Purple Guipure Lace Shrug

For the past few months I’ve been sewing a wedding gown for my good friend Christina. While the gown is oyster-white silk, Christina wanted to add a dash of color, specifically a deep, aubergine purple. There’s a wide purple ruffle on the bottom of her crinoline, and the ribbon that ties her corset is deep purple as well. I wanted to create a beautiful bridal shrug for Christina and at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found the perfect purple polyester guipure lace.  It is, in a word, sumptuous. (You can view Mood’s online selection of guipure laces here.) To make […]

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Knit Fabric Basics

  Sometimes I just need some basics, fun basics in knit.  I bought these beautiful fabrics from Mood Fabrics in August  and went to planning for fall.  First up is Mood Fabric’s Rust Stretch Knit Pique and let me tell you this fabric is so luxurious and I want all the colors.  How many colors?  There is nine!  The next fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Rust and Navy Striped Rib Knit  and as I hoped when ordering these two fabrics look so good together.   Now time to plan and a I went with New Look 6530 for the top, it was […]

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A Jacket for Woodland Scuba Diving

I’m sorry, I just really don’t know what to SAY. This look is so far from “me,” I’m wondering if I was possessed during the making of it. Surely, I had some of my wits about me, because I used my infinitely hackable TNT By Hand London Victoria Blazer… But most of my wits went running merrily out Mood’s front door when I ogled this woodland scene, printed on neoprene. Or rather, scuba. I believe the classification of scuba means designer neoprene. Because this, of course, is Anna Sui. No one believed it as I lugged this bolt of crazy around Mood NY’s top […]

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Adding New Lining – And Life – to an Old Coat

Hello, everyone! Something a little different today – instead of making a full garment from start to finish, this month’s project is about prolonging the life of an existing RTW/ready-to-wear piece! I know, it’s totally not sexy at all to make repairs and alterations – and in the past, I have generally avoided it at all costs. But to be completely honest, I am making an effort to reduce waste whenever I can and reduce/reuse/recycle whenever possible. Repairing old pieces to like-new so that they can continue to be used is a big thing for me right now. Here is […]

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Men’s Cotton Camouflage Shirt Jacket

Camo is everywhere these days. As much as I like the look on others, I never thought camo — classic army green camo — was flattering on me.   So I was delighted when I found this dark gray camouflage fabric, a crisp lightweight Italian cotton, at Mood Fabrics in New York City.  (There’s still some available at Mood online here. Rest assured, there’s no green in it.) Since we’re enjoying spring weather this February, I decided to make a generously proportioned shirt that could also be worn as a windbreaker. I found my inspiration from a (very) vintage men’s shirt […]

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Organic Cotton Twill Anorak

Sorry for breaking the African Wax Print streak, y’all – I think I’m the only MSN blogger who didn’t participate in the challenge. I knew I’d be gone for the majority of January, so what little sewing time I did have was dedicated solely to my upcoming vacation to Egypt! This project in particular was made with that trip in mind, and I’m so glad I finished it in time, as I literally wore it every single day while I was gone. An anorak has been on my to-sew list for a while now. This sort of jacket is super […]

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A Faux-Fur Leopard Print Coat!

I’d been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It’s the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com. J.McLaughlin Pella Faux Fur Leopard Coat   I’d seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I’d previously used in plaid wool.I used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could’ve gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that […]

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Rayon-Silk Bomber Jacket for the Holidays

    I love the look of a bomber jacket and started thinking about fabric and something for the holidays.  My thoughts lead to the hot fabric right now, velvet and I headed right over to Pinterest for ideas.  I was on track as I saw several velvet bomber jackets and I knew I had my Christmas look.  My fabric is Mood Fabrics Sultan Red Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet, which is available in 7 more colors.    The pattern I went with was McCall’s 7100, which is an easy to sew pattern but the velvet did provide the challenges.     […]

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Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!

  I’ve been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect. Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket, so I knew that this one would be a great because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It’s very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn’t need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle.   The body of the jacket […]

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