Cotton Stretch Sateen
Baby or bridal shower, garden party or luncheon, I’ve got a blooming dress to wear My fabric, a blue/green/white floral cotton stretch sateen is only one of many from Mood Fabrics’ delightful collection of cotton stretch sateens! With Spring in full bloom, I was craving a bouquet of my own and selected Butterick 6048, View C for its whimsical cutout shoulders. What I thought would be an easy sew became quite eventful, but the sateen beautifully held its own against multiple bastings, the frixon pen and a busy seam ripper. The dress is designed as a pullover (with a center back seam), but after [...]
Kitty Cat Print Shirtdress!
Hello everyone! And happy last day of March! Please excuse my frizzy hair and general unkempt-ness in these photos. Our weather of late has decided to be mild, but sticky, overcast, and permanently threatening rain, but never delivering – like living inside a cloud. Good for the plants, but not so great for looking polished and put-together! But that’s ok! Frizzy hair and melting makeup can’t put a damper on my enthusiasm for this new dress! March is my birthday month and I always like to work on something a little extra special as a bit of a gift to [...]
Emerald Cotton Riding Jacket
We all have a list. Whether you’ve collected it into a spreadsheet or Pinterest board, whether it’s posted above your sewing machine or lodges only in your mind, amorphous and ever-changing, every sewist has one. The list of dream projects. Mine is filled with all sorts of garments, from swirling velvet cloaks to exact replicas of every costume from Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s rare that I actually sew something off this list, because how often do I need a floor length lavender silk gown with a bateau neckline? Sometimes, though, real world needs and dream projects collide. Such was the [...]
Classic Navy and White for Spring!
A navy blazer is classic and timeless. It’s also essential to my wardrobe and the reason I needed to feel that hole. I’d run across this fabulous Theory Uniform Navy Striped Stretch Cotton-Linen Blend from Mood Fabrics.com. I knew it would be perfect for a jacket. I selected Vogue Patterns 1439, from designer Anne Klein. I love Anne Klein patterns. The styles, especially the jackets and pants have excellent tailored details and classically-chic styles. Here is the ready-to-wear version which is currently sold out. I cut the size 14. I like to give myself room with jackets. Even though this is [...]
Silk Crepe Blouse + Corduroy Skirt
As much as I love the ease and guaranteed matching of making a dress, I also really really love sewing separates. To prevent the dreaded “closet orphan” (that one piece that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet), I always try to choose fabric and styles that will mix and match with things already existing in my wardrobe. Black and white polka dots and mustard tend to go with everything, so this particular duo was a no-brainer! The blouse is made from some gorgeous black and white polka dotted silk crepe that I bought at Mood Fabrics while in [...]
Colorful menswear for spring!
Spring makes me want more color in my wardrobe. And in everyone else’s! I worked on two additional projects this month I wanted to share. One is a wacky and wonderful knit sweater I made for myself and the other is a long-sleeved dress shirt in an Easter-y palette I made for my partner, Michael. First, the sweater. I found this wonderful wool blend Italian knit — a one-yard bolt end — at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I loved the saturated colors, which immediately made me think of The Simpsons – very cartoonish. It also has raised areas, like a topographical [...]
Hit And Miss
Please excuse the pseudo artsy filtered image, but this little floaty top makes me feel like I’m walking around in a real life Instagram. Wait, hold on… There you go! Back to reality. CLOSE UP REALITY. Where you can see aaaaaallllll of the wrinkles in my second pair of Birkin Flares! I consider this pair practice in the process of making jeans, not so much a win in the process of filling the holes in my separates closet. The fabric, a Marc Jacobs denim, has far too much stretch for this pattern, which is hit-you-over-the-head obvious in the fabric content– [...]
Black & White Lace Easter Dress
I got started on my Easter dress early this year so I wouldn’t run out of time like I usually do. I fell in love with this Pamella Roland designer Vogue pattern the minute I laid eyes on it. I had to have THE EXACT SAME DRESS as the example on the envelope. But, you know, I have a lot of projects swimming around in my head at any given time, and I was willing to wait for just the right fabric to come along. When Mood Fabrics posted this Theory black cotton guipure lace a while back, I shouted [...]
Caped in Sweet Grape Faux Fur! Isn’t It Spring?
Yikes! It’s almost Spring. So why did I decide to make this cape? Because this sweet grape acrylic faux fur (#306542) is beautiful. Spring is not yet sprung in the mid-west. Days are sunny about 55 degrees, while night time temperatures drop to the mid or upper 40′s. I’ll get at least a few wears before warmer days truly come my way. Then when fall returns, I’m ready for it. Just as the season is changing the availability of some heavier fabrics are no longer available at Mood’s online store. Maybe this lovely textured textile will return for the fall [...]