Skirt, Top and Bomber Jacket from Tracy Reese Inspiration

Deciding on a designer for this month’s challenge was a bit difficult for me but when I viewed the collection from Tracy Reese I knew this one was for me. I liked her bright colors, interesting details and fun fabrics. My plan was three pieces that would work well together, a skirt, top with a neckline detail and a bomber jacket. That plan changed to three separates to stretch my spring wardrobe, The fabrics played an integral part in my challenge pieces, which was heading in a different colorway until these three fabrics were in the new section at Mood […]

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Men’s Miyake-Inspired Shirt, Skirt, and Pleated Shawl

This month on the Mood Sewing Network our challenge is to sew something inspired by a runway look for Spring/Summer 2014. With my love of avant-garde Japanese fashion, the choice of designer was easy: Issey Miyake.  I drew both on Miyake’s latest looks that combine unconventional, bold pattern-mixing, and Miyake’s trademark use of pleated fabric and androgenous silhouettes. For my shirt, I worked with three delicate Italian cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics.  The red, white, and blue floral and gold, pink, and pale green print (by Marc Jacobs) have a crisp, organza-like texture.  Cuffs and collar band are done in […]

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Shingled Jersey Dress

Recognize this pattern? I barely do myself, but it’s Vogue 8904 sewn in a solid color. Generally, I envision my finished garment before beginning the project, but not so this time. Sewing is not usually like a box of chocolates, but……. I thought I was making a tiered t-shirt dress ……… to wear with flip-flops and Jack Rogers! Thank you, Mood for a great dress to wear just about anywhere except to the grocery store 🙂 Determined to familiarize myself with all knit fabrics, I ordered this navy cotton jersey after buying the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I was […]

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Navy with Gold Brocade

This outfit started with two different fabrics ordered 3 months apart, first I ordered this Mood Fabrics’ Blue Gray Solid Suiting, thinking it would be a jacket but the fabric is lightweight and it sat on the shelf while I contemplated what it would become. I washed this fabric on gentle and felt it would be a perfect blouse, dark navy with gold buttons. I wanted a dressier blouse pattern and fitted, so I went with a favorite, Butterick 5526 I found this Mood Fabrics’ Elegant Italian Brocade in my cart and soon on my doorstep. I knew what I […]

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Wool Crepe and Silk Chiffon Occasion Dress

Hello Mood Sewing Network! I’m so excited to be joining the MSN as an international guest blogger all the way from London in the UK and can’t thank the team at Mood Fabrics enough for having me. I wanted to challenge myself a little for my first Mood Sewing Network make and I’ve recently been drawn to garments with sheer inserts and panels that are so popular at the moment. So with all these beautiful new fabrics now on offer to me I decided to expand my repertoire and dip my toe into sewing with chiffon. When I say ‘dip […]

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