Geometric Stretch Woven Dress

  Summer is winding down here in the Midwest but occasionally it comes back with bursts of hot and humid.  I am not quite ready to move onto fall and winter sewing and knew I needed to sew up this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ black and beige geometric squares stretch cotton woven (or you can go with the  cream and brown).  After all, this is wonderful fabric to feel and touch and I knew it needed to be a garment quickly.    I loved sewing it into this Vogue 1329 dress ( Kay Unger design). Just look at the details in the waist […]

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Linen Tent Dress

For my Mood Sewing Network project this month, I wanted to switch it up a little and play with shapes and fabrics that I don’t normally gravitate to. Since we’re still experiencing a pretty intense bit of heat as the summer is sloooowly drawing to an end, the idea of a loose tent shape made with a breathable linen sounded pretty much perfect to me. I don’t know if this style is even flattering on me whatsoever, but right now comfy is winning out and I don’t even care. Normally, I don’t really like to sew or wear linen. I […]

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Breezy Rayon Dress

Hi, guys! How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re all well! Today’s project is a good example of the sewing I’ve been doing this summer… fun fabric in a simple shape. Fussy sewing and fussy garments just aren’t very fun in the heat! So when I picked out this rayon print from Mood Fabrics NYC, I just wanted to keep it breezy! The fabric has a delicious crepe-y texture, and it’s ever so slightly sheer. Do I want to wear a slip in the summer? No. So, I went with a voluminous shape to counteract the transparency of the fabric. I […]

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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 Column Dress

  Dresses are one of those things that are so fun to make and so easy to wear.  One stop in the closet, grab a dress and off you go, right?  I love seeing all the dresses people make in a variety of fabric.  With that being said, my casual and work lifestyle isn’t one that requires many dresses, so I don’t make them often.   Now there is an exception, this summer I have needed dresses for several weddings, evenings out and some work dinners.  My wardrobe was in a sad state for dresses and I have been busy […]

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A Little Black Jersey Dress

Sewing motivation is a funny thing. I adore every aspect of this craft–the sensory joy of picking out fabric, the swish of the rotary cutter as it whisks around patterns pieces, and above all, watching thread and patience form a wearable, gorgeous garment. Yet, there are times when going into my sewing room is the last thing I want to do. For me, this always happens at the tail end of summer, when it’s too darn hot to wear anything comfortably and when I’d really just like to don a breezy, flowy nightgown and get on with my day. Pajama […]

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Good-Bye Summer Yellow Dress!

It’s the end of summer, and to celebrate I needed a great dress to close out the season.  And what color represents sunny days than a gorgeous yellow.  I picked this Sunflower Yellow Faux Dotted Swiss Polyester Chiffon from Mood Fabrics.com.  It was perfect for (OOP) Vogue 1240. This is an old pattern that was released in 2011, so there were plenty of reviews.  I knew going in that the armholes were “side-boob-revealingly low”.  So I cut the size 10 and graded out to the size 12.  Underneath all of that draping, the body of the dress is basically a […]

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Abstract Print Knit Wrap Dress

Ok, folks, fess up. How many of y’all bought this poppy red abstract knit fabric when it went live on Mood Fabrics a few weeks ago? As of this writing, I’ve seen at least 5 fellow sewing bloggers add it to their stash, not including myself. No judgement here – it’s a beautiful fabric! Of course, I immediately snapped up a couple of yards for myself with a wrap dress in mind. The bold print reminds me of some of those 70s vintage Diane Von Fürstenberg wrap dresses that I just can’t get enough of. Occasionally, I find buying knit […]

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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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