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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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Teal Wool Pencil Skirt

I seem to be in the mood for pencil skirts lately. I don’t quite understand my draw to them right now since they’re not ideal daily wear for someone who currently spends most of their time sitting on the floor reading books and playing blocks with toddlers.  Maybe it’s my subconscious mind’s way of telling me that I could stand to spend more time with adults?! This particular pencil skirt is the BurdaStyle Jenny basic skirt with a shortened waist and an added kick pleat, and it’s made using one of Mood Fabric’s double-faced wools.  The wool is thick and spongy and would make a beautiful unlined coat since being [...]

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Draped Tee in Silk-Cotton Jersey

This month I wanted a quick make, something that would leave me with plenty of time for holiday cheer… and chasing Baby Girl all around the house!  She’s now crawling, pulling up, and cruising around!  In fact, she’s so busy these days that I only have time to sew and blog while she’s sleeping.  I’ve had to resort to taking indoor shots here because I was only able to sneak in camera time during one of her noontime naps.  The best windows in the house are in the living room and dining room, two rooms which are currently covered in Christmas [...]

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A Silk and Cotton Graphic Floral Pencil Skirt

It’s been a crazy month for me, so I wanted a bit of a pick-me-up sewing project.  This pencil skirt was perfect.  I saw this silk and cotton graphic print at Mood Fabrics online (no longer available, but I think these silk twills from Mood might be similar) and just had to have it.  At first I was envisioning a mini skirt, something like Vogue V1247 (previously made here).  But, even though I’d swatched the fabric, I was still surprised by how big the print was when it arrived. It would have been nearly impossible to get a full flower burst into the [...]

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A Black Kitten for Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! When I was prioritizing my sewing plans for this month (so many plans, so little time!), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make baby girl a costume for her very first Halloween.  She just loves cats, and I thought it would be pretty easy to make her a cat costume.  Well, more like a kitten costume! First, I needed a little fabric.  I chose Mood Fabric’s black wool crepe because of course she had to be a black cat.  It is Halloween after all!  Next, I needed a cute pattern.  I dug through my stash and came up with the Oliver + S [...]

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Men’s Cotton Poplin Button-up Shirt

I sometimes wonder what my go-to uniform would be if I were challenged to only wear one silhouette (one week one uniform, anyone?!).  It’s an idea I’m having fun exploring these days, though I haven’t come up with any easy answers so far.  Yet, when it comes to my husband, I know what his uniform would be - a blue button-up shirt and slacks.  And, thanks to this lovely chambray blue cotton poplin from Mood Fabrics and a bit of my sewing time, my husband has yet another blue shirt to add to his daily rotation. I’ve made this pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, several times now. [...]

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The Making of a Gold Zebra Ottoman

Yes, you read that right – a gold zebra ottoman! This month I have an extra MSN project to share – a home dec project in celebration of Mood Fabric’s new space dedicated to home dec fabrics.  If you live in or near the NYC area, hopefully you’ve already had a chance to pop in and see it in its full glory.  Sadly, since I live 3000 miles away, I’ve only been to Mood’s online home dec shop.  The online store is pretty impressive on its own though with thousands of fabrics to choose from. When Mood approached me about doing a home dec project, my [...]

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Summer of Silk Crepe

It’s been a summer of silk crepe for me.  First there were last month’s Polly tops, and now there’s this loose, fun wrap top made from Mood Fabrics’ pinstriped silk crepe de chine.  The pinstripe in this particular fabric reminded me of something you might see on a man’s shirt, but the softness of the silk felt very feminine.  And, while I could easily imagine it as a Grainline Archer, a pattern I’ve previously made and wear all of the time, I wanted to play up the softness of this fabric a bit more, so instead I chose the loose wrap Dotty Blouse [...]

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