- Added 3" to the length of the pattern
- Added a 4" band to the bottom of the top
- Added 2 75"x 4" waist wraps
- Added a 3" seam waist wrap opening
- Added a 24" wide by 20" long sleeve. Gathered the sleeve by adding three machine basting stitches down the length of the sleeve and securing the stitches.
- Before I started creating my own clothes, I had no clue textiles had so many variations. Let me be honest, when I heard someone mention a seersucker suit I thought seersucker was a brand. Little did I know, it was one of my favorite warm weather fabrics every created. If you're not familiar with seersucker, it's a lightweight fabric more often in a stripe that has a puckered textured. Not sure if you get the gist, but trust me when I say it's classic sophisticated and very versatile.
- This wrap top was made using this red and white regatta seersucker from moodfabrics.com that's lightweight, very comfortable, easy to sew and cut and a summertime must have. If you have another color in mind, don't worry here is a great assortment from moodfabrics.com to get you started.
- This top was made using this Burdastyle 06/2011 #121A downloadable pattern with the following alterations:
- Chandler's dress was made using my Mini Jadore Marie pattern with alterations.
Leggings are quickly becoming a universal staple in everyone's wardrobe. You can wear them to the gym, to the couch, or pair them with a blouse and heels for a more fashion-forward look. Regardless of how you're styling them, sewing leggings can be a bit intimidating for newbies or those without a serger. Luckily, we have tips and tricks to make leggings easily with a regular sewing machine! Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard 5.6 oz Silver Matte Tricot w/ High Compression
- 1/2 yard Pink Floral Printed Max-Dri Anti-Microbial Performance Tricot
- Walking Presser Foot
- Peg Legs with Add-Ons by Patterns for Pirates
1.) Curves, curves, curves!Plus size fashion is all about showing off the body you have, and there's no better way to do that than a body con dress, or a slinky evening gown! Throw on a fur shawl to take these looks to the next level. Exited about elegance? Pick up these fabrics at Mood!
2.) Crop TopsCrop tops come in every variety imaginable, from sleeveless to sweater, and it's clear fashion cannot get enough of these belly baring beauts. Throw on some denim overalls for a casual summer outfit, or let the crop top take center stage with a simple pair of jeans. Create some crops with these fabulous fabrics!
3.) Body Suits and JumpsuitsRompers may have recently been all the rage, but you'll be jumping for joy in these curve accentuating jumpsuits and body suits. Perfect for walking down the runway or playing in the park, pair bodysuits with a circle skirt or some high waisted shorts. Want your own playful playsuit? Try these fun fabrics!
4.) VelvetNothing compliments a body better than a soft and sensual fabric, like velvet. The dramatic drape juxtaposes beautifully with some tension in the taut material. Let velvet speak for itself with a simple cocktail dress, or experiment with velvet bodysuits and crop tops. Down with dramatic? Add flair to your wardrobe with these beautiful fabrics.
5.) High Waisted PantsHigh Waisted Pants are a powerful look for the powerful woman. Strut your stuff at that important business meeting, or go explore the city with these versatile, and comfortable, slacks. Pair with a blazer and a body suit for a look that goes from day to night with the blink of an eye. Looking for some powerful pants? Try these fabrics.
6.) Making your own clothesThe DIY trend is spreading, and plus size fashion is picking up what it's putting down. Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton is inspiring plus size women everywhere to take control of their fashion and start making their own clothes with these beautiful patterns she's designed for Simplicity. Get creative with these fabrics!
7.) SheerAlthough many may not like the trend of plus size women showing their bodies, these models prove that confidence is key. Sheer body suits over dark bras, or see through dresses thrown over colorful bikini sets are perfect for cooling down in the summer heat. Are you cheering for sheer? Try these fabrics!
Aries, March 21 to April 19Aries, the Ram, is the sign of confidence, hard work and honesty. An Aries doesn’t have time for frills, therefore their clothes need to be comfortable and keep up with their physical lifestyle. This Bamboo and Cotton Knit Fleece in Almond is perfect for a pair of comfy, breathable, and stylish joggers to sport around town or wear on late night food runs with friends. Pair with a crop sweater made of Peach Waffle Sweater Knit! With confidence, an Aries glides seamlessly into eveningwear, especially in an elegant gown made from this Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse, the favored fabric of 1930s screen sirens.
Taurus April 20-May 20Taurus, the bull, is stubborn, yet patient, believing in quality over quantity. A typical summer day for a Taurus can involve anything from tending their garden, to searching the stores for the best deals and showing off their new digs at music festivals. A Taurus needs versatile fashion to keep up with their ever-changing lifestyle, and a romper made of this beautiful Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste Cotton is sure to make a statement wherever they go. For an evening look, Taurus can be seen trotting around in a skirt made of this Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle, a statement look with quality fabric. For an edgy look, a body suit made from this Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene is sure to keep the attention on Taurus.
Gemini May 21 to June 20Gemini, the twins, is an adaptable and curious sign. Always looking for the latest ways to have fun and experience life, Geminis love exchanging ideas with other signs. This cool and funky Italian Black and Multi-color Abstract Jersey is perfect to fashion into a wrap dress for hanging out at the local coffee shop or traveling to different cities. When between looks, dress down in a stunning kimono style evening robe made from this beautiful Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse. Once the Gemini steps out of their evening gown and into the evening, they need a cocktail dress of this funky and individualistic Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon.
Cancer June 21 to July 22Cancer, the crab, are not as intimidating as they might appear. This emotional and loyal sign loves to be creative, and their time is best spent at home enjoying the company of good friends. Whether it’s some good barbecue at a family cookout, or a pool party with longtime friends, a midi skirt from this Dusty Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray let’s Cancer relax in style. This beautiful Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade is an excellent choice for a Cancer on their way to a cocktail party. The emotions of Cancer are reflected wonderfully in this Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print, and ruffled dress from this pattern would compliment the creative side of Cancer. Need inspiration? Check out this ruffled dress by our style blogger Nikki Brooks-Revis!
Leo, July 23 to August 22Leo, the Lion, is passionate, brave, and generous. This ride or die sign is always on the hunt for adventure, whether that means staying at a hostel in a mysterious city, or trying something new at the local food festival. Leos’ love of being admired is sure to lead them to this fabulous Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur, perfect for a vest to accompany the Leo in their travels. For a more sophisticated look, try this Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh, perfect for a garden party dress.
Virgo, August 23 to September 22Virgo, the Virgin, is the purest sign. Practical, analytical, and kind, a Virgo loves enjoying nature, especially on a beautiful summer day. An organic picnic on the riverside is the perfect summer setting for a Virgo, and this breathable, eco-friendly bamboo jersey knit fabric in green is perfect for a comfy and casual summer dress. Or, turn this Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste into comfy, yet sophisticated Harem pants for a breezy summer evening.
Libra, September 23 to October 22Libra, the scales, are a just and gracious sign. They love being social, and enjoy playing team sports, as long as everyone plays fair. You can find the Libra rowing, playing tag football, or just enjoying the heat in a comfy t-shirt made from this White Paisley Burnout Jersey. Libra is as elegant as they are casual, and should balance their t-shirts with a dramatic peplum made from this Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma. The elegant and romantic feel of this Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet would be perfect for a powerful bodysuit to accentuate the grace and justice of the Libra.
Scorpio, October 23 to November 21Scorpio, the scorpion, is a survivor. They’re passionate, stubborn, and resourceful, so the perfect partner to take on a camping trip, hiking, or simply making s'mores in a backyard fire pit. They love being right, enjoy spending time with their oldest friends, and are very expressive. Toasting marshmallows on an open flame has never been so comfortable in a cape made from this Italian Charcoal Wool Coating. For warm summer afternoons spent hiking, an off the shoulder crop top made from this Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print will keep Scorpio's cool, cute, and comfortable.
Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21Sagittarius, the centaur, enjoys philosophy and being outdoors. Don’t let their wise demeanor fool you, though, as they love to horse around and have an excellent sense of humor. A Sagittarius can be seen fishing on a peaceful lake, or pranking life guards at the beach with cardboard shark fins. This Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe is perfect for a classy bathing suit cover at the summers hottest beach party. Throw it over a bathing suit made of this fun Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit! And for warming up in the evening after a long day at the beach, a jacket from this Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur is perfect to keep the Sagittarius comfortable.
Capricorn, December 22 to January 19Capricorn, the goat, is responsible and disciplined. Often the leader of the group, they appreciate strong family traditions and music, and are goal-oriented individuals. A Capricorn needs a traditional fabric that allows them to have fun with the fam and reach their goals, and this African Print cotton in green and pink geometrics is perfect for a bold tunic to take to the family reunion or wear to casual Fridays at work, or go for a more graceful look in a maxi dress made of this Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel.
Aquarius, January 20 to February 18Aquarius, the water-bearer, is the most humanitarian of the signs. They are progressive and original individuals, and have the most fun when they are helping others. Summer is spent volunteering at local youth shelters, and raising money to help fight the power, while taking their friends out for a well needed brunch. A crop top from this Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey paired with some boyfriend jeans is perfect for volunteering with flair. An Aquarius can even take their humanitarian spirit into evening wear, with this Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing, perfect for charity balls and fundraising galas.
Pisces, February 19 to March 20Pisces, the fish, wakes up late and heads straight to the local swimming hole. They value their rest, and are very gentle and wise. Their deep connection to water makes them the most compassionate and intuitive of the signs, relying on the calm waters a hot summer’s day to relax them. The slippery fish needs a fabric that can easily allow them to swim and dry off quickly, and this Geometric Neoprene is perfect! Begging to be stitched into a body suit turned bathing suit in a pinch, the Pisces will love the scuba suit type material. Throw on a beach cover made of this breathable White Bamboo Stretch French Terry, and this Pisces is ready to party.
The adventurous and brilliant nature of the Gemini has been quelled in the past month, due to Mercury's retrograde. May is beginning slowly for you, but a burst of energy and enthusiasm will strike near the middle of May, once the retrograde ends. This is the perfect time for projects, especially anything you have been putting off due to difficulty. Have confidence and push yourself with this great Beaded Crop Top! For the first time in several years, Mars is in the house of Gemini, giving you the opportunity to take charge and make the adjustments you've been meaning to. As Venus settles into the house of Aries this month, a change is in the air. It's time to start spring cleaning, and redo your wardrobe! Bring in some fresh new summer fabric with these beautiful African prints, or clean up your purse with this nifty Bag Organizer. Late May will be an excellent time for socializing and showing off that new wardrobe, and travel is in the cards for many Geminis. An excellent way to travel cute and comfortably is with this sturdy Faux Leather Travel Bag. The new moon on May 25th will open you up to a world of opportunities, anything you aim to accomplish is within your grasp. Perhaps a particularly ambitious project you've been thinking of (such as this Star Lord bomber jacket by our blogger Courtney Norris). It is important that throughout the month of May, you stay open and positive. Bring this positive attitude into June, and the month will be yours for the taking. Follow your instincts in June, and make no compromises. You know what's best for you. Your interests will be less career oriented this month, try focusing on more domestic pursuits. Throw on these Patchwork Denim Overalls and get gardening! For Geminis born in the month of June, your imagination will thrive. But, you will need the wherewithal to take charge and turn your ideas into reality. Some hard work and follow through will go a long way! Generosity will strike you in the middle of the month, and you should follow that feeling! Random acts of kindness will come back to you towards the end of the month, so stay positive and be charitable. A new opportunity will be revealed to you towards the end of June, but you must keep your mind open to new experiences. These funky neoprene prints are a fun way to experiment with different styles, try fashioning one into this cute one piece bathing suit! Not sure what fabrics to start with? Take a look at our Fabric Horoscope for all the Astrological Signs!
this white/navy striped cotton woven at moodfabrics.com this kicked off my warm weather lust. This cotton has a slightly raised texture with stretch in one direction. It's lightweight and perfect for warm weather. Chandler's dress was made using my leftover Rag & Bone black and white striped cotton woven which looks very close to my fabric and performs almost identical. The ruffle was made using the fabric I used for my top. The pattern I used for this top is vintage McCalls 4722 with the following pattern alterations: -Removed the buttons from the front of the pattern by cutting the front on the fold. -Added a seam and a 9"invisible zipper to the back. -Added an additional seam across the back 8" from the top of the back -Cut 2 4.5"x 60" pieces of fabric and attached them to the shoulder, front and back seams pleating as I attached. -Pleated the sleeve and added a sleeve cuff with two buttons. Chandler's dress was made using my Marie Mini Jadore pattern
1. ) Tight FabricsAn active-wear classic, the tight fabrics of the runway are reminiscent of the spandex trend in the 80's. A tight spandex jumpsuit paired with heels is the perfect way to strut around the city, and short leather pants and a flat brimmed hat help you sweat it out without ever going out. Get the look with these flexible fabrics:
2.) NylonWater repellent and reflective, nylon is the perfect accessory to evening jogs and morning coffee runs. These intense nylon dresses are a great addition to any relaxing athlete's wardrobe. Nab these nylons:
3.) Sports Bras as Crop TopsWhy wear a shirt when you can just wear a sports bra? These brazen brassieres have been seen flashing their way down the runway, and now you can add some flare to your underwear simply by showing it. Emboldened by these bras? Get your hands on these fabrics:
4.) WindbreakersThe classic windbreaker gets twisted in this season's over-sized windbreakers. Even a hurricane can't shake you up when you're wearing these. Pair one with some leggings and and a pair of sporty stilettos, and you're runway ready. Ready for rain? Raid these fabrics:
5.) Over-sized EverythingThe old school over-sized sweatshirt has come alive again in this years trends. Everything is more comfortable when it's over-sized, and Athleisure is all about being comfortable. Whether you're running from the rain or in a marathon (a netflix marathon), these over-sized sweats are a must have. Overwhelmed? Shop the look:
Dale Carnegie said that, "there is no sweeter sound to any person's ear than the sound of their own name," and I couldn't agree more! That's why these leather tags are such a new favorite of mine. Whether you emblazon them with your own name, or label every container in the house....I don't think you can ever go wrong. What needs a leather hang tag in your life? SUPPLIES: Mallet, edge note, q-tip, leather, awl, straight edge, hole punch, rotary cutter, and a set of letters. HOW-TO: 1. Take your pattern (you can download the template here, and size it to your liking), trace it on to your leather with your awl, and then cut it out with your straightedge and rotary cutter. 2.Take a q-tip and slowly paint the perimeter of your tag. Let it dry. Then paint it once more for good measure. (Note: I also use an edge burnisher and a little targomcanth to make edges smooth before painting, but this isn't necessary). 3. Turn your tag vertical, and with your ruler measure out the center of your tag....then mark it with your awl. Next, use your hole to make a hole in your leather as pictured (Note: i had to go back and make mine larger because I used thicker leather. 4. Next, either use pre-made suede cord, or use your straight edge and rotary cutter to cut your own. Slip it through your hole. 5. Lastly, measure out where centered you want your letters to go. After that, wet the back of your tag a tiny bit...and then with your mallet, pound in your desired letters. Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.
(Are you on our list? You get full bragging rights! Add this badge to your blog with this link.) Everyone loves a good sewing blog, including other sewing blogs. One of the best things about the sewing community is just that -- it's a community. There's no shortage of fantastic designers, DIYers, and bloggers out there, each one bringing their own style and tips to the table, but sometimes that can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you're a beginner. Whether you're just starting out and not sure where to turn next, or a sewing veteran looking for some new inspiration, this list is sure to help! We've gathered just a few of our favorite places to visit when we're on the hunt for new projects, tutorials, and patterns.
1. Motivational & Inspirational
Marcy's blog is one of the most colorful and optimistic ones you'll come across. Currently in NYC, she updates several times a month with her newly crafted garments, as well as anecdotes about life in the city. Another native New Yorker, Peter Lappin uses his blog to document his jump into the sewing world. Focusing mainly on vintage patterns (and even sewing on vintage machines), Male Pattern Boldness is the go-to for menswear trends and impeccable sewing skills. Erica's blog is a requirement for all sewists looking to build up their handmade wardrobe. She has tutorials and posts on everything from fabric and pattern selection, to pattern alterations and style tips. Like most sewing bloggers, Tilly began her site as a way to connect to fellow sewers and DIYers. Nearly a decade later, Tilly and the Buttons provides workshops, patterns, project ideas, and inspiration for any level sewer.
2. Best Vintage Sewing
Tasha Moss of By Gum, By Golly loves a vintage sewing pattern. Her style features elements from all eras, but focuses a lot on the 1940s; and for the all-around DIYer, she also includes knitting on her blog! Check out this retro outfit below that she made with Mood! Sallie uses her blog as an outlet to inspire all artistic sorts. With a background in fine arts, she brings an interestingly creative eye to the sewing table, often coming up with 70's inspired looks or even more historical pieces.
3. Indie Patterns
Colette boasts flattering designs in an array of styles, and their not wrong. Whether you're looking for blouses and dresses or menswear basics, you can probably find your style with them. Plus, they have great tutorials and instructions. Rae's tutorials are fantastic for new sewers. Plus, she has wonderful tips, projects, and patterns for childrenswear and knit fabrics, which everyone knows can be a bit
If you're a fan of contemporary, wardrobe-ready sewing, Grainline should definitely be on your list of blogs to check out. They sell dozens of fashion-forward patterns that would work well with any style.
4. Back to the Basics
Another knitter/sewer double threat, Rochelle of Lucky Lucille actually guest blogged for Mood last year! She makes gorgeous knitwear and wardrobe basics - essentials for any sewer on a mission to create a fully handmade wardrobe. Kelli's patterns are great for any level sewist looking to grow their closet. Beginning with the super comfy Hudson pant, True Bias has released a number of easy-to-follow projects, including shift dresses, camisoles, and basic tops. This one is another great resource for newbies. Daniela uses her blog to gather free patterns from around the internet, as well as printable sewing tips and charts. You can find anything from full dress tutorials to basic stitching techniques; and now she even has her own shop!
Dana has a ton of tutorials on her site featuring quick and easy clothing designs for her kids. Each one is bright, colorful, and (of course) totally practical for everyday wear. Jill's is another colorful blog! She has step by step tutorials, often trying out indie patterns, for how to make functional clothing for children. Think comfy, cute, and totally washable!
6. Plus Size Sewists
As a plus size sewer myself, I've always found it difficult to find resources. Luckily, some wonderful ladies, including Tanya of Mrs. Hughes, created the Curvy Sewing Collective! Her personal blog documents her current projects and inspirations. Another Curvy Sewing Collective and Mood Sewing Network contributor, Mary is an avid lover of shirtdresses! She tries out and gives reviews on tons of gorgeous and flattering sewing patterns, both PDF and print alike.
7. DIYers & Refashionistas
Not into fashion? No problem. Whipstitch whips up all sorts of projects, organizer bins to bags to quilts and everything in between. Dresses to jumpsuits, jeans to skirts, cuffs to flounces -- this blogger has done it all. She'll inspire you to find gold in any thrift store visit!
Amanda doesn't exclusively deal in dressmaking, but her results are still top notch! Each one she creates is stunning and unique. Six years ago, Sarah Gunn went on a year-long mission to stop buying clothes. Instead, she created almost 70 new garments, which has since turned into hundreds!
9. Ready-to-Wear Separates
After hand-making garments for her daughters for years, Lori has shifted her sewing recently to focus on her own wardrobe. Each of her projects and tutorials are exemplary, but her individual pieces are beyond stunning! No type of garment is off limits for this lovely lady! Dresses, blouses, pants, jackets -- anything you can think of to sew, Cennetta probably has a post for you to turn to. Lauren's impeccable style is it's own level of greatness. She mixes contemporary with vintage, and puts a lovely modern touch on everything she makes. And her separates make for some awesome mixing and matching. What other sewing blogs do you turn to for directions and inspiration? These are just the tip of the iceberg for sure. Tell me in the comments who you love to read!
Mother's Day is fast approaching and if you're like me, you left gift buying to the very last minute. For those who prefer a personal touch, this robe is a quick DIY that is sure to please. Give the gift of comfy style with this detailed Art Nouveau inspired silky cotton voile. The perfect way to say have a Happy (and comfy) Mother’s Day! Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards Liberty of London Portsea Bittersweet Red Silk-Cotton Voile
- Free Mother's Day Robe Pattern (DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN HERE)
- Stitch the front and back panels together at the shoulders. Since this is a lightweight robe that doesn't call for a lining, I strongly recommend some French seams.