Houndstooth Sweater-Knit Jersey Dress

I thought I owned one of everything in black and white houndstooth, and then I saw this sweater-knit/jersey on the Mood Fabrics website. I realized I owned nothing in a houndstooth jersey, and remedied the void by placing a quick order on the Mood website (see lots of great sweater knits from Mood HERE). Continuing my January theme of simple sewing, I selected Butterick’s See & Sew 5873 one more time and made the dress in a day. While my first dress was a warm weather dress, sewn from Mood’s beach/camo jersey, this beefy knit should carry me through South […]

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Designer Menswear Fabric for a Little Girl’s Dress

   The menswear suitings call to me from the the pages of the Mood Designer Fabrics website.  All the houndstooth, herringbone and plaid patterns make me giddy even though I have no plans to make a men’s suit anytime soon. Gray Herringbone Suiting, Plum plaid Suiting, Beige Plaid Suiting, and a Khaki Houndstooth all made it to the final cut and I knew a little girl’s dress was the project to make. I settled on this Ralph Lauren wool houndstooth suiting sight unseen (which had me a little worried since I’m such a tactile fabric purchaser) along with a few […]

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Double-Faced Wool Crepe & Houndstooth Dress

My usual journey when starting a new garment is the fabric.  I roam the aisle of Mood Fabrics’ NYC store touching fabrics and waiting for the perfect piece to jump out at me, demanding to be brought home and sewn up. This time though, it was the pattern that spoke to me first.  It was Vogue 1370 ~ a sheath dress with fabric inserts and literally I saw the dress in black and white. With that idea in mind, I headed off to Mood to purchase fabric.  I don’t know about you, but me, I love a great wool crepe […]

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Wool Houndstooth and Leather Skirt

It’s houndstooth time! This time each year I get the craving for a houndstooth something. I’ve bought it all throughout the years, but never tire of the crisp design. This year I decided to add a twist to my houndstooth garment. I began with a wool houndstooth I bought during my first visit to Mood Fabrics in 2011, which I planned to sew using Vogue’s 8750 skirt pattern…. and ultimately decided to have some fun with both the fabric and the pattern! My mother recently gave me a $1 thrift store leather skirt, and I thought the houndstooth pattern would […]

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Men’s Knit Sweaters for Fall, or Hooray for Houndstooth!

Since I started sewing, I have been curious about sweater knits and how to use them.  Can you really sew a credible men’s sweater?  This month I found out the answer is YES! At Mood Fabrics in NYC, there’s an entire aisle devoted to sweater knits—so many gorgeous choices.  On my most recent visit, I spotted (and quickly fell in love with) a bolt of gray and maroon Italian wool knit houndstooth.  I purchased a yard and a half, figuring I could make a men’s sweater out of it.  Little did I realize there would be enough to make three […]

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