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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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Men’s cotton-linen jacket/pants ensemble + mesh t-shirt

Summer is nearly upon us and that means summer heat. Here in New York City, however, one can’t live just in shorts and tank tops: we’re a bit more formal (well, most of the time).  The trick is to dress up in lightweight, all-natural fabrics. I found this beautiful denim-colored cotton-linen blend at Mood Fabrics and picked up three yards without a specific project in mind. (You can see Mood’s wide assortment of linen blends here.) It has a marvelous hand — crisper than pure linen and less prone to wrinkling, but still with lovely drape (especially after laundering). I […]

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Men’s Shawl-Collar Cotton Cardigan

I love cardigan sweaters! I found this gorgeous Italian cotton sweater knit at Mood Fabrics on a recent trip there and I couldn’t leave it behind.  It’s thick and luxurious-feeling and the colors remind me of the Mediterranean Sea.  (You can find a wide range of sweater knits available at Mood Fabrics here.) I decided to make a cotton cardigan out of it, using a vintage pattern in my stash, McCall’s 5267, from 1976.  It’s such a classic style, and I love the shawl collar, raglan sleeves, and jacket length. This sweater wasn’t difficult to make, though I confess to […]

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Men’s Liberty-Inspired Cotton Paisley Shirt

Often, when dining out, between rich courses one is served a palate cleanser: a sprig of parsley for example, or some mint sorbet. This shirt — simpler than my typical Mood Sewing Network fare of late —  is my version of a palate cleanser: easy on the eyes and refreshingly minty. I adore Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton shirting and shirt-weight prints.  I saw this mint and pale gray Liberty of London-style paisley (available in a number of colorways, btw) and was immediately smitten.  (To see this and other similar prints available at Mood Fabrics, click here.) I’ve learned, since […]

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Men’s Lace Shirt and Cotton Jersey Shorts

I’ve been thinking about lace a lot this spring. Originally I bought this gorgeous black cotton lace with the intention of using it for an overlay.  What I liked most about it — aside from the beautiful floral pattern — was that it could be trimmed to create a finished scalloped edge.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton lace here.) Continuing my passion for pattern mixing, I decided to create a short-sleeve shirt using the lace in combination with a lovely Italian floral cotton and classic black and white gingham.  (You can see Mood’s selection of ginghams […]

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Men’s Miyake-Inspired Shirt, Skirt, and Pleated Shawl

This month on the Mood Sewing Network our challenge is to sew something inspired by a runway look for Spring/Summer 2014. With my love of avant-garde Japanese fashion, the choice of designer was easy: Issey Miyake.  I drew both on Miyake’s latest looks that combine unconventional, bold pattern-mixing, and Miyake’s trademark use of pleated fabric and androgenous silhouettes. For my shirt, I worked with three delicate Italian cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics.  The red, white, and blue floral and gold, pink, and pale green print (by Marc Jacobs) have a crisp, organza-like texture.  Cuffs and collar band are done in […]

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Men’s Pleated Shirt and Thai Fisherman Pants

The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself. I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette.  What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and […]

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Men’s Leopard Print Wool Overcoat

After flirting with the “urban lumberjack” look last month, it was time for a change. A big change. I’d purchased this Italian wool leopard print knit last fall, and in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I must thank my fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger  Ginger, whom I happened to run into at Mood Fabrics the day I was deciding on my purchase.  I knew I loved the leopard, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  Ginger urged me to go for it.  The rest, as they say, is history. Originally, I thought I’d make […]

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Men’s Donegal Tweed Winter Coat

With winter on the horizon, it’s time for true cold weather outerwear.  For me, that means wool. At Mood Fabrics NYC, I found a lovely donegal tweed — the name generally given to tweeds with bits of yarn in other colors woven in, even if they’re not made in County Donegal, Ireland.  This one is mainly a brown salt and pepper, but as you can see, there are other colors too, like rust and beige.  The weave is coarse but the hand is quite soft. Editor’s note: Lots of great pea coat fabric options at MoodFabrics.com. For the lining, I […]

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