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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 […]


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 […]


Striped Jersey “Nantucket” top

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.” Oscar de la Renta I don’t know how to sew casual clothes – the kind of knock around frocks you wear on the weekend – but I’m going to learn. I believe the art of making a simple garment requires an underestimated level of sophistication that I’ve yet to acquire. How does one – Avoid the discount department store look? – Address excessive ease in loose-fitting patterns? – Achieve a finished appearance despite a lack of construction details? – What is Eileen Fisher’s secret? I gave myself the assignment to sew […]


Missoni Knit Dress

I cannot begin to explain how much I have always wanted to own a Missoni dress. Those chevron stripes in wacky colors simply speak to me. Unfortunately, Missoni is w a y out of my price range. I was willing to settle for the one-time Missoni for Target line, but guess what? The event was held during my ready-to-wear fast….. sad, indeed. Just suppose I could buy the +$1,000 dresses as I pleased…… Something tells me the size 4 on the 6 foot model would look like a different dress on 5’2″ me…… to be young, tall, thin and rich […]


Brocade Pants

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” A. A. Milne Had I known organizing my sewing room would result in a two week hiatus from sewing AND blogging, I bet I would still be in the midst of a huge mess declaring I couldn’t take the time needed to bring order and modest aesthetic appeal to my cluttered space. I reached a good stopping point and expect to finish up over the next few weeks with pictures forthcoming. At last I can sew in a pleasant surroundings! Last year I made five […]


Sequin Gown

I started the New Year generous in spirit by making a dress for my daughter. It’s been over 15 years since I have heard “Will you make me a dress, Mom? ” and she wasn’t referring to a Children’s Corner or Martha Pullen pattern anymore. Mimi wanted a formal dress. Not only did I make a dress for Mimi, but I made a dress for Mimi with my Mood Fabrics allowance. Bought at Mood NYC: champagne gold sequin fabric and matching china silk for lining. Due to the holiday season we did not decide on the exact pattern until the […]


Designer Top in Silk Charmeuse

I spent the first weekend of December in New York and was exhilarated by the Christmas sights and festivities throughout the city. I spent the second weekend of December visiting my parents in Southern Pines, NC, thoroughly charmed by small-town Christmas celebrations including the cutest horse and buggy parade. I went from being among millions of people dressed in black to hundreds of people dressed in red, inspiring me to do the same. On a mission to recreate this Elizabeth McKay top, I chose a red and white silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics for my first attempt. I began with […]


Ralph Lauren Houndstooth Wool Sheath Dress

You Ain’t Nothing but a Houndstooth Crying for accessories 🙂 I made the dress for football games since both of the college teams my family pulls for are black and something. I finished it yesterday and their football seasons are almost over – something tells me it’s not going to make it to a game this year. So…….How about lunch with the girls dinner with my hubby…. or the annual “Twas Two Nights” family holiday get together? I have seen houndstooth dresses e v e r y w h e r e this fall and couldn’t resist this Ralph Lauren […]


Comfortable Organic Cotton Top

Thirty-eight degrees outside and a sleeveless cotton top? As temperatures go down thermostats go up …..sometimes to s u m m e r temperatures. Fortunately, I can pare down the layers to this top made of soft organic cotton from Mood Fabrics. This wonderful fabric is just as soft as those extraordinary l o n g Velvet cotton t-shirts found in cute boutiques at cute prices. The environmentally friendly fabric, free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers feels great against my skin and will allow me to comfortably sit through long meetings in hot conference rooms all winter long! Having successfully […]

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