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Impossible: Getting Tired of Fine Fabric

I'm in love with this fabric!
When I first took this job here at Mood I wondered: Could a girl get sick of fabric? You know, like a teenager who won't eat ice cream after working in an ice cream shop all summer long? Readers, I'm happy to report I'm still flipping out over fabric two months into my new position here. My newest fabric crush is shown here, a colorful poly-blend matelassé Mood just acquired on an Italian buying trip. I was introduced to it in our warehouse last week and I started drooling immediately. As soon as I could, I nabbed two yards to make a dress.
Italian poly-blend matelassé available at Mood NYC and Mood LA, and soon on MoodFabrics.com. 60" wide and $50/yd.
I'm trying to find a dress pattern that's worthy of this fine material. Something with simple lines to let the fabric be the star. Feel free to leave any pattern suggestions in the comments area. I hope to make a muslin this week and start on the dress by the long weekend. Finished dress will be shared here, I promise. Now here are some words that make my heart go pitter-pat: "Italian fabric buying trip." How cool would it be to go on a trip to Italy to buy fabrics from the same textile mills that Valentino, Etro and Dolce & Gabbana use? Gee, that sounds like the prize for a Mood-sponsored contest, doesn't it? Maybe someday, dear readers!

16 thoughts on “Impossible: Getting Tired of Fine Fabric”

  • Ginger

    Ooh, I think this would be gorgeous made up with Pattern Runway's One Shouldered Bow Dress... it's got such great drape that it would look amazing, and one-shouldered styles are so perfect for summer!

  • Ann

    By the way, I worked in an ice cream shop as a teenager, and I NEVER got tired of it! I still love it. I'm sure it will be the same for fabric!

  • Kyle

    I worked in Rag Shop for 2 summers during college and never got tired of fabric!
    Thanks again for the hospitality on Friday. It was fun!

  • Kyle

    p.s. I meant to add, checking out all of the new fabric coming off the truck was always the best part of the job!

  • Elle C

    Wow. That is stunning. Almost worthy of framing. 8-D I can't imagine ever having the skills and nerve to cut into $50 per yard fabric. Okay, maybe a sorbetto, because it is so easy. So really I am no help at all choosing a pattern.

  • JoanneM

    McCalls 2401. View E.
    The best sheath pattern ever......very lovely.....

  • Lola Stockmaster
    Lola Stockmaster May 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I would love to buy some of this fabric but it's not on the website and I live to far away to get to the store. But I do love the fabric I've gotten from the website.

    • Meg

      Lola, you can always call our NYC or LA store and order through one of our sales associates. Ask for the silk department. I'm pretty sure this fabric will be in our stores today; it was all packed up and ready for shipping from our NJ warehouse on Monday. You'll love it!

      • Lola Stockmaster
        Lola Stockmaster May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Ohhhh that is good news....I will have to call. Thank you for letting me know...I want to make a sleeveless dress with full skirt....what a great summer look.

  • Kate Smith

    I think this would be a beautiful dress with either a one shoulder or halter top,very fitted with a full gathered skirt

  • Sarah

    What absolutely gorgeous fabric! I am drooling like a maniac over here! My two suggestions for dress patterns are:

    Sewaholic's Cambie dress:


    Colette Patterns Hazel:

    I am so looking forward to seeing what you make!

    Sarah :)

  • oonaballoona

    i'm in love too... sadly at that price it will be unrequited love...

    i think this would make a stunning bombshell dress!

  • Robin Denning
    Robin Denning May 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I have no doubt you will find the perfect pattern for it, but oh I love it, too! I'd make a simple sheath dress with a boatneck.
    Actually, I think I would make a simple jacket. I bet it has a nice substantial hand.

  • Teresa

    Yes, what beautiful silk! I immediately thought of the Jade Dress by stylearc.com. I just might have to make it up in that fabric...

  • Lynn Mally

    I like the line of Lisette's Diplomat Dress, Simplicity 1878.

  • Ada (new york)

    GREAT pics of fabric ... ok i'm inspired to SEW now :)

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