Vogue 1507 | Paisley + Pinstripes Print Mixing!
I’ve never been the biggest fan of prints, so when I find some that I like, it’s true love! I fell in love with this crisp Dark Midnight Paisley Printed Cotton Poplin which is unfortunately sold out, but there is still some available in the yellow colorway. I knew it would be great for this top. And since I knew that I would be making the pants also, I wanted a complimenting fabric, so I picked this Italian Navy Pinstriped Blended Linen. It’s a cotton/linen blend with 1% of polyester. Just enough to keep them from wrinkling like crazy. Vogue 1507, [...]
Bright Floral Top for Spring!
Hi Everyone! I hope if you’re in the northern hemisphere you’re starting to feel the presence of spring! Here in my little corner of Texas we like to skip the whole transitional season thing and move right into summer. After living here for 6 years I’ve finally resigned myself to this and just accepted the fact that I shouldn’t become to invested in cold weather sewing. The truth is I will always get much more wear out of an extensive warm weather wardrobe than I will wool coats – no matter how fun they are to sew! This month I [...]
Silk Jersey Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress
Meet my new favorite dress. OH DON’T BE COY SHOW US THE FRONT I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself [...]
A Gold Linen Skirt
I blame the pregnancy. Both last pregnancy and this pregnancy I’ve felt a noticeable slump in my creativity. Last time I was able to channel what little creative and DIY energy I could find into just two things: my science and my sewing. Everything else just kind of got left behind. At the time I wasn’t sure what was going on, but since it’s happening again, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with how my body adjusts to being pregnant. And, unfortunately for my sewing, this time the two things getting all the creative love I can muster seem [...]
Silk Faille Prom Dress
You read that title right – I made a prom dress this month! And not for a high schooler (please, we all know I’m not that unselfish), but an actual prom dress for myself Before you get too skeeved out at the idea of a 30 year old attending prom, I should point out that my best friend is a high school English teacher, and thus gets 2 free tickets every year. I weaseled my way into being her date because I wanted an excuse to make a fancy dress. Wouldn’t you do the same? My first advice for anyone [...]
Sleeveless Striped Metallic Knit Top
After last month’s complex Easter dress, I decided to keep it simple for April and make a knit top in a pattern I’ve used before with good results. The pattern is Jalie 2921. I used Mood Fabric’s oyster/brown gray metallic striped cotton jersey knit. A couple months ago I’d bought a cut of it along with its matching larger stripe for a different knit top, but the project bombed. However, I liked the fabric so much that I got another 1.5 yards and went for a garment I knew would turn out. Since I wanted more of a casual look [...]
Princely purple silk Faille with sparkling black jersey knit – Vogue 8980 and Vogue 1314
There is something magical about the color purple. Yes, it’s noticeable, vibrant, and regal. It’s a royal color worn by noble throughout the ages. The color purple is also associated with power, ambition, luxury, wealth, dignity, grandeur, peace, independence, and wisdom. So, you can understand why I am drawn to the color. It symbolizing many qualities that I am or hope to be. Simply, it is beautiful and I love the many shades of it. I paired this mysterioso purple silk faille with an audience high-low full skirt, Vogue 8980. It’s not your typical box [...]
Linen Stripe Jacket
Linen and warmer temperatures just go together, right? When I spotted this Rag and Bone Linen on Mood Fabrics site, I knew I had to have it. The fabric is sold by the panel and I ordered 2 panels which was just enough to squeeze out this jacket. Now what to make with this fabulous linen? I found some ideas on Pinterest, mainly unstructured tops with some fun play on the stripes. That seemed like a good idea to start but I wasn’t quite sure. Next step was to look through my patterns and I found Vogue [...]
Introducing the boxtop, a new menswear garment!
Men’s fashion doesn’t change very quickly, so every once in a while I like to give it a little push. The idea of combining a dress shirt with boxers isn’t original to me. Back in the 1920′s, Arrow offered something similar. (Notice how the Arrow shirt buttons up the right leg.) More recently, a French company has begun marketing a shirt/boxer combo called the calchemise, which I wrote about earlier this month on my blog. My readers were ambivalent and, initially, I was too. So I decided to make one and see for myself. For my version, I used a [...]