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Cotton & Linen slubbed Shacket

I’m tempted to keep this a wordless post, so you can guess which one of us MNS’ers stitched this…because I certainly wouldn’t guess ME. In fact, I agonized over this fabric choice for about 45 minutes, on Mood NY’s magical top floor. Eric and Kway both assured me this was a beautiful fabric. I was sure they were right, but I absolutely could not convince my technicolor brain. In the end I had to take their word for it! Luckily, they were right, and it’s not for me anyway! So really what I had to do was remind myself, repeatedly, […]

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Relaxing in Silk Chiffon

After 8 full days of hollering with family and friends, I am worded OUT! My brain is in need of the kind of recharge where you spend all day at home in a robe. Unfortunately, I’m not one to spend all day in a robe. Robes are problematic for me. One, robes in our house are historically not fancy enough. Two, I don’t really sew things to chill in. Luckily, I tricked myself into sewing a fancy robe. This is Vogue 9253, made by the entirety of the sewing population last summer. The whole shebang is french seamed, a lovely […]

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An Achromatic Jacket

After making Vogue 1493, a Koos pattern, as a gift, I decided I needed a version for myself. Not sure how I decided something for ME should be black and white, but it’s definitely the loudest black and white around! I chose two thick woven cotton blends from the shirting floor at Mood NY, which also houses leather, jersey, Liberty, wax print, denim, and a small section of this sort of snuggly thing. I go to this particular section of shelving a LOT. (A great online combo awaits here and here!) To be honest, that sleeve is not on purpose! […]

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An (Unplanned)Trio of Denim Kalles

You can probably guess this pattern by sight, though you’re likely confused as to why I’m wearing it IN A SOLID. I’ve got my reasons! Reason #1: My gals Lauren & Sallie both rocked this look in denim hues of linen & chambray, and I could not get their collective loveliness out of my brain. Reason #2: I decided to be sensible. (I KNOW.) I had every intention of making this up in a painterly floral Marchesa silk gazar! But I wanted a chance to play with the lines before cutting into Marchesa. And, this stiff cotton, snagged at Mood NY, is not […]

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Border Print Maxi Skirt: with shine!

I dove into this heavyweight metallic blend about 30 seconds after arriving home with it. This is one of those lucky garments that took a day to make, and promises to be a favorite for years. I LOVE IT. As most of my quicker pieces go, this one flew by because I draped it on my form, and let the border print tell me what to do. So…no, I don’t have a pattern for this, sorry! Just start with wide rectangles, and you’re on your way to an easy pleated maxi skirt. (But *do* remember to iron the back pleats […]

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Playing Favorites

My favorite food is pizza.  I try to eat it once a week. I don’t even think of denying myself this pleasure. So when I questioned myself on choosing to work with another Supreme Wax fabric, I gave myself this theory: PIZZA IS GOOD. WAX PRINT IS GOOD. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE HAVE BOTH WHENEVER YOU WANT THEM. That’s solid theorizing. With 6 yards of fabric in a cut, and summer sewing in full force, I went for maxi proportions. Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1802 (out of print, I think), was the object of my desire. Or the vehicle for? I […]

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Viscose For Summer Heat!

This is one of those fabrics that has to be experienced in real life, the lens doesn’t do it justice! To come close to the true colors in this Italian viscose jersey, I had to bump up the saturation. And now I have “Pump Up the Volume” in my head. My apologies if you do, too. Let me change that ear worm with the story of this garment’s first outing! Rob & I snapped these photos in the golden hour, on our way to Lincoln Center’s opening night of #LCOutOfDoors. It’s a wonderful, free program offered every summer, with nights […]

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A Raspberry Wine Maxi Shirt Dress

Are you seeing double? I gasped when I saw Sallie’s June MSN project, done in the same print, different color way! However, Sallie’s mind was much more romantic and thoughtful about the whole enterprise, casting herself in a role she needed to create an ensemble for. Her role was American Beauty, mine is Raspberry Wine…how fitting is that. Now, neither of us knew we’d both picked this lovely viscose–to boot, we both had a mind to make a shirtdress, and we both had a mind to end the buttons well before the end of the actual dress! Sallie was perfectly cast in her choice […]

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A Jacket for Woodland Scuba Diving

I’m sorry, I just really don’t know what to SAY. This look is so far from “me,” I’m wondering if I was possessed during the making of it. Surely, I had some of my wits about me, because I used my infinitely hackable TNT By Hand London Victoria Blazer… But most of my wits went running merrily out Mood’s front door when I ogled this woodland scene, printed on neoprene. Or rather, scuba. I believe the classification of scuba means designer neoprene. Because this, of course, is Anna Sui. No one believed it as I lugged this bolt of crazy around Mood NY’s top […]

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