Long, long ago back in… July, this beautiful brocade caught my eye. The rich jewel tones sparkled against my brown complexion. I saw the perfect holiday dress. I bet you’re thinking, holiday dress in July? Yeap. I wanted it to be ready when for the first big holiday event rolled around. Typically, I make myself a birthday dress. And that dress is usually white or off-white. My birthday falls on the week of our annual Women’s conference. This year I wanted to change it up a bit. No white dress for me. This jewel toned [...]
Hooray for Houndstooth
I often succumb to trends, in that I squirm uncomfortably over an endless parade of a suddenly coveted item, break down and snag everything I need to make it mine, then sit on my supplies until the trend is over and make something else. This ginormous houndstooth wool sent me in the opposite direction. When she arrived from Mood Fabrics, I thought I’d make a sleek tailored blazer out of her (but you know, super chunky. Obviously). However, when we got home, she whispered to me—actually she yelled at me, I mean, look at the size of that print: DON’T YOU [...]
A Black Kitten for Halloween
Happy Halloween everyone! When I was prioritizing my sewing plans for this month (so many plans, so little time!), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make baby girl a costume for her very first Halloween. She just loves cats, and I thought it would be pretty easy to make her a cat costume. Well, more like a kitten costume! First, I needed a little fabric. I chose Mood Fabric’s black wool crepe because of course she had to be a black cat. It is Halloween after all! Next, I needed a cute pattern. I dug through my stash and came up with the Oliver + S [...]
An Italian Wool Draped Coat
Yes I’m a crazy Australian sewing a wool jacket in spring… it’s for my ‘cold-break’ summer holiday in January. It’s one of those fabrics when you see it – you just need to own it. Well, that’s how it was for me anyway. I loved this Italian Carolina Herrera Black/White/Blended Blue Plaid Suiting from Mood Fabrics as soon as I saw it. I’m a complete sucker for anything blue. I adored how the weave of this plaid produces almost a holographic look and graduates softly between black/white/blue. It’s not a harsh plaid with solid lines. It is lovely to sew [...]
White hot leather mini!
Why hello there! I hope everyone’s been enjoying their autumn, and you’re all gearing up for some Halloween festivities this week! I’ll probably be hunkering down at home, donning sweatpants, and curling up with a giant bowl of popcorn and some knitting to watch a lame, not-so-scary scary movie (because I’m a giant wuss). We are just party animals over here! I’ve been pretty excited that the weather here has decided to cool down just a smidgen so I can start pulling out all the lovely, heavier weight fabrics I’ve been hoarding since late summer. I was absolutely ecstatic to see [...]
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 [...]
A Tweed Skirt for Autumn
There are some projects that begin so perfectly, with just the right match of fabric to pattern, that the universe has to step in and make things more exciting, so that a seamstress doesn’t get too smug. That’s my theory anyhow. Despite being a relatively straightforward pattern, the making of this skirt was filled with calamity! You wouldn’t know to look at it now, of course. It’s all tweedy and prim, with that lovely houndstooth lulling one into dreams of autumn, as if it hasn’t caused a thousand headaches. Don’t be fooled. This skirt may be cute, but it’s evil. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]