White After Labor Day

When I was growing up, wearing white after Labor day was one of the biggest fashion faux pas.  These days people are wearing whatever anytime of year.    Fashion is anything at anytime of year!  Believe it or not, I’m still a little jaded when it comes to certain fashion faux pas.

Today’s post is about two white fabrics that I purchased this summer from Mood Fabrics:  Helmut Lang Optic White Tissue Weight Cotton Poplin  and Soft White Stretch Blended Cotton Jacquard.  Both textile were great to work with.  There is something special about working with natural fibers.  Cottons are easy to sew, press and super comfortable to wear.
My shirt is part of a “Shirt Project” that I completed this summer for a Haute Couture Club presentation. I used Simplicity 8416 to make, and the contrasting fabric was gifted to me by one of our generous club members, Andrea Birken.   I made no fit adjustments for this shirt.  But I wanted to add a little color to it.  Threads magazine, published an article on customizing your shirt.  This is where I got the idea to add the contracting fabric details.   Check out the details.

The pants are Burda 6879.  This is my third pair of pants made with it.  My reviews are here.  All of them have been made with Mood Fabrics.   For this pair, I made the pants wider for a more relaxed fit.  

So what are your feeling about wearing white?  
Happy Sewing!


  • Ramona Moreland
    September 29, 2017

    Cenetta, I love the outfit! Do you have any tips to keep it clean? You would think at the age of 56 I’d have figured out out by now, but I have not. When I wear white, it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but a matter of ‘when’ will I get something on it, no matter how hard I try to keep things pristine. Until I figure it out, I just won’t sew white.

    Dumb question, huh?

    • Cennetta
      September 29, 2017

      Haha, Ramona. That’s the million dollar question. Anyway, thank you!

  • Stephanie Laakson
    September 29, 2017

    Really like both fabric choices. The color details make a nice pop! I am a bit of a groupie. Love your sewing and fabric choices. Your expertise is such a joy to see, thank you!

    I found a stain remover recipe somewhere online…..maybe pinterest…..but don’t remember.

    8 parts peroxide, 4 parts Dr. BRONNERS Citrus Castile Soap and 1 part baking soda. Store in dark bottle.

    This is a little volatile so keep a bit open….i discovered that the hard but clean way;)

  • Connie Turner
    September 30, 2017

    Wear whatever whenever is my rule. Your white ensemble is just perfect.