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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 »

Coral Eyelet Dress

Do you know that the one color you should never wear for a job interview is……. This is no office dress, but thanks to Mood Fabrics, I’ve made a dress ready for our hot summer nights and ‘dressy casual’ occasions! The top layer is an Italian red coral cotton eyelet which reminded me of a Vineyard Vines dress, inspiring me to give it a try. The structure of the dress and added depth of color are enhanced from the lining. Labeled a hibiscus cotton batiste (no longer available) on the Mood website – the fabric more like a cotton poplin with stretch! Actually I prefer this [...]

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Neoprene Delight!

How’s this for a One Yard Wonder? It’s true – I made this dress with one yard of Mood Fabric’s Watercolor Clouds Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene. There’s more where this came from too. Check it out here. I want the one with the lips if some cool blogger like Oonaballoona or Sallieoh doesn’t beat me to it Seriously, this is the best knit fabric ever…… It’s perfect for a fitted dress. I’m not even sure this is my shape, but it’s the shape of my pattern and the neoprene follows orders beautifully! My pattern is Vogue 9047, another wonderful discovery with its flattering [...]

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Polka Dot Voile!

Greetings from the nation’s number one wedding destination spot, Charleston, SC! Hubs and I are in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, just across the bridge from Charleston. We’re staying in an inn above one of our favorite restaurants and attending a wedding in a historic home on the Ashley River. So is there anything better to wear while strolling amidst the gentle breezes and tree lined streets of this charming city than a white cotton voile tunic? The tunic was a work in progress beginning with my own pattern and this delightful polka dot cotton voile from Mood Fabrics. After [...]

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DVF Lace, Part II

As promised, I’m back with the remainder of the DVF Cotton Lace project. Some people are born to sew couture. It relaxes them they say…… I get that, but before undertaking a couture garment, I always take a deep breath and try to prepare myself for the time commitment couture sewing requires. To date, I have underestimated the time commitment of every project. But now it’s time to celebrate! As mentioned in my last Mood Sewing Network post, I ordered the lilac DVF cotton lace from Mood Fabrics last Spring, envisioning a two-piece dress for my daughter’s Bridesmaids’ luncheon. The dress missed [...]

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DVF Cotton Lace Skirt

Just a skirt?…… Not to me! When the DVF floral bordered cotton lace arrived on my doorstep last Spring from Mood Fabrics, I knew it deserved the royal treatment, but I didn’t expect this special fabric to be in queue for nearly a year. Greetings from Scottsdale, Arizona, the new hometown of my daughter and son-in-law.  It’s only 2,019 miles away from South Carolina. I once heard Susan Khalje say that she could keep someone busy for an entire week sewing a pencil skirt. Now, I know what she means, for I spent one week making my couture pencil skirt. [...]

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Hot Pink Boucle!!

How  do you like our six inches of snow? We get ridiculously excited about every winter storm warning in the South, wipe out the grocery stores and cancel events in anticipation of snow. This ‘winter storm’ I hit the sewing machine with a color hot enough to melt the ice off the patio. When the skies turned gray my eye turned to this bright pink boucle on the Mood Fabrics website. It is soft, it is happy and it is well-behaved My pattern is Vogue 9022  sewn last month in a color block style with Mood’s black and white wool crepe. This time I sewed [...]

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Supersize Me!

Maybe it’s just me but on January 2, I was craving an oversized shirt to hide my holiday indulgences…. and when I’m in the ugly state of mind, the one fabric I turn to is silk. This Famous Designer Black and Off-White Animal Print Crepe de Chine was the perfect antidote for my post holiday doldrums. I feel better already! My pattern of choice was Simplicity 2447 and it wasn’t just oversized, it was supersized! Before cutting into the silk I made a full muslin which required one alteration after another (discussed tomorrow on the blog). However, my new roll [...]

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Save the Silk!

Shame, Shame, Shame! The only thing that saved my latest from being a wadder is the beautiful crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. It’s all I can do to smile.  It’s time for my perfect tunic pattern search to go on a break. I outsmarted myself by combining pattern pieces from my favorite tunic patterns, including Butterick 4856 Simplicity 4149 and Simplicity 1461. I liked the bodice of Butterick 4856, the two-piece back of  Simplicity 1461 and the placket of Simplicity 4149. After coordinating the measurements from the different patterns I assumed all was safe but I met near disaster [...]

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Classically Yours – Vogue 9017

Greetings from Talbots Contrary to most of the clothes I’ve sewn during the last year, my life is not an endless parade of beach vacations and parties. Such a pity! I am now trying to remedy my lack of everyday clothes with a few practical choices, and is there anything more useful and practical than gray ponte knit? Mood Fabrics compares this particular ponte to gray wool suiting, and the weave of varying shades of gray give the fabric an appealing depth of color. I could not pass up the interesting lines found in the sketch of Vogue 9017. The [...]

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