White hot leather mini!

Why hello there! I hope everyone’s been enjoying their autumn, and you’re all gearing up for some Halloween festivities this week! I’ll probably be hunkering down at home, donning sweatpants, and curling up with a giant bowl of popcorn and some knitting to watch a lame, not-so-scary scary movie (because I’m a giant wuss). We are just party animals over here! I’ve been pretty excited that the weather here has decided to cool down just a smidgen so I can start pulling out all the lovely, heavier weight fabrics I’ve been hoarding since late summer. I was absolutely ecstatic to see […]

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Nanette + Ebony + Grainline Tee!

Hi, guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! Let me start off with a word of explanation: I really, really, really didn’t mean to get a summery print so late in the year. But I stumbled across this Nanette Lepore linen/silk blend (!) online and immediately fell hard for it (good news- it’s still in stock!!!). But, it’s October, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I left the browser window open for two days when I saw Mary’s tweet that she had just ordered the same print and, well, that little nudge was all […]

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Save the Silk!

Shame, Shame, Shame! The only thing that saved my latest from being a wadder is the beautiful crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. It’s all I can do to smile.  It’s time for my perfect tunic pattern search to go on a break. I outsmarted myself by combining pattern pieces from my favorite tunic patterns, including Butterick 4856 Simplicity 4149 and Simplicity 1461. I liked the bodice of Butterick 4856, the two-piece back of  Simplicity 1461 and the placket of Simplicity 4149. After coordinating the measurements from the different patterns I assumed all was safe but I met near disaster […]

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Comfy Weekend Casual with Viscose Jersey and Cotton Twill

I guess by now you can tell that I love Mood’s selection of twill.  They come in a variety of fibers, colors, and weights.  They sew like a dream and are perfect for pants, jackets, dresses and skirts. I’m still working on beefing up the ole weekend casual wardrobe.  So I chose Steven Alan medal  cotton-lcyra twill for a relaxed pair of pants (Butterick 6028).  This fabric has a soft hand similar to linen with less wrinkles. I paired the brown abstract Missoni-esque jersey print for another version of Simplicity 1317.   Let me start with the review of Simplicity […]

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Bereft From Brocade

Hands down one of the best things about temperatures dropping: brocade. A few short years ago I would have laughed like hell if you told me I’d say that. Now Fall hits and just about all I can think of is brocade. I walked into Mood Fabrics for something, I really don’t remember what, but I do clearly recall I had a list, a gameplan, and all carefully laid out thoughts left my head at a full tilt boogie when I saw this Zac Posen Floral Silk Brocade. SILK Brocade. Gaaaaaaaaaah. I can haz SILK Brocade?! I squeezed the pathetic list […]

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Oscar de la Renta Chiffon Dress

When I first joined the Mood Sewing Network one of the things that excited me most was having a wide variety of beautiful fabrics I’d never used before at my fingertips. I’ve really tried to challenge myself to sew with new and slightly trickier fabrics this year; so this month I decided to take the plunge and try one of the most infamously tricky fabrics to handle and gave in to my urge to snap up some of this stunning printed silk chiffon from Oscar de la Renta. I probably should have picked a slightly more straightforward garment for my […]

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Denim Like Twill – Fall Wardrobe Builder

Fall is here and I don’t have enough casual wear in my wardrobe!  So this season I’ll work on beefing up my casual wear. A nice pair of jeans are a perfect start.  I found the absolute perfect Mood fabric.  Check out this cotton denim like twill.  It is gorgeous. The description  states that it has a softer hand than denim, which is true.  But I’d like to add that it feels buttery like a suede clothe.  It’s great against the skin and moves gracefully with every step.  This is a must have fabric for fall casual wear. The color […]

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Classically Yours – Vogue 9017

Greetings from Talbots 😉 Contrary to most of the clothes I’ve sewn during the last year, my life is not an endless parade of beach vacations and parties. Such a pity! I am now trying to remedy my lack of everyday clothes with a few practical choices, and is there anything more useful and practical than gray ponte knit? Mood Fabrics compares this particular ponte to gray wool suiting, and the weave of varying shades of gray give the fabric an appealing depth of color. I could not pass up the interesting lines found in the sketch of Vogue 9017. […]

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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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