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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 [...]

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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– [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Chunky Sweater Cardigan

I hate knitting. I admire those of you with the patience to do it, but, as Ruggy often reminds me, I have zero patience. INDEED, SIR! When I picked up the bamboo needles years ago, most of my projects were made for Ruggy! I might not sew for my man, but oh, the knitted man-wear of years past…the hats! The scarves! One, done quite questionably up in white cashmere, as requested! (Don’t ask.) And the icing on the cake, a turtleneck sweater, sized to fit the state of Texas! SO MUCH PATIENCE!! SO LITTLE PAYOFF!!! Well, unlike those long lost, [...]

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A Silk Crepe De Chine Topper

HIYA. How do you like my whatchamacallit? It was meant to be a button down dress…. But then I felt so Bohemian when fitting to mark for buttons, I decided to cinch the waist in a bit more and leave it as a…topper? Sleeveless kimono? Maxi vest? MAXI VEST. LET’S GO WITH MAXI VEST. Let’s also say, that much like my self imposed ban on jersey, imma haveta turn my back on the Sui for awhile. Yep, you guessed it, this is MORE Anna Sui, and it marks the fifth MSN project in which I’ve used that designer’s sumptuous textiles. [...]

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Linen Decorated Mini Dress

  Guess who ran into some more Anna Sui at Mood. I swear, it’s like I’m one of those dogs that sniffs out truffles. It’s not like she has a specific named shelf. Sure, I find her in the “Designer” section…but this yardage was lounging on the bottom floor, in a colorful little bin of medium weight cotton & linen bolts. Next to shirting. NEXT TO SHIRTING. No offense, Shirting. You’re just not my cup of tea. But this craziness was right up my alley! My first thought was a maxi skirt, but in the end, it wanted to be [...]

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A Glitzy Neoprene Maxi Dress

I refuse to let summer go. It’s still warm enough for sandals, for crying out loud! And yet, the siren song of Fall Fashion seduces…so I married a summery maxi dress with an autumnal neoprene. Truly, a great “transitional” fabric. I don’t believe I’ve ever seriously used that word in my life. Does this mean my closet is growing up? Growing up?! I WILL NOT HAVE IT! SEQUINS. THAAAAT’S BETTER. Sequins defy logic! They are appropriate no matter WHAT the season, and I’m pretty sure they have never, in the history of the world, been called “transitional.” Keeping the sequins confined to an [...]

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A Guayabera for a Secretive Guy

And here endeth the Live Human Model shots for this post. Sorry, but Big Daddy is a child of the sixties and not so into putting his good looks on the internet. Bright side: for once, you get actual detail shots of actual sewing! I have recently become aware that blue is my Dad’s favorite hue, and so for his birthday, I attempted a linen Guayabera that compliments his (*not* blue, *not* pictured) eyes. This woven linen was unearthed on Mood Fabric’s lower floor, a level that I must admit, I don’t frequent! Jerseys & Shirtings live there, and for [...]

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