To Trim or Not To Trim?
Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season. While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués! To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the [...]
Silk Cotton Maxi Dress
Last month, four yards of watery silk cotton slipped though my fingers for what felt like four years. Intended as my birthday dress, this beautiful headache went unworn, until I donned it for these pictures. To be honest, I put it in a time-out so many times, it has an aura of irritation about it that has yet to dissipate. Perhaps it needs a good dry cleaning, or a smudge stick. It’s not so much that I don’t like the finished product…I don’t like the memory of the work that went into it! But that’s not the fabric’s fault. The [...]
Silk Chiffon Button Up
It’s that time of the year again – when the shops are screaming FAAAAAALLL (Wool caps! Corduroy bottoms! Pumpkin spice everything!) but our temperatures are still firmly stuck in summertime. While I’m not ridiculous enough to pull on my Ugg boots when it’s still 100 degrees outside (LOL JK I don’t own Uggs hahaha) (but seriously, Ugg-watching in 100 degree weather at the ritzy mall is absolutely my favorite pasttime during these months), I still want to at least look the part of the changing seasons, which still complying with the temperatures outside. For me, that means colors and silhouettes [...]
A Linen Dress for Late Summer
Good morning, lovelies! While I would love to start in on fall sewing–warm sweaters, swirling skirts, and cozy coats, oh my!–it’s still dreadfully hot in Texas. As someone whose sewing is heavily tied to immediate wardrobe needs, that means summer clothes are skulking about my sewing room for a little longer. One of the pieces I’ve been plotting all season is a simple linen dress. I love linen on warm days, don’t you? It’s breathable, full of gorgeous movement, and often weighty enough to go unlined. Despite its notorious tendency to wrinkle, it’s also unquestionably elegant. Linen dresses bring to [...]
Ruffles for Fall 2016!
I am currently working on transional garments, pieces that I can wear now and later. I’m also embracing some of Fall 2016′s hottest trends – Ruffles. I love a black and white outfit. These separates get the most mileage in my wardrobe. So let me tell you about these pieces: This Black Stretch Silk Georgette top is modified from Vogue 1308, which is a jumpsuit pattern. I took the bodice and lengthened it and I eliminated the back zipper to create a tuckable, pullover top. I doubled the asymmetrical ruffle for added volume and finished them with a rolled [...]
Chartreuse Summer Sewing
Phew! It was so hot when I was taking these photos!! Miraculously I look fairly cool and collected, but trust me, friends, I was anything but! My serene countenance has everything to do with this Month’s Mood Sewing Network make. This dress makes me feel like a Summer goddess, y’all! I bought a couple generous yards of this Limeade/White Tribal Leaf Print Viscose Crepe from Mood Fabrics online a few months back, thinking it might make a nice maxi dress one of these days. It was actually a bit of a funny purchase for me because I can honestly say, prior to this [...]
It is August, summer is winding down and I am frantically sewing. Particularly, those last few summer projects I really want to finish before fall gets here. Anyone else like that? A floral blazer has been on my list since May and I found the perfect fabric, Mood Fabrics’ Blue/White Floral Pique. The fabric is all cotton and was a dream to sew. If that floral isn’t quite your colors, Mood Fabrics has so many great florals. For the lining, I went with this aqua charmeuse but used the matte side on my jacket. I love the shiny [...]
A Final Dress for Summer in Striped Embroidered Cotton
When it comes to picking new projects, I am inspired by both fabric choice and pattern choice pretty equally. This time it was the pattern that drove my decisions. I just adored Vogue 1499 when it was released this past spring. What really makes this design special is the way the stripes are laid out – front and back bodice on the cross grain, sides on and angle, pleated skirt a continuation of the cross grain. Shortly after I bought the pattern Mood posted a black & white striped floral embroidered cotton woven to their website. Perfect! I’ll take 2 [...]
FIRST for FALL — Men’s Camo-Print Wool Jacket!
This month I decided I was through with summer sewing and ready to create some cool cool-weather clothes. Last winter, at Mood Fabrics in New York City, I had stumbled upon a wonderful piece of camo-print wool knit — the end of a bolt, alas, and only one yard. The fabric is soft and fuzzy (maybe some mohair in it?) on the right side and has a knit backing. I knew it would be perfect for outerwear but it would have to be combined with another fabric so I’d have sufficient yardage. I decided to match the camo print with [...]