An Ankara Ensemble

By now you know a few of us here at the Mood Sewing Network used the month of January to dive into a “challenge” fabric. Some know it as Ankara, some as African Wax, some as Dutch Wax. I know it as YES PLEASE. I LOVE wax print. Love it, love it, love it. Did I mention I love it? This is an Osikani print, which is printed with metallic gold foil overlay. Although I always pre-wash my Ankara to soften it up, this time I decided to leave the wax in and use the stiff quality to play with […]

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Plaid Flannel Archer Shirts

      For  me a winter wardrobe staple is a plaid flannel shirt and I was in need of a new one.  I went with Mood Fabrics’ Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid Cotton Flannel and it is such a nice weight for these twenty degree days.  My go-to shirt pattern is the Grainline Archer Shirt, which I have made many times including two on another Mood Sewing Network post.   One thing I really like about using plaid is the fun you can have with the bias.  On my plaid flannels I use the yoke, front button band, cuffs and pockets are […]

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A Silk Crepe De Chine Topper

The Holiday Lights are up on our block! I believe this is what I’m enchanted by, but it’s anyone’s guess. There’s no questioning the fact that this silk has me bewitched. Meet my new favorite top. Blouse? Dress? Topper? Let’s go with topper. This beautiful silk crepe de chine print came home with me on a whim, the kind of instantaneous pick you make after 60 minutes of scouring the fabric aisles. You know how it is, after all that searching and second guessing, a bolt just jumps out at you, and it’s done and dusted in 60 seconds. (If […]

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Cold Shoulder Blouse in Abstract Print

    The cold shoulder look is quite trendy right now and I wanted to be part of it.  Now to tell the truth I tried it once in a knit style and wasn’t thrilled with the result at all.  This time I went with  a woven blouse look.  The pattern of choice was Simplicity 8131.  This blouse calls for soft fabrics: lawn, soft cottons and crepe de chine.  Well, I had a beautiful Mood Fabrics’ crepe de chine (poly)  and thought it might be a fun look for this style.  If you want another print or a solid or […]

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Wool Gabardine Trousers and Comfy Tops

One of the joys of being self employed is that I often get to work from home or have a bit of down time between contracts to stay at home and sew! If I’m working at home I’m sure going to take advantage of the opportunity to dress as comfortably as possible but I’m a big believer in keeping a getting up and dressed as if you were going out to work routine anyway as I think this really helps with productivity. Plus answering the door to the postman in PJs at 3 in the afternoon on a Wednesday (yes […]

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Denim Tencel Button-Up

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! I am back again with – you guessed it! – another button-up shirt. Ha! Is this all I wear these days? Probably. At least it’s a different pattern than last month 😉 When I was in NYC earlier this year, I made some time during my trip for a couple hours at Mood Fabrics flagship store in the Garment District. Since I live way way outside of NYC, I don’t generally get this opportunity except once or twice a year – so I try to make it count! I always come prepared with a […]

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Late Summer Separates

Hello everyone! Happy Autumn! Here in Texas it still feels very much like summer, except that the days are getting just a smidgen shorter.  Thus, why I’m titling this post “Late Summer Separates” rather than “Autumn Separates”. This month I’ve been all about easy, casual separates that pair well with the rest of my wardrobe and can be easily transitioned into cooler weather with a sweater and boots.  Possibly not the most exciting of makes, but they are the kind of thing I love adding to my closet as I get a ton of mileage out of them. Up first […]

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My First Jeans and a Seasonal Velvet Cami

London has been clinging on to summer and I have been clinging on to my handmade summer wardrobe but with this month’s project for the Mood Sewing Network I have finally taken the plunge and started some projects more suited to the approaching season. Sewing my own jeans has been in my sewing queue for nigh on two years now and I am almost ashamed to admit that I actually cut these Ginger Jeans out well over a year ago. It is by far the longest a project has taken me from putting scissors to cloth and completion and I’m […]

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Silk Chiffon Button Up

It’s that time of the year again – when the shops are screaming FAAAAAALLL (Wool caps! Corduroy bottoms! Pumpkin spice everything!) but our temperatures are still firmly stuck in summertime. While I’m not ridiculous enough to pull on my Ugg boots when it’s still 100 degrees outside (LOL JK I don’t own Uggs hahaha) (but seriously, Ugg-watching in 100 degree weather at the ritzy mall is absolutely my favorite pasttime during these months), I still want to at least look the part of the changing seasons, which still complying with the temperatures outside. For me, that means colors and silhouettes […]

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