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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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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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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Playing Favorites

My favorite food is pizza. ¬†I try to eat it once a week. I don’t even think of denying myself this pleasure. So when I questioned myself on choosing to work with another Supreme Wax fabric, I gave myself this theory: PIZZA IS GOOD. WAX PRINT IS GOOD. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE HAVE BOTH WHENEVER YOU WANT THEM. That’s solid theorizing. With 6 yards of fabric in a cut, and summer sewing in full force, I went for maxi proportions. Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1802 (out of print, I think), was the object of my desire. Or the vehicle for? I […]

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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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