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Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Black and white is the hot color combination for spring. You can try colorblocking black and white solid fabrics, or you can opt for a black-and-white print. The photo collage above shows some of the B&W prints found at Mood Fabrics NYC in a range of fabrics; below are just a few of the black and white fabrics available at MoodFabrics.com. Choose a simple pattern with clean lines and let a fabulous print do all the work for you.
Carolina Herrera silk and wool organza
Zebra print silk blend burnout
Black & white embroidered linen
Marc Jacobs silk crepe de chine
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
The sixth season of Mad Men premieres this Sunday on AMC and we’re eager to watch how the women of the show—Peggy, Joan, Betty, Megan and pre-teen Sally—take to late 1960′s fashion. We’re used to them wearing dresses that were fitted and flattering, but now they’re stepping into the Mod part of the decade and none of them exactly look like Twiggy. The New York Daily News writes about dressing the characters in the styles of the period in a recent article:
“It was a very challenging decade,” [Tim] Gunn explained of the season-six ensembles. “There was never before a decade like the ’60s and hasn’t been one since. ‘Mad Men’ style was how we ushered in the ’60s and we ushered it out with hippiedom. Between those two polarities, there were the miniskirt, Yves Saint Laurent’s clear vinyl dress, the paper dress, the bikini — it was almost impossible to shock people.” He added, “It was a time that was so schizophrenic and challenging to decide who you are.” (NY Daily News)
So far, Mad Men fashions have inspired countless numbers of home sewers to re-create the dresses and outfits worn by their favorite characters. We can’t help wondering if the blogosphere will embrace Mad Men Mod as much as it has the early sixties fashions, but Mood Fabrics has lots of mod and groovy fabrics in our two stores and online just in case. For example, there’s this pink pop floral brocade, this pink-and-brown bold geometric jersey knit, and this Marc Jacobs retro-floral silk charmeuse; in our NYC store we found these fabrics:
Late 1960′s-style fabrics found at Mood NYC. Tons more where these came from, and in our LA store too.
A search for “Simplicity patterns 1968″ turned up these groovy dress patterns.
Will you be watching Mad Men this Sunday? Could late 1960′s fashions serve as your next design inspiration? Let us know here!
Monday, February 18th, 2013
Even though New York Fashion Week just ended, we wanted to revisit the Spring 2013 trends from the runways of last September. With warmer weather just around the corner, these are the looks to guide you as you plan your spring and summer sewing:
BLACK/WHITE: Think high contrast and go for bold black-and-white prints, like this DVF dress, or big stripes a la Marc Jacobs. Jason Wu demonstrated that color-blocking in black and white still looks fresh, and we love how Lela Rose used lace appliques to create a flattering silhouette. Mood fabrics for black-and-white sewing include: black ponte knit, silk/cotton voile bold print, off-white ponte knit.
ASIAN FLORALS: If you love prints, be on the lookout for delicate, Asian-influenced florals. You can go head-to-toe floral chic (Etro and Nanette Lepore), or you can limit the blooms to a pair of pants or skirt. Floral fabrics we love at Mood online include: Carolina Herrera taffeta (limited yardage), cotton batiste, embroidered silk shantung.
SHEER TOUCH: There was a lot of peekaboo on the Spring 2013 runways. We adore how just a hint of sheer can take a dress or top from ordinary to chic. How much sheerness you incorporate is up to you, which is why it’s so much fun to sew your own clothes. Sheer fabrics from Mood include: ivory silk organza, blue iridescent silk chiffon, bright salmon sheer georgette.
BRIGHT BAZAAR: Colors were definitely on the bright, borderline-neon side this season. You’ll cast off the winter blahs when you wear a top, dress or skirt made in one of these hues. Some of Mood’s bright-colored fabrics include: bubblegum pink linen, aqua crepe de chine, neon green rayon jersey.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
So much to sew but so little time? Narrow your project list down to the five must-haves to sew for this fall/winter season:
1. Big boxy coat: Fast and easy to make when you don’t have to worry about fit details. Sew it out of Mood’s red cashmere/wool blend coating. (Inspiration: Jil Sander coat, available at Net-a-Porter)
2. Brocade skirt: Rich brocades are super-hot this season. Sew a Mood brocade like this one into a little pencil skirt. (Inspiration: Marni brocade skirt, available at Net-a-Porter)
3. Sweatshirt: Go casual and pair a sweatshirt with jeans or glam it up with sleek leggings and heels. Lace gives it a feminine vibe. Make your sweatshirt out of Mood’s wool jersey. (Inspiration: Vanessa Bruno wool sweatshirt, available at Net-a-Porter)
4. Elegant blouse: We love the versatility of a pussy-bow blouse. It softens up your workwear during the day and then looks chic with jeans or pants for an evening out. Sew your blouse out of Mood’s zebra print silk charmeuse. (Inspiration: Emilio Pucci silk blouse, available at Net-a-Porter)
5. Pants in a print: Whether you prefer a slim pants leg or a wide leg, make your next pair of pants in a print. Solid black pants are just so boring! We like this Carolina Herrera silk brocade for a pair of striking pants. (Inspiration: Malene Birger pants, available at Net-a-Porter)
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Sewing inspiration: Prada Fall 2012 suit. Photo by Marcio Madeira.
If you’ve cracked open any of the hefty September fashion magazines, you’ve seen pages devoted to the bold brocade prints of Prada Fall 2012. Anna Wintour wore the jacket above to the U.S. Open, and it looked stunning on her. So I’ve been wanting to make my own statement brocade jacket. Finding a geometric print wasn’t as important as finding a bold brocade print was. Fortunately I found a dramatic Carolina Herrera brocade print at Mood NYC that I loved, and I turned it into this simple jacket:
Jacket made with Carolina Herrera silvery brocade from Mood NYC. $50 a yard and worth every penny because this fabric is a delight to sew and press. To purchase, call 212-730-5003 and ask for the Silk department, or send an email to email@example.com.
You know I have a serious thing for brocade fabrics. If your only exposure to brocades sold by the yard is what you see in the chain stores, you may find my brocade addiction baffling. I don’t mean to come off like a big old fabric snob (though I am one, admittedly), but there is a huge difference in quality between their brocades and the brocades Mood sells and designers like Carolina Herrera use in their collections. I mean, which is yummier: a mass-produced cookie from a bag in the grocery aisle, or a fresh-from-the-oven cookie made with the best ingredients? Same thing here. Better brocades from Europe are a delight to sew and work with, and they always look expensive to wear.
Ok, stepping off my pedestal now and giving you the details about the jacket. I used an out-of-print Vogue pattern, 8541, changing the long jacket view into one long piece rather than seaming it at the waist. No lining needed, just finished the seams Hong Kong style. Added side pockets (seriously, why do pattern makers omit pockets all the time? I need ‘em!). The jacket looks good worn open or buttoned and belted. Very pleased with it and now moving on to sewing a leather top for fall; details to come.
I love how sometimes this CH brocade looks silver and maroon, sometimes silver and black. Carolina used this particular fabric for beautiful gowns and dresses.
No lining, just Hong Kong seams. This was the most time-consuming part of the jacket.
Here are some CH brocades I love that you can find online at moodfabrics.com:
Carolina Herrera Brocade 300687
Carolina Herrera Silk Metallic Brocade FS19519C
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
10 Crosby Derek Lam Maxi Skirt, available at Shopbop.
Lately I’ve been seeing maxi skirts everywhere in New York City, on stylish women of all ages. So of course now I’m craving one for myself and may make this my next sewing project. Let’s look at pattern possibilities…
- Vogue 1310 Chado Ralph Rucci: The draping of this maxi skirt is to die for. A person could look like a slender column in this pattern. I think I’d shorten it so it doesn’t sweep the floor (not really practical for running up and down the stairs here at Mood NYC).
- McCalls 6567 or Butterick 5757: Nice basic patterns, easy elastic waists, look like they could be swishy enough and would work well in a number of fabrics
- Simplicity 4188: A yoked waistband and multiple panels make for a very swirly skirt. Soft wovens like silk would work well with it.
- Burda 7553: Very similar to the Derek Lam skirt above.
Now for fabric possibilities…
. That’s where it gets a little harder, only because there are so many good choices. Today I left my office on Mood’s lower level and went upstairs to the main floor to see what fabrics struck me. At first I thought silk jersey
, for sure, because it drapes so well and feels great to wear. But then I wandered by our bamboo knits
and fell in love with their soft hand. I grabbed Ann in our silk department to ask which fabrics she’d recommend for a maxi skirt: “Crepe de chine
or washed silk
,” she suggested. Oy, so many choices. But then she pulled out this silk and lycra blend, shown below, and I was all “Eureka! That’s it!”
A silk-and-lycra blend that would make a stunning maxi skirt. Available at Mood NYC for $35/yard.
I think a maxi skirt made out of this fabric and paired with a white shirt and black or dark accessories could look so chic. What do you think? Too bold? Or perfect for a summer day?
Tips for sewing a maxi skirt: Well, not a whole lot, actually, because I think sewing a maxi skirt should be purposely simple and easy. Choose a fabric that drapes well and doesn’t need a lining, and that’s half the battle. Do a simple machine-stitched narrow hem, finish seams as appropriate for your fabric, and that’s it. Wear and enjoy!
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Check back here again on Friday, when we visit with Danyce of our Home department for Favorite Fabric Friday. See you then!
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Swatch, Mood Designer Fabrics' active mascot, is unusually pensive as he considers fabric options for his Easter Parade outfit.
Spring is finally here and Swatch thinks a floral print and trim would make a perfect outfit to wear in this Sunday’s annual Easter Parade on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Fortunately Mood Designer Fabrics has loads of colorful floral prints and trims both in store (New York and Los Angeles locations) and online. Swatch is posing here with three pretty florals from the NYC store at 225 W. 37th Street: clockwise from top left, a gray silk crepe with luscious red and pink roses, an Oscar de la Renta silk twill in bold colors, and a sky-blue cotton print featuring cabbage roses. At Swatch’s paws are just a few of our spring trims from our ever-expanding trim department.
Can’t make it to our NYC or LA stores? Mood Fabrics online has a bevy of beautiful floral prints in all types of fabrics. Swatch has exceptional taste in fabrics and he thinks these florals from our online store would make great spring outfits:
White cotton batiste with flowers in blues, greens and browns. Ideal for tops, tunics and caftans.
Vivid rayon jersey in purple, fuschia, yellow, orange and green. Perfect for spring and summer dresses and tops.
Gorgeous silk chiffon in soft pastel colors, with lurex and sequins for subtle bling. Sews up into dreamy tops and dresses.
And don’t forget we have loads and loads of trims in both store locations and online. A little trim here or there can add the perfect signature touch to a spring outfit.
Hey readers, what are you sewing for spring? Tell us here…
Friday, October 7th, 2011
Fashion has never been this magnetic or omnipresent as it is this fall. The old is new again and television shows are influencing fashion’s biggest designers this season. With all of this amazing clothing creeping up on us all, it’s hard to imagine a time when color was non-existent and some looks did not look wearable. This fall, fashion lovers all over the world should anticipate every day wear that is beautiful, bright, retro and comfortable. Fall seems to be the greatest season to be involved in fashion.
The MOD look is back in style. The clothes and the style of the 60’s has once again graced the runways and entered into the department stores. Mad Men, a popular television show is the big influence behind the MOD style this season. Tailored suits and dresses, opaque stockings and more attention to detail are being seen on the streets and in the collections of designers such as, Victoria Beckham, Bottega Venta and Marni. In addition to the beautiful dresses and suits that can be worn inside and outside of the office, bell bottoms and bug-eyed sunglasses are also making a comeback. The sunglasses that Jackie O made famous are all the rage for the Fall 2011 season. The bell bottom style has been seen on the runways and on the streets. This trend has been seen worn with a statement heel and a pretty tunic. Designers are putting a modern update to these classic styles.
Jackie O Sunglasses
Colors and every day wear has been a prominent sight on many runways. Designers are realizing that clothing that can be worn straight from the runway is the most important thing to fashion lovers. Many runways, such as Jason Wu showcased simple yet glamorous sweaters, skinny-legged pants and statement clutches. The emergence of more color has pleased many people as well. Colors from every spectrum of the rainbow have been seen in a variety of fall styles. Yellow has been the prominent color of the season, being seen in the collections of many popular designers.
Jason Wu Fall 2011 Collection
The fall season can say hello to the reemergence of the Victorian era. Long, flowing A-line dresses are making a comeback this season, as well as high-heeled laced up booties. In addition to the stylish Victorian clothing, cameo necklaces which were very popular in the past have been seen on many models. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen has combined pleated collars and flowing gowns together, to create a modern version of this old style. Fashion this season is proving to be very stylish and very exciting.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
It’s hard to get excited for Fall/Winter runway collections, when deep inside you can’t wait for the snow to clear and the sun to come out so you can pull out your denim shorts and flirty spring dresses. However, after seeing the runway collections from New York fashion week I can’t help but feel inspired.
Fall 2010 seems to continue the whole American Sportswear re-invented and military trend. Cozy knits, fabulous outerwear pieces in heavy wools and fur, and big comfortable pants took over the runways. Everything seemed so practical and wearable that I couldn’t help but wish I had it all to wear now and keep forever.
My favorite trend is piling on the chunky knits. This trend reminds me of the perfect ski weekend in Aspen but perfectly acceptable and comfortable for every day life. My favorite show that portrayed this trend was Rag and Bone. These two designers from Nashville totally get the whole Americana style. The mixture of textures and monochromatic tones worked perfectly together; mixture of stylish, comfortable, and cool. The designer’s inspiration for this collection was “crazy English guys who climbed Mount Everest in the twenties in tweed” and they nailed this perfectly.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
For Spring 2010 the trends stray away from the edginess of seasons past and revert back to classics. What makes Spring 2010 so great is that you will be able to find many styles that will last you a lifetime, not just a season.
TRENCH COAT: First piece that will last you from Spring to Fall is a basic trench coat. This is such an easy and versatile piece which is easy to find at a variety of price points. Wear a trench over a floral dress, striped sweater, or oversized boyfriend shirt with jeans and you have a chic put together look. If you already have a trench coat, or prefer a more unique option, you can opt for a sleeveless trench coat, which you can wear as a dress. This style won’t be as easy to find as your basic trench coat but it can be a simple DIY by removing the sleeves.
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Once the holiday festivities come to an end so will the rocker glam trends of seasons past. Come spring, make room for a whole new wardrobe. Time to trade in your winter blacks and grays for olives and khakis and glitterati sequins for floral prints.
My favorite runway show from Spring 2010 came from Stella McCartney. I felt that her collection was the best at covering a bit of most of the trends for Spring 2010 rather than focusing on just one.
The first big trend for spring is the revival of military inspired looks. The use of olives and khakis can be seen all over the runway. In the first three pictures above you can see this trend demonstrated with a more feminine rather than masculine approach. The first look is a new take on the cargo pant and her wide leg version with pleats comes off as more feminine rather than military. The second is a stylish thermal romper in an ombre print. The third look is a floral/camouflage print dress with a canvas belt that keeps this look feminine and classic.
The next big trend for spring is a feminine look through the use of floral prints and neutral tones in soft silks and lace. The silk pleated floral dress with ruffles is one of my favorite looks from the collection, sure to be an easy and bold way to pull off the feminine floral trend. The next look is a chic, and feminine way to play with different tones and textures in the neutral trend. Here, Stella paired different shades of khaki and a light pink lace top to add a touch of femininity.
To view the entire Stella McCartney Spring 2010 collection visit:
To view a selection of organic cotton twills click here.
To view a selection of floral prints click here.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
In the Fall 2009/10 runway shows, the 80’s Glam Rock and 90’s Grunge trends were in full force. As it usually goes in Fall/Winter runway shows, all Black ensembles took over the runway. However an underlying trend did emerge this season that would give way to the upcoming trends in the Spring 2010 shows. Many designers decided to opt out of the 80’s Glam Rock trend that has embraced the runway for the past few seasons for a softer, more sophisticated approach.
In the Lanvin and Bottega Veneta Fall 2009 runway shows the theme was reminiscent of a 1940’s glamour girl. The colors were neutrals such as tans and browns in both wool and satin mixed with black accents to make them feel current. This is a great way to stand out of the sea of black this season. These neutral hues will also last you through the Spring 2010 season.
In the Chloe and Zac Posen runway shows the trend was all about Frontier Spirit. Hannah MacGibbon and Zac Posen embraced prints mixed with bronze accents to create a Bohemian look that one could wear throughout the season and well into Spring. In the Chloe runway show Hannah MacGibbon also played with the use of texture to make this Frontier Spirit theme appropriate for Fall. She used velvets and satins mixed together in metallic tones such as gold and bronze to make this trend, which is usually reserved for Spring, current and relatable for Fall.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
In the Fall/Winter 2009/10 runway collections it was all about textures. The use of feathers, sequins, fur and velvets were used to create collections that are meant to make the consumer feel good!
The trends for this season range from Roaring 40’s to 80’s Party. Each trend incorporated the use of textures to create pieces that were special. Not necessarily something the consumer needs but more about something they want.
The most innovative use of textures came from using feathers and sequins. These fabrics are not new but in Fall 09 designers began to use them in a new way to create looks that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Feathers: The use of feathers can be seen in many runway collections from Fall 2009 but the best use of it came from Givenchy. In some of the most memorable looks from the collection, Riccardo Tisci used ostrich feathers to create a feminine touch to his interpretation of the 40’s power suit and a sash of ostrich feathers to create edge and interest to a plain white t-shirt. Feathers such as ostrich, hackle, and peacock are great to use as an alternative to fur. They are just as luxurious and are fairly easy to work with when purchasing them already attached to a bias. It is a simple way to add glamour and interest to any look.
Sequins: The use of sequins has been present in the past few seasons. Sequins are great to add a touch of glamour to any silhouette. This season the use of sequins evolved from the mini-dress and into many different forms. The most surprising and innovative use of sequins came from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 09 collection. Nicholas Ghesquière used a leopard print season fabric in a silhouette that resembles the wrap dress. The cut has proven to be flattering on almost any figure and leopard print is a classic that keeps on being reinvented every season. Working with a sequin fabric is not the easiest. You must be very careful since good sequin fabrics usually have such delicate embroidery but if you use sequins it is sure to make any outfit pop.