Plaid flannel for fall

It’s finally fall and that means…it’s plaid time! Actually, it’s always plaid time in my book. But it’s definitely not plaid flannel time until fall. For my first fall garment of the year I went big: a full-length dress. Dressing gown. Housecoat. Robe. Whatever you want to call it. It’s essentially a maxi dress that zips up the front, and it’s flannel, and it’s awesome. I used a vintage 1950s pattern, and you can see I really didn’t stray far from the envelope except to use plaid. I went with View B with the contrasting collars, cuff and tie belt. […]

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A new summer staple blouse

Do you ever have one of those sewing projects where the entire time, you’re thinking that the thing doesn’t really seem to want to be made? That was this blouse for me. I started with an easy enough premise: I wanted a nice summery blouse, one in black and one in white. Good wardrobe staples that I didn’t have. Well white did not work out, but black sure did! The pattern I used is from the 1950s, Butterick 6965. (Isn’t the envelope artwork great? One of my favorite things about vintage patterns.) It was a long struggle. A looong struggle. […]

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A hood, some plaid and loud red pants

Well hello there everyone, I’m Tasha and this is my first post for the Mood Sewing Network. I’m so glad to be here! My first project is actually a whole outfit: that kind of thing when the sewing gears start turning and you tell yourself “Oh yes, that would be a good idea”, followed by “Yes, definitely a great idea!” and finally, “Yes, yes, yes I must make this happen!” I sew with a lot of vintage patterns, and this outfit was no exception. The red pants are actually the third pair of pants in a journey with a pattern. Ever […]

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Fur & Pleather Pleasure

IS MOOD CLASSIN’ ME UP OR WHAT.  This is my third non-technicolor dress!  Second in black AND white!  I am going to name this combination Rejectnocolor.  It rejects color!  Especially of the Technicolor genre!! But close up, this fabric from the Mood Fabrics NYC store is just as insane as any Oz-toned yardage.  Behold: Lookit the furry amazingness!  LOOKIT!!!  Yep.  This was another one I ran around the store with, unwilling to lose sight of its three dimensioned deliciousness for a moment. Editor’s note: This ivory faux fur with an embossed reptile print in black is also one of our favorite […]

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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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A 40’s Wool Crepe Wrap Dress

I know, this dress looks strikingly similar to the 40s wrap dress that Peter made for his identical cousin Cathy earlier this month, not to mention I’ve already dabbled in wool crepe for summer wear, as well as a full 40’s wool crepe dress. Yeesh. Ya think it’s possible for me to branch out a little here? Nuh uh, no way. Not me. I actually bought this fabric ‘way back when I was visiting Mood Fabrics in NY. I’m sure y’all are sick of hearing about it at this point, but heyyyy I’ll be working through that stash for at […]

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Vintage Wool Crepe Dress

Y’all. Can we talk about wool crepe for a minute? I just love this stuff to tiny threadbare pieces and I wish everything I made had a wool crepe option. I love the spongy texture, the glorious drape, the magical body-temperature-regularity (yay, wool!), and the COLORS. Truly, everyone should have at least one experience rolling around in a uncut length of wool crepe. Especially if it is a jewel-toned wool crepe. Ooh la la. For my first Mood Sewing Network project, I wanted that experience to include wool crepe. I have a beautiful 1940s Simplicity pattern that I knew would […]

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