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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A Lace Dress for Paige

At Mood Sewing Network, March is lace sewing month for the bloggers.  I was discussing with my oldest daughter, Paige, what I might make for this challenge.  After a few ideas, she suggested a dress for her.  I thought it was a great suggestion and I told her to start looking at patterns and inspiration photos. Next step was the lace selection and Paige wanted a mint color lace (popular for spring).   She looked at the  incredible laces on Mood Fabric’s online shop and we knew Mood had an even a wider selection at their at their store in NYC and LA. [...]

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Guipure Lace + Wool Tweed = Designer Interpretation

Let’s face it ~ this month it’s all about the fabric!  Upon accepting the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge, I decided to use a lace that I’ve never sewn with before.  I’ve made a few lace garments in the past, even using an embellished lace in an evening gown but never a piece of lace as beautiful and awesome as this guipure. I chose the guipure because I wanted to interpret a designer dress and it featured the prettiest lace on the bodice of the dress. So after choosing my guipure, I headed upstairs to the third floor of Mood [...]

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A Sequin Bodice Dress

  Editor’s note: This month we are pleased to welcome Haylee, a college student from Utah, as our newest Mood Sewing Network blogger. She writes a blog called Threaded. She isn’t participating in the lace challenge but check out these chic lace skirts she and her mom made for the bridesmaids to wear at her brother’s wedding (lace from Mood!). Welcome, Haylee! This month I decided to re-make the Shimmer Down dress from Tobi. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it but I’m a more conservative dresser so the mini length wasn’t going to work. I [...]

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lace + silk chiffon: criminal minds

I’m going to call this my Project Runway make, because I finished it in the four hours I had free Sunday. Down-to-the-wire sewing is of course de riguer on that jammy, and if season 8 is any indicator, peeps are constantly choosing silk chiffon. Much to Michael Kors dismay. That was my weapon of choice to pair with this chartreuse cotton lace, for one of my hopefully two (!) March Lace makes. Both fabrics are deliciously drapey, and this is my first time working with either! That also seems to be a recurring them on le PR…much, again, to The [...]

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Lace for A Valentine’s Day Dress

For the past couple of months, us Mood Sewing Networkers have been plotting to have a month where the entire group worked with a similar fabric. Lace was decided for March, and since I had already been lurking the lace selection and dreaming up options, I was 100% game. I was also inspired by Liz’s Macaron Lace Dress because GIRL(boy?), have you seen that gorgeousness?! so jealous. I thought it would be fun to have the dress ready for Valentine’s Day – I’m not really much of a Valentine’s person (this is like, one of maybe four Valentine’s EVER that [...]

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