Men’s African Wax Print Pants
Happy New Year, everybody! This month, a number of us Mood Sewing Network bloggers decided to sew with African wax prints. You’re probably familiar with these fabrics (Rome-based designer Stella Jean is their best-known proponent) — brilliant-colored, abstract cotton prints with a wax coating that can be left on for a stiffer hand or laundered out for softer garments. The history of African wax prints is a little complicated — they’re not always African; in fact the fabric I used to make my pants is labelled “Supreme Wax Print Holland.” (Read more about the history of African wax prints here.) [...]
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 [...]
Armani Wool Knit
If this is wool then I’d like to be a sheep in my next life…. After taking time off to promote The Tunic Bible, it’s w o n d e r f u l to be blogging for the Mood Sewing Network again Happy New Year !!!! I wanted to be prepared for South Carolina’s annual one-inch snowstorm, and ordered this fabulous Armani Oxford wool knit. When it arrived I reviewed my order to check the content of this smooth knit fabric. Was it really wool? What kind of conditioner did this sheep use? Honestly, the texture feels so soft [...]
African Wax Print Pussy Bow Dress!
Happy New Year! With a new year comes new things. And African Wax Prints are new to me. My Instagram feed is constantly filled with all sorts of African Wax Prints and Ankara Prints in the accounts I follow. I love looking at them. I’d never had a desire to try them out because I find a lot of the prints to be overwhelming since I’m not the biggest lover of big, bold and colorful prints. But when I saw the Black and Red Geometric African Wax Print from Mood Fabrics.com, I knew that was the one that would make [...]
1970s Silk Leopard Dress
Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone! I’m amazed at how swiftly this year has floated by – it seems like only a short time ago that I was writing my first MSN post of 2016, and here we are on the verge of 2017. This past year has been a rough one for a lot of people, and it’ll be good to put it to a close. But first – one more dress for the books! Leopard is one of those prints that people either looove or truly hate – personally, I can’t get enough of it! I found this [...]
Maxi Skirt Season
From Thanksgiving right up until I take the tree down, at all family gatherings, it’s maxi skirt, simple top, statement jewelry, swan mode on. AND I MEAN FULL SWAN. It’s just instantly dressy with zero effort! And all of the room for food! When I saw this bolt at Mood Fabrics (in store), my eyes popped. Christmas maxi, for sure. My fingers screamed as I ran my hands over its pure poly texture, and I howled with laughter. (To be honest, I’ve lost track of the content, but surely there’s some poly happening here.) And this green goodness is the [...]
December denial? Men’s shorts and short-sleeve shirt!
Who sews short sleeve shirts and shorts in December? I do! This month I sewed for an upcoming vacation to a tropical clime where I’ll be needing warm-weather clothes. I had two great Mood Fabrics to inspire me: a unique cotton seersucker-like shirting from Opening Ceremony (not available online, unfortunately) and a beefy black cotton blend knit. (Mood sells some beautiful black knits online, in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) For my shirt, I used a vintage 1958 McCall’s men’s convertible collar shirt pattern, 4723 (below). I love the boxy cut of 1950′s shirt patterns, a silhouette [...]
Wool Plaid Wrap Mini Skirt
I ordered the fabric for this skirt back in August. It’s a textured woven plaid that Mood Fabrics titled “Park Avenue Wool-Blend” and is now sadly sold out (hence the reason I selected it in August when there were only a few yards left.) It sat around for several months until I discovered a pattern I had, Vogue 9209, that used this exact fabric for their envelope example drawing, and I suddenly knew what it would become. I cut a size 14 for the waist tapering out to between a 12 and 14 for the hips. Probably I could have [...]
A Faux-Fur Leopard Print Coat!
I’d been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It’s the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com. J.McLaughlin Pella Faux Fur Leopard Coat I’d seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I’d previously used in plaid wool.I used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could’ve gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that [...]