Self-Drafted Wool Crepe Blouse and Pants

For the last two years I’ve been attending classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) here in New York City.  Last semester I took a draping class that was dedicated to designing soft silhouettes like dolman sleeves, pegged skirts, and cowls. At the beginning of the semester we draped in muslin and then moved on to knit jersey and woven crepe.  For our final project, we were asked to drape a two-piece ensemble with a resort feel (think winter cruise).  One of the pieces had to include a cowl — either front neck, back neck, or underarm cowl, or a [...]

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Kelly Green Silk Occasion Dress

The dress I’ve got to share with you today has been a real labour of love and I enjoyed every single second of making it. Even the whole day spent fitting the bodice! I like nothing better than a reason to sew myself something special and challenging and what better reason could I have than the wedding of my step-sister 10 days ago? I mulled over what I wanted to make for over a year and bought the fabric long before I decided on a style and pattern. When I visited Mood Fabrics NYC last April I spent a good [...]

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An Ankara Ensemble

By now you know a few of us here at the Mood Sewing Network used the month of January to dive into a “challenge” fabric. Some know it as Ankara, some as African Wax, some as Dutch Wax. I know it as YES PLEASE. I LOVE wax print. Love it, love it, love it. Did I mention I love it? This is an Osikani print, which is printed with metallic gold foil overlay. Although I always pre-wash my Ankara to soften it up, this time I decided to leave the wax in and use the stiff quality to play with [...]

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Maxi Skirt Season

From Thanksgiving right up until I take the tree down, at all family gatherings, it’s maxi skirt, simple top, statement jewelry, swan mode on. AND I MEAN FULL SWAN. It’s just instantly dressy with zero effort! And all of the room for food! When I saw this bolt at Mood Fabrics (in store), my eyes popped. Christmas maxi, for sure. My fingers screamed as I ran my hands over its pure poly texture, and I howled with laughter. (To be honest, I’ve lost track of the content, but surely there’s some poly happening here.) And this green goodness is the [...]

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A Late-Victorian Silk Taffeta Confection

Hello there Mood friends! It’s been awhile! Today I’d like to share a project with you that has been my main focus this past Fall.  As you can see by the photo, this is something very different for me — historical costuming! I made this ensemble to attend a Victorian themed event in Galveston, TX called “Dickens on the Strand” which is put on by the Galveston Historical Foundation as a way to celebrate the local historical architecture of the downtown district. For the sake of brevity (and not boring you to tears) I’ll just give the most basic facts today, [...]

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Silk Jersey Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress

Meet my new favorite dress. OH DON’T BE COY SHOW US THE FRONT I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself [...]

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Silk Faille Prom Dress

You read that title right – I made a prom dress this month! And not for a high schooler (please, we all know I’m not that unselfish), but an actual prom dress for myself Before you get too skeeved out at the idea of a 30 year old attending prom, I should point out that my best friend is a high school English teacher, and thus gets 2 free tickets every year. I weaseled my way into being her date because I wanted an excuse to make a fancy dress. Wouldn’t you do the same? My first advice for anyone [...]

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Silk Georgette Button-Up + Stretch Brocade Circle Skirt

Hey everyone! Sorry for the boring title of this post. I promise I make up for it with EXCITING SNOW PICTURES. Like, I didn’t *want* to stand outside and take snow day photos (obviously it was cold – and also very very bright! Look, I can’t even keep my eyes open haha), but the indoor lighting was just too terrible. So here’s photographic evidence of the freak snow that swept across Tennessee last week – I think we ended up with about 6″ at the house (laugh all you want, Northerners, but that’s a lot here!). I got a few [...]

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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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