A Flouncy Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt

When I was visiting the Mood Fabrics store last month in New York, I had no intention of even stepping foot in the wool section on the top floor. Don’t get me wrong – I love wool, and I ESPECIALLY love wool crepe, but as Tennessee rapidly approaches summertime weather at breakneck speed, I was afraid I would have little to no use for a big piece of cozy wool until much, much later in 2013. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want stuff my gorgeous fabrics away in a bin until the seasons flip – I […]

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Black-on-Black Pants

Let me introduce you to my newest garment: my black-on-black pants. These pants are the culmination of my efforts in Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class on Craftsy. The pattern is Vogue V2948, a princess-seamed basic pant pattern that either zips at the side or back. I chose to use a black wool crepe from Mood that is described as “an absolute staple for three-season wear”, which makes it a very worthy fabric for all of the time I put into the class! I’ve spent a decent amount of time these last couple of months going through Sandra’s class. I […]

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Carolina Herrera Brocade Dress

When I first laid eyes on this brocade at Mood, I thought it was very striking but had no idea what to do with it. I didn’t want an entire dress made from it because that would be too fancy for my lifestyle. While perusing some design magazines on vacation, I ran across a dress with a bunch of folds around the neckline that I wanted to copy, but then couldn’t find the right pattern in my stash. Enter this Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pattern. It had the fitted bodice that I find most flattering on my small bust, and the […]

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Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

This jacket is part of my City in Winter Collection.  I’ve been working on and sewing this wardrobe since last October. The purpose of this exercise was to create a versatile wardrobe that I could use for any part of my busy life —work, dates out with friends and church.  I’ve finished quite a few pieces (I’ve already shared the bottoms here) but I was dragging my feet making the jacket. The jacket is from Vogue 8208 which is an out-of-print pattern that has been reviewed several times on Pattern Review…and now I know why there are only four reviews for it!  This […]

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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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I’m in the Mood for Basics

Basics are the backbone of a good wardrobe and they give you the opportunity to get dressed every morning without having to stand in front of the closet going, “I have nuthin’ to wear!”  The two garments featured below are part of my “The City in Winter” Collection, the 13-piece wardrobe that I’m currently sewing.  The first garment is a gored skirt with a tulip hem that’s made from Simplicity 5194. Stats: Fabric ~ Wool crepe from Mood Fabrics – purchased in the NYC store but you can find some on the website, here. Notions ~  9″ brown invisible zipper black […]

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