Men’s Liberty-Inspired Cotton Paisley Shirt

Often, when dining out, between rich courses one is served a palate cleanser: a sprig of parsley for example, or some mint sorbet. This shirt — simpler than my typical Mood Sewing Network fare of late –  is my version of a palate cleanser: easy on the eyes and refreshingly minty. I adore Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton shirting and shirt-weight prints.  I saw this mint and pale gray Liberty of London-style paisley (available in a number of colorways, btw) and was immediately smitten.  (To see this and other similar prints available at Mood Fabrics, click here.) I’ve learned, since [...]

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Men’s Pleated Shirt and Thai Fisherman Pants

The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself. I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette.  What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and [...]

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Men’s Leopard Print Wool Overcoat

After flirting with the “urban lumberjack” look last month, it was time for a change. A big change. I’d purchased this Italian wool leopard print knit last fall, and in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I must thank my fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger  Ginger, whom I happened to run into at Mood Fabrics the day I was deciding on my purchase.  I knew I loved the leopard, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.  Ginger urged me to go for it.  The rest, as they say, is history. Originally, I thought I’d make [...]

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Men’s Donegal Tweed Winter Coat

With winter on the horizon, it’s time for true cold weather outerwear.  For me, that means wool. At Mood Fabrics NYC, I found a lovely donegal tweed — the name generally given to tweeds with bits of yarn in other colors woven in, even if they’re not made in County Donegal, Ireland.  This one is mainly a brown salt and pepper, but as you can see, there are other colors too, like rust and beige.  The weave is coarse but the hand is quite soft. Editor’s note: Lots of great pea coat fabric options at MoodFabrics.com. For the lining, I [...]

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A Manly Striped Sweater

I don’t tend to do much sewing when it comes to men’s clothing, much to my boyfriend’s disappointment. Not really sure what my hang-up is —every time I find myself working on the odd piece of clothing for him, I am reminded of how much I actually enjoy doing this type of stuff. Not a lot of fit issues, frills, or funky patterns. Just simple and straightforward and… safe. Since I average about one piece of clothing per year for my dude, I reckon it’s time to share for 2013—a striped sweater, in a very manly wool knit. We found [...]

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Men’s Button-Up Shirt in Silk-and-Cotton-Blend Shirting

I’ve missed sewing with wovens the past few months. Everything’s been knits, knits, knits to accommodate my growing baby belly. So, when I came across Mood Fabric’s silk and cotton blend shirting while browsing their website looking for inspiration for my next garment, I knew I wanted to make it happen somehow. I liked that the silk in the blend gave it just that extra something and that the color was a natural ivory. Before long I also stumbled upon Mood Fabric’s Stone/Cream Striped Woven, and I was struck by the idea of pairing the two together. In a men’s [...]

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Men’s Plaid Wool Flannel Shirt

Well, a new project for me! I’ve never made menswear before and I can happily cross it off my list now I really like making guys clothes because the fit isn’t much of an issue. You can just sort of approximate and you’re good to go. The fabric I used is this blue/charcoal plaid wool flannel from Mood Fabrics. It’s coming up in the pictures looking a lot more ashy colored than it is in real life but oh well. It was super easy to work with and I found myself preferring it over cotton even! Matching up the plaids [...]

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Men’s Classic Pea Coat in Coated Canvas

What man (or woman, for that matter) wouldn’t like to own a waxed canvas pea coat? Waxed canvas outerwear is all the rage these days. But as someone who has owned waxed bags, I have found that they can feel oily and attract lint.  Could I find a good substitute? On the third floor of Mood Fabrics NYC I found a dark brown coated cotton canvas made in Italy.  I don’t know what it’s coated with—it feels a bit like oil paint but it isn’t stiff or heavy and you can still see the weave of the canvas. It’s waterproof [...]

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Wool Double Knit Sweater for My Dad

O, Autumn!, fairest of seasons, when the air is crisp and clear, lattes are pumpkin-spiced, and a sewist’s heart leaps at the thought of wrapping herself in wool from head to toe! I hit the wool section at Mood Fabrics NYC determined to find the perfect cocoon to shelter myself from autumn’s advances and boy, it did not disappoint! The only thing is, when I found this luxurious wool double knit, I knew immediately I had to make a sweater for my dad. He’s always cold, but lives in a cool climate, so he layers up nearly year-round! (Special thanks [...]

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