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Men’s Classic Pea Coat in Coated Canvas

What man (or woman, for that matter) wouldn’t like to own a waxed canvas pea coat? Waxed canvas outerwear is all the rage these days. But as someone who has owned waxed bags, I have found that they can feel oily and attract lint.  Could I find a good substitute? On the third floor of Mood Fabrics NYC I found a dark brown coated cotton canvas made in Italy.  I don’t know what it’s coated with—it feels a bit like oil paint but it isn’t stiff or heavy and you can still see the weave of the canvas. It’s waterproof […]


Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard

What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common? Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love! After last month’s houndstooth success, I knew I wanted to try my hand once again with sweater knits.  I love this soft gray rib knit I found at Mood Fabrics NYC, which I was able to use for both the body of my sweater as well as the neck, arm, and waistbands. Editor’s note: We hope to have this exact gray rib knit available online very soon, but in the […]


Men’s Knit Sweaters for Fall, or Hooray for Houndstooth!

Since I started sewing, I have been curious about sweater knits and how to use them.  Can you really sew a credible men’s sweater?  This month I found out the answer is YES! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, there’s an entire aisle devoted to sweater knits—so many gorgeous choices.  On my most recent visit, I spotted (and quickly fell in love with) a bolt of gray and maroon Italian wool knit houndstooth.  I purchased a yard and a half, figuring I could make a men’s sweater out of it.  Little did I realize there would be enough to make three […]


Men’s Fitted Fashion for Fall

It is still hot and humid outside, but I’m in fall sewing mode. This month I wanted to make some basics that could carry me into cooler weather, and at Mood Fabrics I found soft and silky cotton shirting in a rich tan, as well as a great bottom-weight navy cotton twill (Sorry about the pet hair — I live with two dogs). Note: has a ton of new cotton shirtings, as do our two stores, and here are some great cotton twills. I love earth tones for fall, and cocoa is a favorite shade.  I decided to make […]


Men’s Rayon Knit Tee and Linen Shorts

This month has been all about making summer clothes for my partner, Michael.  (I think it’s time to sew for me again soon!) When Michael and I visited Mood Fabrics together last month, in addition to the coral eyelet I used for a shirt (posted last week), Michael chose a lightweight, stretchy, rayon knit with a subtle floral print, and a rich, terra cotta-colored linen.  I decided to make a v-neck t-shirt with the rayon knit and short pants with the linen. Since the rayon knit was so lightweight, I also picked up half a yard of a sturdy cotton […]


Men’s Cotton Eyelet Shirt

This July, I’ve been working on a summer ensemble for my partner, Michael. We visited Mood Fabrics together in late June and Michael picked out four fabrics he liked which fit his “Autumn” color palette.  One of them was a beautiful deep coral cotton eyelet, a fabric I had never worked with before. Editor’s note: We have a great selection of cotton eyelets in both our stores and online here. I decided to use the eyelet to make Michael a summer shirt.  Michael chose the Colette “Negroni” pattern, which makes a vintage-inspired camp shirt (i.e., no collar stand — similar […]


Patchwork Madras and Pink Linen

Summer is almost here and I’m ready to dress for it! On my latest shopping trip to Mood Fabrics NYC I came home with two gorgeous summer-weight fabrics.  The first was two and a half yards of this splendid cotton patchwork madras. I’m not the preppiest person in the world but patchwork madras is a summer classic I love: it has such a playful, casual look to it.  Mood Fabrics has many different color schemes to choose from.  At first I thought I’d make a shirt, then I thought shorts — as luck would have it, I had enough yardage […]


A Silk Dress for Peter’s Cousin Cathy

For my second post this month I decided to make something completely different: a Forties day dress for my “identical cousin” Cathy Lane.  (I’ll finish my gray suit next month — promise.) At Mood I found the most gorgeous silk charmeuse with what look like parrot tulips in orange tones set against a background of deep purplish-blue — a very Forties-style print and palette. Editor’s note: We have loads of floral silk charmeuses online and in our two stores. Here’s a pretty blue-and-green stretch silk charmeuse. I chose this wonderful WWII-era Simplicity pattern from my pattern stash: a simple day dress […]


Peter’s Cotton-Mohair Suit Pants

This month for the Mood Sewing Network I’m making myself a suit!  The fabric I’ve chosen is a luxurious gray cotton-mohair suiting, made in Italy, and purchased at Mood Fabrics NYC.  It has a somewhat firmer hand than lightweight tropical wool suiting but feels a bit more casual (due to the cotton), and has a beautiful sheen. Editor’s note: has a ton of suiting fabrics. We actually sell more menswear fabrics than you realize! I decided to make the trousers first (as recommended in my suit-making books) and the jacket second.  That way you’re more experienced working with the […]

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