Stretch Cotton Sateen Burda 6879

  I consider myself one fortunate soul.  Each month I have an opportunity to select from a huge inventory of gorgeous fabrics at Moods online fabric store.  This month I’m pleased to showcase my second pair of Burda 6879 made with Mood’s Theory Elmwood Stretch Cotton Sateen.  It’s all around beautiful:  the texture, the ease of sewing, the look.  This lovely sateen is a medium weight sateen elastane/cotton blend.  It has a soft hand with a silky finish.  It wears easy and is not binding.  The weight is sturdy enough to make a curved waistband that cradles your waist.  Beautiful [...]

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Viscose Harem Pants

This little pair of harem pants started out as an off-the-shoulder peasant dress. Basically, I succumbed to a trend which does not look good on me, realized my mistake, and then turned to another trend that does not look good on me as the solution. Ruggy is not happy with my choice. I’m actually not a fan of the look of this shape either. But the first time I made a pair of harem pants and tried them on, the feel of them was like the heavens opened up and started singing. Or maybe it was just the musical kids at rehearsals, [...]

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Black and White is Always Right!

  A black and white outfit is always très hip. You get pieces that can be worn together or separate.  That’s the perfect way to add to your wardrobe. Especially when using seasonless fabrics.   When searching for seasonless fabrics, I look for comfort. I also look for fabrics that will keep you comfortable in the warm months and can also be layered in the cool months. For my top, I used this gorgeous Black Sleek Viscose Ponte Knit. I love the weight of it.  It works for this top and it would also work for a body con style dress. [...]

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Green & Ivory Rose Print Pants

This project started from my desire to add a pair of wide leg palazzo pants to my wardrobe. I wanted something fitted at the waist that was still flowy and comfortable, and settled on Burda 6906. The pattern suggested viscose or rayon crepe, so I went cruising through Mood fabrics selection of rayon crepes. I knew I wanted a print for these pants, and chose this green and ivory artistic rose stretch rayon crepe. The care for this fabric was hand wash in cold water and line dry or dry clean. I do dry clean on occasion but not typically [...]

Flannel and Denim with a 70′s Vibe

Something about late February makes me want to snuggle up in cotton flannel. At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found a beautiful, super-soft flannel in a muted blue, black, and white plaid which I knew would eventually end up as a winter shirt for me. (You can see Mood’s online selection of cotton flannel shirting here.) This month I decided flannel-shirt time had arrived, and I whipped one up using a favorite vintage Seventies shirt pattern, Butterick 4575.  The only change I made from the original pattern was to add contrasting inner cuffs and collar stand using black cotton sateen [...]

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Decisions, Decisions…

“What are you making?” asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate. “Pajamas.” I replied. “Shame on you,”  he responded with a wink. The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed to be a perfect choice for a pair of men’s style pajamas, but what did I know. I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick’s 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants. My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful  4 1/2″ monogram for the pocket. Nearing the end [...]

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An Orphan No Longer

One of the satisfying things about sewing is being able to fill holes in your wardrobe. I’ve had this RTW top for ages without wearing it much because I didn’t have anything in my closet which really paired nicely. After searching in vain for some brown leggings or fitted pants I finally gave up and decided to make my own. I swatched this chocolate cotton double knit from Mood fabrics and loved the ridges and texture. I used Vogue 8859, a Marci Tilton design. This was the first time I’ve used one of her patterns; most of them aren’t really [...]

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Black Wool/Cashmere Pleated Pants

‘Tis the season for cashmere! And bad photography, for that matter. It’s a shame that black fabric is the worst to photograph, because it’s the best to wear. Also, it was raining while I took these pictures, and I may or may not have have imbibed in one too many adult beverages the night before… so gimmie some slack here, is all I’m saying. Anyway, I love that it’s finally cool enough to justify wearing cashmere on a daily basis! Or, rather, a cashmere blend for those of us who aren’t quite rich enough to go full 100% I don’t [...]

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Men’s Silver Metallic Jeans

I’ve always been drawn to fabrics that have a metallic sheen. But it wasn’t until I found this Ralph Lauren metallic denim — the end of a bolt — at Mood Fabrics in New York City that I decided to take the plunge.  (While my fabric is unavailable online, this silver stretch faux leather seems like a good alternative). To make these jeans, I used my self-drafted jeans sloper and added elements like pockets and waistband from Kwik Sew 3504.  Since this fabric has Lycra in it, I did a little tweaking along the way.  I knew I wanted these [...]

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