Ruggy’s Mad Over Plaid

Oh Ruggy. Will I ever sew you anything? This plaid flannel was truly meant for my husband. I had all the best intentions of making him a cozy fall shirt, partially egged on by Amy’s rage-inducing make for her soulmate. WHATEVER AMY. As I pored over Mood’s online site, bookmarking fabrics to my portfolio (I love that wee feature, I can see all my wants right on one page), my mind quickly wandered back to myself, and I let out a little gasp when I saw this chenille. Unfortunately, Mind-Reading Ruggy heard my gasp, looked at my screen, and asked […]

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Go Ravens! Purple Friday Dress

I get called out on my lack of purple during football season. It’s really almost embarrassing in my particular office. I promised myself this was the year I’d have my Purple Friday dress. And, just like it was meant to be, when Mood Fabrics sent me this aubergine double twill as a sample of the fall season, I got super excited and ordered two yards straight away. Yes, double twill cotton. The material is 100 percent cotton, twill with a diagonal weave and very dense. It would make a great jacket, or a mod like dress with structure (oh, you […]

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Draped Aubergine Dress!

For Fall 2012, all shades of purple, plum, eggplant and aubergine are so hot for Fall that I had to embrace that color trend. This dress is New Look 6123.  It’s a juxtaposition of views C & D. I used a Ralph Lauren silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics.  It’s listed as “purple.”  I like to refer to it as “aubergine”.  It’s a pretty deep purple that looks almost navy or eggplant… depending on the lighting.  This fabric is gorgeous and it was a dream to work with.  And the drape is incredible. The alterations I made were to do a […]

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Slow and Steady is the Mood

Well.  Y’all had some excellent suggestions on getting the sewjo mojo back, many of which I implemented to get this dress past the “folded up and staring accusingly at me” stage.  In fact, there were so many great ideas I’ll be doing a little credited wrap up on le blog later, a mojo-maker, if you will.  (Oh now come on, if that isn’t a cocktail waiting to be made I don’t know what is.  Must get Ruggy on that.) Speaking of Ruggy, my reluctant photographer was unavailable this weekend, so I had to go all self-timer on these shots.  Wanting […]

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Yellow Tweed Sheath with Tie Collar

My newest dress is in a beautiful yellow Oscar de la Renta tweed from Mood. When I saw this fabric online, I knew it had to be mine. It’s mainly yellow, has loads of texture and sequins, and a total lux feel to it. I set about finding the perfect pattern to showcase it and had a bit of a roller coaster along the way. My first pick was McCall’s 5972, the curved collar design. I made a muslin but could not get the skirt portion to fit me. Fine. I’ll just use my TNT straight skirt pattern for that […]

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Butterick 5147 Thrice

I made two really involved dresses during the sewcation.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that my garments are taking more time now because I do own a lot of clothing so I can take more time with my pieces.  However, I needed a palette cleanser. Something that worked well with the transitional garments I’ve already made.  So I guess I really am thinking about fall…just not ready to go all out wool sewing yet! As the title of the post states, this will be my third version of this dress.  I’ve worn the other two dresses a couple of […]

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The Officiant Dress

Saturday night I officiated my friend’s wedding. It was beautiful! Her dress was amazing. Like, seriously, amazing. Not only did I finish my dress on time, I had several people tell me how well the dress colors fit into her plum and grey wedding. Since there was a large NYC / PR / fashion contingency, I was asked a few times if I was a designer. Well, first they asked if I had a theater background and then when they found out I made my dress, they asked I was a designer. It’s so funny how it just doesn’t occur […]

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in a blue mood and loving it

I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS DRESS!!! i’m not lying to you when i say i sang songs to this dress. i cooed and petted it. diane reeves and i serenaded it many an evening. the three of us harmonize quite well together, if i do say so myself. when she is quiet (or, at least, as quiet as this print can be) she looks like this. but when she gets frisky… PEEP SHOW YO! i adore this panel print. she is silk. she is anna sui. she is from mood, los angeles locale, i haven’t been able to find […]

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Celebration Time

On August 31, 2011 I turned over a new leaf I gave up buying Ready-to-Wear clothing for one year and vowed to make my clothes instead. Today I’m celebrating because I not only set out to do what I intended, but I completed an experience that brought me great pleasure and satisfaction. I must have needed a challenge! I was spending huge amounts of money on clothes and was constantly shopping. I bought way too many clothes that looked alike, and had entirely too many clothes that were barely worn. One day I snapped, gave up shopping, began sewing my […]

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