Stretch Cotton Sateen

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.¬†ūüėä ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Stephanie Nachmonovitch Introducing the Birdie Jacket……….. and why not? Designers love to name garments after special people and now it’s Birdie’s turn ūüėČ Ready to ditch the winter drabs and put color back into my wardrobe I chose Mood Fabric’s Rasberry Rose […]


Oscar de la Renta Stretch Canvas Shirtdress

I had a difficult time believing this whimsical Oscar de la Renta print is canvas, but now, not only am I believer – I’m a canvas convert. Mood Fabrics offers quite the collection of canvas for both home decorating and apparel sewing. I knew I’d like any fabric designed by Oscar de la Renta, but I was surprised by its light weight and smooth texture. While this stretch canvas would work well with several garments, including jeans and jackets, I chose McCall’s 6520, a shirtdress pattern I’d sewn once before. I selected View D. Views C & D are designed […]


Knits for the Gold

  Have you been watching the Olympics?¬† I have a bit and that got me thinking, knit fabrics are a bit like the gold in the sewing world, or at least to me. This transition period in fashion, moving from winter to spring, is always hard for me.¬† I am not ready to stop sewing winter garments and don’t know for sure what I want to sew for spring.¬† So for my first garment for this post, I went with a new release pattern, True Bias Nikko Dress and used this Mood Fabrics’ waffle knit.¬† I love this fabric and […]


Three Cozy Sweaters

  Okay, it is cold here, which really is normal for the end of December and all I want to wear is warm and cozy.¬† This Mood Fabrics’ Italian Gray French Terry is perfect, it looks just like a chunky sweater knit but it is really a comfy sweatshirt! In November on Instagram I started seeing posts about One Week One Pattern and that interested me.¬† What is One Week One Pattern?¬† One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments […]


Merry & Bright!

If you’re looking for a reason to be Merry & Bright this season, look no further than Mood Fabrics! ¬†Sequins galore¬†abound this season on the store’s website, and I fell right in line upon seeing the¬†glittering silver baby sequined fabric. To keep the focus on the fabric, I kept it simple with a shift dress using ¬†New Look 6524 as my base pattern. Following Maria Denmark’s tutorial I removed the bust dart for a clean front bodice. The sequins are sewn on mesh and the fabric tends to s t r e t c h easily. Staystiching the shoulders, armscye […]


Blue Jacquard Vest

The temperatures here have been so mild, which is nothing to complain about at all.¬† The above normal temperatures call for a garment perfect for the nice weather.¬† A new vest using Simplicity 1499¬† and the perfect match, Mood Fabrics’ Italian Cobalt Blue Paisley Jacquard.¬† This knit is just a bit heavier and full of texture.¬† ¬†These two fabric features made it a good choice for my vest.     I used some black ponte in my stash to trim my vest but Mood Fabrics has several black pontes.¬† ¬†One thing with the pattern (yes, made it before) the armholes […]


Basic Black!

While many patterns were hacked to create this dress, I can happily state that every inch of its fabric is from Mood. ūüôā It was time for a new black winter dress; an all purpose dress to wear whenever and wherever. My inspiration came from the current Oscar de la Renta Ready to Wear collection. I love the way this dress skims the body, but I had no pattern that included all of its features. After using bits and pieces from several patterns, I’m calling this¬†The McVoguerick Tunicbiblicity dress. While it was an absolute pain to put this dress together, […]


Take One – Two Sides, Please

  Fall time which means I can make a new coat, I love making coats!¬† I was looking through Mood’s site and found this incredible fabric.¬† It is Mood Fabrics’ Tan and Gray Printed Cotton Twill with Navy Reverse Face¬† and it is such great fabric, it deserves a long name. This fabric intrigued me right away and while I was waiting for it arrive, I started dreaming of what to sew.¬† I decided a statement coat, which seems to be trendy in RTW, a bit like this one.¬† After I have an idea, it is time for a pattern, […]


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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