It’s the time…of the season…when love runs high…

That means all things wedding around here. With two twenty-something daughters, the fun never stops as someone is always getting engaged or married.Three years ago the wedding season caught me off guard and I spent a fortune outfitting everyone for wedding related occasions. Now, I’m always in the Mood for a wedding. Sewing has given me access to the world’s greatest designers in an entirely new dimension, especially when sewing with fabric from Mood! I’m wearing Carolina Herrera to the next wedding 🙂 (check out Mood’s Carolina Herrera fabrics here) I love Carolina Herrera so much I created a Carolina […]

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Silk Jersey Shirtdress

This month’s Mood Sewing Network garment is NOT another silk blouse. It’s a… silk jersey dress. I may have a bit of a silk addiction. I just can’t help it. Once I got over my fear of sewing with it, I want everything in silk! This fabric is from MoodFabrics.com and has recently sold out, but you can find plenty of other beautiful silk jersey prints here including another colorway of this print. Editor’s note: We have some of this same fabric Amanda used at the NYC store. Email jena@moodfabrics.com to order. $25/yd. I had a lot of difficulty deciding […]

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Purple Tweed Suit

  I’m so happy to showcase my first Mood Sewing Network project.  As I perused the online fabric store, my thoughts were racing.  There were so many possibilities.  The online fabric choices are endless.  It was hard to settle and pick one project AND one fabric to make something special for myself.  Finally, I decided on a purple tweed and a rasberry pink poly charmeuse to make Vogue’s Badgley Mischka suit.  This has been on my to-make list for over two years.   With the polar vortex back in Chiberia (Chicago), I can hardly believe that Spring is less than […]

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Wool and Leather Coat

Hi Ya’ll! I’m very excited to show you my newest make for the Mood Sewing Network! I know everyone is clamoring for spring, and the last thing you want to look at is another reminder that it’s still, alas, winter, but bear with me here because I’m really excited about this coat!   I actually spotted and fell in love with this Oscar de la Renta wool coating from Mood Fabrics’ online store before I became a Mood Sewing Network blogger.  It’s basically my dream coat fabric. It’s double faced, so it has a gorgeous weight to it, and it’s plenty […]

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Poly Taffeta Anorak for Spring

I have a confession to make, I love to make jackets, from outerwear to blazers to cardigans. I love to have a closet full of outerwear options for any kind of weather condition. So when this Mood Fabrics’ Soft Floral Outerwear appeared online, I knew it had to be shipped to my home. Recently, I have been trying to change my online shopping habits. You see I am very impulsive and visual, once the fabric picture draws me in I hit the order button like I am under hypnosis. To rectify this impulsiveness, I have started reading all the fabric […]

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Men’s Pleated Shirt and Thai Fisherman Pants

The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself. I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette.  What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and […]

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Brit-Inspired Houndstooth Blazer

Guys, I’ve been watching a LOT of TV lately. I feel like a bit of a couch potato, but it’s totally justified since I work in film and television—it’s homework, right? JUST SAY YES. My main obsession lately has been all things BBC- Dr. Who, Torchwood, Luther, and Sherlock, to name a few. All of this led to a sudden, desperate attraction to classic British wool garments—there are only so many times you can see Benedict Cumberbatch swirling around in a fantastic wool coat before you want to wrap yourself in tweed from head to toe! If you ever find […]

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A Lacy Knockout Dress for Valentine’s Day

As much as I’m not really one for ~celebrating~ Valentine’s Day (I’ll take the flowers and the steak dinner, though, thanks!), I *love* the excuse it gives me to make a new dress specially for going out. Last year I wore red lace, this year I decided to go with… lace again. Except this time, I thought I’d ramp up the knockout factor with some black lace and a form-fitting shape. I’m really loving the combination of emerald green paired with black lace, so as soon I saw this Anna Sui black stretch lace on Mood Fabric’s website, I knew I […]

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Wool Crepe Colorblocked Pencil Skirt

Each snowflake that falls in the South sells a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread or a package of batteries. Panic sets in around here as it did with me, but fortunately it was just what I needed to get out of my sewing slump. My mojo was suffering and I decided to take my own advice – make a pencil skirt. After stocking the fridge and loading the flashlights with fresh batteries I raced to JoAnn’s for a zipper, but stayed in the store nearly two hours looking at Burda patterns. I bought eight. Suddenly, the thought of […]

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