To Trim or Not To Trim?

Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season. While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués! To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the […]

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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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Ruffles for Fall 2016!

I am currently working on transional garments, pieces that I can wear now and later. I’m also embracing some of Fall 2016’s hottest trends – Ruffles. I love a black and white outfit. These separates get the most mileage in my wardrobe. So let me tell you about these pieces:   This Black Stretch Silk Georgette top is modified from Vogue 1308, which is a jumpsuit pattern. I took the bodice and lengthened it and I eliminated the back zipper to create a tuckable, pullover top. I doubled the asymmetrical ruffle for added volume and finished them with a rolled […]

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Floral Jacket

  It is August, summer is winding down and I am frantically sewing.  Particularly,  those last few summer projects I really want to finish before fall gets here.  Anyone else like that?  A floral blazer has been on my list since May and I found the perfect fabric, Mood Fabrics’ Blue/White Floral Pique.  The fabric is all cotton and was a dream to sew.  If that floral isn’t quite your colors, Mood Fabrics has so many great florals.  For the lining, I went with this aqua charmeuse but used the  matte side on my jacket.    I love the shiny […]

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FIRST for FALL — Men’s Camo-Print Wool Jacket!

This month I decided I was through with summer sewing and ready to create some cool cool-weather clothes. Last winter, at Mood Fabrics in New York City, I had stumbled upon a wonderful piece of camo-print wool knit — the end of a bolt, alas, and only one yard. The fabric is soft and fuzzy (maybe some mohair in it?) on the right side and has a knit backing. I knew it would be perfect for outerwear but it would have to be combined with another fabric so I’d have sufficient yardage. I decided to match the camo print with […]

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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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Casual Summer Separates

Phew! Is it just me, or has July really flown by in a steamy wave of hot, sticky, summer days? Seriously, where did this month go?! Honestly, I can’t complain, I spent a whole week of this month vacationing with my family in Disney World – Mom, Dad, sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and six nieces and nephews all under the age of 8!!! It was the absolute best kind of chaos imaginable. Of course, me being me, I decided I had nothing to wear for said vacation and that I needed a whole new summer wardrobe a smooth 5 […]

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Soft Bisque Solid Viscose Jersey – Simplicity 8131

Mood’s viscose jersey is so soft and comfy.  It feels like you are wearing pajamas.  This lovely fabric comes in five dreamy colors.  Something for every complexion.  I chose soft bisque; it’s a perfect neutral that can be paired with almost any color.         I used Simplicity 8131 to make this top.  The pattern is for woven fabrics, but works well with this light weight knit fabric. I don’t always follow the recommended fabrics.  Making my own clothes gives me the freedom to choose my own fabric and pattern combinations. This pattern is described as:  misses’ pullover […]

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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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