Cozy Knit Surplice Dress

As much as I live for the summer months, I truly love the clothes that come with winter. Nothing makes me want to suit up and get all fancy more than a nip in the air and a need for additional layers. True fact: tights automatically make any outfit look extra fancy, as do scarves. Never mind that I’ll be sick of the cold in a record amount of time (2 weeks? Maybe?). For now, I’m going to relish the fact that I can finally sew up those non-breathing polys that I can’t stand to touch when it’s hot out. […]

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A Silk Tunic and Faux Leather Leggings!

During the cool weather months, leggings are a go to fashion staple for me.  Its a no-brainer because of how easy they pair with ankle boots and tuck into tall boots.  For this occasion, I was looking for a dressier look.  I decided to create a pair of stretch faux leather leggings using this Black Stretch DTY Pleather from Mood Fabrics.com. For constructing thsese, I found that a ball point needle and a teflon foot worked perfectly.  I used McCall’s 6404 leggings pattern, view C.  I tapered the leg down to a 10″ opening and used invisible zippers on the outer […]

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A Chambray Popover for Fall

Hello Mood Sewing Network! Well, it’s finally pants weather here in Texas (but not quite jacket weather!) and I’ve been craving some wardrobe basics to flesh out my closet.  Transitional seasons do that to me. And when it comes to clothes I have no willpower. What the heart wants, it gets! I’ve wanted a chambray popover for… oh eons now.  Well at least a few years. They just feel like the perfect thing to throw on and go – no matter what the situation.  I love a classic button-up shirt for this reason too, but the popover brings just a tad […]

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Navy Blue Viscose Knit Dress

This fall/winter I am concentrating on long sleeve dresses, which are in short supply in my closet. I picked Vogue 1283 for my first one and knew I’d need something thin to handle all the gathers. I also wanted a fabric with some weight so that the dress would drape nicely. Enter this midnight blue solid viscose knit from Mood Fabrics. I swatched it since I’d never worked with viscose knit before. The description on Mood’s website is accurate, it is a dense fabric with a beautiful drape. I loved the asymmetrical bodice of this design but not the cut-in-one […]

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Peacock Kaleidoscopic Neoprene!

It is said the two best days in the life of a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat.  I’d like to extend the joke to writing a book…… thrilled to sign the contract, but good gosh, were we ever happy to put the manuscript in the hands of the publisher! Honestly, how do some people manage to live these beautifully balanced lives? Writing and planning another wedding tipped the scales to all work and no play. But now, I am back at play… Recently I’ve been on multiple shopping trips with Mimi, […]

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Linen Decorated Mini Dress

  Guess who ran into some more Anna Sui at Mood. I swear, it’s like I’m one of those dogs that sniffs out truffles. It’s not like she has a specific named shelf. Sure, I find her in the “Designer” section…but this yardage was lounging on the bottom floor, in a colorful little bin of medium weight cotton & linen bolts. Next to shirting. NEXT TO SHIRTING. No offense, Shirting. You’re just not my cup of tea. But this craziness was right up my alley! My first thought was a maxi skirt, but in the end, it wanted to be […]

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Simple Striped T-Shirt Dress

I’ve just got a simple outfit to share with you today as the garment I was planning for this month’s Mood Sewing Network project has taken slightly longer than anticipated, plus my weekend sewing plans were scuppered by lack of a zip! Aargh! Luckily I picked up quite the selection of gorgeous fabrics in the Mood Fabrics Los Angeles branch when I visited the U.S. last month and I’ve already sewn a couple of other bits up. I absolutely loved the LA store and found all the staff to be so welcoming; helping me pull out bolt after bolt as […]

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A Glitzy Neoprene Maxi Dress

I refuse to let summer go. It’s still warm enough for sandals, for crying out loud! And yet, the siren song of Fall Fashion seduces…so I married a summery maxi dress with an autumnal neoprene. Truly, a great “transitional” fabric. I don’t believe I’ve ever seriously used that word in my life. Does this mean my closet is growing up? Growing up?! I WILL NOT HAVE IT! SEQUINS. THAAAAT’S BETTER. Sequins defy logic! They are appropriate no matter WHAT the season, and I’m pretty sure they have never, in the history of the world, been called “transitional.” Keeping the sequins confined to an […]

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A Perfect Ponte Knit Dress for the First Day of Fall!

This is the perfect dress for the official first day of fall!  It’s super comfortable and a “wardrobe basic”.  It’s essentially a sweatshirt dress. The fabric is a Heather Gray Polyester Blend (poly/rayon/lycra) Ponte Knit from Mood Fabrics.com  that is probably one of the softest, yet at the same time – luxurious knits I’ve ever used.  I’m not just saying this because I’m a Mood blogger, but as far as ponte knits go, they have pretty much the best quality that I’ve ever encountered.  This knit reminds of a cashmere blend knit that’s used in high-end loungewear. What I love […]

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