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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Viscose For Summer Heat!

This is one of those fabrics that has to be experienced in real life, the lens doesn’t do it justice! To come close to the true colors in this Italian viscose jersey, I had to bump up the saturation. And now I have “Pump Up the Volume” in my head. My apologies if you do, too. Let me change that ear worm with the story of this garment’s first outing! Rob & I snapped these photos in the golden hour, on our way to Lincoln Center’s opening night of #LCOutOfDoors. It’s a wonderful, free program offered every summer, with nights […]

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Springtime Embroidered Top

This embroidered mesh from Alice + Olivia was love at first sight. When I get my hands on a fabric like this, my tendency is to go for the gold and try to make something ridiculously complicated, meant for full-on party mode. I’m glad I reigned myself in on this one, because this fabric is a garden party right off the bolt. And ridiculously complicated, even for a simple self-drafted top like this! There was a lot of HIGHLY enjoyable work involved. The seams were stitched up with tear-away stabilizer, then trimmed & bound in a flocked velvet ponte from […]

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An Ankara Ensemble

By now you know a few of us here at the Mood Sewing Network used the month of January to dive into a “challenge” fabric. Some know it as Ankara, some as African Wax, some as Dutch Wax. I know it as YES PLEASE. I LOVE wax print. Love it, love it, love it. Did I mention I love it? This is an Osikani print, which is printed with metallic gold foil overlay. Although I always pre-wash my Ankara to soften it up, this time I decided to leave the wax in and use the stiff quality to play with […]

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Maxi Skirt Season

From Thanksgiving right up until I take the tree down, at all family gatherings, it’s maxi skirt, simple top, statement jewelry, swan mode on. AND I MEAN FULL SWAN. It’s just instantly dressy with zero effort! And all of the room for food! When I saw this bolt at Mood Fabrics (in store), my eyes popped. Christmas maxi, for sure. My fingers screamed as I ran my hands over its pure poly texture, and I howled with laughter. (To be honest, I’ve lost track of the content, but surely there’s some poly happening here.) And this green goodness is the […]

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Alice + Olivia Sweater Cape

I think I look smug here. I know I FEEL smug here. I’m grinning like the cat that ate the canary all throughout these photos, and I don’t care. Just a few short days ago, I was certain I’d completely wrecked this Alice + Olivia sweater knit, found on the top floor of Mood Fabric’s NY location. For this summer girl, Mood’s magical top floor is one of the few reasons to celebrate the drop in temperatures. (Though this yardage was found in-store, here’s some sweater knit offerings if your fingers are doing the walking!) Cold weather. Short days. UGH. Invariably, my summer-lorn mindset […]

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An Unexpected Ensemble

To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient. Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in). I fitted, I pressed… I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care… AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, […]

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Panel Print Halter Dress

Last weekend, I realized July was almost over, and I with no finished MSN project for the month! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?! PROBABLY BUSY THINKING ABOUT SUMMER. Luckily, I had two panel prints straight from Italy in my hands this month: this 70s-tastic Italian poly, and another try at the mountain scene that gave Ruggy such grief. Unfortunately (perhaps karmically?), a second attempt at reconstructing those mountains gave me nothing but misery. Well, it gave me gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, maybe a good roll of the eye. I don’t do misery in sewing. And any fail in […]

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Viscose Harem Pants

This little pair of harem pants started out as an off-the-shoulder peasant dress. Basically, I succumbed to a trend which does not look good on me, realized my mistake, and then turned to another trend that does not look good on me as the solution. Ruggy is not happy with my choice. I’m actually not a fan of the look of this shape either. But the first time I made a pair of harem pants and tried them on, the feel of them was like the heavens opened up and started singing. Or maybe it was just the musical kids at rehearsals, […]

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