Vacation Dreaming – Capsule Look #2

I’d originally planned on having this dress done a week or more ago.  As I mentioned in my last post, I was almost done with my dress when I ran out of fabric and I had to stop to wait for my order to arrive.    In the meantime while I waited, I also got conscripted into making a set of window curtains for my pops.   It’s something I’ve done for him since I first learned how to sew, and every few years he volunteers me to make him a new pair, laughing.  He sent me home at Christmas with the fabric he’d picked out and purchased, which I almost forgot about until he started casually asking me at every phone call, laughing again. 

I’ve had in my mind a color blocked dress for a while.  I so love playing with different colors and textures lately.  I know this won’t be my last color blocked look or even dress for my vacation capsule looks.  I’m not sure yet how many looks I will make in total, but I plan to continue to sew right up until I leave for my vacation.  My sewjo thankfully has been holding at full steam ahead even with my fabric hiccup issue. 


Color Blocked Wrap Maxi Dress : McCall’s 8036 , view C. This dress has been in my sewing queue since it came out a few years ago, but I just never got around to sewing it.  As a busty woman I have a complicated relationship with wrap dresses for a lot of reasons.  The biggest is that they cut your bust in a weird place, and often just make your bust look even larger, which is not something I need any additional help with. But leave it up to me to be determined to still make a wrap dress regardless.  This particular pattern, to my surprise does a better job than most wrap dresses of being far more flattering to us busty ladies. I did run into a little bit of an issue with the facings that I had to correct on the pattern.  The neck facing and the front top bodice facing were not long enough, so I had to re-draft them to the exact measurements of the dress neck and bodice top in order to continue, but once I got pass that small hiccup, it was really smooth sailings on making this dress. It’s a very straightforward and relatively quick sew.   I also under-stitched my facings, which is something the directions didn’t mention, but is always a good thing to do when dealing with facings and making sure they lay correctly.  My only modification to this pattern was to increase the length by six inches, as I wanted more of a maxi length look. I also in hindsight wished I’d added pockets to this dress. It really feels like it should have pockets, though the pattern did not include any. I found myself constantly reaching like I had them in this dress. 

FABRIC – For such a natural fabric, linen for some reason is kind of pricey.  Which is where Mood Fabrics comes in.  They have an excellent line of reasonably priced linen with exclusive colorways that you cannot find anywhere else.  I know, I shamelessly plug Mood Fabrics (not paid, just my personal enthusiasm) but as a sewist & designer, they are my version of Disney World.  I’ve been a Mood Insider for years now, so when this fabric came up for early purchase before it was released to the public on their website, I snapped it right up.  The main fabric is item #MD1036 which is part of the Mood Exclusive Metro Collection which is a collection inspired by New York City.  My accent fabric is item #MD0973 and is part of the Mood Exclusive Jack-O-Lantern Collection, which has a Halloween inspired theme. 

STYLE – Almost zero styling here, since I was just trying to get some quick photos.  I had on a pair of Nine West black suede Mary Jane pumps, with my usual gold hoop earrings and my favorite charm bracelet I found at BCBG Maxazria ages ago. 

Vacation Dreaming – Capsule Look #1

This post is long overdue, considering that I posted the pictures of this outfit at least a couple of weeks ago on Instagram. I feel like I’ve been moving through a slow moving brain fog lately, where I’m working and doing things, yet my mind hasn’t settle on one thing at a time. It doesn’t help that all I can think about these days is a much needed vacation and some down time. I’m hoping that by summer once my current work situation wraps up, I’ll get to take some extended time off along with a vacation that‘s now been booked and paid for to a tropical location. So now that my vacation birthday trip is booked, I’m ecstatic. This matching set is the beginning of what I hope is to be all me-made vacation looks.  I normally don’t sew for vacations, but this year seemed like a good chance to see if I can accomplish it.    Even as I type this I’m already 75% done with my next vacation look, but ran out of fabric, oops. Thankfully Mood Fabrics has more in stock, despite me buying that fabric a while ago, so I’m just awaiting the delivery of that, which will hopefully be this week.


Flowy Button-up Top: Fibr & Cloth Studio’s Agave Top.  This is a great true MVP pattern. It’s flowy and has the classic features of a button up. There is something so gratifying good about sewing this pattern up. I even love that Alexis included a great sew-along video for the back yoke and the collar. Like all Fibr & Cloth Studio patterns, they are size inclusive and leave room for you to sew in between sizes without losing the design ascetics. In a sewing world where most people over the size 8/10 are limited often, it’s so good when an Indie pattern company out of the gate recognizes that we’re not all petite sized 4 people. 

Trousers –  Sammi Woven Pants from Style Arc . This is now my second pair of these trousers and they fall under my tried and true patterns to use. The silhouette of these pants are everything and I’m sure before the summer is out I will have made a couple more of them. 

FABRIC – For this matching set I used the Viscose Jacquard version of this fabric (which I also own!) that I found at Mood Fabrics Los Angeles. It’s the perfect summer/warm weather fabric. It’s got a bit of slipperiness to it due to the nature of viscose, but it’s still worth the extra work for the benefits of this beautiful fabric.  This fabric is part of Mood Fabrics Eco fabric lines and their Mood Exclusives, which I absolutely adore both in looks and price point.

STYLE – I had on a pair of Nine West Sandals that I bought to replace my old favorite pair of neutral tan ones that I literally wore so much the heel fell off!