Fraternal twin blouses

I have two blouses to share with you today: they’re fraternal twins! Both sewn from the same pattern but in entirely different fabrics. I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how a fancy and a plain version of the same pattern would look. The pattern is from the 1950s and is actually one I’ve sewn several times before, but with a collar and 3/4 kimono sleeves. This was the first time I made it with a scoop neck and short kimono sleeves. I started with the red one. It’s a double faced cotton and lurex blend. I […]


Lace Insertion and Pintuck Edwardian Blouse

Hi everyone! How are you? I’m very excited to share this project with you today, as I’ve been working on it for the better part of the last two months (not solely, obviously – I do have a job and sometimes a life… okay, I don’t really have much of a life, but sometimes I watch Netflix!) Anyway, I’m very excited to have it out of my sewing room, and into my closet! Let me introduce you to my Edwardian blouse! Don’t let my miserable expression in this photo fool you! I am beyond excited about this blouse! I have always […]


Bamboo & Cotton Stretch Fleece Sweatshirt

Ok, so, apologies in advance for posting a really boring sweatshirt as my month’s project. However, I think I may have just found my new favorite fabric at Mood. AND they have plenty of colors still in stock (although as of this posting, only 2 yards of this particular green)! It’s a Christmas Miracle! In all seriousness, though, I wanted to really focus on the fabric for this post. I promise it’s a really good one and worth the praise! I found this Moss Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Fleece on the Mood Fabric’s website a few months ago, via swatch […]


Cotton & Linen slubbed Shacket

I’m tempted to keep this a wordless post, so you can guess which one of us MNS’ers stitched this…because I certainly wouldn’t guess ME. In fact, I agonized over this fabric choice for about 45 minutes, on Mood NY’s magical top floor. Eric and Kway both assured me this was a beautiful fabric. I was sure they were right, but I absolutely could not convince my technicolor brain. In the end I had to take their word for it! Luckily, they were right, and it’s not for me anyway! So really what I had to do was remind myself, repeatedly, […]


Chinese Red Double Cloth: Great Fabric, Wrong Pattern Choice Vogue 1525

  I seriously debated this Rebecca Vallance outfit, Vogue 1525.  When the pattern was first published, I thought about purchasing it.  But then I thought; “No this isn’t the look for me.”  After seeing it made by others, I thought maybe it will work for me. Well, throughout the entire process, I had doubts about the look on me.  In hind sight, I realized I should have simply made a muslin.  It would have told me a lot about how this outfit would look on me. Over the weekend, I tried it on again.  I think it’s the crispness of […]


Three Cozy Sweaters

  Okay, it is cold here, which really is normal for the end of December and all I want to wear is warm and cozy.  This Mood Fabrics’ Italian Gray French Terry is perfect, it looks just like a chunky sweater knit but it is really a comfy sweatshirt! In November on Instagram I started seeing posts about One Week One Pattern and that interested me.  What is One Week One Pattern?  One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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