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Stretch Cotton Sateen

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. ?                                                                                                Stephanie Nachmonovitch Introducing the Birdie Jacket……….. and why not? Designers love to name garments after special people and now it’s Birdie’s turn ? Ready to ditch the winter drabs and put color back into my wardrobe I chose Mood Fabric’s Rasberry Rose […]

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Oscar de la Renta Stretch Canvas Shirtdress

I had a difficult time believing this whimsical Oscar de la Renta print is canvas, but now, not only am I believer – I’m a canvas convert. Mood Fabrics offers quite the collection of canvas for both home decorating and apparel sewing. I knew I’d like any fabric designed by Oscar de la Renta, but I was surprised by its light weight and smooth texture. While this stretch canvas would work well with several garments, including jeans and jackets, I chose McCall’s 6520, a shirtdress pattern I’d sewn once before. I selected View D. Views C & D are designed […]

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Warm Orchid Medallions

For someone who prefers warm weather to cold weather on any given day, I’m loving winter sewing this month! One look at Mood Fabric’s ultra soft black wool knit with orchid pink medallions had me wishing for freezing temperatures ? This lovely medium weight knit features a movable drape and is perfect for many designs. I chose the Blackwood Cardigan pattern by Helen’s Closet. This pattern is very well designed with minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests. Having sewn […]

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Merry & Bright!

If you’re looking for a reason to be Merry & Bright this season, look no further than Mood Fabrics!  Sequins galore abound this season on the store’s website, and I fell right in line upon seeing the glittering silver baby sequined fabric. To keep the focus on the fabric, I kept it simple with a shift dress using  New Look 6524 as my base pattern. Following Maria Denmark’s tutorial I removed the bust dart for a clean front bodice. The sequins are sewn on mesh and the fabric tends to s t r e t c h easily. Staystiching the shoulders, armscye […]

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Basic Black!

While many patterns were hacked to create this dress, I can happily state that every inch of its fabric is from Mood. 🙂 It was time for a new black winter dress; an all purpose dress to wear whenever and wherever. My inspiration came from the current Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear collection. I love the way this dress skims the body, but I had no pattern that included all of its features. After using bits and pieces from several patterns, I’m calling this The McVoguerick Tunicbiblicity dress. While it was an absolute pain to put this dress together, […]

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Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards. Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension […]

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Embroidered Cotton Shirting Tunic

I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the ‘one step at a time‘ approach to life. In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new. While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings, and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would […]

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Eloise at the Plaza Dress

With an unapologetic youthfulness straight out of an “Eloise at the Plaza” book, add this adorable Pink and Blue Printed Stretch Cotton Sateen to your collection! Hand drawn flowers, swirled vines and hearts move in a kaleidoscopic fashion over a light blue background. A crisp hand is paired with a stiff drape for perfectly tailored pieces. Its stretch through the weft ensures the perfect fit for bodycon pieces as well! Make crop tops, shorts and shift dresses for an adorable spring/summer look. Who can resist a description like this?? I ordered the fabric with pants in mind since cotton sateen […]

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Navy Knit Dress!

Lilly Pulitzer introduced a fabulous collection of navy dresses this season, and I wanted one too. The Lilly dresses are available in every fabric imaginable bringing about many possibilities. My decision was based on the piece of Theory Navy Cotton Rib Knit I ordered from Mood Fabrics in March. (Now sold out but I highly recommend the navy stretch pique.) While Lilly refers to many of its dresses as ‘shift dresses‘, they look like tunics to me, and so I made a tunic from The Tunic Bible. Since this is at least the 40th tunic I’ve made during the last […]

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