sewing dresses Tag

09 Aug Making the Cut: Part 1

Many thanks to the readers who suggested I write a post about the clothes that made the cut when we moved. Her suggestion compelled me to study the good, the bad and the ugly of my sewing and style choices. I surprised myself after this exercise and recommend it! Who wants to give something away that you've spent hours making? Some of my makes were great learning experiences, while others remain wardrobe favorites. Maybe you've had similar sewing experiences! Before I start, I have a question...

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04 Jul Vogue 1809

Greetings from the beautiful Wofford College campus! I grew up in a historic home on this campus where my father was Dean of Students, and both of my daughters are Wofford graduates.  I'm quite at home popping over for an occasional pic, and always enjoy seeing campus developments. Right now the Colonnade of Wofford's new Greek Village is calling my name.  No, I wasn't a sorority girl, but the classical architecture is a great setting for one of my favorite classics - the shift. I've sewn dozens of shifts and even though I vow to move on, I consistently return and sew yet another shift pattern. What...

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05 Aug McCall’s 2401 in Pink Flambe!

With an unapologetic youthfulness straight out of an "Eloise at the Plaza" book, add this adorable Pink and Blue Printed Stretch Cotton Sateen to your collection! Hand drawn flowers, swirled vines and hearts move in a kaleidoscopic fashion over a light blue background. A crisp hand is paired with a stiff drape for perfectly tailored pieces. Its stretch through the weft ensures the perfect fit for bodycon pieces as well! Make crop tops, shorts and shift dresses for an adorable spring/summer look. Who can resist a description like this?? I ordered the fabric with pants in mind since cotton sateen makes wonderful...

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03 Apr Saint James Dress

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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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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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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05 Nov McCall’s 6884

Just one look - that's all it took ~~~~ It's true, one look at this fabulous viscose jersey was all it took to convince me I needed a new wrap dress. This medium-weight viscose was my first fabric purchase in Florence, and I would have bought much more if only the store was willing to ship. A tax voucher was all the handsome Italian at Valli Tessuti could offer me. After uncareful consideration, I concluded the voucher signified a generous discount, and I left the store with four beautiful pieces of fabric - two silks and two viscose. McCall's 6884 was waiting for me at home. At...

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01 Oct Famous Frocks Giveaway!

The kind staff from Chronicle Books sent me a newly released book to review entitled, Famous Frocks - The Little Black Dress by Dolin Bliss O'Shea. (not to be confused with the book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt) What a beauty! Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history—including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line,...

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