Welcome New Mood Sewing Network Bloggers!
We are pleased to welcome two new bloggers to the Mood Sewing Network. Joining us this month is Lauren, of the sewing blog Lladybird. Lauren hails from Nashville, and the clothes she sews have a fun and flirty style that caught our eye long ago. We’re really excited to see what she whips up with our fabric. Lauren replaces Mood Sewing Network blogger Marina, who is leaving us to focus on her business of sewing couture garments for clients. Joining us next month is Lori, of the sewing blog Girls in the Garden. Lori lives in Missouri, and she […]
Oscar de la Renta Wool Cape
With an unexpected two days off from work from Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy back in November, I got to business in my sewing room. I decided to sew three ‘quick’ unplanned projects that could be finished within three weeks. First, I finished up my Tracy Reese Dress (Part I of the Sandy Collection), sewed up my second Purple Friday dress (Part II of the Sandy Collection) and then moved on to this Vogue 8776 cape (the closing piece in the Sandy Collection runway show). I first spotted this cape on Erica B. in 2011 and it was lust at […]
Inspiration Strikes: Jackets!
Hello, everyone! Did you make any sewing plans for the new year? I’m really excited about making heaps of garments this year, but I think I’m most looking forward to sewing my first jacket! But what kind of jacket should I make?? I love the idea of a classic wool jacket (have you SEEN Erica’s gorgeous pea coat?), but in my quest to add more color to my winter wardrobe, I’m trying to avoid navy and black. So what about starting with a classic pea coat silhouette… …and pumping it up with some bright color?! Whoa! This is a whole […]
I started the New Year generous in spirit by making a dress for my daughter. It’s been over 15 years since I have heard “Will you make me a dress, Mom? ” and she wasn’t referring to a Children’s Corner or Martha Pullen pattern anymore. Mimi wanted a formal dress. Not only did I make a dress for Mimi, but I made a dress for Mimi with my Mood Fabrics allowance. Bought at Mood NYC: champagne gold sequin fabric and matching china silk for lining. Due to the holiday season we did not decide on the exact pattern until the […]
Ponte Knit and Stud Trim Dress
Every time I visit the Mood NYC, I stroll by the ponte aisle and lately I haven’t been disappointed. I always find something new and unusual there. When I found this fabric, which I’m calling a laminated ponte, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a dress with it using Butterick 5821. Now the pattern envelope isn’t that inviting but the line drawings highlight a dress with so much potential. I knew the laminated ponte and a stud trim that I picked up from Mood’s trim department would yield an amazing dress. As usual there were quite a few […]
A Wintry Knit Bloom
On the day after Christmas, in the land of Ruggy’s birth, it snowed. And snowed, and snowed. So naturally I jumped into my second version of By Hand London’s Elisalex Dress and ran outside to play. It seemed the perfect backdrop for Betsey Johnson’s technicolor print. As usual I was in the jersey aisle at Mood, and I fell in love and snagged a yard of this beauty. The weight is perfection, the colors are edible. My intention was to make more leggings. However, when I pulled out my ginghers, the bright happy flowers screamed OONA! Are you really going […]
Racy Lacy Rosy Ladyshorts
Oh! What’s that I spy? A new pair of lacy undies? Let’s take a closer look… Why, it does appear to be an exquisite pair of Clothhabit’s Rosy Ladyshorts (free online pattern) made from a black and pink stretch floral lace designed by Anna Sui with black lace trim, both from Mood. This pair of ladyshorts marks my first foray into lingerie making. And, I’ll admit, it wasn’t without its bumps and scrapes. Making underroos is harder than it looks! On the hanger these ladyshorts looks so discrete… Until a bit of light shines through them. These ladyshorts are racy! Va […]
The Pea Coat!
Every year since this pattern was released back in 2005, I’ve planned to make this jacket. I’ve bought fabric every single year and the fabric seems to get designated for another project each year. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember why I’d never gotten around to making this. But this year, I was determined to make my pea coat that I’ve wanted for so long. This is out-of-print Vogue 2873, a design by Michael Kors from his Fall 2004 collection. What I love most about this design is that pea coats are so traditional and timeless and this […]
Floral Mesh Statement Skirt
I have made another statement skirt using my TNT straight skirt pattern, McCall’s 3830. The fabric is a polyester ribbon mesh from Mood. The name they used to describe the color is Weimaraner, a very appropriate name for this slightly brownish gray (which you can see in some of the closeups. The sun was setting when we took these pictures, casting a warm glow on everything.) I really love the textural interest of the mesh ribbon roses and that the fabric is thin enough not to add a lot of bulk. After trying all sorts of colors for my underlining, […]