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

Floral Lace Bra

I love making lingerie. I never thought I would say that, but I’ve truly fallen head over heels in love with everything about the process – from planning, to executing, to wearing. It seems silly to pour a lot of time and energy into something that doesn’t get seen by the majority of the public (blog posts notwithstanding, of course ), but it’s actually strangely fulfilling to know that you’ve made every last piece of clothing you’re wearing down to the underwear. The process itself is also incredibly appealing to me, as it deals with a lot of tiny pieces [...]

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Tigerlily Orange Top & Burnished Gold Jeans

I’m not terribly proud to admit this, but there is quite a bit of inspiration that comes by way of my boss’ closet. Before that sounds too weird, let me backtrack – I work as a Personal Assistant, and part of my job is handling the laundry (no groans here – I actually really love doing laundry. Seriously!). My employer is pretty fashionable, and LOVES shopping, so there are constantly new pieces going in the closet and getting subsequently filed away in my mental inspiration folder. Such is the case with this outfit – light colored jeans and a coral [...]

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Colorful Spring Separates!

Last month, I spent a long weekend in NYC. Since I’m a practical person with adult priorities, this meant that I spent 2 days shopping in the Garment District, with most of my time being focused on the Mood Fabrics flagship store. Don’t even judge me. Wait until I show you what I got my hands on, first. Do you see that navy and white striped fabric??? Ok, go ahead and judge. I’ll wait. As much as I love ordering from the Mood Fabrics website from the comfort of my own home (and in the comfort of my underwear, because, [...]

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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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