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Amanda is a sewing enthusiast who loves high quality fabrics, fitted garments, neatly finished insides and the color yellow. See more from Amanda's Adventures in Sewing »

Marine Green Faux Suede Dress

I purchased this fabric from Moodfabrics.com a few years (!!!) ago because it was on big-time sale and I thought the color was pretty. The quality is really nice and you can NOT tell it’s fake except that it comes out of the laundry looking exactly like it went in. I lamented forever about what I wanted to make it into. I really wanted a skirt but thought the color would give me trouble when having to pair up with a matching top. McCall’s 7466 was recently released with the envelope drawing showing a view in faux suede, and I [...]

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African Wax Print Maxi Dress

For the month of January, the members of the Mood Sewing Network were given the opportunity to work with an African Wax Print, also know as Ankara fabric. I chose this Gold and Dark Navy Waxed Cotton with Gold Metallic Foil, the one with the foil leaves. There is also the same colorway with peace signs in foil instead, if that is more your style. What I really wanted was a jacket and fitted pants combo, but I wasn’t sure where I’d wear it, and I decided on a maxi dress instead. These cuts of fabric come in 6 yard bundles, [...]

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Wool Plaid Wrap Mini Skirt

I ordered the fabric for this skirt back in August. It’s a textured woven plaid that Mood Fabrics titled “Park Avenue Wool-Blend” and is now sadly sold out (hence the reason I selected it in August when there were only a few yards left.) It sat around for several months until I discovered a pattern I had, Vogue 9209, that used this exact fabric for their envelope example drawing, and I suddenly knew what it would become. I cut a size 14 for the waist tapering out to between a 12 and 14 for the hips. Probably I could have [...]

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Black + White Geometric Print Dress in Wool Rayon

I am currently on the hunt for thicker-weight fabrics with draping properties to make winter dresses out of. This Marc Jacobs border print wool-rayon woven from Mood Fabrics caught my eye because I know rayon fabrics to have a great amount of drape and combined with wool I thought it would be perfect for winter. Also border print fabrics are fun to work with. I used Butterick 6409 for the pattern and made a few minor tweaks. There are lots of ways to use this fabric creatively because it has a thick border on one side and a thinner one on [...]

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Wool + Lace Black and White Dress

I’ve just finished a classy wool dress for fall/winter that I’m in love with! The idea for this garment has been floating around my brain for years and I’m just so pleased to see it turn out exactly how I imagined. I knew I wanted to play around with lace motifs and needed a lace that I could cut into that wouldn’t fray. The one I used is from Mood fabrics and is all sold out but here is a black 3D guipure lace that’s similar. The white is an ivory wool twill also from Mood fabrics and also all sold out. [...]

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Textured Wool Skirt

Finding wool clothing in south Texas is just about impossible. Of course our winters are pretty mild and don’t last half the year, but it does get cold here. Well, cold to me anyway. If I want wool clothing I have to make it myself, which I am perfectly okay with as it’s always such a well behaved fabric. I am really into textures lately, so when I spotted this striped novelty wool-acrylic blend at Moodfabrics.com, I quickly bought 1.5 yards without anything in mind. I decided to use Vogue 9154 and make the knee length version of the skirt. [...]

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A Final Dress for Summer in Striped Embroidered Cotton

When it comes to picking new projects, I am inspired by both fabric choice and pattern choice pretty equally. This time it was the pattern that drove my decisions. I just adored Vogue 1499 when it was released this past spring. What really makes this design special is the way the stripes are laid out – front and back bodice on the cross grain, sides on and angle, pleated skirt a continuation of the cross grain. Shortly after I bought the pattern Mood posted a black & white striped floral embroidered cotton woven to their website. Perfect! I’ll take 2 [...]

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Kitty Cat Border Print Wrap Shorts

I try to steer clear of juvenile fabrics since I’m in my *cough* late 30′s and don’t want to appear like I’m desperately hanging on to my youth, but this fabric just begged me to buy it. It’s a purple and red cat print bamboo twill from Moodfabric.com, and is still available as of this morning. Mood labeled it as being a “Famous Designer” fabric but I’ll just spill the beans and tell you it’s from Anna Sui. It’s long and thin with a border of maroon and red stripes and I had no idea what I was going to [...]

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Green & Ivory Rose Print Pants

This project started from my desire to add a pair of wide leg palazzo pants to my wardrobe. I wanted something fitted at the waist that was still flowy and comfortable, and settled on Burda 6906. The pattern suggested viscose or rayon crepe, so I went cruising through Mood fabrics selection of rayon crepes. I knew I wanted a print for these pants, and chose this green and ivory artistic rose stretch rayon crepe. The care for this fabric was hand wash in cold water and line dry or dry clean. I do dry clean on occasion but not typically [...]

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