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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Bright Italian Batiste Button-Front Shirt

It’s officially summer in Texas, y’all. The sun is blazing, our air-conditioner runs almost constantly, and I’m wishing that muumuus would make a dramatic fashion comeback. Barring such a phenomenal event, I’m instituting my summer wardrobe rules, once again. Light, natural fibers and flowing shapes are key to surviving triple-digit heat. All the better, if bright colors and summery prints are heavily involved. Mood Fabrics has a ton of cotton prints that hit this sweet spot, right now. One of my favorites is this Italian Floral Printed Cotton Batiste, which comes in three pretty colorways–Blue/Yellow/Orange, Fig/Pink/Blue, and Black/Orange/Yellow–and is covered […]

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A Little Black Jersey Dress

Sewing motivation is a funny thing. I adore every aspect of this craft–the sensory joy of picking out fabric, the swish of the rotary cutter as it whisks around patterns pieces, and above all, watching thread and patience form a wearable, gorgeous garment. Yet, there are times when going into my sewing room is the last thing I want to do. For me, this always happens at the tail end of summer, when it’s too darn hot to wear anything comfortably and when I’d really just like to don a breezy, flowy nightgown and get on with my day. Pajama […]

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A Raspberry Floral Sundress

There are some fabrics you have to buy. They scream your name from across a store (or website, in this case), demanding that you take them home and turn them into a garment that is perfectly you. Y’all, this Very Berry Floral Cotton from Mood Fabrics is that fabric, for me. I mean, just look at it! It’s brightly colored, full of swishy body, and covered in flowers. This light, airy cotton is deeply feminine, but still very grown-up, thanks to the watercolor quality of the flowers. This is fabric love, y’all. So, of course, I turned it into a […]

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A Tropical Chambray Dress for Spring

Good evening, friends! Spring has finally arrived in Texas and with it have come my longings for flirty, feminine pastel dresses. Suddenly, all I want to wear are candy colored dresses with sweet, unexpected details. You wouldn’t believe the number of ridiculously frilly Anthropologie numbers I’ve pinned lately. To quench this sartorial impulse, I ordered a length of gorgeous chambray from Mood Fabrics, in the “Paradise Pink Orange” colorway. Believe the description, kittens. In person, this chambray is a very tropical color–bright pink yarn mixing with white for a perfect flamingo color. Maybe it’s my Florida roots speaking, but I […]

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60’s-Inspired Vintage Jacket in Wool Bouclé

I found this awesome wool boucle on the third floor of Mood Fabric’s NYC store.  I know people have favorite sections of the store, but me, I love the third floor because it’s magical!  You never know what you’ll find there and every time I climb the stairs, I find the most amazing delights. To be honest, I’ve had this piece for a minute.  When Todd pulled it off the rack for me, I squealed with joy because not only is it a beautiful creamy medium-weight bouclé but it’s also backed with interfacing. Peoples, to me this is like finding […]

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Double-Sided Wool Crepe Dress

I loved this pattern/silhouette as soon as it came out and I picked a green double-sided wool crepe from Mood back in August to sew it in.  I just needed the temperatures to drop to use it.  Of course since it’s the end of November, the temps have dropped so making and wearing the dress is perfect now. Some stats: Fabric ~ Green double-sided wool crepe from the Mood store in NYC Notions ~ Gray rayon bemberg lining One 6″ Riri zipper Vogue 8824 Pattern Alterations: Even though this pattern goes up to an XXL (size 24-26) in Vogue land, […]

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