Mood Sewing Network Bloggers




Welcome to the Mood Sewing Network, a collective of fashion sewing bloggers from across the U.S. The people we've chosen for the Mood Sewing Network represent a cross-section of home sewers: some still consider themselves beginners, while others are at the more experienced end of the sewing spectrum. No matter where they fall, we admire their enthusiasm for sewing and their love of fabric. Follow their adventures here in sewing and creating with Mood fabrics and use them for inspiration with your own sewing projects.

Posts from the Mood Sewing Network




Each month Mood Fabrics provides the Mood Sewing Network bloggers with an allowance for fabric that they can spend online at MoodFabrics.com or in our NYC or LA stores. The bloggers, in turn, sew a garment with Mood fabrics each month and then blog about it on their own blogs and here. To be considered as a future Mood Sewing Network blogger, you should first be a blogger with at least 12 months of steady blogging activity and a demonstrated ability to take good photos and write clear copy. And sewing clothing is your passion. If this description fits you, then send an email to info2@moodfabrics.com with a link to your sewing blog and "MSN blogger" in the subject line.

Comfortable Summer Color-Blocking

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s officially summer down here in Texas — temperatures blazing above 90 degrees and heavy thunderstorms brewing across the state. Even better, school is out for a few months! Since most of my break will be spent putting the finishing touches on my dissertation, I opted for comfort with this month’s Mood Sewing Network piece. A comfortable, classic knit dress sounded heavenly! Luckily, Mood Fabrics has the most divine selection of cotton jerseys. Seeing as this dress was going to be a simple silhouette, I opted to mix things up with my fabric choice. Instead of going [...]

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B(l)ack to Basics

Hey everyone! I have had nothing but wardrobe basics on the brain for the past month. After all, one can make only so many fun dresses before you’re left standing in front of your closet on a random Tuesday morning, naked, with nothing to wear! (No? Only me?) So this month, I bring you the ever-so-humble jeans and a t-shirt combo – in all black. Because black is always the new black. This is my fourth pair of handmade jeans, and I swear they just keep getting better! For this pair I used a black, medium weight denim with a bit of [...]

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Hotter Than July In Marigold Tribal Print Twill and Mustard Striped Washed Silk

Summer has finally arrived in Chicago.  Well, at least it feels like summer.  Last weekend temperatures were in the 90′s with a lot of humidity.  HOT! This Mood Fabric project was the perfect kick off for my summer wardrobe. At first sight, I fell in love with this Marigold Tribal-Print Twill by Oscar de La Renta.  This funky tribal medium weight twill has a stiff drape and is great for pencil skirts and shorts.  I decided to pair this with a sassy little Burda skirt featured in the Burda magazine February 2011 issue.  I only glanced at the construction details.  [...]

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First Summer Dress – Oscar de la Renta border print

In my book, the best season of all starts today – H a p p y   S u m m e r   E v e r y o n e  ! It’s time for warm weather, fresh produce, beach vacations and carefree clothing I’m celebrating with a new dress sewn in Oscar de la Renta’s Turquoise Border Print Cotton Twill from Mood Fabrics. I ordered the fabric last summer which is no longer available, but do check out Moods’ fabulous border prints HERE. This dress marks my second attempt at sewing a Vintage pattern. Inspired by one of [...]

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Ikat Blazer!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! This month, my project is a fun one! Now, I don’t wear much black, I never wear white, and I DO NOT wear black and white together. I just don’t! But for some reason, this print just called my name and I went with it! This is a Theory poly-cotton blend, soft and with lots of drape, that I found at Mood Fabrics NYC. (I don’t really follow designers, so I’m not searching for any specific designer’s fabric at Mood, but I seem to always find and love Theory fabrics! Whoever picks out their [...]

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Men’s Shawl-Collar Cotton Cardigan

I love cardigan sweaters! I found this gorgeous Italian cotton sweater knit at Mood Fabrics on a recent trip there and I couldn’t leave it behind.  It’s thick and luxurious-feeling and the colors remind me of the Mediterranean Sea.  (You can find a wide range of sweater knits available at Mood Fabrics here.) I decided to make a cotton cardigan out of it, using a vintage pattern in my stash, McCall’s 5267, from 1976.  It’s such a classic style, and I love the shawl collar, raglan sleeves, and jacket length. This sweater wasn’t difficult to make, though I confess to [...]

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A Lightweight Trench for Spring

I know what you’re thinking. I already have a trench coat – one made with some amaaaazing lace), to be exact – do I really need a second one? If it involves polka dots – well, duh, the answer is always yes! In all seriousness, though, this trench absolutely fills a gap in my spring wardrobe. I realized recently that I need something lightweight for this temperamental weather – something to get me through the cool mornings, something that wasn’t too bulky to carry around when it inevitably warmed up outside in the afternoon, and bonus if it protected my [...]

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Black and White Italian Cotton Woven Pants

Yes, it is another pair of pants, I just can’t help myself. I love this Burda pattern, well this time is is a combination of Burda 7447 and Burda 6981 (using the cut of the legs only).  Truthfully it isn’t really the pattern, it is the great fabric at Mood Fabrics, I can find something wonderful all the time.  Take this Italian Cotton Woven     Something about black and white, just draws me in, so classic in nature.   After wearing each Burda pattern, I decided I really like the fit and cut of Burda 7447 and the leg [...]

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Pink and Fuchsia Jersey Top

I’ve been rather shell shocked since completing the 30 Day Dress, and knew the only way back to the sewing machine was through instant gratification. This pink and fuchsia cotton jersey from Mood Fabrics was one of those fabrics I ordered just because…….  and it turned out to be my saving grace. Buy a fabric you love and the pattern will appear I couldn’t think beyond the word  e a s y  and selected Simplicity 1613, View D – a great remedy for the jaded sewer! View D requires crosswise stretch only so most any knit will work, but this cotton feels quite wonderful against [...]

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