Basic Black!

While many patterns were hacked to create this dress, I can happily state that every inch of its fabric is from Mood. ūüôā It was time for a new black winter dress; an all purpose dress to wear whenever and wherever. My inspiration came from the current Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear collection. I love the way this dress skims the body, but I had no pattern that included all of its features. After using bits and pieces from several patterns, I’m calling this¬†The McVoguerick Tunicbiblicity dress. While it was an absolute pain to put this dress together, […]

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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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Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards.¬†Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension […]

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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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Knit Fabric Basics

  Sometimes I just need some basics, fun basics in knit. ¬†I bought these beautiful fabrics from Mood Fabrics in August ¬†and went to planning for fall. ¬†First up is Mood Fabric’s Rust Stretch Knit Pique¬†and let me tell you this fabric is so luxurious and I want all the colors. ¬†How many colors? ¬†There is nine! ¬†The next fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Rust and Navy Striped Rib Knit ¬†and as I hoped when ordering these two fabrics look so good together.   Now time to plan and a I went with New Look 6530 for the top, it was […]

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Embroidered Cotton Shirting Tunic

I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the¬†‘one step at a time‘ approach to life.¬†In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new. While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings,¬†and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would […]

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Chambray Cold Shoulder Top

  What can I say about the cold shoulder look? ¬†Maybe I am totally in love with it and keep making top after top! ¬†I had purchased Mood Fabrics’¬†Steven ¬†Alan Denim Blue ¬†Cotton Chambray in March with the intentions of a Scout Tee and maybe an Archer but plans change! ¬†I am sorry to say this particular chambray is sold out but no worries, Mood Fabrics’ has a great selection of Chambray, in prints and solids in several colorways.     I used McCall’s 7510 in View B, which I thought might be a good look for early fall. ¬†My […]

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Eloise at the Plaza Dress

With an unapologetic youthfulness straight out of an “Eloise at the Plaza” book, add this adorable Pink and Blue Printed Stretch Cotton Sateen to your collection! Hand drawn flowers, swirled vines and hearts move in a kaleidoscopic fashion over a light blue background. A crisp hand is paired with a stiff drape for perfectly tailored pieces. Its stretch through the weft ensures the perfect fit for bodycon pieces as well! Make crop tops, shorts and shift dresses for an adorable spring/summer look. Who can resist a description like this?? I ordered the fabric with pants in mind since cotton sateen […]

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Gingham Culottes for the Summer Ends

    Pinterest was the inspiration for these gingham culottes and I am so happy I took a look for an idea. ¬†I really love the look of these and will be so fun for the dog days of summer. ¬†Let me restate that as the dog days of summer mean the hot, sultry days of summer and as cute as these culottes are, the are not cool. ¬†So my gingham culottes are perfect for the air conditioning while the hot summer is on the outside! I love this Theory Black and White Gingham Stretch Cotton Twill but I am […]

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