My Dreamsicle Summer Dress
Summer is officially here! It’s been hot and sticky in Chicago off and on for the past several weeks. Summer time is a great time to show off brightly colored floaty skirts and dresses. Several weeks ago I stumbled upon this beautiful light weight cotton blend with a velvet flocked floral pattern and burnout flowers. I simply had to have it. So I quickly ordered five yards of it to make a special summer dress. The color of the fabric reminds me of Dreamsicle ice cream. Back in the day, when a ice cream bar was only 15 cents. Dreamsicles [...]
Minty Summer Separates!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! So, today’s project is a bit of a different one for me. I’ve been wanting a full, mint green skirt for the longest time, and it’s finally warm enough to wear one! I chose a creamy cotton voile (here’s a similar color that’s absolutely gorgeous!), thinking it would be nice and light for summer. It’s not totally opaque, but I left it unlined- I can always wear a slip if I want to. You don’t really need a pattern for a skirt this simple, but I was inspired by Pattern Runway’s free Easy Gathered [...]
Men’s cotton-linen jacket/pants ensemble + mesh t-shirt
Summer is nearly upon us and that means summer heat. Here in New York City, however, one can’t live just in shorts and tank tops: we’re a bit more formal (well, most of the time). The trick is to dress up in lightweight, all-natural fabrics. I found this beautiful denim-colored cotton-linen blend at Mood Fabrics and picked up three yards without a specific project in mind. (You can see Mood’s wide assortment of linen blends here.) It has a marvelous hand — crisper than pure linen and less prone to wrinkling, but still with lovely drape (especially after laundering). I [...]
Sweet Silk Cherries
Confession: I don’t like cherries. Not to eat, anyway. What I do like, though, is stuff with cherries printed on it (actually, let’s be honest – I like anything with fruit printed on it! Too adorable!). Any fruit-printed fabric that I come across is immediately snapped up and sewn into something painfully adorable. And while most of these fabrics tend to be printed on quilting weight cotton (or silk chiffon, for whatever strange reason. No, really, who is buying all that crazy printed silk chiffon? REVEAL YOURSELF, I want to see what you’re making!), occasionally I stumble across a diamond [...]
Theory Striped Maxi
Once again, the spirits of Marcy the Medium have influenced my fabric selection! “You need more yellow in your life,” she stated. I think I ordered the best yellow a n y t h i n g ever available, for Mood Fabrics’ Theory Light Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend has more than surpassed my expectations! I wasn’t ready to put away the pattern from my last project (New Look 6210) quite yet – especially since the fit had been tweeked to perfection. Besides, I had set out to make a maxi and ended up with a short dress. The phenomenal drape of [...]
The Bold Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe De Chine Romper!
Summer is in full-effect here in the South. And cool, casual, chic and comfy looks are required. And one of my favorite summer fabrics is silk crepe de chine. I love it in everything and I can always find a garment that it’ll be perfect for.
Navy is the Color for My Summer Wardrobe
I don’t know about you but for me navy and white just seems like the perfect summertime colors. It might just be me as I do have a thing for blues, it is my favorite color. After participating in Me Made May, I realized I needed more summer clothing. It is heating up here in Missouri and if you spend anytime in the humidity here, natural fibers do help to combat the heat and humidity. Mood Fabrics’ Navy and White Stretch Cotton (which is sold out but here is a blue stripe ) is just so perfect for my [...]
Strips And Stripes
When I ordered this striped cotton voile at Mood Fabrics online, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. But white-n-black combos were on sale, and if something on sale piques my interest, that’s a chance to get enough yardage to fearlessly cut and piece and drape till I like what I see. (Apparently I’m not the only squirrel, she’s gone online, but there are more striped voiles here, and peep that blue floral one!) Signs that I am binge watching Game Of Thrones: there are no zips, no snaps, there are only drawstrings. They made [...]
Comfortable Summer Color-Blocking
Good afternoon, everyone! It’s officially summer down here in Texas — temperatures blazing above 90 degrees and heavy thunderstorms brewing across the state. Even better, school is out for a few months! Since most of my break will be spent putting the finishing touches on my dissertation, I opted for comfort with this month’s Mood Sewing Network piece. A comfortable, classic knit dress sounded heavenly! Luckily, Mood Fabrics has the most divine selection of cotton jerseys. Seeing as this dress was going to be a simple silhouette, I opted to mix things up with my fabric choice. Instead of going [...]