An (Unplanned)Trio of Denim Kalles

You can probably guess this pattern by sight, though you’re likely confused as to why I’m wearing it IN A SOLID. I’ve got my reasons! Reason #1: My gals Lauren & Sallie both rocked this look in denim hues of linen & chambray, and I could not get their collective loveliness out of my brain. Reason #2: I decided to be sensible. (I KNOW.) I had every intention of making this up in a painterly floral Marchesa silk gazar! But I wanted a chance to play with the lines before cutting into Marchesa. And, this stiff cotton, snagged at Mood NY, is not […]

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Border Print Maxi Skirt: with shine!

I dove into this heavyweight metallic blend about 30 seconds after arriving home with it. This is one of those lucky garments that took a day to make, and promises to be a favorite for years. I LOVE IT. As most of my quicker pieces go, this one flew by because I draped it on my form, and let the border print tell me what to do. So…no, I don’t have a pattern for this, sorry! Just start with wide rectangles, and you’re on your way to an easy pleated maxi skirt. (But *do* remember to iron the back pleats […]

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Viscose For Summer Heat!

This is one of those fabrics that has to be experienced in real life, the lens doesn’t do it justice! To come close to the true colors in this Italian viscose jersey, I had to bump up the saturation. And now I have “Pump Up the Volume” in my head. My apologies if you do, too. Let me change that ear worm with the story of this garment’s first outing! Rob & I snapped these photos in the golden hour, on our way to Lincoln Center’s opening night of #LCOutOfDoors. It’s a wonderful, free program offered every summer, with nights […]

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Mo’ Winter, Mo’ Hair.

Yeah, it’s not really feeling like winter in New York, but it’s not really feeling like spring either, so you’ll allow me my playtime with words… I mean, this is a lot of layering for the end of March! (And a lot of false exposure. Sorry. I blame the gray “spring” day and the indoor lighting.) Here’s a better look at this gorgeous mohair “famous designer” knit. I could be wrong, but given my talent for sniffing out the Sui, I’m pretty sure I know the designer. It’s a thin knit, so I decided to partially line this little swacket (sweater […]

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A Silk Crepe De Chine Topper

The Holiday Lights are up on our block! I believe this is what I’m enchanted by, but it’s anyone’s guess. There’s no questioning the fact that this silk has me bewitched. Meet my new favorite top. Blouse? Dress? Topper? Let’s go with topper. This beautiful silk crepe de chine print came home with me on a whim, the kind of instantaneous pick you make after 60 minutes of scouring the fabric aisles. You know how it is, after all that searching and second guessing, a bolt just jumps out at you, and it’s done and dusted in 60 seconds. (If […]

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An Unexpected Ensemble

To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient. Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in). I fitted, I pressed… I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care… AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, […]

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Silk Cotton Maxi Dress

Last month, four yards of watery silk cotton slipped though my fingers for what felt like four years. Intended as my birthday dress, this beautiful headache went unworn, until I donned it for these pictures. To be honest, I put it in a time-out so many times, it has an aura of irritation about it that has yet to dissipate. Perhaps it needs a good dry cleaning, or a smudge stick. It’s not so much that I don’t like the finished product…I don’t like the memory of the work that went into it! But that’s not the fabric’s fault. The […]

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