Relaxing in Silk Chiffon

After 8 full days of hollering with family and friends, I am worded OUT! My brain is in need of the kind of recharge where you spend all day at home in a robe. Unfortunately, I’m not one to spend all day in a robe. Robes are problematic for me. One, robes in our house are historically not fancy enough. Two, I don’t really sew things to chill in. Luckily, I tricked myself into sewing a fancy robe. This is Vogue 9253, made by the entirety of the sewing population last summer. The whole shebang is french seamed, a lovely […]

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Festive Brocade Holiday Dress

The holidays are here, and you know what that means – time to bust out the sparkly garb! Or in my case – if you don’t have a sparkly party dress, it’s a great opportunity to sew one up ūüôā While I have a great brocade skirt that I got a lot of wear out of last year, I wanted something fresh for this season – so I timed my next NYC trip to include a change to shop at Mood Fabrics for a festive brocade. I actually have very little experience with brocade – my lifestyle doesn’t warrant much […]

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Merry & Bright!

If you’re looking for a reason to be Merry & Bright this season, look no further than Mood Fabrics! ¬†Sequins galore¬†abound this season on the store’s website, and I fell right in line upon seeing the¬†glittering silver baby sequined fabric. To keep the focus on the fabric, I kept it simple with a shift dress using ¬†New Look 6524 as my base pattern. Following Maria Denmark’s tutorial I removed the bust dart for a clean front bodice. The sequins are sewn on mesh and the fabric tends to s t r e t c h easily. Staystiching the shoulders, armscye […]

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Periwinkle Silk Dupioni 1890’s Historical Costume

Hello everyone! Today I’m really excited to share a project with you that has been my focus for many months now – my late Victorian walking suit! Some of you may remember last year when I made my first historical costume for a Victorian Christmas event here in Galveston. I had such a great time, and learned so much making that costume that I was excited to try my hand at another for this year. And of course, none of this would be possible without Mood Fabrics! This year I really wanted my costume to be historically accurate to a […]

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A non-traditional Dirndl for Oktoberfest

Hello everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s Halloween, so Happy Halloween! October is one of my favorite months because not only am I a sucker for Halloween, but it’s also the time of year when the end of summer is in sight, and it marks the start of Festival Season here in Galveston.¬† After the beach season ends for the year, the island tries to make up for the lack of tourist economy by hosting big festivals throughout the winter months. There’s the Lonestar Biker Rally, Dickens on the Strand, Mardi Gras, and, my personal favorite, Oktoberfest! I love Oktoberfest […]

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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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Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards.¬†Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension […]

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Border Print Maxi Skirt: with shine!

I dove into this heavyweight metallic blend about 30 seconds after arriving home with it. This is one of those lucky garments that took a day to make, and promises to be a favorite for years. I LOVE IT. As most of my quicker pieces go, this one flew by because I draped it on my form, and let the border print tell me what to do. So…no, I don’t have a pattern for this, sorry! Just start with wide rectangles, and you’re on your way to an easy pleated maxi skirt. (But *do* remember to iron the back pleats […]

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Playing Favorites

My favorite food is pizza. ¬†I try to eat it once a week. I don’t even think of denying myself this pleasure. So when I questioned myself on choosing to work with another Supreme Wax fabric, I gave myself this theory: PIZZA IS GOOD. WAX PRINT IS GOOD. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE HAVE BOTH WHENEVER YOU WANT THEM. That’s solid theorizing. With 6 yards of fabric in a cut, and summer sewing in full force, I went for maxi proportions. Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1802 (out of print, I think), was the object of my desire. Or the vehicle for? I […]

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