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the blogger boucle

One busy afternoon at Mood, The Police were playing. Kway and I discussed the awesomeness of this giant among rock bands. Greats bands are like a marriage, he said, some end, but after they’ve had kids. Then when it’s over, you say, yeah, they got divorced. But those are some beautiful kids. I suppose that’s what it’s like with this boucle. Or at least, the idea of this boucle. We had an affair for over two months before I finally divorced myself from my original vision of it. Ruggy would catch me standing in the middle of the room, hugging it: what are you doing? Really [...]

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A Wintry Knit Bloom

On the day after Christmas, in the land of Ruggy’s birth, it snowed.  And snowed, and snowed.  So naturally I jumped into my second version of By Hand London’s Elisalex Dress and ran outside to play. It seemed the perfect backdrop for Betsey Johnson’s technicolor print.  As usual I was in the jersey aisle at Mood, and I fell in love and snagged a yard of this beauty.  The weight is perfection, the colors are edible.  My intention was to make more leggings.  However, when I pulled out my ginghers, the bright happy flowers screamed OONA!  Are you really going [...]

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Hanging in the Stretch Aisle

I wrote a bit about this dress last week on my blog; it was giving me fever and I was not happy. Mainly, I’m mad at myself. I did everything I could to second guess this pattern, the Elisalex Dress from By Hand London. I made my usual modifications on the fly, thinking I’d head problems off at the pass. Turns out, this baby fit me right out of the exceedingly lovely box. (I’m talking about the packaging, folks, soon to be drooled over on my blog–these patterns are something you’ll want to display in your room, totally bookshelf worthy.) [...]

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Material Girl

These are my new comfy Do Everything work clothes. They’ve been worn trekking to the subway five o’clock in the morning, at the ballet barre five o’clock at night, and the home bar straight after. Happy work, all, deserving of something more than beat up jeans and pilly yoga pants. Although I already had leggings on the brain, I must place the 80s vibe of said leggings squarely on the shoulders of Mood. Hits from that pop-piest of eras were blasting the day I strolled in, and I gave in completely to the invitations from A-Ha! and Duran Duran. There [...]

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Of Feathers, Frocks And Fabulousness

The feathers, they are done. DONE! I scream from the mountaintop. I am Captain of Mount Accomplishment! Never has Ruggy been so inundated with my trumpeting! On occasion, I know if I begin a hairbrained project, it will turn out the way I expect it to. In this case, I had a completely botched muslin of a wiggle dress, made from a stashed medium weight satin, I believe. This thing was overworked to death. For weeks, I thought I could wrangle it into a skirt and get something out of all that work, but the idea of measuring and slicing [...]

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Ruggy’s Mad Over Plaid

Oh Ruggy. Will I ever sew you anything? This plaid flannel was truly meant for my husband. I had all the best intentions of making him a cozy fall shirt, partially egged on by Amy’s rage-inducing make for her soulmate. WHATEVER AMY. As I pored over Mood’s online site, bookmarking fabrics to my portfolio (I love that wee feature, I can see all my wants right on one page), my mind quickly wandered back to myself, and I let out a little gasp when I saw this chenille. Unfortunately, Mind-Reading Ruggy heard my gasp, looked at my screen, and asked [...]

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Slow and Steady is the Mood

Well.  Y’all had some excellent suggestions on getting the sewjo mojo back, many of which I implemented to get this dress past the “folded up and staring accusingly at me” stage.  In fact, there were so many great ideas I’ll be doing a little credited wrap up on le blog later, a mojo-maker, if you will.  (Oh now come on, if that isn’t a cocktail waiting to be made I don’t know what is.  Must get Ruggy on that.) Speaking of Ruggy, my reluctant photographer was unavailable this weekend, so I had to go all self-timer on these shots.  Wanting [...]

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in a blue mood and loving it

I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS DRESS!!! i’m not lying to you when i say i sang songs to this dress. i cooed and petted it. diane reeves and i serenaded it many an evening. the three of us harmonize quite well together, if i do say so myself. when she is quiet (or, at least, as quiet as this print can be) she looks like this. but when she gets frisky… PEEP SHOW YO! i adore this panel print. she is silk. she is anna sui. she is from mood, los angeles locale, i haven’t been able to find [...]

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