Sallieoh blogs about all things sewing and the trials of creating a handmade wardrobe. When she's not doing that, she's being tortured by her pesky cat and enjoying life by the beach. See more from Sallieoh »

Periwinkle Silk Dupioni 1890’s Historical Costume

Hello everyone! Today I’m really excited to share a project with you that has been my focus for many months now – my late Victorian walking suit! Some of you may remember last year when I made my first historical costume for a Victorian Christmas event here in Galveston. I had such a great time, and learned so much making that costume that I was excited to try my hand at another for this year. And of course, none of this would be possible without Mood Fabrics! This year I really wanted my costume to be historically accurate to a […]

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A non-traditional Dirndl for Oktoberfest

Hello everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s Halloween, so Happy Halloween! October is one of my favorite months because not only am I a sucker for Halloween, but it’s also the time of year when the end of summer is in sight, and it marks the start of Festival Season here in Galveston.  After the beach season ends for the year, the island tries to make up for the lack of tourist economy by hosting big festivals throughout the winter months. There’s the Lonestar Biker Rally, Dickens on the Strand, Mardi Gras, and, my personal favorite, Oktoberfest! I love Oktoberfest […]

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Cranberry Rayon Dress for Early Fall

Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great start to their Fall season (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is!) This is always a weird time of year for me for sewing, because my brain has decided it’s autumn, but the weather is stubbornly, even vehemently, still very much summer. What’s a girl to do? One thing I rely on to add a shot of autumn into my otherwise summer wardrobe is color. And, as always, Mood delivers! This Cranberry Floral Rayon Batiste is everything I love about a fabric! The color is so striking, and the floral […]

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Easy Ponte Summer Separates

Hi there! Is it hot where you are? Because it sure is hot here! July is most definitely the least forgiving summer month in terms of the heat and humidity here in coastal Texas.  And, no coincidence, it also happens to be the summer month when I have the least interest in clothes of any sort! Even just looking at the prettiest of sundresses all I can think is “sweaty back”. It’s no surprise that my sewjo also takes a nosedive during the summer doldrums as well.  When wearing clothes turns into an unpleasant reality, making clothes loses a bit of […]

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Floral Viscose Shirtdress

Hello everyone! I’m very excited to share this make with you today — it’s a real favorite! I actually made it a couple months ago, while I was taking my blogging break, and am only just now getting around to documenting it. But the inspiration for this dress goes back much further, to the beginning of this year.  We had a very mild and pleasant winter in my part of the world — lots of warm days with low humidity, and sunshine for weeks on end. It was lovely. It also, as luck would have it, coincided with a stretch […]

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A Casual Denim Summer Shirtdress

Hello Mood Sewing Network! Long time, no see! I took a couple months away from sewing and blogging this spring in order to take care of a few “life” things, and, if I’m being completely honest, to recharge my sewing batteries. But now… I’m baaaaack! And apparently I need to brush up on my blog photo skills, because I left my camera bag in all these photos! Whoops! Many moons ago, I pinned a photo of a woman wearing an oversized denim shirtdress that I found on the internet to my inspiration folder on my desktop. The woman looked so chic. Perfectly […]

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African Wax Print Dress for Mardi Gras

Hello there, Mood Sewing Network!! I hope everyone has made it through January relatively unscathed.  After the holidays it can feel like a long slog until there is anything to look forward to again – mostly long days and pleasant weather! ‘Round here I can’t complain too much about the weather – it’s been unseasonably warm.  And that “post-holiday-funk” is always broken up by Mardi Gras! Now, Galveston’s Mardi Gras festivities are nowhere near the to-do that it is in New Orleans, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either! There’s parades and parties and beads galore! I’ll be honest, I […]

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A Late-Victorian Silk Taffeta Confection

Hello there Mood friends! It’s been awhile! Today I’d like to share a project with you that has been my main focus this past Fall.  As you can see by the photo, this is something very different for me — historical costuming! I made this ensemble to attend a Victorian themed event in Galveston, TX called “Dickens on the Strand” which is put on by the Galveston Historical Foundation as a way to celebrate the local historical architecture of the downtown district. For the sake of brevity (and not boring you to tears) I’ll just give the most basic facts today, […]

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The “It Still Feels Like Summer” Dress

Howdy y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their autumn, wherever you are! Here in my part of the woods it continues to feel very much like summer, and I’m not complaining — yet! I was never much of a cold-weather gal, so the mild Texas winters suit me.  I decided to salute our long summers with a bright, neon orange dress! Gotta make use of this summer complexion while it lasts, right? So, I taught myself to sew about 6 years ago, and since then it seems like there are very few  fibers or fabrics that I have not worked […]

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