Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan. That would be me! Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing O D L R inspired dresses. Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards. Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension […]

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Navy Reptile Print Brocade

Spring has sprung in Chi-town! I’m so glad the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. I cannot believe an entire month has past since I last blogged. I’m happy to be back. For spring, you would think that I would sew brighter colors to welcome the new season. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful navy reptile print brocade. This fabric is lightweight and falls gracefully around the body. It is perfect for the dress I planned to make for my daughter. I purchased the fabric last fall; it’s no longer available but Mood has a nice […]

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Holiday Brocade

          Long, long ago back in… July, this beautiful brocade caught my eye.  The rich jewel tones sparkled against my brown complexion.  I saw the perfect holiday dress.  I bet you’re thinking, holiday dress in July?  Yeap.  I wanted it to be ready when for the first big holiday event rolled around. Typically, I make myself a birthday dress.  And that dress is usually white or off-white.  My birthday falls on the week of our annual Women’s conference.  This year I wanted to change it up a bit.  No white dress for me.  This jewel toned […]

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Bereft From Brocade

Hands down one of the best things about temperatures dropping: brocade. A few short years ago I would have laughed like hell if you told me I’d say that. Now Fall hits and just about all I can think of is brocade. I walked into Mood Fabrics for something, I really don’t remember what, but I do clearly recall I had a list, a gameplan, and all carefully laid out thoughts left my head at a full tilt boogie when I saw this Zac Posen Floral Silk Brocade. SILK Brocade. Gaaaaaaaaaah. I can haz SILK Brocade?! I squeezed the pathetic list […]

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The Making of a Gold Zebra Ottoman

Yes, you read that right – a gold zebra ottoman! This month I have an extra MSN project to share – a home dec project in celebration of Mood Fabric’s new space dedicated to home dec fabrics.  If you live in or near the NYC area, hopefully you’ve already had a chance to pop in and see it in its full glory.  Sadly, since I live 3000 miles away, I’ve only been to Mood’s online home dec shop.  The online store is pretty impressive on its own though with thousands of fabrics to choose from. When Mood approached me about doing a home dec project, my […]

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Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade

  Santa Baby, Leave a sable underneath the tree for me…… 🙂 While waiting for Santa, I sewed one more holiday dress, this one for a January wedding. I have never seen a Carolina Herrera I didn’t love which includes this cobalt blue paisley silk-blend brocade from Mood Fabrics. Yum……. I was sold on the color alone until the fabric arrived. The quality of this brocade is unlike any I have seen or touched. It’s that good, and once again I was scared to cut my fabric. What would Carolina do? Santa baby……. give me an answer! I made a […]

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Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so […]

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Holiday—Or Anytime—Brocade Pants

  Festive Attire Holiday Casual Tacky Christmas Sweater Creative Black Tie I’m only clued in to one of the upcoming holiday invitation dress codes, but surely my new brocade pants will suffice for one of these categories! When I walked into Mood Fabrics NYC last month, my eye went directly to the enormous wall of brocade and quickly spotted a lovely red and cream DVF brocade. Being a lover of brocade slacks I immediately bought two yards and just completed my new holiday pants. Editor’s note: MoodFabrics.com has tons of brocade fabrics. Christmas in the Bahamas anyone?! Just kidding about […]

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4-Ply Silk and Cotton Brocade Paneled Top

Note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mood Sewciety blog, but I wanted to share it here as well. The genesis for my latest Mood Fabrics top was an article I saw on Style.com in July about how this shade of caramel was so hot. I immediately ran upstairs to the silk department at Mood NYC, searching through bolt after bolt until I found this lovely 4-ply silk in the perfect shade. (Have you ever worn or sewn 4-ply silk? It’s a winner on both fronts, and so addictive you’ll be drooling for an entire wardrobe of 4-ply tops […]

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