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Summer of Silk Crepe

It’s been a summer of silk crepe for me.  First there were last month’s Polly tops, and now there’s this loose, fun wrap top made from Mood Fabrics’ pinstriped silk crepe de chine.  The pinstripe in this particular fabric reminded me of something you might see on a man’s shirt, but the softness of the silk felt very feminine.  And, while I could easily imagine it as a Grainline Archer, a pattern I’ve previously made and wear all of the time, I wanted to play up the softness of this fabric a bit more, so instead I chose the loose wrap Dotty Blouse [...]

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Silk Summer Tanks Times Three

My Mood Sewing Network projects this month are all about fabric pairings.  It started with finding this Anna Sui silk crepe de chine panel print at Mood Fabrics online.  I thought it would pair nicely with some of the Mood Mark Jacobs embroidered dot silk I had left over from this shirtdress project, a garment which has mostly languished in the back of my closet. I’ve always wanted to make something I’d wear more often with the left over fabric since those raised dots are so fun!  An easy summer tank seemed just the thing, and the free By Hand London Polly Top was [...]

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The Big Bang Dress and Cardigan

Hello everyone!  It’s nice to be here with you all again!  After taking a few months away from the Mood Sewing Network so that I could focus on my new baby, I really wanted to come back with a big bang.  I’d been keeping up with the Mood Fabrics New Arrivals page, and when this galaxy poly print from Mood Fabrics popped up, I knew it would be a stellar choice for my first MSN garment post baby. Haha!  Too much?!  Big bang… Galaxy print… Stellar?! Also, please tell me I’m not the only one who regularly checks the Mood Fabrics New Arrivals page? At [...]

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Comfy Cowl and Leggings

I currently can’t stop dreaming about making beautiful silk blouses and tailored wool coats and faux leather jackets, but my dreams are confounded by the fact that I’m so far into my pregnancy that all I want to wear are my comfiest comfies. So, to add a bit of polish to my daily wardrobe here in my last month of pregnancy, I decided to make a maternity-approved variation of the classic cowl from Mood Fabric’s black wool jersey. Mood describes this jersey as “a soft, tissue-weight wool jersey knit… perfect for t-shirts and tops.” I couldn’t agree more – it [...]

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Men’s Button-Up Shirt in Silk-and-Cotton-Blend Shirting

I’ve missed sewing with wovens the past few months. Everything’s been knits, knits, knits to accommodate my growing baby belly. So, when I came across Mood Fabric’s silk and cotton blend shirting while browsing their website looking for inspiration for my next garment, I knew I wanted to make it happen somehow. I liked that the silk in the blend gave it just that extra something and that the color was a natural ivory. Before long I also stumbled upon Mood Fabric’s Stone/Cream Striped Woven, and I was struck by the idea of pairing the two together. In a men’s [...]

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Silk Jersey Twisted Dress Redux

Well, I did it again. I made another one of BurdaStyle’s Twisted Maxi Dresses out of one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys. And, there was no oops about it. I got so much use out of my first silk jersey maxi dress this summer that I just had to make another to carry me through fall and winter. Silk jersey is a delight to wear (seriously, I feel like I’m in pajamas when I wear these dresses yet they both look really pulled together), and the gathers in the front of this dress make it perfect for expanding over my [...]

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Sporty Sewing in Bamboo Jersey

I’ve been curious about bamboo fabric ever since my husband came home from a search-and-rescue team meeting one day back when we were in graduate school and told me that everyone on the team was switching to socks made out of bamboo because of the natural anti-bacterial properties of the fabric. (If you’re curious, his search-and-rescue team was an amazing group of volunteers that would get called out into the wilderness when people would get lost or injured while hiking or otherwise galavanting in the great outdoors.) I don’t talk about it much here, but I’ve been a competitive runner [...]

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Ombre Striped Jersey Dress

I’ve wanted to make this dress ever since I first started seeing Marcy Tilton’s shingle dress (Vogue V8904) pop up around the sewing blogging world. I had my heart set on making it out of stripes since I loved the way the design of the pattern made them play this way and that. Then, Goodbye Valentino made the exact dress I’d been dreaming of for her July MSN make out of a navy and white striped cotton jersey (the same one I used for the bottom layer, which no longer appears to be available online at Mood Fabrics). I figured [...]

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Blooming Blues Maxi Dress in Cotton Voile

If ever there was a time where the fabric led in the creation of a garment, this maxi dress is it for me. When I saw this “Blooms Cotton Voile Print” in Mood Fabrics’ online collection, it just screamed, “Make me into a summer maxi dress – right now!!” Well, maybe it’s a bit too dreamy and romantic to actually have done any yelling, but you get my point. In my mind it was a maxi dress even when it was just a small square of digital fabric on my computer screen. Editor’s note: Lots more cotton voile prints and [...]

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