A Classic Camel Hair Coat

Every year, I like to make at least one substantial coat. Last year, it was my beloved cashmere pea coat. ¬†So this year, I decided it would be a classic camel hair coat. I wanted a coat that I would love and cherish for years to come… nothing trendy at all for this project. Just timeless elegance. I picked this beautiful camel-colored 100% camel hair fabric. It’s described as “a heavy-weight camel wool with a long brushed nap. Very soft, slightly spongy.” This is a napped fabric with a raised pile. Which means it’s best to layout your pattern and […]


Black and White Wool Plaid Coat

It’s been a couple of months in the making, but I’m happy to finally announce that my plaid coat is finally finished! Making this coat was truly a labor of love. I chose to fully tailor the coat, which definitely added to the time and expense involved, but it also just makes the coat feel so much more substantial and nice. This is a piece I see myself wearing for years – it’s made to last that long, anyway! ūüôā My pattern, a vintage Vogue pattern from the 70s, included everything I needed in the instructions to get the coat […]


Men’s Donegal Tweed Winter Coat

With winter on the horizon, it’s time for true cold weather outerwear.¬† For me, that means wool. At Mood Fabrics NYC, I found a lovely donegal tweed — the name generally given to tweeds with bits of yarn in other colors woven in, even if they’re not made in County Donegal, Ireland.¬† This one is mainly a brown salt and pepper, but as you can see, there are other colors too, like rust and beige.¬† The weave is coarse but the hand is quite soft. Editor’s note: Lots of great pea coat fabric options at MoodFabrics.com. For the lining, I […]


Leopard Print Coat in Stretch Cotton Canvas

I knew my fall wardrobe needed something big and leopard, finding just the right fabric was easy while shopping online at MoodsFabrics.com.¬†I just put “leopard” into the search box and ta-da!, up popped this fabulous fabric:¬†Italian Leopard-Print Stretch Cotton Canvas The pattern was an easy on for me to pick, Vogue 8884, which I had made for a spring coat back on this Mood Sewing Network post. I used the same construction techniques from the spring coat and knew the fit was good. That is such a benefit when using a pattern again. I’ve read that “leopard is the new […]


Marc Jacobs Linen-Blend Spring Coat

A tailoring project for my next Mood Sewing Network project that has been a long time coming. ¬†The fabric was moved all around my sewing room, just waiting to be made into a fabulous spring coat. ¬†What fabric did I select? ¬†This fabulous Mood Fabrics’ Marc Jacobs linen-cotton. I knew right when I purchased this fabric is was going to be a coat, Vogue 8884, in fact. ¬†The fabric seems to yell, “good-bye winter, hello, spring.” ¬†Or in my case with the Summer solstice approaching, “good-bye spring and hello summer!” ¬†Whichever one you say, this fabric is fabulous to work […]


A Brilliant Blue Lace Trench Coat

A couple of months ago, Mood sent us a fistful of swatches to show us what they had in new for spring. Of course everything on the swatch cards was something amazing – metallic linen, chambray, Swiss dot, spring boucles, matte jersey – but what really caught my eye was this bright blue eyelet lace, simply labeled “lace outerwear.” Never mind that I couldn’t think of any use for the stuff, I HAD to have it. I mean… look at that! It’s so gorgeous and blue, and those big embroidered flowers are my favorite thing ever. The fabric itself is […]


the blogger boucle

One busy afternoon at Mood, The Police were playing. Kway and I discussed the awesomeness of this giant among rock bands. Greats bands are like a marriage,¬†he said,¬†some end, but after they’ve had kids. Then when it’s over, you say, yeah, they got divorced. But those are some beautiful kids. I suppose that’s what it’s like with this boucle. Or at least, the idea of this boucle.¬†We had an affair for over two months before I finally divorced myself from my original vision of it. Ruggy¬†would catch me standing in the middle of the room, hugging it:¬†what are you doing?¬†Really […]


Oscar de la Renta Wool Cape

With an unexpected two days off from work from Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy back in November, I got to business in my sewing room. I decided to sew three ‘quick’ unplanned projects that could be finished within three weeks. First, I finished up my Tracy Reese Dress (Part I of the Sandy Collection), sewed up my second Purple Friday dress (Part II of the Sandy Collection) and then moved on to this Vogue 8776 cape (the closing piece in the Sandy Collection runway show). I first spotted this cape on Erica B. in 2011 and it was lust at […]


Animal Print Wool-Silk Brocade Coat

Here’s my trick to not totally hating the long cold winters we have here in the Northeast: Own lots of different outerwear options. Winter is yucky (in my opinion), but I can bear it a little more if I don’t have to wear the same coat or jacket day in and out. So I make a new coat every season. I think this coat here is the sixth or seventh coat I’ve made in the last five years or so, and my hall closet is busting at the seams with coats and jackets. Why should anyone sew a coat, you […]

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