Carolina Herrera Stretch Silk Dress

I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill  from Mood Fabrics.  I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress. I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before. Vogue 9047 (now out of print but available on Etsy and other online sources). While the ‘original’ dress is a sheath, my dress features an empire waist giving me more control with the fitting through […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade

  Santa Baby, Leave a sable underneath the tree for me…… 🙂 While waiting for Santa, I sewed one more holiday dress, this one for a January wedding. I have never seen a Carolina Herrera I didn’t love which includes this cobalt blue paisley silk-blend brocade from Mood Fabrics. Yum……. I was sold on the color alone until the fabric arrived. The quality of this brocade is unlike any I have seen or touched. It’s that good, and once again I was scared to cut my fabric. What would Carolina do? Santa baby……. give me an answer! I made a […]

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The Lurex Woven Peplum Blazer

This peplum blazer is made from this gorgeous Carolina Herrera novelty fabric. Stone-colored, it combines “black threads with graphite, gray with soft silvery strands, in a textured weave that can scarcely be described as medium-weight with the prettiest subtle sheen,” from Mood Fabrics.  And it was perfect for this collarless jacket! When I think Carolina Herrera, my first thoughts are elegance and sophistication. So I wanted to create something that would do this beautiful fabric justice. I chose New Look 6231. Even with the pleated peplum, the lines of this jacket are simple and uncomplicated.  A perfect way to highlight […]

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An Alien Fabric

And here endeth the outdoor shots for this particular post.  IT IS FRIGID OUTSIDE, even for my snow foolery behind.  And although there’s a lovely amount of wool in this Caroline Herrera yardage (similar here), it’s not the sort meant to keep you cozy. Que moody shots!  I had no idea we could get such extraterrestrial light in our bedroom in the middle of the day.  Weird, man.  The alien landscape must have affected me, think I could crack a smile?  Inside I’m positively gleeful, I love this crazy dress tunic top thingamajig! Let me start at the beginning. I […]

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Carolina Herrera Brocade Dress

When I first laid eyes on this brocade at Mood, I thought it was very striking but had no idea what to do with it. I didn’t want an entire dress made from it because that would be too fancy for my lifestyle. While perusing some design magazines on vacation, I ran across a dress with a bunch of folds around the neckline that I wanted to copy, but then couldn’t find the right pattern in my stash. Enter this Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pattern. It had the fitted bodice that I find most flattering on my small bust, and the […]

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Italian Riviera Peplum

  Whew! You have no idea how excited I am to finally have this peplum “dress” completed. It’s taken me over a month from cutting the fabric, to prepping the fabric, to putting in the last hand stitches. Since the peplum and skirt are actually two separate pieces, construction took twice as long as I expected. But, I did my best to not skimp on any of the steps – except maybe that last press to get the garment into ideal photo shape. Why not cut a corner here or there? Because this garment is actually destined to end up […]

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Carolina Herrera Brocade Jacket

  I sure have missed my blogging friends! I have been so eager to post anything just to say hello while I was taking care of a patient, hosting a party at my home followed by entertaining out-of-town company immediately upon returning from our unforgettable vacation to the Mediterranean. The patient is fine, the party was fun, the company found its way to a football game in Florida, and I hit the sewing machine after a four-week break. I imagined this beautiful brocade from Mood Fabrics as numerous garments: My husband suggested I make a close-fitting special occasion dress which […]

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