Vogue 8921 In Black-Metallic Gold Foil African-Inspired Stretch Velour
Happy New Year! This is one of four projects that I’d hoped to finish before the end of 2017. I barely made it finishing the hem on December 30th around mid-night. This fabric is definitely the speaker. No need for a lot of details to show it off. So I decided to make another version of Vogue 8921, view C, the first time I used this pattern was in 2014. Forgive if the photo quality is not the best. It is brutally cold in Illinois. So no outdoor picture. No way, no how. My goal was to have this dress […]
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 […]
Three Cozy Sweaters
Okay, it is cold here, which really is normal for the end of December and all I want to wear is warm and cozy. This Mood Fabrics’ Italian Gray French Terry is perfect, it looks just like a chunky sweater knit but it is really a comfy sweatshirt! In November on Instagram I started seeing posts about One Week One Pattern and that interested me. What is One Week One Pattern? One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments […]
A Furry Happy New Year!
I have been wanting to make myself a faux fur coat for a long time. This winter I finally took the plunge! At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I purchased 1 3/4 yards of a lustrous high-pile black faux fur. It didn’t really look like an imitation of an animal — mink, maybe? I thought it looked elegant and — most importantly — wearable. While I love to look at some of the more “out-there” fake furs, I didn’t see myself wearing any of them. (You can see Mood’s online selection of fake fur here.) I wanted my […]
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 🙂 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 […]
Winter White Corduroy Jeans!
This has definitely been the season for me to sew more with napped fabrics. I don’t think I’ve ever been this drawn to corduroy as I am this season. The 70s fashion friend made a huge comeback this year along with its cousin velvet. And I can’t seem to get enough of them. I love wearing white jeans all year long. So a pair of white cords just made sense. I searched and found this amazing fabric: Whisper White Short-Piled Stretch Cotton Corduroy. The cords are so subtle that the fabric looks like velvet. Either way, this fabric is so […]
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 […]
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 […]
An Achromatic Jacket
After making Vogue 1493, a Koos pattern, as a gift, I decided I needed a version for myself. Not sure how I decided something for ME should be black and white, but it’s definitely the loudest black and white around! I chose two thick woven cotton blends from the shirting floor at Mood NY, which also houses leather, jersey, Liberty, wax print, denim, and a small section of this sort of snuggly thing. I go to this particular section of shelving a LOT. (A great online combo awaits here and here!) To be honest, that sleeve is not on purpose! […]