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Carrie is a mother of four with not enough time to sew, run, thrift, DIY, mountain bike and crochet, but somehow she sneaks it all in anyway. See more from This Mama Makes Stuff »

Designer Menswear Fabric for a Little Girl’s Dress

   The menswear suitings call to me from the the pages of the Mood Designer Fabrics website.  All the houndstooth, herringbone and plaid patterns make me giddy even though I have no plans to make a men’s suit anytime soon. Gray Herringbone Suiting, Plum plaid Suiting, Beige Plaid Suiting, and a Khaki Houndstooth all made it to the final cut and I knew a little girl’s dress was the project to make. I settled on this Ralph Lauren wool houndstooth suiting sight unseen (which had me a little worried since I’m such a tactile fabric purchaser) along with a few [...]

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Ready for Fall & Winter with an Italian Sweater Knit Dress

Where I live, fall comes without the trees changing colors. It’s a bit of a bummer. Still, you can tell that fall is in the air when all the girls start breaking out their sweaters, tights and boots. In preparation for Southern California “sweater weather” I recently browsed the sweater knit section of Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles. This Italian wool sweater knit caught my eye immediately. The fine gauge was cozy but not bulky. Warm but not too warm. The fine gauge was also perfect for the Rebecca Taylor sweater dress pattern (a.k.a. Vogue 1315). The pockets had me at [...]

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Anna Sui Designer Fabric Fancy Sweatshirt

We’re finally starting to get a chill in the air so it was time to tackle one of those “fancy sweatshirts” I’ve been seeing on the runway.  Luckily, the style was an easy sell for my preteen who is starting to experiment with some fun fashion choices.  The big section of Anna Sui prints at the front of the Mood Fabrics store in Los Angeles has always caught my eye so I knew I’d find a fun print there to use for the sleeves of the sweatshirt.  Many of the Anna Sui prints are silk (which isn’t ideal for a [...]

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Anna Sui Eyelet Dress for the Fall

I turned my last trip to Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles into a mommy/daughter date with my cute 8-year-old daughter.  Her baptism day was coming up and I promised to make her a new dress to wear.  We went straight to the fancy lace area, hoping to be inspired but nothing caught her eye except for a roll of white sequins (and I’m not a huge fan of bling).  Then we meandered down the eyelet aisle (though I wasn’t feeling hopeful we’d find anything there since we were just days away from fall).  That’s when I saw it, this gorgeous, [...]

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Marc Jacobs Cotton Baby Dress

During my last trip to Mood Fabric LA, I wandered down the cotton print aisle.  Right there, amid the floral cotton voiles and yarn-dyed shirtings, this Marc Jacobs print practically jumped into my arms (click HERE for a huge assortment of Marc Jacobs designer fabrics from Moodfabrics.com).  When it comes to cotton prints, I first need to fall in love with the print, then I need to fall in love with the hand of the fabric.  I would best describe this fabric as a lightweight cotton gauze. It has a floatiness to it that I haven’t ever seen before.  This [...]

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Little European Swim Trunks

I’ve been watching (what seems like) every sewist I know tackle swimsuits this season with admiration and apprehension.  As much as I wish to make my own swimsuit, it just seems like an overwhelming task (although Ginger Makes and her last project has me feeling less afraid).  Trying to sew swimsuits for my girls seems doable–less fit issues for little girls than for a 35 year old woman–but when I can find cute little suits for $15, it seems hardly worth the effort.  Then it hits me. I am in love with European inspired swim trunks for little boys and [...]

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When Feathers and Silk Call Your Name

This was supposed to be a post about a large scale print wrap-skirt. I walked into the Mood Fabrics LA store with a vintage, peacock-printed, maxi-wrap skirt in hand. I was intent on finding a large scale print to make myself a new wrap skirt and I needed the vintage one to estimate the yardage needed—depending on the width, it was looking like 5-6 yards.  Nian (like Diane with an “N”) offered to help me find what I was looking for. On our way to the printed fabrics that can stand the wear and tear of a summer with four [...]

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A Brief History of My Obsession with Mood Fabrics

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff as our newest Mood Sewing Network blogger. She replaces Renee, who unfortunately had to bow out of MSN due to time constraints. Carrie blogs from Orange County, CA, and she loves to shop at Mood LA and sew unique children’s clothes. We’re delighted to have her and hope you’ll enjoy following her here. Even though it was over 12 years ago, I still remember the day a co-worker guided me into that old, rickety elevator on 37th street and introduced me to Mood, my little slice of [...]

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