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 »

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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Sneaky Silk+Ponte Dress

I am calling this the sneaky dress because it looks like it should be separates, but it’s not! It’s actually one piece! I LOVE these kinds of dresses! Looks like a silk blouse with a high-waisted pencil skirt, without the bother of keeping a shirt tucked in all day and making sure things match in the morning (because, ew, all I wanna do is sleep right now). The pattern I used for this dress is the Sugar Plum by Lolita Patterns. Since it doesn’t require a lot of fabric to make up the top half (less than a yard!), I splurged [...]

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Cozy, Woolly Separates

Who doesn’t love to wear wool in the winter time? I feel like a broken record when I start singing the praises of wool, but foreal you guys—this stuff is awesome. It’s super warm and cozy, breathes very well (so you don’t get overheated in all that warm and cozy-ness), and it’s also antimicrobial, which means it naturally repels odors. Which means now you know why I wear so much wool and still manage to keep up with the laundry – it doesn’t need to be washed very frequently! Airing out is fine for day-to-day. Yay for being lazy! So [...]

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Cozy Plaid Flannel, Yeah!

I’ve always loved the plaid flannel shirts that everyone wears when the temperatures start dropping, but the selection (at least where I live) has pretty much hovered around disappointing. Ugly plaids, strange fiber contents, weird boxy fits—do not want! Which is why I took the initiative and made my own. LIKE A BOSS! Seriously, though, have you seen the cotton flannels at Mood Fabrics lately? The red and black check I’m rocking here actually comes in five different colors—I mean, what better excuse do you need to wrap yourself in a cozy plaid cloud? Bonus—the loft of this fabric makes [...]

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Polka Dot Fancypants

Dontcha just love it when you spend months looking for a specific dream fabric, then give up your search in angst, only to discover exactly what you’re looking for when you really truly aren’t looking? I mean, gah, finding good fabric can be just as difficult as finding a suitable romantic partner. Although the fabric search is usually a bit more fun When I originally got my hands on this “Peter & The Wolf Pants” pattern by Papercut Patterns, I immediately wanted to make them up in something polka-dotty. Problem is, this particular pattern calls for fabric with a bit [...]

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