Boldly Waiting for Spring in Red and White Cotton Print
Oh My, I would love for spring to come and stay in Chi-town for at least a week. But I guess Chicago weather is what it normally is. We have two seasons: summer and winter. The week before Mother’s Day we had temperatures in the 80′s. But on Mother’s Day is was cold and damp. I was ready to show off my big hat and new dress when all hopes were dashed by the cumulative clouds and the strong trade winds of my fair city. But I braved the chill to take a few photos on Monday and Thursday. This [...]
City Breezes in Silk Chiffon
I’m smiling but I don’t mean it. Really what I’m doing is grimacing at this janky, but quiet, corner of the city I minced about in for 30 minutes, trying to grab a few uninterrupted timer shots, my photographer having Actual Things To Attend To. Here’s me looking at the cop parked a few feet away. This is Vogue 9076 in Famous Designer Silk Chiffon. I imagine this dress wafting about in a sunlit field in the south of France, not so much grazing the mix of concrete, dirt and graffiti at hand. Hey, here’s me NOT sitting on the ground! [...]
Tigerlily Orange Top & Burnished Gold Jeans
I’m not terribly proud to admit this, but there is quite a bit of inspiration that comes by way of my boss’ closet. Before that sounds too weird, let me backtrack – I work as a Personal Assistant, and part of my job is handling the laundry (no groans here – I actually really love doing laundry. Seriously!). My employer is pretty fashionable, and LOVES shopping, so there are constantly new pieces going in the closet and getting subsequently filed away in my mental inspiration folder. Such is the case with this outfit – light colored jeans and a coral [...]
A Spring Dress in Lightweight Wool Knit
This month I made a dress using a rose floral wool knit from Mood fabrics. The slight translucency of the fabric reminded me of the envelope example from Vogue 1285, which I have waited 3 years to find the perfect fabric for. I’ve never worked with this thin of a wool knit before and was afraid the fabric would stick to itself too much, especially at the front skirt overlay. Thankfully that wasn’t an issue. Since this fabric contains some wool, it’s a slightly warm dress, and I’ll probably save it for early fall or spring of next year. I’ve [...]
Bright Blue Wrap Dress
Here it is – the bright blue wrap dress that I’ve had on my dream sewing list forever. Made from one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys, this wrap dress has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to make a wrap dress as long as I’ve been sewing, even though, as I said back in November, I have never been quite convinced a wrap dress was a good style for my figure. Still, I wanted to give it a try. I had earmarked this particular silk jersey since I thought the color would be stunning as a wrap dress. (As an aside, a resent computer [...]
Stretch cotton border print set!
Man, is my man good at making me look tall! Went for my annual physical last week, and was, as always, SHOCKED to be told I am just barely all of 5’2. Surely there’s something wrong with their equipment. I mean, look at me. I’M GIGANTIC. You know, I enjoy my delusions. Like the assumption that I can keep track of multiple sewing projects. I cannot. As my beloved grandmother always used to say, I got a head like a sieve. Actually my noodle is pretty good at multitasking. I’m at my most happy place when I’m infatuated by multiple [...]
Patterned Culottes and a Stripey Tee
Hey friends! Hope everyone’s April is winding down nicely. I have a question for all you fabric enthusiasts out there – do you buy fabric with a project in mind, or do you buy fabric, because ooh pretty?? I’d say more often than not I try to buy fabric with a project in mind, or I’ll go browsing online and see if a fabric sparks my interest and becomes the catalyst for some sewing inspiration. But either way, once I hit the ‘buy’ button, I generally have an inkling about what I want the fabric to be used for. Every once [...]
Colorful Spring Separates!
Last month, I spent a long weekend in NYC. Since I’m a practical person with adult priorities, this meant that I spent 2 days shopping in the Garment District, with most of my time being focused on the Mood Fabrics flagship store. Don’t even judge me. Wait until I show you what I got my hands on, first. Do you see that navy and white striped fabric??? Ok, go ahead and judge. I’ll wait. As much as I love ordering from the Mood Fabrics website from the comfort of my own home (and in the comfort of my underwear, because, [...]
Electric Blue Neoprene Blazer!
Hi, guys! Hope everyone is well! Let’s talk for a minute about fabric fads. Sometimes a fabric seems to get popular overnight and show up everywhere all at once! Neoprene is one of those fabrics. It’s suddenly everywhere! I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I’ve mostly seen it used for bodycon dresses or skirts and that’s just not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bright blue Alexander Wang neoprene at Mood NYC, I had one thought: BLAZER! (Check out Mood’s selection of neoprene here!) Now, neoprene is an unusual choice for a blazer, but [...]