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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 »

Comfy fall sweatshirt in quilted cotton knit

These fashion sweatshirts have been popular for the last few years, and I have finally gotten around to stitching one up. I enjoy making garments that are interesting and different from what I find in department stores, and none of the thicker knits I was seeing really caught my eye. That is until I saw this awesome quilted cotton knit at Mood fabrics. (It has just recently sold out but they have other interesting quilted fabric, though currently none with stretch.) I loved the subtle city buildings at night print and the texture, and only needed to order a yard. [...]

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Blue Silk Blouse for Fall

I’m usually the last person to switch over to fall sewing every year. August is so hot around here and I’m never ready to start thinking about making cool weather garments. However, what little enthusiasm I had for making maternity clothing has completely evaporated and I’m wanting to make some things I can wear after this baby is born in October. I always nurse my kiddos for the first year so will need my clothing somewhat unfitted on the top. A silk blouse was of course my first thought because I seriously love them and all the other ones I’ve [...]

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A Comfy Knit Skirt For This Preggo Girl

All the maternity skirts currently available for sale fall into three categories: black/navy/gray, denim or striped maxi. If you want any type of bright color or pattern, you are out of luck. Or, if you know how to sew, you make your own! It was pretty much love at first site when I spotted this Theory yellow striped ponte at Mood Fabrics. It’s yellow, is a ponte knit which is the perfect weight fabric for a skirt, and it’s visually interesting with the stripes. I paired it with Burda 7023, labeled “super easy”, and that was no lie. It only [...]

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Ikat Jersey Faux-Wrap dress

Hello! And surprise! I have been missing for a few months because pregnancy fatigue really got to me. Being pregnant at 36 and caring for 3 other kiddos at the same time is tiring. Thank goodness we are having a pretty mild summer so far with lots of rain. It won’t last, I’m sure, but I’m enjoying the cooler temps while I can. I haven’t been doing a whole heck of a lot of sewing – just haven’t had any mojo to work with. In the evenings all I want to do is vegetate in front of the television or [...]

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A silk crop top inspired by Nicole Miller

This month’s Mood Sewing Network challenge was to make something inspired by the Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Fashion shows, and it was just that: a challenge. I actually love to watch fashion shows. Sometimes you can catch the live feed on youtube and see the collections exactly when everyone who’s actually at the fashion shows gets to see them. (Except don’t watch them with your male children. Designers love to send unlined things down the runway. Ahem.) Anyway, I thought this challenge would be easy. I already had a slew of designer garments pinned in my sewing inspiration folder. I’ll spare [...]

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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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Peter Pan Collar Silk Charmeuse Blouse

Can y’all stand another silk blouse? I made this one using Mood Fabric’s stone stretch silk charmeuse. Originally I picked this fabric to use for a nightgown with some other pretty brown lace. This must have been before I wised to the practice of ordering swatches because the browns didn’t match. I thought it would make a great neutral blouse for my wardrobe and it really does go with a number of other garments. This was my first time using silk charmeuse with stretch and I love the ease of movement. I used the matte side for the body of [...]

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Dotted Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse

I’m in love with silk blouses. Seriously. I wish I had a closet full. The only other one currently in my wardrobe is constantly on repeat. When I saw this beautiful ivory and black embroidered dotted crepe de chine from Marc Jacobs at MoodFabrics.com, I knew just what I’d make with it. I picked Vogue 1323, a Rachel Comey design. I love this pattern so much for the interesting neckline and and front pockets. Any extra volume I can add to the front of my tops is a welcome addition for this small-busted gal. I also wanted to try my hand [...]

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Silk Jersey Pussy Bow Blouse

I liked the fit of my last Jalie 2921 so much I decided to use a nice piece of ivory silk jersey from Mood Fabrics for another one. This time I made the view with 3/4 length sleeves and tied the scarf in a bow for the trendy pussy-bow look. Silk jersey is very luxe-feeling and has just a bit of sheen. It also has great insulating properties and makes me feel nice and warm on a cool autumn evening. I pre-treated my fabric by washing and drying it before I cut it out. I’ve found that silk jersey will [...]

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