Sunday, 17 April 2016

Simplicity 8045 ~ Rustic Chevrons from Mood Fabrics (yes!!! I've been to Mood!!)

Way back in January (and I say way back, because it feels like that right now) in the midst of Winter, we sailed all the way across the pond to ever wonderful New York City.
During this visit I was very honoured to be offered a meet up with the lovely Tomasa from SewMuchFashion for a personal guided tour of mood fabrics.

I will never forget this day for as long as I live. It was one of the coldest days I have ever experienced (and I got married in Lapland!). It was icy cold, but clearly it felt exaggerated due to the fact that we had left the hotel at 8am that morning for our 10am slot over to Liberty Island, and other than going up to the Crown of Lady Liberty herself, by the time I met up with  Tomasa at 5pm , I had been outside in sub zero temperatures for 9 hours! And I looked a frightful sight in woolly hat, gloves and thermal trousers by the Tomasa finished work!!

Look at Tomasa looking amazing!

So anyhows, this fabric holds wonderful memories for me, so it feels kinda special. Tomasa was so patient and obliging as I overwhelmingly made my around Mood with no clue whatsoever with what to buy! For me it was like being in a dream. Seeing so much fabric of all natures was too surreal. The only thing I knew was that I wanted something that was like nothing I could get back home. I seemed to wander aimlessly for ages (it was less than an hour I'm sure) and then BAM! This popped out! 
Its an Italian acrylic wool (HERE ) and when asked at Mood Fabrics what I was going to make with it, I had no idea! I just had to have it.

Mood Catalogue Photo

I pondered on it for some weeks and finally decided on a Jumper version of Simplicity 8045. Unfortunately, when I came to cut this out last week, disaster struck! I found 3 holes in it!!!
I could hardly take it back(!) but as this is a loose knit I managed to sew the holes up and use that piece for the underside of the collar. I only had 1.5yards so this was the best I could do. And It turned out good so alls well that ends well.

What struck me about this pattern is the very wide collar. Most off the shoulder of this style are much narrower. With my fabric, the wide collar works well.

I also love the gathering in the side seams and collar. I love gathers and I love anything off the shoulder so this pattern was a good find for such a special fabric

The fabric has no pattern repeat so I made use of the blue edge border for the hem 

and the gold border edge on the opposite side of the fabric for the sleeves

and speaking of sleeves, the pattern features 3/4 length so I lengthened mine just because I love long sleeves!

To read my Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x


  1. This looks fabulous and I am totally jealous that you went to Mood! I'll make it there one day!

  2. Yes, it was a very cold day indeed but we had so much fun at Mood! It was a pleasure to meet you in person and hope for a repeat someday. I am so sorry the fabric had those 3 holes in it but you made the best of it and now you have this GORGEOUS top. I love it. It is fun and elegant. It looks so cozy too. You wear it well. Bravo!!!!

    1. Thanks Tomasa. I hope too that we can meet up again in your wonderful city. We've just found out that there are cable cars in NYC so we have to come back just for that!

  3. Sounds like you had a great time :)
    I love your new top. It looks pretty in both style and fabric :)

  4. Oh no, holes, I would have been so disappointed. I guess it is a loose weave fabric and easy to pull, so be careful when you wear it (I am sure you will be). Anyway, good save with the undercollar piece salvaging those bits. I would have been totally overwhelmed at Mood - in fact, I always am anywhere when travelling - you must have been so tired as well as cold. Back to the top - gorgeous. Wear with love and care X

    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. I was lucky the holes were salvageable. I was more disappointed that Mood didn't respond to my email :(