Plaid Cotton Flannel Button-Up Shirt

I don’t know about where y’all are, but we just got our first truly cold day this week – first frost was this morning, even! Brr! While I’m not terribly keen on the cold (I’m a Southerner, I hate the cold, and I also live in an old/drafty house), I do like the clothes that come out of hiding when the temperatures drop! Especially a nice cotton flannel – my favorite! I made this plaid flannel button-up a couple of months ago, in an anticipation of cooler weather. Let me tell you – it’s quite a downer to be working […]

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Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker Fabric equals the Perfect Cotton Shirting!

I was doing a closet purge and closet organization and realized I was short on tops. I always feel like I’m missing out on great tops to just throw on with a pair of jeans, so I’m on a mission to fill in that hole in my wardrobe. This top is Simplicity 8455. I decided to used Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker. It makes a wonderful and interesting shirting fabric. Being that this fabric is 100% cotton, it cut and sewed like a dream. This fabric worked well with a lightweight fusible interfacing in places like the facing and the […]

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Knit Fabric Basics

  Sometimes I just need some basics, fun basics in knit.  I bought these beautiful fabrics from Mood Fabrics in August  and went to planning for fall.  First up is Mood Fabric’s Rust Stretch Knit Pique and let me tell you this fabric is so luxurious and I want all the colors.  How many colors?  There is nine!  The next fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Rust and Navy Striped Rib Knit  and as I hoped when ordering these two fabrics look so good together.   Now time to plan and a I went with New Look 6530 for the top, it was […]

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Embroidered Cotton Shirting Tunic

I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the ‘one step at a time‘ approach to life. In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new. While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings, and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would […]

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A new summer staple blouse

Do you ever have one of those sewing projects where the entire time, you’re thinking that the thing doesn’t really seem to want to be made? That was this blouse for me. I started with an easy enough premise: I wanted a nice summery blouse, one in black and one in white. Good wardrobe staples that I didn’t have. Well white did not work out, but black sure did! The pattern I used is from the 1950s, Butterick 6965. (Isn’t the envelope artwork great? One of my favorite things about vintage patterns.) It was a long struggle. A looong struggle. […]

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Sunny Blue Sky Striped Cotton Chambray – Simplicity 1371 and Simplicity 8389

July is the peak of summer. I love that the days are long and the sun shines so bright.  What I hate is the humidity and the extreme temperatures, and everyone has the AC set to “North Pole”.  So it can be a struggle trying to figure out what to wear. But if you plan to be outdoors, light and airy clothing is the way to go! I purchased this lovely Blue Sky Striped Cotton Chambray a few months with the thought of making a shirt.  When I pulled it from the packaging, I quickly changed my mind and decided […]

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Easy Ponte Summer Separates

Hi there! Is it hot where you are? Because it sure is hot here! July is most definitely the least forgiving summer month in terms of the heat and humidity here in coastal Texas.  And, no coincidence, it also happens to be the summer month when I have the least interest in clothes of any sort! Even just looking at the prettiest of sundresses all I can think is “sweaty back”. It’s no surprise that my sewjo also takes a nosedive during the summer doldrums as well.  When wearing clothes turns into an unpleasant reality, making clothes loses a bit of […]

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Navy + White Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Off-the-shoulder blouses are currently everywhere: in stores, magazines, and pattern catalogues. I don’t always make the newest trend right away, probably because I like to see what other people make first or which patterns seem to work the best. This time, though, I happened upon the perfect fabric. This navy and white embroidered gingham is from Moodfabrics.com. This fabric is the loveliest of weights for a blouse, and has a slight amount of stretch to it not included in the description. There’s only a little bit left as of this post. I highly recommend you snap some up! I chose […]

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Year of the Sleeve – Voile Blouse

    The sleeve for Spring 2017 seems to be the trend to have and I am jumping right onto that trend with both feet arms (in this case).  I just want so many of these looks and styles, which means I will be busy sewing statement sleeves all summer long.  For this look, I went with Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Cotton Voile (sold out) but there are several Mood Fabrics’ Voiles in stock or you can look at Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Swiss for the texture of my blouse.  On another note, Amy used this same fabric for a blouse she made for […]

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