Ponte Knit Cardigan

The next piece in The City in Winter Collection is a knit cardigan made using Butterick 6002 to coordinate with the brown wool crepe pieces previously sewn. Pattern ~ Butterick 6002 – This is an out of print pattern that was issued in 1999. It is a semi-fitted, unlined, above waist jacket that has shoulder pads, mock bands, long sleeves and stitched hem. Fabric ~ Tweedy ponte knit purchased from Mood. Here’s a link to additional pontes at Mood.com Notions ~ Five 7/8″ buttons 1/4″ shoulder pads black fusible interfacing Construction ~ This is my third version of this jacket. […]

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Mixed Animal Prints Dress

This is Vogue 1314 by the fabulous designer, Tracy Reese. This is my fifth pattern from her. I own every single one she’s done for Vogue Patterns and hopefully I’ll get around to making them. I made this dress out of this gorgeous mixed animal print wool-blend jersey from Mood Fabrics. This fabric is gorgeous and truly luxurious. It was so easy to work with. Just keep in mind if you choose to purchase it that it’s only 54″ wide. This pattern was really easy for a Vogue “Designer” pattern. The most technical skill you need is the ability to […]

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The Grim Reaper Gets a Makeover

What are your plans for All Hallows Eve? After wearing a ratty black cloak for 600 years, I was in the Mood for a makeover. How do you like it? Since I’m on call 24/7 , I need a dress perfect for morning, noon or night. Late one evening I walked through the walls of Mood Fabrics and found this gorgeous Italian wool double-knit. It was quite the bargain requiring only 1 ½ yards of fabric. After so many positive reviews on the Pattern Review website I put down the scythe, bought this Vogue pattern and made the dress in […]

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Animal Print Wool-Silk Brocade Coat

Here’s my trick to not totally hating the long cold winters we have here in the Northeast: Own lots of different outerwear options. Winter is yucky (in my opinion), but I can bear it a little more if I don’t have to wear the same coat or jacket day in and out. So I make a new coat every season. I think this coat here is the sixth or seventh coat I’ve made in the last five years or so, and my hall closet is busting at the seams with coats and jackets. Why should anyone sew a coat, you […]

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A TNT in NYC Designer Tweed

This dress is all about the “famous NYC designer” fabric that I chose for it.  I did add some pink piping to bring out the pink flecks in the fabric but I knew when I found it in the designer aisle at Mood NYC, that I was going to use my TNT dress pattern for it.   Some stats: Fabric ~ 2 yards designer tweed fabric   Notions ~ 20″ metallic zipper pink piping pink rayon bemberg lining black rayon seam tape pink rayon seam tape bias binding 1/4 yard black lightweight interfacing   Construction Techniques: All of the construction […]

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The Climbing Mt. Fuji Dress

Well, whaddayaknow? It’s a fancy new dress! Now, I’m not usually a print gal, but when I saw this Oscar de la Renta raw silk at the Mood NYC store, I HAD TO FREAKIN’ HAVE IT. No question about it. I brought it home, petted it about 1000 times, then… could NOT decide what to do with it! My original plan was to make Simplicity 1873 (how cute would that have been?!), but the selvedge was only 36″, so I couldn’t quite make that happen. I knew I didn’t want to break up or detract from the print, but I […]

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Ruggy’s Mad Over Plaid

Oh Ruggy. Will I ever sew you anything? This plaid flannel was truly meant for my husband. I had all the best intentions of making him a cozy fall shirt, partially egged on by Amy’s rage-inducing make for her soulmate. WHATEVER AMY. As I pored over Mood’s online site, bookmarking fabrics to my portfolio (I love that wee feature, I can see all my wants right on one page), my mind quickly wandered back to myself, and I let out a little gasp when I saw this chenille. Unfortunately, Mind-Reading Ruggy heard my gasp, looked at my screen, and asked […]

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Paneled Pencil Skirt

I absolutely adore sweaters and pencil skirts.  It’s such a great way to quickly look pulled together and polished. The sweater is from my closet.  And the skirt is Vogue 8603.  I originally made a denim pencil skirt from this pattern a few years ago. When I bought this sweater knit fabric from Mood Fabrics.com, I had something else in mind for it.  But as it turns out from time to time, an online fabric purchase isn’t exactly what you thought it would be.  [Editor’s note: Mood strongly recommends getting a swatch before you make a purchase.] I wanted to […]

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Bamboo Knit High-Low Top

The idea for this top came while I was making view A last year. I was just starting to notice the colorblocking trend and thought it would be fun to have one side in black and the other in white. During the month of August (aka the month of wadders) I stitched it up using some polyester jersey. The fit was horrible on that first one and the fabric was gross. But worst of all was that it looked like some sort of court jester costume. Hmmm, what now? I decided to cut the front in black and the back […]

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