Viscose Wrap Dress

Greetings ūüôā There is viscose and there is viscose. I am wearing viscose, more specifically Poppy Abstract Stretch Viscose from Mood Fabrics. Upon reading the website’s fabric description as “wonderful for wrap dresses¬†reminiscent of DVF,”¬†I placed a quick order and found the description quite accurate. What is Viscose, you asked? For the scientific definition click here. Viscose, often labeled rayon is a regenerated cellulose fiber resulting somewhere in between a natural and synthetic fabric. I made my dress from a Viscose Jersey, knitted with 4% elastine. Viscose quality can vary, but this viscose is cream of the crop ūüėČ My […]

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Performance Spandex Activewear

One of my big sewing goals this year was to try sewing my own activewear as it is the one type of clothing that my wardrobe is fairly lacking in and which I do get a fair bit of wear out of yet have never tried to make. Why keep making party dresses which only make it out of the house once or twice when I can make something that I will really put through it’s paces and which looks interesting and challenging to sew to boot! Towards the end of last year I spotted the new range of Max-Dri […]

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A Casual Bug

  Well, I guess that settles it, I’m on a separates kick. I had a lightbulb moment while making a top for my last pair of jeans (because it seems I can’t make a pair of Birkin flares without something to go with it–like a Liberty of London blouse). There’s a whole new learning curve for separates. I can get behind throwing all manner of yardage at my fancy dresses, including stuff meant for a casual t-shirt, but I’m finding the same isn’t so easily done with casual wear. Just ask my bag of February UFOs. And proportion! I gotta […]

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Flannel and Denim with a 70’s Vibe

Something about late February makes me want to snuggle up in cotton flannel. At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found a beautiful, super-soft flannel in a muted blue, black, and white plaid which I knew would eventually end up as a winter shirt for me. (You can see Mood’s online selection of cotton flannel shirting here.) This month I decided flannel-shirt time had arrived, and I whipped one up using a favorite vintage Seventies shirt pattern, Butterick 4575.¬† The only change I made from the original pattern was to add contrasting inner cuffs and collar stand using black cotton sateen […]

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Saint James Ponte Dress and Long Cardigan

  Spring is in the air and a cute dress is a much needed item for me. ¬†I wanted a dress that would be a good transition piece and fun to wear. ¬†Enter Mood Fabrics’ Navy/Ecru Saint James Ponte Knit, an amazing knit, probably one of the nicest knits I have ever sewn. ¬†I am sorry to say it is sold out in the navy/ecru colorway but ¬†no fear there are several other option: red/navy,¬†ecru/gray, navy/kelly. or take a look at all the color choices     My pattern for this fabulous knit, Butterick 6207, ¬†which has raglan sleeves, neckband, […]

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Layered Ivory Hacci Knit Top

I was curious when I first read about hacci knits, so when I happened across some in the online¬†Mood Fabrics Designer Fabrics¬†store I decided to take the plunge and see what the fuss was about. If you haven’t heard of this type of knit, the following is how they are described on the Mood site:- “In a variety of rich and opulent colorations, Mood presenting a riveting collection of 1×1 ribbed hacci baby knit fabrics. For those who are not familiar with hacci knits, they are a newer type of small denier knit that utilises a weft knitting technique which […]

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Decisions, Decisions…

“What are you making?” asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate. “Pajamas.” I replied. “Shame on you,” ¬†he responded with a wink. The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed to be a perfect choice for a pair of men’s style pajamas, but what did I know. I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick’s 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants. My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful ¬†4 1/2″ monogram for the pocket. Nearing the end […]

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An Abstract Wrap Dress

Hey friends! Hope everyone is having a great February so far. ¬†It’s been such a mild winter here that I’ve pretty much given up on cold weather sewing and have begun to work towards spring. ¬†However I have a few more transitional items to share with y’all before it’s all said and done! I’ve been on a mission to add some long sleeve dresses to my wardrobe for the cooler months, and this most recent make for the Mood Sewing Network is my latest attempt! I’m always drawn to prints when I fabric shop – sometimes the weirder the better! […]

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Modern Floral Asymmetrical Skirt

Happy 2016, friends! I hope the new year is treating you well. Let’s ignore how tardy I am with this post’s salutation and instead talk about that classic January conundrum: Should I make a New Year’s Resolution? Usually, I fall firmly in the negative camp on that. Personally, I find that setting small, regular goals works better for my “Oh, a shiny thing!” brain. Until, this year. For 2016, I decided to make not one, but two, resolutions. Of course, my resolutions are both firmly sartorial. Instead of painful life fixes, they are fun goals I am excited to tackle. […]

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