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An Unexpected Ensemble

To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient. Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in). I fitted, I pressed… I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care… AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, [...]


Silk Cotton Maxi Dress

Last month, four yards of watery silk cotton slipped though my fingers for what felt like four years. Intended as my birthday dress, this beautiful headache went unworn, until I donned it for these pictures. To be honest, I put it in a time-out so many times, it has an aura of irritation about it that has yet to dissipate. Perhaps it needs a good dry cleaning, or a smudge stick. It’s not so much that I don’t like the finished product…I don’t like the memory of the work that went into it! But that’s not the fabric’s fault. The [...]


Panel Print Halter Dress

Last weekend, I realized July was almost over, and I with no finished MSN project for the month! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?! PROBABLY BUSY THINKING ABOUT SUMMER. Luckily, I had two panel prints straight from Italy in my hands this month: this 70s-tastic Italian poly, and another try at the mountain scene that gave Ruggy such grief. Unfortunately (perhaps karmically?), a second attempt at reconstructing those mountains gave me nothing but misery. Well, it gave me gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, maybe a good roll of the eye. I don’t do misery in sewing. And any fail in [...]


Viscose Harem Pants

This little pair of harem pants started out as an off-the-shoulder peasant dress. Basically, I succumbed to a trend which does not look good on me, realized my mistake, and then turned to another trend that does not look good on me as the solution. Ruggy is not happy with my choice. I’m actually not a fan of the look of this shape either. But the first time I made a pair of harem pants and tried them on, the feel of them was like the heavens opened up and started singing. Or maybe it was just the musical kids at rehearsals, [...]


Braided Maxi Dress

Hey Y’all! It’s a long weekend here in the US, and most everyone is out enjoying the sudden jump to summer temperatures. For me, that doesn’t mean “Beach” so much as it means “Concrete Rooftop,” but hey– it’s sunny. It’s warm. I’LL TAKE IT. I am SO happy to be in maxi dress weather! I had a completely different garment planned for my May Mood post, but this jumped queue when the thermometer merrily climbed above 80. Favorite season, favorite fabrics! Viscose jersey is another one of my loves– much like Rayon, it feels like you’re draped in your own [...]


Silk Jersey Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress

Meet my new favorite dress. OH DON’T BE COY SHOW US THE FRONT I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself [...]


Hit And Miss

Please excuse the pseudo artsy filtered image, but this little floaty top makes me feel like I’m walking around in a real life Instagram. Wait, hold on… There you go! Back to reality. CLOSE UP REALITY. Where you can see aaaaaallllll of the wrinkles in my second pair of Birkin Flares! I consider this pair practice in the process of making jeans, not so much a win in the process of filling the holes in my separates closet. The fabric, a Marc Jacobs denim, has far too much stretch for this pattern, which is hit-you-over-the-head obvious in the fabric content– [...]


A Casual Bug

  Well, I guess that settles it, I’m on a separates kick. I had a lightbulb moment while making a top for my last pair of jeans (because it seems I can’t make a pair of Birkin flares without something to go with it–like a Liberty of London blouse). There’s a whole new learning curve for separates. I can get behind throwing all manner of yardage at my fancy dresses, including stuff meant for a casual t-shirt, but I’m finding the same isn’t so easily done with casual wear. Just ask my bag of February UFOs. And proportion! I gotta [...]


Woven Mountain Views

This was one of those “Awesome fabric + Simple pattern = Instant success” equations where the math went stupendously wrong. Here’s Simplicity 1099, slim view, in a double sided woven fabric from Mood NY’s top floor. I had a little over a yard of this beauty, which I believe has some silk in it. It was wide enough to accommodate all 3 pieces of this SUPER easy pattern, while still allowing careful print placement. And I was oh, so careful! Tracing shapes of mountains at seams, laying tissue out until it was seamless– cutting was the biggest part of this [...]

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