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

A Springy Cotton Sateen Shift Dress

I don’t know what the climate is like where you are, but here in Tennessee we are starting to get our first signs of spring. YES! I even noticed little daffodils creeping along my fence after I finished taking these photos. The temperature is still a little deceptive when there’s no sunshine where you’re standing (it’s not *quite* warm enough to go bare legged just yet!), but it’s quite a bit of an improvement over the snow and ice storm we had last week. Spring has sprung, my friends! And with that in mind, I give you my first warm-weather [...]

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Revisiting Red & Seafoam

Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but this is about the time of year that I start really hankering for spring. I miss everything about it, especially the part about not freezing (it also doesn’t hurt that I’ve been stuck home for the past 3 days due to a really bad ice storm. Actually, I’m not complaining about that at all haha)! I’ve been trying to spring-ify my wardrobe just a little (maybe in hopes that it will make the season hurry up faster?), which means digging out all the colors I forgot about over the winter, as well [...]

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A Handmade Travel Set

For the past couple months, I’ve been planning to up my luggage game. Over the years, I’ve made do with a fairly old suitcase (handed down from my parents – not sure exactly it’s age, but I know there are receipts in the pocket from when we went to Disney World in 1994, so at least 20 years!) and a really ratty/cheap duffel bag. My travel schedule is starting to ramp up this year, and one thing I don’t have is a duffel bag that is suitable for a weekend getaway. The aforementioned ratty bag was pretty small and difficult [...]

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Men’s Cotton Twill Toggle Jacket

Seems to be coat season over here on the Mood Sewing Network! And for good reason – have you ever made a coat before? IT’S SO MUCH FUN. For my one unselfish moment of 2014 (everybody gets one), I decided to channel that energy into a new piece of outerwear for my boyfriend, Landon. Like I said, I love making coats, and I was already up and ready to make another (what? I told you they are fun!) – so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a coat for Landon. Ain’t I so sweet? Let’s [...]

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A Red Wool Designer Coat

When Vogue Patterns originally released V1419, a coat designed by Ralph Rucci, I’ll admit – my first impression was to hate it. It wasn’t until I went to NYC at the end of this summer and actually tried on the designer original at the McCall Pattern Company offices (wind machine was an added bonus!) that I realized the coat was actually pretty awesome and I needed a version for myself. That’s when the watercolor painting started… … which in turn meant that a coat was bound to happen sooner or later! My coat is the result of an intense sewalong [...]

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Black Wool Jersey Wrap Dress

You know what my closet is sorely lacking these days? A little black dress. Those are supposed to be essential, right? A dress to go with everything – for any occasion – easy to dress up or down, depending on said occasion. Little black dresses are also kind of boring. Which is why you gotta up the ante with some fabulous fabric and a killer pattern amirite? My LBD is actually a wrap dress – made with the softest, most snuggly wool jersey I’ve ever laid my hands on. I found this gorgeousness at Mood Fabrics in NYC – yep, [...]

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Sweaters & Skinnies for Fall!

Ok, I’ll admit – when I first started working on this outfit, the air was a LOT more fall-like than it currently is at the moment. Stupid fickle season, ha! Anyway, I’m totally a trooper so I’m modeling this outfit for y’all nonetheless (photos taken early morning before the temperatures got too high, because, woof.). My first real cold-weather makes – like I said, it’s a little early in the season here, but I like to get a head start so I can actually start wearing this stuff when the weather cools down When I was in NYC last month, [...]

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Ultimately Polka Dotted Trousers

Hey look, here I am again – with another pair of polka dotted trousers! Are you surprised? Would you be surprised to know that I have another pair of dotty trousers sitting on my sewing table as we type speak? Do you think I have a problem? I’ve never considered myself a polka dot trouser kind of girl, but these sewing numbers don’t lie! I confess – I actually bought this polka dot cotton sateen at the Mood Fabrics flagship store in New York, all the way back in March! (I just checked, and while it’s not available online – [...]

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Giving Old Chairs a New Life!

Hey everyone! This post is a little different from what I usually offer up here on the Mood Sewing Network – we are gonna talk about home decor fabric today! ::evil laugh:: No wait, come back, I promise it’s not all bad! Forreal, though, I’ve known about Mood Fabric’s home fabric offerings since, well, the beginning of my Mood-time. And while I’ve never been one to futz much with home decor sewing (I mean, c’mon, wouldn’t we rather all sew clothes for ourselves?), I did have some chairs that needed to be recovered. Here is the chair in question: I [...]

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