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

Summer Activewear

Since moving into my new apartment last month, I have been busy discovering all the cool stuff in my area (bonus that it’s all pretty walkable, unlike at my last place in the middle of nowhere ). One major selling point for me was that I am now super close – about 2 blocks, and again, walkable – to a really great greenway. The multi-use paths are nice and wide, mostly shaded by the trees, and there is a big creek that runs through it which means lots of cool bridges to cross! It’s a fantastic area for both cycling [...]

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Sewing Projects For the Home

Hey everyone! I’m doing something a little different this month for my MSN project – instead of sewing for myself, I sewed some stuff for my home! This is about as close to unselfish sewing as I can manage I just recently moved house (from a basement apartment in the middle of the woods, to a sweet second-floor apartment with masses of windows, in my favorite part of Nashville!), so sprucing up and decorating were at the top of the list! Plus, I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough time to sew an outfit for myself with all the packing/moving/unpacking [...]

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Polka Dot Silk Crepe Bra

Remember that awesome polka dot silk crepe that I used to make a tie neck blouse a couple months ago? Well. I love that fabric and I HATE wasting anything – but thankfully, there’s a solution for using up those tiny pieces of gorgeous silk that might otherwise go unused. Lingerie! Lingerie is also a really fantastic option for giving yourself an excuse to buy really tiny pieces of expensive fabric (see: the floral lace bra I made last year). This is not necessarily the case with this particular project (as I said, I had leftovers – and this silk [...]

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Silk Faille Prom Dress

You read that title right – I made a prom dress this month! And not for a high schooler (please, we all know I’m not that unselfish), but an actual prom dress for myself Before you get too skeeved out at the idea of a 30 year old attending prom, I should point out that my best friend is a high school English teacher, and thus gets 2 free tickets every year. I weaseled my way into being her date because I wanted an excuse to make a fancy dress. Wouldn’t you do the same? My first advice for anyone [...]

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Silk Crepe Blouse + Corduroy Skirt

As much as I love the ease and guaranteed matching of making a dress, I also really really love sewing separates. To prevent the dreaded “closet orphan” (that one piece that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet), I always try to choose fabric and styles that will mix and match with things already existing in my wardrobe. Black and white polka dots and mustard tend to go with everything, so this particular duo was a no-brainer! The blouse is made from some gorgeous black and white polka dotted silk crepe that I bought at Mood Fabrics while in [...]

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Cotton Plaid Flannel Robe

It’s the end of February, and you know what that means: wear-your-housecoat-all-day-because-it’s-otherwise-too-cold season! Seriously. Can it be spring already!? I was serious about wearing my robe all day, at least when I’m hanging around the house (I work from home a couple of days a week, so this happens pretty frequently this time of year). I have an old fleece robe that has served me well for many a winter, but it’s really starting to look it’s age (almost a decade, I have recently realized!). I knew it was time for an upgrade to something a little classier, so I’d [...]

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Silk Georgette Button-Up + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Hey everyone! Sorry for the boring title of this post. I promise I make up for it with EXCITING SNOW PICTURES. Like, I didn’t *want* to stand outside and take snow day photos (obviously it was cold – and also very very bright! Look, I can’t even keep my eyes open haha), but the indoor lighting was just too terrible. So here’s photographic evidence of the freak snow that swept across Tennessee last week – I think we ended up with about 6″ at the house (laugh all you want, Northerners, but that’s a lot here!). I got a few [...]

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Black Wool/Cashmere Pleated Pants

‘Tis the season for cashmere! And bad photography, for that matter. It’s a shame that black fabric is the worst to photograph, because it’s the best to wear. Also, it was raining while I took these pictures, and I may or may not have have imbibed in one too many adult beverages the night before… so gimmie some slack here, is all I’m saying. Anyway, I love that it’s finally cool enough to justify wearing cashmere on a daily basis! Or, rather, a cashmere blend for those of us who aren’t quite rich enough to go full 100% I don’t [...]

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Cozy Knit Surplice Dress

As much as I live for the summer months, I truly love the clothes that come with winter. Nothing makes me want to suit up and get all fancy more than a nip in the air and a need for additional layers. True fact: tights automatically make any outfit look extra fancy, as do scarves. Never mind that I’ll be sick of the cold in a record amount of time (2 weeks? Maybe?). For now, I’m going to relish the fact that I can finally sew up those non-breathing polys that I can’t stand to touch when it’s hot out. [...]

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