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Bereft From Brocade

Hands down one of the best things about temperatures dropping: brocade. A few short years ago I would have laughed like hell if you told me I’d say that. Now Fall hits and just about all I can think of is brocade. I walked into Mood Fabrics for something, I really don’t remember what, but I do clearly recall I had a list, a gameplan, and all carefully laid out thoughts left my head at a full tilt boogie when I saw this Zac Posen Floral Silk Brocade. SILK Brocade. Gaaaaaaaaaah. I can haz SILK Brocade?! I squeezed the pathetic list [...]

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Floral Eyelet For Fall

  In an effort to get some casual everyday wear into my extremely gussied-up closet, I snagged this warm reversible cotton eyelet at Mood Fabrics online.     Despite the impressive size of my mouth, I’m at a loss for words… although this project was involved, it went together simply and relatively quickly. A shirtdress with a princess seamed bodice, pleated front skirt…     And I guess you’d call it a gored back?  Next time I’d throw some pleats in the back skirt too, the pattern (Simplicity 2222 vintage) only provides for the front. Helps with the casual vibe, [...]

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The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress

For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane. I like to get what I want. I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face. I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back. One could almost say ham handedly modified.  I definitely [...]

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So-fa, So Good

I walked in the door Monday at 5:50.  By 6PM I had to sew SOMETHING.  But the Charles James inspired draped silk organza on my dressform was looking far too challenging for the hour. I SHALL SEW MY HOME DEC POST, I thought (in all caps, as I am wont to do), WITH AN HOUR APPROPRIATE LIBATION.  THAT WILL BE EASY! Sure.  Super easy. Especially when one sews right side to wrong side. Everyone knows that’s how you make a simple rectangular pillow. Even with the math, even with the seam ripping, even with the handsewing, by 8pm yesterday we [...]

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Silk Crepe De Chine Romper

Last week we housed 5 adults and 2 children for 24 hours. And all I got was this awesome Silk Crepe De Chine thingamajig. One of said adults, the six-foot-fifty-eight one, was sporting a fabulous, flowy, silky pants-thing that had holes for your footsies and shirring at the top.  This dame, let’s call her The Diva, wore them because she knew I would specifically be fascinated by them.  Indeed I was.  I made her take them off that evening so’s I could study ‘em. With two screaming nutjobs in the house in various states of undress, it wasn’t weird at [...]

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NY Designer Print In NY

Well, lemme start by saying: if you like the looks of this NY Designer Print lightweight cotton, stop reading right now and let your fingers do the walking to its online home at Mood Fabrics, because it’s almost sold out. And it’s SO. PERFECT. Are you still here?  OH GOODY.  I mean, I do hope you grabbed some of this heaven for yourself, but I’d really love to holler at you about my dress. Yay for light & shadows giving me bullet bra!  Pinky swear, I did not make the girls pointy. This is about 4 yards of summer maxi, [...]

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Strips And Stripes

When I ordered this striped cotton voile at Mood Fabrics online, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  But white-n-black combos were on sale, and if something on sale piques my interest, that’s a chance to get enough yardage to fearlessly cut and piece and drape till I like what I see. (Apparently I’m not the only squirrel, she’s gone online, but there are more striped voiles here, and peep that blue floral one!) Signs that I am binge watching Game Of Thrones: there are no zips, no snaps, there are only drawstrings.  They made [...]

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Enveloped in Cotton Voile

I had one eyebrow permanently raised to skyscraper height the entire time I was stitching up these wrap pants. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  I actually prepped this pattern, Simplicity 4192, last summer in a hotel room in Dallas, but never tried it out.  Then, fellow MSN’er Peter went on a streak of menswear that gave me haute couture hives each week.  Suddenly, I HAD to have a pair of wrap pants.  It was like I had never seen a pair of wrap pants before. I stalked Mood Fabric’s shelves of voile, the same shelves Herr Peter [...]

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One last coat for cool spring nights

      My most sincere apologies, I might have brought the cold weather back with this coat. Mea culpa.  BUT WOULDJA LOOKIT THAT INTERIOR.  HOW COULD I RESIST?! One of the great things about visiting  Mood Fabrics in person: you get to know the people there, who in turn know the fabric.  When I ran up to my favorite top floor, my angel Eric greeted me with his sunbeam of a smile and said I have a couple things I think you might like. I knew I wouldn’t even have to browse that day. He has me pegged. This woven piece of madness is [...]

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