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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 »

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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Skirt, Top and Bomber Jacket from Tracy Reese Inspiration

Deciding on a designer for this month’s challenge was a bit difficult for me but when I viewed the collection from Tracy Reese I knew this one was for me. I liked her bright colors, interesting details and fun fabrics. My plan was three pieces that would work well together, a skirt, top with a neckline detail and a bomber jacket. That plan changed to three separates to stretch my spring wardrobe, The fabrics played an integral part in my challenge pieces, which was heading in a different colorway until these three fabrics were in the new section at Mood [...]

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Navy with Gold Brocade

This outfit started with two different fabrics ordered 3 months apart, first I ordered this Mood Fabrics’ Blue Gray Solid Suiting, thinking it would be a jacket but the fabric is lightweight and it sat on the shelf while I contemplated what it would become. I washed this fabric on gentle and felt it would be a perfect blouse, dark navy with gold buttons. I wanted a dressier blouse pattern and fitted, so I went with a favorite, Butterick 5526 I found this Mood Fabrics’ Elegant Italian Brocade in my cart and soon on my doorstep. I knew what I [...]

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Poly Taffeta Anorak for Spring

I have a confession to make, I love to make jackets, from outerwear to blazers to cardigans. I love to have a closet full of outerwear options for any kind of weather condition. So when this Mood Fabrics’ Soft Floral Outerwear appeared online, I knew it had to be shipped to my home. Recently, I have been trying to change my online shopping habits. You see I am very impulsive and visual, once the fabric picture draws me in I hit the order button like I am under hypnosis. To rectify this impulsiveness, I have started reading all the fabric [...]

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Perky Stretch-Cotton Pencil Skirt

This winter has been a very long and very cold one for much of the United States and I for one am getting quite tired of it. So if I can’t beat the cold temperatures, my wardrobe can add some warmth to winter. Color…. bright and bold to counteract white snow and gray skies. For the brightest and bold color, I picked Mood Fabrics’ Nanette Lepore Orange Retro Print Stretch Cotton. It is just a mid-winter’s dream. I love this pop of color and it gives me hope spring is coming (only 40-some days away). My pattern for this fabulous [...]

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Sweater-Knit Cardigan

You know those days when you need comfort foods? Well, some days I feel like I need comfort clothes—and for those days what’s better than a sweater knit? Online at Mood Fabrics there is quite a selection of sweater knits. After much deliberation, I ordered Mood Fabrics’ Mallard Blue Brushed Cozy Acrylic Knit, with blue being one of my favorite colors. For the pattern, I went with Simplicity 2309, a cardigan with a wide collar and a flounce at the bottom. This fabric is the coziest and oh so warm. It’s perfect for these cold winter days in the Midwest. [...]

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Canvas and Faux Leather Messenger Bags

When Colette Patterns released The Cooper Bag, I knew I had to make it. I really enjoy making bags, something relaxing about the construction. I think it is the straight sewing, lots of topstitching and occasionally, I just like not having to fit. And with daughters who are twins in college, I couldn’t get away with making only one! Canvas and faux leather are some of the recommmended fabrics, which particularly appealed to me. Mood Fabrics’ Beige/Silver Sparkle Canvas was my main fabric choice, which in person has more of a gold look. And my contrast fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Brown Solid [...]

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