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Lori enjoys fashion sewing and likes to make a wide range of garments, using RTW for inspiration. See more from Girls in the Garden »

Chambray Pullover Dress

This post is all about new, a new way I decided what to sew and a new style for me. I saw McCall’s 6885 featured on an Instagram feed along with a famous designer in a very similar dress. Right when I saw that photo, I knew I had to make this dress.     Now this is the first new  for me, usually I have the fabric and I look through my patterns to see what to make. This time I was in search of fabric and of course, Mood had just the right fabric, a  Mood Fabrics’ chambray year-round [...]

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Red Crossover Top

    You see these everywhere, the crossover top for fall and McCall’s 6991 is the perfect pattern for this type of top.  The perfect fabric needs to be a fabric that is the same on both sides, with that in mind I went with Mood Fabrics’  Red Silk Crepe de Chine which is so gorgeous in person.  This fabric has just the right drape for this top and added so much to the success for my crossover top.     At the McCall’s blog, you will find helpful hints for  this pattern.  I used several of these to help construct [...]

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Pink Pleated Dress Cowgirl Style

    You know when you just see fabric and you have to have it?  That is the case with Paradise Pink and Rosewater Geometric Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (now say that three times fast!).  This fabric just kept saying “buy me, buy me” and so I did.  Initially, I was thinking some kind of pants or shorts for me but the fabric was a bit too bright for me.  I knew this gorgeous fabric would find its way to the perfect garment.  I had purchased Butterick 5781 with Meredith (daughter #3) in mind, as I knew it  was the perfect style for her, [...]

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Bedroom Curtains

Home dec sewing, it maybe isn’t my first love or second love but most of the time mine is pretty simple and what a difference fabric can make.  Julie at Mood asked if we wanted to do a home dec project in honor of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I did a bit of thinking.  Yes, I wanted new curtains for the master bedroom for the new two-color quilt I made, so the decision was easy. Our master bedroom has been blue and brown for several years, I was trying to keep it more neutral for my husband.  Well, I [...]

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Ikat Jersey Summer Dress

It is August and summer is winding down but I still have a few summer things to sew.  One thing I needed was a nice dress for weddings, parties and night outs.  I purchased Mood Fabrics’ Ikat Cotton Jersey, which is almost sold out.  This is a super nice jersey so don’t hesitate to purchase it or you can pick any of Mood Fabrics’ jersey fabrics.     My original plan was Colette Pattern’s Myrtle dress but I had 2 yards of fabric and this pattern requires 3 yards.  I took a look through my patterns and found a great [...]

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Red Voille for a Fun Summer Blouse

Happy July everyone and summer is in full force.  I can’t complain here in Missouri we have had one of the best summers ever, most of the time in the 80′s and plenty of rain.  The rain is very important here in farmland and it makes for a very happy husband, too.   I ordered this beautiful red floral cotton voile a couple months ago and unfortunately it is sold out.  Never fear, Mood Fabric’s cotton voile selection is filled with amazing prints and colors.  I really love sewing with cotton voille, it presses beautifully and is so easy to [...]

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Navy is the Color for My Summer Wardrobe

    I don’t know about you but for me navy and white just seems like the perfect summertime colors.  It might just be me as  I do have a thing for blues, it is my favorite color.  After participating in Me Made May, I realized I needed more summer clothing.  It is heating up here in Missouri and if you spend anytime in the humidity here, natural fibers do help to combat the heat and humidity.  Mood Fabrics’  Navy and White Stretch Cotton (which is sold out but here is a blue stripe )  is just so perfect for my [...]

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Black and White Italian Cotton Woven Pants

Yes, it is another pair of pants, I just can’t help myself. I love this Burda pattern, well this time is is a combination of Burda 7447 and Burda 6981 (using the cut of the legs only).  Truthfully it isn’t really the pattern, it is the great fabric at Mood Fabrics, I can find something wonderful all the time.  Take this Italian Cotton Woven     Something about black and white, just draws me in, so classic in nature.   After wearing each Burda pattern, I decided I really like the fit and cut of Burda 7447 and the leg [...]

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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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