Colorful Spring Separates!
Last month, I spent a long weekend in NYC. Since I’m a practical person with adult priorities, this meant that I spent 2 days shopping in the Garment District, with most of my time being focused on the Mood Fabrics flagship store. Don’t even judge me. Wait until I show you what I got my hands on, first. Do you see that navy and white striped fabric??? Ok, go ahead and judge. I’ll wait. As much as I love ordering from the Mood Fabrics website from the comfort of my own home (and in the comfort of my underwear, because, [...]
Electric Blue Neoprene Blazer!
Hi, guys! Hope everyone is well! Let’s talk for a minute about fabric fads. Sometimes a fabric seems to get popular overnight and show up everywhere all at once! Neoprene is one of those fabrics. It’s suddenly everywhere! I’ve been curious about it for a while, but I’ve mostly seen it used for bodycon dresses or skirts and that’s just not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bright blue Alexander Wang neoprene at Mood NYC, I had one thought: BLAZER! (Check out Mood’s selection of neoprene here!) Now, neoprene is an unusual choice for a blazer, but [...]
Polka Dot Voile!
Greetings from the nation’s number one wedding destination spot, Charleston, SC! Hubs and I are in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, just across the bridge from Charleston. We’re staying in an inn above one of our favorite restaurants and attending a wedding in a historic home on the Ashley River. So is there anything better to wear while strolling amidst the gentle breezes and tree lined streets of this charming city than a white cotton voile tunic? The tunic was a work in progress beginning with my own pattern and this delightful polka dot cotton voile from Mood Fabrics. After [...]
Men’s Cotton Chambray Western Shirt
This month, I decided to go for an understated urban cowboy look. At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I found not one, but two beautiful Japanese chambrays in denim-y tones. (To see Mood’s online selection of cotton chambray, click here.) I used to get denim and chambray confused. Both use colored yarn in the warp and white yarn in the weft, but chambray is a plain weave and denim is a twill. I decided to make a Western-style shirt and to combine the two chambray fabrics, using the darker of the two for the front and back yokes (cut [...]
Confetti Tweed Jacket
I have been eyeing this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ Confetti Cotton-Blend Tweed for about three months and in March I just knew I really needed it for spring. My accumulation of fabric is going better than my making of garments lately but that is okay, I need some for a rainy day, right? After this fabric arrived at my doorstep, I had time to touch, feel and admire it. With such admiration, I needed to find a pattern. I used to always have the patterns first and then had trouble finding the right fabric. It is much easier to find the [...]
Navy Reptile Print Brocade
Spring has sprung in Chi-town! I’m so glad the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. I cannot believe an entire month has past since I last blogged. I’m happy to be back. For spring, you would think that I would sew brighter colors to welcome the new season. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful navy reptile print brocade. This fabric is lightweight and falls gracefully around the body. It is perfect for the dress I planned to make for my daughter. I purchased the fabric last fall; it’s no longer available but Mood has a nice [...]
DVF Lace, Part II
As promised, I’m back with the remainder of the DVF Cotton Lace project. Some people are born to sew couture. It relaxes them they say…… I get that, but before undertaking a couture garment, I always take a deep breath and try to prepare myself for the time commitment couture sewing requires. To date, I have underestimated the time commitment of every project. But now it’s time to celebrate! As mentioned in my last Mood Sewing Network post, I ordered the lilac DVF cotton lace from Mood Fabrics last Spring, envisioning a two-piece dress for my daughter’s Bridesmaids’ luncheon. The dress missed [...]
Printed Silk Maxi Skirt and Bamboo Jersey Bodysuit
Spring finally seems to have arrived here in London, which is a good job as I jumped the gun a little hoping for the warmer weather with my most recent handmade ensemble for the Mood Sewing Network! This gorgeous abstract printed silk georgette jumped out at me from the computer screen back at the end of last year and I couldn’t resist using that month’s allowance to snap up a few yards despite my plans for it being a garment more suited to the warmer months! It’s exactly the kind of organic and non-descript print that I like; to me [...]