Orla Kiely Inspired Linen Dress

  Good morning, Mood Fabrics! This month, the Mood bloggers had a fun challenge to conquer: pick a Spring 2014 designer collection, then make an outfit inspired by our choices. For me, the field narrowed quickly. There are many designers I love, but there is only one whose clothes consistently make me squeal in fashion joy: Orla Kiely. The Irish designer tends toward pieces that combine retro styling with heavy doses of whimsy, and this season’s collection is no exception. These clothes are heavy on linen, novelty animal prints, and plenty of pastel colors. It’s, essentially, what would happen if […]

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Shingled Jersey Dress

Recognize this pattern? I barely do myself, but it’s Vogue 8904 sewn in a solid color. Generally, I envision my finished garment before beginning the project, but not so this time. Sewing is not usually like a box of chocolates, but……. I thought I was making a tiered t-shirt dress ……… to wear with flip-flops and Jack Rogers! Thank you, Mood for a great dress to wear just about anywhere except to the grocery store 🙂 Determined to familiarize myself with all knit fabrics, I ordered this navy cotton jersey after buying the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I was […]

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Wool Crepe and Silk Chiffon Occasion Dress

Hello Mood Sewing Network! I’m so excited to be joining the MSN as an international guest blogger all the way from London in the UK and can’t thank the team at Mood Fabrics enough for having me. I wanted to challenge myself a little for my first Mood Sewing Network make and I’ve recently been drawn to garments with sheer inserts and panels that are so popular at the moment. So with all these beautiful new fabrics now on offer to me I decided to expand my repertoire and dip my toe into sewing with chiffon. When I say ‘dip […]

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It’s the time…of the season…when love runs high…

That means all things wedding around here. With two twenty-something daughters, the fun never stops as someone is always getting engaged or married.Three years ago the wedding season caught me off guard and I spent a fortune outfitting everyone for wedding related occasions. Now, I’m always in the Mood for a wedding. Sewing has given me access to the world’s greatest designers in an entirely new dimension, especially when sewing with fabric from Mood! I’m wearing Carolina Herrera to the next wedding 🙂 (check out Mood’s Carolina Herrera fabrics here) I love Carolina Herrera so much I created a Carolina […]

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Silk Jersey Shirtdress

This month’s Mood Sewing Network garment is NOT another silk blouse. It’s a… silk jersey dress. I may have a bit of a silk addiction. I just can’t help it. Once I got over my fear of sewing with it, I want everything in silk! This fabric is from MoodFabrics.com and has recently sold out, but you can find plenty of other beautiful silk jersey prints here including another colorway of this print. Editor’s note: We have some of this same fabric Amanda used at the NYC store. Email jena@moodfabrics.com to order. $25/yd. I had a lot of difficulty deciding […]

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A Lacy Knockout Dress for Valentine’s Day

As much as I’m not really one for ~celebrating~ Valentine’s Day (I’ll take the flowers and the steak dinner, though, thanks!), I *love* the excuse it gives me to make a new dress specially for going out. Last year I wore red lace, this year I decided to go with… lace again. Except this time, I thought I’d ramp up the knockout factor with some black lace and a form-fitting shape. I’m really loving the combination of emerald green paired with black lace, so as soon I saw this Anna Sui black stretch lace on Mood Fabric’s website, I knew I […]

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Silk Faille Oscar de la Renta Sheath Dress

Good morning, Mood Fabrics! I’m thrilled to join the ranks of the Mood Sewing Network, which I’ve long been a fan and reader of. Thank you so much to Meg for inviting me on board! For my first Mood Sewing Network project, I was led by pure, unadulterated fabric lust. This gorgeous silk faille, designed by Oscar de la Renta and available in Mood’s online store, sent me swooning. Check out those flowers! Don’t they look straight out of a tropical garden? Considering the dreadful winter we’ve been having in Texas, a (sartorial) trip to the tropics was too tempting […]

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Woolly Jacket and Sheath Dress

There I go again, looking off to the upper left corner, where no doubt someone is walking swiftly, coldly by, wondering what I’m doing down there. I’m loving my outfit, THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING. Nope, I’m not gonna lie, I love it.  It’s all wool all the time, and it did an excellent job of keeping me warm in the 19 degree air.  Well, you know, proportionally, considering it’s just a sheath dress and cropped jacket… Oh but the jacket fabric.  THE JACKET FABRIC.  Found on Mood Fabric’s magical upper floor, immediately hugged to chest and guarded with my life. […]

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Houndstooth Sweater-Knit Jersey Dress

I thought I owned one of everything in black and white houndstooth, and then I saw this sweater-knit/jersey on the Mood Fabrics website. I realized I owned nothing in a houndstooth jersey, and remedied the void by placing a quick order on the Mood website (see lots of great sweater knits from Mood HERE). Continuing my January theme of simple sewing, I selected Butterick’s See & Sew 5873 one more time and made the dress in a day. While my first dress was a warm weather dress, sewn from Mood’s beach/camo jersey, this beefy knit should carry me through South […]

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