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  • International Fabrics - Ever Wonder Where the Best of Each Textile Originates?

    Ever wonder where in the world some of the best choice denim, knits, and jersey fabrics come from?  Thinking about a light silk or linen for the spring or summer and wonder where to get the best quality?  We have it all here at Mood FabricsMood purchases the best quality fabrics from the top mills across the world.  Below, I will give you more insight as to where the best quality fabrics originate.  Take a look at the international fabrics Mood has to offer you throughout many seasons.

    Mood Fabrics Carries Some of China's Best Silk...

    China is known for its production of the best silk around the world.  We also have China Silk or Habotai here at MoodHabotai or China Silk are interchangeable terms for the lightweight and fine, shimmery and semi-sheer, plainly woven silk incredibly sought after all over the world.  What makes China's silk the best?  It starts with a centuries old secret tradition of cultivating the perfect silk worms to produce the finest and longest filaments of silk while spinning their cocoons.  Then it continues with caring for the cocoons in order to successfully unravel the fiber, turning it into yarn, and weaving the luxurious fabrics we all love to wear in the spring.  Check out our fabric section on silk from China here, then order some delicious colors to create your prettiest spring cocktail dresses, skirts, and blouses.  Habotai can also be used as a lining for all types of weather gear, such as cozy wool pants, fuzzy jackets, and coats.

    "Habotai" or China Silk in Beetroot
    carven-wine-habotai-dress-product-2-10973639-424725676 Carven Purple Habotai Dress

    Mood Fabrics Also Carries Lightweight Wovens from Korea

    Although often known for fabric embroidery as used in traditional Korean Hanbok or Joseonot styles, Korean mills are trending the production of lightweight polyester and cotton blends to compete on the world stage.  Mood has a particularly cool metallic version of said fabric mixed with white and silver yarns reminiscent of that special quality seen in traditional Korean embroideries and jacquards.  Use this serene silvery fabric to steal the scene in a crisp blouse or formal occasion shirting.  Other light polyester and cotton blends reminiscent of this outstanding fabric can be found here.

    Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea
    Hanbok-pink-Jeogori-upper-garment Traditional Korean Hanbok - Pink Embroidered Jacket with Flowered Skirt

    Mood Fabrics Has a Large Selection of Japanese Denim, Shirting, Twill, Pima Cotton and Wool. 

    Use our novelty and fine Japanese denims, cottons, and wools to create crisp button-down shirts and soft jeans for a sweet everyday wardrobe.  What makes Japanese denim the best of the best, anyway?

    In Japan, denim is often made on older looms which produce variations in the weave.  These subtle variations make the denim interesting, strong, and rough to the touch giving it a better quality in the eyes of many enthusiasts.  In addition, the dyeing of Japanese denim is a unique process which creates beautiful hues intensely sought after by fashionistas and fashion designers alike.  Some even say, Japanese denim has the most character and is of the best quality because of these unique variations in weave and color only achieved by the inimitable Japanese weaving and dyeing processes.  Finally, most Japanese denims are heavyweight which is particularly appealing to those looking for extra warmth on a brisk day of walking or whatever outdoorsy activity you enjoy.  For more details on what makes Japanese denim great, check out an excellent article, "What makes Japanese Denim so Special?", here from Heddles.

    ProenzaSchoeler.JetBlackDenim Proenza Schouler Japanese Jet Black Stretch Cotton Denim
    JapanesePalaceDenim Japanese Palace Blue Stretch Cotton Denim
    ProenzaSchoulerDenimJacket Proenza Schouler Colorblocked Jean Jacket

    Japanese wool has had a big resurgence as of late marked by ongoing collaborations, such as "The Wool Lab and Cool Wool" between Woolmark and Japan Creation.  Japan also has a rich tradition of using wool for garments that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Here at Mood Fabrics we stock Japanese wool in cutting edge suiting fabrics that are sharp and on point.

    JapaneseWool.MarcJacobs.Mood Marc Jacobs Navy Japanese Wool Suiting
    JapaneseWoolDenim.MarcJacobs Marc Jacobs Denim Blue Japanese Wool Suiting
    Oak&RomaBlogMen'sSuit MAAS & STACKS Men's Japanese Wool Suit

    Japanese Cotton Twill, Shirtings, and Japanese Pima Cotton round out our offerings here at Mood Fabrics.  Similar to the fine quality of our Japanese denims and wool, these Japanese cotton fabrics are of the highest quality and softest feel.  Choose one for your next garment and make those workday doldrums fade away into a sea of beautiful browns, whites, greys and pinks with perky patterns of checks and stripes for whatever everyday style your heart desires.

    JapaneseTwill.Mood Steven Alan Medal Bronze Stretch Japanese Cotton Twill
    JapanesePlaidCotton.Mood Japanese Gray Checks Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePinkGrayStripes Japanese Pink Gray Striped Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePimaCotton Cloud White Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn
    J.Crew.JapaneseCottonShirt Secret Wash Japanese Cotton Shirt in Circular Dot Print from J.Crew
    Frank&Oak.JapaneseCotton.Checks Selvedge Japanese Cotton Shirt in Checks

    India is often know for its embroidered and beaded laces, brocades and jacquards.

    Mood Fabrics has some outstanding choices of intricately embellished beaded lace and satin jacquard material to assist you if you are planning a fabulous spring wedding and looking for a handmade beauty for that stunning wedding gown or bridesmaid's dress.  Many states in India develop their own fabrics with weaving, textile production and design considered a traditional family business.  An example of the superiority of Indian jacquards for instance is the famous Kanchipuram sari.  This state is known for producing wedding dress saris that are the most desired throughout India due to the traditional use of six twist threads as opposed to three twist threads in the weaves.  Jacquard looms abound throughout India in semi-automatic, automatic, and even in handlooms which can produce some of the most sought after jacquard patterns in beautiful silk and satin.  Take a look at what Mood Fabrics has to offer from this style of one of India’s most unique and popular fabric.  To learn more about these traditions tour around all the hotspots in India yourself with advice from this Travel and Leisure article, or just purchase what we offer here at Mood Fabrics.

    Most of Mood Fabricsbeaded lace offerings also travel a similar trajectory across this fantastical country of intricate fabric weaving traditions.  So channel Marchesa or your inner Naeem Kahn, the native Indian fashion designer, and use beaded lace combined with satin jacquard to create a beautifully glamorous gown for your own private red carpet moment.

    IndiaFloralSatinJacquard Light Beige and Ivory Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaSatinJacquard Lilac and Taupe Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaBeadedLaceIvory Ivory and Silver Floral Beaded Lace
    IndiaBeadedLaceOlive Olive Fancy Beaded Lace with Scalloped Edges
    Marchesa.BeadedLace Indian-Inspired Details in Marchesa Bridal Fashion
    IndianWeddingDress Pure Silk Pink Crystal Jacquard Lengha
    naeem-khan-25.BeadedLace Naeem Khan NY Fashion Week 2012

    Mood Has a Bevy of Italy's Finest Knits, Cotton, Linen, and Wool Fabrics.

    From the multifaceted country of Italy, fabrics made of cotton, linen, silk, and wool predominant the textile manufacture industry.  The creation of special knits and crochets especially is a mainstay.  Additionally, mills in Italy are on the cutting edge of knit fabric innovation by investing in new technology to create knit fabrics which mimic the feel and design of a woven.  These fabrics are called knit-weaves and can be made with patterns inlayed right into the knit.  Italy has been known for its production of linen and cotton for centuries.  Bergamo and Tuscany are two of the most famous cities where high quality cotton, linen, silk, and wool fabrics were manufactured and exported all around the world since the 19th Century.  We all know that legendary fashion houses such as Missoni and Gucci can work wonders with gorgeous knitted fabrics.  But with help from Mood, you can create your own treasured luxuries for transitioning to warmer spring weather.  Check out some of our cozy Italian fabric styles below before you go on your next nature hike.

    ItalyViscoseJerseyPrint Black/Bayberry Ornamental Abstract Viscose Jersey Panels
    MissoniJerseyPrint M by Missoni High Neck Jersey Dress
    309491 Italian White Creme Stretch Viscose Ribbed Knit
    ItalianBlendedLinenWoven Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven
    ItalianCottonNoveltyWoven Italian Lavendar and Ivory Cotton Novely Houndstooth Woven
    4collective-black-motif-houndstooth-knit-dress-black-product-1-263112332-normal 4.collective Houndstooth Knit Dress
    ItalianFlamestitchWoolKnit Italian Ivory & Green Multicolor Flamestitch Wool Knit
    missoni_violet_flame_stitch_wedge_boots_[M]20010914 Missoni Violet Flame Stitch Wedge Boots
    Italy.OpenWeaveWoolBlend Italian Black Open-Weave Wool-Blend Sweater
    Italian.CrochetKnit.WoolFleece Italian Sunset Purple Crochet Knit Backed By Wool Fleece Jersey
    ChloeSweater Chloe Chunky Knit Wool Sweater
    Italian.FlannelledWoolBlendTwill Italian Blue/Rosa Plaid Flanelled Wool Blended Twill
    Gucci-Glen-Plaid-Suit-01 Gucci Glen Plaid Wool Suit

    Mood offers wardrobe staples for the Spring that are Made in the USA.

    We offer light and sheer fabrics such as organza and tulle that can be worn by brides at the perfect Spring wedding.  Mood Fabrics also carries Supima cotton thermal and jersey knit and American made cotton fleece that can be used to create your basic white All-American Tees, sweatshirts with a pop of color, and snug pajamas.  All of which are a must for chilly nights or relaxing on brisk Spring days.  Supima cotton is superior pima cotton formed from extra-long staple cotton fibers 100% grown only in the U.S.  Extra long staple fibers that make up Supima cotton give the fabric an extra softness compared to other cottons.  In addition, the extra inch or three eighths of an inch that make up the fiber lengthwise gives Supima cotton superior strength and an incomparable fine quality.  Our cotton fleece is super soft and comes from the inimitable American designer Ralph Lauren.

    After a night of relaxing, create a beautiful gown wear out for a night on the town.  For the ultimate in glamorous dressing, create voluminous gowns using organza made by the king of glamour, designer Oscar de la Renta, or American Beauty nylon tulle, which is also American made.  Check out the examples below.

    OscardelaRenta.DustyBlue Oscar de la Renta Dusty Blue Silk Gauze
    AmericanBeauty.PinkTulle American Beauty Diamond Net Nylon Tulle
    oscar-de-la-renta-spring-2013-rtw-silk-organza-dress-profile Oscar de la Renta Silk Organza Dress
    RalphLauren.RedFleece Ralph Lauren American Made Red Cotton Knit Fleece
    SupimaCottonThermal Meteorite Black Supima Cotton Thermal
    SupimaCottonJerseyKnit Lunar Rock Supima Cotton Jersey Knit
    ralph-lauren-red-polo-big-and-tall-big-pony-beach-fleece-pullover-hoodie-product-1-16820936-0-085901386-normal Ralph Lauren Polo Fleece Pullover Hoodie

    Mood has Home Décor Fabrics from Turkey in Polyester Brocade, Damask, and Raised Vinyl.

    Our selection of home decor fabrics from Turkey continue the Turkish Tradition of expert weaving luscious materials such as silk and velvet into brocades and other highly textured textiles called Catmas, Kemha, Canfez, Burumcuk.  Catmas is a double-piled velvet fabric made with textured designs in the pile woven onto a background with plain weave.  This fabric was most famously woven in the town of Bursa.  Kemha are heavy silk brocade fabrics mostly made with metal threads woven in between the silk of the weft.  Canfez is silk muslin gauze with a patterned weave and Burumcuk is a fine-spun raw silk gauze.  Although some of the fabrics such as Kemha were used for the robes of royal Sultans, they were more often used for home furnishings such as rugs, pillows and draperies.  Update your new pad with a modern take on this luxurious Turkish tradition with all of our home decor selections here at Mood.  For more of a history on Turkish fabrics and designer fabric motifs check out some cool websites from ExploreTurkey.com and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

    TurkeyHomeDecorBrocade Denim Geometric Polyester Brocade
    TurkeyHomeDecorTexturedVinyl Turkish Espresso Textured Vinyl
    TurkeyHomeDecorVelvet Turkish Aqua Geometric Laser Cut Velvet
    TurkeyHomeDecorStripedVelvet Turkish Beige/Lush Striped Velvet
    TurkishSultanKemha Traditional Turkish Sultan's Kemha
    TurkishCanfez Traditional Turkish Canfez

    International Fabrics Give Any Sewing Project You're Working On that Special Something.

    So although now you know where the best of each textile comes from around the world, there is no need to book a flight just yet.  Head over to Mood Fabrics and pick up some of our international fabrics for your next sewing project.  We have the best quality from China, Korea, Japan, India, Italy, Turkey, the USA, and many more.  If your hoping to give your wardrobe or next home decor project an international flair, we've got you covered.  And when your friends stop to ask, "Where did you get that beautiful piece?"   Just tell them with a wink and a smile, "I made it from fabric that's made around the world, and I got it from Mood".

  • 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 shape (rectangle)
    3. Cut out pattern pieces in silk organza (I'm using silk organza for interlining) and transferred all markings (darts and seams) to it
    4. Pinned organza pieces to the matelassé and cut, using organza pieces as guides
    5. Hand-basted organza to matelassé at seams and thread-traced all darts (two layers of fabric now neatly held together as one)
    6. Hand-basted dress's darts and seams and tried dress on for fit (just because your muslin fits doesn't mean your fashion fabric will behave the same way)
    7. Hooray! I got lucky and the fit is spot on
    8. Machine-stitched everything, which went super-fast because so many seams and darts were already held together by basting (skipped pinning)
    You probably read steps 1 through 6 and thought aaugh! that's a lot of work to do before even sitting down to a sewing machine. Truth be told, the prep work goes quickly, and you avoid ripping out stitches in your fashion fabric (and potentially damaging it). Work out your fit issues before you machine stitch and you'll always save loads of time in the long run. Now I just need to construct my dress's lining, attach it and that's it. How do you feel about hand-basting? Hate it with a passion, or think of it as peaceful communing with your fabric? Let me know!    
  • Halloween Contest Entry #17

    Aly Anne's Bronze Burlesque Costume

    Aly Anne's Bronze Burlesque Costume

    Aly Anne used gold shantung for the base skirt, and an ivory organza for the bustle for this Bronze Burlesque Costume.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!