Plaid Cotton Flannel Button-Up Shirt

I don’t know about where y’all are, but we just got our first truly cold day this week – first frost was this morning, even! Brr! While I’m not terribly keen on the cold (I’m a Southerner, I hate the cold, and I also live in an old/drafty house), I do like the clothes that come out of hiding when the temperatures drop! Especially a nice cotton flannel – my favorite! I made this plaid flannel button-up a couple of months ago, in an anticipation of cooler weather. Let me tell you – it’s quite a downer to be working […]

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An (Unplanned)Trio of Denim Kalles

You can probably guess this pattern by sight, though you’re likely confused as to why I’m wearing it IN A SOLID. I’ve got my reasons! Reason #1: My gals Lauren & Sallie both rocked this look in denim hues of linen & chambray, and I could not get their collective loveliness out of my brain. Reason #2: I decided to be sensible. (I KNOW.) I had every intention of making this up in a painterly floral Marchesa silk gazar! But I wanted a chance to play with the lines before cutting into Marchesa. And, this stiff cotton, snagged at Mood NY, is not […]

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White After Labor Day

When I was growing up, wearing white after Labor day was one of the biggest fashion faux pas.  These days people are wearing whatever anytime of year.    Fashion is anything at anytime of year!  Believe it or not, I’m still a little jaded when it comes to certain fashion faux pas. Today’s post is about two white fabrics that I purchased this summer from Mood Fabrics:  Helmut Lang Optic White Tissue Weight Cotton Poplin  and Soft White Stretch Blended Cotton Jacquard.  Both textile were great to work with.  There is something special about working with natural fibers.  Cottons are […]

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Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker Fabric equals the Perfect Cotton Shirting!

I was doing a closet purge and closet organization and realized I was short on tops. I always feel like I’m missing out on great tops to just throw on with a pair of jeans, so I’m on a mission to fill in that hole in my wardrobe. This top is Simplicity 8455. I decided to used Red Ticking Stripe Cotton Seersucker. It makes a wonderful and interesting shirting fabric. Being that this fabric is 100% cotton, it cut and sewed like a dream. This fabric worked well with a lightweight fusible interfacing in places like the facing and the […]

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Late Summer Sewing: Men’s Floral-Print Shirt!

Happy September, everybody! We still have a few weeks left of summer, which means there’s still time for some (late) summer sewing! Last month I purchased two yards of this gorgeous Liberty of London-style cotton floral print, and I knew I want to work with it right away!  (Mood Fabrics online offers a large selection of both Liberty of London and Liberty-inspired prints.  Check them out here.)  With its combination of blue, gold, and reddish-brown, it seemed like the perfect choice for a late-summer/early-fall project. I decided to sew myself a short-sleeve shirt using Vogue 8889, a fitted men’s shirt […]

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A new summer staple blouse

Do you ever have one of those sewing projects where the entire time, you’re thinking that the thing doesn’t really seem to want to be made? That was this blouse for me. I started with an easy enough premise: I wanted a nice summery blouse, one in black and one in white. Good wardrobe staples that I didn’t have. Well white did not work out, but black sure did! The pattern I used is from the 1950s, Butterick 6965. (Isn’t the envelope artwork great? One of my favorite things about vintage patterns.) It was a long struggle. A looong struggle. […]

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Beautiful cotton print becomes Beautiful shirt!

Shirtmaking is one of my favorite types of sewing. (Tailoring is a close second, but much more work.) I am extremely fortunate to live less than a mile from Mood Fabrics so, when I decided to make my partner, Michael, a shirt, I invited him to visit Mood with me. He was a bit overwhelmed by their huge selection of cotton shirting, but I helped him to narrow down his choices. His favorite was this beautiful cotton ribbon print, very much in the Liberty of London vein. (You can shop for cotton shirting at Mood Fabrics online here.) For Michael’s […]

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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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Striped Linen Men’s Shirt with Liberty of London Contrast

Is there any more comfortable, cool summer fabric than linen? I purchased this candy-striped red and white lightweight linen last year and this summer decided to use it to make a casual short-sleeve shirt. (You can find similar lightweight (i.e, shirt-weight) linen stripes at Mood online here.) I made my shirt using vintage Seventies Vogue pattern 9617. I made just a few changes to the pattern, choosing to add two pockets instead of one, and shortening the length by roughly 1″ — a standard alteration I make to most commercial shirt patterns. I chose to decorate both the inside pocket […]

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