A Classic Denim Jacket

Ah, the humble denim jacket – an absolute wardrobe staple for me, and one of the few RTW pieces I still own and frequently wear. This is my favorite sort of thing to make – an essential wardrobe staple, made up in a classic (and easy to sew!) fabric. What I really loved about sewing this jacket was how similar the process was to making a pair of jeans – at least in terms of topstitching and seam finishes. I absolutely love love love sewing jeans, but have to limit myself to how many I make since I don’t need […]

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Stretch Cotton Sateen

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. ?                                                                                                Stephanie Nachmonovitch Introducing the Birdie Jacket……….. and why not? Designers love to name garments after special people and now it’s Birdie’s turn ? Ready to ditch the winter drabs and put color back into my wardrobe I chose Mood Fabric’s Rasberry Rose […]

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Mohair Cardigan for my SIL!

I’m a big fan of shawl-collar cardigans! The neckline is universally flattering.  They’re warm and cozy, easy to get on and easy to get off.  And there’s no pulling anything over your head, which I’m not a fan of, despite having very little hair myself. (!) I made one for my mother a few months ago, and this month I made one for my lovely sister-in-law, Prachee (up top). Instead of using a sweater knit, as I did for my mother’s sweater, for Prachee’s sweater I used a mohair blend (that nevertheless has a very a sweater knit-like hand) with […]

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Cotton & Linen slubbed Shacket

I’m tempted to keep this a wordless post, so you can guess which one of us MNS’ers stitched this…because I certainly wouldn’t guess ME. In fact, I agonized over this fabric choice for about 45 minutes, on Mood NY’s magical top floor. Eric and Kway both assured me this was a beautiful fabric. I was sure they were right, but I absolutely could not convince my technicolor brain. In the end I had to take their word for it! Luckily, they were right, and it’s not for me anyway! So really what I had to do was remind myself, repeatedly, […]

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Tweed Moto Jacket

  So I saw this fabulous Moto Jacket Pattern,  McCall’s 7694 and knew I had to make it, does that ever happen to you?  Pattern in hand I headed to Mood Fabrics and started my search.  Wool tweed is what I had in my head to make this jacket and I found, Bordeaux and White Speckled Wool  Tweed, which is almost sold out so act quickly.  If this is not your colorway, don’t worry, Mood Fabrics has a great selection of wool tweeds.  While at Mood’s site, I went searching for a separating  zipper and found the perfect tan color.  […]

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Leopard print faux fur jacket

Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters! Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside. My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I […]

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An Achromatic Jacket

After making Vogue 1493, a Koos pattern, as a gift, I decided I needed a version for myself. Not sure how I decided something for ME should be black and white, but it’s definitely the loudest black and white around! I chose two thick woven cotton blends from the shirting floor at Mood NY, which also houses leather, jersey, Liberty, wax print, denim, and a small section of this sort of snuggly thing. I go to this particular section of shelving a LOT. (A great online combo awaits here and here!) To be honest, that sleeve is not on purpose! […]

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Take One – Two Sides, Please

  Fall time which means I can make a new coat, I love making coats!  I was looking through Mood’s site and found this incredible fabric.  It is Mood Fabrics’ Tan and Gray Printed Cotton Twill with Navy Reverse Face  and it is such great fabric, it deserves a long name. This fabric intrigued me right away and while I was waiting for it arrive, I started dreaming of what to sew.  I decided a statement coat, which seems to be trendy in RTW, a bit like this one.  After I have an idea, it is time for a pattern, […]

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Purple Guipure Lace Shrug

For the past few months I’ve been sewing a wedding gown for my good friend Christina. While the gown is oyster-white silk, Christina wanted to add a dash of color, specifically a deep, aubergine purple. There’s a wide purple ruffle on the bottom of her crinoline, and the ribbon that ties her corset is deep purple as well. I wanted to create a beautiful bridal shrug for Christina and at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found the perfect purple polyester guipure lace.  It is, in a word, sumptuous. (You can view Mood’s online selection of guipure laces here.) To make […]

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