• Seersucker

  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Chandler's dress was made using my Mini Jadore Marie pattern with alterations.
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  • Mood DIY: Sewing Leggings without a Serger

    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: There are several ways to get around using a serger, one of the easiest being zip-zag stitching. This can sometimes come with it's own set of problems, namely ugly seams that may bunch up or pucker when sewing something skin-tight like leggings. My favorite solution (as it is with most projects) is French seams. If you're not familiar with this type of seam, not to worry - they're incredibly simple! First, be sure that you have a walking foot for your sewing machine. These have wide plates and help to move your top and bottom fabrics at the same rate, causing less stretch and puckering while sewing knits. I recommend cutting out one size larger than you need, or adding an 1/8" to your seam allowance as it's pretty inevitable that sewing French seams with a zig-zag stitch will shrink your garment just slightly. Begin by sewing your pattern pieces WRONG sides together. Use your widest zig-zag setting to ensure the greatest stretch. Trim your seam allowance and fold your seam so the RIGHT sides are together. Zig-zag stitch again, encasing the raw edges within the seam, like you see below.This can be repeated for most seams for any project. One of the advantages to using them is that you can sew all WRONG sides together first and do a fitting before finishing your seams. Above, you can see all the finished seams from the right side of the garment. The image below shows what the inside looks like. Everything is neat and clean, not raw edges to scrunch up while you're working out! How do you sew knits without a serger? Do you have other tips to suggest? Comment below!
  • Trend Report: Plus Size Fashion

    Also referred to as "fatshion," plus size clothing is hitting new strides as plus size models embrace their curves, inviting the rest of the fashion world to love it or shove it.

    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.
    Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exited about elegance?  Pick up these fabrics at Mood!
    Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit
    Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    2.) Crop Tops

    Crop 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.
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag
    Create some crops with these fabulous fabrics!
    Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh

    3.) Body Suits and Jumpsuits

    Rompers 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.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Want your own playful playsuit? Try these fun fabrics!
    Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile
    Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit

    4.) Velvet

    Nothing 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.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Down with dramatic? Add flair to your wardrobe with these beautiful fabrics.
    Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet
    Estate Blue Polyester Velvet Estate Blue Polyester Velvet

    5.) High Waisted Pants

    High 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.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Looking for some powerful pants? Try these fabrics.
    Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe
    Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    6.) Making your own clothes

    The 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.
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Get creative with these fabrics!
    Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit
    Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey

    7.) Sheer

    Although 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.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Are you cheering for sheer? Try these fabrics!
    Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit
    Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon
     
  • Summer 2017 Fabric Horoscope

    Aries, March 21 to April 19

    Aries, 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.
    Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece
    Peach Waffle Sweater Knit Peach Waffle Sweater Knit
    Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse

    Taurus April 20-May 20

    Taurus, 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.
    Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste
    Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle
    Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene

    Gemini May 21 to June 20

    Gemini, 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.
    Italian Black and Multicolor Abstract Jersey Panel Italian Black and Multicolor Abstract Jersey Panel
    Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse
    Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon

    Cancer June 21 to July 22

    Cancer, 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!
    Dusted Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray Dusted Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray
    Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade
    Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print
     

    Leo, July 23 to August 22

    Leo, 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.
    Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur
    Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh

    Virgo, August 23 to September 22

    Virgo, 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.
    Green Stretch Bamboo Jersey Green Stretch Bamboo Jersey
    Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste

    Libra, September 23 to October 22

    Libra, 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.
    White Paisley Burnout Jersey White Paisley Burnout Jersey
    Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma
    Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet

    Scorpio, October 23 to November 21

    Scorpio, 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.
    Italian Charcoal Wool Coating Italian Charcoal Wool Coating
    Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print

    Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21

    Sagittarius, 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.
    Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe
    Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur

    Capricorn, December 22 to January 19

    Capricorn, 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.
    Green and Pink Geometric Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print Green and Pink Geometric Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print
    Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel

    Aquarius, January 20 to February 18

    Aquarius, 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.
    Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey
    Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing

    Pisces, February 19 to March 20

    Pisces, 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.
    Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    White Bamboo Stretch French Terry White Bamboo Stretch French Terry
     
  • Gemini May 2017 Horoscope

    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!
    Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern
    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.
    Felt Bag Organizer Felt 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.
    Faux Leather Travel Bag 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).
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord Jacket Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord Jacket
    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!
    Patchwork Denim Overalls Patchwork Denim Overalls
    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!
    One-Piece Swimsuit One-Piece Swimsuit
    Not sure what fabrics to start with? Take a look at our Fabric Horoscope for all the Astrological Signs!
  • Victoria stripes

    Lately, I've been obsessed with stripes and ruffles. There's something so completely classic and feminine about pairing the two that makes this obsession even more irresistible.  When I spotted 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    
  • Trend Report: Athleisure 2017

    Athletics gets luxurious as the runways' most comfortable new trend. Activewear isn't only for the active anymore. Brunch with the girls, yoga after work, or sipping a cappuccino at the local café while making eyes at the man-bunned barista are all perfectly acceptable places to wear Athleisure. The only thing you're not required to do is sweat. Let's take a closer look at what's running laps on the runway.

    1. ) Tight Fabrics

    An 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.
    Dior | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Dior | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Get the look with these flexible fabrics:
    Alexander Wang Amethyst and Glacier Gray Double Faced Neoprene Alexander Wang Amethyst and Glacier Gray Double Faced Neoprene
    5.6 oz Black Matte Tricot w/ High Compression 5.6 oz Black Matte Tricot w/ High Compression

    2.) Nylon

    Water 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.
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Nab these nylons:
    Dusty Olive Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D Dusty Olive Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D
    Navy Metal Separating Zipper with Gold Pull and Teeth - 13 Navy Metal Separating Zipper with Gold Pull and Teeth - 13"

    3.) Sports Bras as Crop Tops

    Why 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.
    Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas
    Versus Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versus Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emboldened by these bras? Get your hands on these fabrics:
    Metal Gray Compression Jersey Metal Gray Compression Jersey
    Black Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene Black Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene
     

    4.) Windbreakers

    The 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.
    Sportmax | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sportmax | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Varsace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Varsace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Ready for rain? Raid these fabrics:
    Blue Nights Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D Blue Nights Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D
    Cashmere Blue Nylon Spandex Cashmere Blue Nylon Spandex

    5.) Over-sized Everything

    The 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.
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Vetement | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vetements | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Overwhelmed? Shop the look:
    Light Blue Stretch Bamboo Jersey Light Blue Stretch Bamboo Jersey
    White Bamboo Stretch French Terry White Bamboo Stretch French Terry
  • Mood DIY: Leather Tag

    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.
  • Mood's Ultimate List of the Best Sewing Blogs

    (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


    Oonabaloona

    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.

    Male Pattern Boldness

    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 Bunker

    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.  

    Tilly and the Buttons

    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


    Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing

    No sewing blog list is complete without Gertie. Known for her iconic retro style, Gretchen Hirsch has written several books on vintage fashion and she even has her own line of patterns. These days she does a lot of traveling for in-person workshops and seminars, but her blog is still a great source of online information.  

    By Gum, By Golly

    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!  

    SallieOh

    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

    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.

    Made by Rae

    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  

    Grainline Studio

    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


    Lucky Lucille

    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.

    True Bias

    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.  

    On the Cutting Floor

    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!    

    5. Childrenswear


    MADE Everyday

    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.  

    Homemade by Jill

    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


    Mrs. Hughes

    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.  

    Idle Fancy

    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


    Whipstitch

    Not into fashion? No problem. Whipstitch whips up all sorts of projects, organizer bins to bags to quilts and everything in between.  

    Cotton & Curls

    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!  

    8. Dressmakers


    Amanda's Adventures in Sewing

    Amanda doesn't exclusively deal in dressmaking, but her results are still top notch! Each one she creates is stunning and unique.  

    Create/Enjoy

    Suzannah, who used to run Adventures in Dressmaking, has since branched out to include all things DIY on her blog. This has not deterred her from her initial passion, however. She keeps a detailed log of each year's dress creations on her site, including tutorials for both casual and special occasion garments.

    Goodbye Valentino

    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


    Girls in the Garden

    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!

    The Mahogany Stylist

    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.

    Lladybird

    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!
  • Mood DIY: Free Robe Sewing Pattern for Mother's Day

    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: I went with a light silk-cotton voile, perfect for spring, but robes can easily be made from a variety of fabrics. For a more cozy version, you could try a French terry or even a sweatshirt fleece.
    1. 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.
    2. Next, lay your robe flat at the shoulders and attach the sleeve. Your sleeve panel should be roughly the shape of a trapezoid. The long side attaches to the main robe, like you see below. 3. Stitch along the sides of your robe, as well as the bottom of your sleeves, attaching the front and back of your robe. Hem your sleeves. 4. To form your hood, simply sew the CENTER HOOD strip in between each SIDE HOOD panel. Hem the outer edge. 5. Attach both ROBE LAPEL pieces at one of the short sides. Fold the entire piece lengthwise and sew it around the entirety of the ROBE FRONT/ROBE BACK neckline, attaching the hood in between both layers. 6. Top-stitch each pocket into place on the ROBE FRONT. 7. Hem the bottom of the robe, as well as the ROBE BELT. 8. Lastly, hem and stitch each BELT LOOP into place. In about an hour, you should have a brand new chic and comfy robe, the perfect gift idea! What kind of fabric are you going to make yours from?
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