Lauren thrives on gorgeously fitted clothing with a retro flair, bright jewel tones, pretty seam finishes, and as many natural fibers as she can possibly stuff in her closet. See more from Lladybird ยป

French Terry Hoodie Dress

Generally speaking, when I order fabric from Moodfabrics.com, there is usually some sort of order and reason behind it. I start with a swatch, cross my fingers that the fabric doesn’t sell out before the next month (which, unfortunately, does happen occasionally!), and then place my order based on whatever plans I have determined for the fabric. Sometimes, I find a fabric that sounds interesting and just order it on a whim without swatching first, or even considering what I’ll make. And, as you might guess… sometimes that backfires. Which started out to be the case with this month’s fabric, […]

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A Classic Denim Jacket

Ah, the humble denim jacket – an absolute wardrobe staple for me, and one of the few RTW pieces I still own and frequently wear. This is my favorite sort of thing to make – an essential wardrobe staple, made up in a classic (and easy to sew!) fabric. What I really loved about sewing this jacket was how similar the process was to making a pair of jeans – at least in terms of topstitching and seam finishes. I absolutely love love love sewing jeans, but have to limit myself to how many I make since I don’t need […]

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Bamboo & Cotton Stretch Fleece Sweatshirt

Ok, so, apologies in advance for posting a really boring sweatshirt as my month’s project. However, I think I may have just found my new favorite fabric at Mood. AND they have plenty of colors still in stock (although as of this posting, only 2 yards of this particular green)! It’s a Christmas Miracle! In all seriousness, though, I wanted to really focus on the fabric for this post. I promise it’s a really good one and worth the praise! I found this Moss Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Fleece on the Mood Fabric’s website a few months ago, via swatch […]

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New Workout Gear for the New Year!

Hello! It’s January 2018, and this month I will be sharing some workout clothes I made. My apologies in advance for being predictable and basic ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll admit, making workout clothes isn’t necessarily my favorite thing to sew – but it sure beats buying them! I’ve found that I prefer my gear to be neutrals like grey and black (but really, anything but pink. ANYTHING. Why are all women’s workout clothes pink, anyway??) and I love having a zippered pocket to hold my phone while I run. Both of these can be difficult to find – and if you do […]

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Festive Brocade Holiday Dress

The holidays are here, and you know what that means – time to bust out the sparkly garb! Or in my case – if you don’t have a sparkly party dress, it’s a great opportunity to sew one up ๐Ÿ™‚ While I have a great brocade skirt that I got a lot of wear out of last year, I wanted something fresh for this season – so I timed my next NYC trip to include a change to shop at Mood Fabrics for a festive brocade. I actually have very little experience with brocade – my lifestyle doesn’t warrant much […]

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Rust Orange Wool Crepe Skirt

This month, I’d like to show you a skirt that I made that encompasses 2 of my very favorite things in the world: rust orange, and wool crepe <3 I don’t really include a lot of color in my wardrobe these days – I wear a lot of grey, black and navy, and I like to think that any color come from my ~colorful personality~ (or, more realistically – my hair). But every now and then, something amazing catches my eye and I’ll bend my color rules because I can’t help myself. The key, I’ve learned, is to stick with […]

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Plaid Cotton Flannel Button-Up Shirt

I don’t know about where y’all are, but we just got our first truly cold day this week – first frost was this morning, even! Brr! While I’m not terribly keen on the cold (I’m a Southerner, I hate the cold, and I also live in an old/drafty house), I do like the clothes that come out of hiding when the temperatures drop! Especially a nice cotton flannel – my favorite! I made this plaid flannel button-up a couple of months ago, in an anticipation of cooler weather. Let me tell you – it’s quite a downer to be working […]

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Lightweight Indigo Linen Shirtdress

Now that Labor Day is barely behind us, fashions are taking a sharp turn for the ~fall look~. I love the richer colors and textures that come with this season, but lord y’all – it is still hot where I live, and it’s gonna stay this dang hot for at least another month! It’s nice to embrace a new season, but not at the risk of drowning in a pool of your own sweat amirite. I’ve found the best way to combat this is to wear pieces that capture the overall feel of fall – rich colors and textured fabrics […]

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Rayon Summer Sundress

Good morning, everyone! I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I’m just gonna come out and say it – it is HOT right now, y’all! Summer is in full force down here in Tennessee, and showing no signs of letting up – if anything, August will be even hotter. Those 90+ degree days might be reasonably bearable if humidity wasn’t a factor, but it is – and we be sticky now. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind the heat, and I definitely prefer it to the cold. But in order to beat the heat, you […]

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