Paprika Wool Jacket

Here she is—my first make of 2013, and my very first jacket!  I’m so excited to add this little piece to my wardrobe! As you may recall, when I was looking for jacket inspiration, I was really drawn to the idea of using a fun, vibrant color.  But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice, men, and fashionistas… I came to Mood NYC with every intention of leaving with a bright, saturated fabric, but once I laid eyes on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren wool, I just couldn’t put it back!  It’s a twill-weave suiting with lots […]

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A Border-Print Skirt

  I don’t usually sew skirts during the winter months.  When I first purchased this fabric from Mood’s NYC store, I was actually thinking of making a blouse with it…especially since it’s a beautiful, lightweight silk charmeuse with the border print going down the center of the fabric. Then I saw this skirt from White House/Black Market… …and after seeing it, a light went off in my brain and I decided that I should use my new border print fabric to make my own version of this skirt. Of course since the silk is lightweight and a little flimsy, I underlined the […]

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Designer Top in Silk Charmeuse

I spent the first weekend of December in New York and was exhilarated by the Christmas sights and festivities throughout the city. I spent the second weekend of December visiting my parents in Southern Pines, NC, thoroughly charmed by small-town Christmas celebrations including the cutest horse and buggy parade. I went from being among millions of people dressed in black to hundreds of people dressed in red, inspiring me to do the same. On a mission to recreate this Elizabeth McKay top, I chose a red and white silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics for my first attempt. I began with […]

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Watercolor, Feathers, and a Drop-Waist Dress

Jamie Lau, one of the authors of BurdaStyle’s newest book Sewing Vintage Modern, wrote to ask me if I’d make a dress from her book. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, even though at that point I only knew that the patterns were classic designs from different eras in the 20th century. Jamie explained that my choices of patterns were a 1920s drop-waist dress, a 1940s men’s shirt, a 1950s gathered-waist dress, or a 1960s stirrup pant; she also let me know that I was free to modify the patterns as I wished. I ended up choosing the drop-waist […]

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Tunic Time

If my favorite garments were ranked by how much wear they receive, this one would get the Blue Ribbon, the Silver Cup AND the Gold Medal.Now I get to see if my most recent tunic dress will earn its place on my list of favorites. Practicalities occasionally escape my aesthetic sensibilities, and I made the casual dress out of a silk charmeuse I bought at Mood Fabrics during my first, but hopefully not last trip to Mood Fabrics in December 2011. The easy structure, whimsical nature and versatility of many tunics continue to intrigue me. The trickiest part of sewing […]

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