The Neutral Staple Coat — Italian Tan Angora Wool Coating

I have wanted a tan, wool coat since forever.   Last year I decided to move this coat to the top of the list after I stumbled upon this gorgeous Italian Tan Angora Wool Coating.  It is exquisite.  Perfect for the classic silhouettes as well as the oversized boyfriend coat.  I wish Mood had this coating in every colors. Please forgive the frown, the sun was very high. The surface is super soft with a brush-like hand.  The drape is a little stiff; but no matter, it is the perfect match for Butterick 6385.  Tan is the perfect  neutral to […]

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Tweed Moto Jacket

  So I saw this fabulous Moto Jacket Pattern,  McCall’s 7694 and knew I had to make it, does that ever happen to you?  Pattern in hand I headed to Mood Fabrics and started my search.  Wool tweed is what I had in my head to make this jacket and I found, Bordeaux and White Speckled Wool  Tweed, which is almost sold out so act quickly.  If this is not your colorway, don’t worry, Mood Fabrics has a great selection of wool tweeds.  While at Mood’s site, I went searching for a separating  zipper and found the perfect tan color.  […]

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A Furry Happy New Year!

I have been wanting to make myself a faux fur coat for a long time. This winter I finally took the plunge! At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I purchased 1 3/4 yards of a lustrous high-pile black faux fur.  It didn’t really look like an imitation of an animal — mink, maybe?   I thought it looked elegant and — most importantly — wearable.  While I love to look at some of the more “out-there” fake furs, I didn’t see myself wearing any of them. (You can see Mood’s online selection of fake fur here.) I wanted my […]

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Plaid coat for early winter

Plaid. I just can’t get enough! When last we met I was sharing a plaid dressing gown and now I’m onto a plaid coat. Is there any stop to the plaid madness?! Probably not. My favorite style of jacket to wear in early fall (hint: not now) and spring (sadly: also not now) is a Pendleton 49er. It’s a casual, unlined, relatively thin wool vintage jacket, in bold plaids. I happen to own a McCall pattern from 1948 that’s extremely similar, McCall 7400. With a gorgeous woven wool coating (sold out now, I’m sorry!) and silk lining (note to future […]

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Blue Jacquard Vest

The temperatures here have been so mild, which is nothing to complain about at all.  The above normal temperatures call for a garment perfect for the nice weather.  A new vest using Simplicity 1499  and the perfect match, Mood Fabrics’ Italian Cobalt Blue Paisley Jacquard.  This knit is just a bit heavier and full of texture.   These two fabric features made it a good choice for my vest.     I used some black ponte in my stash to trim my vest but Mood Fabrics has several black pontes.   One thing with the pattern (yes, made it before) the armholes […]

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Take One – Two Sides, Please

  Fall time which means I can make a new coat, I love making coats!  I was looking through Mood’s site and found this incredible fabric.  It is Mood Fabrics’ Tan and Gray Printed Cotton Twill with Navy Reverse Face  and it is such great fabric, it deserves a long name. This fabric intrigued me right away and while I was waiting for it arrive, I started dreaming of what to sew.  I decided a statement coat, which seems to be trendy in RTW, a bit like this one.  After I have an idea, it is time for a pattern, […]

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A Faux-Fur Leopard Print Coat!

I’d been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It’s the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com. J.McLaughlin Pella Faux Fur Leopard Coat   I’d seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I’d previously used in plaid wool.I used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could’ve gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that […]

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A Red Wool Coat and Rayon Jersey Dress for the Holidays

Good afternoon, Mood Fabrics! Today, I’m sharing two pieces that have been on constant rotation in my wardrobe. Usually, I make a couple of dresses for the holiday season, bright, cheerful pieces that I can throw on for office parties and cookie exchanges. Not that I ever go to cookie exchanges, mind you, but a lady can dream. (Or eventually break down and host one herself, I suppose.) This year, however, winter hit us early in Central Texas. We’ve already had our first big freeze and there actual snowflakes in our forecast for next week. I’m not holding my breath […]

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Transitioning to Fall In Oscar De La Renta Checkered Coat

    Transitioning to Fall in Chicago can be a mixture of three seasons on any given day.  We could start with cool, crisp sunny morning.  By mid-day it’s hotter than July.  Then early evening, it’s cloudy and raining.  We are so lucky.  It’s not every day that this happens.  Most days it is one or the other.  😉     The good thing is we experience every season, which gives us opportunities to wear many different styles and weights of clothing.  I’m happy to have many coats of all weights and styles.  My new  Oscar De La Renta Checkered […]

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