Men’s Wool Plaid Shacket!

OK, I know what you’re thinking: WHAT, in heaven’s name, is a “shacket”??? Readers, it’s simply slang for shirt jacket. Kind of cute, don’t you think? Last year at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I purchased three yards of a beautiful wool plaid flannel, originally intended as lining for a tweed coat but which I decided was too special to be hidden away. This month I decided to use it to make a shacket. (Mood has a wide selection of wool plaids in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) I used a regular men’s shirt pattern, but I added […]

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Wool Challis Men’s Shirt with a 70’s Vibe!

There are two ways to purchase fabric: 1) with a specific project in mind, or 2) because you’re blown away by its beauty and you decide what to do with it later.  I’m usually in the former camp, but last summer I stumbled upon a stunning wool challis print I couldn’t resist.  Why was I even looking in the wool challis section of Mood Fabrics’ New York store when I didn’t even know what wool challis WAS? Kismet, I guess! (There’s not a lot of wool challis available currently at Mood Fabrics online, so please call the store if you’re […]

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Men’s Op-Art Anorak

This month I tried my hand once again at men’s outerwear. After September’s parka, I decided to make a lined anorak (aka a pullover parka with a half zip). After hunting through the synthetic outerwear fabrics at Mood Fabrics, trying to find the perfect solid, I happened upon a psychedelic black and white print in a nylon blend that immediately called out to me. It wasn’t till I brought the bolt to be cut that Todd pointed out that my fabric was a panel print (Thank you, Todd!).  I purchased three panels, or approximately two and a half yards.  (You […]

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Men’s Cotton Poplin Button-up Shirt

I sometimes wonder what my go-to uniform would be if I were challenged to only wear one silhouette (one week one uniform, anyone?!).  It’s an idea I’m having fun exploring these days, though I haven’t come up with any easy answers so far.  Yet, when it comes to my husband, I know what his uniform would be – a blue button-up shirt and slacks.  And, thanks to this lovely chambray blue cotton poplin from Mood Fabrics and a bit of my sewing time, my husband has yet another blue shirt to add to his daily rotation. I’ve made this pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, several times now. […]

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Men’s Classic Mountain Parka

Today is the first day of fall and I’m oh-so-ready: I am delighted to present my just-completed eight-pocket mountain parka! This design is based on the famous 60/40 (referring to cotton/nylon) mountain parka produced by Sierra Designs (below) in 1968.  Back in the days before Gortex and other waterproof, breathable fabrics, a shell parka like this one was what you’d wear on a hike or backpacking trip.  The fabric is sturdy and water-repellant and the fit is generous enough for layering over sweaters and/or thermals. Part of the challenge of a project like this is that everyone knows what the […]

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The Last Shirts and Shorts of Summer

It’s only mid-August, but the mornings here in New York City already feel cooler and I’ve begun noticing dried leaves on the sidewalks.  Fall is on its way. But hold on — I haven’t even gone on summer vacation yet: I still need some summer togs suitable for a week at the beach! I bought these two lightweight cottons — a lilac swiss dot and a boldly printed lawn — last summer but I never used them.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of swiss dot fabrics here and cotton prints here.) This summer, I decided to turn them […]

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Men’s Cotton Herringbone Suit

I’ve been wanting to make a warm-weather suit since the spring, but this month I finally hunkered down and made it! I found an elegant pants-weight navy cotton twill at Mood Fabrics that fit the bill perfectly: it’s lightweight but sturdy enough for tailoring.  The cotton has a herringbone weave that sets it apart from standard diagonal twill fabric.  (You can see Mood’s selection of cotton twill fabrics here.) The suit has a poly half lining (drawn from my stash) and minimal interfacing to keep things casual and lightweight. I picked up my genuine horn buttons at Mood too. (Check […]

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A Classic Shirt in Italian Cotton

Hi there everyone! Let me introduce you to my handsome husband, Nick (Nick, meet the Mood Sewing Network – Mood Sewing Network, meet Nick!) This month I have been practicing some selfless sewing.  I don’t often sew for my fellow, but he had a birthday this past month, and I’ve also discovered that sewing for someone else is a great way to work through those creative blocks which have been plaguing my sewing room the past few weeks. I generally have a hard time picking out fabrics for Nick, and he’s not the biggest fan of accompanying me to fabric […]

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Men’s cotton-linen jacket/pants ensemble + mesh t-shirt

Summer is nearly upon us and that means summer heat. Here in New York City, however, one can’t live just in shorts and tank tops: we’re a bit more formal (well, most of the time).  The trick is to dress up in lightweight, all-natural fabrics. I found this beautiful denim-colored cotton-linen blend at Mood Fabrics and picked up three yards without a specific project in mind. (You can see Mood’s wide assortment of linen blends here.) It has a marvelous hand — crisper than pure linen and less prone to wrinkling, but still with lovely drape (especially after laundering). I […]

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