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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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03 Apr Saint James Knock Off

Knowing I can sew a garment for a tiny fraction of the retail price of a simply thrills me, and is one of the reasons I continue to sew. I knew I could make the $200 Saint James Toledo striped dress I saw in a boutique in Charlotte,but I didn't know that Mood Fabrics stocked Saint James knits ~ the very same fabrics! Upon finding Burda 6722, I knew it was meant to be. Described as a ponte, Mood offers the Saint James knits in several colors, and I chose the white background with black stripes. I rarely sew Burda patterns (no reason in...

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18 Mar Birdie and Me

Greetings from the desert! A beautiful baby and gorgeous warm weather greeted us upon our arrival to Scottsdale. Can life get better than this? I've been asked countless times if I plan to sew for Birdie (now 6 months). The answer is YES, but I have decided not to smock again. It's been a long time since I've attempted to sew baby clothes, and while times have changed, baby patterns have not! After a 25 year break, I was led back to The Children's Corner patterns and discovered many of the cute patterns I sewed for Katie and Mimi are now online waiting to be...

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05 Mar 3 Dresses 3 Fits 3 Looks

Maybe you go through color phases like I do.  I don't know where they come. Two years ago I was all about orange but lately I've been partial to blue and green. Recently, the delightful fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli sent Julie and me selections from her Hotel Frederiksted collection. We each made a tunic for one of our book signings at Quiltcon in Savannah last week.  The fabrics are quilting cotton which isn't always recognized as garment friendly, but one can have fun with the great prints found in quilting cotton, and create cute casual garments! Here's mine. I decided to make a...

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17 Feb Mood Fabrics Giveaway!

Goodness ~ I won the Mood Fabrics African Print Facebook Challenge. Many thanks to all who voted in the contest, not just for me, but for any of the seven MSN bloggers. I'm truly flattered to have won amid such talent. For winning, I received two $50.00 Mood Fabrics gift certificates. Mood automatically loaded one to my account but the second one is for you! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below. The winner will be announced Monday, February 20th. ________________________________ If you plan to visit Quilt Con in Savannah, please stop by one of our Tunic Bible book signings and say hello!...

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14 Feb Floral Explosion and Giveaway Winner

Happy Valentine's Day, Dear Readers! My hometown of Spartanburg, SC has gone all out putting hearts on the lampposts and red dye in the fountain :) I finished my new shirt just in time for the big day. This lightweight cotton from Five Eighth Seams caught my eye with its floral explosion, and I was smitten after seeing the Monet quote printed along the selvage. ;) As I've mentioned before, I thought button down shirts were not for me until I returned to sewing and became dedicated to fitting myself. Now I love them. I cannot think of a single place where I can buy a...

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11 Feb A Contest and A Giveaway!

Actually the header should read a contest and two giveaways! Last month several of the Mood Sewing Network members sewed projects from African Waxed Cotton. The store liked the results so much it decided to host a Facebook Contest. The winner receives two $50.00 gift certificates. One to keep and one to share with YOU! Click HERE to vote for your favorite! The contest runs through February 15th, and obviously, I hope I receive the certificate to share with you ;) ______________________________________ In the meantime Beth Byrge, from 110 Creations and author of A Sewist's Notebook has written a new book entitled A Sewist's Swatchbook designed to help...

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