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How to Sew a Simple Fun Maxi Skirt !


Items needed
2 yds. Fabric
Thread to match fabric
1 yd. of 1” elastic
Dress Pins
1-2 large safety pins
Seam ripper – for mistakes
White erasable pencil
Measuring tape
 
What to measure:
Waist width
Height of waist to …

Adventures in Fabric: Alpaca Vest

I let my daughter take my black puffer vest back to college with her this winter, and I wanted to replace it with a more upscale version. A black alpaca fabric from Alexander Wang I found at Mood NYC had just the right amount of warmth and chic-ness I was …

Four Reasons to Always Buy A Fabric Swatch First

Want to guarantee you’ll be 100 percent satisfied with your online fabric purchase? Always order a swatch first. We know, we know, sometimes you’re in the moment and you just can’t wait for a swatch. But here are four reasons why we think it pays to add this little step …

Fabric 101: Double Cloth and Double Face Fabrics

Double cloth fabrics are double-faced.
Double face fabrics are really single, not double.
Huh?

The terms double cloth and double face cause a lot of confusion for home sewers. Here’s the story: Double cloth and double face both indicate a fabric that’s reversible or having two right sides. But the way …

Sewing Tip: Test Drive Your Fabric First

Ok, readers, I’ve said it here before but this bears repeating: Test-drive your fabric before you sew your garment. You need to know—ideally prior to cutting out your pattern—how the fabric will handle all the details. We’re talking about facings, hems, darts, zippers, pockets, plackets… all those things that make …

Five Rules for Stashing or Trashing Your Fabric

Are you a fabric stasher or a fabric pitcher?
We adore fabric stashers here at Mood, because they love to buy and own fabric. Fabric stashaholics, we are here to enable you! Feel free to skip the rest of this blog post if you fall into the stashing camp. Read on …

About Placement Prints and How to Sew with Them

In fashion, “placement print” is what you call a fabric that has a large motif or design that is then strategically placed on a garment for maximum impact. A placement print can have one large graphic that appears only once in the garment, or it can have large, repeating motifs …

Mood How-To: Stabilizing Silk With Paper

Do you avoid sewing silk simply because it slips and slides and you end up with wavy, puckered seams? Here’s an easy way to resolve that, courtesy of Michele of Mood NYC’s silk department:

1.  Purchase some parchment paper from your local grocery store, or use pattern paper. Kenneth D. King, …

Lesson Learned: Know Your Fabric, Test the Details Before You Sew

Recently I was talking to a designer who buys fabric from Mood for her collections. Does every garment you make turn out just the way you had envisioned?, I asked her, wanting to know if she ever had failures like home sewers are prone to. She laughed and admitted she still …

My Sewing Strategy Told Me to Make an Easy Wool Poncho

How’s this for a sewing catch 22? I’m surrounded every day by the most beautiful fabric in the world but I’m too busy to sew. Gah! Because I would go crazy if I had to give up sewing entirely, I’ve modified my sewing strategy to keep things really simple:

When I …