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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 »

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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Cotton Voile Summer Top

When talking about the perfect summer fabric, I would have to say this Mood Fabrics’ Thakoon Cotton Voile is about as perfect as it gets.  I love this fabric, it is the perfect summer weight and just was so easy to sew.  In fact, I would love to buy all the fabric that felt just like this piece and sew many, many summer garments. I know when the temperature sores above 95 degrees, I want a summer top that makes you feel cool.  Right when this fabric arrived, I knew I would make it into Simplicity 2892, a pattern I have made […]

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Marc Jacobs Linen-Blend Spring Coat

A tailoring project for my next Mood Sewing Network project that has been a long time coming.  The fabric was moved all around my sewing room, just waiting to be made into a fabulous spring coat.  What fabric did I select?  This fabulous Mood Fabrics’ Marc Jacobs linen-cotton. I knew right when I purchased this fabric is was going to be a coat, Vogue 8884, in fact.  The fabric seems to yell, “good-bye winter, hello, spring.”  Or in my case with the Summer solstice approaching, “good-bye spring and hello summer!”  Whichever one you say, this fabric is fabulous to work […]

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Bold Stripes Jersey Dress

My plan was for a simple knit dress that would be comfortable and cool for an outdoor wedding and I found just the right fabric for a bold and bright dress.  My choice was Mood Fabrics’ Multicolor Stripe Rayon Jersey. I knew I wanted to use McCall’s 6752, the same pattern from my stripe knit top from my last Mood Sewing Network Post.  The description  of this fabric on Mood Fabric’s website states “this lightweight jersey would make a stunning top or pullover dress. ”  After reading this, I knew I had the perfect fabric in my cart. The fabric is a […]

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Summertime Calls for Knit Tops: Three New Ones for Me!

A staple of my summer wardrobe is knit tops, but I try to change it up a bit with them.  If I am using a staple fabric, then I like to use a unusual knit top pattern, but if the fabric is fabulous on its own then I try to use a more basic pattern to showcase the fabric.  It was hard to decide which knits to pick from Mood Fabrics extensive online selection but don’t worry, I was able to make three choices and add several more to my portfolio for future purchases.  Some criteria for my knit tops: […]

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