Stretch Cotton Sateen

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. ?                                                                                                Stephanie Nachmonovitch Introducing the Birdie Jacket……….. and why not? Designers love to name garments after special people and now it’s Birdie’s turn ? Ready to ditch the winter drabs and put color back into my wardrobe I chose Mood Fabric’s Rasberry Rose […]


Lace Insertion and Pintuck Edwardian Blouse

Hi everyone! How are you? I’m very excited to share this project with you today, as I’ve been working on it for the better part of the last two months (not solely, obviously – I do have a job and sometimes a life… okay, I don’t really have much of a life, but sometimes I watch Netflix!) Anyway, I’m very excited to have it out of my sewing room, and into my closet! Let me introduce you to my Edwardian blouse! Don’t let my miserable expression in this photo fool you! I am beyond excited about this blouse! I have always […]


Mohair Cardigan for my SIL!

I’m a big fan of shawl-collar cardigans! The neckline is universally flattering.  They’re warm and cozy, easy to get on and easy to get off.  And there’s no pulling anything over your head, which I’m not a fan of, despite having very little hair myself. (!) I made one for my mother a few months ago, and this month I made one for my lovely sister-in-law, Prachee (up top). Instead of using a sweater knit, as I did for my mother’s sweater, for Prachee’s sweater I used a mohair blend (that nevertheless has a very a sweater knit-like hand) with […]


Ankara Blues

I’ve decided to embrace the fact that I have zero desire to sew for the season I’m in. (Whatever season we’re calling whatever *this* is now). This never-ending pseudo winter is making me blue! Of course in fashion, looking seasonally ahead is the norm. Spring is all over the runways and I am going to be SO READY. This is one of three wax print maxi dresses I’ve gleefully churned out over the course of February. I had plans to unveil them all in a massive, colorful post, but the short month had me scrambling to get shots of just […]


Oscar de la Renta Stretch Canvas Shirtdress

I had a difficult time believing this whimsical Oscar de la Renta print is canvas, but now, not only am I believer – I’m a canvas convert. Mood Fabrics offers quite the collection of canvas for both home decorating and apparel sewing. I knew I’d like any fabric designed by Oscar de la Renta, but I was surprised by its light weight and smooth texture. While this stretch canvas would work well with several garments, including jeans and jackets, I chose McCall’s 6520, a shirtdress pattern I’d sewn once before. I selected View D. Views C & D are designed […]


Knits for the Gold

  Have you been watching the Olympics?  I have a bit and that got me thinking, knit fabrics are a bit like the gold in the sewing world, or at least to me. This transition period in fashion, moving from winter to spring, is always hard for me.  I am not ready to stop sewing winter garments and don’t know for sure what I want to sew for spring.  So for my first garment for this post, I went with a new release pattern, True Bias Nikko Dress and used this Mood Fabrics’ waffle knit.  I love this fabric and […]


Warm Orchid Medallions

For someone who prefers warm weather to cold weather on any given day, I’m loving winter sewing this month! One look at Mood Fabric’s ultra soft black wool knit with orchid pink medallions had me wishing for freezing temperatures ? This lovely medium weight knit features a movable drape and is perfect for many designs. I chose the Blackwood Cardigan pattern by Helen’s Closet. This pattern is very well designed with minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests. Having sewn […]


Cotton & Linen slubbed Shacket

I’m tempted to keep this a wordless post, so you can guess which one of us MNS’ers stitched this…because I certainly wouldn’t guess ME. In fact, I agonized over this fabric choice for about 45 minutes, on Mood NY’s magical top floor. Eric and Kway both assured me this was a beautiful fabric. I was sure they were right, but I absolutely could not convince my technicolor brain. In the end I had to take their word for it! Luckily, they were right, and it’s not for me anyway! So really what I had to do was remind myself, repeatedly, […]


Make Way for Polka Dots!

Polka dots: do you wear them or avoid them? I have generally avoided them, though whenever I’m exploring the cotton shirting aisles of Mood Fabrics in NYC I often find myself drawn to them. But then I worry they’ll be hard on the eyes or overwhelming to my short-ish frame (I’m 5’7″), so I move on. On my last visit, however, I found what I think is the perfect polka-dotted cotton voile.  The dots are somewhat random, so easier to look at, while the mixed color palette — the black dots in particular — give the eyes a place to […]

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