A Perfect Plaid Statement Coat!

Don’t you love when you find a hidden gem in a pattern? I do!  And this is what Vogue 9123 is, a hidden gem.  I completely overlooked this pattern since it was released.  And lo and behold, the perfect lightweight coat pattern! We tend to have a lot of mild winter temps, and this coat is perfect for that type of breezy winter weather.  My perfect fabric is this Rose/Gray/Off-White Flannelled Wool Coating.  It’s very lightweight and feels almost like a wool suiting. I cut the size 14 straight from the envelope.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments.  I […]

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Sequined Statement Skirt

I have wanted a sequin skirt for a few years now. This fabric was purchased months ago but has just been sitting there staring at me because I was procrastinating. Sewing with sequins is always extremely messy and time consuming. I finally decided it would be handy to have for New Year’s Eve so I stitched it up. Surprise! Because I chose a fabric with super tiny sequins, they didn’t need to be removed for the seams or darts, and I had no messy piles of them to clean up. I used Mood fabric’s baby sequins on mesh, which they […]

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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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Casual Coral Sweatshirt

After making two lined dresses in a row I decided I needed an easy project. For me, the easy projects I undertake usually end up being a lot more work then I think they’ll be. Not this time, though. I whipped up this fitted top in just a few hours. The fabric, a Thakoon coral sweatshirt cotton, was purchased from Mood fabrics a few years (!) ago and has long since sold out. Mood has a number of similar cotton terrycloth options available. My personal favorite is the grey and metallic terry knit, which I’ll probably get for another one […]

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Mood’s Neoprene is Still Supreme

I simply love Mood’s neoprene fabrics.  It is vibrant, soft, and beautiful.  You can easily sew up a dress, top or even pants.  For this project I chose this leafy stained glass window digitally printed stretch neoprene and used nautical blue stretch rayon ponte knit for the contrasting yoke. Both fabrics are super easy to work with. Mood has an assortment of prints and solids to chose from. The pattern I used is Sandra Betzina’s Vogue 1429.    It is described as: MISSES’ DRESS: Close-fitting, pullover top and dress have self-lined upper front extending into standing back collar and stitched hem. […]

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An Animal Print Wrap Dress

Good evening, friends! If you’re in the States, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. For those elsewhere, I hope you capped off November in style. My own week was filled with dozens of pies, too much turkey, and a house stuffed to the gills with family and friends. It was noisy and wonderful and, I’m going to be honest, I feel like sleeping for years. However, that can’t happen before I share my latest MSN project. Once again, this is an indulgence of my continuing obsession with knitwear. Thanks to changes in both lifestyle (working from home) and […]

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Fuschsia Wool Ponte Dress

Ponte knit is a well known and much loved fabric amongst the sewers of the world. It’s beefy and stable qualities make it a great option for body-con dresses and structured designs. I’ve sewn with my fair share of it over the years and, as with most fabrics, there is a spectrum of quality available. When I spotted this “fuchsia rose wool ponte knit” on Mood Fabric’s website some months ago, I snapped it up faster then lightning. I adore natural fibers and was positive that a ponte knit made from wool would be heaven to work with. Unfortunately many […]

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Cozy Knit Surplice Dress

As much as I live for the summer months, I truly love the clothes that come with winter. Nothing makes me want to suit up and get all fancy more than a nip in the air and a need for additional layers. True fact: tights automatically make any outfit look extra fancy, as do scarves. Never mind that I’ll be sick of the cold in a record amount of time (2 weeks? Maybe?). For now, I’m going to relish the fact that I can finally sew up those non-breathing polys that I can’t stand to touch when it’s hot out. […]

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A Silk Tunic and Faux Leather Leggings!

During the cool weather months, leggings are a go to fashion staple for me.  Its a no-brainer because of how easy they pair with ankle boots and tuck into tall boots.  For this occasion, I was looking for a dressier look.  I decided to create a pair of stretch faux leather leggings using this Black Stretch DTY Pleather from Mood Fabrics.com. For constructing thsese, I found that a ball point needle and a teflon foot worked perfectly.  I used McCall’s 6404 leggings pattern, view C.  I tapered the leg down to a 10″ opening and used invisible zippers on the outer […]

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