Mood Sewing Network Collaboration

Mood Sewing Network Collaboration

I am so excited, I think I may burst from excitement, to share with you that I will be part of the Mood Sewing Network for the next few months. Mood Fabrics has always been a huge inspiration in my sewing journey. From their beauty and unique fabrics to their educational information on their blog and Instagram page.

Before I get into it, make sure to read to the end because I may have a coupon code linked. Wink, wink!

For my first month, with Mood Sewing Network, I choose a super popular trend that I have seen in every RTW store and all over Pinterest.  It is of course The Blazer! It’s not just made for Fall or Winter anymore, it can easily be worked in at Spring and even Summer, depending on the fabric chosen.

INSPIRATION:

FABRIC:

  1. Wide Ostrava Oatmeal Linen Woven
  2. Black Hemp and Organic Cotton Canvas

PATTERN:

I choose Friday Pattern Co new pattern, The Heather Blazer to pair with the Oatmeal Linen and True Bias Lander shorts to pair with the Black Hemp Canvas.

I have made the True Bias Lander shorts/pants many times and they are a tried and true favorite. They were the first real pants I made in my sewing journey and now 2 years later they are still on the top of my list to make. The pattern is great for an intermediate and above sewist. The Hemp Canvas was a breeze to sew with and I love that the fabric is a natural fiber making it a sustainable material. The fabric has a stiff drape that nicely keeps the shape of the shorts. I recommend using a Jean needle

The Heather Blazer is a new pattern from Friday Pattern Co and I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out! The tutorial was easy to follow and there is also a sew-a-long video for extra help. I mainly watched the sew-a-long video since I am a visual person. This pattern is also perfect for an intermediate and above sewist. It paired perfectly with the Ostrava Oatmeal Linen. The Linen is a medium weight fabric with great structure for this jacket. Great fabric for Spring to Summer linen projects. I wore the jacket to my kid’s soccer games during a breezy 75-80 degree day and felt perfectly comfortable.

FIT & MODIFICATIONS:

Let’s first chat about the Heather Blazer and the fitting and my mods. The fit is oversized in both length and width.  Knowing this I decided to size down as well as decreasing the length by 1”.  I decreased the length on every piece other than the sleeve pattern pieces. What I did forget to do was decrease the length of the pockets. It worked out ok this time but next time I think I will shorten them as well. I was very happy with the fit and I am already planning to make more!

Next up were the Lander shorts. They are designed to be fitted at the waist to semi fitted to a relaxed fit at the hips and legs. Honestly fitting pants/shorts is personal to each person. Our bodies, especially our lower half typically fall all over the size chart. We aren’t just one size and that’s what makes us so beautiful!! For my Lander’s I start with a size 6 at the waist and hips. Usually with pants I grade down a size or two at the hips but with these shorts I wanted to keep them flared away from my legs. After my first fit check I did go back and bring in the waist about ¼” on each side along the waist, prior to sewing on my waistband.  I am very pleased with the final fit, so I plan to make a few more for Summer!

FINAL THOUGHTS AND A BIT ABOUT THE MOOD SEWING NETWORK.

This is my favorite outfit in my closet right now! I have had this look in my head for a while and Mood had the exact fabric to bring my dream to life! As a part of my collaboration with Mood, I was gifted a 3-month access to the Mood Insider Program. Be sure to check out the page for all the details but I want to highlight one of my favorite perks and that is FREE SHIPPING. I hate paying for shipping so I always look for ways to not pay for shipping, especially if it’s from a place I often purchase from. Of course there are more perks then just free shipping (but that is a GREAT one) and I will be sharing more next month! You can join HERE!

MOOD FABRICS CODE:

First of all, thank you for reading! So as an appreciation here’s my Mood Discount Code:

10% using code: MSNAW221

  • Coupon fine print:  Offer valid online only and expires per customer with use. 10% off your order, discount applied at checkout. Not be combined with any other offers, coupon codes, etc. Excludes items beginning with PV, SUN, and AWG.

Until next time

-Alexis

Wonderful Things Blog Tour- Going Home To Roost

Wonderful Things Blog Tour- Going Home To Roost

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The gentle whispers of joy fill our minds as positive affirmations bring inspiration and encouragement. Wonderful things inspires to delight with happy hues and delicate prints to uplift your spirits.

Hello All,

Welcome to the Wonderful Things Blog tour. Bonnie from Going Home to Roost created the Wonderful Things with the same beauty that she brings to all of her collections with Art Gallery Fabric. This collection has two color ways, Honest Whispers and Honeyed Wonders.

Honest Whispers is soft and subtle pastels while Honeyed Wonders is Bold and Bright.

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My Grandmother is my Wonderful Thing (my favorite person). She is the Matriarch of our family and my last Grandparent alive. She is 92 years and only stopped working 2 years ago! She is delicate yet strong, strong minded yet compassionate, independent yet family focused. I would be lucky if I was half as amazing as she is. She is well know in our family for her amazing food. One of my favorite dished she makes is Menudo. I know, not everyone has a stomach for that dish. LOL

 A couple of weeks ago she fell and cracked her femur.  Wait let me back up, She fell on a Friday did not tell anyone until the next day, because she did not want to disturb them. She only took some pain medicine and laid down. However the next day she could not walk. That is so her! Too strong for her own good! She is currently at a rehab facility and the Docs, Nurses and Physical Therapist are all blown away by her progress and determination to get back on her feet. They wanted to send her home last week because she is a rock star and already doing very well but the Doc requested one more X-ray and discovered, what they had previously thought was a cracked femur was actually a full break in the femur head. She is strong and determined to get back home and I am sure she will by this week.  I have always looked up to my Grandmother but more and more as I have gotten older I have prayed to be just like her. She raised 5 children, worked full time and cared for my Grandfather during his medical battles. She is also the oldest of 10 siblings which she also helped to raise. She is intertwined in every holiday tradition I have known since I was born and also in my kids lives. I could not be more proud of my family as well. I have watched them all rally around her. Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles have flown in for out of town to gather around her and support her healing.  Truly blessed to be apart of this wonderful family. Such a Wonderful Thing!

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Do you have a Wonderful Thing? Person? Season? Color? Feeling?

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Fabric used:

Top-Words to Live by- Whisper

Shorts-Subtle Journey West

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Patterns Used:

Top- Clover Tween

Shorts- Lilly Tween

Both by Violette Field Threads

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I love the Words to Live by.  I have been looking forward to making a top for my daughter to wear. I am secretly hoping she looks down at her shirt and is reminded to be true to herself!  Anything that can help a Mom out, I will take it!! Thanks Bonnie!

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Looking for more inspiration?

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook 

Thursday July 20th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Friday July 21st: Haley Dennis | Sewing Lessons with Haley
Monday July 24th: Alice Kreyder | Blossom Quilts
Tuesday July 25th: Katy Yates  | Sweet Littles Handmade
Wednesday July 26th: Maja Wlusek  | Betyipiernaty
Thursday July 27th: Deanne Chambers  | Wild Forest Handmade
Friday July 28th: Maria Beuttenmuller  | MariaElenaBliss 
Monday July 31st: Amy Maxwell | Thomas Pie
Tuesday August 1st: Teresa Behr  | Dandelion Drift
Wednesday August 2nd: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Thursday August 3rd: Vanessa Hewell  | Lbg Studio
Friday August 4th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
Monday August 7th: Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
Tuesday August 8th: Wynn Tan | Zakka Art
Wednesday August 9th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Thursday August 10th:  Kaitlyn Howell  | Knot and Thread
Friday August 11th: Sarai Schuk | Sarai Hobbies
Monday August 14th: Ashley Cowan | Elises Mama
Tuesday August 15th: Jen Van Orman | Heritage Threads
Wednesday August 16th: Elise Baek  | Elise and Emelie
Thursday August 17th: Marie-Fleurine Olsen | Sew Mariefleur
Friday August 18th: Joanne Tubman | Jo Marie Design
Monday August 21st: Ange Hamilton | A Little Patchwork
Tuesday August 22nd: Judi Robinson | Creative Little Women
Wednesday August 23rd: Faith Essenburg
Thursday August 24th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm
Monday August 28th: Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Tuesday August 29th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
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Make it a great week!!! Thank you Bonnie!!!

-Alexis

Happy Monday! Summer Collection 2014

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My First Summer Collection for 2014 ..

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This new Collection features Shorts, Shirts, Leggings and of course Dresses . I had the opportunity to photograph my new collection on the beautiful Sage Ranch. The girls T, A and D had so much fun and were absolutely beautiful. They were all a joy to photograph and I am so grateful they let me 🙂 . Thank you Ladies!!

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I hope you enjoy as much as I do! Come by Etsy and check you the rest of my items!!

Don’t forget you can get 15% off by using code “BLOG15” (Cannot be used on fabric)

-My Sweet Sunshine