Tag: Fabric District

Marc Jacobs never looked so lovely!

I love love love this reversible fabric by Marc Jacobs.. I knew I was obtaining a great piece of fabric when three women flagged me down in Mood Fabrics to find out where I got it and had suggestions on sewing it. I really had no intention on purchasing coat fabric when I went too Mood Fabrics in August.. right who sews for fall/winter in August when the temperature still says 88? And sure enough it did not happen and I created this beauty in October when the temperature dipped! On the dominate side is this beautiful grape stripe and on the reverse side is the hot pink and the grape peeking through with small dots! Matches great with the silk top I just created also found here.

Alterations, I made the hip wider by one inch on each pattern side because I did want the coat to close or look closed.  I added the huge button, there is a snap on the other side.  I added three smaller matching buttons to each sleeve and omitted the huge hook and eye for the drape.

More details on the pattern creation below:

Project Review Detailed

Pattern Description: Vogue Donna Karen Collection – loose-fitting unlined coat with drape and two-piece sleeves

Pattern Used: Vogue 1129
Pattern Sizing: 14 – altered

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Yes, just like the pattern but with alterations
Were the instructions easy to follow? Somewhat, it became a bit confusing when it came to attaching the drape.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was not too happy with how the drape instructions were described

Fabric Used: Marc Jacob two sided 100% Wool from Mood Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Of course, had to alter the hip area

Would you sew it again? No I only need one coat like this!

Fabric Shopping in the Fashion District

Being dismayed with finding “unique” fabric here in Maryland and DC I planned a day trip to New York to plan my fall sewing projects.  I knew for sure I want fabric for a coat and at least two (wool pencil skirts).  I needed to find bulk pricing on notions (zippers and elastic), and I was seeking some pretty flowers for two garments I already created.  
There were two stores of particular interest – Fabrics for Less and Chic Fashions.  These two stores had the most charming gentlemen to assist and shopping there brought me back to the old days when they negotiated prices to get you to purchase more.  You always left those stores making a friend and a warm feeling to return again! I got some really nice finds and great prices.. (I will post my finds later).. However my only thing was these guys stores are not real organized LOL.  Its difficult to see all the yummy fabrics they have so your eye has a tendency to choose what you see and you miss out on the great other finds they may have.  
My last stop was Mood Fabrics and it was a pure dream! There is a lovely young lady in the front welcoming you to take your bag(s) for security and safety reasons — aka so you don’t place anything “extra” in your bag lol! Anyway the main floor contains all the silks, linings, denim, and fabulous knits.. OH my so many knits and especially Italian knits.. I think these are the most scrumptious knits I have seen so far.. Similar to the kings you find in Saks and Neiman Marcus and they are asking $75 for a tank top! Here I was able to get beautiful pieces 72 width at only $10 and $12 a yard! I can’t wait to get sewing these! 
My best find so far was the Marc Jacobs 100% Wool fabric for the coat! I almost passed out when I saw it and my eyes would not allow me to view any other fabrics! I did find my two pieces for the pencil skirts and I am simply in love with them!  
I will post swatches of my finds later so you can see what you might have in store for yourself if you ever decide to visit the Fabric District.. happy sewing!

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