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 MoodFabrics.com 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 info2@moodfabrics.com with a link to your sewing blog and "MSN blogger" in the subject line.

African Wax Print Maxi Dress

For the month of January, the members of the Mood Sewing Network were given the opportunity to work with an African Wax Print, also know as Ankara fabric. I chose this Gold and Dark Navy Waxed Cotton with Gold Metallic Foil, the one with the foil leaves. There is also the same colorway with peace signs in foil instead, if that is more your style. What I really wanted was a jacket and fitted pants combo, but I wasn’t sure where I’d wear it, and I decided on a maxi dress instead. These cuts of fabric come in 6 yard bundles, [...]

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Style Arc Head to Toe

What came first ~ the pants or the top? The pants, but let’s talk first about the top. I was about to bust to sew a cold-shoulder top. I see them everywhere, and after one attempt and mediocre result last spring I’m at it again. Fortunately, the pattern companies now offer many more selections, and I had a better vision. For this top I selected the Style Arc Cold Shoulder Knit Top. It is designed for a close fit, which fit almost perfectly without any adjustments. My fabric is a ponte knit from Mood Fabrics and I’m linking to entire collection of ponte due to [...]

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McCall 7465 and Mood Reptilian Modal Jersey

M7465 – Not the best picture – It’s freezing outside. M7465 – Yes it is starting to snow and I’m freezing I love animal print fabric.  Mood Fabrics is a great store to find all kinds, from birds on twill to luxury leopard faux fur.    On one of my hunts for something green or teal, I found this beautiful  teal/oak leaf reptilian modal jersey,  This lightweight modal jersey has a very soft hand and is perfect for a simple dress, top or even lounge wear. I decided to make a simple pullover dress, McCall 7465, which I lined the [...]

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African Wax Print Dress for Mardi Gras

Hello there, Mood Sewing Network!! I hope everyone has made it through January relatively unscathed.  After the holidays it can feel like a long slog until there is anything to look forward to again – mostly long days and pleasant weather! ‘Round here I can’t complain too much about the weather – it’s been unseasonably warm.  And that “post-holiday-funk” is always broken up by Mardi Gras! Now, Galveston’s Mardi Gras festivities are nowhere near the to-do that it is in New Orleans, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either! There’s parades and parties and beads galore! I’ll be honest, I [...]

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Organic Cotton Twill Anorak

Sorry for breaking the African Wax Print streak, y’all – I think I’m the only MSN blogger who didn’t participate in the challenge. I knew I’d be gone for the majority of January, so what little sewing time I did have was dedicated solely to my upcoming vacation to Egypt! This project in particular was made with that trip in mind, and I’m so glad I finished it in time, as I literally wore it every single day while I was gone. An anorak has been on my to-sew list for a while now. This sort of jacket is super [...]

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It’s a Wrap!

What’s better than a little black dress?…… A little black dress with a big colorful wrap! This month several members of The Mood Sewing Network are sewing African Waxed Cotton. I enthusiastically agreed to the challenge having never sewn this fabric before, and when my six-yard piece of Spectra Green Waxed Cotton African Print with Gold Metallic Foil arrived I wanted to use every inch of this luscious metallic textile.Big wraps are such luxury accessories! It took me a while to learn how to wear wraps comfortably, but now that I know what to do with them I truly value these versatile pieces. When folded in half [...]

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An Ankara Ensemble

By now you know a few of us here at the Mood Sewing Network used the month of January to dive into a “challenge” fabric. Some know it as Ankara, some as African Wax, some as Dutch Wax. I know it as YES PLEASE. I LOVE wax print. Love it, love it, love it. Did I mention I love it? This is an Osikani print, which is printed with metallic gold foil overlay. Although I always pre-wash my Ankara to soften it up, this time I decided to leave the wax in and use the stiff quality to play with [...]

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Vogue 1232 – Not Your Typical African Wax Print Skirt

This was a fun project.  I enjoyed researching possible skirt styles and the sewing process.  For months I’ve thought about making something with a African wax print fabric.  So when I received the e-mail  about the January challenge, it was a welcomed surprise.  Perfect in that it would help me to decide on a print waxed cloth garment. My print, of course, was this beautiful orange, green, and blue clothe with a diamond motif.  The fabric was so easy to work with. It presses with the slightest of ease.  I actually finger pressed the hem as I sewed it with [...]

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Men’s African Wax Print Pants

Happy New Year, everybody! This month, a number of us Mood Sewing Network bloggers decided to sew with African wax prints. You’re probably familiar with these fabrics (Rome-based designer Stella Jean is their best-known proponent) — brilliant-colored, abstract cotton prints with a wax coating that can be left on for a stiffer hand or laundered out for softer garments. The history of African wax prints is a little complicated — they’re not always African; in fact the fabric I used to make my pants is labelled “Supreme Wax Print Holland.” (Read more about the history of African wax prints here.) [...]

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