Men’s Lace Shirt and Cotton Jersey Shorts

I’ve been thinking about lace a lot this spring. Originally I bought this gorgeous black cotton lace with the intention of using it for an overlay.  What I liked most about it — aside from the beautiful floral pattern — was that it could be trimmed to create a finished scalloped edge.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton lace here.) Continuing my passion for pattern mixing, I decided to create a short-sleeve shirt using the lace in combination with a lovely Italian floral cotton and classic black and white gingham.  (You can see Mood’s selection of ginghams […]

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Welcoming Spring With Ikat and Yellow

  Y’all, it’s confession time: I am a sewing copycat. Last month, I bumped into a friend on campus and went absolutely nuts over her outfit–a simple cream sweater and utterly gorgeous navy-and-cream ikat pencil skirt. As with most clothes I covet, I started scheming up a version of my own. Isn’t that a fantastic perk of sewing? If we see something gorgeous, we’re not constrained by budget or retail trends. If you can think it, you can sew it! (Did anyone else just start humming “The Think System” ditty from The Music Man? No, only me?) Even better, the […]

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Print Mixing Top and Track Pants

During my day, I love to head over to Mood Fabrics’ online store and check out the what’s new section, which is updated quite frequently. It is such a nice break in my day and I can contemplate all the fabrics and what they might become. After I browse for a day or two, it is time to shop!  I tend to shop two different ways when looking at all the fabric goodness at Mood Fabrics.  My first way is with a specific garment in mind, which in this case led to these two fabrics in my cart, the first […]

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A silk crop top inspired by Nicole Miller

This month’s Mood Sewing Network challenge was to make something inspired by the Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Fashion shows, and it was just that: a challenge. I actually love to watch fashion shows. Sometimes you can catch the live feed on youtube and see the collections exactly when everyone who’s actually at the fashion shows gets to see them. (Except don’t watch them with your male children. Designers love to send unlined things down the runway. Ahem.) Anyway, I thought this challenge would be easy. I already had a slew of designer garments pinned in my sewing inspiration folder. I’ll spare […]

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Mood Fabric Artsy Graphic Print – Inspiration from the Spring/Summer Designer Collection 2014

Selecting one designer and one fashion trend was a tough job to say the least.  There is so much to choose from.  Many designers like Marni, Prada, Versace, and Jil Sander all showcased bold artsy graphic designs on the runway for Spring/Summer 2014.  This was one of my favorite trends of the season.  The next challenge was how to incorporate this audacious trend into my wardrobe. This is where Mood Fabrics comes in.  They have a beautiful selection of jersey prints that can be transformed into a great statement garment for the season.  Or if you are like me and […]

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Separates Inspired by the Colors of Spring

When it was decided that we would all be sewing pieces inspired by the Spring 2014 runway, my mind immediately panicked. Runway? I can honestly say I have never even so much as glanced at a series of runway photos, let alone determined an outfit based on what I saw (I’m not saying this in an ~ooh, I’m so cool I just don’t even pay attention to fashion~ way, more like, yo clueless!). Furthermore, it’s difficult for me to grab “inspiration” from something without just blatantly copying it. I spent an entire month agonizing over designers, pouring over runway sets […]

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Silk Crepe de Chine Sleeveless Blouse

Have you made your Marfy yet? Thanks to Leisa Stanton of A Challenging Sew, I had no more excuses to avoid the chic Italian patterns without instructions. Not only are three patterns available for free downloads on the Marfy website, but Leisa is providing sew-a-longs for the patterns on her blog. How do you like it? The pattern is Marfy 1913, and after two muslins I was ready to cut my designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. When the silk arrived in July, I was tempted to make my 5th sleeveless ruffled top. “No! No! No!” exclaimed the […]

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Transitional Basics in Beautiful Fabrics

I’ve been needing to fill in the blanks in my closet with classic “go-to” pieces for a while now.  And what better time than transitional wardrobe season with classic black and white. I love white shirts and white blouses.  The more interesting, the better… a not-so basic “basic” you could say. This Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1387 blouse is perfect.  It’s great for layering under a jacket now and perfect on its own for the warmer months.  I chose this beautiful Carolina Herrera single-ply silk crepe  from Mood Fabrics because it reminded me of the original designer garment. And what a […]

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Peter Pan Collar Silk Charmeuse Blouse

Can y’all stand another silk blouse? I made this one using Mood Fabric’s stone stretch silk charmeuse. Originally I picked this fabric to use for a nightgown with some other pretty brown lace. This must have been before I wised to the practice of ordering swatches because the browns didn’t match. I thought it would make a great neutral blouse for my wardrobe and it really does go with a number of other garments. This was my first time using silk charmeuse with stretch and I love the ease of movement. I used the matte side for the body of […]

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