Woeful in Wool Novelty

Do you see that face?  That is the face of a girl who thinks she has the perfect outfit planned for the day, and therefore left a scant thirty minutes to shoot pictures AND get dressed to go out the door to pound the NY audition pavement, and who just saw the view-screen of her Canon in broad daylight and realized SHE WAS ALL KINDS OF WRONG. On this particular Tuesday, I was destined to play a high powered attorney and a CFO. Separately.  Although the first character probably could have played both, she had the stones for it.  I […]

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Peplum Top and Trousers

You know when you see an outfit and think I HAVE to recreate this?  Well, that was my thought when I pinned this outfit.  After, Mood Fabrics contacted me to be part of the Mood Sewing Network, I knew this was the outfit I wanted to make for my debut outfit.   I have had red skinny jeans in my wardrobe for a year now but knew a wide leg trouser style would be a perfect addition.  I perfected the fit on Burda  7447 pants and widened the legs  from the knee down for more of a wide leg  look. This Burda pattern […]

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Wool Jersey Top for My Mom

Happy holidays, everyone! Hope you’re enjoying celebrations with dear ones and staying warm (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is)! Like some of you, I bet, I swore off handmade presents this year. I’ve spent far too many Christmas Eves feverishly knitting at 2:00am, desperately trying to finish a gift before the morning. Not this year! No handmade gifts, and no stress for me! But when I spotted this gorgeous, heathered wool jersey at Mood, what could I do? It’s my mom’s favorite color, and I knew I could make her a top quickly and easily, so I broke […]

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The Wild Side Pencil Skirt

Let’s start this out with a wardrobe confession: this is my first pencil skirt ever! Not the first one I’ve made, but the first one I’ve worn (or even tried on)! I love the silhouette on other people, but I worried that it wouldn’t do any favors for my rectangular shape. But when I spotted this sweater knit at Mood, I knew it had to be a pencil skirt! I didn’t have much time to sew this month, and really didn’t want to tinker with fit and muslins, so I used the skirt portion of my vintage McCall’s 5995 pattern […]

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Designer Top in Silk Charmeuse

I spent the first weekend of December in New York and was exhilarated by the Christmas sights and festivities throughout the city. I spent the second weekend of December visiting my parents in Southern Pines, NC, thoroughly charmed by small-town Christmas celebrations including the cutest horse and buggy parade. I went from being among millions of people dressed in black to hundreds of people dressed in red, inspiring me to do the same. On a mission to recreate this Elizabeth McKay top, I chose a red and white silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics for my first attempt. I began with […]

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Classic Black + White

It seems lately, that I’ve been drawn to black and white ensembles.  It’s completely subconscious and I don’t even realize until I look back at my blog, like here, here and here. This time, I dug way back in the crevices of my pattern filing cabinet and found my version of a “vintage” pattern.  Because 1996 is about as vintage as I’m probably interested in going. This is Vogue 1846 (OOP) by Byron Lars. I’ve always loved a wrap top.  I’ve have too many to count over the years.  So while digging through my pattern cabinet I came across this […]

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Stripes Take Two

I’ve always wanted to try out those Japanese pattern books where the garments seem like little works of art. I finally got my hands on an English translation of Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato as a gift from the publisher, and I launched right into pattern number 2: one-piece side drape top. I might have launched myself in a bit too quickly though because after converting my bust measurement into centimeters and seeing I was about a small, I traced the S/M pattern for myself. It wasn’t until after I cut the pattern out from a bit of leftover […]

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Comfortable Organic Cotton Top

Thirty-eight degrees outside and a sleeveless cotton top? As temperatures go down thermostats go up …..sometimes to s u m m e r temperatures. Fortunately, I can pare down the layers to this top made of soft organic cotton from Mood Fabrics. This wonderful fabric is just as soft as those extraordinary l o n g Velvet cotton t-shirts found in cute boutiques at cute prices. The environmentally friendly fabric, free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers feels great against my skin and will allow me to comfortably sit through long meetings in hot conference rooms all winter long! Having successfully […]

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Black is Back in Wool Satin

Sorry for the homespun photography. I am working on it! Black is one of my favorite colors. Alexander McQueen’s Dante collection in 1996, and Helmut Lang’s 80’s minimalistic designs in black leather made me yearn for strong black pieces in my wardrobe. With the revival of the 80s and partly 90s styles, minimalistic black clothes have become quintessential this season. alexander-mcqueen-pre-fall-2012 alexander-mcqueen-pre-fall-2012 So, why postpone the urge to create something that sober and strong. Walking in the wool section of the Mood, I found so many different blacks – all very enticing and rich. Yet I was drawn to a beautiful black wool satin. It has some […]

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