Warm Orchid Medallions

For someone who prefers warm weather to cold weather on any given day, I’m loving winter sewing this month! One look at Mood Fabric’s¬†ultra soft black wool knit with orchid pink medallions had me wishing for freezing temperatures ūüėȬ†This lovely¬†medium weight knit features a movable drape and is perfect for many designs. I chose the Blackwood Cardigan pattern by Helen’s Closet. This pattern is very well designed with¬†minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests. Having sewn […]

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Cozy Woolen Vest!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! OK, I have a thesis for you: a fuzzy wool vest is the perfect transitional garment. Now, wait, don’t run away! Hear me out! They keep you warm in cool weather without limiting your mobility or leaving you with bulky sleeves that you need to roll up. They’re easy to toss on, over a tee, a sweater, or a jacket. You can wear them under a rain jacket or a windproof shell for an extra layer of warmth. And they give you an extra set of pockets to shove stuff into when you’re out […]

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A Spring Dress in Lightweight Wool Knit

This month I made a dress using a rose floral wool knit from Mood fabrics. The slight translucency of the fabric reminded me of the envelope example from Vogue 1285, which I have waited 3 years to find the perfect fabric for. I’ve never worked with this thin of a wool knit before and was afraid the fabric would stick to itself too much, especially at the front skirt overlay. Thankfully that wasn’t an issue. Since this fabric contains some wool, it’s a slightly warm dress, and I’ll probably save it for early fall or spring of next year. I’ve […]

Wool and Pleather Winter Minidress!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and sewing up a storm! OK, question: do you have seasonal color palettes? I know I do! Sometimes I feel like my closet is split between two different people- winter me and summer me! In warm weather, I’m all about bright colors and fun prints, but in the winter, I wear much more subdued colors, like heathered browns, burgundies, or, my very favorite, greys. My cold weather clothing drawer is almost entirely grey! The unexpected benefit of this is that I have a really, really easy time getting dressed in the winter- my separates […]

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Wool Knit Biker Jacket

G’day, it’s Australia Day. Today, despite it being the middle of summer¬†in Australia I’ve¬†made a biker jacket in some¬†fabulous wool knit suiting from Mood Fabrics NY. I have a tendency to sew out-of-season, at least I’m ready for the cold of winter or heat of summer when they arriving. This jacket is another adventure into fabrics I’ve never sewn with before! A wool knit blend, this particular one is sold out – however this heavy black wool stretch suiting would be perfect and this wool ponte would also be a dream to sew with. I spend FOREVER researching¬†patterns for the […]

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Men’s Leopard Print Wool Overcoat

After flirting with the “urban lumberjack” look last month, it was time for a change. A big change. I’d purchased this Italian wool leopard print knit last fall, and in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I must thank my fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger¬† Ginger, whom I happened to run into at Mood Fabrics the day I was deciding on my purchase.¬† I knew I loved the leopard, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off.¬† Ginger urged me to go for it.¬† The rest, as they say, is history. Originally, I thought I’d make […]

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Sweater Knit Cowl-Neck Tunic

If you are a driven person like me, you are constantly challenging yourself to do better and accomplish more. Who wants to cruise on the bunny slope when you‚Äôre comfortable skiing moguls? Due to recent time constraints, I was forced to rediscover the joy of simple sewing or not sew at all. Not only did I realize I should do more easy sewing, but my latest project reminded me of why I started sewing again in the first place. My adventurous side led me to order this Olive Abstract Knit from Mood Fabrics without ordering a sample. Fortunately I loved […]

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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‚ÄĒso 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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An Alien Fabric

And here endeth the outdoor shots for this particular post. ¬†IT IS FRIGID OUTSIDE, even for my snow foolery behind. ¬†And although there’s a lovely amount of wool in this Caroline Herrera yardage (similar here), it’s not the sort meant to keep you cozy. Que moody shots! ¬†I had no idea we could get such extraterrestrial light in our bedroom in the middle of the day. ¬†Weird, man. ¬†The alien landscape must have affected me, think I could crack a smile? ¬†Inside I’m positively gleeful, I love this crazy dress tunic top thingamajig! Let me start at the beginning. I […]

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