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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 »

Oscar de la Renta Taffeta Dress

What do you get when you cross an Oscar de la Renta Taffeta with a Kay Unger pattern and a left-handed seamstress? It’s not the first time I’ve sewn the mirror image of an asymmetrical pattern and I doubt it will be my last Hello, it’s me…………… a n d  I  a m  s o  h a p p y  to be sewing whatever strikes my fancy again at the Mood Sewing Network! As soon as I wrapped up the final post-wedding details, I retrieved this Oscar de la Renta Poppy Red Floral Silk Taffeta from my Mood Fabrics stash. [...]

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Playclothes!

Just as hubby started taking pictures in the backyard the snake appeared scaring us to the front where the light wasn’t as good. Ugh – it’s the one drawback about summer in the South…. …but there is nothing better than frolicking through the warm summer breezes in lightweight clothes that greet the heat with a smile. Those cute boutique gauze tops I saw last week might have been tempting had the Marc Jacobs white cotton gauze from Mood Fabrics not been on its way to my door. Sewing with gauze moved me straight into a peace, love and happiness state of [...]

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Theory Striped Maxi

Once again, the spirits of Marcy the Medium have influenced my fabric selection! “You need more yellow in your life,” she stated. I think I ordered the best yellow a n y t h i n g  ever available, for Mood Fabrics’ Theory Light Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend  has more than surpassed my expectations!  I wasn’t ready to put away the pattern from my last project (New Look 6210) quite yet – especially since the fit had been tweeked to perfection. Besides, I had set out to make a maxi and ended up with a short dress. The phenomenal drape of [...]

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First Summer Dress – Oscar de la Renta border print

In my book, the best season of all starts today – H a p p y   S u m m e r   E v e r y o n e  ! It’s time for warm weather, fresh produce, beach vacations and carefree clothing I’m celebrating with a new dress sewn in Oscar de la Renta’s Turquoise Border Print Cotton Twill from Mood Fabrics. I ordered the fabric last summer which is no longer available, but do check out Moods’ fabulous border prints HERE. This dress marks my second attempt at sewing a Vintage pattern. Inspired by one of [...]

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Pink and Fuchsia Jersey Top

I’ve been rather shell shocked since completing the 30 Day Dress, and knew the only way back to the sewing machine was through instant gratification. This pink and fuchsia cotton jersey from Mood Fabrics was one of those fabrics I ordered just because…….  and it turned out to be my saving grace. Buy a fabric you love and the pattern will appear I couldn’t think beyond the word  e a s y  and selected Simplicity 1613, View D – a great remedy for the jaded sewer! View D requires crosswise stretch only so most any knit will work, but this cotton feels quite wonderful against [...]

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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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