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Accepting the challenge of a year without ready-to-wear, Goodbye Valentino is dedicated to creating stylish clothes, saving thousands of dollars, and looking like a million bucks! See more from Goodbye Valentino »

Carolina Herrera Stretch Silk Dress

I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill  from Mood Fabrics.  I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress. I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before. Vogue 9047 (now out of print but available on Etsy and other online sources). While the ‘original’ dress is a sheath, my dress features an empire waist giving me more control with the fitting through [...]

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Saint James Knit

Knowing I can sew a garment for a tiny fraction of the retail price simply thrills me, and is one of the reasons I continue to sew. I knew I could make the $200 Saint James Toledo striped dress I saw in a boutique in Charlotte,but I didn’t know that Mood Fabrics stocked Saint James knits ~ the very same fabrics! Upon finding Burda 6722, I knew it was meant to be. Mood offers the Saint James ponte knits in several colors, and I chose the white background with black stripes. I rarely sew Burda patterns (no reason in particular) [...]

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Style Arc Head to Toe

What came first ~ the pants or the top? The pants, but let’s talk first about the top. I was about to bust to sew a cold-shoulder top. I see them everywhere, and after one attempt and mediocre result last spring I’m at it again. Fortunately, the pattern companies now offer many more selections, and I had a better vision. For this top I selected the Style Arc Cold Shoulder Knit Top. It is designed for a close fit, which fit almost perfectly without any adjustments. My fabric is a ponte knit from Mood Fabrics and I’m linking to entire collection of ponte due to [...]

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It’s a Wrap!

What’s better than a little black dress?…… A little black dress with a big colorful wrap! This month several members of The Mood Sewing Network are sewing African Waxed Cotton. I enthusiastically agreed to the challenge having never sewn this fabric before, and when my six-yard piece of Spectra Green Waxed Cotton African Print with Gold Metallic Foil arrived I wanted to use every inch of this luscious metallic textile.Big wraps are such luxury accessories! It took me a while to learn how to wear wraps comfortably, but now that I know what to do with them I truly value these versatile pieces. When folded in half [...]

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Armani Wool Knit

If this is wool then I’d like to be a sheep in my next life…. After taking time off to promote The Tunic Bible, it’s w o n d e r f u l to be blogging for the Mood Sewing Network again Happy New Year !!!! I wanted to be prepared for South Carolina’s annual one-inch snowstorm, and ordered this fabulous Armani Oxford wool knit. When it arrived I reviewed my order to check the content of this smooth knit fabric. Was it really wool? What kind of conditioner did this sheep use? Honestly, the texture feels so soft [...]

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To Trim or Not To Trim?

Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season. While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués! To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the [...]

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Crepe de Chine Maxi

My husband and I have always been awed by the 7:15 am sun at the beach ~ so soft and broken by the roofline of the houses as it rises and gently illuminates the beach. We knew this time would be perfect for shooting photos of my new dress, but were quickly reminded that best laid plans often go awry………….. This is my third maxi in the last three months; one in linen, one in a knit and this one in Mood Fabric’s Grenadine Silk Crepe de Chine! Earlier I ordered and reluctantly used this gorgeous silk for a dress [...]

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Little Black Dress

Greetings from Edisto Island! Hubby and I are on the grounds of the island’s historic Presbyterian Church now in its fourth century of worship, and which we found to be a perfect setting for photos. I was on a mission to make brightly colored summer clothes when New Look 6429 leaped off of the catalogue page. It is one of those patterns I’ve been looking for since I returned to sewing nearly 5 years ago. Cut in shoulders, cut out neckline, simple and chic, I was smitten. I also had a  beautiful piece of black stretch viscose crepe from Mood Fabrics waiting to [...]

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Cotton Stretch Sateen

Baby or bridal shower, garden party or luncheon, I’ve got a blooming dress to wear My fabric, a blue/green/white floral cotton stretch sateen is only one of many from Mood Fabrics’ delightful collection of cotton stretch sateens! With Spring in full bloom, I was craving a bouquet of my own and selected Butterick 6048, View C for its  whimsical cutout shoulders. What I thought would be an easy sew became quite eventful, but the sateen beautifully held its own against multiple bastings, the frixon pen and a busy seam ripper. The dress is designed as a pullover (with a center back seam), but after [...]

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