Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Print Mixing and Vogue 8909 with Mood Fabrics






During my day, I love to head over to Mood Fabrics' online store and check out the what's new section, which is updated quite frequently. It is such a nice break in my day and I can contemplate all the fabrics and what they might become. After I browse for a day or two, it is time to shop! I tend to shop two different ways when looking at all the fabric goodness at Mood Fabrics. My first way is with a specific garment in mind, which in this case led to these two fabrics in my cart, the first this Mood Fabrics' Pucci-esque Bold Border Print Poly Jersey

 




 and this Mood Fabrics' Black and Ivory Striped Jersey

 My plan was to use the stripe for the sleeves and the print for the body of the shirt, something I had seen online. (here is my inspiration) I didn't want a close -fitting shirt, so I went with Scout Woven t-shirt, cutting it just a bit smaller for the knit.

  Mood Fabrics' jersey knit top mixing two fabrics to create a fashion forward top

 Shopping perfection for this top, the plan came together just as I had hoped and the fabrics matched perfectly. It was kismet! I did lay out the front and back pattern piece on the print knit to take advantage of the knit's slight curved print.

 Now my second way of shopping is just to browse the previously mentioned what's new section and to also look at other Mood Sewing Network Bloggers' posts and Mood Designer Fabrics' Blog - Mood Sewciety. I find this such a great way to see new to me fabric and fabric types, see how the fabric drapes and looks in a garment, and above all just to broaden my horizons and use fabric I might not sew. This Mood Fabrics' Italian Ivory Lightweight Suiting is one I was introduced to from Mood Sewciety blog
 

 and it has been used in the black and red colorway. Also, everything I have purchased with the word Italian in the description has been INCREDIBLE! I ordered this with no pattern in mind. After I felt the fabric and saw how it perfectly matched my jersey from above, I selected Vogue 8909, an elastic waist and elastic cuff track type pant.

  Mood fabrics' knit fabrics in a mixed print top and suiting for track pants

 The fabric worked perfectly for this pant and I am so pleased how the pants turned out. I might be a year behind making these pants and while I was constructing them I was thinking," are these going to look good on me?" Well, I think they do and I just love them so. Comfortable and stylish and that fabric was a dream to sew and the feel, love it. Mood Fabrics' knits for a print miixed top and Italian suiting for fashion forward elastic cuff pants   While I really like these two garments together, I thought a better or different look might be a more fitted shirt with the looser pants, which was highly encouraged by a fashionista who is home on weekends at my house!

  Mood Fabric's Italian suiting used in chic track pants
 This lets you see the details of the pants... a faux front fly, two rows of elastic at the waist, a drawstring, three rows at the cuffs. I used a tricot knit for the pocket linings, for two reasons, it did not show through and I liked the weight of the knit with the weight of this Italian suiting. I did add 1" to the length of these pants and in the pictures, I might have them pulled up a bit too much.   Mood Fabrics' Italian suiting in ivory sewn for chic track pants

 The pattern even has a back yoke piece, and in this picture you can see a hint of the tricot lining (which normally doesn't show but my hands are pushing the fabric forward). I did use a piece of ribbon from my stash as instructed by Vogue for the middle section of the waistband. I do like the ribbon but if that isn't a look for you, then just forgo the buttonholes and insert elastic into that row too. One thing I do like to do on elastic waist garments, which I learned many years ago, in a sewing for kids class, is to edge stitch at the very top of the waistband. It really finishes off that edge and looks good on the waistband.

 I think I like both styles of shirts with my new pant and I am sure there are many other options in my closet   Mood Fabrics' two tops   How do you like to shop for fabric online?

Just look what I found on Pinterest on Monday, I think I might need some blue pants


18 comments:

  1. I love that mixed print top! How do I shop? I usually buy fabric I like either in the print or by the fabric content (love good rayon knits) and it goes into the stash and wait for it to find the right pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I love rayon knits, too and I like your shopping plan.

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  2. I love both these -- but especially the print top ensemble! Cute shoes, too:) When I shop online, I usually have something specific in mind I'm looking for, and then I browse around:)

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    1. Thanks, Angela. Sometimes when I have something in mind, it takes me longer to find just the right fabric but then I am so happy when I do! :)

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  3. You always make such great choices in fabrics and patterns. I am in NY and shopped at Mood yesterday. The problem is that I get so overwhelmed in the large stores like Mood that I have trouble making choices. I will go back today now that I have had time to think about what stuck with me as favorites and what I want to make. Not a luxury most have and not a time efficient way to shop but I will make better choices this way. I think shopping on line might be a better way to do it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Anna Christina. Oh, to be able to just go down to Mood, what a treat. I have heard Mood is a bit overwhelming but at least you can go back after having time to process.

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  4. I love, love those pants. So cute! I agree with Angela, the print top outfit is just wonderful. I'm a newby and still afraid to shop for fabric online, ☺.

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    1. Thanks, I do too! Many online shops let you order a swatch, that is a great way to learn about the fabric, etc. Mood's swatch service is very fast.

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    1. Oh, you are always so sweet! I love being called cute!

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  6. I have a local fabric boutique that I like to shop at - she has quality fabric and will also be find fabric if I'm looking for something specific i.e. Navy ponte knit - she found a lovely Eileen Fisher fabric for me. Also I am lucky to once in a while hop the train with friends and shop in NYC (2 hours away) Mood of course is at the top of our list! I do shop the on line shops too in fact I am waiting for a package of goodies any day....a site I found on pattern review site. And there is always Joann's close by too.

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    1. Wow, an Eileen Fisher fabric, how wonderful and NYC 2 hours away, perfect for fabric shopping. Care to share the source of the package you are awaiting?

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  7. I love your scout. Perfect fabric marriage. And a very flattering fit!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly, it was the perfect pattern for the fabric.

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  8. Another great summer outfit and I love how you've paired the print and stripe together in the top!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn, it will be a fun outfit to wear this summe

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  9. Love the print & stripe together! I think it looks great with the pants.

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    1. Thanks, Beverly, I was so very happy when the prints matched so well.

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