The Making of a Gold Zebra Ottoman

Yes, you read that right – a gold zebra ottoman! This month I have an extra MSN project to share – a home dec project in celebration of Mood Fabric’s new space dedicated to home dec fabrics.  If you live in or near the NYC area, hopefully you’ve already had a chance to pop in and see it in its full glory.  Sadly, since I live 3000 miles away, I’ve only been to Mood’s online home dec shop.  The online store is pretty impressive on its own though with thousands of fabrics to choose from. When Mood approached me about doing a home dec project, my […]

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The Last Shirts and Shorts of Summer

It’s only mid-August, but the mornings here in New York City already feel cooler and I’ve begun noticing dried leaves on the sidewalks.  Fall is on its way. But hold on — I haven’t even gone on summer vacation yet: I still need some summer togs suitable for a week at the beach! I bought these two lightweight cottons — a lilac swiss dot and a boldly printed lawn — last summer but I never used them.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of swiss dot fabrics here and cotton prints here.) This summer, I decided to turn them […]

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The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress

For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane. I like to get what I want. I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face. I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back. One could almost say ham handedly modified.  I definitely […]

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So-fa, So Good

I walked in the door Monday at 5:50.  By 6PM I had to sew SOMETHING.  But the Charles James inspired draped silk organza on my dressform was looking far too challenging for the hour. I SHALL SEW MY HOME DEC POST, I thought (in all caps, as I am wont to do), WITH AN HOUR APPROPRIATE LIBATION.  THAT WILL BE EASY! Sure.  Super easy. Especially when one sews right side to wrong side. Everyone knows that’s how you make a simple rectangular pillow. Even with the math, even with the seam ripping, even with the handsewing, by 8pm yesterday we […]

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Living Room Curtains with a Mid-Century Modern Feel

I’m not what you would call a home dec person; in fact I’ve never sewn home dec before in my life! Still, when the opportunity arose to help celebrate Mood Fabrics’ brand new NYC home dec space by sewing a project for the Mood Sewing Network, I couldn’t say no — well, first I said no, but then I reconsidered.  And I’m so glad I did! I’ve wanted new curtains for the balcony-facing windows in my apartment for a long time.  Previously we had store-bought, off-white linen panels that were always just a little too short and a little too […]

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Giving Old Chairs a New Life!

Hey everyone! This post is a little different from what I usually offer up here on the Mood Sewing Network – we are gonna talk about home decor fabric today! ::evil laugh:: No wait, come back, I promise it’s not all bad! Forreal, though, I’ve known about Mood Fabric’s home fabric offerings since, well, the beginning of my Mood-time. And while I’ve never been one to futz much with home decor sewing (I mean, c’mon, wouldn’t we rather all sew clothes for ourselves?), I did have some chairs that needed to be recovered. Here is the chair in question: I […]

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Flower Power with Mood’s Nile Green and Black Cotton Floral

    Can you believe it. July hurried by without much notice. It’s been unusually cool for the month of July. We’ve had temperatures in the upper 70’s by day and by night as low as 55 degrees. I had hoped for a much warmer summer after our Siberia winter. But instead we’ve only had a few hot weeks where the temps were above 90. My plans were to sew as many summer dresses before the return of the polar vortex. The good thing is it not to cool for the summer dress production to continue. Last week I finished […]

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Embroidered Silk Blouse and Twill Wrap Skirt

For this month’s Mood Sewing Network project I worked with two very different fabrics to make separates. First up is the blouse, for which I used this Marc Jacobs Silk with Embroidered Dots which I’ve had my eye on for months! It’s a beautiful silk crepe and when you get close up you realise the polka dots are actually formed of dense embroidery making it wonderfully unique. I was a little apprehensive about working with a fabric which sounded like it could be quite tricky, especially for a project with some fiddly aspects, but I took my time and had […]

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Silk Crepe De Chine Romper

Last week we housed 5 adults and 2 children for 24 hours. And all I got was this awesome Silk Crepe De Chine thingamajig. One of said adults, the six-foot-fifty-eight one, was sporting a fabulous, flowy, silky pants-thing that had holes for your footsies and shirring at the top.  This dame, let’s call her The Diva, wore them because she knew I would specifically be fascinated by them.  Indeed I was.  I made her take them off that evening so’s I could study ’em. With two screaming nutjobs in the house in various states of undress, it wasn’t weird at […]

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