Mood Fabrics

13 Dec Elizabeth McKay Inspired – Vogue 1323

  I spent the first weekend of December in New York and was exhilarated by the Christmas sights and festivities throughout the city. I spent the second weekend of December visiting my parents in Southern Pines, NC thoroughly charmed by small-town Christmas celebrations including the cutest horse and buggy parade.                   I went from being among millions of people dressed in black to hundreds of people dressed in red inspiring me to do the same. On a mission to recreate this Elizabeth McKay top, I chose a red and white silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics for my...

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03 Dec Holiday Fasting

A funny thing happens when sewers quit buying clothes…… they become very clothes conscious. At least that is what’s going on with the RTW Fasters, and it certainly happened with me. I became obsessed with all things clothes. I recently asked the Fasters to briefly comment on the experience so far and to date no one said they miss shopping for clothes – quite the opposite. Many have expressed a new sense of freedom as shopping for RTW is becoming a distant memory. So what are they doing? Robin bought a practically new Bernina Artista 200 last month and is all over the place...

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24 Nov It Ain’t Nothing but a Houndstooth

 It Ain’t Nothing but a Houndstooth    Crying for accessories   :) I made the dress for football games since both of the college teams my family pulls for are black and something. I finished it Tuesday and their football seasons are almost over - something tells me it’s not going to make it to a game this year.  So…….How about lunch with the girls dinner with my hubby...

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14 Nov Happy Birthday to Me!

Wow! Monday was my birthday and look where I am. My sweet hubby invited me to accompany him on a quick business trip to New York and I spent yesterday at Mood Fabrics.  In addition to striking up a new friendship with Swatch, the Mood Fabrics dog, I met two of my favorite sewing bloggers, Oonaballoona and Marina from Frabjous Couture.  I met Eric, one of the owners of Mood, and I met Joe, an employee who was immensely helpful. I also took  l o t s  of pictures of my Mood experience……the fabrics, the accessories and most importantly the lovely people I met. Hmmmmm………… While...

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25 Oct From Grim to Grinning

What are your plans for All Hallows Eve? After wearing a ratty black cloak for 600 years, I was in the Mood for a makeover.  How do you like it? Since  I’m on call 24/7 , I need a dress perfect for morning, noon or night.   Late one evening I walked through the walls of Mood Fabrics and found this gorgeous Italian wool double-knit. It was quite the bargain requiring only 1 ½  yards of fabric. After so many positive reviews on the Pattern Review website I put down the scythe, bought this Vogue pattern and made the dress in one day! [caption id="attachment_2047" align="aligncenter" width="270"]...

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11 Oct Tunic Time!

If my favorite garments were ranked by how much wear they receive, this one would get the Blue Ribbon, the Silver Cup AND the Gold Medal.Now I get to see if my most recent tunic dress will earn its place on my list of favorites.   Practicalities occasionally escape my aesthetic sensibilities, and I made the casual dress out of a silk charmeuse I bought at Mood Fabrics during my first, but hopefully not last trip to Mood in December 2011. [caption id="attachment_1910" align="aligncenter" width="284"] Butterick 5415[/caption] The easy structure, whimsical nature and versatility of many tunics continue to intrigue me. The trickiest part...

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29 Sep New Look 6162

I sure have missed my blogging friends! I have been so eager to post anything just to say hello while I was taking care of a patient, hosting a party at my home followed by entertaining out-of-town company immediately upon returning from our unforgettable vacation to the Mediterranean. The patient is fine, the party was fun, the company found its way to a football game in Florida, and I hit the sewing machine after a four-week break. I imagined this beautiful brocade from Mood Fabrics as numerous garments.My husband suggested I make a close-fitting special occasion dress which would be beautiful, but...

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18 Sep Goodbye Valentino & Mood

I just returned from a wonderful two-week vacation and,  WOW, do I have news to share….!!!!!!! Yesterday Mood Fabrics launched its Sewing Network  and guess what? To say I was surprised when Mood Fabrics invited me to be part of its new sewing network is an understatement. W a s    I   i n t e r e s t e d   ?  Mood Fabrics, the splendid fabric store in the heart of NYC’s garment district featured in Project Runway wanted  M E  to help launch its new sewing network? Seriously??   As one of nine bloggers in the US, I receive a monthly fabric allowance from Mood...

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