G’day! I guess that is what you might expect someone to say from ‘Down Under’ Australia.
I can’t tell you how delighted I was to be asked by Mood Fabrics NYC to be part of their Mood Sewing Network. So many bloggers I have followed and admired since I started blogging are part of this network. In fact I’m so enamoured of Mood Fabrics it was already on my travel plans for 2014! Yes I will be in NY in October this year – I can’t wait!
I can’t tell you how I agonised over my first Mood make. I felt I needed to be fancy, extravagant, couture and all sorts of things… then a sewing blogging friend said that perhaps I was asked because I had a distinctive style, perhaps Mood just wanted me to be ‘me’. Suddenly it all became easy.
Mood has so many fabulous fabrics… the range feels endless. Fabulous fabrics destined to be ‘fashion’ makes - fabulous individual creations, the very reason why we all love to sew. I really wanted my first Mood make to sum up ‘my style’… in extraordinary fabric… something I couldn’t obtain elsewhere…
So denim it was. Not just any denim but Italian denim… printed with bronze damask print… I fell in love with this Italian Printed Denim. I love the slight grunge style of the print. It’s decadent but not quite perfect, it’s not gold but bronze.
I’ve often read about how metallic denims lose their lustre or print in the wash… me being me decided to take the most direct route when preparing this fabric for sewing. I threw it in the washing machine on a ‘normal’ cycle, hung it up to dry… and guess what? The world didn’t end.
And then I sewed… a Grainline Moss Mini. while some might argue that a simpler pattern might have sufficed with this print, I love the fact this fabric gives this simple yet classic fly-front skirt design a rockstar makeover.
I’ve found this pattern wants to sit low-slung hipster-style on me – which delivers the look I was after and suits the edgy nature of the fabric.
Just a few tips when sewing with this fabric… a fairly significant part of the selvedge is not printed – so I decided to trace around the pattern pieces with tailor’s chalk on the right side to avoid running pieces onto the non-printed section. I’m that girl who is guilty of squeezing every inch out of her fabric. So I traced each piece carefully. While it takes a little longer it’s easier to pattern match and you will make the most of your yardage.
This fabric did not bother my Bernina sewing machine at all and I used a denim needle. Likewise my Brother overlocker had no issue with the fabric. While the drape is stiff, the fabric itself is not overwhelmingly heavy.
I did quite a bit of top stitching which finishes the skirt beautifully by holding down the seam allowances and adding a professional finish. Fabric that is this glorious deserves a good finish. I’ve rather proud of its innards too.
I couldn’t find a bronze button that perfectly matched so I finished the waistband with a heavy trouser hook & bar from my stash. I also chose to use a metal jeans zip from my stash as it adds to the ready-to-wear finish of the garment.
We are hitting autumn in my part of the world – it never gets truly cold in my beautiful seaside Port Macquarie, Australia. I’m often barefoot on the beach in winter and we never see a frost. Seriously. However the days are getting shorter and it was a race against sunset to take these pictures after work. I love how the fading evening light really brings out the amazing metallic print of this fabric. A little bit rockstar!
Thank you Mood Fabrics… I’ve got a mini skirt my non-sewing friends are lusting after!
The good news… I think I’ve got enough for a fitted dress or a high waisted skirt… watch this space…