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An A-Line Skirt in an Oscar de la Renta Woven

I know for a fact that my first finished garment of 2016 is going to become a very well-loved skirt, but making it was a lesson in how I should always get used to a new-to-me fabric by practicing techniques on scraps before venturing into the real deal. A lesson that, of course, I didn’t learn until I was half way through making this skirt. The new-to-me fabric is an Oscar de la Renta gray and teal cotton-rayon woven that came from Mood Fabrics. This teal color way is no longer available online, but the black-and-white color way still is. It’s [...]

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A Liberty of London Tulip-Print Dress

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Mathilda-Georgia-Farrah-Meryl dress.  Too many names for you? I agree. But, that seems to be the way of it these days – names for patterns, names for fabric, names for sewing machines. Next up we’ll have names for our presser feet! Won’t that be confusing?! The Mathilda in the Mathilda-Georgia-Farrah-Meryl dress comes from the navy and white ‘Matilda Tulip’ print silk/cotton voile, part of Liberty of London’s spring/summer 2013 Flower Show collection, that I used for the body of the dress. It’s paired with a solid navy cotton voile, which I had left over from [...]

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Happy Halloween from a Darling Little Duck!

Happy day before Halloween everyone! It’s my daughter’s second Halloween, and I just had to make her another costume. While she was the cutest little black kitten last year and I’d happily have her be a cat every year (because cats and sewing go hand in hand!), I decided to make her into a darling little duck this year. Why a duck? Well, because she really likes ducks and all things water related right now. She figured out how to say “duh duh” pretty early on, but it wasn’t her way of saying Daddy – it was her way of saying duck. (She used [...]

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Rosy Fall Cowl

I started planning my next Mood Sewing Network make back in August. I picked out one of Mood’s fun Liberty of London prints. I downloaded a pattern for a cute, sleeveless BurdaStyle dress. I printed the pattern out and taped it together.  I cut out my size and made a few flat-pattern adjustments. Then, just as I was getting ready to make a muslin, the weather shifted here in Seattle and fall appeared. With the chill in the air, I lost all motivation to make a cute summer dress. Instead I wanted something cozy. While I stalled, debating whether a project counts as an unfinished object (UFO) [...]

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Mulberry Roses Neoprene Dress

Even though I’d heard great things about sewing with neoprene, I wasn’t really tempted to try out the new-to-me fabric. I was worried that it would be too hot to wear or that it would make people wonder why I was wearing a wetsuit to the park. But then Mood Fabrics started offering digitally printed neoprene jerseys, and those prints were just too much to resist. There were quite a few prints that I considered, but this Mulberry Roses digital print ending up being the winner. When the fabric arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it draped when I hung [...]

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A Navy Cotton Voile Overlap Blouse

This summer I’ve been living in my silk crepe de chine Style Arc Dotty blouse.  I’m sure it’s terrible to admit that I do this, but I’ve learned that if I stick it in the dryer for a few minutes on the lowest heat setting, then it comes out nice and bouncy and wrinkle free.  I then want to wear it as soon as it comes out.  So, when I saw this sold out Helmut Lang top, I realized it was time to make another. This time though I wanted to try it out a different fabric – one that was [...]

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A Coral and Floral Draped-Back Top

I’ve been craving more easy pieces in my wardrobe lately. I would just love a closet full of pieces that can be effortlessly thrown together into outfits in the morning. I try really hard not to live in running clothes day in and day out, but some days I only have about five seconds to get ready.  It would be so nice to really only need those five seconds… because I love wearing everything in my closet and because so many things work well together. I started towards this goal a few months ago by de-cluttering and giving away a whole bunch of things I [...]

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Bright Blue Wrap Dress

Here it is – the bright blue wrap dress that I’ve had on my dream sewing list forever. Made from one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys, this wrap dress has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to make a wrap dress as long as I’ve been sewing, even though, as I said back in November, I have never been quite convinced a wrap dress was a good style for my figure. Still, I wanted to give it a try. I had earmarked this particular silk jersey since I thought the color would be stunning as a wrap dress. (As an aside, a resent computer [...]

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Blue Plaid Flannel Button Up

It finally feels like Spring here in the Pacific Northwest.  The sun is shining, the forsythia is blooming, and my last handmade Christmas present from this past Christmas is finally finished.  Ha! Christmas morning my husband unwrapped the cut pieces for this blue plaid flannel shirt. I’d ordered this blue plaid flannel fabric from Mood Fabrics the second I saw it online since I knew it was just perfect for my husband.  He’s a blue button-up shirt kind of guy, and this particular pattern screamed Pacific Northwest. And, well, that’s exactly where we live. With the cutting behind me, I thought for sure he’d have a finished shirt in no [...]

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