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 ┬╗

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. [...]


Crazy Aztec Wool Jacket

One thing I look forward to sewing every year is a new winter coat. I spend my summer planning out all the details and collecting fabrics and notions (PROTIP: While coatmaking can be expensive, the cost hurts a lot less if you buy the goods in phases haha), so that I’m ready to sew it up once the weather cools down. My last two coats have also been MSN projects – a dramatic, designer-inspired red wool coat and a black and white checked plaid wool peacoat straight outta the 1970s. I just love making coats, you guys. Since I’m well-covered [...]


Linen Tent Dress

For my Mood Sewing Network project this month, I wanted to switch it up a little and play with shapes and fabrics that I don’t normally gravitate to. Since we’re still experiencing a pretty intense bit of heat as the summer is sloooowly drawing to an end, the idea of a loose tent shape made with a breathable linen sounded pretty much perfect to me. I don’t know if this style is even flattering on me whatsoever, but right now comfy is winning out and I don’t even care. Normally, I don’t really like to sew or wear linen. I [...]


Abstract Print Knit Wrap Dress

Ok, folks, fess up. How many of y’all bought this poppy red abstract knit fabric when it went live on Mood Fabrics a few weeks ago? As of this writing, I’ve seen at least 5 fellow sewing bloggers add it to their stash, not including myself. No judgement here – it’s a beautiful fabric! Of course, I immediately snapped up a couple of yards for myself with a wrap dress in mind. The bold print reminds me of some of those 70s vintage Diane Von F├╝rstenberg wrap dresses that I just can’t get enough of. Occasionally, I find buying knit [...]


The Summer of Paisley

Sometimes, a girl needs an extra-loud dress to get her through the horrendously hot and humid days of mid-July. I can’t say that I’ve ever considered myself much of a fan of paisley – some of the prints and colors remind me a little too much of the awful ties my dad work to work in the early 90s. Maybe it was less the print itself and more the recollection of the terrible fiber content. At any rate, I’ve never really been drawn to it, but something about this particular blue print at Mood Fabrics just took my breath away. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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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