Take One – Two Sides, Please

  Fall time which means I can make a new coat, I love making coats!  I was looking through Mood’s site and found this incredible fabric.  It is Mood Fabrics’ Tan and Gray Printed Cotton Twill with Navy Reverse Face  and it is such great fabric, it deserves a long name. This fabric intrigued me right away and while I was waiting for it arrive, I started dreaming of what to sew.  I decided a statement coat, which seems to be trendy in RTW, a bit like this one.  After I have an idea, it is time for a pattern, […]

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Transitioning to Fall In Oscar De La Renta Checkered Coat

    Transitioning to Fall in Chicago can be a mixture of three seasons on any given day.  We could start with cool, crisp sunny morning.  By mid-day it’s hotter than July.  Then early evening, it’s cloudy and raining.  We are so lucky.  It’s not every day that this happens.  Most days it is one or the other.  😉     The good thing is we experience every season, which gives us opportunities to wear many different styles and weights of clothing.  I’m happy to have many coats of all weights and styles.  My new  Oscar De La Renta Checkered […]

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Snow Day (Faux) Fur Coat!

Hi, guys! Hope all is well with you, and that if you’re here in the northeast, you’re not too tired from digging yourselves out of the snow! I must confess to secretly being glad about the snowfall… what better excuse to wear my new faux fur coat?! Friends, I’ve wanted a coat like this for many years (to be exact, since I first saw The Royal Tenenbaums way back in 2001). I’m so excited to finally have one! I know that sewing with faux fur can be intimidating to many, but at the workshop where I began working this past […]

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Hot Pink Wool Coat

I am not fond of winter. Having lived my entire life in south Texas, I am a winter wimp. The only thing I do like about cold weather is the reason to wear cute outerwear. For the past 3 or 4 years I have purchased a coat in January after they are all put on sale, and have the standard colors of beige, black and white. (Also yellow, but that’s not exactly a standard color.) This year I decided to try my hand at making one in a bright hue. I swatched this bright pink and purple checked wool from […]

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Fuchsia Bouclé Coat!

Hi, guys! I hope that you’re all well and enjoying the holiday season! I’m really excited to share this garment with you today. I worked on it for a really long time, so I’m very happy to be wearing it finally! I knew that I wanted to try a coat in this silhouette when I first saw one about a year ago. The cocoon-y shape paired with dropped shoulders makes for a really interesting and fun look. I’d planned to make one last spring, but couldn’t quite get things together, so I was determined to make one this fall. Well, […]

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One last coat for cool spring nights

      My most sincere apologies, I might have brought the cold weather back with this coat. Mea culpa.  BUT WOULDJA LOOKIT THAT INTERIOR.  HOW COULD I RESIST?! One of the great things about visiting  Mood Fabrics in person: you get to know the people there, who in turn know the fabric.  When I ran up to my favorite top floor, my angel Eric greeted me with his sunbeam of a smile and said I have a couple things I think you might like. I knew I wouldn’t even have to browse that day. He has me pegged. This woven piece of madness is […]

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Oscar de la Renta Wool Cape

With an unexpected two days off from work from Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy back in November, I got to business in my sewing room. I decided to sew three ‘quick’ unplanned projects that could be finished within three weeks. First, I finished up my Tracy Reese Dress (Part I of the Sandy Collection), sewed up my second Purple Friday dress (Part II of the Sandy Collection) and then moved on to this Vogue 8776 cape (the closing piece in the Sandy Collection runway show). I first spotted this cape on Erica B. in 2011 and it was lust at […]

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Inspiration Strikes: Jackets!

Hello, everyone! Did you make any sewing plans for the new year? I’m really excited about making heaps of garments this year, but I think I’m most looking forward to sewing my first jacket! But what kind of jacket should I make?? I love the idea of a classic wool jacket (have you SEEN Erica’s gorgeous pea coat?), but in my quest to add more color to my winter wardrobe, I’m trying to avoid navy and black. So what about starting with a classic pea coat silhouette… …and pumping it up with some bright color?! Whoa! This is a whole […]

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