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 »

Cozy Knit Separates

Hi Everyone! I hope January has been treating you all well.  I have to be honest with you, I feel as though this outfit is the personification of the January Blues, and for that I am sorry. It basically says “yes, I put on clothes today, but just barely”.  But, you know, I feel like a wardrobe needs those kinds of outfits just as much as it needs party dresses and power suits. Because we all have days where we feel kind of ‘blah’ and there is nothing better on those days than crawling into forgiving jersey and blankety jackets. […]

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Men’s Plaid Shirt

Hi there Mood Sewing Network! I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year, and a restful holiday if you celebrate!  I’m visiting family at the moment, but wanted to stop in to share this bit of selfless sewing I did for my husband, Nick, this year.  I always drag my feet when it comes to sewing for other people, but Nick was definitely due for some new shirts, and a handmade one makes a wonderful gift. For this shirt I was looking for a fabric that was a little bit different than what Nick already has in […]

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A Chambray Popover for Fall

Hello Mood Sewing Network! Well, it’s finally pants weather here in Texas (but not quite jacket weather!) and I’ve been craving some wardrobe basics to flesh out my closet.  Transitional seasons do that to me. And when it comes to clothes I have no willpower. What the heart wants, it gets! I’ve wanted a chambray popover for… oh eons now.  Well at least a few years. They just feel like the perfect thing to throw on and go – no matter what the situation.  I love a classic button-up shirt for this reason too, but the popover brings just a tad […]

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An Athletic Inspired Mini Wardrobe

Hey everyone! I hope y’all have had a great September – I can’t believe it’s over already! Was it just me, or did it seem to fly by particularly fast? This month for the Mood Sewing Network I decided to do something a little different.  Rather than making one garment, I spent each weekend sewing up one article of clothing with the aim of filling in a huge wardrobe gap for me – workout/leisure wear.  All these garments were really fast makes, and I approached each as a little experiment.  If you’ve ever looked at RTW active wear you know […]

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Boho Inspired Liberty of London Dress

Greetings friends! I hope everyone has had a wonderful August and if it’s been summer where you are, I hope it hasn’t been too hot! I’m slightly ashamed to admit that this summer the relentless heat really got to me, sartorially speaking.  I feel like my uniform for the past month and a half has been the same nasty pair of cutoff jeans shorts and my grungiest tees and tanks. Not a look I’m particularly proud of.  Needless to say I was stuck in a clothing rut, and after a while I even started to question my own identity!! (Clothing is […]

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Geometric Print Summer Dress

Greetings from sweaty Texas! Is it hot where you are? I’m sure it is. We’re into the dog days of summer around here, and even I – sun worshipper that I am – am finding myself retreating into the shade in search of a fan and a cool glass of something.  Anything!  In my sewing room I am still working on adding little, easy summer dresses to my wardrobe, including my most recent make for the Mood Sewing Network, this fun, bold, geometric print beauty you see before you. I think I’m starting to develop a bit of a pattern bad habit […]

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Easy-to-Wear Cotton Dress

Hey everyone! Well, the humidity has arrived, and so have the mosquitoes.  I think it’s safe to say that we are in the throes of summer here in the Gulf Coast.  Which can really only mean one thing for a gal like me – dresses. And also that my electricity bill is about to skyrocket, but we’ll save that sad tale for another day. I pretty much live in dresses from mid-April to November.  Sure, shorts might be the staple of summer for some people, but I’ll take a frock that allows for a little breeze to pass through any day […]

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Patterned Culottes and a Stripey Tee

Hey friends! Hope everyone’s April is winding down nicely.  I have a question for all you fabric enthusiasts out there – do you buy fabric with a project in mind, or do you buy fabric, because ooh pretty?? I’d say more often than not I try to buy fabric with a project in mind, or I’ll go browsing online and see if a fabric sparks my interest and becomes the catalyst for some sewing inspiration.  But either way, once I hit the ‘buy’ button, I generally have an inkling about what I want the fabric to be used for.  Every once […]

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Ralph Lauren Blue Polka Dot Party Dress

Howdy Y’all! I hope everyone is having a good month so far.  I’ve always been partial to March because it’s my birthday month, and this year I’m turning 30! So I thought a little party dress was in order.  I’ve been undertaking a few complicated, or at least time-cosuming, projects as of late and was in need of a palate cleanser.  This dress was exactly that.  From cut to finished in two days flat – that’s about as ‘instant gratification’ as my sewing gets! A few months ago I snatched up this Ralph Lauren Dark Blue Polka Dotted Silk Crepe from […]

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