Embroidered Cotton Shirting Tunic

I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the ‘one step at a time‘ approach to life. In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new. While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings, and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would […]

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Navy + White Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Off-the-shoulder blouses are currently everywhere: in stores, magazines, and pattern catalogues. I don’t always make the newest trend right away, probably because I like to see what other people make first or which patterns seem to work the best. This time, though, I happened upon the perfect fabric. This navy and white embroidered gingham is from Moodfabrics.com. This fabric is the loveliest of weights for a blouse, and has a slight amount of stretch to it not included in the description. There’s only a little bit left as of this post. I highly recommend you snap some up! I chose […]

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Plaid Flannel Archer Shirts

      For  me a winter wardrobe staple is a plaid flannel shirt and I was in need of a new one.  I went with Mood Fabrics’ Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid Cotton Flannel and it is such a nice weight for these twenty degree days.  My go-to shirt pattern is the Grainline Archer Shirt, which I have made many times including two on another Mood Sewing Network post.   One thing I really like about using plaid is the fun you can have with the bias.  On my plaid flannels I use the yoke, front button band, cuffs and pockets are […]

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Decisions, Decisions…

“What are you making?” asked the dignified Mood Fabrics sales associate. “Pajamas.” I replied. “Shame on you,”  he responded with a wink. The soft shirting fabric with subtle stripes seemed to be a perfect choice for a pair of men’s style pajamas, but what did I know. I meditated on the comment for nearly two years before cutting the fabric and combining two patterns from my stash: Butterick’s 5526 shirt pattern, view C , and Simplicity 7092 for the pajama pants. My friend who offers professional embroidery services made a beautiful  4 1/2″ monogram for the pocket. Nearing the end […]

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A Collared Tunic in Crisp White Cotton

I’m taking a break from making silk blouses to add some cotton to my wardrobe. It’s much easier to wear here in the summer and doesn’t stick to sweaty skin as easily. I used Vogue 1440, a separates pattern by Donna Karan. Now this is a great pattern! You get three designer pieces that are very wearable for the price of one. The blouse was what called my name first, but I do plan to make both the jacket and the pants at some point. What I loved about this design was the armhole bands and interesting back yoke feature. […]

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Men’s Pleated Shirt and Thai Fisherman Pants

The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself. I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette.  What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and […]

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Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard

What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common? Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love! After last month’s houndstooth success, I knew I wanted to try my hand once again with sweater knits.  I love this soft gray rib knit I found at Mood Fabrics NYC, which I was able to use for both the body of my sweater as well as the neck, arm, and waistbands. Editor’s note: We hope to have this exact gray rib knit available online very soon, but in the […]

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Better-Late-Than-Never Baby Dresses!

Friends, I’m gonna let you in on one of my ugliest, dirtiest secrets. I hate sewing things for babies. I can feel the searing rays of your judgment! But let me explain– baby clothes are fiddly to make, fit for about 10 minutes, and never stay clean for very long. It’s a lot of work for very little payoff!  Plus, many babies are showered with so many tiny outfits when they could probably use a big box of Pampers much more than another cardigan! But, when dearly-beloved friends have babies, even the grumpiest baby grinch is occasionally tempted to dabble […]

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1920’s Ladies Pajamas and Kimono

I am continuously inspired by the gorgeous shirting-weight cottons (prints and solids) available at Mood Fabrics.  Last month I used one for a men’s shirt.  This month I decided to try something different.  I was delighted to find, at the Chelsea Flea Market earlier this summer, an original 1920’s ladies pajamas pattern, Butterick 4639. I so loved the coffee brown cotton I used for my shirt in August that I decided to use what remained of it, along with a mauve cotton of a similar quality, to make the vintage pajamas.  The muted colors suit the period, I think. Editor’s note: […]

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