Embroidered Raw Silk Mini Skirt

So this fabric is AWESOME. It was definitely the piece I was most excited about packing in my suitcase as I left the US last month. It’s a Rag & Bone embroidered raw silk and is one of the most unusual yardages I have ever laid my hands on despite being only $18 a yard. It’s a kind of home dec weight but so tactile because of it’s uneven slub and dense embroidery. The white stitching against the vivid indigo blue is beautiful and I think it’s the contrast between the uniformity of the embroidered design against the raw, natural […]

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A Tweed Skirt for Autumn

There are some projects that begin so perfectly, with just the right match of fabric to pattern, that the universe has to step in and make things more exciting, so that a seamstress doesn’t get too smug. That’s my theory anyhow. Despite being a relatively straightforward pattern, the making of this skirt was filled with calamity! You wouldn’t know to look at it now, of course. It’s all tweedy and prim, with that lovely houndstooth lulling one into dreams of autumn, as if it hasn’t caused a thousand headaches. Don’t be fooled. This skirt may be cute, but it’s evil. […]

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Embroidered Silk Blouse and Twill Wrap Skirt

For this month’s Mood Sewing Network project I worked with two very different fabrics to make separates. First up is the blouse, for which I used this Marc Jacobs Silk with Embroidered Dots which I’ve had my eye on for months! It’s a beautiful silk crepe and when you get close up you realise the polka dots are actually formed of dense embroidery making it wonderfully unique. I was a little apprehensive about working with a fabric which sounded like it could be quite tricky, especially for a project with some fiddly aspects, but I took my time and had […]

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Emerald Faux Leather Skirt

Faux leather is off the beaten path in Mood.  It’s on the third floor, way in the back, behind all of the scrumptious designer boucles.  The Saturday that I was in Mood NYC, I was back there all alone!  But the treasures, people, the treasures that are in that section are mind-blowing ~ well at least to a fabric junkie like me!  As I was pulling out bolt after bolt, I stumbled upon this goodness… …and I knew right away what it should be!  It was love at first sight, really it was! So Todd helped me get it to […]

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Making of the Godet Skirt

Soaring temperatures and humidity in New York these past days are not particularly stimulating to start working on a fall wardrobe. I must admit, usually, fall pieces lounge on my work table waaay past winter months. So, actually, I am quite happy I had an early kick-start, and here is the latest project, made after a month-long holiday break. With the help of Susan Khalje – founder of the Couture Sewing School, author of Bridal Couture, and contributing editor to Threads magazine – I made a couture version of the Godet Pencil Skirt from the August 2012 issue of burda […]

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