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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 »

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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Red Crossover Top

    You see these everywhere, the crossover top for fall and McCall’s 6991 is the perfect pattern for this type of top.  The perfect fabric needs to be a fabric that is the same on both sides, with that in mind I went with Mood Fabrics’  Red Silk Crepe de Chine which is so gorgeous in person.  This fabric has just the right drape for this top and added so much to the success for my crossover top.     At the McCall’s blog, you will find helpful hints for  this pattern.  I used several of these to help construct [...]

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Pink Pleated Dress Cowgirl Style

    You know when you just see fabric and you have to have it?  That is the case with Paradise Pink and Rosewater Geometric Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (now say that three times fast!).  This fabric just kept saying “buy me, buy me” and so I did.  Initially, I was thinking some kind of pants or shorts for me but the fabric was a bit too bright for me.  I knew this gorgeous fabric would find its way to the perfect garment.  I had purchased Butterick 5781 with Meredith (daughter #3) in mind, as I knew it  was the perfect style for her, [...]

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Bedroom Curtains

Home dec sewing, it maybe isn’t my first love or second love but most of the time mine is pretty simple and what a difference fabric can make.  Julie at Mood asked if we wanted to do a home dec project in honor of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I did a bit of thinking.  Yes, I wanted new curtains for the master bedroom for the new two-color quilt I made, so the decision was easy. Our master bedroom has been blue and brown for several years, I was trying to keep it more neutral for my husband.  Well, I [...]

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Ikat Jersey Summer Dress

It is August and summer is winding down but I still have a few summer things to sew.  One thing I needed was a nice dress for weddings, parties and night outs.  I purchased Mood Fabrics’ Ikat Cotton Jersey, which is almost sold out.  This is a super nice jersey so don’t hesitate to purchase it or you can pick any of Mood Fabrics’ jersey fabrics.     My original plan was Colette Pattern’s Myrtle dress but I had 2 yards of fabric and this pattern requires 3 yards.  I took a look through my patterns and found a great [...]

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