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Lori enjoys fashion sewing and likes to make a wide range of garments, using RTW for inspiration. See more from Girls in the Garden »

Blue and White Cotton Skirt with Pop of Red Top

Recently, Mike (the hubby) and I were heading to a casual event and I went to grab a summer skirt to wear.   It seemed like the perfect separate for  the weather and with a cute top, I would be neither over or under dressed.  Now you are probably guessing where this is going, yes, you are right.  I had no cute summer skirt.  This seems so not right, sewing skirts is a fun and quick project, right?   I went with Burda 6904, a pattern I have been wanting to make for quite some time.  The fabric is the [...]

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Tuxedo Jacket and Silk Top

Summer means bright and fun colors but in reality  you just can’t escape black and white and/or cream.  These two colors are classic and always show up in fashion, plus they just go with everything.   I wear the cream/white so much better than the black so I went with a cream heavy look with accents of black for these two garments.   Well, let’s back up a bit, it all started with the blouse, McCall’s 7094, something very similar to a RTW top I have and love.  The fabric suggested was easy, a crepe de chine  and I had [...]

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Confetti Tweed Jacket

I have been eyeing this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ Confetti Cotton-Blend Tweed for about three months and in March I just knew I really needed it for spring.  My accumulation of fabric is going better than my making of garments lately but that is okay, I need some for a rainy day, right?  After this fabric arrived at my doorstep, I had time to touch, feel and admire it.  With such admiration, I needed to find a pattern.  I used to always have the patterns first and then had trouble finding the right fabric.  It is much easier to find the [...]

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Designer Silk Chiffon Panel Top

  Spring?  Well, here in the Missouri  it comes and goes, in fact, Mother Nature is being quite stingy with the nice days.  There is a saying here, if you don’t like the weather today in Missouri wait a few days and it will be totally different.  My plan is to be a step ahead of Mother Nature and to be ready for spring.  I ordered this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ famous designer blue/gray striped geometric silk chiffon panel last month with plans of a flowy top.  This fabric is no longer available but no fear, feast your eyes upon these [...]

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Border Marc Jacobs Maxi Skirt

Oh, the maxi skirt, where have you been all my life?  I do love this look but needed a dressier maxi in my closet and in my wardrobe.  Enter this fabulous Mood Fabrics’ Italian Marc Jacobs Border Print and the idea of a straight maxi with a nice side slit.     For my pattern, I went with McCall’s 6755 and if you check out that pattern it looks nothing like my skirt.  The McCall’s pattern has a curved piece front and back, which I did not want or need for my skirt.  I just pinned all the pieces together, overlapping seam [...]

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Stretch Denim is for Jeans

Making your own jeans can be intimidating but I went for it using a Mood Fabrics’ Theory Denim (sold out but here are many more to pick from – Mood Fabrics’ Denim) and the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, which is named for Mood Sewing Network’s own Ginger Makes e   This denim pair is my third pair of pants from this pattern.  The first from a stretch twill from Mood Fabrics and the second from Mood Fabrics’ black suede cotton.  Each time I changed a couple things on the pattern and this denim pair I feel is a good [...]

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Italian Wool Cardigan Sweater

Just as the song states, “oh, the weather outside is frightful” that has been the case here in Missouri.   I just need to change the words from snow to rain, cold, gloomy and damp.  With the cold and gloomy in mind, I decided it was time to make something out of sweater knit.  I went with this Mood Fabrics’ Italian Wool Flamestitch sweater knit  in the blue colorway but do note if blue is not a color for you it does come in three other colors.  This sweater knit is just the softest and so cozy, perfect for yucky weather. [...]

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Red Silk Blouse – Perfect for the Holidays

Fabric and Pattern,  very important parts of constructing a garment, right?  Well, I had the perfect combination of fabric and pattern right in front of me and I kept missing it!  I purchased  Mood Fabrics’ red polka dot silk by Donna Karan and I just kept touching it and touching it.  I had purchased Vogue 1387 after seeing Erica’s gorgeous sleeveless blouse.  Then I had one of those light bulb moments – the long sleeve blouse from Vogue 1387 and the red silk would be a perfect combination.  This red polka dot silk is sold out but Mood Fabrics has a [...]

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Chambray Pullover Dress

This post is all about new, a new way I decided what to sew and a new style for me. I saw McCall’s 6885 featured on an Instagram feed along with a famous designer in a very similar dress. Right when I saw that photo, I knew I had to make this dress.     Now this is the first new  for me, usually I have the fabric and I look through my patterns to see what to make. This time I was in search of fabric and of course, Mood had just the right fabric, a  Mood Fabrics’ chambray year-round [...]

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