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13 Apr Garment #9 McCall’s 6885

I was briefly tempted to spend $326 on a shirtdress I saw online before walking into a shop and seeing it on a hanger. I snapped to my senses upon feeling the paper thin silk on the shapeless garment. Since I returned to sewing, I have watched many ready-to-wear lines continue on a downward spiral, but wouldn't you think $326 would buy a decent shirtdress? In November, my friend Ruth gave me three beautiful pieces of Korean silk from her mother's collection.After the shirtdress incident I knew what to do with the middle fabric; an exquisite silk twill with a kaleidoscope...

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08 Apr Something Worth Sharing – The Little Dress

While working on Garment #9, a documentary filmmaker sent me a lovely email about her project featuring the story of  this inspirational woman participating in a most worthwhile effort. I'm happy to share it with you. To watch the video please click on the image :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In the twilight of her life, Iowa native Lillian Weber had a remarkable goal: to sew 1,000 dresses for needy little girls in Africa before she turned 100 years old. She's one prominent volunteer among thousands around the world who are committed to the nonprofit organization “Little Dresses for Africa,” founded by Rachel O’Neill to...

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06 Apr The St. John Suit by Julie Starr (guest post)

A big welcome to my friend and co-author, Julie Starr, a lovely woman who models the example of excellence through her exemplary sewing, in addition to being a sewist who illustrates my motto with verve! Enjoy ;) _________________________________________________________________________ from Julie ~ Have you ever clipped an inspiration image that practically haunted you until you challenged yourself to give it a go? Taking cues from high end ready to wear designers is the fuel that feeds my sewing passion and this $2000 St. John suit is an especially gratifying example. I found myself lingering over the photo each time I visited my Pinterest sewing inspiration...

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03 Apr Garment # 8 Butterick 6048

The photographer for Mimi's wedding said she preferred cloudy skies and overcast days for shooting photographs and she got her wish on this cold winter day ;) In preparing for the last Mood Sewing Network post, Hubby and I thought the gray skies and harsh glares would work in our favor too. Not so~~ We waited for the sun to come out and tried again. Greetings :) One of these days we'll learn how to use the light to our advantage, but for now there is no subtlety in the photographs - either overcast glare or bright morning light. My fabric, a blue/green/white floral cotton stretch...

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13 Mar Better in Bluffton

For the third weekend in a row, I am away from home. All good but each weekend has involved planning a suitable wardrobe and packing a suitcase. Greetings from the lovely Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in Bluffton, SC, an outstanding resort nestled along the May River and home to numerous sunbathing alligators ;) Hubby is working and I am playing, but the weekend is full of activities that require thoughtful dressing. I panicked as I started packing my suitcase since my sewing has been off track and a new season has arrived. Looking at this dress in my closet evoked an unpleasant reaction since...

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10 Mar Garment #7, Vogue 8379

Greetings :) There is viscose and there is viscose. I am wearing viscose, more specifically Poppy Abstract Stretch Viscose from Mood Fabrics. Upon reading the website's  fabric description as "wonderful for wrap dresses reminiscent of DVF," I placed a quick order and found the description quite accurate. What is Viscose, you asked? For the scientific definition click here. Viscose, often labeled rayon is a regenerated cellulose fiber resulting somewhere in between a natural and synthetic fabric. I made my dress from a Viscose Jersey, knitted with 4% elastine. Viscose quality can vary, but this viscose is cream of the crop ;) My pattern is Vogue 8379, a...

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29 Feb Garment #6 – Vogue 8689

My goodness ~ thank you, Readers, for solving the pajamas vs. shirt dilemma! You overwhelmingly suggested that I stay true to my original intention, and I am taking your advice. I will wear the top as pajamas ;) The decision, however, left me without the boyfriend shirt I was craving. Enter garment #6. Indeed ~ another shirt. Greetings from the campus of Johnson and Wales University in beautiful Charlotte, NC. We happen to be staying in a hotel that connects with the campus, and if I was a student again, I'd fill my closet with cozy and comfortable button down shirts. This one...

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20 Feb Garment #5 – Undecided

"What are you making?" asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate. "Pajamas." I replied. "Shame on you,"  he responded with a wink. The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed a perfect choice for a pair of men's style pajamas, but what did I know. I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick's 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants. My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful  4 1/2" monogram for the pocket. Nearing the end of the shirt construction, I modeled for my...

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11 Feb New Inspiration and an Arctic Blast Giveaway

If only I had waited a year before making this dress I could have had this new Vogue pattern right at my fingertips - LOL ;) Maybe you remember when I made this dress last January 2015. Inspired by an Akris Punto dress on the Neiman Marcus website for $995, (photo above) I altered a pattern to achieve a similar look. The new collection of Vogue Patterns now offers the Akris Punto knockoff in full minus the pockets. I really love the set-in sleeves along with the rounded hemline, and plan to give it a try in a different color combo for another...

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