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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 »

Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann(a)

While looking for inspiration to fulfill the March Mood Sewing Network challenge of creating a look inspired by a fashion designer, I: Became obsessed with all things Anna Wintour resulting in a haircut my family loathed on me. Discovered Barbara Tfank, the LA designer popularized by Michelle Obama. Renewed my love of Ralph Lauren. Anna Wintour’s feminine flared skirts and dresses captivated me. Ralph Lauren’s cheerful black and white floral clothes dominated much of his Spring RTW runway show, and Barbara Tfank spelled it out with beautiful embroidered black and white linen garments(click here). As a result I departed from [...]

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Shingled Jersey Dress

Recognize this pattern? I barely do myself, but it’s Vogue 8904 sewn in a solid color. Generally, I envision my finished garment before beginning the project, but not so this time. Sewing is not usually like a box of chocolates, but……. I thought I was making a tiered t-shirt dress ……… to wear with flip-flops and Jack Rogers! Thank you, Mood for a great dress to wear just about anywhere except to the grocery store Determined to familiarize myself with all knit fabrics, I ordered this navy cotton jersey after buying the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I was going [...]

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It’s the time…of the season…when love runs high…

That means all things wedding around here. With two twenty-something daughters, the fun never stops as someone is always getting engaged or married.Three years ago the wedding season caught me off guard and I spent a fortune outfitting everyone for wedding related occasions. Now, I’m always in the Mood for a wedding. Sewing has given me access to the world’s greatest designers in an entirely new dimension, especially when sewing with fabric from Mood! I’m wearing Carolina Herrera to the next wedding (check out Mood’s Carolina Herrera fabrics here) I love Carolina Herrera so much I created a Carolina Herrera [...]

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Wool Crepe Colorblocked Pencil Skirt

Each snowflake that falls in the South sells a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread or a package of batteries. Panic sets in around here as it did with me, but fortunately it was just what I needed to get out of my sewing slump. My mojo was suffering and I decided to take my own advice – make a pencil skirt. After stocking the fridge and loading the flashlights with fresh batteries I raced to JoAnn’s for a zipper, but stayed in the store nearly two hours looking at Burda patterns. I bought eight. Suddenly, the thought of [...]

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Silk Crepe de Chine Sleeveless Blouse

Have you made your Marfy yet? Thanks to Leisa Stanton of A Challenging Sew, I had no more excuses to avoid the chic Italian patterns without instructions. Not only are three patterns available for free downloads on the Marfy website, but Leisa is providing sew-a-longs for the patterns on her blog. How do you like it? The pattern is Marfy 1913, and after two muslins I was ready to cut my designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. When the silk arrived in July, I was tempted to make my 5th sleeveless ruffled top. “No! No! No!” exclaimed the [...]

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Houndstooth Sweater-Knit Jersey Dress

I thought I owned one of everything in black and white houndstooth, and then I saw this sweater-knit/jersey on the Mood Fabrics website. I realized I owned nothing in a houndstooth jersey, and remedied the void by placing a quick order on the Mood website (see lots of great sweater knits from Mood HERE). Continuing my January theme of simple sewing, I selected Butterick’s See & Sew 5873 one more time and made the dress in a day. While my first dress was a warm weather dress, sewn from Mood’s beach/camo jersey, this beefy knit should carry me through South [...]

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Sweater Knit Cowl-Neck Tunic

If you are a driven person like me, you are constantly challenging yourself to do better and accomplish more. Who wants to cruise on the bunny slope when you’re comfortable skiing moguls? Due to recent time constraints, I was forced to rediscover the joy of simple sewing or not sew at all. Not only did I realize I should do more easy sewing, but my latest project reminded me of why I started sewing again in the first place. My adventurous side led me to order this Olive Abstract Knit from Mood Fabrics without ordering a sample. Fortunately I loved [...]

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Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade

  Santa Baby, Leave a sable underneath the tree for me…… While waiting for Santa, I sewed one more holiday dress, this one for a January wedding. I have never seen a Carolina Herrera I didn’t love which includes this cobalt blue paisley silk-blend brocade from Mood Fabrics. Yum……. I was sold on the color alone until the fabric arrived. The quality of this brocade is unlike any I have seen or touched. It’s that good, and once again I was scared to cut my fabric. What would Carolina do? Santa baby……. give me an answer! I made a muslin [...]

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Gold Metallic Boucle Dress

Don we now our gay apparel! Some fabrics are meant to be worn at night, and I believe this shimmery metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics is certainly one of them: Editor’s note: Lots of boucle options are available at MoodFabrics.com. I bought the fabric at the NYC store in November 2012, and admired it at home for over a year while waiting for a vision to appear. Perhaps, a coat, a suit, or another French jacket…… And then – it came upon a midnight clear After nearly three weeks of no sewing I was eager to make something festive and [...]

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