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  • Floral brocade statement coat

    It dawned on me the only redeeming quality winter has is the ability to allow me to wear coats everyday. So I take full advantage at least once a week adding a new coat to my wardrobe. When I ordered this floral brocade, the last thing on my mind was a coat.  I envisioned a skirt or maybe even a dress but when it arrived, it arrived along with this green silk wool and laying next to each other screamed coat to me and here we have it.  I lined it with this green bemberg viscose. Because it's such a busy fabric I knew I wanted a pattern that was simple which brought me back to this Burdastyle 11/2013 #116 pattern with the following pattern alterations: -Added 7" to the collar -Cut the sleeve 7" from the bottom for the top half of the sleeve and added 5" to the length with the green wool fabric -Removed 3.5" from the bottom of the front pattern These leather pants were previously made here along with this silk shirt dress worn as a top. mood floral-brocade-statement2 floral-brocade-statement-coat3   floral-brocade-statement-coat4 floral-brocade-statement-coat5 floral-brocade-statement-coat6 floral-brocade-statement-coat7 floral-brocade-atatement-coat8
  • Mood DIY: Free Reversible Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    I love the bomber jacket trend, and ever since I made my first one back in the fall, I knew I wanted to make more. This time, I drew up a pattern for the original women's version and I decided to try one for men too!

    The jacket is completely reversible, so you can essentially have 2 jackets in one, complete with pockets. The one I made in September gave off two very different styles, which I loved. For this one, I kept the inside pretty simple - just navy lining and solid black rib knit. The outside, however, was made with a gorgeous abstract brocade, the same navy lining for the sleeve, and one of Mood's brand new rib knits featuring two dark navy stripes. All-in-all, it looks awesome.

    If you'd like to try out the jacket for yourself, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE. When laying out your pattern, it should be 6 pages across and 4 pages down. On the first page of the PDF, you'll find a test square and a size chart.

    Recommended fabrics: brocade, jacquard, satin, canvas, faux leather, heavy knits, wool, and medium-weight lining.

    Fabrics & materials I used:

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Pattern Pieces:
    • 1: Front (Women's)
      • Cut 2 of Fabric, mirrored
      • Cut 2 of Lining, mirrored
    • 2: Sleeve (Women's)
      • Cut 4 of Lining (or 2 of lining, and 2 of outer fabric)
      • Cut 2 of Interfacing
    • 3: Pocket
      • Cut 4 of Lining (or 8 of lining if making jacket reversible)
    • 4: Rib Knit Collar
      • Cut 1 of Rib Knit Trim
    • 5: Back (Women's)
      • Cut 1 on fold of Fabric
      • Cut 1 on fold of Lining
    • 6: Front (Men's)
      • Cut 2 of Fabric, mirrored
      • Cut 2 of Lining, mirrored
    • 7: Sleeve (Men's)
      • Cut 4 of Lining (or 2 of lining, and 2 of outer fabric)
      • Cut 2 of Interfacing
    • 8: Rib Knit Collar
      • Cut 1 of Rib Knit Trim
    • 9: Back (Men's)
      • Cut 1 on fold of Fabric
      • Cut 1 on fold of Lining

    1. If making the women's cut of this jacket, begin by sewing the darts on the front panels. This is the main difference between the two patterns.

    2. Sew the pockets onto the bottom corners of the front and back panels, right sides together so they pull out like you see below. The longer side of the pocket pieces should run along the bottom of the jacket, not the sides.


    3. Place the front and back panels right sides together, lining up the pockets from the bottom. Sew along the dotted line you see below, around the pocket and up the remainder of the side seam.

    4. Pin and/or staystitch the pocket toward the front panel.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    5. If using lining for your outer layer sleeves, reinforce them with interfacing before sewing them together.

    6. Attach the front and back panels at the shoulders and attach the sleeves, right sides together.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    7. Follow steps 1-6 for the lining, skipping the interfacing if desired.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    8. Pin and sew the rib knit collar to the right sides of both, the lining and the outer layer like you see above and below.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    (For your cuffs and waistband, the lengths can vary depending on how tight/stretchy you'd like them. For this one, the cuffs were 8" and the waistband was a full 36".)

    9. The cuffs aren't difficult to sew, however they are a bit difficult to explain. Begin by placing a cuff inside one of the sleeves, right sides together. Sew the cuff while stretching it, or gather the sleeve and use a zig-zag stitch to avoid losing any stretch.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    10. Attach the cuff to the sleeve lining the same way; however, since the other end of it is now attached to the outer layer, it takes some interesting maneuvering like you can see below.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    11. The waistband also attaches to the outer layer and lining. I recommend zig-zag stitching the inside of all the rib-knits to ensure that they stay folded perfectly in half and don't move around, skewing your jacket. Gather the back panel to keep some stretch in the waistband.

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    12. Turn the jacket right-side out and sew in a reversible zipper to complete your new bomber!

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    Free Bomber Jacket Sewing Pattern

    What fabric combinations are you going to use for yours? I'd love to see some finished projects!

  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Men's Tie & Bow Tie


    With the holidays slowly creeping in along with this chilly weather, it's time to start thinking gifts! Especially if you go the handmade route. Ties are a quick and easy go-to during the holiday season. They're fun to make, and most guys need them, so why not make some unique ones that they can't get anywhere else? To help out, we've even created a free template for both, a neck tie and a bow tie!  



    Neck Tie Instructions:

    Fabrics & materials needed: 1. For this tie, you'll have 4 pattern pieces: the main section, the tail, and two lining panels. Each template piece should be placed on the bias and already includes a 1/2" seam allowance.


    2. Sew the main tie to the tail, right sides together.

    3. Attach your linings on either end, turn right-side out and press. (Raw edges of your lining can be finished with a pinked edge or a serger.)

    4. Fold the sides of your tie in 1/2" and press. (Be sure to check the care instructions for your fabric. Many silks will require a low setting, or even a protective pressing cloth.)


    5. Fold the sides of your tie inward again, this time bringing them into the middle. They should overlap just slightly, but be sure the angles at the bottom are even. Press into place.

    6. Many ties simply have a bar tack toward the bottom, but I chose to slip stitch the length of the tie to keep everything laying smoothly.

    7. Add a loop and/or tag about 8" from the bottom of your tie for your tail to slip through after it's tied.


    Bow Tie Instructions:

    Fabrics & materials used:

    1. Cut 2 bow tie pieces on the fold from your main fabric. 2. Optional: cut 1 bow tie piece from your interfacing and fuse it to one of your main fabric panels. (If you have a stiff fabric, such as a brocade or jacquard, this step may not be necessary.) 3. Sew your two panels, right-sides together. Leave a 1"-2" opening toward the center of the tie to turn your fabric right-side out. Press. 4. Slip-stitch the opening to finish your new bow tie!
  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
    Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit
    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Mood DIY: Bubble Skirt

    Today in Mood DIY we're going to make a bubble skirt! This one is so easy you don't even need pattern paper, and using only about 1 yard of brocade, it's an instant cocktail skirt that won't break the bank.


    Required materials:
    • ~1 yd brocade (Most brocades are 55-59" wide; you need enough yardage to cover desired length + 10")
    • ~3/4 yard lining material (again, based on desired length) -- any lightweight fabric in a coordinating color will do (acetate lining, lightweight poly or rayon, silk habotai, cotton batiste)
    • 1.5" elastic (length: half of your waist measurement) -- large safety pin
    • OR a 1" button
    Optional materials:
    • ~1 yd net/tulle (equal yardage to your brocade, or more for serious bubbliness)



    This project consists of 3 rectangles, so measuring is a breeze this time.  You will need these measurements:
    • Waist __ x 3 +1" =
    • Waist __ + 13" =
    • Waist to desired hem length + 1" (a friend may help here; stand straight, hold the tape at your waist, let it hang loosely)
    That's it! The additional 1" is for seam allowance. (The waist + 13" already has an extra inch in there.) There is some adding and subtracting in cutting, so pay attention. Cut your self fabric (the brocade): Many brocades are reversible. Even if not designed as reversible, the wrong side is often so cool looking that it's worth using. So when browsing the catalog, make sure you look at the alternate pictures! I'm using this fabulous new arrival. It's fully reversible, so I chose one side for the main body and used the other side for the waistband.


    This is where we use the waist x 3 measurement. If you waist x 3 is less than your fabric width, you'll cut one big rectangle and sew it into a cylinder. If your waist x3 is greater than your fabric width, you'll cut two rectangles and have two seams, which means you will need double the yardage and you'll cut it on a crosswise fold. In my case, 3x my waist measurement was exactly the width of my fabric, so I used the selvedges and just cut to length.  Fold your fabric so that the top folded part is half of the total top measurement (as opposed to being folded perfectly in half, selvedge to selvedge). So if (waist x 3) /2 =  25", fold up 25" of your fabric. For length: Measure out desired length + 4". Cut on fold, so you get one big rectangle. bubble skirt diag Cut your waistband: Cut a rectangle that's waist x 5". I'm doing my skirt with a half elastic waist, so I made my waistband equal to my hip size, so that I can pull it on. If you are doing a flat waist band with a button closure, cut to your actual waist size + 2.25".  (That's 1" seam allowance and an extra 1.25" for overlap, to button.)


    Cut your netting/tulle (optional): I added a middle layer of netting to give my bubble extra poof, because I wanted an actual bubble, not just a bubbly hem. So I cut a piece of tulle the same size as my brocade, but 4" longer. So that's (waist x3) by (desired length + 8"). You could make the tulle even wider (say, waist x4) if you really want the skirt to be a bubble all over. Ignore this step to make a bubble skirt the way most normal human beings make it. (I'm tempted to make a matching hip-length cape so that I can wear them together and look like a metallic rose version of Grimace.) Cut your lining: I'm using this lightweight poly with a matte finish. It's a bit more durable and less staticky than acetate lining, and the matte texture makes it much easier to work with. Here is where you use waist + 13". Follow the same procedure as for cutting the brocade. For length: Measure desired length - 4". Cut on fold. Let me go ahead and warn you. If you like to keep a neat work area, abandon all hope now. It's a losing battle with brocade.
    IMG_0113 That blurry bit in the foreground is a footlong trail that accumulated on my armrest.


    The sewing on this skirt is really quick and easy. You'll spend the bulk of your time in this project adjusting your gathers. Start by sewing gathering stitches on both ends of your brocade. (If using tulle, you can place it on the wrong side of the brocade and sew them together in a single step, here.) Remember, to do a gathering stitch, set your machine to the longest stitch length and sew about 1/4" from the edge, then once more at 3/8". Do not back stitch at either end. You need loose threads to pull on to do the gathering.


    Gather the brocade to fit the lining. Put right sides together and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. (If your brocade has a distinct top and bottom in the design, make sure you're sewing the bottom side.) There's the hem of your skirt! IMG_0104 Open along this seam to make a loooong rectangle. Bring the right sides of each half together and sew the side seam. (You can do this in one long pass.)


    If making a flat/buttoned waistband: leave about the top 5" of either side seam open. Turn under the seam allowance on either side and hem. This is your opening for getting into the skirt. If using tulle: I didn't sew the side seam of my tulle, because I wanted it to float freely. So I just pulled it to the sides, as you can see in the picture, and sewed as if it wasn't there. (Afterward, I tacked the middle of the tulle to the middle of the side seam, just to help distribute fullness.) Fold your two layers back together, wrong sides together. Ironing the hem seam is a good idea.
    IMG_0124 Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!
    Gather the brocade to fit the lining width and baste all of the layers together. We need to gather all of these layers to fit the waist band, so you can leave the ends of the stitching open -- basting and gathering in one!


    To prepare the waistband, just iron it in half, and press under the seam allowance along one side. If doing an elastic waist, sew the ends together to make a circle. If doing a flat/buttoned waist, just leave it as is for the time being. Place the right side of your waistband against the right side of your skirt. Adjust the top edge of the skirt to fit. (Because I'm doing a half elastic waistband, I concentrated my gathering in the middle third, since the rest will be gathered along the elastic.) Sew.


    If doing a flat waist: you'll have a half inch hanging off one end, and over an inch hanging off the other end. To finish the ends, fold the waistband in half, right sides together, and make sure the seam allowance is turned under on both sides. Sew the short end closed. Trim the seam allowance. This is the same process we used to attach the collar band on last week's summer wool cardigan, so have a look at that photo if you need a visual. Turn the waistband to the inside. Again, ironing will help a lot here.


    You can machine stitch shut or hand stitch, if you want the seam to be invisible. Topstitch the top edge of the waistband.


    If doing a flat waistband: make a buttonhole, sew on your button, and you're finished! (You can add snaps or hooks to the opening to keep it shut, if you're concerned.) If adding elastic: remember to leave a 2-3" space open for inserting the elastic. As I said before, I'm doing a half elasticated waist, because brocade is bulky and I want the front to have a smooth finish. Now, maybe you'll have a better idea for inserting the elastic, but here's what I did. Lay your skirt out flat. Mark out half of your waist measurement. (I'd recommend making these markings over the area where you left a seam opening for elastic insertion.)


    Cut your elastic so that it's at least 3" smaller than half of your waist measurement, but be sure to leave seam allowance. Attach your trusty safety pin to one end of the elastic and begin feeding through your waistband. Pull slowly, because you want to catch the end of the elastic when it's near the first waist mark you made. Pin it and sew across to secure this end.
    IMG_0140 I felt out the end of the elastic, which is a half inch to the left of my marking. I pinned and stitched along the marking.


    Continue feeding the safety pin back around to the other marking. Sew this end securely, remove your safety pin, and then stitch up the hole. Ta-da! You're ready to put on your skirt and prance away to somewhere fancy.


    DSC_0023 Contrast waistband
    A peek at the lining. A peek at the lining.
    A bird's eye view of the poof. Behold the power of tulle! A bird's eye view of the poof. Behold the power of tulle!
  • Trend Report: Brocades on the Runway

    Fashion trends on an off the runway this season are all saying the same thing: brocades are where its at. Historically, brocades and jacquards have always been of as luxurious fabrics, ideal for eveningwear. This season though, brocades have been seen as outerwear and even as some bold suiting and daytime looks.

    1. Outerwear

    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Brocade outwear was seen at every huge fall show this year, from Dior to Gucci to Prada. The best way to go if you're trying to hop on a trend like this? Large florals. One of my favorites, from Dolce & Gabbana (seen above), features gold flowers on a strikingly matte black background. In reality, it's silhouette is quite simple, but the print choice pulls it up to high fashion. Here are a few options from Mood that would be great for outerwear:  
    Metallic Gold and Yellow Floral Brocade Metallic Gold and Yellow Floral Brocade
    Metallic Blue and Green Floral Brocade Metallic Blue and Green Floral Brocade

    2. Dresses and Details

    Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Dresses have always been a favorite when it comes to brocade, but this year we've seen shorter hemlines and simpler silhouettes, bringing a new and slightly more casual look to such an elegant fabric.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Another runway favorite has been subtle brocade details in dresses. Some designers have been experimenting with mixing fabrics, like you can see with the skirt panel above, and others have been using solid brocades to add just a small sheen to garments in certain areas. For instance, the Marras dress below has a black on black brocade across the bodice and high neckline.
    Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Antonio Marras | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some Mood picks to get you started on the perfect brocade dress:
    Off-White Rose-Pattern Brocade Off-White Rose-Pattern Brocade
    Chinois Green and Blue Floral Poly Brocade Chinois Green and Blue Floral Poly Brocade
    Carolina Herrera Rose and Sage Floral Brocade Carolina Herrera Rose and Sage Floral Brocade

    3. Suiting

    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Women in menswear have been taking the runway by storm recently, so it's only natural that they'd be getting in on the brocade trend. Striking jackets paired with equally bold trousers were seen during shows from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dries Van Noten, just to name a few.
    Dries Van Noten | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dries Van Noten | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Each of my favorite brocade suiting looks took elements from different fashion eras. Cavalli threw it back to the 70s with some flare pants that are becoming evermore popular. Van Noten's cropped cigarette pants scream modern chic, and these paper bag waist trousers from Dolce & Gabbana bring some early 20th century menswear to the forefront.
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some terrific abstract brocades that could look fantastic as tailored garments:
    Metallic Gold/Green/Maroon Abstract Brocade Metallic Gold/Green/Maroon Abstract Brocade
    Metallic Gray and Almond Cream Abstract Brocade Metallic Gray and Almond Cream Abstract Brocade
    Metallic Gold and Black Abstract Jacquard Metallic Gold and Black Abstract Jacquard

    4. Daywear

    Pepa Pombo | Columbia Fashion Week 2016 Pepa Pombo | Columbia Fashion Week 2016
    A few of our favorite designers even took the evening elegance of brocade into some daytime looks. This deep gold ensemble from Pepa Pombo would look fierce as a resort look and I can definitely imagine these cigarette pants from Michael Kors as some bold officewear.
    Michael Kors | NYFW Michael Kors | NYFW
    Try your hand at some casual brocade garments with these vibrant, geometric brocades:
    Metallic Gold/Blue/Maroon Geometric Brocade Metallic Gold/Blue/Maroon Geometric Brocade
    Metallic Gold/Beige/Purple Abstract Brocade Metallic Gold/Beige/Purple Abstract Brocade
  • Constructing My Original Utena Cosplay!


    My name is Mandy, I go by “AmazonMandy” online! I’ve been cosplaying since 2004, and I run a business full time sewing custom costumes and gowns for anyone who wants one! The completed photos for this post were taken by Robby Idol Photography. I wanted to share the full process of how I constructed one of my latest costumes, an original based on a gorgeous piece of fanart I found: Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena, as drawn by KairiH. I love how many details she added, it’s a beautiful mix of Utena’s dueling uniform, her movie costumes, and adds feminine flare and details at the same time. I wanted to make it the second I saw it! utena kairi-h For the base of the costume and the jacket, I went with Mood’s beautiful Italian Ivory Solid Wool Twill. It’s a thick yet soft twill, perfect for a uniform or military style piece of clothing! It took a few tries with scrap pieces of fabric before stitching together the basic shape of the jacket! utena1 For the sleeves, I used the same twill and painters masking tape to mask off the dash pattern. I mixed acrylic paint with fabric medium, and using a stencil brush I gently added the pattern onto the fabric before sewing them together. utena2


    For the collar, I debated changing the trim over to tassels, but after doing a mock up I didn’t like it and went back to the ball trim!


    For the underbust bodice, gloves, collar, and shorts, I used a patterned black fabric, silver velvet ribbon trim on the sides and decorated the top with hand stitched on vine trim. I used gold grommets to match the jewelry, and hand stitched on gold rope and hand painted shank buttons as decoration. utena5 For the layers on the train of the costume, I alternated layers of a pretty white rose pattern brocade with a white lace floral embroidered fabric, adding a beaded lace trim for extra decoration. utena6 Now onto the epaulettes! I hand painted plastic domes with thick corrugated cardboard on the bottom. On the bottom, I hot glued on 1.5” velcro , which would attach to velcro sewn onto the shoulders of my jacket. I added on some gems to the outside using Gem-Tac, it’s perfect for attaching smooth-backed gems that other glues can’t grab onto! utena7 For the fitted white top underneath the bodice, I went with white stretch cotton sateen, and sewed it into a simple tube top to peek out! I also went with white silk chiffon for to trim out the collar, and to hang in loose drapes around the waist. utena12 For all of the jewelry, I batched together gems, empty brooches, and necklaces I painted & repurposed! I used that Gem Tac again to secure them all into place, as well as to add pins to the back to attach onto clothes. utena8 For my socks, I used Mood’s Max-Dri Wicking Anti Microbial Performance Spandex which is really nice for socks! utena9 And finally, for my sword, I cut and reused a sword from an old, retired costume. I made all of the ornate vines, roses, and hand guard out of Worbla, and Sculpey, then sanded, primed, and painted. utena10


    Hopefully seeing a bit of my own process when tackling a costume makes it less intimidating for those of you who want to get into cosplay, but feel overwhelmed with it! Remember, everything I’ve made (hundreds of custom costume & gown orders) has all been a part of me learning through trial and error, I have never had true formal training in sewing. I still make mistakes, and that’s okay! Try, try again! Utena_01_sm


    If you tackle your project one piece at a time, you can make anything! If you’re interested in a commission of your own, or to see my own projects, check me out on: Facebook Instagram and for tutorials (free & subscriber only) Patreon Happy sewing! ~AmazonMandy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
  • Mood Fabric's Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week Trend Report

    The NY designers' creativity with fabrics and designs came out in full force at Fall 2016 NY Fashion Week.  Wish you were there to see the most luxurious and sumptuous fabrics up close?  Read on.  This blog has got a recap that will give you a window into the coolest trends in fabrics fashioned on the City's catwalks.

    Fabulous fashion came down the runway look after look at all the designers' shows in trends such as paisley, sequins and lace paired with luscious wool.  The use of creamy velvet and silk jacquards, brocades, and taffetas brought subtle touches of glamour to flowing evening gowns and structured separates.  In addition, there were a number of traditional fabrics such as glen plaids, tweeds and wool boucles showcased with fur and beaded embellishments on sexy silhouettes.  This was not your grandmother's tweed and lace!

    A great way to get these designer styles is to peruse our selections here at Mood Fabrics.  This blog will give you all of the hippest trends designers sent down the runway for you to emulate in your very own sewing studio.  Pick up all of these trending fabrics from Mood and use them to sew garments infused with YOUR personality.

    Altuzarra RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Altuzarra stunned with pretty paisleys paired with knits.  For evening, he used beautifully sheer fabrics that any woman would love and then seduced us with sequins to delicately cover all of our sexy bits.

    AltuzarraPaisley Spotlight on Paisley
    Altuzarra RTW Fall 2016, Looks #4,#24, Vogue Runway
    AltuzarraSequins Spotlight on Sequins
    Altuzarra RTW Fall 2016, Looks #35, #38, Vogue Runway

    If you are as crazy about Altuzarra's mix and match paisley looks as I am, check out Mood Fabrics' wide selection of paisley prints in whatever fabric you desire.  We have the best selection around from luxurious to everyday paisleys.  You'll find them in silk, silk chiffon, velour,  embroidered laces, knits and cottons.  Find your favorite paisley and wow them with Altuzarra style in your next sewing project.

    Kick it up several notches for an evening out with that special someone.  Choose a delicate sequined fabric like Guipure lace or any other delicate delight from Mood Fabrics to create a special "all eyes on me" date night look.  Below are my favorite picks from Mood that you can use to sew in homage to Altuzarra’s RTW Fall 2016 NYFW Runway today.

    MoodGray.Paisley Multi-Gray Paisley Printed Corded Cotton Sateen
    Navy.RedMoodPaisley Navy/Red Paisley Print Stretch Cotton Poplin
    Sequined.LaceMood Nine Iron Floral Sequined Guipure Lace
    Reflective.SequinsMood Reflective Silver Abstract Sequin Fabric

    Oscar de la Renta RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Oscar de la Renta's show was a nod to times past, where glamour and style walked hand in hand in everyday fashion.  His muse for Fall 2016 could walk easily into the boardroom for an important meeting, then slip out to take an important client to dinner and the opera while custom-fitted in all of the pretty structured frocks made of silk jacquards, brocades, fur, and even leather.  For red carpet events, there were many beautifully patterned and weightless silk fabrics displayed on drop dead gorgeous gowns with major drama.

    OscardelaRentaGoldBrocades Spotlight on Brocades
    Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2016, Looks #36, #4, Vogue Runway
    OscardelaRentaTaffeta Spotlight on Taffeta
    Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2016, Look #51, Vogue Runway
    To add a touch of the glamorous life to your wardrobe, head on over to Mood Fabrics and check out our offerings of designer Oscar de la Renta.  Then add some silk brocades, damasks, or taffeta fabrics to your cart to complete any "uniquely you" sewing project inspired by the heirloom quality looks from Oscar de la Renta's 2016 NYFW collection.  I've included my favorite styles below to get you started.
    Silk.Damask.Mood Elmwood Green Embroidered Silk Twill Brocade
    SilkViscoseBrocadeMood Metallic Gold Floral Silk-Viscose Brocade
    Silk.Taffeta.Mood Fuchsia Red Silk Taffeta
    BurgundyTaffeta.Mood Burgundy Silk Taffeta

    Derek Lam RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Derek Lam modernized vintage fabrics with his mixed media approach to fall dressing.  Printed silk blouses mixed with bright wool and sequined gowns juxtaposed with warm and fuzzy fur coats make great statement pieces.  Added extra touches such as mirrored rhinestone buttons, horn shaped toggles, and chunky heeled boots created a special signature of the designers'; one that clearly says "signed with love".  Mood has our very own collection of Derek Lam fabrics.  Current offerings include knitted wool and French terry.

    DerekLamWools Spotlight: Wool Coats with Special Details
    Derek Lam, RTW Fall 2016, Look #1, #18, Vogue Runway
    DerekLamSequins.Fur Spotlight on Sequin Dresses and Fur Coats
    Derek Lam RTW Fall 2016, Look #33, #15, Vogue Runway

    Mood Fabrics also has all the special buttons, trimmings, novelty wools and furs you need to recreate Lam's looks.  Check out a few of my favorite colors and styles of wool and fur from Mood that will make a great Derek Lam inspired coat for your next project.

    Imperial Blue/Fuchsia Plaid Wool Mohair
    BlackLongHairGoatFur Black Long Haired Goat Fur
    MoodSequinsonMesh Prism Violet/Black Abstract Sequins on Mesh
    MoodHornToggles 80L/50.8mm Black/Silver Horn Toggle

     Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016

    Jason Wu did it again!  He gave us an amazingly diverse show full of many different forms, silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics, even with ostrich feathers on the runway.  Modern understated sex appeal in luxurious and traditional fabrics such as fur, velvet, and embroidery, as well as ribbed knit and wool checks, lit up the stage with bright and joyous pops of color throughout.

    Although the mood was serious and grown-up, it was more "grown and sexy" appealing to New York's hardest working women in the boardrooms.  Mood offers just as diverse a selection of Jason Wu's designer fabrics.  Pick up some to replicate that perfect amount of subtle sexiness in your wardrobe.

    JasonWuFeathersEmbroidery Spotlight on Feathers & Embroidery
    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016, Looks #28, #31, Vogue Runway
    JasonWu.Knits.Wool Spotlight on Ribbed Knits & Checked Wool
    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016, Looks #8, #9, Vogue Runway

    Want to design your own Jason Wu style perky suit or sexy sweater dress?  Check out a few of my fabric picks for these wardrobe staples and more.

    MoodFabricsFloralEmbroideredd Powder Blue Floral Embroidered Silk Woven
    MoodRibbedWoolKnit Tan Speckled Blended Wool Knit
    MoodChenilleChecks Mulberry/Citron Checks Chenille
    MoodOstrichFringe 6" Single Ply Sage Green Ostrich Fringe

    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016

    The trend-maker in wonderland, Marc Jacobs was in his element at NYFW Fall 2016, showing an edgy color palette of floral and polka dotted prints in billowy and over-sized shapes accented with sequined floral appliques, embroidery, and fur stoles.  Jacobs' use of fabric laser cutting technology gave intricate details to cool separates made of fancy patent leather.  The red carpet gowns in dark hues of violet and green, and of course in black, were made of highly embellished shimmery satins and detailed with shimmery paillettes and sequins.  Mood Fabrics carries tons of Marc Jacobs' designer fabrics on our site.  Add some high fashion flavor to your wardrobe from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2016 collection's dreamiest of looks and wear the enviable essence of sophistication.

    MarcJacobsPrints Spotlight on Floral & Polka Dot Prints
    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016, Look #32, #16, Vogue Runway
    MarcJacobsLaserCuts Spotlight on Laser Cuts and Embroidery
    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016, Looks #7, #33, Vogue Runway
    Here are a few of my favorite fabric picks reminiscent of Marc Jacobs' style from Fall 2016 NYFW.  To start designing for your own personal runway show, get these picks and more.  With a little help from Mood Fabrics you too can be a fashion star!
    MoodSilkFloral Black/Gray Floral Roses Silk Charmeuse
    MoodPolkaDot Black and White Polka Dot Blended Cotton Woven
    MoodFabricsFloralEmbroidered Black/White Floral Embroidered Cotton Voile
    MoodLaserCut Donna Karan Chocolate Burnout & Laser Charmeuse
    So now you know about some of the very special fabrics trending right now straight from NYFW Fall 2016.  Take a deeper look at all that Mood Fabrics has to offer when designing your next look and soon you'll be rocking your way to the runway.
  • International Fabrics - Ever Wonder Where the Best of Each Textile Originates?

    Ever wonder where in the world some of the best choice denim, knits, and jersey fabrics come from?  Thinking about a light silk or linen for the spring or summer and wonder where to get the best quality?  We have it all here at Mood FabricsMood purchases the best quality fabrics from the top mills across the world.  Below, I will give you more insight as to where the best quality fabrics originate.  Take a look at the international fabrics Mood has to offer you throughout many seasons.

    Mood Fabrics Carries Some of China's Best Silk...

    China is known for its production of the best silk around the world.  We also have China Silk or Habotai here at MoodHabotai or China Silk are interchangeable terms for the lightweight and fine, shimmery and semi-sheer, plainly woven silk incredibly sought after all over the world.  What makes China's silk the best?  It starts with a centuries old secret tradition of cultivating the perfect silk worms to produce the finest and longest filaments of silk while spinning their cocoons.  Then it continues with caring for the cocoons in order to successfully unravel the fiber, turning it into yarn, and weaving the luxurious fabrics we all love to wear in the spring.  Check out our fabric section on silk from China here, then order some delicious colors to create your prettiest spring cocktail dresses, skirts, and blouses.  Habotai can also be used as a lining for all types of weather gear, such as cozy wool pants, fuzzy jackets, and coats.

    "Habotai" or China Silk in Beetroot
    carven-wine-habotai-dress-product-2-10973639-424725676 Carven Purple Habotai Dress

    Mood Fabrics Also Carries Lightweight Wovens from Korea

    Although often known for fabric embroidery as used in traditional Korean Hanbok or Joseonot styles, Korean mills are trending the production of lightweight polyester and cotton blends to compete on the world stage.  Mood has a particularly cool metallic version of said fabric mixed with white and silver yarns reminiscent of that special quality seen in traditional Korean embroideries and jacquards.  Use this serene silvery fabric to steal the scene in a crisp blouse or formal occasion shirting.  Other light polyester and cotton blends reminiscent of this outstanding fabric can be found here.

    Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea Lightweight Polyester Cotton Blend from Korea
    Hanbok-pink-Jeogori-upper-garment Traditional Korean Hanbok - Pink Embroidered Jacket with Flowered Skirt

    Mood Fabrics Has a Large Selection of Japanese Denim, Shirting, Twill, Pima Cotton and Wool. 

    Use our novelty and fine Japanese denims, cottons, and wools to create crisp button-down shirts and soft jeans for a sweet everyday wardrobe.  What makes Japanese denim the best of the best, anyway?

    In Japan, denim is often made on older looms which produce variations in the weave.  These subtle variations make the denim interesting, strong, and rough to the touch giving it a better quality in the eyes of many enthusiasts.  In addition, the dyeing of Japanese denim is a unique process which creates beautiful hues intensely sought after by fashionistas and fashion designers alike.  Some even say, Japanese denim has the most character and is of the best quality because of these unique variations in weave and color only achieved by the inimitable Japanese weaving and dyeing processes.  Finally, most Japanese denims are heavyweight which is particularly appealing to those looking for extra warmth on a brisk day of walking or whatever outdoorsy activity you enjoy.  For more details on what makes Japanese denim great, check out an excellent article, "What makes Japanese Denim so Special?", here from Heddles.

    ProenzaSchoeler.JetBlackDenim Proenza Schouler Japanese Jet Black Stretch Cotton Denim
    JapanesePalaceDenim Japanese Palace Blue Stretch Cotton Denim
    ProenzaSchoulerDenimJacket Proenza Schouler Colorblocked Jean Jacket

    Japanese wool has had a big resurgence as of late marked by ongoing collaborations, such as "The Wool Lab and Cool Wool" between Woolmark and Japan Creation.  Japan also has a rich tradition of using wool for garments that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Here at Mood Fabrics we stock Japanese wool in cutting edge suiting fabrics that are sharp and on point.

    JapaneseWool.MarcJacobs.Mood Marc Jacobs Navy Japanese Wool Suiting
    JapaneseWoolDenim.MarcJacobs Marc Jacobs Denim Blue Japanese Wool Suiting
    Oak&RomaBlogMen'sSuit MAAS & STACKS Men's Japanese Wool Suit

    Japanese Cotton Twill, Shirtings, and Japanese Pima Cotton round out our offerings here at Mood Fabrics.  Similar to the fine quality of our Japanese denims and wool, these Japanese cotton fabrics are of the highest quality and softest feel.  Choose one for your next garment and make those workday doldrums fade away into a sea of beautiful browns, whites, greys and pinks with perky patterns of checks and stripes for whatever everyday style your heart desires.

    JapaneseTwill.Mood Steven Alan Medal Bronze Stretch Japanese Cotton Twill
    JapanesePlaidCotton.Mood Japanese Gray Checks Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePinkGrayStripes Japanese Pink Gray Striped Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePimaCotton Cloud White Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn
    J.Crew.JapaneseCottonShirt Secret Wash Japanese Cotton Shirt in Circular Dot Print from J.Crew
    Frank&Oak.JapaneseCotton.Checks Selvedge Japanese Cotton Shirt in Checks

    India is often know for its embroidered and beaded laces, brocades and jacquards.

    Mood Fabrics has some outstanding choices of intricately embellished beaded lace and satin jacquard material to assist you if you are planning a fabulous spring wedding and looking for a handmade beauty for that stunning wedding gown or bridesmaid's dress.  Many states in India develop their own fabrics with weaving, textile production and design considered a traditional family business.  An example of the superiority of Indian jacquards for instance is the famous Kanchipuram sari.  This state is known for producing wedding dress saris that are the most desired throughout India due to the traditional use of six twist threads as opposed to three twist threads in the weaves.  Jacquard looms abound throughout India in semi-automatic, automatic, and even in handlooms which can produce some of the most sought after jacquard patterns in beautiful silk and satin.  Take a look at what Mood Fabrics has to offer from this style of one of India’s most unique and popular fabric.  To learn more about these traditions tour around all the hotspots in India yourself with advice from this Travel and Leisure article, or just purchase what we offer here at Mood Fabrics.

    Most of Mood Fabricsbeaded lace offerings also travel a similar trajectory across this fantastical country of intricate fabric weaving traditions.  So channel Marchesa or your inner Naeem Kahn, the native Indian fashion designer, and use beaded lace combined with satin jacquard to create a beautifully glamorous gown for your own private red carpet moment.

    IndiaFloralSatinJacquard Light Beige and Ivory Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaSatinJacquard Lilac and Taupe Floral Satin Jacquard
    IndiaBeadedLaceIvory Ivory and Silver Floral Beaded Lace
    IndiaBeadedLaceOlive Olive Fancy Beaded Lace with Scalloped Edges
    Marchesa.BeadedLace Indian-Inspired Details in Marchesa Bridal Fashion
    IndianWeddingDress Pure Silk Pink Crystal Jacquard Lengha
    naeem-khan-25.BeadedLace Naeem Khan NY Fashion Week 2012

    Mood Has a Bevy of Italy's Finest Knits, Cotton, Linen, and Wool Fabrics.

    From the multifaceted country of Italy, fabrics made of cotton, linen, silk, and wool predominant the textile manufacture industry.  The creation of special knits and crochets especially is a mainstay.  Additionally, mills in Italy are on the cutting edge of knit fabric innovation by investing in new technology to create knit fabrics which mimic the feel and design of a woven.  These fabrics are called knit-weaves and can be made with patterns inlayed right into the knit.  Italy has been known for its production of linen and cotton for centuries.  Bergamo and Tuscany are two of the most famous cities where high quality cotton, linen, silk, and wool fabrics were manufactured and exported all around the world since the 19th Century.  We all know that legendary fashion houses such as Missoni and Gucci can work wonders with gorgeous knitted fabrics.  But with help from Mood, you can create your own treasured luxuries for transitioning to warmer spring weather.  Check out some of our cozy Italian fabric styles below before you go on your next nature hike.

    ItalyViscoseJerseyPrint Black/Bayberry Ornamental Abstract Viscose Jersey Panels
    MissoniJerseyPrint M by Missoni High Neck Jersey Dress
    309491 Italian White Creme Stretch Viscose Ribbed Knit
    ItalianBlendedLinenWoven Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven
    ItalianCottonNoveltyWoven Italian Lavendar and Ivory Cotton Novely Houndstooth Woven
    4collective-black-motif-houndstooth-knit-dress-black-product-1-263112332-normal 4.collective Houndstooth Knit Dress
    ItalianFlamestitchWoolKnit Italian Ivory & Green Multicolor Flamestitch Wool Knit
    missoni_violet_flame_stitch_wedge_boots_[M]20010914 Missoni Violet Flame Stitch Wedge Boots
    Italy.OpenWeaveWoolBlend Italian Black Open-Weave Wool-Blend Sweater
    Italian.CrochetKnit.WoolFleece Italian Sunset Purple Crochet Knit Backed By Wool Fleece Jersey
    ChloeSweater Chloe Chunky Knit Wool Sweater
    Italian.FlannelledWoolBlendTwill Italian Blue/Rosa Plaid Flanelled Wool Blended Twill
    Gucci-Glen-Plaid-Suit-01 Gucci Glen Plaid Wool Suit

    Mood offers wardrobe staples for the Spring that are Made in the USA.

    We offer light and sheer fabrics such as organza and tulle that can be worn by brides at the perfect Spring wedding.  Mood Fabrics also carries Supima cotton thermal and jersey knit and American made cotton fleece that can be used to create your basic white All-American Tees, sweatshirts with a pop of color, and snug pajamas.  All of which are a must for chilly nights or relaxing on brisk Spring days.  Supima cotton is superior pima cotton formed from extra-long staple cotton fibers 100% grown only in the U.S.  Extra long staple fibers that make up Supima cotton give the fabric an extra softness compared to other cottons.  In addition, the extra inch or three eighths of an inch that make up the fiber lengthwise gives Supima cotton superior strength and an incomparable fine quality.  Our cotton fleece is super soft and comes from the inimitable American designer Ralph Lauren.

    After a night of relaxing, create a beautiful gown wear out for a night on the town.  For the ultimate in glamorous dressing, create voluminous gowns using organza made by the king of glamour, designer Oscar de la Renta, or American Beauty nylon tulle, which is also American made.  Check out the examples below.

    OscardelaRenta.DustyBlue Oscar de la Renta Dusty Blue Silk Gauze
    AmericanBeauty.PinkTulle American Beauty Diamond Net Nylon Tulle
    oscar-de-la-renta-spring-2013-rtw-silk-organza-dress-profile Oscar de la Renta Silk Organza Dress
    RalphLauren.RedFleece Ralph Lauren American Made Red Cotton Knit Fleece
    SupimaCottonThermal Meteorite Black Supima Cotton Thermal
    SupimaCottonJerseyKnit Lunar Rock Supima Cotton Jersey Knit
    ralph-lauren-red-polo-big-and-tall-big-pony-beach-fleece-pullover-hoodie-product-1-16820936-0-085901386-normal Ralph Lauren Polo Fleece Pullover Hoodie

    Mood has Home Décor Fabrics from Turkey in Polyester Brocade, Damask, and Raised Vinyl.

    Our selection of home decor fabrics from Turkey continue the Turkish Tradition of expert weaving luscious materials such as silk and velvet into brocades and other highly textured textiles called Catmas, Kemha, Canfez, Burumcuk.  Catmas is a double-piled velvet fabric made with textured designs in the pile woven onto a background with plain weave.  This fabric was most famously woven in the town of Bursa.  Kemha are heavy silk brocade fabrics mostly made with metal threads woven in between the silk of the weft.  Canfez is silk muslin gauze with a patterned weave and Burumcuk is a fine-spun raw silk gauze.  Although some of the fabrics such as Kemha were used for the robes of royal Sultans, they were more often used for home furnishings such as rugs, pillows and draperies.  Update your new pad with a modern take on this luxurious Turkish tradition with all of our home decor selections here at Mood.  For more of a history on Turkish fabrics and designer fabric motifs check out some cool websites from ExploreTurkey.com and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

    TurkeyHomeDecorBrocade Denim Geometric Polyester Brocade
    TurkeyHomeDecorTexturedVinyl Turkish Espresso Textured Vinyl
    TurkeyHomeDecorVelvet Turkish Aqua Geometric Laser Cut Velvet
    TurkeyHomeDecorStripedVelvet Turkish Beige/Lush Striped Velvet
    TurkishSultanKemha Traditional Turkish Sultan's Kemha
    TurkishCanfez Traditional Turkish Canfez

    International Fabrics Give Any Sewing Project You're Working On that Special Something.

    So although now you know where the best of each textile comes from around the world, there is no need to book a flight just yet.  Head over to Mood Fabrics and pick up some of our international fabrics for your next sewing project.  We have the best quality from China, Korea, Japan, India, Italy, Turkey, the USA, and many more.  If your hoping to give your wardrobe or next home decor project an international flair, we've got you covered.  And when your friends stop to ask, "Where did you get that beautiful piece?"   Just tell them with a wink and a smile, "I made it from fabric that's made around the world, and I got it from Mood".

  • Finished: Brocade Pants

    My slim brocade pants made from fabric I coveted in the Mood NYC store. There are a few yards left of this same fabric in a lighter colorway, $40/yd. Call or email the silk department (silk@moodfabrics.com) and ask them to recommend similar brocades if this is gone.

    Oh how I love these pants! Can't you see them paired with a boxy cashmere sweater or a crisp white shirt? These pants are proof that the right fabric is everything when it comes to making your own clothes.

    The details:

    • Inspiration: a pair of Stella McCartney silk brocade pants I saw at Saks ($965)
    • Pattern: a vintage pattern from my stash, but you can find this design from just about any big pattern company. I made a muslin first and found I needed to lengthen them by about two inches so they'd hit my ankle (I'm 5'7"). No waistband, slim-leg pants, very basic design that works well on just about every body
    • Construction:  Incredibly easy. Invisible zip in the side seam; faced waistband. Pants are so easy to make I'm not sure why I don't make more of them. Must ponder this.
    I love everything about this fabric. It was wonderful to sew with, and look at how sharp that pressed crease is.
    I used petersham ribbon from my stash to edge the waistband facing for a neat finish.
      Can't make it to our NYC or LA stores to look for fabric like the one I used here? These are some brocades from MoodFabrics.com that I think would make an equally cool pair of pants: 300714, 300687, 300738, 300747, and FP19599C. What I am sewing now: I love the Prada fall 2012 collection, with its bold brocade fabrics and boxy jackets with matching pants. (Have you noticed I have a thing for brocade?) I found a stunning Carolina Herrera brocade here in the store and I'm making a long jacket out of it. More to come...