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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]