the blogger boucle

One busy afternoon at Mood, The Police were playing. Kway and I discussed the awesomeness of this giant among rock bands. Greats bands are like a marriage, he said, some end, but after they’ve had kids. Then when it’s over, you say, yeah, they got divorced. But those are some beautiful kids. I suppose that’s what it’s like with this boucle. Or at least, the idea of this boucle. We had an affair for over two months before I finally divorced myself from my original vision of it. Ruggy would catch me standing in the middle of the room, hugging it: what are you doing? Really […]

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Inspiration Strikes: Jackets!

Hello, everyone! Did you make any sewing plans for the new year? I’m really excited about making heaps of garments this year, but I think I’m most looking forward to sewing my first jacket! But what kind of jacket should I make?? I love the idea of a classic wool jacket (have you SEEN Erica’s gorgeous pea coat?), but in my quest to add more color to my winter wardrobe, I’m trying to avoid navy and black. So what about starting with a classic pea coat silhouette… …and pumping it up with some bright color?! Whoa! This is a whole […]

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The Pea Coat!

Every year since this pattern was released back in 2005, I’ve planned to make this jacket.  I’ve bought fabric every single year and the fabric seems to get designated for another project each year.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember why I’d never gotten around to making this.  But this year, I was determined to make my pea coat that I’ve wanted for so long. This is out-of-print Vogue 2873, a design by Michael Kors from his Fall 2004 collection.  What I love most about this design is that pea coats are so traditional and timeless and this […]

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Silk Brocade Quilted Jacket

Where do you look for inspiration when you create your garments? If you’re like me you look to the runway each season, to see what ideas you can borrow or knock off. I loved, loved, loved Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2012 collection, maybe because it relied heavily on brocade (and you know what a brocade addict I am). I already had some orange silk brocade from Mood NYC in my stash as a starting point, and I knew I wanted to make a quilted jacket. One of McCalls’ newer patterns, 6644, was designed to be used for quilted fabrics and I […]

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Military Jacket in Cotton Twill

Military jackets are very trendy right now. Last fall I made plans to make one, but didn’t get around to it until now. I used a thick cotton twill in aubergine from MoodFabrics.com. It was easy to work with and has a great woven texture which you can see in some of the close ups. This was the only design I liked from the May 2011 issue of Burda style. It is chalk full of interesting details: 20 buttons!, topstitching, sleeve cuffs, shoulder tabs, folding back front lapels, slanting back yokes and back belt. I opted not to trim it […]

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Frabjous Mood October Paisley

When I entered Mood few weeks ago I knew I wanted to make a tailored skirt. Quick look in tweeds and suitings, and I found a perfect match for the style. But so it happens that I can never just buy fabric without exploring the store, in the quest for those one-of-a-kind designer pieces you probably won’t find anywhere else. I really hoped this time there was nothing that would distruct me from that perfect skirt I conceived in my mind… When one of the Mood employees asked me whether he could help me with anything, I mumbled ‘Er, paisley?’ Why did I […]

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Carolina Herrera Brocade Jacket

  I sure have missed my blogging friends! I have been so eager to post anything just to say hello while I was taking care of a patient, hosting a party at my home followed by entertaining out-of-town company immediately upon returning from our unforgettable vacation to the Mediterranean. The patient is fine, the party was fun, the company found its way to a football game in Florida, and I hit the sewing machine after a four-week break. I imagined this beautiful brocade from Mood Fabrics as numerous garments: My husband suggested I make a close-fitting special occasion dress which […]

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