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 […]
White After Labor Day
When I was growing up, wearing white after Labor day was one of the biggest fashion faux pas. These days people are wearing whatever anytime of year. Fashion is anything at anytime of year! Believe it or not, I’m still a little jaded when it comes to certain fashion faux pas. Today’s post is about two white fabrics that I purchased this summer from Mood Fabrics: Helmut Lang Optic White Tissue Weight Cotton Poplin and Soft White Stretch Blended Cotton Jacquard. Both textile were great to work with. There is something special about working with natural fibers. Cottons are […]
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 […]
Cranberry Rayon Dress for Early Fall
Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great start to their Fall season (if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is!) This is always a weird time of year for me for sewing, because my brain has decided it’s autumn, but the weather is stubbornly, even vehemently, still very much summer. What’s a girl to do? One thing I rely on to add a shot of autumn into my otherwise summer wardrobe is color. And, as always, Mood delivers! This Cranberry Floral Rayon Batiste is everything I love about a fabric! The color is so striking, and the floral […]
Lightweight Indigo Linen Shirtdress
Now that Labor Day is barely behind us, fashions are taking a sharp turn for the ~fall look~. I love the richer colors and textures that come with this season, but lord y’all – it is still hot where I live, and it’s gonna stay this dang hot for at least another month! It’s nice to embrace a new season, but not at the risk of drowning in a pool of your own sweat amirite. I’ve found the best way to combat this is to wear pieces that capture the overall feel of fall – rich colors and textured fabrics […]
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 […]
Late Summer Sewing: Men’s Floral-Print Shirt!
Happy September, everybody! We still have a few weeks left of summer, which means there’s still time for some (late) summer sewing! Last month I purchased two yards of this gorgeous Liberty of London-style cotton floral print, and I knew I want to work with it right away! (Mood Fabrics online offers a large selection of both Liberty of London and Liberty-inspired prints. Check them out here.) With its combination of blue, gold, and reddish-brown, it seemed like the perfect choice for a late-summer/early-fall project. I decided to sew myself a short-sleeve shirt using Vogue 8889, a fitted men’s shirt […]
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 […]
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 […]