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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Men’s Cotton Herringbone Suit

I’ve been wanting to make a warm-weather suit since the spring, but this month I finally hunkered down and made it! I found an elegant pants-weight navy cotton twill at Mood Fabrics that fit the bill perfectly: it’s lightweight but sturdy enough for tailoring.  The cotton has a herringbone weave that sets it apart from standard diagonal twill fabric.  (You can see Mood’s selection of cotton twill fabrics here.) The suit has a poly half lining (drawn from my stash) and minimal interfacing to keep things casual and lightweight. I picked up my genuine horn buttons at Mood too. (Check […]

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NY Designer Print In NY

Well, lemme start by saying: if you like the looks of this NY Designer Print lightweight cotton, stop reading right now and let your fingers do the walking to its online home at Mood Fabrics, because it’s almost sold out. And it’s SO. PERFECT. Are you still here?  OH GOODY.  I mean, I do hope you grabbed some of this heaven for yourself, but I’d really love to holler at you about my dress. Yay for light & shadows giving me bullet bra!  Pinky swear, I did not make the girls pointy. This is about 4 yards of summer maxi, […]

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Playclothes!

Just as hubby started taking pictures in the backyard the snake appeared scaring us to the front where the light wasn’t as good. Ugh – it’s the one drawback about summer in the South…. …but there is nothing better than frolicking through the warm summer breezes in lightweight clothes that greet the heat with a smile. Those cute boutique gauze tops I saw last week might have been tempting had the Marc Jacobs white cotton gauze from Mood Fabrics not been on its way to my door. Sewing with gauze moved me straight into a peace, love and happiness state of […]

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My Dreamsicle Summer Dress

Summer is officially here! It’s been hot and sticky in Chicago off and on for the past several weeks. Summer time is a great time to show off brightly colored floaty skirts and dresses. Several weeks ago I stumbled upon this beautiful light weight cotton blend with a velvet flocked floral pattern and burnout flowers. I simply had to have it. So I quickly ordered five yards of it to make a special summer dress. The color of the fabric reminds me of Dreamsicle ice cream. Back in the day, when a ice cream bar was only 15 cents. Dreamsicles […]

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