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 »

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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A Folksy, Springy, Linen Dress

Hi everyone! So there is definitely a story behind this dress.  I had originally planned on making a spring jacket for the Mood Sewing Network this month.  Our winters here in coastal Texas are sort of all over the place, but more often than not we get that in-between weather – too warm for a full on wool coat, but too cool for just a cardigan, and often rainy.  Basically, the ideal weather for a light, casual, hooded jacket, which just happens to be a major hole in my wardrobe. I’ve been slowly working away, muslin-ing just such a jacket, [...]

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Floral Marc Jacobs Print Skirt

Hey gang!! I hope everyone is surviving winter, whatever that means for you. We’ve had some glorious early spring weather ’round my neck of the woods the past few days. All my plants are incredibly confused! I keep telling them to not rush it, that it’s going to get cold again, but unfortunately I have not learned how to speak plant language yet, so I don’t think they’re getting the message… This month I’ve got a fun new skirt to show you.  I’ve realized a bit of a pattern with my fabric purchases in the last year – if I [...]

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A Faux Fur Top

Hi gang! I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season so far! For me, this time of year always means a lot of travel to spend time with my family.  So I have a fairly simple make to share with you today, but the fun fabric from Mood definitely takes it up a notch. Earlier this year I ordered a few yards of this Estate Blue and Black Faux Fur from Mood Fabrics online with absolutely no idea what to do with it.  I’ve never worked with faux fur before, and if I’m being perfectly honest I’ve always had [...]

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Two Very Different Wool Knit Dresses

Howdy Y’all! Well, it’s finally sweater weather here in East Texas. Sorta. Off and on at least! Which means that it’s time for me to do what I do every year around this time: freak out about my utter lack of cold weather clothing and start eyeing the blankets on the back of the couch maniacally, wondering if I can quickly drape and belt them into some passable semblance of clothing! That’s why this month my Mood Sewing Network makes are all about quick, but warm, wooly dresses. I needed something warm, and I needed something warm now.  (Before the weather [...]

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