Men’s Cotton Chambray Western Shirt

This month, I decided to go for an understated urban cowboy look. At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I found not one, but two beautiful Japanese chambrays in denim-y tones.   (To see Mood’s online selection of cotton chambray, click here.)  I used to get denim and chambray confused.  Both use colored yarn in the warp and white yarn in the weft, but chambray is a plain weave and denim is a twill. I decided to make a Western-style shirt and to combine the two chambray fabrics, using the darker of the two for the front and back yokes (cut […]

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Confetti Tweed Jacket

I have been eyeing this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ Confetti Cotton-Blend Tweed for about three months and in March I just knew I really needed it for spring.  My accumulation of fabric is going better than my making of garments lately but that is okay, I need some for a rainy day, right?  After this fabric arrived at my doorstep, I had time to touch, feel and admire it.  With such admiration, I needed to find a pattern.  I used to always have the patterns first and then had trouble finding the right fabric.  It is much easier to find the […]

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Navy Reptile Print Brocade

Spring has sprung in Chi-town! I’m so glad the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. I cannot believe an entire month has past since I last blogged. I’m happy to be back. For spring, you would think that I would sew brighter colors to welcome the new season. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful navy reptile print brocade. This fabric is lightweight and falls gracefully around the body. It is perfect for the dress I planned to make for my daughter. I purchased the fabric last fall; it’s no longer available but Mood has a nice […]

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DVF Lace, Part II

As promised, I’m back with the remainder of the DVF Cotton Lace project. Some people are born to sew couture. It relaxes them they say…… I get that, but before undertaking a couture garment, I always take a deep breath and try to prepare myself for the time commitment couture sewing requires. To date, I have underestimated the time commitment of every project. But now it’s time to celebrate! As mentioned in my last Mood Sewing Network post, I ordered the lilac DVF cotton lace from Mood Fabrics last Spring, envisioning a two-piece dress for my daughter’s Bridesmaids’ luncheon. The dress missed […]

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Designer Silk Chiffon Panel Top

  Spring?  Well, here in the Missouri  it comes and goes, in fact, Mother Nature is being quite stingy with the nice days.  There is a saying here, if you don’t like the weather today in Missouri wait a few days and it will be totally different.  My plan is to be a step ahead of Mother Nature and to be ready for spring.  I ordered this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ famous designer blue/gray striped geometric silk chiffon panel last month with plans of a flowy top.  This fabric is no longer available but no fear, feast your eyes upon these […]

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DVF Cotton Lace Skirt

Just a skirt?…… Not to me! When the DVF floral bordered cotton lace arrived on my doorstep last Spring from Mood Fabrics, I knew it deserved the royal treatment, but I didn’t expect this special fabric to be in queue for nearly a year. Greetings from Scottsdale, Arizona, the new hometown of my daughter and son-in-law.  It’s only 2,019 miles away from South Carolina. 😉 I once heard Susan Khalje say that she could keep someone busy for an entire week sewing a pencil skirt. Now, I know what she means, for I spent one week making my couture pencil […]

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A Trio of Wool, Fringe + Leather

  This outfit took longer to make than it’s taking for Spring to decide to show her face. Mostly because I spent two days agonizing over how to place this wooly, almost blanket like, large scale print on a long sleeved Burdastyle balloon coat pattern. Had to hack oodles of length off the bodice to get away with my yard and a quarter…was left with whispers of fabric and a somewhat satisfactory placement… AND IN THE END I CUT THE DANG SLEEVES OFF THE THING ANYWAY. Then it was necessary to go to crazytown and zigzag topstitch over several yards […]

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Hot Pink Boucle!!

How  do you like our six inches of snow? We get ridiculously excited about every winter storm warning in the South, wipe out the grocery stores and cancel events in anticipation of snow. This ‘winter storm’ I hit the sewing machine with a color hot enough to melt the ice off the patio. When the skies turned gray my eye turned to this bright pink boucle on the Mood Fabrics website. It is soft, it is happy and it is well-behaved 🙂 My pattern is Vogue 9022  sewn last month in a color block style with Mood’s black and white wool crepe. This time I […]

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Winter White and Indigo Blue: a Men’s Jeans Journey

Readers, you CAN wear white in winter — and if you’re willing to risk the odd splash, you can even wear it in the slushy snow! This month I decided to make myself jeans.  I’d purchased some pants-weight cotton twill in white at Mood Fabrics’ New York store this winter, along with a sturdy indigo cotton denim.  (You can find similar white twill at Mood Fabrics here and a broad selection of cotton denim is available here.) I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print men’s jeans pattern which I’d tried a few times before with good results. While I topstitched […]

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