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Dude Pants For My Favorite Dude

I think it’s pretty safe to say there are two types of people when it comes to making things for anyone other than themselves – selfish and selfless. I generally fall in the selfish camp, but every now and then I get rush of selflessness that makes me decide to dedicate my next project to someone else. Today’s Mood Sewing Network post is exactly about that project, with the lucky recipient being one of my favorite dudes – my baby brother! Matt has always been a big supporter of my sewing, and has been asking me to make him something [...]

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Organic Cotton Twill Pants

I don’t think it’s a big secret just how much I love the Organic Cotton Twill that Mood Fabrics sells. Over the years, I have sewn my share of pieces using this wonderful fabric (pants, shorts, and my recent jacket!) – it truly washes and wears beautifully, and comes in a fantastic array of colors! I am always looking for another excuse to use this fabric, it’s that good! I still had quite a bit of the Olive Organic Cotton Twill leftover from the aforementioned jacket – about a yard and a half – so I thought I would use [...]

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Adding New Lining – And Life – to an Old Coat

Hello, everyone! Something a little different today – instead of making a full garment from start to finish, this month’s project is about prolonging the life of an existing RTW/ready-to-wear piece! I know, it’s totally not sexy at all to make repairs and alterations – and in the past, I have generally avoided it at all costs. But to be completely honest, I am making an effort to reduce waste whenever I can and reduce/reuse/recycle whenever possible. Repairing old pieces to like-new so that they can continue to be used is a big thing for me right now. Here is [...]

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Organic Cotton Twill Anorak

Sorry for breaking the African Wax Print streak, y’all – I think I’m the only MSN blogger who didn’t participate in the challenge. I knew I’d be gone for the majority of January, so what little sewing time I did have was dedicated solely to my upcoming vacation to Egypt! This project in particular was made with that trip in mind, and I’m so glad I finished it in time, as I literally wore it every single day while I was gone. An anorak has been on my to-sew list for a while now. This sort of jacket is super [...]

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1970s Silk Leopard Dress

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone! I’m amazed at how swiftly this year has floated by – it seems like only a short time ago that I was writing my first MSN post of 2016, and here we are on the verge of 2017. This past year has been a rough one for a lot of people, and it’ll be good to put it to a close. But first – one more dress for the books! Leopard is one of those prints that people either looove or truly hate – personally, I can’t get enough of it! I found this [...]

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Navy Cotton Twill Ginger Pants

Happy Halloween, everyone! I wish I had something ~spooooky~ to share with y’all today, but I’m afraid (lolz) that I’ve been pretty boring this year in terms of sweet Halloween costumes. Instead, my sewing has been strictly practical – in the case of this month, I made some new pants! Can’t go wrong with a nice pair of pants, amirite. The Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files has long been a pants-staple of mine, although I primarily use this pattern to make jeans (I should add – with much success! It’s a GREAT jeans pattern). I’m pretty stocked up [...]

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Denim Tencel Button-Up

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! I am back again with – you guessed it! – another button-up shirt. Ha! Is this all I wear these days? Probably. At least it’s a different pattern than last month When I was in NYC earlier this year, I made some time during my trip for a couple hours at Mood Fabrics flagship store in the Garment District. Since I live way way outside of NYC, I don’t generally get this opportunity except once or twice a year – so I try to make it count! I always come prepared with a list [...]

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Silk Chiffon Button Up

It’s that time of the year again – when the shops are screaming FAAAAAALLL (Wool caps! Corduroy bottoms! Pumpkin spice everything!) but our temperatures are still firmly stuck in summertime. While I’m not ridiculous enough to pull on my Ugg boots when it’s still 100 degrees outside (LOL JK I don’t own Uggs hahaha) (but seriously, Ugg-watching in 100 degree weather at the ritzy mall is absolutely my favorite pasttime during these months), I still want to at least look the part of the changing seasons, which still complying with the temperatures outside. For me, that means colors and silhouettes [...]

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Summer Activewear

Since moving into my new apartment last month, I have been busy discovering all the cool stuff in my area (bonus that it’s all pretty walkable, unlike at my last place in the middle of nowhere ). One major selling point for me was that I am now super close – about 2 blocks, and again, walkable – to a really great greenway. The multi-use paths are nice and wide, mostly shaded by the trees, and there is a big creek that runs through it which means lots of cool bridges to cross! It’s a fantastic area for both cycling [...]

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