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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Knit Fabric Basics

  Sometimes I just need some basics, fun basics in knit.  I bought these beautiful fabrics from Mood Fabrics in August  and went to planning for fall.  First up is Mood Fabric’s Rust Stretch Knit Pique and let me tell you this fabric is so luxurious and I want all the colors.  How many colors?  There is nine!  The next fabric is Mood Fabrics’ Rust and Navy Striped Rib Knit  and as I hoped when ordering these two fabrics look so good together.   Now time to plan and a I went with New Look 6530 for the top, it was […]

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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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