Black and White for Fall Nights!

There is just something so classic and elegant about a black and white ensemble.  And I just can’t get enough of these wardrobe staples.  There are so easy to mix and match with other pieces in my closet. And one of the things that I’ve been craving most is a black guipure lace skirt.  And why not a white top with dramatic sleeves to pair with it! For the top, I used Vogue 8945.  It’s actually a pattern for a dess, but I love the sleeves… so why not a top?  I cut the size 14 and I only used […]

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Floral Eyelet For Fall

  In an effort to get some casual everyday wear into my extremely gussied-up closet, I snagged this warm reversible cotton eyelet at Mood Fabrics online.     Despite the impressive size of my mouth, I’m at a loss for words… although this project was involved, it went together simply and relatively quickly. A shirtdress with a princess seamed bodice, pleated front skirt…     And I guess you’d call it a gored back?  Next time I’d throw some pleats in the back skirt too, the pattern (Simplicity 2222 vintage) only provides for the front. Helps with the casual vibe, […]

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Oscar de la Renta Taffeta Dress

What do you get when you cross an Oscar de la Renta Taffeta with a Kay Unger pattern and a left-handed seamstress? It’s not the first time I’ve sewn the mirror image of an asymmetrical pattern and I doubt it will be my last 🙂 Hello, it’s me…………… a n d  I  a m  s o  h a p p y  to be sewing whatever strikes my fancy again at the Mood Sewing Network! As soon as I wrapped up the final post-wedding details, I retrieved this Oscar de la Renta Poppy Red Floral Silk Taffeta from my Mood Fabrics […]

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Pink Pleated Dress Cowgirl Style

    You know when you just see fabric and you have to have it?  That is the case with Paradise Pink and Rosewater Geometric Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (now say that three times fast!).  This fabric just kept saying “buy me, buy me” and so I did.  Initially, I was thinking some kind of pants or shorts for me but the fabric was a bit too bright for me.  I knew this gorgeous fabric would find its way to the perfect garment.  I had purchased Butterick 5781 with Meredith (daughter #3) in mind, as I knew it  was the perfect style for her, […]

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The Greener Side of Summer Dress

Good morning, friends!  Lately, I’ve been in a sewing rut. Or, rather: a blissful, completely intentional bout of sewing the same pattern eight million times. McCall’s 6696 is my platonic shirtdress and I can’t stop making new versions! It has everything I’ve long searched for in a shirtdress, including a properly constructed collar, separate waistband, and full skirt. Even better, it’s explicitly designed to be made in light, embroidered fabrics like eyelet and Swiss dot. After perfecting the fit on two sturdy versions, I gave into the temptation of an ethereal late summer dress and perused the embroidered section of […]

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Hello-and-Goodbye Summer Dress

While the Northern hemisphere waves goodbye to another summer… I’m waaaay down in the Southern hemisphere in Australia, waiting for mine to arrive. I confess I am rather spoilt… we took these photos mid-August on a quiet local beach while walking the dog and I wasn’t cold, it was a beautiful day. Spring is nearly here & a sundress is an eminently sensible way to celebrate! Once I spotted this beautiful black & white lightweight stretch cotton on the Mood Fabrics website I was head over heels in love. I love a classic black/white print, however it’s the pop of […]

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Blue and White Thakoon

When confronted with large prints I feel like sewists usually fall into one of two camps. You either opt for a simple silhouette to pair it with so the whole thing doesn’t become too overwhelming, or you go for an equally statement making design and let the print and style duke it out. Winner takes all? Or perhaps the battle simply swallows whoever was foolish enough to attempt the pairing in the first place! Well, whatever, I fall into the latter category. This Thakoon Amparo Blue and White Viscose Jersey from Mood Fabrics online is the stuff of dreams.  It’s […]

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Psychedelic Caftan!

Hi, guys!!! It’s the end of summer here in the U.S., so why not go out with a bang? Chez Ginger, going out with a bang usually means a really over-the-top garment like this psychedelic caftan. I was immediately drawn to this printed cotton at Mood Fabrics NYC, and my first impulse was to drape it over my entire body from head to toe (look here for a selection of Mood’s retro florals!). Luckily, the memory of Clio’s made-for-mom caftan was fresh in my mind, and probably a more elegant solution than just wrapping and pinning half a bolt around […]

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Bedroom Curtains

Home dec sewing, it maybe isn’t my first love or second love but most of the time mine is pretty simple and what a difference fabric can make.  Julie at Mood asked if we wanted to do a home dec project in honor of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I did a bit of thinking.  Yes, I wanted new curtains for the master bedroom for the new two-color quilt I made, so the decision was easy. Our master bedroom has been blue and brown for several years, I was trying to keep it more neutral for my husband.  Well, I […]

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