Viscose For Summer Heat!

This is one of those fabrics that has to be experienced in real life, the lens doesn’t do it justice! To come close to the true colors in this Italian viscose jersey, I had to bump up the saturation. And now I have “Pump Up the Volume” in my head. My apologies if you do, too. Let me change that ear worm with the story of this garment’s first outing! Rob & I snapped these photos in the golden hour, on our way to Lincoln Center’s opening night of #LCOutOfDoors. It’s a wonderful, free program offered every summer, with nights […]

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Cut-Out Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress

Hello everyone! My summer of maternity sewing continues at full steam, my closet steadily filling with stretchy, bump-friendly clothes. Most of these garments are pretty casual, summer tops and floaty tent dresses, but one special dress also made its way into my plans. Earlier this month, one of my best friends got married in an evening garden ceremony, saying her vows amongst sunflowers and lush bushes of roses. There was dancing and fantastic food and a moonlit stone villa in the background. How could I not make a fancy dress for such an occassion? You can’t wear any old thing […]

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A Raspberry Wine Maxi Shirt Dress

Are you seeing double? I gasped when I saw Sallie’s June MSN project, done in the same print, different color way! However, Sallie’s mind was much more romantic and thoughtful about the whole enterprise, casting herself in a role she needed to create an ensemble for. Her role was American Beauty, mine is Raspberry Wine…how fitting is that. Now, neither of us knew we’d both picked this lovely viscose–to boot, we both had a mind to make a shirtdress, and we both had a mind to end the buttons well before the end of the actual dress! Sallie was perfectly cast in her choice […]

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Navy Knit Dress!

Lilly Pulitzer introduced a fabulous collection of navy dresses this season, and I wanted one too. The Lilly dresses are available in every fabric imaginable bringing about many possibilities. My decision was based on the piece of Theory Navy Cotton Rib Knit I ordered from Mood Fabrics in March. (Now sold out but I highly recommend the navy stretch pique.) While Lilly refers to many of its dresses as ‘shift dresses‘, they look like tunics to me, and so I made a tunic from The Tunic Bible. Since this is at least the 40th tunic I’ve made during the last […]

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Floral Viscose Shirtdress

Hello everyone! I’m very excited to share this make with you today — it’s a real favorite! I actually made it a couple months ago, while I was taking my blogging break, and am only just now getting around to documenting it. But the inspiration for this dress goes back much further, to the beginning of this year.  We had a very mild and pleasant winter in my part of the world — lots of warm days with low humidity, and sunshine for weeks on end. It was lovely. It also, as luck would have it, coincided with a stretch […]

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Bold Floral Jersey and Vogue 1250

There is no question about the popularity of Vogue 1250.  This easy dress stormed the internet in 2011.  dozens of bloggers and sewists posted pictures of they versions on various social media platforms.  This is the fourth time I’ve made it.  My other dresses, retired now, are posted  here, here, and here. So, of course, it was time to make a new dress.  And I made it with this beautiful, bold but lightweight Italian floral jersey from Mood.  You can find it here at the Mood online store. It’s available in three color ways.  This breathable jersey has 4-way stretch.  It’s very light […]

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Striped Jersey Dress

Summer is a busy time for me and I still want to sew or should I say I need to sew.  Sewing is a passion and when I cannot get to my sewing room, I get a little grumpy!  Anyone else like that?  That being said I have a conflict in the summer besides time.  It is the great outdoors, well, really just my yard.  I love to work in my flowers and be in the pool.  To keep from being grumpy from lack of sewing, my solution is faster projects and fabulous fabrics.  I fell in love with this […]

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A Matte Viscose White Dress!

Every spring/summer season, I make a white dress. It’s basically become a tradition for me. A white dress signifies summer. My dresses vary in style, shape and fabric. I’d purchased this stunning Ralph Lauren White Viscose Matte Jersey for another project. But since I didn’t order a swatch, I didn’t realize just how lightweight and translucent the fabric would be. So I had to think through how I would use this fabric. I decided on McCall’s 7591. I felt the silhouette would be perfect. And I was right. This fabric is gorgeous and it was not difficult to work with. […]

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Italian Jersey Floral Maxi (Maternity) Dress

Hello, Mood Fabrics! It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged for the Mood Sewing Network, thanks to some big events in my life. We’ve been dealing with job changes, a potential international move, and–oh yeah–a wee little person due in September. Not only have all the changes (and the pregnancy symptoms!) kept me away from my sewing machine, but sewing for a rapidly growing bump has proved daunting. For the first few months, maternity clothes were way too big, but all of my woven dresses quickly became uncomfortable. Since February, I’ve been living in knit dresses, like the Colette […]

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