A Bright Winter Ensemble
Yeah, I know. I kind of went Sgt Pepper’s on these photos. January will do that to me. Lack of light, lack of warmth, lack of photographer. The trifecta. But let’s play Where’s Waldo and find my garment in this riotous, ham handed, amateur photoshopped collage! Can you find the rectangle of sweater knit above? That’s my “self drafted” H&M knockoff, made with some famous designer novelty knit (similar here). I succumbed to Black Friday and bought a couple of drapey sweaters at The Beast, and upon further perusal, found they were really two large rectangles with two small rectangles [...]
White Lace Pencil Skirt
I have wanted a white lace skirt for several years now. They were all over fashion blogger’s websites awhile back and I kept pinning them to my “sewing inspiration” Pintrest board. After swatching several white laces I finally settled on this beautiful white re-embroidered lace from Mood Fabrics. It had the textural qualities I was looking for as well as the large scalloped edges. For the underlining and lining I used a soft taupe silk crepe de chine, also from Mood. The pattern is my TNT straight skirt pattern, McCall’s 3830, which I have made numerous times. In order to [...]
A Faux Fur Top
Hi gang! I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season so far! For me, this time of year always means a lot of travel to spend time with my family. So I have a fairly simple make to share with you today, but the fun fabric from Mood definitely takes it up a notch. Earlier this year I ordered a few yards of this Estate Blue and Black Faux Fur from Mood Fabrics online with absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’ve never worked with faux fur before, and if I’m being perfectly honest I’ve always had [...]
Men’s Cotton Twill Toggle Jacket
Seems to be coat season over here on the Mood Sewing Network! And for good reason – have you ever made a coat before? IT’S SO MUCH FUN. For my one unselfish moment of 2014 (everybody gets one), I decided to channel that energy into a new piece of outerwear for my boyfriend, Landon. Like I said, I love making coats, and I was already up and ready to make another (what? I told you they are fun!) – so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a coat for Landon. Ain’t I so sweet? Let’s [...]
A Quilted Party Dress!
This is the dress that Ruggy made. No really, though he didn’t stitch an inch of it, it wouldn’t have happened without him. (And by the way, he has sewn, I’m talking wooly welt pockets and silk skirts, but that’s a subject for another time.) When I came home with this riot of peach and black batting-filled quilted poly organza, I laid it out on the floor and laughed and laughed. RUGGY! I guffawed. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WINTER PROM DRESS EVER! I took his bemused silence as total acceptance. However, as things progressed, he found [...]
Men’s Wool Plaid Shacket!
OK, I know what you’re thinking: WHAT, in heaven’s name, is a “shacket”??? Readers, it’s simply slang for shirt jacket. Kind of cute, don’t you think? Last year at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I purchased three yards of a beautiful wool plaid flannel, originally intended as lining for a tweed coat but which I decided was too special to be hidden away. This month I decided to use it to make a shacket. (Mood has a wide selection of wool plaids in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) I used a regular men’s shirt pattern, but I added [...]
Vintage Christian Dior Mohair Coat!
Every year I make a coat. It’s something that I look forward to and I’m always excited when I plan my project. For the longest time, I’ve had this gorgeous vintage Vogue Paris Original (#1023) – 1970s Christian Dior coat in my collection. But I had never been able to find the perfect fabric. I wanted something “fuzzy”, just like the pattern envelope. And I found fabric that was absolute perfection. This heathered gray fuzzy mohair-blend from Mood Fabrics just epitomized everything I was looking for. And as a plus, it was gray. I am completing all the neutral outerwear [...]
Fuchsia Bouclé Coat!
Hi, guys! I hope that you’re all well and enjoying the holiday season! I’m really excited to share this garment with you today. I worked on it for a really long time, so I’m very happy to be wearing it finally! I knew that I wanted to try a coat in this silhouette when I first saw one about a year ago. The cocoon-y shape paired with dropped shoulders makes for a really interesting and fun look. I’d planned to make one last spring, but couldn’t quite get things together, so I was determined to make one this fall. Well, [...]
Draped Tee in Silk-Cotton Jersey
This month I wanted a quick make, something that would leave me with plenty of time for holiday cheer… and chasing Baby Girl all around the house! She’s now crawling, pulling up, and cruising around! In fact, she’s so busy these days that I only have time to sew and blog while she’s sleeping. I’ve had to resort to taking indoor shots here because I was only able to sneak in camera time during one of her noontime naps. The best windows in the house are in the living room and dining room, two rooms which are currently covered in Christmas [...]