Basic Black!

While many patterns were hacked to create this dress, I can happily state that every inch of its fabric is from Mood. šŸ™‚ It was time for a new black winter dress; an all purpose dress to wear whenever and wherever. My inspiration came from the current Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear collection. I love the way this dress skims the body, but I had no pattern that included all of its features. After using bits and pieces from several patterns, I’m calling thisĀ The McVoguerick Tunicbiblicity dress. While it was an absolute pain to put this dress together, […]

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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.Ā  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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A Little Pink Transitional Dress

Autumn is always a time of transition. Leaves fall, temperatures chill, and babies take over your life. Or, perhaps, that last one is only me. We welcomed our darling daughter in September and life is currently a whirlwind of diaper changes, gummy smiles, and tiny pink outfits. For me, the last six weeks have also meant navigating postpartum body changes. My measurements change hourly and my closet is a minefield of garments that are too big there, too small here. Even my library of previously adjusted, tried-and-true patterns are completely useless, until things settle out. Which means…time to try a […]

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An (Unplanned)Trio of Denim Kalles

You can probably guess this pattern by sight, though you’re likely confused as to why I’m wearing it IN A SOLID. I’ve got my reasons! Reason #1: My gals LaurenĀ &Ā Sallie both rocked this look in denim hues of linen & chambray, and I could not get their collective loveliness out of my brain. Reason #2: I decided to be sensible. (I KNOW.) I had every intention of making this up in a painterly floralĀ Marchesa silk gazar! But I wanted a chance to play with the lines before cutting into Marchesa. And, this stiff cotton, snagged at Mood NY, is not […]

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Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards.Ā Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension […]

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Plaid flannel for fall

It’s finally fall and that means…it’s plaid time! Actually, it’s always plaid time in my book. But it’s definitely not plaid flannel time until fall. For my first fall garment of the year I went big: a full-length dress. Dressing gown. Housecoat. Robe. Whatever you want to call it. It’s essentially a maxi dress that zips up the front, and it’s flannel, and it’s awesome. I used a vintage 1950s pattern, and you can see I really didn’t stray far from the envelope except to use plaid. I went with View B with the contrasting collars, cuff and tie belt. […]

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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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Lightweight Indigo Linen Shirtdress

Now that Labor Day is barely behind us, fashions are taking a sharp turn for the ~fall look~. I love the richer colors and textures that come with this season, but lord y’all – it is still hot where I live, and it’s gonna stay this dang hot for at least another month! It’s nice to embrace a new season, but not at the risk of drowning in a pool of your own sweat amirite. I’ve found the best way to combat this is to wear pieces that capture the overall feel of fall – rich colors and textured fabrics […]

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Playing Favorites

My favorite food is pizza. Ā I try to eat it once a week. I don’t even think of denying myself this pleasure. So when I questioned myself on choosing to work with another Supreme Wax fabric, I gave myself this theory: PIZZA IS GOOD. WAX PRINT IS GOOD. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE HAVE BOTH WHENEVER YOU WANT THEM. That’s solid theorizing. With 6 yards of fabric in a cut, and summer sewing in full force, I went for maxi proportions. Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1802 (out of print, I think), was the object of my desire. Or the vehicle for? I […]

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