In a Colorful Mood: Technicolor Lace Skirt

This month I was in such a colorful mood. When challenged by the Mood Sewing Network to sew with lace, I found myself gravitating towards this bright, textural orange lace with its organic pattern of swirling leaves and flowers, from Mood Fabrics. I really wanted to have some fun with color by pairing the orange with an equally vibrant hue. After a very circuitous path, I ended up choosing this blue double-faced wool  from Mood to partner with the lace. Since this experience marks my first time to truly work with lace, I chose a pattern I had successfully made […]

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Marc Jacobs Silk-Blend Taffeta Jacket and Shorts

  Editor’s note: We are thrilled to welcome Peter as one of our newest Mood Sewing Network bloggers! You may already know Peter from his blog Male Pattern Boldness, “the world’s most popular men’s sewing blog.” We look forward to seeing what he makes with our fabrics. Readers, I am thrilled to be participating in the Mood Sewing Network and extremely excited to be posting this, my very first MSN blog post.  A special thank you to Meg and Eric  for inviting me to be the network’s first blogger dude! I had no idea what my first project would be.  […]

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A Sequin Bodice Dress

  Editor’s note: This month we are pleased to welcome Haylee, a college student from Utah, as our newest Mood Sewing Network blogger. She writes a blog called Threaded. She isn’t participating in the lace challenge but check out these chic lace skirts she and her mom made for the bridesmaids to wear at her brother’s wedding (lace from Mood!). Welcome, Haylee! This month I decided to re-make the Shimmer Down dress from Tobi. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it but I’m a more conservative dresser so the mini length wasn’t going to work. I […]

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The Lace Dress That Became a Lace Skirt

It’s the Lace Challenge month at the Mood Sewing Network and in the past few months there has been a flurry of excitement and activity concerning the picking out of a choice piece of lace. I did not participate in any of that excitement, though, because way back in July of last year I used my Mood money to purchase some exquisitely beautiful green lace. (It sold out quickly so I unfortunately cannot link you to it. Here are some of their other laces.) Oh I had plans! I bought 3 yards and could have done just about anything. So […]

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lace + silk chiffon: criminal minds

I’m going to call this my Project Runway make, because I finished it in the four hours I had free Sunday. Down-to-the-wire sewing is of course de riguer on that jammy, and if season 8 is any indicator, peeps are constantly choosing silk chiffon. Much to Michael Kors dismay. That was my weapon of choice to pair with this chartreuse cotton lace, for one of my hopefully two (!) March Lace makes. Both fabrics are deliciously drapey, and this is my first time working with either! That also seems to be a recurring them on le PR…much, again, to The […]

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A Sleeveless Blazer for Spring

If you do not yet own a sleeveless blazer, run… don’t walk to the store or your computer to purchase your pattern. You do know what a sleeveless blazer is? They used to know be known as a… you guessed it, a VEST! The pattern I selected is Simplicity 1756, from Cynthia Rowley. For this project, I was inspired by Balenciaga Spring 2013… the ads were fabulous. I chose a Mood Fabrics black Italian cotton suiting that has a smidgen of stretch (cotton/lycra and it’s 64″ wide).  This fabric has a medium hand, a fabulous drape and is lightweight enough […]

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Striped Jersey “Nantucket” top

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.” Oscar de la Renta I don’t know how to sew casual clothes – the kind of knock around frocks you wear on the weekend – but I’m going to learn. I believe the art of making a simple garment requires an underestimated level of sophistication that I’ve yet to acquire. How does one – Avoid the discount department store look? – Address excessive ease in loose-fitting patterns? – Achieve a finished appearance despite a lack of construction details? – What is Eileen Fisher’s secret? I gave myself the assignment to sew […]

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Lace for A Valentine’s Day Dress

For the past couple of months, us Mood Sewing Networkers have been plotting to have a month where the entire group worked with a similar fabric. Lace was decided for March, and since I had already been lurking the lace selection and dreaming up options, I was 100% game. I was also inspired by Liz’s Macaron Lace Dress because GIRL(boy?), have you seen that gorgeousness?! so jealous. I thought it would be fun to have the dress ready for Valentine’s Day – I’m not really much of a Valentine’s person (this is like, one of maybe four Valentine’s EVER that […]

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March is Lace Challenge Month at Mood Sewing Network

In the early days of the Mood Sewing Network, Meg and Eric of Mood asked us to consider a challenge where we each sewed something from the same fabric. They even let us agree on the fabric we wanted to sew.  After much discussion between the initial nine bloggers, we chose lace.  Why lace?  Here are a few explanations from my fellow bloggers… Lori from Girls in the Garden says… “Lace is an unknown fabric for me.  I have only made one garment previously from lace.  I am intrigued and challenged by this fabric, it is beautiful and delicate with […]

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