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 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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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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