A Red Wool Designer Coat
When Vogue Patterns originally released V1419, a coat designed by Ralph Rucci, I’ll admit – my first impression was to hate it. It wasn’t until I went to NYC at the end of this summer and actually tried on the designer original at the McCall Pattern Company offices (wind machine was an added bonus!) that I realized the coat was actually pretty awesome and I needed a version for myself. That’s when the watercolor painting started… … which in turn meant that a coat was bound to happen sooner or later! My coat is the result of an intense sewalong [...]
Wool Challis Men’s Shirt with a 70′s Vibe!
There are two ways to purchase fabric: 1) with a specific project in mind, or 2) because you’re blown away by its beauty and you decide what to do with it later. I’m usually in the former camp, but last summer I stumbled upon a stunning wool challis print I couldn’t resist. Why was I even looking in the wool challis section of Mood Fabrics’ New York store when I didn’t even know what wool challis WAS? Kismet, I guess! (There’s not a lot of wool challis available currently at Mood Fabrics online, so please call the store if you’re [...]
Navy Blue is the New Black!
I have an affinity for black. I usually have to show self-restraint in order to not stock my sewing studio with black fabric. So when I came across this gorgeous navy blue, I awarded myself a reprieve. I mean, it’s dark but it’s not black so that makes it okay! This Mood Fabrics fabulous find, a dark navy woven is from designer Theory. And just as stunning as this fabric is, it’s equally unusual. It’s a woven with 2-way stretch that feels and sews like a neoprene. It’s magical when used on a structured garment as my skirt and also [...]
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 [...]