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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Wool Jersey Swinger

I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! She is done up in Mood Fabric’s Italian double face wool & lycra jersey, she is the latest installment from the lovelies at By Hand London, she fit RIGHT OUT OF THE PACKAGE.  She is exquisitely drafted, she is my new little black dress, who would have ever thought I’d have two in my technicolor closet? The fabric is thick enough to skim and hug in all the right places, and yummy to sew with.  Except for the part where I godzilla steamed one of the bust cups and forever wrinkled it.  I have recently become […]

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Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade

  Santa Baby, Leave a sable underneath the tree for me…… 🙂 While waiting for Santa, I sewed one more holiday dress, this one for a January wedding. I have never seen a Carolina Herrera I didn’t love which includes this cobalt blue paisley silk-blend brocade from Mood Fabrics. Yum……. I was sold on the color alone until the fabric arrived. The quality of this brocade is unlike any I have seen or touched. It’s that good, and once again I was scared to cut my fabric. What would Carolina do? Santa baby……. give me an answer! I made a […]

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Holiday Glam with Black & Silver Baby Sequins Dress

‘Tis the season to be sparkling!  What’s the holiday season with sparkle and shine?  I’ll tell you:  dull!  Don’t be dull, add some sequins to your holiday (and beyond) wardrobe. My latest addition was inspired by this gorgeous black and silver abstract baby sequins fabric from Mood Fabrics. When I fell head over heels in love with this fabric, I knew I needed a simple design that would let this fabric shine (pun intended) and let it be the star. I needed a design that has a limited amount of seams, darts, pleats, pockets and set-in sleeves.  This dress is […]

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Gold Metallic Boucle Dress

Don we now our gay apparel! Some fabrics are meant to be worn at night, and I believe this shimmery metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics is certainly one of them: Editor’s note: Lots of boucle options are available at MoodFabrics.com. I bought the fabric at the NYC store in November 2012, and admired it at home for over a year while waiting for a vision to appear. Perhaps, a coat, a suit, or another French jacket…… And then – it came upon a midnight clear 😉 After nearly three weeks of no sewing I was eager to make something festive […]

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Fur & Pleather Pleasure

IS MOOD CLASSIN’ ME UP OR WHAT.  This is my third non-technicolor dress!  Second in black AND white!  I am going to name this combination Rejectnocolor.  It rejects color!  Especially of the Technicolor genre!! But close up, this fabric from the Mood Fabrics NYC store is just as insane as any Oz-toned yardage.  Behold: Lookit the furry amazingness!  LOOKIT!!!  Yep.  This was another one I ran around the store with, unwilling to lose sight of its three dimensioned deliciousness for a moment. Editor’s note: This ivory faux fur with an embossed reptile print in black is also one of our favorite […]

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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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Double-Faced Wool Crepe & Houndstooth Dress

My usual journey when starting a new garment is the fabric.  I roam the aisle of Mood Fabrics’ NYC store touching fabrics and waiting for the perfect piece to jump out at me, demanding to be brought home and sewn up. This time though, it was the pattern that spoke to me first.  It was Vogue 1370 ~ a sheath dress with fabric inserts and literally I saw the dress in black and white. With that idea in mind, I headed off to Mood to purchase fabric.  I don’t know about you, but me, I love a great wool crepe […]

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Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so […]

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