A Cardigan Sweater for Mom!

I don’t sew knits very often, but when I do, I most enjoy working with sweater knits. Unlike jerseys, sweater knits tend to be thick and stable, making them easier to sew. They are generally woven from wool or wool blends, though I’ve worked with cotton blend sweater knits too.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of sweater knits here.)  I imagine it would take a lot longer to knit a sweater than it would to sew a sweater from a sweater knit fabric. Gratification isn’t exactly instant, but it’s faster! For this month’s project, I purchased two yards […]

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Mo’ Winter, Mo’ Hair.

Yeah, it’s not really feeling like winter in New York, but it’s not really feeling like spring either, so you’ll allow me my playtime with words… I mean, this is a lot of layering for the end of March! (And a lot of false exposure. Sorry. I blame the gray “spring” day and the indoor lighting.) Here’s a better look at this gorgeous mohair “famous designer” knit. I could be wrong, but given my talent for sniffing out the Sui, I’m pretty sure I know the designer. It’s a thin knit, so I decided to partially line this little swacket (sweater […]

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Alice + Olivia Sweater Cape

I think I look smug here. I know I FEEL smug here. I’m grinning like the cat that ate the canary all throughout these photos, and I don’t care. Just a few short days ago, I was certain I’d completely wrecked this Alice + Olivia sweater knit, found on the top floor of Mood Fabric’s NY location. For this summer girl, Mood’s magical top floor is one of the few reasons to celebrate the drop in temperatures. (Though this yardage was found in-store, here’s some sweater knit offerings if your fingers are doing the walking!) Cold weather. Short days. UGH. Invariably, my summer-lorn mindset […]

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Colorful menswear for spring!

Spring makes me want more color in my wardrobe.  And in everyone else’s! I worked on two additional projects this month I wanted to share. One is a wacky and wonderful knit sweater I made for myself and the other is a long-sleeved dress shirt in an Easter-y palette I made for my partner, Michael. First, the sweater. I found this wonderful wool blend Italian knit — a  one-yard bolt end — at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I loved the saturated colors, which immediately made me think of The Simpsons — very cartoonish.  It also has raised areas, like a topographical […]

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Caped in Sweet Grape Faux Fur! Isn’t It Spring?

              Yikes! It’s almost Spring. So why did I decide to make this cape? Because this sweet grape acrylic faux fur (#306542) is beautiful. Spring is not yet sprung in the mid-west. Days are sunny about 55 degrees, while night time temperatures drop to the mid or upper 40’s. I’ll get at least a few wears before warmer days truly come my way. Then when fall returns, I’m ready for it. 😉   Just as the season is changing the availability of some heavier fabrics are no longer available at Mood’s online store. Maybe […]

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Saint James Ponte Dress and Long Cardigan

  Spring is in the air and a cute dress is a much needed item for me.  I wanted a dress that would be a good transition piece and fun to wear.  Enter Mood Fabrics’ Navy/Ecru Saint James Ponte Knit, an amazing knit, probably one of the nicest knits I have ever sewn.  I am sorry to say it is sold out in the navy/ecru colorway but  no fear there are several other option: red/navy, ecru/gray, navy/kelly. or take a look at all the color choices     My pattern for this fabulous knit, Butterick 6207,  which has raglan sleeves, neckband, […]

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Cozy Knit Separates

Hi Everyone! I hope January has been treating you all well.  I have to be honest with you, I feel as though this outfit is the personification of the January Blues, and for that I am sorry. It basically says “yes, I put on clothes today, but just barely”.  But, you know, I feel like a wardrobe needs those kinds of outfits just as much as it needs party dresses and power suits. Because we all have days where we feel kind of ‘blah’ and there is nothing better on those days than crawling into forgiving jersey and blankety jackets. […]

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Chunky Sweater Cardigan

I hate knitting. I admire those of you with the patience to do it, but, as Ruggy often reminds me, I have zero patience. INDEED, SIR! When I picked up the bamboo needles years ago, most of my projects were made for Ruggy! I might not sew for my man, but oh, the knitted man-wear of years past…the hats! The scarves! One, done quite questionably up in white cashmere, as requested! (Don’t ask.) And the icing on the cake, a turtleneck sweater, sized to fit the state of Texas! SO MUCH PATIENCE!! SO LITTLE PAYOFF!!! Well, unlike those long lost, […]

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Derek Lam Cotton Knit Jacket

The purchase of this gorgeous thick knit from Derek Lam for this month’s Mood Sewing Network project was a no brainer. Living in London my handmade wardrobe is constantly in need of snuggly, comfy garments suitable for layering and making them out of unique fabrics like this one means I still feel great wearing them. I picked this piece in Mood Fabrics LA back in September and whilst it was available online it’s now unfortunately sold out. However, hunting for it I did discovering this amazing striped French Terry from the same designer which has been immediately added to my […]

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