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December 2nd, 2015

Rain Hats

Penned by molly in Made By Molly


When it comes to protecting your hair, an umbrella isn’t enough. Save your blowout or updo from the elements the old-fashioned way: with a rain hat.

My Mammaw made rain bonnets back in the 1960s. She was an elegant lady who was not the type to show up soggy for a social engagement. I still have the hats she gave me when I showed an interest in vintage clothes back in high school. I make my bonnets a little different than hers, to accommodate longer hair.

These days women don’t go to the beauty parlor for a weekly hair set like our grandmothers did. We have salon visits for blowouts, updos and special occasion makeup. And it is expensive. So save that investment with a cute rain hat. On sale now.

December 2nd, 2015

Beach Onesies: How To Size

Penned by molly in Made By Molly


The beach onesies currently come in just one size. They fit anyone with a measurement of up to 40 inches. It looks like they have plenty of fabric but the trick is that you must be able to fit into the straps. Otherwise, the top would be as wide as the pants and would hang from your underarms like those people who wore barrels in old cartoons.

How to measure:

Take a tape measure and wrap it across your back at the bra line around to meet at the front. This is the fullest part of your bust. Make a note of this measurement. Please note that the band size of your bra is not the same as your bust measurement.

Next, measure around the fullest part of your hips and derriere. This is your hip measurement.

If both numbers are under 40 inches, the beach onesie is already sized for you. The straps are adjustable which keeps them from slipping down your arms but doesn’t help with the sizing.

Is your biggest number above a 40? Let me know! If there is enough interest I will make a second size.

October 9th, 2012

Elsewhere: Mighty Closet

Mighty Girl featured me as part of their Mighty Closet project. It was fun to work with Maggie. In setting aside clothes for the photo shoot I realized how much cute stuff I own. We didn’t even get to coats, jackets or boots!

Maggie is a great photographer so head over to Mighty Girl and check it out. Mabel and Moxie totally stole the show btw.

December 15th, 2008

Cuisine Carriers: Buy My Stuff

Penned by molly in Accessories, Made By Molly

I’m selling these cuisine carriers over on my Etsy store. Buy one today! They’re great for toting food to parties and make splendid hostess gifts. The one pictured above is made from vintage printed canvas.

The carriers fit many round, oblong and square dishes and bowls. The tie allows for secure transport with no loose lids. Also great for pies!

Merry Christmas all.

September 7th, 2008

Couture Gown

Penned by molly in Luxury, Made By Molly

I finished my couture gown and wore it to a party Saturday night. What fun! The gown was a project from Susan Khalje’s couture school last year, which is basically a boot camp for gown-making.

At the end of the week my gown wasn’t finished. While I finished my regular school work it hung in my closet. I’d sigh when I saw its copper shimmer drape down to a puddle at the floor, telling myself someday, someday. What I needed was impetus to get it done.

Then an invitation to a black-tie event arrived and work on the gown resumed. Picking it up again, I could see how my sewing techniques were more ingrained. I’m still thrilled with the color choice and am glad I went with the Grecian (one-shoulder) neckline.

Here’s another view of the dress, worn with my grandmother’s gold wrap.

photos by Ted

July 21st, 2008

Molly Bloom: First Resort

Penned by molly in Luxury, Made By Molly, Resort, sewing

For the curious, here’s a look at my fashion line. It’s called First Resort. I hope you like it.

October 29th, 2007

Easy Fix: Add A Button

Penned by molly in Made By Molly


Do you like my new tunic? It’s part of my winter wardrobe effort. It’s by T-Bags and it’s drapey and soft and swoopy. The colors are unlike anything else in my closet and the gold touches around the teal add dimension to the superthin jersey fabric.

I like this top but the V-neck is way too low — it dips below the base of my brassiere. Safety pins are an option but they can look suspicious closing two inches of fabric. My solution was to add this giant gold-tone button to the pinning. Now I don’t have to buy gold accessories to match my hot new top. Behold my genius.

OK so maybe the photo needs a re-do. The shirt is way more fantabulous than it looks. I may have to start using an actual camera + tripod instead of my beloved Photobooth.

October 17th, 2007

Winter Wardrobe Rundown

Penned by molly in Made By Molly

I have nothing to wear. This is embarrassing. I’m not quite sure how it happened.

Recently I went through my wardrobe to assess my cold-month options. I was looking for pants, heavier skirts and dresses, sweaters and long-sleeved shirts. I’ve gotten rid of some things in the last year because they were ratty or out of style. Or in the case of two identical, unfaded black tops: over-worn and over-photographed.

The results:
I have one two long-sleeve blouses and zero winter skirts. No wonder I can’t find a thing to wear. I have a few cardigans and sweaters that are still in great shape but sometimes pairing those with my multitude of short-sleeved blouses and T-shirts leaves me cold. I’m also down one raincoat from last year and San Franciscans need our raincoats.

I need to find an afternoon to get down on some skirts, stat. Last winter I wore skirts from the early days of my pattern-making program but their time has so passed. They’re very basic skirts, possibly sewn by blind monkeys.

September 5th, 2007

Back From Desert Fashion Week

Penned by molly in Costume Closet, Made By Molly, Travel


Burning Man runways got a workout this year. This year’s trends included short, flouncy crinolines and wedgie-deep-up-your-bottom pants for women. There was omnipresent fake fur and metallic fabric. Men are still wearing coveralls, too-small dresses and [most unfortunately] fleece vests adorned with glowsticks. For those of you who write to ask when I’m going to feature some of my own creations, look no further: the dusty corset and bustle pictured above were made by me. Note the bowler hat accessorized with a headlamp.

June 25th, 2007

Molly Bloom’s Day

Penned by molly in Costume Closet, Made By Molly, Travel


I’m back from Ireland with stories to tell. What a wonderful country! The dress I made for Bloomsday was a hit and wasn’t too mangled in the travels. Stuffing the arms full of paper and the body of the dress with my shawl did the trick.

We started the day at the James Joyce Center, where foreign dignitaries and members of various literary societies read passages from Ulysses. I was interviewed by a reporter for the Irish Times who was doing a story on the festivities.

Next we headed to Davy Byrnes’ Pub, where Leopold has lunch in the book (“Mr Bloom ate his stripes of sandwich, fresh clean bread, with relish of disgust, pungent mustard, the feety savour of green cheese. Sips of his wine soothed his palate.”) The gorgonzola sandwich was actually delightful (hold the mustard, thanks) and went well with the Guinness we drank in place of the storied Burgundy. One of the servers said the pub had sold 500 of the cheese sandwiches that day.

Plenty of people at the pub wore period costume. One group held court in the back room singing old songs. Up front people took turns reading passages over the bar’s intercom system. There were men in waistcoasts (what we call vests) and women in Edwardian day clothes — big hats and blouses belted into layers of skirts. One Dubliner commented on my costume, “Loverly dress — bit posh idn’t it?”

And so went this Molly’s first Bloomsday. The real Molly Bloom wore bed clothes — she stayed in bed all day. But a nightgown wouldn’t have been as fun to make.

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