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.
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:
- 1 yard Black & Navy Blue Abstract Metallic Jacquard
- 2.5 yards Mood Indigo Viscose -Acetate Lining
- 1 yard White Water Jet Loom Interfacing
- 2 Rag & Bone Rib Knit with Navy Stripes
- 21" Metal Separating Zipper
- 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.
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.
7. Follow steps 1-6 for the lining, skipping the interfacing if desired.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
12. Turn the jacket right-side out and sew in a reversible zipper to complete your new bomber!
What fabric combinations are you going to use for yours? I'd love to see some finished projects!
Neck Tie Instructions:Fabrics & materials needed:
- 1 yard main fabric such as silk, brocade, jacquard, sateen, etc (we used this new paisley damask jacquard)
- 1/4 yard lining (Blue Coral Acetate-Viscose Lining)
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 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
- ~1 yd net/tulle (equal yardage to your brocade, or more for serious bubbliness)
MeasurementsThis 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)
SewingThe 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. 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. 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! 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. 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.)
1. OuterwearBrocade 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:
2. Dresses and DetailsDresses 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. 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. Here are some Mood picks to get you started on the perfect brocade dress:
3. SuitingWomen 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. 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. Here are some terrific abstract brocades that could look fantastic as tailored garments:
4. DaywearA 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. Try your hand at some casual brocade garments with these vibrant, geometric brocades:
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! 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! 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.
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!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. 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. 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! 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. 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. For my socks, I used Mood’s Max-Dri Wicking Anti Microbial Performance Spandex which is really nice for socks! 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. Facebook Instagram and for tutorials (free & subscriber only) Patreon Happy sewing! ~AmazonMandy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.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! 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.
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 Fabrics. Mood 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 Mood. Habotai 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.
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.
Mood Fabrics Has a Large Selection of Japanese Denim, Shirting, Twill, Pima Cotton and Wool.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fabrics’ beaded 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
- 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.