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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Chartreuse Summer Sewing

Phew! It was so hot when I was taking these photos!! Miraculously I look fairly cool and collected, but trust me, friends, I was anything but! My serene countenance has everything to do with this Month’s Mood Sewing Network make. This dress makes me feel like a Summer goddess, y’all! I bought a couple generous yards of this Limeade/White Tribal Leaf Print Viscose Crepe from Mood Fabrics online a few months back, thinking it might make a nice maxi dress one of these days.  It was actually a bit of a funny purchase for me because I can honestly say, prior to this […]

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A Final Dress for Summer in Striped Embroidered Cotton

When it comes to picking new projects, I am inspired by both fabric choice and pattern choice pretty equally. This time it was the pattern that drove my decisions. I just adored Vogue 1499 when it was released this past spring. What really makes this design special is the way the stripes are laid out – front and back bodice on the cross grain, sides on and angle, pleated skirt a continuation of the cross grain. Shortly after I bought the pattern Mood posted a black & white striped floral embroidered cotton woven to their website. Perfect! I’ll take 2 […]

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Crepe de Chine Maxi

My husband and I have always been awed by the 7:15 am sun at the beach ~ so soft and broken by the roofline of the houses as it rises and gently illuminates the beach. We knew this time would be perfect for shooting photos of my new dress, but were quickly reminded that best laid plans often go awry………….. This is my third maxi in the last three months; one in linen, one in a knit and this one in Mood Fabric’s Grenadine Silk Crepe de Chine! Earlier I ordered and reluctantly used this gorgeous silk for a dress […]

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Panel Print Halter Dress

Last weekend, I realized July was almost over, and I with no finished MSN project for the month! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?! PROBABLY BUSY THINKING ABOUT SUMMER. Luckily, I had two panel prints straight from Italy in my hands this month: this 70s-tastic Italian poly, and another try at the mountain scene that gave Ruggy such grief. Unfortunately (perhaps karmically?), a second attempt at reconstructing those mountains gave me nothing but misery. Well, it gave me gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, maybe a good roll of the eye. I don’t do misery in sewing. And any fail in […]

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Silk Twill Dress

  The fabric is doing all the work in the dress, the incredibly beautiful Mood Fabrics’ Silk Twill, which I have been loving to look at since December.  Unfortunately, this particular silk twill is sold out but no worries, Mood Fabrics has a great selection of Silk Twills     I knew I wanted a simple dress for this fabric and while on vacation I did some pattern shopping.  I picked up Simplicity 8178 which looked just like what I had pictured in my head. This pattern had  nice features, pockets (always good), elastic waist for a better fit, crossover front […]

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Rainbow Cutout!

While I was browsing the designer spring/summer collections online, I discovered these fabulous stripe dresses from Dolce and Gabbana.     Source: Net-a-Porter.com   I loved all of the elements of the dresses and the striped fabric and I decided that I could make this look work for my everyday life.  And I knew the perfect pattern I would use to execute my look. I picked Butterick 6351 and found this fabulous Italian Multicolor Striped Cotton-Lycra Sateen fabric from Mood Fabric.com. I cut the size 14 in the C cup. I added an inch to the length of the bodice […]

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Sewing Projects For the Home

Hey everyone! I’m doing something a little different this month for my MSN project – instead of sewing for myself, I sewed some stuff for my home! This is about as close to unselfish sewing as I can manage 😉 I just recently moved house (from a basement apartment in the middle of the woods, to a sweet second-floor apartment with masses of windows, in my favorite part of Nashville!), so sprucing up and decorating were at the top of the list! Plus, I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough time to sew an outfit for myself with all the […]

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Little Black Dress

Greetings from Edisto Island! Hubby and I are on the grounds of the island’s historic Presbyterian Church now in its fourth century of worship, and which we found to be a perfect setting for photos. I was on a mission to make brightly colored summer clothes when New Look 6429 leaped off of the catalogue page. It is one of those patterns I’ve been looking for since I returned to sewing nearly 5 years ago. Cut in shoulders, cut out neckline, simple and chic, I was smitten. I also had a  beautiful piece of black stretch viscose crepe from Mood Fabrics waiting to […]

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