The Summer of Paisley

Sometimes, a girl needs an extra-loud dress to get her through the horrendously hot and humid days of mid-July. I can’t say that I’ve ever considered myself much of a fan of paisley – some of the prints and colors remind me a little too much of the awful ties my dad work to work in the early 90s. Maybe it was less the print itself and more the recollection of the terrible fiber content. At any rate, I’ve never really been drawn to it, but something about this particular blue print at Mood Fabrics just took my breath away. […]

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Feathers and Flowers – Simplicity 1103

Feathers not flowers!  At first glance of this colorful summer print, you think flowers.  I liked the placement of the feathers and decided to order two colors of this print, with the second one being the black, teal, red, and green.  This stretch cotton twill is light and breezy.  It has a smooth hand and sews up with no problem; easy breezy.  Don’t let the audacious print intimidate you.  It’s perfect for summer dresses, tops, and pants. Some people believe that less is more.  I believe it depends on how the “more” comes together to complete the desired look.   I’m […]

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Cotton Poplin with Stretch!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! You survived another year, and I made a new dress to celebrate!   One of the things I look for when shopping online are fabrics that will work well together, and I had no doubts about these off-white and navy Celtic inspired stretch cotton poplins. from Mood Fabrics. Cotton poplin with the addition of spandex is a dream come true for casual Summer sewing! Crisp, lightweight and minimal wrinkling – what more can I want? Using my own pattern I sewed the bodice with the navy background poplin saving the reverse fabric for the collar, placket and […]

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A Raspberry Floral Sundress

There are some fabrics you have to buy. They scream your name from across a store (or website, in this case), demanding that you take them home and turn them into a garment that is perfectly you. Y’all, this Very Berry Floral Cotton from Mood Fabrics is that fabric, for me. I mean, just look at it! It’s brightly colored, full of swishy body, and covered in flowers. This light, airy cotton is deeply feminine, but still very grown-up, thanks to the watercolor quality of the flowers. This is fabric love, y’all. So, of course, I turned it into a […]

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Coral Eyelet Dress

Do you know that the one color you should never wear for a job interview is……. This is no office dress, but thanks to Mood Fabrics, I’ve made a dress ready for our hot summer nights and ‘dressy casual’ occasions! The top layer is an Italian red coral cotton eyelet which reminded me of a Vineyard Vines dress, inspiring me to give it a try. The structure of the dress and added depth of color are enhanced from the lining. Labeled a hibiscus cotton batiste (no longer available) on the Mood website – the fabric more like a cotton poplin with stretch! Actually I prefer this […]

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Easy-to-Wear Cotton Dress

Hey everyone! Well, the humidity has arrived, and so have the mosquitoes.  I think it’s safe to say that we are in the throes of summer here in the Gulf Coast.  Which can really only mean one thing for a gal like me – dresses. And also that my electricity bill is about to skyrocket, but we’ll save that sad tale for another day. I pretty much live in dresses from mid-April to November.  Sure, shorts might be the staple of summer for some people, but I’ll take a frock that allows for a little breeze to pass through any day […]

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Neoprene Delight!

How’s this for a One Yard Wonder? It’s true – I made this dress with one yard of Mood Fabric’s Watercolor Clouds Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene. There’s more where this came from too. Check it out here. I want the one with the lips if some cool blogger like Oonaballoona or Sallieoh doesn’t beat me to it 😉 Seriously, this is the best knit fabric ever…… It’s perfect for a fitted dress. I’m not even sure this is my shape, but it’s the shape of my pattern and the neoprene follows orders beautifully! My pattern is Vogue 9047, another wonderful discovery with its […]

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Boldly Waiting for Spring in Red and White Cotton Print

Oh My, I would love for spring to come and stay in Chi-town for at least a week.  But I guess Chicago weather is what it normally is.  We have two seasons:  summer and winter.  The week before Mother’s Day we had temperatures in the 80’s.  But on Mother’s Day is was cold and damp. I was ready to show off my big hat and new dress when all hopes were dashed by the cumulative clouds and the strong trade winds of my fair city. But I braved the chill to take a few photos on Monday and Thursday.  This […]

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City Breezes in Silk Chiffon

I’m smiling but I don’t mean it. Really what I’m doing is grimacing at this janky, but quiet, corner of the city I minced about in for 30 minutes, trying to grab a few uninterrupted timer shots, my photographer having Actual Things To Attend To. Here’s me looking at the cop parked a few feet away. This is Vogue 9076 in Famous Designer Silk Chiffon. I imagine this dress wafting about in a sunlit field in the south of France, not so much grazing the mix of concrete, dirt and graffiti at hand. Hey, here’s me NOT sitting on the ground! […]

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