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One last coat for cool spring nights

      My most sincere apologies, I might have brought the cold weather back with this coat. Mea culpa.  BUT WOULDJA LOOKIT THAT INTERIOR.  HOW COULD I RESIST?! One of the great things about visiting  Mood Fabrics in person: you get to know the people there, who in turn know the fabric.  When I ran up to my favorite top floor, my angel Eric greeted me with his sunbeam of a smile and said I have a couple things I think you might like. I knew I wouldn’t even have to browse that day. He has me pegged. This woven piece of madness is [...]

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Shimmering Separates, Still Single

It’s weird, but there’s a specific time of day, in each specific season, when I can’t get enough of the skewed view from our apartment.  It’s well into cocktail hour as I type this, and the light hitting the buildings that fill our windows can’t be described as sun, more as afterglow.  indeed, even the use of “building” as plural is going a bit far.  There are two beasts that eat our glass rectangles onto the world, both of different brick, different perspective even, blonde diagonal on left and straight ahead redhead on right, and when you stare at the [...]

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Woolly Jacket and Sheath Dress

There I go again, looking off to the upper left corner, where no doubt someone is walking swiftly, coldly by, wondering what I’m doing down there. I’m loving my outfit, THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING. Nope, I’m not gonna lie, I love it.  It’s all wool all the time, and it did an excellent job of keeping me warm in the 19 degree air.  Well, you know, proportionally, considering it’s just a sheath dress and cropped jacket… Oh but the jacket fabric.  THE JACKET FABRIC.  Found on Mood Fabric’s magical upper floor, immediately hugged to chest and guarded with my life. [...]

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Wool Jersey Swinger

I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! She is done up in Mood Fabric’s Italian double face wool & lycra jersey, she is the latest installment from the lovelies at By Hand London, she fit RIGHT OUT OF THE PACKAGE.  She is exquisitely drafted, she is my new little black dress, who would have ever thought I’d have two in my technicolor closet? The fabric is thick enough to skim and hug in all the right places, and yummy to sew with.  Except for the part where I godzilla steamed one of the bust cups and forever wrinkled it.  I have recently become [...]

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Fur & Pleather Pleasure

IS MOOD CLASSIN’ ME UP OR WHAT.  This is my third non-technicolor dress!  Second in black AND white!  I am going to name this combination Rejectnocolor.  It rejects color!  Especially of the Technicolor genre!! But close up, this fabric from the Mood Fabrics NYC store is just as insane as any Oz-toned yardage.  Behold: Lookit the furry amazingness!  LOOKIT!!!  Yep.  This was another one I ran around the store with, unwilling to lose sight of its three dimensioned deliciousness for a moment. Editor’s note: This ivory faux fur with an embossed reptile print in black is also one of our favorite [...]

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Little Bouclé Dress

I don’t really know what hit me. Let me rephrase. This black bouclé hit me like a freight train, I seized the roll, hugged it to my breast, and dragged it around the third floor of Mood until Kway and Eric assured me I could leave it by the cutting tables, it would be safe. YOU KNOW I WORRIED ABOUT IT, LIKE BAMBI’S MOTHER, TILL THE FIRST SNIP. There was no need for concern, the third floor is truly a piece of heaven. And apparently they filter something mind-altering into the air up there, as I not only chose a [...]

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Snuggly Sweater Dress

Mimosas and Mood Fabrics on Saturday, Sazerac and Steelers on Sunday, and Sweater Knit to fondle all weekend.  Monday was a cruel mistress. Need inspiration?  Stuck in a rut?  If you can, hightail it to the second floor on Mood Fabrics NYC.  It’ll cure ya.  I never know what I’m going to find up there, but I always walk away hugging something fiercely.  Like I’ve just won a prize that must be guarded with my life.  This poly sweater knit is sooooo soft, which only added to the hugging factor.  I believe the tag said it was from Italy. Is [...]

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Denim & Velvet Wiggle Dress

ARGH THIS DRESS TOOK FOREVER!  At one point, I told Ruggy this might be the longest I’ve ever spent on a dress. Really, I’m not sure, because it was started in Texas and finished in New York…travel plays tricks on the mind… I ordered this delicious medium-weight denim & velvet flocked yardage from Mood Fabrics online back in late July.  It seemed totally appropriate for the middle of the summer.  That’s sarcasm. But the fabric is amazing, it has a bit of stretch to it, and the velvet looks almost CGIed. It was meant for a maxi dress, but then my eyes fell on [...]

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Silk Chiffon Slugger

Well.  Hello there, Tuesday.  Hello there, leg partially en-clad in whisper thin Silk Chiffon shot through with gold metallic thread.  I thought we’d never meet. Many tried to keep us from our scheduled match.  But this Labor Day weekend, I did little else than labor on you. There wasn’t much of you to begin with.  Just three yards.  But those few floaty inches had a sting like a bee.  I had to sacrifice some print matching for sure.  It took me five hours to adjust my stance against your grainlines, though your metallic crossgrain did help. Let’s face it, you [...]

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