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A Quick Guide to Draping: Tips and Fabrics


If you have a draping project you need to complete before a big deadline, here are a few tips to remember that will set you on the right path to draping success.

Tip 1: Before starting your drape, remember to use black style tape to line the form at three …

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 …

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 …

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 …