Printed Silk Maxi Skirt and Bamboo Jersey Bodysuit
Spring finally seems to have arrived here in London, which is a good job as I jumped the gun a little hoping for the warmer weather with my most recent handmade ensemble for the Mood Sewing Network! This gorgeous abstract printed silk georgette jumped out at me from the computer screen back at the end of last year and I couldn’t resist using that month’s allowance to snap up a few yards despite my plans for it being a garment more suited to the warmer months! It’s exactly the kind of organic and non-descript print that I like; to me [...]
A Polka Dot Halter Wrap Dress!
I’ve been really having an eye for vintage patterns lately. I especially like the ones from the 1970s. This one is dated 1980, so it still has that late 70s vibe. This pattern is Simplicity 9704 - Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas front wrap dress with pleated front closing skirt and curved hemline. Tie neckline. I knew that I wanted to make this dress in a silk crepe, so when I started my search of fabrics I lucked up on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Dark Blue (more like cobalt) Polka Dot Silk Crepe from MoodFabrics.com. The hand of this fabric is [...]
Designer Silk Chiffon Panel Top
Spring? Well, here in the Missouri it comes and goes, in fact, Mother Nature is being quite stingy with the nice days. There is a saying here, if you don’t like the weather today in Missouri wait a few days and it will be totally different. My plan is to be a step ahead of Mother Nature and to be ready for spring. I ordered this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ famous designer blue/gray striped geometric silk chiffon panel last month with plans of a flowy top. This fabric is no longer available but no fear, feast your eyes upon these [...]
A Tropical Chambray Dress for Spring
Good evening, friends! Spring has finally arrived in Texas and with it have come my longings for flirty, feminine pastel dresses. Suddenly, all I want to wear are candy colored dresses with sweet, unexpected details. You wouldn’t believe the number of ridiculously frilly Anthropologie numbers I’ve pinned lately. To quench this sartorial impulse, I ordered a length of gorgeous chambray from Mood Fabrics, in the “Paradise Pink Orange” colorway. Believe the description, kittens. In person, this chambray is a very tropical color–bright pink yarn mixing with white for a perfect flamingo color. Maybe it’s my Florida roots speaking, but I [...]
DVF Cotton Lace Skirt
Just a skirt?…… Not to me! When the DVF floral bordered cotton lace arrived on my doorstep last Spring from Mood Fabrics, I knew it deserved the royal treatment, but I didn’t expect this special fabric to be in queue for nearly a year. Greetings from Scottsdale, Arizona, the new hometown of my daughter and son-in-law. It’s only 2,019 miles away from South Carolina. I once heard Susan Khalje say that she could keep someone busy for an entire week sewing a pencil skirt. Now, I know what she means, for I spent one week making my couture pencil skirt. [...]
Carolina Herrerra Silk Metallic Brocade – three piece!
I confess I’ve had this fabric for months and the indecisiveness nearly destroyed me. It was so different to anything I had sewn previously and I was a little stumped… and terrified. 2.5m of Carolina Herrera silk metallic brocade from Mood Fabrics NY! So I spent lots of time draping a fabric over my dressform, wrapping about myself, sewing some small swatches and ironing them helps me better understand what type of garment the fabric might suit best.! I nearly made a Pauline Alice Quart Coat. It would have been perfect… the fabric does crease beautifully into pleats… however I just [...]
Men’s Cotton Slacks and Zip-Front Hoodie
The arrival of spring calls for spring sewing! At Mood Fabrics in NYC I found two beautiful lightweight fabrics I knew I could turn into some classic garments to carry me into the (eagerly awaited) warm weather. The first was a smooth cotton woven with a crisp hand, perfect for a pair of spring or summer dress pants. (You can find similar fabric at Mood here, here, and here.) My second fabric was a denim-colored, brushed cotton twill as plush and drapey as sweatshirt jersey. I decided to use it to make a zip-front hoodie; I may use the remainder [...]
Ralph Lauren Blue Polka Dot Party Dress
Howdy Y’all! I hope everyone is having a good month so far. I’ve always been partial to March because it’s my birthday month, and this year I’m turning 30! So I thought a little party dress was in order. I’ve been undertaking a few complicated, or at least time-cosuming, projects as of late and was in need of a palate cleanser. This dress was exactly that. From cut to finished in two days flat – that’s about as ‘instant gratification’ as my sewing gets! A few months ago I snatched up this Ralph Lauren Dark Blue Polka Dotted Silk Crepe from [...]
Little Plaid Jacket!
Hi, guys! I hope your week is off to a great start! One of my favorite things about sewing clothes is that you can find unique ways to make a style your own. For example, you can take the edgy, menswear-inspired moto jacket, but make it up in pastel lace, and you’ve created a unique look that really shows off your personal style! So, for this little jacket, I wanted to try the classic Chanel-inspired silhouette, but use a casual (and extremely washable!) fabric that screams “me”! I knew right away that I wanted to use a plaid flannel cotton [...]