think I’m most looking forward to sewing my first jacket! But what kind of jacket should I make?? I love the idea of a classic wool jacket (have you SEEN Erica’s gorgeous pea coat?), but in my quest to add more color to my winter wardrobe, I’m trying to avoid navy and black. So what about starting with a classic pea coat silhouette… …and pumping it up with some bright color?! Whoa! This is a whole [...]

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Wool Jersey Top for My Mom

Happy holidays, everyone! Hope you’re enjoying celebrations with dear ones and staying warm (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is)! Like some of you, I bet, I swore off handmade presents this year. I’ve spent far too many Christmas Eves feverishly knitting at 2:00am, desperately trying to finish a gift before the morning. Not this year! No handmade gifts, and no stress for me! But when I spotted this gorgeous, heathered wool jersey at Mood, what could I do? It’s my mom’s favorite color, and I knew I could make her a top quickly and easily, so I broke [...]

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The Wild Side Pencil Skirt

Let’s start this out with a wardrobe confession: this is my first pencil skirt ever! Not the first one I’ve made, but the first one I’ve worn (or even tried on)! I love the silhouette on other people, but I worried that it wouldn’t do any favors for my rectangular shape. But when I spotted this sweater knit at Mood, I knew it had to be a pencil skirt! I didn’t have much time to sew this month, and really didn’t want to tinker with fit and muslins, so I used the skirt portion of my vintage McCall’s 5995 pattern [...]

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The Slightly Late, Dirty Thirty Dress!

I’m finally done with my birthday dress! “Wait,” you’re saying, “wasn’t your birthday, like, ages ago?” Well, yes, but Hurricane Sandy + birthday weekend away + Thanksgiving + numerous silly and annoying setbacks with the dress = here’s my birthday dress, now! Let’s just say I’m continuing the celebration! I went to Mood thinking about color– I had just switched over my seasonal wardrobe, tucking away my bright, pretty sundresses and replacing them with gray and navy sweaters. I’m not sure why I gravitate towards dark, drab colors in the winter, but I decided that I wanted a bold color [...]

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