Shake, Shimmer and Sparkle!
Vogue 1288 has been on my to sew list for a while. So long, that the pattern is currently out-of-print. I knew from the beginning that I would always make this dress using a sequin fabric. It was just meant for it. Then I ran across this perfect Blue and white Pailette Sequin Fabric at Mood Fabrics.com. It was kismet! I cut the pattern size 12 and lengthened by 3 inches. The sequin pailettes are sporadically placed on a polyester mesh backing, so I decided to underline it with this polyester stretch crepe de chine. But when I tried it [...]
The Summer of Paisley
Sometimes, a girl needs an extra-loud dress to get her through the horrendously hot and humid days of mid-July. I can’t say that I’ve ever considered myself much of a fan of paisley – some of the prints and colors remind me a little too much of the awful ties my dad work to work in the early 90s. Maybe it was less the print itself and more the recollection of the terrible fiber content. At any rate, I’ve never really been drawn to it, but something about this particular blue print at Mood Fabrics just took my breath away. [...]
A Navy Cotton Voile Overlap Blouse
This summer I’ve been living in my silk crepe de chine Style Arc Dotty blouse. I’m sure it’s terrible to admit that I do this, but I’ve learned that if I stick it in the dryer for a few minutes on the lowest heat setting, then it comes out nice and bouncy and wrinkle free. I then want to wear it as soon as it comes out. So, when I saw this sold out Helmut Lang top, I realized it was time to make another. This time though I wanted to try it out a different fabric – one that was [...]
Are you shocked to see me in blue? With a black tank top, no less?! Me too. A warm toned gal, I am I am, so obviously the wall needed to bend to my fiery will. And once again, I’ve bent to the will of Anna Sui. This bolt of luscious linen positively leapt out from the shelf at Mood NY and punched me in the heartstrings. Surprise surprise, selvedge says: it’s Sui. If memory serves, I grabbed 2 yards, and immediately kicked myself when I got home and got to thinking. I wanted a maxi skirt to make the most [...]
Feathers and Flowers – Simplicity 1103
Feathers not flowers! At first glance of this colorful summer print, you think flowers. I liked the placement of the feathers and decided to order two colors of this print, with the second one being the black, teal, red, and green. This stretch cotton twill is light and breezy. It has a smooth hand and sews up with no problem; easy breezy. Don’t let the audacious print intimidate you. It’s perfect for summer dresses, tops, and pants. Some people believe that less is more. I believe it depends on how the “more” comes together to complete the desired look. I’m [...]
Blue and White Cotton Skirt with Pop of Red Top
Recently, Mike (the hubby) and I were heading to a casual event and I went to grab a summer skirt to wear. It seemed like the perfect separate for the weather and with a cute top, I would be neither over or under dressed. Now you are probably guessing where this is going, yes, you are right. I had no cute summer skirt. This seems so not right, sewing skirts is a fun and quick project, right? I went with Burda 6904, a pattern I have been wanting to make for quite some time. The fabric is the [...]
Pretty Poplin Pajamas!
Hi, guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and if you celebrated Canada Day or the 4th of July, that your weekends were extra festive! OK, while I have, overall, a really serviceable wardrobe that’s really starting to reflect my style, I have to admit that when it comes to the “unseen” items, the situation is dire. Socks, underwear, pajamas… they’re all in sad, sorry shape! Since I began to sew very seriously a few years ago, I just haven’t had the interest in shopping, but it’s also seemed quite silly to spend time sewing things that will [...]
Cotton Poplin with Stretch!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! You survived another year, and I made a new dress to celebrate! One of the things I look for when shopping online are fabrics that will work well together, and I had no doubts about these off-white and navy Celtic inspired stretch cotton poplins. from Mood Fabrics. Cotton poplin with the addition of spandex is a dream come true for casual Summer sewing! Crisp, lightweight and minimal wrinkling – what more can I want? Using my own pattern I sewed the bodice with the navy background poplin saving the reverse fabric for the collar, placket and [...]
A Raspberry Floral Sundress
There are some fabrics you have to buy. They scream your name from across a store (or website, in this case), demanding that you take them home and turn them into a garment that is perfectly you. Y’all, this Very Berry Floral Cotton from Mood Fabrics is that fabric, for me. I mean, just look at it! It’s brightly colored, full of swishy body, and covered in flowers. This light, airy cotton is deeply feminine, but still very grown-up, thanks to the watercolor quality of the flowers. This is fabric love, y’all. So, of course, I turned it into a [...]