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Cozy Cocoon Cardigan in Quilted Plaid Wool
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! Here in NYC it has suddenly grown bitterly cold, so perhaps we can blame what you’re about to witness on the weather. I’ve been really interested lately in the fun cocoon coats and jackets popping up on Pinterest and fashion blogs. There’s something really daring about the exaggerated shape, and I really like that. I love to be bold and try new shapes! I thought it would be really fun to try out a traditional cold-weather fabric in this modern silhouette, so I used this amazing plaid wool coating from Mood Fabrics NYC (look [...]
Wool Double Knit Sweater for My Dad
O, Autumn!, fairest of seasons, when the air is crisp and clear, lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and a sewist’s heart leaps at the thought of wrapping herself in wool from head to toe! I hit the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC determined to find the perfect cocoon to shelter myself from autumn’s advances and boy, it did not disappoint! The only thing is, when I found this luxurious wool double knit, I knew immediately I had to make a sweater for my dad. He’s always cold, but lives in a cool climate, so he layers up nearly year-round! (Special thanks [...]
Better-Late-Than-Never Baby Dresses!
Friends, I’m gonna let you in on one of my ugliest, dirtiest secrets. I hate sewing things for babies. I can feel the searing rays of your judgment! But let me explain– baby clothes are fiddly to make, fit for about 10 minutes, and never stay clean for very long. It’s a lot of work for very little payoff! Plus, many babies are showered with so many tiny outfits when they could probably use a big box of Pampers much more than another cardigan! But, when dearly-beloved friends have babies, even the grumpiest baby grinch is occasionally tempted to dabble [...]
Silk to the Max!
Do you ever spot a fabric that you want desperately, but don’t really know what to do with? I usually try not to buy fabric if I can’t come up with a specific plan for it as I don’t really have the space to store it, so I said no to this amazing silk crepe de chine TWICE. Finally, on a third visit to Mood Fabrics NYC, I had a vision of myself wearing it from head to toe and snatched it up to make a maxi dress! Editor’s note: Take a look at all the silk crepe de chines [...]
I Can’t Believe I Made a Swimsuit!
I mean, I guess it’s not that surprising since everyone and their mom is making a swimsuit this summer (has anyone’s mom made this pattern? I’m guessing my mom would love it, but don’t give her any ideas or I’ll be running a swimsuit sweatshop… my sister already wants one!), but the thought of sewing swimwear has always made me say, “No way, Jose!” I bought this fabric at Mood Fabrics NYC. Not everyone knows that they sell swimwear fabric, but yes, they have lots of it, all kinds! I planned to get a solid color, but this print had [...]
Summer Seaside Dress
Hi, everyone! It’s finally summer here in NYC, so for my June project, I wanted to make a dress fit for a vacation (even though I don’t have any trips planned, boo). I feel like I’m ready to sail away on a yacht in this dress! Well, maybe a dinghy… not sure if I’m quite posh enough for a yacht… I picked out a lovely cotton voile from Mood Fabrics to keep the dress light and floaty on sticky days. Originally, I wanted a lighter color, but when I laid eyes on this blue, I was hooked (here’s a similar [...]
Wiggly Peplum Dress!
What comes first– the pattern or the fabric? It’s an age-old question, really (no, it’s not)! Me, I go to Mood Fabrics in NYC armed with a plan and a pattern every month, with a pretty decent idea of what I’m looking for, but I’m invariably assaulted by a beautiful fabric of a completely different variety and end up leaving with her! It’s a pretty good bet that if I come in looking for gold brocade, I’m probably going to leave with fuchsia voile. This fabric was no exception! I had completely different plans for this month’s project, but when [...]
Cheetah-Print Ponte Party!
Since joining the Mood Sewing Network, I’ve really enjoyed sewing with new-to-me types of fabrics. It’s really pushed me to develop my skills and do more research before I cut into a new fabric. Today, however, I’m revisiting a fabric type that I used once before to make a garment that was an irreconcilable failure… ponte! I’ve never purchased or really seen garments made out of ponte, but once I started reading rave reviews of it, I was curious! So about a year ago, I picked out a gorgeous black ponte from Mood and admired its heft and drape before [...]
A Lace Dress for a Non-Lace Girl
Hi, all! I hope you guys have enjoyed the lace project posts this month as much as I have! Now, it’s probably pretty apparent that I’m not much of a lace girl, so my goal with this challenge was to make a garment that I would actually wear and love. I decided to avoid anything overtly floral or feminine, and with this in mind dug through a gazillion bolts of fancy lace (inadvertently missing an entire section of what I guess is “not fancy” lace, whoops!). I settled on this gold mesh-like poly lace: Pretty cool, right? I decided to [...]