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  • Mood DIY: Eye Button Shirt Embellishment

    Need a new idea to make that button-up shirt you're working on just a little more eye-catching? This DIY can by sewists and crafters alike! Sewing up your own shirt is an added plus so you can size the placket a little wider than usual. However, if garment creation isn't your usual forte, you can get the same look with an old blouse, some new buttons, and a jar of fabric paint! Fabrics & materials used: If you're simply altering a shirt you already own, be sure to choose buttons to match the buttonholes that already exist. If you're making your shirt yourself, sew your buttonholes and attach your buttons before you start on the eyes. Once those are in place, button your shirt up. Using your temporary marking tool, sketch an almond shape so that it fits around the top and bottom of the button. Repeat for each button. I used the skinniest brush in the pack, with a small dot of paint to trace over the eyes with Jacquard Textile paint. If you've never used it before, it works absolute wonders. It moves with your fabric without stiffening it too much, goes on evenly, and is machine washable. I let my shirt dry for about 20 minutes and then it was all set to wear! Before this project, I had never thought about embellishing a shirt placket, but now I want to do it to everything! What other button embellishment ideas can you come up with?
  • Mood DIY: Free Flared Button Up Shirt Pattern

    Even if there's 2 feet of snow outside, I have my sights set on spring. I'm ready for floral prints and lighter fabrics, so today I got a jump start on a wardrobe for the new season. Mood's new silk charmeuses were perfect for this longline, flared button-up! The large-scale print suits the length of the blouse and the weight lends itself to a gorgeous drape. Fabrics & materials used: To keep the shirt light and draped, I opted against a lining. Because of this, French seams were a must in order to keep the silk from fraying. I began the shirt construction by attaching the front and back panels of the shirt at the sides and shoulders. Next, both front panels needed plackets for the buttons. Each one was interfaced and stitched onto the wrong side of the shirt itself, like you can see above. To avoid visible stitches on the front of the placket, I folded mine over and slip-stitched it into place. I added a single box pleat at the center back before attaching the collar the same way I attached the plackets.In this case, the collar was sewn to the right side of the shirt and slip-stitched on the wrong side. Since the shirt remained unlined, I finished the armholes with 1/4" binding that I made from the same silk as the rest of the blouse. I didn't want any buttons to be visible, so I hand sewed 8 snaps along the inside of the placket. This also omitted the need for buttonholes, which was an added bonus! This pattern is one of my favorites, since it can be altered so many ways - shortened, lengthened, made with a different fabric type entire, sleeves could be easily added. It's versatility is terrific. Are you going to be making any changes when you try it out?
  • Mood DIY: Free Cutout Dress Sewing Pattern

    Sporting bright green on St. Patrick's Day is certainly a fun tradition, but I've always been a fan of a more subtle look for the holiday. This easy to sew pattern features everything you'd want in a cute day-to-night look; flattering cutouts, a nice silhouette, and huge pockets! Plus, you can effortlessly dress it up with heels, or go for a more comfy and casual look with some flats. Fabrics & materials used:
    Dress Pattern Layout

    DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

    Pattern pieces 1, 2, 4, and 5 make up your bodice. If you're working with a more translucent fabric, you may want to use a lining, but the jacquard I used was the perfect weight to skip one. Instead, I put the garment together with French seams.

    The skirt gets pleated twice in the front and twice in the back, lining up with the seams of the bodice. Each pleat should be about 2" deep.

    I made the pockets of mine rather large, so they overlap a bit in the front. If you're working with a bulkier fabric, you may want to make them slightly smaller.

    The back was finished with a 24" invisible zipper that I shortened to about 20". If you're unfamiliar with how to insert one, we have a tutorial here! Lastly, I finished off the sleeves, neckline and hem with simple rolled hems. This could be substituted with a full lining, facings, or bias tape! Which are you going to use?
  • Mood DIY: How to Draft a Bridal Robe Pattern

    Getting ready the morning of your wedding is stressful enough; with a minimum of ten thousand things to worry about, you may as well be comfortable! This gorgeous silk robe was easy to draft, and it only took an hour to put together, so you can check one thing off your To-Do List in just an afternoon! Fabrics & materials used: The robe is made up of three simple panels. I kept mine very rectangular to get the drop sleeve shape, but you could easily modify yours to the silhouette you'd prefer. The front is two pieces, each side should be the width of 1/4 your waist size. I then added three inches to each so the robe has a bit of flow. The same math was used for the back, but I placed it on the fold so it's all one piece. The panels are then sewn at the shoulders and up the sides, but be sure to leave a 12" space toward the top for sleeves. For my sleeves, used this gorgeous guipure lace. It has a nice weight and looks absolutely stunning. The length is entirely up to personal preference. This one is about a yard long, with 10" lace trim sewn around the hem and then top-stitched. The last detail is a simple 3" wide belt. I cut two strips along the width of my fabric, so my belt was ultimately about 3 yards long with a seam, in the center. The finished product is beautiful, comfortable, and feels totally luxurious. Will you be making your own? Which trim are you thinking about using?
  • Mood DIY: How to Make Your Own Birdcage Veil

    diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Everyone wants their wedding day to be absolutely perfect, from the dress to the venue, right down to the table settings. So why not have your accessories to be exactly what you're looking for too? Instead of spending another small fortune on your veil, create your own to get your ensemble to match your imagination! diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Fabrics & materials used: diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Mood has a ton of different appliques, brooches, trims, and feathers - anything that you might want to include in your look. For today's DIY, I went with a pearl brooch and a few strands from an ostrich feather. A couple drops of tacky glue kept the feathers in place perfectly. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s The lace is equally easy to attach. I cut mine into a trapezoid, gathered it along the top three sides, and slid it into the brooch pin. You could also hand-stitch it a few times if you'd like, since the brooch is backed by some felt. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Birdcage veils look the best with an updo, so you can secure it to your hair with a few bobby pins! Are you going to be trying out this DIY? Tell me what you're making in the comments!
  • Mood DIY: Free Two-Piece Prom Dress Pattern

     

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    Your prom should be anything but ordinary. It's one of the most anticipated events of one's high school career, so why settle for just another dress off the rack? Making your own means it will be exactly what you want, with the added bonus of being one of a kind!

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    To find some inspiration, I looked at recent bridal and couture lines to see what shapes and colors were trending. Separates kept appearing, and understandably so; the crop top/midi skirt combo looks flattering on many body types and it's a great way to modernize an otherwise modest silhouette. Another common factor was deep wine tones, and I couldn't be more in love. Dark reds are my absolute favorite shades and they look good with so many different skin tones, which is an awesome plus.

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    The bodice I went with was actually made from the pattern in my last DIY post! You can find out how to make it there, and you can download the PDF pattern here!

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    I made just two alterations: the bottom was tapered slightly, and I made a mock neck instead of a ruffle collar. If you've never made one, trace a french curve for about 7-8 inches, move it to the right 2 inches and trace it again so you have 2 parallel curves. Place the more curved end on the fold, like so:

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    To bring a little dimension into the gown, I opted to use this gorgeous guipure lace. It's the perfect overlay for skirts and bodices alike, and the floral makes the dress a little more Spring.

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    The skirt was the easiest part of the whole project. It's just a basic half circle skirt, so anyone can make it! It's even hemmed with some Stitch Witchery to avoid ugly hem stitching.

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    If you're not familiar with half circle skirts, I can walk you through it quite easily!

    1. You'll need to find your radius length. Measure your waist and divide it by 3.14. So if you have a 30" waist, your radius will be 9.5".

    2. Choose how long you'll want your skirt and add 2" for the hem. Keep in mind you'll probably be wearing heels! I made mine 45", hem included.

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    3. Now you can start laying out your fabric. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and mark out your radius from one of the folded corners.

    4. From your radius, measure out the length of your skirt along the fold and selvedge, as well as a few points in between so you can connect the dots to form curves.

    5. Cut out your fabric, and sew up the selvedge to create the perfect skirt! You can also add a waistband if you so choose, and an invisible zipper.

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    Since I chose to use a poly satin (which looks, feels, and drapes beautifully!), it kept the cost down considerably; and for just an afternoon of work, sewing a prom dress is a great alternative to buying one at the store. The possibilities are totally endless though! You can choose your own color, overlay, skirt length, and more! You could even go with a silk to make the look even more luxe! Are you going to try your own?

  • Plaid Houndstooth

    My love affair with menswear probably started in high school when I went through my men's oversized button up phase with tuxedo pants.  Yep, that was high school.  Fortunately, I never grew out of it.  There is everything classic about plaid houndstooth, and even more flattering on women. When I ordered this Armani wool fabric I originally planned a dress but after it arrived it was definitely more suited for a coat.  The online listing doesn't do this fabric justice, it's simply beautiful.  Heavy weight with a stiffer drape would also make a great blazer.  It sews, irons and cuts with ease.   The pattern used for this coat was vintage Simplicity 8310 double breasted coat/dress with the following alterations: -Removed the back seam -Removed the front box pockets and added side seam pockets -Added 3.5" sleeve belts -Remove the sleeve cuffs -Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position -To remove the double breasted appearance, iron the lapels down ending at the waist Plaid coat_mood plaid coat2 sized-IMG_7688 sized-IMG_7710 plaid coat1
  • Trend Report: MFW - Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    The runways in New York and London this past month have sported some serious girl power vibes, manifesting in ultillitywear, bold shoulders, power shades, and garments calling for equality. Milan's runways seemed a bit different, more feminine and frilly, but certainly no less powerful.  

    1. Womenswear

    Milan ran with the women in menswear trend that we've been seeing that last few years, but gave it a much more delicate twist. Button-up, collared shirts were made from soft silks and gorgeous florals with equally flowy trousers and high-waisted skirts.
    Vivetta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vivetta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Rossella Jardini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rossella Jardini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Giorgio Armani Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giorgio Armani Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Sparkling Grape Polyester Crepe Sparkling Grape Polyester Crepe
    Raffia and White Large-Scale Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Raffia and White Large-Scale Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse
    Armani Black and White Plaid Stretch Wool Twill Armani Black and White Plaid Stretch Wool Twill
     

    2. High-Waisted Leather

    Elephant leg pants were huge last year, and while it seems like a lot of designers are moving back to the more fitted silhouette again, they're doing it with an interesting material - leather and faux leather. Several runways saw this cinch waist design in both shiny, patent leathers and more matte fabrics. Either way, the shape is gorgeous.
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Black Wrinkled Faux Patent Leather with a Navy Fabric Backing Black Wrinkled Faux Patent Leather with a Navy Fabric Backing
    Whisper White Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl Whisper White Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl
    Alexander Wang Bittersweet Chocolate Water-Repellent Vinyl/Faux Leather Alexander Wang Bittersweet Chocolate Water-Repellent Vinyl/Faux Leather

    3. Pale Lace

    It's true, lace never goes away, but whereas past runways featured a lot of striking black lace paired with chic leather, this season saw a lot of white, ivory, and pale pinks.
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Au Jour Le Jour | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Au Jour Le Jour | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    White and Pale Gold 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a White Netting White and Pale Gold 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a White Netting
    White On White Floral Embroidered Tulle White On White Floral Embroidered Tulle
    Famous NYC Designer White and Black Floral Lace Striped Netting Famous NYC Designer White and Black Floral Lace Striped Netting

    4. Animal Print

    With minimalist fashion trends being so popular recently, animal prints have been few and far between. That seems to be changing though, as leopard prints were seen on the majority of the runways last week. The moto jacket dress Sara Battaglia is a particular favorite of ours. It can be recreated with a printed faux leather, or even a short pile velvet or faux fur. Other looks included silk skirts, blazers, and trenches.
    Sara Battaglia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sara Battaglia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather
    Woodbine and Black Leopard Printed Cotton Velveteen Woodbine and Black Leopard Printed Cotton Velveteen
    Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill
     

    5. Blush Pink

    The pale trend didn't stop at lace. Light pinks kept cropping up in Milan, mostly in very feminine silhouettes; so if lace isn't your usual style, try silk chiffon or organza, or even go the feather route like Bottega Veneta!
    Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bottega Veneta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Veneta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Veiled Rose China Silk/Habotai Veiled Rose China Silk/Habotai
    Jay Godfrey Pale Lilac Perforated Stretch Faux Leather with White Faux Suede Backing Jay Godfrey Pale Lilac Perforated Stretch Faux Leather with White Faux Suede Backing
    Rag & Bone Soft Pink Rayon and Silk Voile Rag & Bone Soft Pink Rayon and Silk Voile
    Which trends are you going to be trying out? Tell us below!
  • Trend Report: Oscars 2017

    Lights, camera, awards! The red carpet was flawless last night (even if the show itself had a few mishaps), so we've put together just a few of our favorite looks. As expected, the gowns followed the trends we've been seeing on the runway - beads, metallics, fringe, and of course you can't forget those simple classic solids.

    1. Beaded

    Intricate, couture beadwork is never really out of style, but it seems like it's been more popular than ever this season. Emma Roberts and Michelle Williams kept things fairly minimalist with just a bit of beadwork on the bodice or skirt, while others took it to the next level. Janelle Monáe totally stunned in her gown.
    Janelle Monáe | Oscars 2017 Janelle Monáe | Oscars 2017
    Emma Roberts | Oscars 2017 Emma Roberts | Oscars 2017
    Nicole Kidman | Oscars 2017 Nicole Kidman | Oscars 2017
    Michelle Williams | Oscars 2017 Michelle Williams | Oscars 2017
    Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
    Gunmetal Couture Beaded and Rhinestone Lace Gunmetal Couture Beaded and Rhinestone Lace
    Fancy Beige Beaded Floral Lace w/ Scalloped Edges Fancy Beige Beaded Floral Lace w/ Scalloped Edges
    Black Scallop Edge Lacey Floral Beaded Mesh Black Scallop Edge Lacey Floral Beaded Mesh
     

    2. Metallics

    Some stars skipped the beads, but held on to the shimmer with metallic brocades, sequins, and laces. Moana star Auli’i Cravalho took to the carpet with a gorgeous geometric gown that seemed to be made with an embroidered organza. Regardless of the textile, it draped beautifully and fit in perfectly at the Academy Awards. Chrissy Teigen's dress was another showstopper, combining an abstract sequin mesh with a lovely white silk.
    Auli’i Cravalho | Oscars 2017 Auli’i Cravalho | Oscars 2017
    Chrissy Teigen | Oscars 2017 Chrissy Teigen | Oscars 2017
    Jessica Biel | Oscars 2017 Jessica Biel | Oscars 2017
    Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
    Two-Tone Bronze/Silver Paillette Sequins on Jersey Backing Two-Tone Bronze/Silver Paillette Sequins on Jersey Backing
    Metallic White and Silver Metallic White and Silver "Web" Couture Guipure Lace Fabric
       

    3. Fringe

    There are plenty of ways to incorporate fringe into a look and a few of them showed up on Sunday. Emma stone wore an exquisite flapper-esque gown with layered metallic ombre fringe along the skirt. Halle Berry went the metallic fringe route as well, but kept hers just along the hem of her dress. Octavia Spencer went a route we absolutely love and decided on some feather fringe for her red carpet look.
    Emma Stone | Oscars 2017 Emma Stone | Oscars 2017
    Halle Berry | Oscars 2017 Halle Berry | Oscars 2017
    Octavia Spencer | Oscars 2017 Octavia Spencer | Oscars 2017
    Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
    Taupe/Metallic Silver Fringed Lace Taupe/Metallic Silver Fringed Lace
    3" Gold Metallic Fringe 3" Gold Metallic Fringe
    Metallic Silver Goose Fringe Metallic Silver Goose Fringe
     

    4. Simple Solids

    Classics are classic for a reason, aren't they? Brie Larson brought a wonderful take on the LBD to the show and we can't love it more. The velvet ruffle train was a great touch and had great movement when she walked. Taraji P. Henson was also sporting some velvet, but this time in a plunging bodycon silhouette and deep navy; the result is dazzling. Viola Davis and Ruth Negga were also daring in red gowns, but the risk certainly paid off.
    Brie Larson | Oscars 2017 Brie Larson | Oscars 2017
    Viola Davis | Oscars 2017 Viola Davis | Oscars 2017
    Taraji P. Henson | Oscars 2017 Taraji P. Henson | Oscars 2017
    Ruth Negga | Oscars 2017 Ruth Negga | Oscars 2017
    Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
    Black Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet Black Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet
    Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen
    Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace
    Will you be taking inspiration from any of the looks from this past Sunday? Tell us which were your favorites in the comments below!
  • Mood DIY: Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern

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    You might hear 'crop top' and think of slouchy tees or cutoff tanks, but it's not difficult to put a sophisticated spin on them. The crop trend has made its way to the forefront these last couple years, and for good reason. They can be easily dressed up or down, with a midi skirt or high-waisted pants, and they leave the door open for some great accessorizing. For today's DIY and free pattern, we'll be adding some beads into the mix.

    Fabric & materials used:

    Beaded Crop Top Pattern Layout

    DOWNLOAD FREE CROP TOP PATTERN HERE

    I lined the shirt in the same fabric as the outside, although this was just personal preference; I knew I was looking for a crisp, sleek look.

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    Since the entire shirt is only made up of a few panels, it goes together fairly easily and is very simple to alter if need be. For example, the front is comprised of a middle panel and two sides. I added two bust darts to reduce a little fabric at the armholes. Other alterations could include tapering the bottom a bit to be more form fitting.

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    The back panels go together similarly, and attach to the front at the shoulders and sides. The collar gets folded downward, in half, and attached to the neckline with 1" knife pleats. I made each side go in opposite directions so they meet in the middle with a box pleat.

    This is also the point where you can attach your lining. Once the collar is pinned or stay-stitched in place, place the lining over it so it's sandwiched between the lining and the outer fabric. The armholes and base can also be stitched closed.

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    For the trim, I kept it simple and only added it to the neckline and hem, however this is where you can truly get creative! Create swirling designs or even add some trim along the seams. Be sure to tie off the ends of the trim though, to avoid losing beads and sequins!

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