Silk and Cotton Artist’s Blouse

  Oh, fall. It’s the season of brightly colored leaves, trundling yellow buses, and the return of jeans to my wardrobe. From May to September, nothing so heavy as denim touches my skin, but the falling autumnal temperatures make me long for cozy jeans and blouses. Not that ours have exactly fallen yet, but a girl can dream, right?  I have yet to brave pants making, so this month I decided to make the perfect blouse for wearing with my RTW skinny jeans. A dress lover at heart, my most beloved casual blouses are loose, flowing and made from sumptuous […]


Men’s Classic Mountain Parka

Today is the first day of fall and I’m oh-so-ready: I am delighted to present my just-completed eight-pocket mountain parka! This design is based on the famous 60/40 (referring to cotton/nylon) mountain parka produced by Sierra Designs (below) in 1968.  Back in the days before Gortex and other waterproof, breathable fabrics, a shell parka like this one was what you’d wear on a hike or backpacking trip.  The fabric is sturdy and water-repellant and the fit is generous enough for layering over sweaters and/or thermals. Part of the challenge of a project like this is that everyone knows what the […]


Floral Eyelet For Fall

  In an effort to get some casual everyday wear into my extremely gussied-up closet, I snagged this warm reversible cotton eyelet at Mood Fabrics online.     Despite the impressive size of my mouth, I’m at a loss for words… although this project was involved, it went together simply and relatively quickly. A shirtdress with a princess seamed bodice, pleated front skirt…     And I guess you’d call it a gored back?  Next time I’d throw some pleats in the back skirt too, the pattern (Simplicity 2222 vintage) only provides for the front. Helps with the casual vibe, […]


Colourful Canvas Cushion Covers

I’ve got something slightly different to the usual completed projects I share for you today. To celebrate the opening of Mood Fabrics NYC’s brand new showroom for home decoration fabrics the Mood Sewing Network bloggers were invited to do an extra home related sewing project for the network. I jumped at the chance to try out something new. I spotted a peak of the new store on Mood Fabrics Instagram earlier in the week and I so wish I could visit in person! I’ve been wanting to brighten up our lounge for a while now and what better way to […]


The Making of a Gold Zebra Ottoman

Yes, you read that right – a gold zebra ottoman! This month I have an extra MSN project to share – a home dec project in celebration of Mood Fabric’s new space dedicated to home dec fabrics.  If you live in or near the NYC area, hopefully you’ve already had a chance to pop in and see it in its full glory.  Sadly, since I live 3000 miles away, I’ve only been to Mood’s online home dec shop.  The online store is pretty impressive on its own though with thousands of fabrics to choose from. When Mood approached me about doing a home dec project, my […]


The Last Shirts and Shorts of Summer

It’s only mid-August, but the mornings here in New York City already feel cooler and I’ve begun noticing dried leaves on the sidewalks.  Fall is on its way. But hold on — I haven’t even gone on summer vacation yet: I still need some summer togs suitable for a week at the beach! I bought these two lightweight cottons — a lilac swiss dot and a boldly printed lawn — last summer but I never used them.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of swiss dot fabrics here and cotton prints here.) This summer, I decided to turn them […]


The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress

For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane. I like to get what I want. I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face. I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back. One could almost say ham handedly modified.  I definitely […]


So-fa, So Good

I walked in the door Monday at 5:50.  By 6PM I had to sew SOMETHING.  But the Charles James inspired draped silk organza on my dressform was looking far too challenging for the hour. I SHALL SEW MY HOME DEC POST, I thought (in all caps, as I am wont to do), WITH AN HOUR APPROPRIATE LIBATION.  THAT WILL BE EASY! Sure.  Super easy. Especially when one sews right side to wrong side. Everyone knows that’s how you make a simple rectangular pillow. Even with the math, even with the seam ripping, even with the handsewing, by 8pm yesterday we […]


Living Room Curtains with a Mid-Century Modern Feel

I’m not what you would call a home dec person; in fact I’ve never sewn home dec before in my life! Still, when the opportunity arose to help celebrate Mood Fabrics’ brand new NYC home dec space by sewing a project for the Mood Sewing Network, I couldn’t say no — well, first I said no, but then I reconsidered.  And I’m so glad I did! I’ve wanted new curtains for the balcony-facing windows in my apartment for a long time.  Previously we had store-bought, off-white linen panels that were always just a little too short and a little too […]

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