Liberty on London Silk-Cotton Voile – McCall 7359
Do you want to make a breezy, floaty top for the summer? Well look no further, Mood has a slew of beautiful Liberty on London fabrics that are perfect for light, airy summer tops. It took me a while to settle on Mistral Golden Nutria Silk-Cotton Voile. This beauty has a hint of transparency. The finish is smooth and glossy. The drape is a perfect match for McCall’s 7359. The pattern is described as: pullover tops (semi-fitted through bust) have upper sections extending into sleeves with gathers, front pleated lower sections, and narow hem. A, B: Neck band. B: Shaped [...]
A Marble Print Dress
Hi Everyone, and happy May! It’s getting to be that time of year when I live in dresses. There’s nothing better on a hot, sticky day than throwing on an easy, breezy dress and a pair of sandals, and that’s exactly the type of garments I’ve been interested in sewing lately. In my climate I can really never have too many sundresses! This month for the Mood Sewing Network I decided to delve into this scrumptious Dusty Turquoise/White Marble Rayon Print from Mood Fabrics online. Rayon challis is one of my favorite fabrics to wear. It has many of the same [...]
A Birthday Blouse for Mom!
This week was my mother’s birthday, and I could think of no better gift than a custom-made blouse. I found this beautiful blue and white embroidered eyelet at Mood Fabrics in New York City. It’s cotton and airy and perfect for late spring and summer. (This particular embroidered eyelet seems to be sold out, but you can see others available online here.) One of the great things about this embroidered eyelet is that it’s light enough for a blouse but sturdy enough to be used for more substantial garments, like a jacket or skirt. I used Simplicity 2339, a contemporary [...]
A Purple Safari Dress
“Pose for the camera, sweetie.” The above picture happens. Laughter ensues. And, I realize it’s best to be really literal. From then on I ask her to smile for the camera. But, I learned through the process that getting her to “pose” is one of the best ways to get her to pause long enough to avoid blurry photos. At least until I make the time to read up on ways to take advantage of faster camera shutter speeds! So, you get the wonderfully posed picture above since it’s one of the only ones that clearly shows off the front of my daughter’s [...]
Polka Dot Silk Crepe Bra
Remember that awesome polka dot silk crepe that I used to make a tie neck blouse a couple months ago? Well. I love that fabric and I HATE wasting anything – but thankfully, there’s a solution for using up those tiny pieces of gorgeous silk that might otherwise go unused. Lingerie! Lingerie is also a really fantastic option for giving yourself an excuse to buy really tiny pieces of expensive fabric (see: the floral lace bra I made last year). This is not necessarily the case with this particular project (as I said, I had leftovers – and this silk [...]
Linen Knit Bowline Sweater
Let me introduce you to my new favourite top! This little number was one of those projects led by the fabric. For some reason my favourite handmade garments always begin like that and this one has pretty much only been off my back to be washed since I finished it. I found this Theory Linen Knit in store at Mood Fabrics NYC on my trip last month. Can’t find it online but there are a handful of other gorgeous linen knits or the full Theory range of lovely unusual neutrals. I love a good browse of the Mood website but I [...]
Floral Maxi Skirt
Sometimes you just need something floral and pretty and girly, this fabric met all three criteria and it was love at first sight. The fabric is a Charcoal floral cotton sateen and is almost sold out. Don’t worry there is another colorway and all these other cotton sateens. I had the pattern in mind for this floral sateen and it is Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt. This skirt is a wonderful skirt pattern with lots of flow and bias but be warned, it needs lots of fabric. The amount of fabric? Well, depends on the width, 3.5 yards to 5 yards, so [...]
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 [...]