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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 »

Cotton Jersey Layers Dress

Recently on Facebook, Mood Fabrics posed the following question to its readers: When do you put aside summer sewing and move onto fall and winter apparel? Is July too soon to think about cool-weather clothes? I must admit I have actually begun to think about my Fall wardrobe in July for the first time ever. I have even begun to look at Fall Runway shows on Style.com and even started a Mood Fall board, but……… hasn’t summer just begun? I may develop the discipline to sew a season ahead one day, but for now I’m sewing in the moment. As […]

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Oscar de la Renta Summer Dress

  Top Ten Reasons To Sew Another Summer Dress 10. The last one was too big. 9. I’m eager to make another muslin. 8. Too hot to wear anything else. 7. I’m on a quest to perfect the hand-picked zipper technique. 6. No buttons or buttonholes to sew. 5. Fabric requirement almost the same as a top. 4. Slim silhouette makes me look taller. 3. Cleaned out closet and the emptiness is disturbing. 2. Need something new to wear for my 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow. (You read that correctly.) And the number one reason to sew another dress ……………… I […]

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Maxi Dress from Designer Tie-Dyed Silk

  It pays to be naughty sometimes. Especially this time. Here is McCall’s 6700. “For Moderate Stretch Knits Only” I had sewn the pattern before and didn’t see anything stretchy about it…… and I had to have this Blue Tie-Dye Silk Crepe de Chine Border Print from Mood Fabrics…… and I had to make this maxi dress in this silk. At 5’2” I rarely wear border fabrics and I knew this was my chance. It’s been a long time since I broke the rules, but I think it was worth it 😉 Indeed – a perfect dress for Memorial Day […]

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Bitten Again by the Ruffle Bug

While sewing my casual knits the ruffles were calling my name, and I answered. The craving to sew ruffles was stronger than any craving I’ve ever had for chocolate, but I tried to be practical and made an all-purpose white shirt. Of course it’s all-purpose! Mood Fabric’s Ivory Solid Goes with Everything Silk really does go with everything in my closet! It’s perfect with my re-fashioned floral pants…. party ready with my celebration skirt…. and very practical when combined with jeans for a walk in the park. That’s right – if Kate Spade wears silk to the flea market then […]

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Farmer’s Market Cotton Knit Dress

I planned on publishing a post with F O U R garments and here I am with O N E. …….. and it looks really easy doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t. I’m determined to master sewing casual clothes, but mistakenly I’ve confused c a s u a l with e a s y . After thumbing through a J. Crew catalogue, I ordered four fabulous knits from Mood Fabrics’ enormous collection with the plan of making four garments for casual wear. This was originally to be my Farmer’s Market dress; my toss-on dress for weekend errands. I searched for a […]

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Mandarin Orange Lace Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times. The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say – I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available. B u t w h a t ’ s a g i r l t o d o ? After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye. Thirty minutes later….. I […]

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A Lace Skirt for Mimi

When I realized the weather would be too cold to wear my navy lace dress for Easter, I set it aside for Mother’s Day, but I didn’t give up on such a pretty lace making its Easter debut, and made daughter Mimi a skirt with the extra lace from Mood Fabrics. During the Mood Sewing Network Lace Challenge, several readers suggested lining the lace with white or nude to make it pop which was a great suggestion! To give the fabric the structure it needed for a straight skirt I underlined it with a medium weight silk organza and constructed […]

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Navy Lace Dress a la Tory Burch

While Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I’m in trouble. This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased. Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood, and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress […]

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Silk Twill Top a la Kate Spade

I’m staying at a lovely 5-star resort through the weekend (not our typical getaway) – one of those places where you swap your car for bicycles upon arrival. My husband is engaged in professional activities allowing me to bring along a suitcase of sewing paraphernalia guilt free. This morning when I discovered my white thread was left at home I called the concierge to request a sewing kit so I could hem my top. “My apologies Mrs. Gunn, but we do not furnish sewing kits.” My husband was slightly incredulous when I got dressed and pedaled to the nearest store […]

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