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Winter White and Indigo Blue: a Men’s Jeans Journey

Readers, you CAN wear white in winter — and if you’re willing to risk the odd splash, you can even wear it in the slushy snow! This month I decided to make myself jeans.  I’d purchased some pants-weight cotton twill in white at Mood Fabrics’ New York store this winter, along with a sturdy indigo cotton denim.  (You can find similar white twill at Mood Fabrics here and a broad selection of cotton denim is available here.) I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print men’s jeans pattern which I’d tried a few times before with good results. While I topstitched […]

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Men’s Floral Cotton Dress Shirt

I know it’s only January, but as far as my sewing goes, I’m already thinking spring. Last week at Mood Fabrics in New York, I stumbled upon a gorgeous Liberty-inspired print in cotton lawn and I grabbed enough for a shirt.  It may be freezing outside, but this vibrant floral shirting gives me hope that warmer weather is ahead.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of cheerful Liberty-inspired fabrics here.) My pattern is one I’ve only recently acquired on eBay, Butterick 6319, a mid-Fifties men’s dress shirt pattern that includes three collar variations.  I opted to make the spread collar […]

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Men’s Wool Plaid Shacket!

OK, I know what you’re thinking: WHAT, in heaven’s name, is a “shacket”??? Readers, it’s simply slang for shirt jacket. Kind of cute, don’t you think? Last year at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I purchased three yards of a beautiful wool plaid flannel, originally intended as lining for a tweed coat but which I decided was too special to be hidden away. This month I decided to use it to make a shacket. (Mood has a wide selection of wool plaids in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) I used a regular men’s shirt pattern, but I added […]

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Wool Challis Men’s Shirt with a 70’s Vibe!

There are two ways to purchase fabric: 1) with a specific project in mind, or 2) because you’re blown away by its beauty and you decide what to do with it later.  I’m usually in the former camp, but last summer I stumbled upon a stunning wool challis print I couldn’t resist.  Why was I even looking in the wool challis section of Mood Fabrics’ New York store when I didn’t even know what wool challis WAS? Kismet, I guess! (There’s not a lot of wool challis available currently at Mood Fabrics online, so please call the store if you’re […]

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Men’s Op-Art Anorak

This month I tried my hand once again at men’s outerwear. After September’s parka, I decided to make a lined anorak (aka a pullover parka with a half zip). After hunting through the synthetic outerwear fabrics at Mood Fabrics, trying to find the perfect solid, I happened upon a psychedelic black and white print in a nylon blend that immediately called out to me. It wasn’t till I brought the bolt to be cut that Todd pointed out that my fabric was a panel print (Thank you, Todd!).  I purchased three panels, or approximately two and a half yards.  (You […]

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Men’s Classic Mountain Parka

Today is the first day of fall and I’m oh-so-ready: I am delighted to present my just-completed eight-pocket mountain parka! This design is based on the famous 60/40 (referring to cotton/nylon) mountain parka produced by Sierra Designs (below) in 1968.  Back in the days before Gortex and other waterproof, breathable fabrics, a shell parka like this one was what you’d wear on a hike or backpacking trip.  The fabric is sturdy and water-repellant and the fit is generous enough for layering over sweaters and/or thermals. Part of the challenge of a project like this is that everyone knows what the […]

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The Last Shirts and Shorts of Summer

It’s only mid-August, but the mornings here in New York City already feel cooler and I’ve begun noticing dried leaves on the sidewalks.  Fall is on its way. But hold on — I haven’t even gone on summer vacation yet: I still need some summer togs suitable for a week at the beach! I bought these two lightweight cottons — a lilac swiss dot and a boldly printed lawn — last summer but I never used them.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of swiss dot fabrics here and cotton prints here.) This summer, I decided to turn them […]

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Living Room Curtains with a Mid-Century Modern Feel

I’m not what you would call a home dec person; in fact I’ve never sewn home dec before in my life! Still, when the opportunity arose to help celebrate Mood Fabrics’ brand new NYC home dec space by sewing a project for the Mood Sewing Network, I couldn’t say no — well, first I said no, but then I reconsidered.  And I’m so glad I did! I’ve wanted new curtains for the balcony-facing windows in my apartment for a long time.  Previously we had store-bought, off-white linen panels that were always just a little too short and a little too […]

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Men’s Cotton Herringbone Suit

I’ve been wanting to make a warm-weather suit since the spring, but this month I finally hunkered down and made it! I found an elegant pants-weight navy cotton twill at Mood Fabrics that fit the bill perfectly: it’s lightweight but sturdy enough for tailoring.  The cotton has a herringbone weave that sets it apart from standard diagonal twill fabric.  (You can see Mood’s selection of cotton twill fabrics here.) The suit has a poly half lining (drawn from my stash) and minimal interfacing to keep things casual and lightweight. I picked up my genuine horn buttons at Mood too. (Check […]

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