Chevron Effect Lace Skirt

I have wanted to try this type of chevron effect for several years. Stripes are fun to be creative with but sometimes challenging to sew. This wavy lace from Mood Fabrics wasn’t difficult at all, though, because it’s a medium weight and kept its shape when sewn in bias form. It also had the cutest wavy black edges that I wasn’t able to use for this garment. The pattern I used had straight grain arrows on the paper, so first I had to draw in the bias grainline that I wanted. I did that with a drafting triangle left over […]

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Silk Crepe-Back Satin for the Prom

I’ve made a few prom dresses over the years.  Generally I shy away from this type of sewing because of the high expectations for the dress. I don’t want to dash someone’s dreams. However, every once in awhile someone special to me asks if I will make a dress for them…usually I end up agreeing. This year it was my niece.   This dress process started with a scouting trip to Mood Fabrics’ NYC store. Her color was mint green. So with the help of the staff at Mood, I came up with four swatches that I sent to my […]

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Mandarin Orange Lace Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times. The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say – I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available. B u t w h a t ’ s a g i r l t o d o ? After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye. Thirty minutes later….. I […]

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A Lace Skirt for Mimi

When I realized the weather would be too cold to wear my navy lace dress for Easter, I set it aside for Mother’s Day, but I didn’t give up on such a pretty lace making its Easter debut, and made daughter Mimi a skirt with the extra lace from Mood Fabrics. During the Mood Sewing Network Lace Challenge, several readers suggested lining the lace with white or nude to make it pop which was a great suggestion! To give the fabric the structure it needed for a straight skirt I underlined it with a medium weight silk organza and constructed […]

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Devil in a Blue (Lace) Dress

  Let’s call this look,”Devil in a Blue Lace Dress”. When the Mood Sewing Network decided that it was time for a group project, that was not what I wanted to hear.  I don’t even do sew-a-longs because I truly prefer to roll solo when it comes to sewing.  It’s not that I don’t play well with others, it’s that my sewing is personal.  It’s dictated by my mood and what’s inspiring me at the moment… not a consensus plan.  And to be quite honest, lace was not on my radar.  Sure, it’s pretty and one of the hottest trends of the season.  And […]

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Candy Colored Lace

When Carolyn and I set up camp in the lace shelves at Mood Fabrics NYC over a month ago, I couldn’t help but pull every technicolor bolt out for a snapshot.  Carolyn quite rightly reminded me: Oooooooooona. We’re here for everyone else. I am not the best listener.  She had to remind me of this repeatedly. But I abstained! I did not walk out with my own lace that day!  (The promise of Lazzara’s pizza helped.)  Instead, I let the bolts simmer in my head for a week, and returned to find this crazy pink and orange diddy hanging out in […]

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A Lace Dress for a Non-Lace Girl

Hi, all! I hope you guys have enjoyed the lace project posts this month as much as I have! Now, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m not much of a lace girl, so my goal with this challenge was to make a garment that I would actually wear and love. I decided to avoid anything overtly floral or feminine, and with this in mind dug through a gazillion bolts of fancy lace (inadvertently missing an entire section of what I guess is “not fancy” lace, whoops!). I settled on this gold mesh-like poly lace: Pretty cool, right? I decided to […]

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Neoprene and Lace Bomber Jacket

(Greetings from Meg at Mood! The Mood Sewing Network bloggers are letting me participate in this month’s Lace Challenge. Here’s my take on lace.) Ok, I admit it. I am crazily obsessed with bomber jackets this spring. This is the second bomber jacket I’ve made in a month, and I’m working on number three right now. They’re easy to make, easy to wear, so what’s not to love? Version #2, graciously modeled above by Marianne, is made from neoprene and lace using Burda pattern 7210, available at Simplicity.com. (You can get more pattern and sewing details here on the Mood […]

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Navy Lace Dress a la Tory Burch

While Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I’m in trouble. This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased. Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood, and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress […]

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