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 »

Summer Eyelet

Today’s outfit inspiration comes from a completely new realm for me – watercolor painting! I signed up for a watercolor painting class earlier this summer, and I’ve really been enjoying the process of learning something new – and the results that come with it! This is one of the paintings I did in my final class; no, it wasn’t a fashion illustration class, but the teacher was open to letting us paint whatever wanted (and in my case, it was fashion illustration! Which amused her to no end ). I had some swatches from Mood Fabrics that I knew I [...]

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Sweet Silk Cherries

Confession: I don’t like cherries. Not to eat, anyway. What I do like, though, is stuff with cherries printed on it (actually, let’s be honest – I like anything with fruit printed on it! Too adorable!). Any fruit-printed fabric that I come across is immediately snapped up and sewn into something painfully adorable. And while most of these fabrics tend to be printed on quilting weight cotton (or silk chiffon, for whatever strange reason. No, really, who is buying all that crazy printed silk chiffon? REVEAL YOURSELF, I want to see what you’re making!), occasionally I stumble across a diamond [...]

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A Lightweight Trench for Spring

I know what you’re thinking. I already have a trench coat – one made with some amaaaazing lace), to be exact – do I really need a second one? If it involves polka dots – well, duh, the answer is always yes! In all seriousness, though, this trench absolutely fills a gap in my spring wardrobe. I realized recently that I need something lightweight for this temperamental weather – something to get me through the cool mornings, something that wasn’t too bulky to carry around when it inevitably warmed up outside in the afternoon, and bonus if it protected my [...]

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DVF-Inspired Wrap Dress in Silk Jersey

A couple of years ago, I was trolling around the local estate sales in my neighborhood and I came across one of the holy grails of sewing – a copy of Vogue 1610, a Vogue American Designer pattern from the 70s, this particular one dedicated to Diane Von Furstenberg. Not only did I score with finding the pattern, it was my size *and* I bought it for $1. That’s a pretty sweet score, so naturally I did with it what I do best – shove it in my pattern cabinet and forget about it for two years. When I finally [...]

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Separates Inspired by the Colors of Spring

When it was decided that we would all be sewing pieces inspired by the Spring 2014 runway, my mind immediately panicked. Runway? I can honestly say I have never even so much as glanced at a series of runway photos, let alone determined an outfit based on what I saw (I’m not saying this in an ~ooh, I’m so cool I just don’t even pay attention to fashion~ way, more like, yo clueless!). Furthermore, it’s difficult for me to grab “inspiration” from something without just blatantly copying it. I spent an entire month agonizing over designers, pouring over runway sets [...]

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A Lacy Knockout Dress for Valentine’s Day

As much as I’m not really one for ~celebrating~ Valentine’s Day (I’ll take the flowers and the steak dinner, though, thanks!), I *love* the excuse it gives me to make a new dress specially for going out. Last year I wore red lace, this year I decided to go with… lace again. Except this time, I thought I’d ramp up the knockout factor with some black lace and a form-fitting shape. I’m really loving the combination of emerald green paired with black lace, so as soon I saw this Anna Sui black stretch lace on Mood Fabric’s website, I knew I [...]

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Stretch Twill Leopard Skinnies

I never thought I would actually be saying this – but I made myself a pair of leopard skinnies. Wheee! Grey leopard is a neutral… right?! I love seeing people wear funky colored/patterned pants, and while I’ve always wanted to try the look myself, it’s hard to find a good fabric that really calls out to me (*and* is a suitable bottom-weight for pants!). So when I saw this leopard print stretch twill at the Mood Fabrics site, I knew I’d found the perfect piece for a lil’ toe-dipping. Seriously, though, this twill is pretty awesome. It’s got a nice [...]

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Black and White Wool Plaid Coat

It’s been a couple of months in the making, but I’m happy to finally announce that my plaid coat is finally finished! Making this coat was truly a labor of love. I chose to fully tailor the coat, which definitely added to the time and expense involved, but it also just makes the coat feel so much more substantial and nice. This is a piece I see myself wearing for years – it’s made to last that long, anyway! My pattern, a vintage Vogue pattern from the 70s, included everything I needed in the instructions to get the coat fully [...]

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A Manly Striped Sweater

I don’t tend to do much sewing when it comes to men’s clothing, much to my boyfriend’s disappointment. Not really sure what my hang-up is —every time I find myself working on the odd piece of clothing for him, I am reminded of how much I actually enjoy doing this type of stuff. Not a lot of fit issues, frills, or funky patterns. Just simple and straightforward and… safe. Since I average about one piece of clothing per year for my dude, I reckon it’s time to share for 2013—a striped sweater, in a very manly wool knit. We found [...]

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