Mary is a writer and women's health specialist, who has an unhealthy love of floral fabrics. She lives for vintage silhouettes, fancy dresses, and piping in every seam. See more from Idle Fancy »

A Geometric Skirt & Faux-Wrap Top for Fall

Good evening, friends! There is a trend in my MSN projects, I’ve noticed. Almost every month, my post discusses weather and its influence on my sewing. While I’d love to buck that trend, we’re out of luck. This outfit is a direct result of one thing: my longing for autumn. While elsewhere leaves are changing colors and the air dances with chills, Texas hasn’t gotten that memo. It’s been nothing but sunshine, oppressive heat, and weather better suited for swim season. I’m sick of it! Bring on the colder weather already. I’m tapped out with summer, y’all. And so, we […]

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A Little Black Jersey Dress

Sewing motivation is a funny thing. I adore every aspect of this craft–the sensory joy of picking out fabric, the swish of the rotary cutter as it whisks around patterns pieces, and above all, watching thread and patience form a wearable, gorgeous garment. Yet, there are times when going into my sewing room is the last thing I want to do. For me, this always happens at the tail end of summer, when it’s too darn hot to wear anything comfortably and when I’d really just like to don a breezy, flowy nightgown and get on with my day. Pajama […]

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A Raspberry Floral Sundress

There are some fabrics you have to buy. They scream your name from across a store (or website, in this case), demanding that you take them home and turn them into a garment that is perfectly you. Y’all, this Very Berry Floral Cotton from Mood Fabrics is that fabric, for me. I mean, just look at it! It’s brightly colored, full of swishy body, and covered in flowers. This light, airy cotton is deeply feminine, but still very grown-up, thanks to the watercolor quality of the flowers. This is fabric love, y’all. So, of course, I turned it into a […]

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A Tropical Chambray Dress for Spring

Good evening, friends! Spring has finally arrived in Texas and with it have come my longings for flirty, feminine pastel dresses. Suddenly, all I want to wear are candy colored dresses with sweet, unexpected details. You wouldn’t believe the number of ridiculously frilly Anthropologie numbers I’ve pinned lately. To quench this sartorial impulse, I ordered a length of gorgeous chambray from Mood Fabrics, in the “Paradise Pink Orange” colorway. Believe the description, kittens. In person, this chambray is a very tropical color–bright pink yarn mixing with white for a perfect flamingo color. Maybe it’s my Florida roots speaking, but I […]

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A Wild Cheetah-Print Circle Skirt

 Good morning, friends! How has your February been? Mine has gone by entirely too quickly, a blur of long work days and frolic-filled weekends. It’s also been a time of introspection, style-wise. As I’ve written recently, I’ve been in the mood for a bit more glamour in my wardrobe. Less pastels, more vivid color. Instead of skirts covered in adorable cats, I’ve craved, well…a skirt covered in a different cat, entirely! Maybe I watched too many Ann-Margret movies, as a child, but nothing screams glamour to me like a good animal print garment. When done right, it’s the chicest print […]

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Winter Velveteen Vintage Simplicity Dress

Good morning, Mood Sewing Network! After sewing cute basics for a few months, my project this month veered back into fancy territory. When browsing Mood Fabrics in December, I fell head-over-heels in love with this Black and Brown Floral Cotton Velveteen. It’s a lovely, medium weight black cotton velveteen, with an allover copper brown baroque-inspired floral pattern and a surprising amount of cross-wise stretch. I snapped it up immediately, daydreaming about wintery dresses and jackets. The dress, obviously, won out in the great velveteen race! I had a copy of the above vintage pattern, Simplicity 5238, in my stash, which […]

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The Perfect Staple: Theory Dark Denim Skirt

When it comes to sewing, I’m a “frosting” girl. Give me lush florals, party dresses, and silk linings every time! Unfortunately, this means that on casual days my wardrobe is rather bland: jeans, sweaters, and t-shirts. For the next few months, I’m going to focus on those in-between, unloved parts of my wardrobe, so that they too reflect my personal style. I’ve gone through everything, donated a few heaping bags of regularly ignored pieces, and plan on (beautifully) filling the gaps. First up on my list? A simple denim skirt. I needed something cute to wear with all those sweaters, […]

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A Tweed Skirt for Autumn

There are some projects that begin so perfectly, with just the right match of fabric to pattern, that the universe has to step in and make things more exciting, so that a seamstress doesn’t get too smug. That’s my theory anyhow. Despite being a relatively straightforward pattern, the making of this skirt was filled with calamity! You wouldn’t know to look at it now, of course. It’s all tweedy and prim, with that lovely houndstooth lulling one into dreams of autumn, as if it hasn’t caused a thousand headaches. Don’t be fooled. This skirt may be cute, but it’s evil. […]

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Silk and Cotton Artist’s Blouse

  Oh, fall. It’s the season of brightly colored leaves, trundling yellow buses, and the return of jeans to my wardrobe. From May to September, nothing so heavy as denim touches my skin, but the falling autumnal temperatures make me long for cozy jeans and blouses. Not that ours have exactly fallen yet, but a girl can dream, right?  I have yet to brave pants making, so this month I decided to make the perfect blouse for wearing with my RTW skinny jeans. A dress lover at heart, my most beloved casual blouses are loose, flowing and made from sumptuous […]

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