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01 Jul New Lilly Inspired Dress and Contest Winner!

Lilly Pulitzer introduced a fabulous collection of navy dresses this season, and I wanted one too. The Lilly dresses are available in every fabric imaginable bringing about many possibilities. My decision was based on the piece of  Theory Navy Cotton Rib Knit  I ordered from Mood Fabrics in March. (Now sold out but I highly recommend the navy stretch pique.) While Lilly refers to many of its dresses as 'shift dresses', they look like tunics to me, and so I made a tunic from The Tunic Bible. Since this is at least the 40th tunic I've made during the last two years, I...

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25 Jun Bucket Hat Mania and Double Giveaway!

It is a great pleasure to showcase the quality products of  Coats & Clark. Headquartered in the Carolinas with a distribution center 30 minutes from my home,  I was delighted to say yes to this long-established company, and will be writing a series of posts for its redesigned blog beginning on June 29.  Coats and Clark manufactures not only thread, but zippers and knitting accessories. It is also the parent company to Free Spirit Fabrics. The company contacted me because I sew garments...

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15 Jun Lilly P Knockoff Shorts

Six glorious beach days with Birdie - life gets no better! I was determined to perfect a pair of scalloped hem shorts before returning to the beach, and my inspiration came from many of the Lilly Pulitzer beach shorts. Many thanks to Margo Bergman from Creating in the Gap for introducing me to McCall's 6930, a flat front short with a scalloped hem option (View B). For optimal results I added a lining to the shorts for comfort and wrinkle reduction, and inserted an invisible zipper - eliminating the need for a hook & eye at the waistband. Rather than sewing the 3-piece waistband...

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12 Jun Tunic x Nine !

Greetings! I'd like to introduce you to a reader who made my day. Meet Marion, a fellow tunic lover from Germany. Marion bought The Tunic Bible in February and has showcased our concept of one pattern unlimited possibilities so beautifully that I must share. After reading Marion's initial email, I requested photos of her tunics. She surprised me with not one or two or three….. but nine tunics she’s created this Spring using the master pattern! Let's look...

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31 May Refashioned Linen Dress – A Foot to Spare

Over the last few months I've lost 10 pounds.  That means several clothes from the past fit once more, and there's nothing like an easy refashion to make my day :) It's true, I wore my dresses this long around the turn of the century - LOL. Above is a dress from the old Talbots made from Irish Linen - need I say more? I've hung onto it all these years hoping to wear it again one day. The lines in the dress are spot so I kept the refashion simple. After removing approximately 12 inches of the length, I retrieved a roll of tiny black...

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29 May Seersucker Beach Pants – Vogue 7912

For some reason, my husband and I have not been to the beach together in almost one year! Greetings from Edisto and Happy Memorial Day! I didn't know I wanted a pair of wide-leg beach pants until the Blue and White Bengal Cotton Seersucker arrived from Mood Fabrics. Seriously, I was planning a dress with a ruffle collar, but a new vision appeared once I opened the package. This is no pinstripe seersucker, but a lovely light and airy fabric featuring  1/4" stripes.  It is slightly puckered with a wonderful drape making it suitable for several garments. As one who almost always prefers a slim silhouette, I was...

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26 Apr Carolina Herrera Stretch Silk

I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill  from Mood Fabrics.  I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress. I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before - Vogue 9047. (Version one is here and version two is here.) The pattern is now out of print but still available on the website, Etsy and other online sources.While the 'original' dress is a sheath with...

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09 Apr Almost Cocktail Attire

In my next life I'd like to live in a historic house in Charleston with a decorative gate and  creeping fig wall. Perhaps you follow Teggy French, one of my favorite fashion bloggers. Last fall her social media led me to Shein, a website of inexpensive clothing where I purchased a ruffled bell sleeve top. When it arrived I hated everything about it...

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