Neoprene Jersey and Mesh Sheath Dress!

I’ve been obsessing over neoprene fabric for a while now.  And it seems like the more obsessive I became, the better the fabric is now.  Neoprene isn’t as thick and stiff as it was a few years ago.  These new and improved lighter weight “neoprene-like” fabrics are a dream to sew with and perfect for structured garments.  Which is why I picked this black/ivory abstract neoprene jersey.  Talk about hard to get!  I stalked this fabric for weeks.  It sold out and all of a sudden it was back! I knew it would be the perfect fabric for this dress. […]

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Navy Reptile Print Brocade

Spring has sprung in Chi-town! I’m so glad the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. I cannot believe an entire month has past since I last blogged. I’m happy to be back. For spring, you would think that I would sew brighter colors to welcome the new season. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful navy reptile print brocade. This fabric is lightweight and falls gracefully around the body. It is perfect for the dress I planned to make for my daughter. I purchased the fabric last fall; it’s no longer available but Mood has a nice […]

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A Polka Dot Halter Wrap Dress!

I’ve been really having an eye for vintage patterns lately.  I especially like the ones from the 1970s.  This one is dated 1980, so it still has that late 70s vibe. This pattern is Simplicity 9704 – Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas front wrap dress with pleated front closing skirt and curved hemline. Tie neckline. I knew that I wanted to make this dress in a silk crepe, so when I started my search of fabrics I lucked up on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Dark Blue (more like cobalt) Polka Dot Silk Crepe from MoodFabrics.com.  The hand of this fabric is […]

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A Tropical Chambray Dress for Spring

Good evening, friends! Spring has finally arrived in Texas and with it have come my longings for flirty, feminine pastel dresses. Suddenly, all I want to wear are candy colored dresses with sweet, unexpected details. You wouldn’t believe the number of ridiculously frilly Anthropologie numbers I’ve pinned lately. To quench this sartorial impulse, I ordered a length of gorgeous chambray from Mood Fabrics, in the “Paradise Pink Orange” colorway. Believe the description, kittens. In person, this chambray is a very tropical color–bright pink yarn mixing with white for a perfect flamingo color. Maybe it’s my Florida roots speaking, but I […]

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Carolina Herrerra Silk Metallic Brocade – three piece!

I confess I’ve had this fabric for months and the indecisiveness nearly destroyed me. It was so different to anything I had sewn previously and I was a little stumped… and terrified. 2.5m of Carolina Herrera silk metallic brocade from Mood Fabrics NY! So I spent lots of time draping a fabric over my dressform, wrapping about myself, sewing some small swatches and ironing them helps me better understand what type of garment the fabric might suit best.! I nearly made a Pauline Alice Quart Coat.  It would have been perfect… the fabric does crease beautifully into pleats… however I just […]

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Ralph Lauren Blue Polka Dot Party Dress

Howdy Y’all! I hope everyone is having a good month so far.  I’ve always been partial to March because it’s my birthday month, and this year I’m turning 30! So I thought a little party dress was in order.  I’ve been undertaking a few complicated, or at least time-cosuming, projects as of late and was in need of a palate cleanser.  This dress was exactly that.  From cut to finished in two days flat – that’s about as ‘instant gratification’ as my sewing gets! A few months ago I snatched up this Ralph Lauren Dark Blue Polka Dotted Silk Crepe from […]

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Spring Fling with Supreme Neoprene

I’m so pleased with this project. What better way to start my spring wardrobe than with a supreme neoprene. I began my hunt for it after I saw a neoprene dress made by Ms. Erica B. Three weeks ago, I found it, the perfect, smooth neoprene. At first glance I knew I had to have this audacious, attention getting print. I didn’t need a swatch to know this fabric was a winner; good quality and sews like a dream. Too bad it’s all sold out. Not to worry, Mood has a good selection of neoprene in stock. Neoprene is on […]

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A Springy Cotton Sateen Shift Dress

I don’t know what the climate is like where you are, but here in Tennessee we are starting to get our first signs of spring. YES! I even noticed little daffodils creeping along my fence after I finished taking these photos. The temperature is still a little deceptive when there’s no sunshine where you’re standing (it’s not *quite* warm enough to go bare legged just yet!), but it’s quite a bit of an improvement over the snow and ice storm we had last week. Spring has sprung, my friends! And with that in mind, I give you my first warm-weather […]

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Hot Pink Boucle!!

How  do you like our six inches of snow? We get ridiculously excited about every winter storm warning in the South, wipe out the grocery stores and cancel events in anticipation of snow. This ‘winter storm’ I hit the sewing machine with a color hot enough to melt the ice off the patio. When the skies turned gray my eye turned to this bright pink boucle on the Mood Fabrics website. It is soft, it is happy and it is well-behaved 🙂 My pattern is Vogue 9022  sewn last month in a color block style with Mood’s black and white wool crepe. This time I […]

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