Maritime Blue Tweed Tunic

Just another tunic? Not to me, Dear Readers…. Being so intimately involved with The Tunic Bible, I consider each tunic I sew to be special. Couple my attachment to the book with Mood Fabric’s Maritime Blue and White Nailshead Cotton Blend Tweed and I find myself head over heels with this classic twist on the universal garment. The tweed keeps the emphasis on texture which works well with the more streamlined silhouette than previous tunics I’ve made. No backdarts for a relaxed fit……. and cap sleeves for a clean finish. I’ve yet to meet a piece of tweed that I did not […]

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Blue and White Windowpane Tunic

Good morning, friends! Is anyone else unusually excited about spring sewing, this year? In the States, we’ve spent far too long bundled in sweaters and coats. It makes me crave sunshine and crisp, cool cottons like crazy. For me, nothing says “Spring is finally here!” like a classic white blouse. Maybe it’s the dark colors of winter, or the archaic rules around this particular color, but donning a white shirt feels almost as significant as the season’s first daffodils. Unfortunately, most of the blouses (and clothes, more generally) in my closet are swimming on me right now. If I want […]

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Embroidered Cotton Shirting Tunic

I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the ‘one step at a time‘ approach to life. In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new. While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings, and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would […]

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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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To Trim or Not To Trim?

Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season. While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués! To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the […]

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Everyday Sparkles

Scraps. We all have them – those pieces that are too big to throw away but not big enough to do much with. I keep thinking I’ll use some of mine to make something for my daughter. She’s tiny and her clothing doesn’t require much yardage. I never do, though, and they just keep piling up. However, these days it’s perfectly acceptable to use several different textiles in one garment. I had a rather sizable piece of sequin fabric left over from this skirt and I decided to make it into a sweatshirt. I ordered one yard of Mood fabric’s […]

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Graphic Print Tunic

  Isn’t it fun when a fabric just draws you in?  That is exactly what happened with Mood Fabrics’ Indigo Peacock-Inspired Rayon Woven.  I knew I needed to make something from this fabric and a tunic was the garment I started to envision.  I went with Vogue 9151 and started looking for an good coordinating fabric.  Mixing prints is so much fun, I searched Mood Fabrics for a good match.  Sometimes online it is hard to get a good color  match for fabric as colors look different on the computer screen versus in real life!   I decided to look for […]

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A Silk Crepe De Chine Topper

HIYA. How do you like my whatchamacallit? It was meant to be a button down dress…. But then I felt so Bohemian when fitting to mark for buttons, I decided to cinch the waist in a bit more and leave it as a…topper? Sleeveless kimono? Maxi vest? MAXI VEST. LET’S GO WITH MAXI VEST. Let’s also say, that much like my self imposed ban on jersey, imma haveta turn my back on the Sui for awhile. Yep, you guessed it, this is MORE Anna Sui, and it marks the fifth MSN project in which I’ve used that designer’s sumptuous textiles. […]

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A Collared Tunic in Crisp White Cotton

I’m taking a break from making silk blouses to add some cotton to my wardrobe. It’s much easier to wear here in the summer and doesn’t stick to sweaty skin as easily. I used Vogue 1440, a separates pattern by Donna Karan. Now this is a great pattern! You get three designer pieces that are very wearable for the price of one. The blouse was what called my name first, but I do plan to make both the jacket and the pants at some point. What I loved about this design was the armhole bands and interesting back yoke feature. […]

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