A Lace Dress for Paige

At Mood Sewing Network, March is lace sewing month for the bloggers.  I was discussing with my oldest daughter, Paige, what I might make for this challenge.  After a few ideas, she suggested a dress for her.  I thought it was a great suggestion and I told her to start looking at patterns and inspiration photos. Next step was the lace selection and Paige wanted a mint color lace (popular for spring).   She looked at the  incredible laces on Mood Fabric’s online shop and we knew Mood had an even a wider selection at their at their store in NYC and LA. […]

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Guipure Lace + Wool Tweed = Designer Interpretation

Let’s face it ~ this month it’s all about the fabric!  Upon accepting the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge, I decided to use a lace that I’ve never sewn with before.  I’ve made a few lace garments in the past, even using an embellished lace in an evening gown but never a piece of lace as beautiful and awesome as this guipure. I chose the guipure because I wanted to interpret a designer dress and it featured the prettiest lace on the bodice of the dress. So after choosing my guipure, I headed upstairs to the third floor of Mood […]

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The Lace Dress That Became a Lace Skirt

It’s the Lace Challenge month at the Mood Sewing Network and in the past few months there has been a flurry of excitement and activity concerning the picking out of a choice piece of lace. I did not participate in any of that excitement, though, because way back in July of last year I used my Mood money to purchase some exquisitely beautiful green lace. (It sold out quickly so I unfortunately cannot link you to it. Here are some of their other laces.) Oh I had plans! I bought 3 yards and could have done just about anything. So […]

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lace + silk chiffon: criminal minds

I’m going to call this my Project Runway make, because I finished it in the four hours I had free Sunday. Down-to-the-wire sewing is of course de riguer on that jammy, and if season 8 is any indicator, peeps are constantly choosing silk chiffon. Much to Michael Kors dismay. That was my weapon of choice to pair with this chartreuse cotton lace, for one of my hopefully two (!) March Lace makes. Both fabrics are deliciously drapey, and this is my first time working with either! That also seems to be a recurring them on le PR…much, again, to The […]

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Lace for A Valentine’s Day Dress

For the past couple of months, us Mood Sewing Networkers have been plotting to have a month where the entire group worked with a similar fabric. Lace was decided for March, and since I had already been lurking the lace selection and dreaming up options, I was 100% game. I was also inspired by Liz’s Macaron Lace Dress because GIRL(boy?), have you seen that gorgeousness?! so jealous. I thought it would be fun to have the dress ready for Valentine’s Day – I’m not really much of a Valentine’s person (this is like, one of maybe four Valentine’s EVER that […]

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March is Lace Challenge Month at Mood Sewing Network

In the early days of the Mood Sewing Network, Meg and Eric of Mood asked us to consider a challenge where we each sewed something from the same fabric. They even let us agree on the fabric we wanted to sew.  After much discussion between the initial nine bloggers, we chose lace.  Why lace?  Here are a few explanations from my fellow bloggers… Lori from Girls in the Garden says… “Lace is an unknown fabric for me.  I have only made one garment previously from lace.  I am intrigued and challenged by this fabric, it is beautiful and delicate with […]

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Woeful in Wool Novelty

Do you see that face?  That is the face of a girl who thinks she has the perfect outfit planned for the day, and therefore left a scant thirty minutes to shoot pictures AND get dressed to go out the door to pound the NY audition pavement, and who just saw the view-screen of her Canon in broad daylight and realized SHE WAS ALL KINDS OF WRONG. On this particular Tuesday, I was destined to play a high powered attorney and a CFO. Separately.  Although the first character probably could have played both, she had the stones for it.  I […]

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Grace with Lace

Sometimes when I look through an online fabric store, I like to type certain things in the search field and see what pops up. “Yellow,” “embroidered,” “wool double knit” and “silk jersey” are some of my favorites. Right after I’d made my eggplant military jacket I did a search for “copper” on Mood’s website, and it pulled up this lace. I thought it would be perfect for a little top to wear under my jacket, so I ordered 1.5 yards with no real pattern in mind. Surprise! Turns out it really wanted to be a dress. It’s funny how fabric […]

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Racy Lacy Rosy Ladyshorts

Oh! What’s that I spy? A new pair of lacy undies? Let’s take a closer look… Why, it does appear to be an exquisite pair of Clothhabit’s Rosy Ladyshorts (free online pattern) made from a black and pink stretch floral lace designed by Anna Sui with black lace trim, both from Mood. This pair of ladyshorts marks my first foray into lingerie making. And, I’ll admit, it wasn’t without its bumps and scrapes. Making underroos is harder than it looks! On the hanger these ladyshorts looks so discrete… Until a bit of light shines through them. These ladyshorts are racy! Va […]

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