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Gold Metallic Boucle Dress

Don we now our gay apparel! Some fabrics are meant to be worn at night, and I believe this shimmery metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics is certainly one of them: Editor’s note: Lots of boucle options are available at MoodFabrics.com. I bought the fabric at the NYC store in November 2012, and admired it at home for over a year while waiting for a vision to appear. Perhaps, a coat, a suit, or another French jacket…… And then – it came upon a midnight clear 😉 After nearly three weeks of no sewing I was eager to make something festive […]

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Party Dress In Shimmery Metallic Silk Blend

More fabric to die for……. I was sold upon reading Mood Fabrics’ narrative of this silk/viscose blend and placed it in my online cart. ‘The drape on this silk and viscose blend fabric is just so perfect, and then when you combine it with the glazed metallic sheen…well, you have a fabric that’s to die for. Lightweight and softly pliable. Perfect for tops, dresses, unconstructed jackets and more.’ Seriously, how could I resist? The fabric didn’t disappoint ~ actually I want more! Slippery, you think? Nope. Flimsy, you suspect? Nope. The backing on the fabric produces the perfect texture for […]

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Holiday—Or Anytime—Brocade Pants

  Festive Attire Holiday Casual Tacky Christmas Sweater Creative Black Tie I’m only clued in to one of the upcoming holiday invitation dress codes, but surely my new brocade pants will suffice for one of these categories! When I walked into Mood Fabrics NYC last month, my eye went directly to the enormous wall of brocade and quickly spotted a lovely red and cream DVF brocade. Being a lover of brocade slacks I immediately bought two yards and just completed my new holiday pants. Editor’s note: MoodFabrics.com has tons of brocade fabrics. Christmas in the Bahamas anyone?! Just kidding about […]

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Wool Houndstooth and Leather Skirt

It’s houndstooth time! This time each year I get the craving for a houndstooth something. I’ve bought it all throughout the years, but never tire of the crisp design. This year I decided to add a twist to my houndstooth garment. I began with a wool houndstooth I bought during my first visit to Mood Fabrics in 2011, which I planned to sew using Vogue’s 8750 skirt pattern…. and ultimately decided to have some fun with both the fabric and the pattern! My mother recently gave me a $1 thrift store leather skirt, and I thought the houndstooth pattern would […]

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Silk Habotai Print Peasant Blouse

“You look like you’re hiding from somebody back there!” exclaimed hubby. “Do you seriously think I can hide from anyone in this wild silk habotai print from Mood Fabrics?” This print was mine five seconds after I saw it online. What can I say? I love bold fabrics – all 62 inches of me! Mood suggests making the silk into a kimono or caftan – ‘perfect for lounging poolside in Miami or Ibiza’. I can see myself wearing a beautiful caftan in my fantasy life one day, but in the meantime I wanted to bring this mix of vibrant colors […]

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Rayon Jersey Print Wrap Dress

Greetings from Botany Bay, one of South Carolina’s barrier islands featuring a hauntingly beautiful boneyard beach. I’ve made my first See & Sew pattern in this fun Lycra/rayon jersey print from Mood Fabrics. I’ve said I’ll never buy another wrap dress. I’ll never buy another faux wrap dress either. I considered sewing my jersey with Vogue 1314 for some time. I even went as far as to lay out the pattern and fabric, but the practicality of the Butterick 5873 won out over high fashion 😉 Is there a better pattern – fabric combination for everyday wear? No wrinkles, no […]

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Silk Crepe de Chine Wrap Top

I often think my Fall wardrobe is practically non-existent – most likely because I look like I’m coming down with something when I wear those traditional, Fall earth-tone colors. Fortunately the Pantone Fall 2013 report brings new colors to the mix translating into exciting possibilities for my closet! My first Fall sewing project needed to be a go-to garment. Being a lover of silk, I ordered this crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics by designer Thakoon—the gorgeous colors enhance every pair of pants I own! True, the fabric would make a beautiful special occasion garment, but I’ll feel special each time […]

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Gettin’ My Preppy On

Madras, anyone? Finding this multicolored cotton patchwork on the Mood Fabrics website was almost as refreshing as a dip in the pool! I looked forward to putting a feminine twist on this classic preppy fabric and paired it with Butterick’s dress pattern 5917. Perhaps I’m a child at heart loving those madras children’s clothes filled with ruffles, but I thought this pattern had just the right feminine touch without the fussiness for the busy fabric. Actually, I’ve seen lots of RTW seersucker dresses sewn in this pattern. Since there was only one review on the Pattern Review website I wasn’t […]

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Colorblocked Silk Skirt a la Kate Spade

  “Well if it isn’t Sultry and Sunshine!” blurted the drunk man upon seeing my friend and me. The year was 1984. My friend resembled Angelina Jolie and well, I just looked like myself, only 29 years younger. It’s not hard to know who was Sultry and who was Sunshine. I’m not sure what little Miss Sunshine was wearing that evening but I doubt it was yellow. There is no yellow in my home and I did not own any yellow clothes until two years ago after a medium told me I needed more yellow in my life. (Blogged HERE […]

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