Year of the Sleeve – Voile Blouse

    The sleeve for Spring 2017 seems to be the trend to have and I am jumping right onto that trend with both feet arms (in this case).  I just want so many of these looks and styles, which means I will be busy sewing statement sleeves all summer long.  For this look, I went with Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Cotton Voile (sold out) but there are several Mood Fabrics’ Voiles in stock or you can look at Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Swiss for the texture of my blouse.  On another note, Amy used this same fabric for a blouse she made for […]

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Transitioning to Fall In Oscar De La Renta Checkered Coat

    Transitioning to Fall in Chicago can be a mixture of three seasons on any given day.  We could start with cool, crisp sunny morning.  By mid-day it’s hotter than July.  Then early evening, it’s cloudy and raining.  We are so lucky.  It’s not every day that this happens.  Most days it is one or the other.  😉     The good thing is we experience every season, which gives us opportunities to wear many different styles and weights of clothing.  I’m happy to have many coats of all weights and styles.  My new  Oscar De La Renta Checkered […]

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Tropical Denim Shorts and Back Cut Out Tee

This month’s project for the Mood Sewing Network was all about sewing a holiday wardrobe. With a couple of trips planned I had my eye out for summer print fabrics which I’d still be able to get some wear out of at home in London. This Tropically Printed Denim jumped right out at me and I was ordering it without a second thought. Unfortunately it’s now sold out in both colour ways which I’m not surprised about. It was one of those instances when you see the fabric and instantly know what you want to make it into. In this […]

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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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Black, Red, and White Striped Rayon Jersey Knit – Vogue 1314

After a mini purge of my closets, I noticed that there were huge empty spaces that need to be filled with more clothes made by me. 😉 I decided to start with a few tops. This is the second of many more to make.  My new toppers will fill the void were the worn tattered garments used to hang. So here’s to beefing up my wardrobe with a simple pullover t-shirt made with Mood’s Italian Pirate Black/Mars Red/Bright White Bengal Striped Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit.   This jersey is fantastic. It’s perfect for keeping it simple. I used Vogue 1314 […]

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Linen Knit Bowline Sweater

Let me introduce you to my new favourite top! This little number was one of those projects led by the fabric. For some reason my favourite handmade garments always begin like that and this one has pretty much only been off my back to be washed since I finished it. I found this Theory Linen Knit in store at Mood Fabrics NYC on my trip last month. Can’t find it online but there are a handful of other gorgeous linen knits or the full Theory range of lovely unusual neutrals. I love a good browse of the Mood website but I […]

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Nanette + Ebony + Grainline Tee!

Hi, guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! Let me start off with a word of explanation: I really, really, really didn’t mean to get a summery print so late in the year. But I stumbled across this Nanette Lepore linen/silk blend (!) online and immediately fell hard for it (good news- it’s still in stock!!!). But, it’s October, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I left the browser window open for two days when I saw Mary’s tweet that she had just ordered the same print and, well, that little nudge was all […]

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Meshed with Anna Sui’s Multicolored Stretch Lace

At first sight, I ordered Anna Sui’s Black Multicolored Stripe Lace. It was too sheer to not line it with some type of mesh. So I select the perfect black mesh to marry with the lace. The combination was great. Of course the lace has texture and has a soft embroidered feel to it and the mesh is smooth and silky. I love working with both fabrics. A little bit of caution though with the mesh. The selvage does not lies flat on the table. So I nipped along the selvage to gain control over it for laying and cutting […]

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Striped Jersey “Nantucket” top

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.” Oscar de la Renta I don’t know how to sew casual clothes – the kind of knock around frocks you wear on the weekend – but I’m going to learn. I believe the art of making a simple garment requires an underestimated level of sophistication that I’ve yet to acquire. How does one – Avoid the discount department store look? – Address excessive ease in loose-fitting patterns? – Achieve a finished appearance despite a lack of construction details? – What is Eileen Fisher’s secret? I gave myself the assignment to sew […]

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