60’s-Inspired Vintage Jacket in Wool Bouclé

I found this awesome wool boucle on the third floor of Mood Fabric’s NYC store.  I know people have favorite sections of the store, but me, I love the third floor because it’s magical!  You never know what you’ll find there and every time I climb the stairs, I find the most amazing delights. To be honest, I’ve had this piece for a minute.  When Todd pulled it off the rack for me, I squealed with joy because not only is it a beautiful creamy medium-weight bouclé but it’s also backed with interfacing. Peoples, to me this is like finding […]

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Oscar de la Renta Bouclé Jacket with Leather Trim

The navy and black color combo is currently a very popular trend. Even though I still think you shouldn’t wear black shoes with a navy dress, I do like them together in fabrics or colorblocked. Which is why, when I spotted this black and almost-navy plaid boucle at Mood Fabrics, I knew I wanted it for something. It’s Oscar de la Renta fabric with metallic threads and tiny black sequins, and reminds me somewhat of the fabric used for this dress – also OdlR, and also with sequins. I decided on jacket 106 from the February 2013 Burda issue, but […]

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Wool Double Knit Sweater for My Dad

O, Autumn!, fairest of seasons, when the air is crisp and clear, lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and a sewist’s heart leaps at the thought of wrapping herself in wool from head to toe! I hit the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC determined to find the perfect cocoon to shelter myself from autumn’s advances and boy, it did not disappoint! The only thing is, when I found this luxurious wool double knit, I knew immediately I had to make a sweater for my dad. He’s always cold, but lives in a cool climate, so he layers up nearly year-round! (Special thanks […]

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Madewell-Inspired Striped Silk Dress

This dress was inspired by a dress I saw at Madewell a while back. I’ve been loving the multi-directional stripes I’ve seen lately, but all the dresses I’ve found haven’t exactly been in a college girl’s budget. So I decided to just make my own! The fabric is this denim blue-striped woven from Mood Fabrics. I liked working with it for the most part but I did have issues with ironing. I ironed the dress, starched it. Re-ironed it, and starched it again and it still looks a little wavy, especially on the skirt. I don’t mind because the fabric smells […]

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High-Waisted, Cropped Wool Trousers

Editor’s note: We’ve long admired the chic clothes made by Nikki of Beauté J’adore, and we were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to be a guest blogger on the Mood Sewing Network. Welcome, Nikki! With the temperatures now dropping into the 40’s, I can officially say fall is in full gear.  What says fall even more is a pair of high waisted cropped wool trousers. These trousers were made with this beautiful wool tweed fabric from Mood.  The fabric has a slight stretch to it which made it incredibly easy to cut and sew.  I’ve worked with wool in the past […]

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Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard

What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common? Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love! After last month’s houndstooth success, I knew I wanted to try my hand once again with sweater knits.  I love this soft gray rib knit I found at Mood Fabrics NYC, which I was able to use for both the body of my sweater as well as the neck, arm, and waistbands. Editor’s note: We hope to have this exact gray rib knit available online very soon, but in the […]

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Snuggly Sweater Dress

Mimosas and Mood Fabrics on Saturday, Sazerac and Steelers on Sunday, and Sweater Knit to fondle all weekend.  Monday was a cruel mistress. Need inspiration?  Stuck in a rut?  If you can, hightail it to the second floor on Mood Fabrics NYC.  It’ll cure ya.  I never know what I’m going to find up there, but I always walk away hugging something fiercely.  Like I’ve just won a prize that must be guarded with my life.  This poly sweater knit is sooooo soft, which only added to the hugging factor.  I believe the tag said it was from Italy. Is […]

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Anna Sui Designer Fabric Fancy Sweatshirt

We’re finally starting to get a chill in the air so it was time to tackle one of those “fancy sweatshirts” I’ve been seeing on the runway.  Luckily, the style was an easy sell for my preteen who is starting to experiment with some fun fashion choices.  The big section of Anna Sui prints at the front of the Mood Fabrics store in Los Angeles has always caught my eye so I knew I’d find a fun print there to use for the sleeves of the sweatshirt.  Many of the Anna Sui prints are silk (which isn’t ideal for a […]

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Wool Houndstooth and Leather Skirt

It’s houndstooth time! This time each year I get the craving for a houndstooth something. I’ve bought it all throughout the years, but never tire of the crisp design. This year I decided to add a twist to my houndstooth garment. I began with a wool houndstooth I bought during my first visit to Mood Fabrics in 2011, which I planned to sew using Vogue’s 8750 skirt pattern…. and ultimately decided to have some fun with both the fabric and the pattern! My mother recently gave me a $1 thrift store leather skirt, and I thought the houndstooth pattern would […]

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