Nautical Blue Stretch Rayon Ponte Knit is Perfect in Winter – Vogue 8780

You might think why buy ponte knit from a online fabric store like Mood.  All fabric stores sell it.  Well, I can give you one good reason why Mood is the perfect source to purchase your ponte:  outstanding quality.  This stretch rayon ponte knit is absolutely beautiful.  It has a smooth, soft hand; easy to sew; and the color is vibrant and rich.  It’s the perfect textile to make comfortable, but stylish dresses, pants, tops and jackets. This is one of my last two Mood projects of 2015.  I had hoped to publish these pieces sooner, but the Chicago weather [...]

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Men’s Plaid Shirt

Hi there Mood Sewing Network! I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year, and a restful holiday if you celebrate!  I’m visiting family at the moment, but wanted to stop in to share this bit of selfless sewing I did for my husband, Nick, this year.  I always drag my feet when it comes to sewing for other people, but Nick was definitely due for some new shirts, and a handmade one makes a wonderful gift. For this shirt I was looking for a fabric that was a little bit different than what Nick already has in [...]

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Chunky Sweater Cardigan

I hate knitting. I admire those of you with the patience to do it, but, as Ruggy often reminds me, I have zero patience. INDEED, SIR! When I picked up the bamboo needles years ago, most of my projects were made for Ruggy! I might not sew for my man, but oh, the knitted man-wear of years past…the hats! The scarves! One, done quite questionably up in white cashmere, as requested! (Don’t ask.) And the icing on the cake, a turtleneck sweater, sized to fit the state of Texas! SO MUCH PATIENCE!! SO LITTLE PAYOFF!!! Well, unlike those long lost, [...]

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Sequined Statement Skirt

I have wanted a sequin skirt for a few years now. This fabric was purchased months ago but has just been sitting there staring at me because I was procrastinating. Sewing with sequins is always extremely messy and time consuming. I finally decided it would be handy to have for New Year’s Eve so I stitched it up. Surprise! Because I chose a fabric with super tiny sequins, they didn’t need to be removed for the seams or darts, and I had no messy piles of them to clean up. I used Mood fabric’s baby sequins on mesh, which they [...]

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Derek Lam Cotton Knit Jacket

The purchase of this gorgeous thick knit from Derek Lam for this month’s Mood Sewing Network project was a no brainer. Living in London my handmade wardrobe is constantly in need of snuggly, comfy garments suitable for layering and making them out of unique fabrics like this one means I still feel great wearing them. I picked this piece in Mood Fabrics LA back in September and whilst it was available online it’s now unfortunately sold out. However, hunting for it I did discovering this amazing striped French Terry from the same designer which has been immediately added to my [...]

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Black Wool/Cashmere Pleated Pants

‘Tis the season for cashmere! And bad photography, for that matter. It’s a shame that black fabric is the worst to photograph, because it’s the best to wear. Also, it was raining while I took these pictures, and I may or may not have have imbibed in one too many adult beverages the night before… so gimmie some slack here, is all I’m saying. Anyway, I love that it’s finally cool enough to justify wearing cashmere on a daily basis! Or, rather, a cashmere blend for those of us who aren’t quite rich enough to go full 100% I don’t [...]

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Warm Winter Whites!

‘Twas five days before Christmas and all through the yard the creatures were glowing and waving at cars. Greetings, Dear Readers! I’m not sure when I’ve had so much fun sewing. Dreaming of a white sweater set, I ordered this Italian Cream Wavy Blended Wool Knit from Mood Fabrics. It is a very stable knit and slightly heavier than what I was expecting, but when it arrived I knew it would be compatible with the furry trim in my stash. Mood also has quite the selection of faux fur trims here. My pattern is McCall’s 6844, View B , an easy and [...]

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A Liberty of London Tulip-Print Dress

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Mathilda-Georgia-Farrah-Meryl dress.  Too many names for you? I agree. But, that seems to be the way of it these days – names for patterns, names for fabric, names for sewing machines. Next up we’ll have names for our presser feet! Won’t that be confusing?! The Mathilda in the Mathilda-Georgia-Farrah-Meryl dress comes from the navy and white ‘Matilda Tulip’ print silk/cotton voile, part of Liberty of London’s spring/summer 2013 Flower Show collection, that I used for the body of the dress. It’s paired with a solid navy cotton voile, which I had left over from [...]

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Casual Coral Sweatshirt

After making two lined dresses in a row I decided I needed an easy project. For me, the easy projects I undertake usually end up being a lot more work then I think they’ll be. Not this time, though. I whipped up this fitted top in just a few hours. The fabric, a Thakoon coral sweatshirt cotton, was purchased from Mood fabrics a few years (!) ago and has long since sold out. Mood has a number of similar cotton terrycloth options available. My personal favorite is the grey and metallic terry knit, which I’ll probably get for another one [...]

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