The Abstract Silk Crepe Dress

This is Vogue 8849.  And I used view B. I used this absolutely amazing abstract floral print from Mood Fabrics. The fabric is called Springtime Floral Lightweight Silk Crepe.  And these pictures just doesn’t do it justice.  It was so easy to work with.  Not as lightweight as a crepe de chine.  But it still has a great amount of body and a lovely hand for draping. This pattern was great to work with. Well-drafted and easy instructions. My favorite part is that this pattern is a Vogue Pattern’s “Custom Fit”.  Which means, no FBAs needed!  And it does what [...]

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Sequin T-Shirt

I never make t-shirts. Never. My mind is always thinking they are too simple to make. I like complexity and challenge. I’ll just buy them instead, I tell myself. Except, I am finding good quality t-shirts harder and harder to find. These days they all seem to be made from extremely thin material that pills after several washes. So, I’ve made my very first t-shirt: The body is made from a sequined wave cotton jersey from Mood fabrics. I ordered a swatch of it several months ago and fell in love. The sequins are sewn on with nylon thread on [...]

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Fabulous Silk Georgette Birds Dress

I am just going to preface this post with a warning: This is my VERY favorite thing I’ve ever made. Forget everything else up to this point. This here, this is the winner. I initially saw this fabric on the Mood Fabrics Instagram (which, if you’re not lurking that – WHY NOT, THEY POST THE BEST FABRICS!!). Isn’t it fabulous? I immediately called the store and had them set aside 4 yards for me. When I finally had it shipped all the way to Nashville, I was amazed at just how wonderful it was in person. The designer is Marc [...]

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Men’s Cotton Eyelet Shirt

This July, I’ve been working on a summer ensemble for my partner, Michael. We visited Mood Fabrics together in late June and Michael picked out four fabrics he liked which fit his “Autumn” color palette.  One of them was a beautiful deep coral cotton eyelet, a fabric I had never worked with before. Editor’s note: We have a great selection of cotton eyelets in both our stores and online here. I decided to use the eyelet to make Michael a summer shirt.  Michael chose the Colette “Negroni” pattern, which makes a vintage-inspired camp shirt (i.e., no collar stand — similar [...]

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Cotton Jersey Layers Dress

Recently on Facebook, Mood Fabrics posed the following question to its readers: When do you put aside summer sewing and move onto fall and winter apparel? Is July too soon to think about cool-weather clothes? I must admit I have actually begun to think about my Fall wardrobe in July for the first time ever. I have even begun to look at Fall Runway shows on Style.com and even started a Mood Fall board, but……… hasn’t summer just begun? I may develop the discipline to sew a season ahead one day, but for now I’m sewing in the moment. As [...]

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Nautical Crop Top with High Waisted Shorts

Mikaela made the special request for a crop top and high waisted shorts. She specifically said she wanted the shorts to be striped and I said, why not make a matching top.  Suit dressing is popular this season. I remembered the perfect fabric from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be what she wanted.  This fabric is Nautical Double-Faced Cotton-blend Jersey.  The fabric is really easy to work with.  It doesn’t have a lot of stretch, so I would probably use it for garments that don’t require a lot of recovery… preferably things that could also be made in [...]

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Cotton Voile Summer Top

When talking about the perfect summer fabric, I would have to say this Mood Fabrics’ Thakoon Cotton Voile is about as perfect as it gets.  I love this fabric, it is the perfect summer weight and just was so easy to sew.  In fact, I would love to buy all the fabric that felt just like this piece and sew many, many summer garments. I know when the temperature sores above 95 degrees, I want a summer top that makes you feel cool.  Right when this fabric arrived, I knew I would make it into Simplicity 2892, a pattern I have made [...]

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Mapping My Mood – Part Two

Editor’s note: Guest blogger Karen of the blog Did You Make That is back again, with a post about her continued progress on the dress she’s making from a fabric she got at Mood several months ago. We’re glad to have her back! As I asked in a recent blog post, can one learn patience? Well, if you’ve been waiting for updates on my travails with the Craftsy Couture Dress course with Susan Khalje the answer is a resounding – yes! I’m so sorry, readers. I did the worst a sewing blogger can. I allowed myself to become distracted by [...]

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Firecracker Cotton

  This Fourth of July, I decided to go a bit less literal. I’ve tried the red, white ‘n blue route before, but the outfit usually ends up doomed to the costume section of my closet (there’s also a cow print skirt in there for when I have to audition for the role of Hooker With A Heart Of Gold).  So when I saw this symphony of Italian stretch cotton color online at Mood Fabrics, I gleefully jumped into four yards of firecracker. I had previously pounced on a double face neoprene as well, found in-store at Mood Fabrics NYC [...]

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