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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 »

Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so […]

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Anna Sui Print Tie Blouse

Beautiful fabric, like this Mood Fabrics’ Black, Turquoise & Rose Anna Sui Cotton Print, requires just the right pattern. This Anna Sui print marinated on my shelf for a month before I decided on a pattern. I felt it needed to be a bit more feminine to match the floral of the print. I went with a pattern I have sewn twice before, McCall’s 6512, view B, with the tie and 3/4 sleeves. This fabric was the perfect match for this top. It drapes perfectly and presses so nicely. The one thing about this pattern is all the hand-sewing. The […]

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Leopard Print Coat in Stretch Cotton Canvas

I knew my fall wardrobe needed something big and leopard, finding just the right fabric was easy while shopping online at MoodsFabrics.com. I just put “leopard” into the search box and ta-da!, up popped this fabulous fabric: Italian Leopard-Print Stretch Cotton Canvas The pattern was an easy on for me to pick, Vogue 8884, which I had made for a spring coat back on this Mood Sewing Network post. I used the same construction techniques from the spring coat and knew the fit was good. That is such a benefit when using a pattern again. I’ve read that “leopard is the new […]

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Brocade Skirt and Poly Knit Top

My plans for the gorgeous Mood Fabric’s Cranberry and Blue Wool Brocade… were twofold and meant not to be worn together: first a skirt and then jacket to be worn with the floral tie shirt from my last Mood Sewing Network item. If you’re thinking “what the floral?!” I have to tell you it looked really good together, at least draped on my dressform. Well, that fabric combination isn’t going to happen, because my blazer just didn’t work out and is now going to become a sleeveless blazer. That little speed bump in my sewing room didn’t stop me. I […]

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Two Jersey Knit Casual Tops

I purchased this beautiful Mood Fabrics poly floral jersey at the first of September: I bought 2 yards with the intention of one knit top. Well, I pulled out the Renfrew top and Jalie 2921 trying to decide which one to make. Sometimes I feel like that is the hardest decision in sewing—what pattern to use? I posted my dilemma on Instagram and Carolyn was the only one to voice an opinion, which was the Jalie. Well, I cut out the Renfrew first but no worries, Carolyn, I had enough fabric to make the Jalie, too. My choice of the Renfrew, was one […]

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Two Shirts for Fall

The calendar says fall is near but until yesterday no one told Mother Nature in mid-Missouri. I was sick of the hot temperatures and really getting very tired of wearing summer clothes. Do you get that way too? Feel like you are wearing the same thing over and over? Ready for a change, and ready for the next sewing adventure? New fabric weights and textures, new pattern looks? I decided to make some fall-like clothes in fabrics that would still be cool but transition to fall. My first selection was Mood Fabrics’ Raspberry-Brown Plaid Cotton Voile by Marc Jacobs For […]

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Two More Tops Before Summer Fades

Summer is winding down and my thoughts are turning toward fall sewing.  I am not ready to give up summer all together, after all it is still 90+ degrees here in Missouri, but I am ready for sewing something different. I spotted this fabric right when it was added—Mood Fabrics’ Italian Teal and Black Lacy Brocade—and I had to have it. It is so gorgeous and my thoughts were a simple Grainline Scout T-shirt, that way the fabric does all the talking. Another plus was the fabric description from Mood’s site, “Has a soft hand and graceful drape, almost like […]

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Missoni-esque Jersey Maxi Dress

I continued the maxi dress theme with a fabulous maxi for me, purchasing Mood Fabrics’ Missoni-esque Jersey Print for the dress. The colors seem perfect for late summer into early fall, plus Missoni is a look I love. I selected McCall’s 6700 and I went to work. My work was short-lived, I did not order enough fabric the first time– oops. No worries, I went right to my Mood Fabrics’ order history, found the sku number and reordered more yardage. My package arrived in no time and back to work I went. I was careful to match the side seams […]

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Jersey Knit Maxi Dress

So what does a 5’9″ girl do when she wants a maxi dress and she cannot find one in a store long enough? In my house, you ask Mom to make one. Meredith’s request was for a simple maxi dress out of some fabulous fabric.  I sent her right to Mood Fabrics and she created a Mood board just for her, appropriately named Meredith Maxi Dress. The Mood board is such a convenient way to gather virtual swatches for a pattern, garment type or fabric type.  Once Meredith had thoroughly searched the Mood site, she decided on Mood Fabrics’ jersey knit, which reminds me of […]

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