A Wool Crepe Dress for Spring

I know it’s spring out.  The calendar tells me so…the weather not so much!  You know it’s doing that hot/cold/hot/cold thing that April likes to do.  But I sooooo want it to be spring.  I want warm breezes and long sunny days with the promise of fun and a wardrobe of dresses that I can wear every day.  Because it’s spring although it doesn’t feel like spring, I decided to use a brightly colored lightweight wool crepe to bring a little spring loveliness to my life.   This lime green wool crepe was my starting point.  Somewhere I read/saw that […]

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Blue-Green Emerald Brocade Dress

Ok so can I just say that I am so incredibly happy that this dress turned out. The entire time I was making it I kept thinking to myself “what the heck am I doing.” Haha, I’m just not used to using such thick fabric for dresses so I was not expecting it to work. Turns out I was wrong because I love it! I actually think it might be one of my favorite dresses I’ve made so far. I love the brocade; because it makes the dress look so much more professional looking or something. I’m not really sure why […]

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Cheetah-Print Ponte Party!

Since joining the Mood Sewing Network, I’ve really enjoyed sewing with new-to-me types of fabrics.  It’s really pushed me to develop my skills and do more research before I cut into a new fabric.  Today, however, I’m revisiting a fabric type that I used once before to make a garment that was an irreconcilable failure… ponte! I’ve never purchased or really seen garments made out of ponte, but once I started reading rave reviews of it, I was curious!  So about a year ago, I picked out a gorgeous black ponte from Mood and admired its heft and drape before […]

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Oscar de la Renta Silk Mikado Dress

I spotted this floral on Mood Fabrics’ website a few months back and thought it was really pretty. I’m gravitating towards large florals these days and I liked all the empty space around the flowers of this print. It’s described as a silk and wool blend (silk mikado) which intrigued me. It’s also an Oscar de la Renta fabric, so I knew it had to be luscious. Editor’s note: Silk mikado fabric is a favorite of designers for its soft hand but stiff drape, which gives it the ability to be shaped into dramatic curves and flounces. It’s a beautiful […]

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Mandarin Orange Lace Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times. The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say – I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available. B u t w h a t ’ s a g i r l t o d o ? After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye. Thirty minutes later….. I […]

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The Wild Side of Butterick 5078

Confession: This is my first crack at trying out ponte knit. Can you believe it?! During one of my fabric sprees in New York last month, Carolyn diverted my attention over to the ponte knit aisle and strongly encouraged me to bring a couple of yards home to play with. I was a little unsure at first (ponte just seems like it should be like that extra thick, extra hot polyester from the early days, yeah?), but I spied leopard print and decided to trust her judgement call. Lesson learned: trust Carolyn’s judgement. This stuff is NOTHING like the knitwear […]

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Devil in a Blue (Lace) Dress

  Let’s call this look,”Devil in a Blue Lace Dress”. When the Mood Sewing Network decided that it was time for a group project, that was not what I wanted to hear.  I don’t even do sew-a-longs because I truly prefer to roll solo when it comes to sewing.  It’s not that I don’t play well with others, it’s that my sewing is personal.  It’s dictated by my mood and what’s inspiring me at the moment… not a consensus plan.  And to be quite honest, lace was not on my radar.  Sure, it’s pretty and one of the hottest trends of the season.  And […]

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A Lace Dress for a Non-Lace Girl

Hi, all! I hope you guys have enjoyed the lace project posts this month as much as I have! Now, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m not much of a lace girl, so my goal with this challenge was to make a garment that I would actually wear and love. I decided to avoid anything overtly floral or feminine, and with this in mind dug through a gazillion bolts of fancy lace (inadvertently missing an entire section of what I guess is “not fancy” lace, whoops!). I settled on this gold mesh-like poly lace: Pretty cool, right? I decided to […]

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Navy Lace Dress a la Tory Burch

While Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I’m in trouble. This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased. Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood, and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress […]

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