Black + White Geometric Print Dress in Wool Rayon

I am currently on the hunt for thicker-weight fabrics with draping properties to make winter dresses out of. This Marc Jacobs border print wool-rayon woven from Mood Fabrics caught my eye because I know rayon fabrics to have a great amount of drape and combined with wool I thought it would be perfect for winter. Also border print fabrics are fun to work with. I used Butterick 6409 for the pattern and made a few minor tweaks. There are lots of ways to use this fabric creatively because it has a thick border on one side and a thinner one on […]

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Polka Dot Fun

  What do you do when fall doesn’t come around?  Well, I am just going to keep sewing for the temperatures.  We are fluctuating from 60 degrees to mid-80 degrees, so I pulled out  Mood Fabrics’ Navy Polka Dotted Rayon Challis and went to work on a great dress that I can wear now and later.       I went with Simplicity 8084 for the dress and I am in love with this style.  I have found regular shirtdresses do not do much for my straight figure but with the drawstring waist and the blouson-type  top, this one really works. […]

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The “It Still Feels Like Summer” Dress

Howdy y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying their autumn, wherever you are! Here in my part of the woods it continues to feel very much like summer, and I’m not complaining — yet! I was never much of a cold-weather gal, so the mild Texas winters suit me.  I decided to salute our long summers with a bright, neon orange dress! Gotta make use of this summer complexion while it lasts, right? So, I taught myself to sew about 6 years ago, and since then it seems like there are very few  fibers or fabrics that I have not worked […]

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Wool + Lace Black and White Dress

I’ve just finished a classy wool dress for fall/winter that I’m in love with! The idea for this garment has been floating around my brain for years and I’m just so pleased to see it turn out exactly how I imagined. I knew I wanted to play around with lace motifs and needed a lace that I could cut into that wouldn’t fray. The one I used is from Mood fabrics and is all sold out but here is a black 3D guipure lace that’s similar. The white is an ivory wool twill also from Mood fabrics and also all sold out. […]

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Red Is One of My Favorite Colors – Vogue 8871

  Every once in awhile I inventory my closets to see what needs to be retired and what needs to be added.  I noticed that I only have only red dress in rotation.  That was kind of odd, since red is one of my favorite colors.  So I decided it was time to add a little warmth to my wardrobe. This is the perfect time.  The holiday season is around the corner, and I may as well get a head start.  So I began with a simple princess seam red dress.  Vogue 8871 is perfect:  it’s simple; it’s fit and […]

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Welcoming Fall with Mustard and Chocolate

  I love creating separates that can be mixed and matched throughout my wardrobe and worn over and over. I love clothes that I can get great mileage out of, yet has a bit of unique appeal. Like this amazing top.   This is Vogue 1188. It’s currently out-of-print, but still very much of the moment. Dramatic sleeves are presently trending for this season and these sleeves are definitely bringing the drama. I call it sewing kismet and feel that the sewing goddesses have shone down upon me when a fabric is “sew” perfect for a design. And that’s how […]

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Linen Woven Border Dress for Kaitlyn

Remember when it was time to transition from a college student wardrobe to a professional wardrobe?  Well, that time is now for Kaitlyn, as she will be student teaching next semester.  One day Kaitlyn asked about some of the clothes I made and one thing led to another and now she is getting some mom-made garments.  First thing was types of fabrics and what I would make with them.  That discussion lead to this Mood Fabrics’ Ralph Lauren Denim Blue Linen Woven Border Print, which I am sorry to say is sold out.  This fabric is fabulous and so fun.  Some […]

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Silk Cotton Maxi Dress

Last month, four yards of watery silk cotton slipped though my fingers for what felt like four years. Intended as my birthday dress, this beautiful headache went unworn, until I donned it for these pictures. To be honest, I put it in a time-out so many times, it has an aura of irritation about it that has yet to dissipate. Perhaps it needs a good dry cleaning, or a smudge stick. It’s not so much that I don’t like the finished product…I don’t like the memory of the work that went into it! But that’s not the fabric’s fault. The […]

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A Linen Dress for Late Summer

Good morning, lovelies!  While I would love to start in on fall sewing–warm sweaters, swirling skirts, and cozy coats, oh my!–it’s still dreadfully hot in Texas. As someone whose sewing is heavily tied to immediate wardrobe needs, that means summer clothes are skulking about my sewing room for a little longer. One of the pieces I’ve been plotting all season is a simple linen dress. I love linen on warm days, don’t you? It’s breathable, full of gorgeous movement, and often weighty enough to go unlined. Despite its notorious tendency to wrinkle, it’s also unquestionably elegant. Linen dresses bring to […]

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