Anna Sui Eyelet Dress for the Fall

I turned my last trip to Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles into a mommy/daughter date with my cute 8-year-old daughter.  Her baptism day was coming up and I promised to make her a new dress to wear.  We went straight to the fancy lace area, hoping to be inspired but nothing caught her eye except for a roll of white sequins (and I’m not a huge fan of bling).  Then we meandered down the eyelet aisle (though I wasn’t feeling hopeful we’d find anything there since we were just days away from fall).  That’s when I saw it, this gorgeous, […]

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Designer Silk Crepe de Chine Long-Sleeve Top

I think I might be the last Mood Sewing Network blogger to make a garment out of Mood’s great Thakoon designer fabrics. Seriously. But, I’d seen a photo of how the designer used this fabric, and I couldn’t get his top out of my mind. That blue solid border wanted to be at the top of a long sleeve top, so of course I had to wait for some cooler weather to use it. This Thakoon designer fabric is a silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics, and it has a neat border of the tie-dye print morphing into a […]

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Oscar de la Renta Silk Print Skirt

So this skirt, guys this skirt! It turned out so much better than I thought it would. It was definitely an experiment in more ways, than one so I was not expecting that. Experiment #1, working with this Oscar de la Renta silk twill fabric from Mood Fabrics. Man, I was up and down about this silk. One day I loved it, the next day I thought it was too attention-grabbing, the next, well you get the deal. Fortunately the end result I LOVE. I guess it was just one of those fabrics that makes you second guess yourself during the […]

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Two Jersey Knit Casual Tops

I purchased this beautiful Mood Fabrics poly floral jersey at the first of September: I bought 2 yards with the intention of one knit top. Well, I pulled out the Renfrew top and Jalie 2921 trying to decide which one to make. Sometimes I feel like that is the hardest decision in sewing—what pattern to use? I posted my dilemma on Instagram and Carolyn was the only one to voice an opinion, which was the Jalie. Well, I cut out the Renfrew first but no worries, Carolyn, I had enough fabric to make the Jalie, too. My choice of the Renfrew, was one […]

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Men’s Knit Sweaters for Fall, or Hooray for Houndstooth!

Since I started sewing, I have been curious about sweater knits and how to use them.  Can you really sew a credible men’s sweater?  This month I found out the answer is YES! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, there’s an entire aisle devoted to sweater knits—so many gorgeous choices.  On my most recent visit, I spotted (and quickly fell in love with) a bolt of gray and maroon Italian wool knit houndstooth.  I purchased a yard and a half, figuring I could make a men’s sweater out of it.  Little did I realize there would be enough to make three […]

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Polka Dot Fancypants

Dontcha just love it when you spend months looking for a specific dream fabric, then give up your search in angst, only to discover exactly what you’re looking for when you really truly aren’t looking? I mean, gah, finding good fabric can be just as difficult as finding a suitable romantic partner. Although the fabric search is usually a bit more fun 😉 When I originally got my hands on this “Peter & The Wolf Pants” pattern by Papercut Patterns, I immediately wanted to make them up in something polka-dotty. Problem is, this particular pattern calls for fabric with a […]

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Denim & Velvet Wiggle Dress

ARGH THIS DRESS TOOK FOREVER!  At one point, I told Ruggy this might be the longest I’ve ever spent on a dress. Really, I’m not sure, because it was started in Texas and finished in New York…travel plays tricks on the mind… I ordered this delicious medium-weight denim & velvet flocked yardage from Mood Fabrics online back in late July.  It seemed totally appropriate for the middle of the summer.  That’s sarcasm. But the fabric is amazing, it has a bit of stretch to it, and the velvet looks almost CGIed. It was meant for a maxi dress, but then my eyes fell on […]

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The Boho Chic Ikat Maxi Dress

When I first saw this ikat jersey from Mood Fabrics, I knew it was supposed to be a maxi dress. Because this is one of those fabrics that simply speaks to you!  And it screamed, “Boho chic!”  And one with long sleeves is a great transitional garment for me.And every so often, I like an easy, palette cleansing project and Vogue 8921 fit the bill. This pattern is simple and such a perfect way to highlight the fabric and allow it to be the star. I made my usual alterations, which is to just lengthen everything! I added an inch […]

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Two Simple Knit Dresses for Fall

As much as I looove working with beautiful fabrics that require special handling and specific sewing rules, sometimes a girl just needs a simple knit dress to throw on when she wants to look classy but feel she’s wearing pajamas. Fortunately for me, Mood Fabrics has an incredible assortment of knits, from lightweight cotton to cozy wool. A little bit of everything, I like that! So obviously, I made two because one CLEARLY is not enough. I used the Lady Skater pattern from Kitschycoo for both dresses—this is a great basic knit dress, easy to customize by just changing up the fabric. […]

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