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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The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress

For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane. I like to get what I want. I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face. I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back. One could almost say ham handedly modified.  I definitely […]

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Pug Pillow Makeover!

OK, I’ll be honest… there’s almost nothing I’d rather not do than sew home dec stuff. I’m just not into it! And I’m really not good at interior design or picking out things that go together in my apartment- it’s a pretty basic setup chez Ginger! So when Julie at Mood asked if I’d like to do a special project to celebrate the opening of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I was like, “No, thanks!”. Not my cup ‘o’ tea! Fast forward a few days, and I get a rare, unprompted sewing request from Man Friend to make some curtains […]

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Ikat Jersey Summer Dress

It is August and summer is winding down but I still have a few summer things to sew.  One thing I needed was a nice dress for weddings, parties and night outs.  I purchased Mood Fabrics’ Ikat Cotton Jersey, which is almost sold out.  This is a super nice jersey so don’t hesitate to purchase it or you can pick any of Mood Fabrics’ jersey fabrics.     My original plan was Colette Pattern’s Myrtle dress but I had 2 yards of fabric and this pattern requires 3 yards.  I took a look through my patterns and found a great […]

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Cotton Pique Shirtdress!

Hi, guys! We’re nearly halfway through the summer- can you believe it?? I’ve done some wild and crazy sewing this summer, experimenting with different silhouettes and going crazy with prints, which has been really fun. But this month I decided I wanted to make an everyday summer dress, classic in shape and color, that I can dress up or down, accessorize multiple ways, and wear anywhere my day takes me! No crazy prints allowed! (Sidenote: my print and bright colors mania has led to a bit of a situation in the shoe department. Tell me I’m not the only one […]

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