Sunny Blue Sky Striped Cotton Chambray – Simplicity 1371 and Simplicity 8389

July is the peak of summer. I love that the days are long and the sun shines so bright.  What I hate is the humidity and the extreme temperatures, and everyone has the AC set to “North Pole”.  So it can be a struggle trying to figure out what to wear. But if you plan to be outdoors, light and airy clothing is the way to go! I purchased this lovely Blue Sky Striped Cotton Chambray a few months with the thought of making a shirt.  When I pulled it from the packaging, I quickly changed my mind and decided […]

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A hood, some plaid and loud red pants

Well hello there everyone, I’m Tasha and this is my first post for the Mood Sewing Network. I’m so glad to be here! My first project is actually a whole outfit: that kind of thing when the sewing gears start turning and you tell yourself “Oh yes, that would be a good idea”, followed by “Yes, definitely a great idea!” and finally, “Yes, yes, yes I must make this happen!” I sew with a lot of vintage patterns, and this outfit was no exception. The red pants are actually the third pair of pants in a journey with a pattern. Ever […]

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Gingham Culottes for the Summer Ends

    Pinterest was the inspiration for these gingham culottes and I am so happy I took a look for an idea.  I really love the look of these and will be so fun for the dog days of summer.  Let me restate that as the dog days of summer mean the hot, sultry days of summer and as cute as these culottes are, the are not cool.  So my gingham culottes are perfect for the air conditioning while the hot summer is on the outside! I love this Theory Black and White Gingham Stretch Cotton Twill but I am […]

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Floral Linen Pants for Summer!

Call me old-fashioned, but I still consider Memorial Day the official start of linen season. And this year I begin the season with a special pair of linen pants, made from a pattern I drafted myself! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I recently found a bold linen floral print with a “closeout” tag.  This fabric had a heavy drape and a relatvely coarse hand. What could I make with it? Given the weight and the drape, it seemed ideal for a pair of pants.  I pre-washed and dried my linen–my normal routine before sewing–and it laundered beautifully.  (Linen prints make […]

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Gold Stripes and Ivory Creme – Vogue 8747 and McCall 5818

    I’m so happy to final post about this shirt that I made with Mood’s beautiful Italian Amber Striped Cotton-Rayon Shirting.  This is one gorgeous textile.  And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Mood blogger.  This is a definite must have fabric; you should get it!     The title color is “amber”, but I call it gold.  The online photo does not show the richness of the colors nor does it show the luster.  The sheen is not gaudy like some ultra shiny satin fabrics.  It’s luminous with gives an air of sophistication.  The striped pattern […]

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Dude Pants For My Favorite Dude

I think it’s pretty safe to say there are two types of people when it comes to making things for anyone other than themselves – selfish and selfless. I generally fall in the selfish camp, but every now and then I get rush of selflessness that makes me decide to dedicate my next project to someone else. Today’s Mood Sewing Network post is exactly about that project, with the lucky recipient being one of my favorite dudes – my baby brother! Matt has always been a big supporter of my sewing, and has been asking me to make him something […]

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Wide-Leg Seersucker Pants

I didn’t know I wanted a pair of wide-leg beach pants until the Blue and White Bengal Cotton Seersucker arrived from Mood Fabrics. Seriously, I was planning a dress with a ruffle collar, but a new vision appeared once I opened the package. This is no pinstripe seersucker, but a lovely light and airy fabric featuring 1/4″ stripes.  It is slightly puckered with a wonderful drape and is suitable for several garments. As one who almost always prefers a slim silhouette, I was ready for something different and pulled an old Vogue pattern from my stash. (The pattern is out of […]

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Organic Cotton Twill Pants

I don’t think it’s a big secret just how much I love the Organic Cotton Twill that Mood Fabrics sells. Over the years, I have sewn my share of pieces using this wonderful fabric (pants, shorts, and my recent jacket!) – it truly washes and wears beautifully, and comes in a fantastic array of colors! I am always looking for another excuse to use this fabric, it’s that good! I still had quite a bit of the Olive Organic Cotton Twill leftover from the aforementioned jacket – about a yard and a half – so I thought I would use […]

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Self-Drafted Wool Crepe Blouse and Pants

For the last two years I’ve been attending classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) here in New York City.  Last semester I took a draping class that was dedicated to designing soft silhouettes like dolman sleeves, pegged skirts, and cowls. At the beginning of the semester we draped in muslin and then moved on to knit jersey and woven crepe.  For our final project, we were asked to drape a two-piece ensemble with a resort feel (think winter cruise).  One of the pieces had to include a cowl — either front neck, back neck, or underarm cowl, or a […]

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