Sequin T-Shirt

I never make t-shirts. Never. My mind is always thinking they are too simple to make. I like complexity and challenge. I’ll just buy them instead, I tell myself. Except, I am finding good quality t-shirts harder and harder to find. These days they all seem to be made from extremely thin material that pills after several washes. So, I’ve made my very first t-shirt: The body is made from a sequined wave cotton jersey from Mood fabrics. I ordered a swatch of it several months ago and fell in love. The sequins are sewn on with nylon thread on […]

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Nautical Crop Top with High Waisted Shorts

Mikaela made the special request for a crop top and high waisted shorts. She specifically said she wanted the shorts to be striped and I said, why not make a matching top.  Suit dressing is popular this season. I remembered the perfect fabric from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be what she wanted.  This fabric is Nautical Double-Faced Cotton-blend Jersey.  The fabric is really easy to work with.  It doesn’t have a lot of stretch, so I would probably use it for garments that don’t require a lot of recovery… preferably things that could also be made in […]

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Cotton Voile Summer Top

When talking about the perfect summer fabric, I would have to say this Mood Fabrics’ Thakoon Cotton Voile is about as perfect as it gets.  I love this fabric, it is the perfect summer weight and just was so easy to sew.  In fact, I would love to buy all the fabric that felt just like this piece and sew many, many summer garments. I know when the temperature sores above 95 degrees, I want a summer top that makes you feel cool.  Right when this fabric arrived, I knew I would make it into Simplicity 2892, a pattern I have made […]

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A Summer Circle Quilt

No, I have not taken up quilting.  I gots ZERO time for quilting or knitting. Much respect to those with the patience for it!  Instead of working on that virtue, I let Mood Fabrics do the heavy lifting for me. I stumbled upon this panel yardage of quilted goodness when lurking the jersey aisle. I know, I know, my self imposed ban should have set klaxon alarms off, but a wee stroll on the wrong side of the tracks never hurt anyone… and the junctions of each aisle hold the strangest treasures. This beauty was a mere $14/yard, and as […]

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Summertime Calls for Knit Tops: Three New Ones for Me!

A staple of my summer wardrobe is knit tops, but I try to change it up a bit with them.  If I am using a staple fabric, then I like to use a unusual knit top pattern, but if the fabric is fabulous on its own then I try to use a more basic pattern to showcase the fabric.  It was hard to decide which knits to pick from Mood Fabrics extensive online selection but don’t worry, I was able to make three choices and add several more to my portfolio for future purchases.  Some criteria for my knit tops: […]

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Bitten Again by the Ruffle Bug

While sewing my casual knits the ruffles were calling my name, and I answered. The craving to sew ruffles was stronger than any craving I’ve ever had for chocolate, but I tried to be practical and made an all-purpose white shirt. Of course it’s all-purpose! Mood Fabric’s Ivory Solid Goes with Everything Silk really does go with everything in my closet! It’s perfect with my re-fashioned floral pants…. party ready with my celebration skirt…. and very practical when combined with jeans for a walk in the park. That’s right – if Kate Spade wears silk to the flea market then […]

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Eyelet Border Top for Meredith

There is a saying that holds true on this sewing adventure, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  Which is a line from the poem titled “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns and the poem is the source of the title of Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men.  What does this literary history lesson have to do with my Mood Sewing Network post?  Well, Meredith and I had  big plans for a beautiful graduation dress for her from Mood Fabrics’ white/cream polka dots embroidery and eyelet voile (which is very similar to the blouse I made on my last […]

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Cavalli Cowl

One of my favorite things about Mood Fabrics is their large selection of designer fabrics. One designer I’d had my eye on for awhile but hadn’t yet worked with was Roberto Cavalli. When I found this Cavalli jersey print on the Mood site, I snapped up a couple yards, even though I didn’t have a project in mind at the time. I just couldn’t pass up those glittery roses, and I figured the fact that it was a jersey would give me a lot of pattern options. When it arrived, I became fixated on finding a pattern that would allow […]

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Dotted Cotton Voile Shirt and Rose Denim Pants

I tell you, I love the hum of  my sewing machine, it relaxes me, calms me, makes me happy.  It is just the perfect hobby and activity.   Now add to the hum of my sewing machine,  The Great British Sewing Bee playing on my laptop in the sewing room and it just doesn’t get much better than that.  As I was working on my blouse from White/Black Geometric Voile, the show just inspired me to do an even better job. I was imagining May and Patrick critiquing my garment and suggesting other options: The critiques would be positive comments on parts of […]

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