Floral Linen Pants for Summer!

Call me old-fashioned, but I still consider Memorial Day the official start of linen season. And this year I begin the season with a special pair of linen pants, made from a pattern I drafted myself! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I recently found a bold linen floral print with a “closeout” tag.  This fabric had a heavy drape and a relatvely coarse hand. What could I make with it? Given the weight and the drape, it seemed ideal for a pair of pants.  I pre-washed and dried my linen–my normal routine before sewing–and it laundered beautifully.  (Linen prints make […]

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To Trim or Not To Trim?

Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season. While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués! To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the […]

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A Linen Dress for Late Summer

Good morning, lovelies!  While I would love to start in on fall sewing–warm sweaters, swirling skirts, and cozy coats, oh my!–it’s still dreadfully hot in Texas. As someone whose sewing is heavily tied to immediate wardrobe needs, that means summer clothes are skulking about my sewing room for a little longer. One of the pieces I’ve been plotting all season is a simple linen dress. I love linen on warm days, don’t you? It’s breathable, full of gorgeous movement, and often weighty enough to go unlined. Despite its notorious tendency to wrinkle, it’s also unquestionably elegant. Linen dresses bring to […]

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Linen Knit Bowline Sweater

Let me introduce you to my new favourite top! This little number was one of those projects led by the fabric. For some reason my favourite handmade garments always begin like that and this one has pretty much only been off my back to be washed since I finished it. I found this Theory Linen Knit in store at Mood Fabrics NYC on my trip last month. Can’t find it online but there are a handful of other gorgeous linen knits or the full Theory range of lovely unusual neutrals. I love a good browse of the Mood website but I […]

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A Gold Linen Skirt

I blame the pregnancy. Both last pregnancy and this pregnancy I’ve felt a noticeable slump in my creativity. Last time I was able to channel what little creative and DIY energy I could find into just two things: my science and my sewing. Everything else just kind of got left behind. At the time I wasn’t sure what was going on, but since it’s happening again, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with how my body adjusts to being pregnant. And, unfortunately for my sewing, this time the two things getting all the creative love I can muster seem […]

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Linen Stripe Jacket

  Linen and warmer temperatures just go together, right?  When I spotted this Rag and Bone Linen on Mood Fabrics site, I knew I had to have it.  The fabric is sold by the panel and I ordered 2 panels which was just enough to squeeze out this jacket.     Now what to make with this fabulous linen?  I found some ideas on Pinterest, mainly unstructured tops with some fun play on the stripes.  That seemed like a good idea to start but I wasn’t quite sure.  Next step was to look through my patterns and I found  Vogue […]

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Linen Decorated Mini Dress

  Guess who ran into some more Anna Sui at Mood. I swear, it’s like I’m one of those dogs that sniffs out truffles. It’s not like she has a specific named shelf. Sure, I find her in the “Designer” section…but this yardage was lounging on the bottom floor, in a colorful little bin of medium weight cotton & linen bolts. Next to shirting. NEXT TO SHIRTING. No offense, Shirting. You’re just not my cup of tea. But this craziness was right up my alley! My first thought was a maxi skirt, but in the end, it wanted to be […]

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A Guayabera for a Secretive Guy

And here endeth the Live Human Model shots for this post. Sorry, but Big Daddy is a child of the sixties and not so into putting his good looks on the internet. Bright side: for once, you get actual detail shots of actual sewing! I have recently become aware that blue is my Dad’s favorite hue, and so for his birthday, I attempted a linen Guayabera that compliments his (*not* blue, *not* pictured) eyes. This woven linen was unearthed on Mood Fabric’s lower floor, a level that I must admit, I don’t frequent! Jerseys & Shirtings live there, and for […]

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Linen lovin’

Are you shocked to see me in blue? With a black tank top, no less?! Me too. A warm toned gal, I am I am, so obviously the wall needed to bend to my fiery will. And once again, I’ve bent to the will of Anna Sui. This bolt of luscious linen positively leapt out from the shelf at Mood NY and punched me in the heartstrings. Surprise surprise, selvedge says: it’s Sui. If memory serves, I grabbed 2 yards, and immediately kicked myself when I got home and got to thinking. I wanted a maxi skirt to make the most […]

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