Floral Linen Pants for Summer!
Call me old-fashioned, but I still consider Memorial Day the official start of linen season. And this year I begin the season with a special pair of linen pants, made from a pattern I drafted myself! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I recently found a bold linen floral print with a “closeout” tag. This fabric had a heavy drape and a relatvely coarse hand. What could I make with it? Given the weight and the drape, it seemed ideal for a pair of pants. I pre-washed and dried my linen–my normal routine before sewing–and it laundered beautifully. (Linen prints make [...]
Gold Stripes and Ivory Creme – Vogue 8747 and McCall 5818
I’m so happy to final post about this shirt that I made with Mood’s beautiful Italian Amber Striped Cotton-Rayon Shirting. This is one gorgeous textile. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Mood blogger. This is a definite must have fabric; you should get it! The title color is “amber”, but I call it gold. The online photo does not show the richness of the colors nor does it show the luster. The sheen is not gaudy like some ultra shiny satin fabrics. It’s luminous with gives an air of sophistication. The striped pattern [...]
Italian Jersey Floral Maxi (Maternity) Dress
Hello, Mood Fabrics! It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged for the Mood Sewing Network, thanks to some big events in my life. We’ve been dealing with job changes, a potential international move, and–oh yeah–a wee little person due in September. Not only have all the changes (and the pregnancy symptoms!) kept me away from my sewing machine, but sewing for a rapidly growing bump has proved daunting. For the first few months, maternity clothes were way too big, but all of my woven dresses quickly became uncomfortable. Since February, I’ve been living in knit dresses, like the Colette [...]
Dude Pants For My Favorite Dude
I think it’s pretty safe to say there are two types of people when it comes to making things for anyone other than themselves – selfish and selfless. I generally fall in the selfish camp, but every now and then I get rush of selflessness that makes me decide to dedicate my next project to someone else. Today’s Mood Sewing Network post is exactly about that project, with the lucky recipient being one of my favorite dudes – my baby brother! Matt has always been a big supporter of my sewing, and has been asking me to make him something [...]
Wide-Leg Seersucker Pants
I didn’t know I wanted a pair of wide-leg beach pants until the Blue and White Bengal Cotton Seersucker arrived from Mood Fabrics. Seriously, I was planning a dress with a ruffle collar, but a new vision appeared once I opened the package. This is no pinstripe seersucker, but a lovely light and airy fabric featuring 1/4″ stripes. It is slightly puckered with a wonderful drape and is suitable for several garments. As one who almost always prefers a slim silhouette, I was ready for something different and pulled an old Vogue pattern from my stash. (The pattern is out of [...]
White Cotton Lawn Shirt, Early-Sixties Style!
There’s something about white shirts I adore: they’re clean, crisp, and high-contrast. I’d picked up up some lovely white cotton lawn at Mood Fabrics in NYC (available online here) and knew it would be perfect for a summer shirt. Lawn is a lightweight cotton weave with a crisper hand than, say, voile. It’s semi-transparent, and the weave is often easily visible. You probably know by now that I’m a big fan of vintage styles and own a collection of vintage sewing patterns which I often use for my projects. I made this shirt using Simplicity 4971, a men’s shirt and [...]
A Casual Denim Summer Shirtdress
Hello Mood Sewing Network! Long time, no see! I took a couple months away from sewing and blogging this spring in order to take care of a few “life” things, and, if I’m being completely honest, to recharge my sewing batteries. But now… I’m baaaaack! And apparently I need to brush up on my blog photo skills, because I left my camera bag in all these photos! Whoops! Many moons ago, I pinned a photo of a woman wearing an oversized denim shirtdress that I found on the internet to my inspiration folder on my desktop. The woman looked so chic. Perfectly [...]
Stretch Cotton Terry Dress for Graduation
This coming weekend is a busy one for our family, it is a nurse pinning, three graduations and Mother’s Day. Well, celebrations of this nature calls for a new dress for Mom. I loved this Mood Fabrics’ Taupe/Mocha/Black/Red Cotton Stretch Terry and thought it would work great for a dress. I want to note that even though the fabric says terry in the description, it is a lightweight knit and I don’t feel it has that terry “feel”. The knit will be perfect for s graduation and not look wrinkled after all that sitting. I went with [...]
Going Nude for Spring!
From the first moment I laid eyes on Vogue 1531 by designer Lialia, I knew I had to make this! The front with the dramatic cowl neck is beautiful. But the open-back design sealed the deal! This pattern just called out to me. There is something sexy, yet sophisticated and polished about this look. I feel what keeps it in this zone is the choice of fabric. So I immediately started searching for an amazing fabric choice. I couldn’t find anything quite right. It’s like when you have an idea of what you want, but not a definitive definition. But [...]