A Jacket for Woodland Scuba Diving

I’m sorry, I just really don’t know what to SAY. This look is so far from “me,” I’m wondering if I was possessed during the making of it. Surely, I had some of my wits about me, because I used my infinitely hackable TNT By Hand London Victoria Blazer… But most of my wits went running merrily out Mood’s front door when I ogled this woodland scene, printed on neoprene. Or rather, scuba. I believe the classification of scuba means designer neoprene. Because this, of course, is Anna Sui. No one believed it as I lugged this bolt of crazy around Mood NY’s top [...]

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Adding New Lining – And Life – to an Old Coat

Hello, everyone! Something a little different today – instead of making a full garment from start to finish, this month’s project is about prolonging the life of an existing RTW/ready-to-wear piece! I know, it’s totally not sexy at all to make repairs and alterations – and in the past, I have generally avoided it at all costs. But to be completely honest, I am making an effort to reduce waste whenever I can and reduce/reuse/recycle whenever possible. Repairing old pieces to like-new so that they can continue to be used is a big thing for me right now. Here is [...]

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Men’s Cotton Camouflage Shirt Jacket

Camo is everywhere these days. As much as I like the look on others, I never thought camo — classic army green camo — was flattering on me.   So I was delighted when I found this dark gray camouflage fabric, a crisp lightweight Italian cotton, at Mood Fabrics in New York City.  (There’s still some available at Mood online here. Rest assured, there’s no green in it.) Since we’re enjoying spring weather this February, I decided to make a generously proportioned shirt that could also be worn as a windbreaker. I found my inspiration from a (very) vintage men’s shirt [...]

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Organic Cotton Twill Anorak

Sorry for breaking the African Wax Print streak, y’all – I think I’m the only MSN blogger who didn’t participate in the challenge. I knew I’d be gone for the majority of January, so what little sewing time I did have was dedicated solely to my upcoming vacation to Egypt! This project in particular was made with that trip in mind, and I’m so glad I finished it in time, as I literally wore it every single day while I was gone. An anorak has been on my to-sew list for a while now. This sort of jacket is super [...]

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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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Rayon-Silk Bomber Jacket for the Holidays

    I love the look of a bomber jacket and started thinking about fabric and something for the holidays.  My thoughts lead to the hot fabric right now, velvet and I headed right over to Pinterest for ideas.  I was on track as I saw several velvet bomber jackets and I knew I had my Christmas look.  My fabric is Mood Fabrics Sultan Red Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet, which is available in 7 more colors.    The pattern I went with was McCall’s 7100, which is an easy to sew pattern but the velvet did provide the challenges.     [...]

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Two-Ways to Wear a Metallic Jacket!

  I’ve been loving the fashion-weight faux leathers and this bright gold one is my latest obsession. I knew that I would use it for Vogue 1517, because it was just perfect. Synthetic leather was recommended for this jacket, so I knew that this one would be a great because it has the characteristics and finish of lambskin. It’s very buttery! So I began with cutting the size 14 for this pattern. And based on the measurements, I didn’t need to adjust. I sewed this with my BERNINA Walking Foot and a Microtex needle.   The body of the jacket [...]

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An Unexpected Ensemble

To be quite honest, I think sewing is making me more stubborn, yet, more patient. Both pieces in this combo were intended as something completely different than their outcome. First up, the jeans jacket, which was meant to be a peplumed affair, Simplicity 1919. I was ever so patient with this jacket, so patient my hands literally turned blue (oh, yeah, the dye on this one is strong. It’s sold out now, be grateful– but there’s a heap of Ralph Lauren denim just in). I fitted, I pressed… I changed thread colors, I topstitched with care… AND THEN RIPPED OUT AN ENTIRE FULLY LINED, CLIPPED, GRADED, TOPSTITCHED, [...]

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Men’s Organic Cotton Work Jacket

What can you make with two and a half yards of organic cotton twill?  Read on! Last year I’d purchased this red cotton twill in a shade Mood calls “tomato.”   It’s available not only in tomato (here), but also in a great many other beautiful colors (here).  It’s the perfect weight for jeans or a casual jacket and very easy to sew with.  It also has no spandex, which is my preference for cotton fabrics. For my project, I turned to the recently published Japanese pattern book, “Men’s Clothes For All Seasons,” which I’d picked up at the Japanese [...]

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