Geometric Shift Dress!

Hello! Hope your weeks are all off to a great start! I’m so excited to show you my (literally) shiny, new dress! This is a Marc Jacobs cotton/silk blend that I picked up at Mood Fabrics NYC. It has a lovely satin finish so it feels extra fancy. As soon as I saw it, it looked me in the eye and spoke to me: “I’m a shift dress!” Who am I to disagree? (Check out Mood’s selection of geometric prints here!) The fabric sewed up easily, more like a cotton than a silk. I armed myself with a sharp needle [...]

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Floral Silk Dress for Spring

Well guys, spring has definitely sprung around these parts! And I for one could not be happier about it! This time of year I tend to have one thing and one thing only on my mind – silk dresses. Making them. Wearing them. Living in them for the next nine months… That and long, lazy, bike rides. Preferably paired together. At sunset. Sigh… paints quite a picture, doesn’t it? This month I was irresistibly drawn to this gorgeous floral crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics online. Silk crepe de chine is one of my all-time favorite fabrics to sew with, and to wear. [...]

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Men’s Lace Shirt and Cotton Jersey Shorts

I’ve been thinking about lace a lot this spring. Originally I bought this gorgeous black cotton lace with the intention of using it for an overlay.  What I liked most about it — aside from the beautiful floral pattern — was that it could be trimmed to create a finished scalloped edge.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton lace here.) Continuing my passion for pattern mixing, I decided to create a short-sleeve shirt using the lace in combination with a lovely Italian floral cotton and classic black and white gingham.  (You can see Mood’s selection of ginghams [...]

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DVF-Inspired Wrap Dress in Silk Jersey

A couple of years ago, I was trolling around the local estate sales in my neighborhood and I came across one of the holy grails of sewing – a copy of Vogue 1610, a Vogue American Designer pattern from the 70s, this particular one dedicated to Diane Von Furstenberg. Not only did I score with finding the pattern, it was my size *and* I bought it for $1. That’s a pretty sweet score, so naturally I did with it what I do best – shove it in my pattern cabinet and forget about it for two years. When I finally [...]

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Welcoming Spring With Ikat and Yellow

  Y’all, it’s confession time: I am a sewing copycat. Last month, I bumped into a friend on campus and went absolutely nuts over her outfit–a simple cream sweater and utterly gorgeous navy-and-cream ikat pencil skirt. As with most clothes I covet, I started scheming up a version of my own. Isn’t that a fantastic perk of sewing? If we see something gorgeous, we’re not constrained by budget or retail trends. If you can think it, you can sew it! (Did anyone else just start humming “The Think System” ditty from The Music Man? No, only me?) Even better, the [...]

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One last coat for cool spring nights

      My most sincere apologies, I might have brought the cold weather back with this coat. Mea culpa.  BUT WOULDJA LOOKIT THAT INTERIOR.  HOW COULD I RESIST?! One of the great things about visiting  Mood Fabrics in person: you get to know the people there, who in turn know the fabric.  When I ran up to my favorite top floor, my angel Eric greeted me with his sunbeam of a smile and said I have a couple things I think you might like. I knew I wouldn’t even have to browse that day. He has me pegged. This woven piece of madness is [...]

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Green with Envy – Ralph Lauren’s Vibrant Green Viscose Matte Jersey – Vogue 8921

  After seeing Episode 5 of Being Mary Jane, I was determined to find a vibrant green fabric to make a similar dress.  I searched the Mood online fabric store to see if there was something close to the color.  The first few searches turned up nothing I really liked.  Then in early March, Mood posted new arrivals to their store.  There was a huge selection of green textiles for the choosing.  I was one happy sewist. So with my Mood allowance, I selected Ralph Lauren’s Vibrant Green Viscose Matte Jersey. Seriously it’s a great fabric.  The recovery is excellent; [...]

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Italian Printed Denim Mini Skirt

G’day! I guess that is what you might expect someone to say from ‘Down Under’ Australia. I’m Lizzy of Sew Busy Lizzy, one of the new Mood Sewing Network bloggers. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to be asked by Mood Fabrics NYC to be part of their Mood Sewing Network. So many bloggers I have followed and admired since I started blogging are part of this network. In fact I’m so enamoured of Mood Fabrics it was already on my travel plans for 2014! Yes I will be in NY in October this year – I can’t [...]

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Print Mixing Top and Track Pants

During my day, I love to head over to Mood Fabrics’ online store and check out the what’s new section, which is updated quite frequently. It is such a nice break in my day and I can contemplate all the fabrics and what they might become. After I browse for a day or two, it is time to shop!  I tend to shop two different ways when looking at all the fabric goodness at Mood Fabrics.  My first way is with a specific garment in mind, which in this case led to these two fabrics in my cart, the first [...]

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