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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White Linen Pants and “Butter” Cotton Shirt

One of my goals since joining the Mood Sewing Network has been to create garments that coordinate with each other.  It’s frustrating to have a closet full of cool pieces when nothing goes with anything else. Having sewn my bold Marc Jacobs taffeta jacket and shorts last month, I now wanted to create some classic pieces I could wear with them.  I am a huge fan of linen, so I decided to make myself a pair of white linen pants using a gorgeous, medium weight linen I found at Mood.  Choosing from their huge and varied selection, I was careful […]

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A Flouncy Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt

When I was visiting the Mood Fabrics store last month in New York, I had no intention of even stepping foot in the wool section on the top floor. Don’t get me wrong – I love wool, and I ESPECIALLY love wool crepe, but as Tennessee rapidly approaches summertime weather at breakneck speed, I was afraid I would have little to no use for a big piece of cozy wool until much, much later in 2013. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want stuff my gorgeous fabrics away in a bin until the seasons flip – I […]

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Candy Colored Lace

When Carolyn and I set up camp in the lace shelves at Mood Fabrics NYC over a month ago, I couldn’t help but pull every technicolor bolt out for a snapshot.  Carolyn quite rightly reminded me: Oooooooooona. We’re here for everyone else. I am not the best listener.  She had to remind me of this repeatedly. But I abstained! I did not walk out with my own lace that day!  (The promise of Lazzara’s pizza helped.)  Instead, I let the bolts simmer in my head for a week, and returned to find this crazy pink and orange diddy hanging out in […]

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Silk Twill Top a la Kate Spade

I’m staying at a lovely 5-star resort through the weekend (not our typical getaway) – one of those places where you swap your car for bicycles upon arrival. My husband is engaged in professional activities allowing me to bring along a suitcase of sewing paraphernalia guilt free. This morning when I discovered my white thread was left at home I called the concierge to request a sewing kit so I could hem my top. “My apologies Mrs. Gunn, but we do not furnish sewing kits.” My husband was slightly incredulous when I got dressed and pedaled to the nearest store […]

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