Men’s Plaid Wool Flannel Shirt

Well, a new project for me! I’ve never made menswear before and I can happily cross it off my list now I really like making guys clothes because the fit isn’t much of an issue. You can just sort of approximate and you’re good to go. The fabric I used is this blue/charcoal plaid wool flannel from Mood Fabrics. It’s coming up in the pictures looking a lot more ashy colored than it is in real life but oh well. It was super easy to work with and I found myself preferring it over cotton even! Matching up the plaids […]

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Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so […]

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Men’s Classic Pea Coat in Coated Canvas

What man (or woman, for that matter) wouldn’t like to own a waxed canvas pea coat? Waxed canvas outerwear is all the rage these days. But as someone who has owned waxed bags, I have found that they can feel oily and attract lint.  Could I find a good substitute? On the third floor of Mood Fabrics NYC I found a dark brown coated cotton canvas made in Italy.  I don’t know what it’s coated with—it feels a bit like oil paint but it isn’t stiff or heavy and you can still see the weave of the canvas. It’s waterproof […]

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Cozy Cocoon Cardigan in Quilted Plaid Wool

Hi, guys!  Hope you’re all well!  Here in NYC it has suddenly grown bitterly cold, so perhaps we can blame what you’re about to witness on the weather. I’ve been really interested lately in the fun cocoon coats and jackets popping up on Pinterest and fashion blogs.  There’s something really daring about the exaggerated shape, and I really like that.  I love to be bold and try new shapes!  I thought it would be really fun to try out a traditional cold-weather fabric in this modern silhouette, so I used this amazing plaid wool coating from Mood Fabrics NYC (look […]

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Sneaky Silk+Ponte Dress

I am calling this the sneaky dress because it looks like it should be separates, but it’s not! It’s actually one piece! I LOVE these kinds of dresses! Looks like a silk blouse with a high-waisted pencil skirt, without the bother of keeping a shirt tucked in all day and making sure things match in the morning (because, ew, all I wanna do is sleep right now). The pattern I used for this dress is the Sugar Plum by Lolita Patterns. Since it doesn’t require a lot of fabric to make up the top half (less than a yard!), I splurged […]

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Little Bouclé Dress

I don’t really know what hit me. Let me rephrase. This black bouclé hit me like a freight train, I seized the roll, hugged it to my breast, and dragged it around the third floor of Mood until Kway and Eric assured me I could leave it by the cutting tables, it would be safe. YOU KNOW I WORRIED ABOUT IT, LIKE BAMBI’S MOTHER, TILL THE FIRST SNIP. There was no need for concern, the third floor is truly a piece of heaven. And apparently they filter something mind-altering into the air up there, as I not only chose a […]

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Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt

Everything leather and leather-ish is very popular this season. Leather is not only the new black, but the new everything and it’s everywhere. And I’ve been playing with all forms of it. While searching Mood Fabric’s index, I discovered this great Donna Karan Black Solid Faux Leather, which is a black patent vinyl with a black fleece back and I had to have it! When I bought it, it said heavyweight, so I wasn’t sure what I would make. I just knew that it looked interesting and I bought several yards. When I pulled it from the box, it was indeed […]

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Silk Jersey Pussy Bow Blouse

I liked the fit of my last Jalie 2921 so much I decided to use a nice piece of ivory silk jersey from Mood Fabrics for another one. This time I made the view with 3/4 length sleeves and tied the scarf in a bow for the trendy pussy-bow look. Silk jersey is very luxe-feeling and has just a bit of sheen. It also has great insulating properties and makes me feel nice and warm on a cool autumn evening. I pre-treated my fabric by washing and drying it before I cut it out. I’ve found that silk jersey will […]

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Party Dress In Shimmery Metallic Silk Blend

More fabric to die for……. I was sold upon reading Mood Fabrics’ narrative of this silk/viscose blend and placed it in my online cart. ‘The drape on this silk and viscose blend fabric is just so perfect, and then when you combine it with the glazed metallic sheen…well, you have a fabric that’s to die for. Lightweight and softly pliable. Perfect for tops, dresses, unconstructed jackets and more.’ Seriously, how could I resist? The fabric didn’t disappoint ~ actually I want more! Slippery, you think? Nope. Flimsy, you suspect? Nope. The backing on the fabric produces the perfect texture for […]

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