Draped Tee in Silk-Cotton Jersey

This month I wanted a quick make, something that would leave me with plenty of time for holiday cheer… and chasing Baby Girl all around the house!  She’s now crawling, pulling up, and cruising around!  In fact, she’s so busy these days that I only have time to sew and blog while she’s sleeping.  I’ve had to resort to taking indoor shots here because I was only able to sneak in camera time during one of her noontime naps.  The best windows in the house are in the living room and dining room, two rooms which are currently covered in Christmas […]

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Isabel Marant-Inspired Sweater!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and that those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday! One of the best things about sewing is that you can take an idea and make it your own. You know, when you see something and like it, but wish it was just a little bit different? The idea from this came from a sweater from Isabel Marant’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. I loved the colorblocking, particularly in grey and brown. It looks really cool together and is a fun alternative to the black and brown combos I’ve been seeing lately in fashion […]

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Nanette + Ebony + Grainline Tee!

Hi, guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! Let me start off with a word of explanation: I really, really, really didn’t mean to get a summery print so late in the year. But I stumbled across this Nanette Lepore linen/silk blend (!) online and immediately fell hard for it (good news- it’s still in stock!!!). But, it’s October, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I left the browser window open for two days when I saw Mary’s tweet that she had just ordered the same print and, well, that little nudge was all […]

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Save the Silk!

Shame, Shame, Shame! The only thing that saved my latest from being a wadder is the beautiful crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. It’s all I can do to smile.  It’s time for my perfect tunic pattern search to go on a break. I outsmarted myself by combining pattern pieces from my favorite tunic patterns, including Butterick 4856 Simplicity 4149 and Simplicity 1461. I liked the bodice of Butterick 4856, the two-piece back of  Simplicity 1461 and the placket of Simplicity 4149. After coordinating the measurements from the different patterns I assumed all was safe but I met near disaster […]

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Comfy Weekend Casual with Viscose Jersey and Cotton Twill

I guess by now you can tell that I love Mood’s selection of twill.  They come in a variety of fibers, colors, and weights.  They sew like a dream and are perfect for pants, jackets, dresses and skirts. I’m still working on beefing up the ole weekend casual wardrobe.  So I chose Steven Alan medal  cotton-lcyra twill for a relaxed pair of pants (Butterick 6028).  This fabric has a soft hand similar to linen with less wrinkles. I paired the brown abstract Missoni-esque jersey print for another version of Simplicity 1317.   Let me start with the review of Simplicity […]

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Bereft From Brocade

Hands down one of the best things about temperatures dropping: brocade. A few short years ago I would have laughed like hell if you told me I’d say that. Now Fall hits and just about all I can think of is brocade. I walked into Mood Fabrics for something, I really don’t remember what, but I do clearly recall I had a list, a gameplan, and all carefully laid out thoughts left my head at a full tilt boogie when I saw this Zac Posen Floral Silk Brocade. SILK Brocade. Gaaaaaaaaaah. I can haz SILK Brocade?! I squeezed the pathetic list […]

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Dark olive cowl-neck silk blouse

Here’s the latest installment for my silk blouse collection, this time with short sleeves. The fabric is a lovely dark olive silk charmeuse – now sold out – but Mood has lots of other prints and colorways. To add interest I used the shiny side for the front and the matte side for the back, back collar and sleeves. The pattern is Vogue 9006, view B. I made a straight size 12 and cut 2″ off the hemline of the pattern pieces before cutting out my fabric. The back and back collar were cut on the straight grain instead of […]

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Pink Marc Jacobs Jumpsuit

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your early autumn (or spring, depending on your hemisphere). Here in the Land of Endless Summer (a.k.a Texas) I’m still enduring the heat and humidity. Honestly, I can take the high temperatures, it’s the mosquitos that are driving me crazy! However, as the weather hints at cooler days ahead I’ve decided to celebrate with a fun, and gratuitously girly make! One day while I was trolling the Mood Fabrics website (like you do) I decided to venture into a new-to-me territory – polyester. I’ve always avoided synthetic fabric because of the heat and humidity issue […]

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Meshed with Anna Sui’s Multicolored Stretch Lace

At first sight, I ordered Anna Sui’s Black Multicolored Stripe Lace. It was too sheer to not line it with some type of mesh. So I select the perfect black mesh to marry with the lace. The combination was great. Of course the lace has texture and has a soft embroidered feel to it and the mesh is smooth and silky. I love working with both fabrics. A little bit of caution though with the mesh. The selvage does not lies flat on the table. So I nipped along the selvage to gain control over it for laying and cutting […]

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