A Sequined Mermaid Costume for Halloween

Though I haven’t been able to make much time to sew lately, I was very motivated to make my two-year-old daughter a mermaid costume for Halloween this year. I can’t remember now whether the idea for the mermaid costume came from her or me. But, as soon as it was out there, I couldn’t let it go. I found myself excitedly scouring Mood Fabrics for fabrics that could be used to create something inspired by Disney’s The Little  Mermaid. I ended up choosing a green and blue sequins for the tail and a dark aqua silk jersey for the tail’s lining, the latter so that the inside of the tail would be soft [...]

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Performance Spandex Activewear

One of my big sewing goals this year was to try sewing my own activewear as it is the one type of clothing that my wardrobe is fairly lacking in and which I do get a fair bit of wear out of yet have never tried to make. Why keep making party dresses which only make it out of the house once or twice when I can make something that I will really put through it’s paces and which looks interesting and challenging to sew to boot! Towards the end of last year I spotted the new range of Max-Dri [...]

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The Boho Chic Ikat Maxi Dress

When I first saw this ikat jersey from Mood Fabrics, I knew it was supposed to be a maxi dress. Because this is one of those fabrics that simply speaks to you!  And it screamed, “Boho chic!”  And one with long sleeves is a great transitional garment for me.And every so often, I like an easy, palette cleansing project and Vogue 8921 fit the bill. This pattern is simple and such a perfect way to highlight the fabric and allow it to be the star. I made my usual alterations, which is to just lengthen everything! I added an inch [...]

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I Can’t Believe I Made a Swimsuit!

I mean, I guess it’s not that surprising since everyone and their mom is making a swimsuit this summer (has anyone’s mom made this pattern? I’m guessing my mom would love it, but don’t give her any ideas or I’ll be running a swimsuit sweatshop… my sister already wants one!), but the thought of sewing swimwear has always made me say, “No way, Jose!” I bought this fabric at Mood Fabrics NYC. Not everyone knows that they sell swimwear fabric, but yes, they have lots of it, all kinds! I planned to get a solid color, but this print had [...]

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