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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Sweater Knit Cowl-Neck Tunic

If you are a driven person like me, you are constantly challenging yourself to do better and accomplish more. Who wants to cruise on the bunny slope when you’re comfortable skiing moguls? Due to recent time constraints, I was forced to rediscover the joy of simple sewing or not sew at all. Not only did I realize I should do more easy sewing, but my latest project reminded me of why I started sewing again in the first place. My adventurous side led me to order this Olive Abstract Knit from Mood Fabrics without ordering a sample. Fortunately I loved [...]

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Ruffled Blouse Made With Anna Sui Silk Jacquard

How can it be the end of 2013?! This year has flown by and I feel very blessed to be part of the Mood Sewing Network. I know my sewing skills have grown tremendously, new techniques have been tried and fabulous fabrics from Mood Fabrics have been used. As I was planning my next Mood project, I realized my wardrobe was lacking a silk blouse. That led to my next project using Anna Sui Blue Sapphire Silk Jacquard. I went through several pattern options and selected Simplicity 1779, view E with the neck ruffle…. …and the long sleeves with the small cuffs. [...]

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Dotted Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse

I’m in love with silk blouses. Seriously. I wish I had a closet full. The only other one currently in my wardrobe is constantly on repeat. When I saw this beautiful ivory and black embroidered dotted crepe de chine from Marc Jacobs at MoodFabrics.com, I knew just what I’d make with it. I picked Vogue 1323, a Rachel Comey design. I love this pattern so much for the interesting neckline and and front pockets. Any extra volume I can add to the front of my tops is a welcome addition for this small-busted gal. I also wanted to try my hand [...]

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Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so [...]

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