Fabric shopping is a year-round sport. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean Mood is going to put the swimwear fabrics away, right? So even though your spring and summer 2014 sewing is still months away, you can still shop for next season’s fabrics and just relegate them to your stash, temporarily. With that in mind, Mood Fabrics brings you here the four straight-from-the-runway fabric trends you’ll want to keep in mind as you shop for fabric at MoodFabrics.com and at Mood NYC and Mood LA:
1. GET YOUR GAME ON
Designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Rebecca Minkoff used neoprene, jersey and other sporty performance fabrics to make bomber jackets paired with sleek dresses and skirts. Keep your eye out for knits with minimal stretch, like ponte, to sew jackets that look game-worthy but can still go out to dinner in the evening.
2. PRINTS ARE ALWAYS CHARMING
We fell in love with the refined prints we saw at Michael Kors‘ and Oscar de la Renta‘s shows, and Bibhu Mohapatra‘s dreamy florals were just this side of heaven. When you find prints that work well together, as in the Oscar dress above, grab them. Look to prints in any kind of silk composition.
3. PRESS THE PEDAL TO THE METAL
Inject a little metallic sheen into your spring wardrobe. Tory Burch gave a girlish suit a sophisticated appeal when she made it out of a metallic brocade. Gold lamé looks fresh and fluid in Altuzarra‘s wrap top. Metallic threads and fiber treatments can be found in brocades, chiffons, georgettes, silks, and in many unexpected combinations.
4. THE BRIGHT FANTASTIC
Day-glo colors popped up at Fashion Week and demanded attention be paid, but in an approachable way. J. Crew‘s orange shift has a easy, wearable feel it, enhanced by the heavy dose of orange, while Prabal Gurung‘s bright green top and skirt ensemble feels fresh and new. Look for solid-color fabrics in yellow, pink, orange, green, blue and purple.
To recap, be on the lookout for fabrics that are sporty, have a pretty print or metallic sheen, or are in bright colors. Your motto: Stash now, sew later!