Mood Sewing Network Bloggers

Welcome to the Mood Sewing Network, a collective of fashion sewing bloggers from across the U.S. The people we've chosen for the Mood Sewing Network represent a cross-section of home sewers: some still consider themselves beginners, while others are at the more experienced end of the sewing spectrum. No matter where they fall, we admire their enthusiasm for sewing and their love of fabric. Follow their adventures here in sewing and creating with Mood fabrics and use them for inspiration with your own sewing projects.

Posts from the Mood Sewing Network

Each month Mood Fabrics provides the Mood Sewing Network bloggers with an allowance for fabric that they can spend online at or in our NYC or LA stores. The bloggers, in turn, sew a garment with Mood fabrics each month and then blog about it on their own blogs and here. To be considered as a future Mood Sewing Network blogger, you should first be a blogger with at least 12 months of steady blogging activity and a demonstrated ability to take good photos and write clear copy. And sewing clothing is your passion. If this description fits you, then send an email to with a link to your sewing blog and "MSN blogger" in the subject line.

Red Is One of My Favorite Colors – Vogue 8871

Every once in awhile I inventory my closets to see what needs to be retired and what needs to be added.  I noticed that I only have only red dress in rotation.  That was kind of odd, since red is one of my favorite colors.  So I decided it was time to add a little warmth to my wardrobe. This is the perfect time.  The holiday season is around the corner, and I may as well get a head start.  So I began with a simple princess seam red dress.  Vogue 8871 is perfect:  it’s simple; it’s fit and flare; [...]


Men’s Fitted Poplin Shirt (and Total Designer Knockoff)

Is it wrong to blatantly knock off somebody else’s design if you’re just sewing for yourself? I almost never do: menswear doesn’t really afford too many possibilities.  But I stumbled upon a beautiful white poplin shirt from the Fall 2016 collection of designer Hussein Chalayan a few weeks ago, and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, at $520, it was way beyond my means.  So I did what any determined sewer would do: I decided to knock it off. Last summer, I happened to purchase three yards of gorgeous white mercerized cotton poplin shirting at Mood Fabrics in NYC.  (Also [...]


Denim Tencel Button-Up

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! I am back again with – you guessed it! – another button-up shirt. Ha! Is this all I wear these days? Probably. At least it’s a different pattern than last month When I was in NYC earlier this year, I made some time during my trip for a couple hours at Mood Fabrics flagship store in the Garment District. Since I live way way outside of NYC, I don’t generally get this opportunity except once or twice a year – so I try to make it count! I always come prepared with a list [...]


Late Summer Separates

Hello everyone! Happy Autumn! Here in Texas it still feels very much like summer, except that the days are getting just a smidgen shorter.  Thus, why I’m titling this post “Late Summer Separates” rather than “Autumn Separates”. This month I’ve been all about easy, casual separates that pair well with the rest of my wardrobe and can be easily transitioned into cooler weather with a sweater and boots.  Possibly not the most exciting of makes, but they are the kind of thing I love adding to my closet as I get a ton of mileage out of them. Up first [...]


An Unexpected Ensemble

To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient. Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in). I fitted, I pressed… I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care… AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, [...]


Transitioning to Fall In Oscar De La Renta Checkered Coat

Transitioning to Fall in Chicago can be a mixture of three seasons on any given day.  We could start with cool, crisp sunny morning.  By mid-day it’s hotter than July.  Then early evening, it’s cloudy and raining.  We are so lucky.  It’s not every day that this happens.  Most days it is one or the other.  The good thing is we experience every season, which gives us opportunities to wear many different styles and weights of clothing.  I’m happy to have many coats of all weights and styles.  My new  Oscar De La Renta Checkered coat is my latest addition [...]


Welcoming Fall with Mustard and Chocolate

  I love creating separates that can be mixed and matched throughout my wardrobe and worn over and over. I love clothes that I can get great mileage out of, yet has a bit of unique appeal. Like this amazing top.   This is Vogue 1188. It’s currently out-of-print, but still very much of the moment. Dramatic sleeves are presently trending for this season and these sleeves are definitely bringing the drama. I call it sewing kismet and feel that the sewing goddesses have shone down upon me when a fabric is “sew” perfect for a design. And that’s how [...]


Men’s Organic Cotton Work Jacket

What can you make with two and a half yards of organic cotton twill?  Read on! Last year I’d purchased this red cotton twill in a shade Mood calls “tomato.”   It’s available not only in tomato (here), but also in a great many other beautiful colors (here).  It’s the perfect weight for jeans or a casual jacket and very easy to sew with.  It also has no spandex, which is my preference for cotton fabrics. For my project, I turned to the recently published Japanese pattern book, “Men’s Clothes For All Seasons,” which I’d picked up at the Japanese [...]


Textured Wool Skirt

Finding wool clothing in south Texas is just about impossible. Of course our winters are pretty mild and don’t last half the year, but it does get cold here. Well, cold to me anyway. If I want wool clothing I have to make it myself, which I am perfectly okay with as it’s always such a well behaved fabric. I am really into textures lately, so when I spotted this striped novelty wool-acrylic blend at, I quickly bought 1.5 yards without anything in mind. I decided to use Vogue 9154 and make the knee length version of the skirt. [...]

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