Linen Stripe Jacket

  Linen and warmer temperatures just go together, right?  When I spotted this Rag and Bone Linen on Mood Fabrics site, I knew I had to have it.  The fabric is sold by the panel and I ordered 2 panels which was just enough to squeeze out this jacket.     Now what to make with this fabulous linen?  I found some ideas on Pinterest, mainly unstructured tops with some fun play on the stripes.  That seemed like a good idea to start but I wasn’t quite sure.  Next step was to look through my patterns and I found  Vogue […]

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Layered Ivory Hacci Knit Top

I was curious when I first read about hacci knits, so when I happened across some in the online Mood Fabrics Designer Fabrics store I decided to take the plunge and see what the fuss was about. If you haven’t heard of this type of knit, the following is how they are described on the Mood site:- “In a variety of rich and opulent colorations, Mood presenting a riveting collection of 1×1 ribbed hacci baby knit fabrics. For those who are not familiar with hacci knits, they are a newer type of small denier knit that utilises a weft knitting technique which […]

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Chunky Sweater Cardigan

I hate knitting. I admire those of you with the patience to do it, but, as Ruggy often reminds me, I have zero patience. INDEED, SIR! When I picked up the bamboo needles years ago, most of my projects were made for Ruggy! I might not sew for my man, but oh, the knitted man-wear of years past…the hats! The scarves! One, done quite questionably up in white cashmere, as requested! (Don’t ask.) And the icing on the cake, a turtleneck sweater, sized to fit the state of Texas! SO MUCH PATIENCE!! SO LITTLE PAYOFF!!! Well, unlike those long lost, […]

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Mood’s Neoprene is Still Supreme

I simply love Mood’s neoprene fabrics.  It is vibrant, soft, and beautiful.  You can easily sew up a dress, top or even pants.  For this project I chose this leafy stained glass window digitally printed stretch neoprene and used nautical blue stretch rayon ponte knit for the contrasting yoke. Both fabrics are super easy to work with. Mood has an assortment of prints and solids to chose from. The pattern I used is Sandra Betzina’s Vogue 1429.    It is described as: MISSES’ DRESS: Close-fitting, pullover top and dress have self-lined upper front extending into standing back collar and stitched hem. […]

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Starting the Holiday Sewing with Mood Pale Gold Sequins

I’m posting a second project on the same day.  Why… because I was not all together pleased with how this top turned out (first choice for October post.).  I wanted to achieve the same dramatic affect as the tops drawn on the envelope.  The problem is not the fabric or the pattern but the combination of the two.  This pattern required a fluid knit. In these picture, I look happy, silly.  Sure… why not.  It’s cold in Chicago. I’m freezing.  So my perky attitude helps me get through the photo shoot. For Grins:  Trick and Treat of the Drape Sequined […]

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Spring Fling with Supreme Neoprene

I’m so pleased with this project. What better way to start my spring wardrobe than with a supreme neoprene. I began my hunt for it after I saw a neoprene dress made by Ms. Erica B. Three weeks ago, I found it, the perfect, smooth neoprene. At first glance I knew I had to have this audacious, attention getting print. I didn’t need a swatch to know this fabric was a winner; good quality and sews like a dream. Too bad it’s all sold out. Not to worry, Mood has a good selection of neoprene in stock. Neoprene is on […]

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Meshed with Anna Sui’s Multicolored Stretch Lace

At first sight, I ordered Anna Sui’s Black Multicolored Stripe Lace. It was too sheer to not line it with some type of mesh. So I select the perfect black mesh to marry with the lace. The combination was great. Of course the lace has texture and has a soft embroidered feel to it and the mesh is smooth and silky. I love working with both fabrics. A little bit of caution though with the mesh. The selvage does not lies flat on the table. So I nipped along the selvage to gain control over it for laying and cutting […]

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Patterned Knit Cardigan

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t usually care much for sewn cardigans. And, when people were getting on board the waterfall cardigan train three years ago, I happily passed. They don’t have the fitted look I seem to like in hand knit sweaters. But, I liked the look of this Burda waterfall cardigan (they call it a waist coat) when it appeared in the 11/2012 edition (#137 available on the BurdaStyle website for download for $5.40). They recommended using a lightweight mohair, but I wanted to use this thick and cozy geometric sweater knit from Mood fabrics. This is […]

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Missoni Knit Dress

I cannot begin to explain how much I have always wanted to own a Missoni dress. Those chevron stripes in wacky colors simply speak to me. Unfortunately, Missoni is w a y out of my price range. I was willing to settle for the one-time Missoni for Target line, but guess what? The event was held during my ready-to-wear fast….. sad, indeed. Just suppose I could buy the +$1,000 dresses as I pleased…… Something tells me the size 4 on the 6 foot model would look like a different dress on 5’2″ me…… to be young, tall, thin and rich […]

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