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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard

What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common? Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love! After last month’s houndstooth success, I knew I wanted to try my hand once again with sweater knits.  I love this soft gray rib knit I found at Mood Fabrics NYC, which I was able to use for both the body of my sweater as well as the neck, arm, and waistbands. Editor’s note: We hope to have this exact gray rib knit available online very soon, but in the […]


Men’s Fitted Fashion for Fall

It is still hot and humid outside, but I’m in fall sewing mode. This month I wanted to make some basics that could carry me into cooler weather, and at Mood Fabrics I found soft and silky cotton shirting in a rich tan, as well as a great bottom-weight navy cotton twill (Sorry about the pet hair — I live with two dogs). Note: has a ton of new cotton shirtings, as do our two stores, and here are some great cotton twills. I love earth tones for fall, and cocoa is a favorite shade.  I decided to make […]


Men’s Rayon Knit Tee and Linen Shorts

This month has been all about making summer clothes for my partner, Michael.  (I think it’s time to sew for me again soon!) When Michael and I visited Mood Fabrics together last month, in addition to the coral eyelet I used for a shirt (posted last week), Michael chose a lightweight, stretchy, rayon knit with a subtle floral print, and a rich, terra cotta-colored linen.  I decided to make a v-neck t-shirt with the rayon knit and short pants with the linen. Since the rayon knit was so lightweight, I also picked up half a yard of a sturdy cotton […]


Men’s Cotton Eyelet Shirt

This July, I’ve been working on a summer ensemble for my partner, Michael. We visited Mood Fabrics together in late June and Michael picked out four fabrics he liked which fit his “Autumn” color palette.  One of them was a beautiful deep coral cotton eyelet, a fabric I had never worked with before. Editor’s note: We have a great selection of cotton eyelets in both our stores and online here. I decided to use the eyelet to make Michael a summer shirt.  Michael chose the Colette “Negroni” pattern, which makes a vintage-inspired camp shirt (i.e., no collar stand — similar […]


Patchwork Madras and Pink Linen

Summer is almost here and I’m ready to dress for it! On my latest shopping trip to Mood Fabrics NYC I came home with two gorgeous summer-weight fabrics.  The first was two and a half yards of this splendid cotton patchwork madras. I’m not the preppiest person in the world but patchwork madras is a summer classic I love: it has such a playful, casual look to it.  Mood Fabrics has many different color schemes to choose from.  At first I thought I’d make a shirt, then I thought shorts — as luck would have it, I had enough yardage […]


Peter’s Cotton-Mohair Suit Pants

This month for the Mood Sewing Network I’m making myself a suit!  The fabric I’ve chosen is a luxurious gray cotton-mohair suiting, made in Italy, and purchased at Mood Fabrics NYC.  It has a somewhat firmer hand than lightweight tropical wool suiting but feels a bit more casual (due to the cotton), and has a beautiful sheen. Editor’s note: has a ton of suiting fabrics. We actually sell more menswear fabrics than you realize! I decided to make the trousers first (as recommended in my suit-making books) and the jacket second.  That way you’re more experienced working with the […]

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