Braided Maxi Dress

Hey Y’all! It’s a long weekend here in the US, and most everyone is out enjoying the sudden jump to summer temperatures. For me, that doesn’t mean “Beach” so much as it means “Concrete Rooftop,” but hey– it’s sunny. It’s warm. I’LL TAKE IT. I am SO happy to be in maxi dress weather! I had a completely different garment planned for my May Mood post, but this jumped queue when the thermometer merrily climbed above 80. Favorite season, favorite fabrics! Viscose jersey is another one of my loves– much like Rayon, it feels like you’re draped in your own […]

Silk Jersey Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress

Meet my new favorite dress. OH DON’T BE COY SHOW US THE FRONT I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself […]

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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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Stretch cotton border print set!

  Man, is my man good at making me look tall! Went for my annual physical last week, and was, as always, SHOCKED to be told I am just barely all of 5’2. Surely there’s something wrong with their equipment. I mean, look at me. I’M GIGANTIC. You know, I enjoy my delusions. Like the assumption that I can keep track of multiple sewing projects. I cannot. As my beloved grandmother always used to say, I got a head like a sieve. Actually my noodle is pretty good at multitasking. I’m at my most happy place when I’m infatuated by multiple […]

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A Trio of Wool, Fringe + Leather

  This outfit took longer to make than it’s taking for Spring to decide to show her face. Mostly because I spent two days agonizing over how to place this wooly, almost blanket like, large scale print on a long sleeved Burdastyle balloon coat pattern. Had to hack oodles of length off the bodice to get away with my yard and a quarter…was left with whispers of fabric and a somewhat satisfactory placement… AND IN THE END I CUT THE DANG SLEEVES OFF THE THING ANYWAY. Then it was necessary to go to crazytown and zigzag topstitch over several yards […]

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A Bright Winter Ensemble

Yeah, I know. I kind of went Sgt Pepper’s on these photos. January will do that to me. Lack of light, lack of warmth, lack of photographer. The trifecta. But let’s play Where’s Waldo and find my garment in this riotous, ham handed, amateur photoshopped collage! Can you find the rectangle of sweater knit above? That’s my “self drafted” H&M knockoff, made with some famous designer novelty knit (similar here). I succumbed to Black Friday and bought a couple of drapey sweaters at The Beast, and upon further perusal, found they were really two large rectangles with two small rectangles […]

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Hooray for Houndstooth

I often succumb to trends, in that I squirm uncomfortably over an endless parade of a suddenly coveted item, break down and snag everything I need to make it mine, then sit on my supplies until the trend is over and make something else. This ginormous houndstooth wool sent me in the opposite direction. When she arrived from Mood Fabrics, I thought I’d make a sleek tailored blazer out of her (but you know, super chunky. Obviously). However, when we got home, she whispered to me—actually she yelled at me, I mean, look at the size of that print: DON’T YOU […]

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Floral Eyelet For Fall

  In an effort to get some casual everyday wear into my extremely gussied-up closet, I snagged this warm reversible cotton eyelet at Mood Fabrics online.     Despite the impressive size of my mouth, I’m at a loss for words… although this project was involved, it went together simply and relatively quickly. A shirtdress with a princess seamed bodice, pleated front skirt…     And I guess you’d call it a gored back?  Next time I’d throw some pleats in the back skirt too, the pattern (Simplicity 2222 vintage) only provides for the front. Helps with the casual vibe, […]

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The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress

For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane. I like to get what I want. I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face. I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back. One could almost say ham handedly modified.  I definitely […]

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