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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 …

Sewing Resolution for the New Year: Be More Precise

Here’s a quick tip from us at Mood Fabrics on how to dramatically improve the appearance of your finished garments: Stop eyeballing and measure everything.
You know what we mean when we say eyeballing, right? You’re pressing and turning under a seam that’s supposed to be 1/2 inch but you’re not …

Mood’s Tips for Sewing Leather

 
“I’m afraid to sew leather!” We hear that from customers all the time at Mood. Would you believe that leather can actually be quite easy and simple to sew? And that you can sew lightweight leather on your home sewing machine without any special equipment? Read on for Mood’s tips …

Give Some Thought To… Linings That Pop

Just a quick thought as we head into this Labor Day weekend…
The next time you buy lining fabric for that coat or jacket you’re making, think about using a print instead of a boring solid color. Imagine wearing the trench coat above and then flashing everyone with that cool lining. …

My Dress-in-Progress Report


I’m making McCall’s 6460, a simple sheath dress with raglan short sleeves, out of the silk-blend matelassé I blogged about May 22. Here’s a quick recap of my sewing process so far:

  1. Since this pattern was new to me, I made a muslin
  2. Made minor adjustments to the muslin to accommodate my

Tips to Overcome Fear of sewing silks

 

Do you suffer from silkaphobia? You know, fear of sewing silks. You can admit it, because this phobia is actually quite common. Just look at all the people who entered our recent silk giveaway, only to comment that they hadn’t sewn silk before because they were afraid of it.

Readers, I …

Sew a Maxi Skirt for Spring & Summer

Lately I’ve been seeing maxi skirts everywhere in New York City, on stylish women of all ages. So of course now I’m craving one for myself and may make this my next sewing project. Let’s look at pattern possibilities…

The Most Valuable Fabric at Mood

Here’s a question for you: What is the most valuable fabric Mood Fabrics sells? The $350 per yard embroidered lace in our NYC store? Not even close. It’s the $3 a yard muslin. For fashion students, designers and home sewers alike, plain old cheap muslin is priceless in terms of …