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.

An A-Line Skirt in an Oscar de la Renta Woven

I know for a fact that my first finished garment of 2016 is going to become a very well-loved skirt, but making it was a lesson in how I should always get used to a new-to-me fabric by practicing techniques on scraps before venturing into the real deal. A lesson that, of course, I didn’t learn until I was half way through making this skirt. The new-to-me fabric is an Oscar de la Renta gray and teal cotton-rayon woven that came from Mood Fabrics. This teal color way is no longer available online, but the black-and-white color way still is. It’s [...]

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Plush Warm Faux Fur and Burda Style Magazine Coat

It is no surprise that it is too cold to breathe outside.  This year is no different from any other year.  We can count on single digits with sub-zero windchill temperatures in January. I am so happy that I finally made my Chocolate/Black Faux Fur coat.  It’s super warm and cozy, perfect for the breathtaking arctic winds that have found their way back our fair town.  This soft faux fur has been sitting waiting for me for over a year.  I must admit, I was a little apprehensive about making my coat.  Because I wanted it to be just right. [...]

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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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An Orphan No Longer

One of the satisfying things about sewing is being able to fill holes in your wardrobe. I’ve had this RTW top for ages without wearing it much because I didn’t have anything in my closet which really paired nicely. After searching in vain for some brown leggings or fitted pants I finally gave up and decided to make my own. I swatched this chocolate cotton double knit from Mood fabrics and loved the ridges and texture. I used Vogue 8859, a Marci Tilton design. This was the first time I’ve used one of her patterns; most of them aren’t really [...]

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Men’s Liberty of London Cotton Poplin Shirt

When it comes to menswear, shirts are my favorite garment to make. I relish the challenges involved, like precise topstitching, special finishes like flat-felled seams, and the creation of a perfectly balanced collar. I also enjoy the creative challenge of finding coordinating fabrics to add special touches like a contrasting inner collar stand, cuff, or under collar.  These details can be hard to find in ready-to-wear shirts, but make what might otherwise be an ordinary shirt into something special. I love working with the Liberty of London and Liberty-inspired cottons available at Mood Fabrics. Last summer I found a beautiful [...]

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A Perfect Plaid Statement Coat!

Don’t you love when you find a hidden gem in a pattern? I do!  And this is what Vogue 9123 is, a hidden gem.  I completely overlooked this pattern since it was released.  And lo and behold, the perfect lightweight coat pattern! We tend to have a lot of mild winter temps, and this coat is perfect for that type of breezy winter weather.  My perfect fabric is this Rose/Gray/Off-White Flannelled Wool Coating.  It’s very lightweight and feels almost like a wool suiting. I cut the size 14 straight from the envelope.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments.  I [...]

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Peplum Faille Jacket – Burda 7495

I debated posting this peplum faille jacket because I didn’t get a smooth sleeve cap. But after looking through the many projects that I didn’t post or review this year (2015), I decided that this jacket was note worthy. Not every project is perfect, and it’s always good to share challenges with garment construction. Black polyester faille was ideal for my Burda 7495 peplum jacket. Unfortunately, it is sold out/no longer carried at Mood. But there are several other faille fabrics currently available.  I have my eye on the black and white poke-a-dot on the first page. Faille fabrics are [...]

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Nautical Blue Stretch Rayon Ponte Knit is Perfect in Winter – Vogue 8780

You might think why buy ponte knit from a online fabric store like Mood.  All fabric stores sell it.  Well, I can give you one good reason why Mood is the perfect source to purchase your ponte:  outstanding quality.  This stretch rayon ponte knit is absolutely beautiful.  It has a smooth, soft hand; easy to sew; and the color is vibrant and rich.  It’s the perfect textile to make comfortable, but stylish dresses, pants, tops and jackets. This is one of my last two Mood projects of 2015.  I had hoped to publish these pieces sooner, but the Chicago weather [...]

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Men’s Plaid Shirt

Hi there Mood Sewing Network! I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year, and a restful holiday if you celebrate!  I’m visiting family at the moment, but wanted to stop in to share this bit of selfless sewing I did for my husband, Nick, this year.  I always drag my feet when it comes to sewing for other people, but Nick was definitely due for some new shirts, and a handmade one makes a wonderful gift. For this shirt I was looking for a fabric that was a little bit different than what Nick already has in [...]

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