Two Shirts for Fall

The calendar says fall is near but until yesterday no one told Mother Nature in mid-Missouri. I was sick of the hot temperatures and really getting very tired of wearing summer clothes. Do you get that way too? Feel like you are wearing the same thing over and over? Ready for a change, and ready for the next sewing adventure? New fabric weights and textures, new pattern looks? I decided to make some fall-like clothes in fabrics that would still be cool but transition to fall. My first selection was Mood Fabrics’ Raspberry-Brown Plaid Cotton Voile by Marc Jacobs For […]

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4-Ply Silk and Cotton Brocade Paneled Top

Note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mood Sewciety blog, but I wanted to share it here as well. The genesis for my latest Mood Fabrics top was an article I saw on Style.com in July about how this shade of caramel was so hot. I immediately ran upstairs to the silk department at Mood NYC, searching through bolt after bolt until I found this lovely 4-ply silk in the perfect shade. (Have you ever worn or sewn 4-ply silk? It’s a winner on both fronts, and so addictive you’ll be drooling for an entire wardrobe of 4-ply tops […]

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Two More Tops Before Summer Fades

Summer is winding down and my thoughts are turning toward fall sewing.  I am not ready to give up summer all together, after all it is still 90+ degrees here in Missouri, but I am ready for sewing something different. I spotted this fabric right when it was added—Mood Fabrics’ Italian Teal and Black Lacy Brocade—and I had to have it. It is so gorgeous and my thoughts were a simple Grainline Scout T-shirt, that way the fabric does all the talking. Another plus was the fabric description from Mood’s site, “Has a soft hand and graceful drape, almost like […]

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Thakoon Cotton Top

I had forgotten how awesome sewing with cotton is. I’ve realized that I much prefer it over, well satin. Ha I guess you could say I’m still a little scarred from that last satin dress I made. The cotton is this geometric print from Mood Fabrics. The designer is Thakoon and I think I got a little too excited when I realized who that was. (The September Issue!)  I was really impressed with him when I watched that so I’m glad to see he’s still designing. (Let’s pretend that I didn’t completely forget to iron the back of the shirt. […]

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Silk Crepe de Chine Wrap Top

I often think my Fall wardrobe is practically non-existent – most likely because I look like I’m coming down with something when I wear those traditional, Fall earth-tone colors. Fortunately the Pantone Fall 2013 report brings new colors to the mix translating into exciting possibilities for my closet! My first Fall sewing project needed to be a go-to garment. Being a lover of silk, I ordered this crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics by designer Thakoon—the gorgeous colors enhance every pair of pants I own! True, the fabric would make a beautiful special occasion garment, but I’ll feel special each time […]

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Dotted Cotton Voile Blouse and Navy Denim Skirt

When I was planning my summer sewing in my new home of Seattle, with its seemingly jumbled mix of warm and cool, sunny and cloudy days, I was drawn to Mood Fabric’s cotton voiles. I thought they would be perfect for a summer blouse no matter the weather. This particular dotted cotton voile in cornflower blue was my favorite. A simple solid color with the interest being in the raised dots. It was perfectly behaved when cutting and sewing as well. Aren’t those dots so fun?! I imagined a loose blouse with sleeves that hit just above my wrists, long […]

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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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