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  • Mood DIY: Button Size Chart

    Enjoy this free button size chart for all your DIY needs! Print it out and hang it in your own sewing studio, or keep it in your tool kit. What's your favorite type of button to work with? Tell us in the comments below!
  • 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: Leather Tassel Keychain

    Leather is just a trend that just never goes out of style....and I'm in LOVE with it! Its fun, funky, and goes with just about everything. My keys are pretty basic and have a TON of those "frequent buyer" cards weighing it down. You know, the ones to the drug store, grocery store, and every store in between. I thought they could use a bit of a makeover. So, I took to Mood Fabrics for some thin leather....and got to work! Tell me below what leather accessories you like. Leather Tassel Keychain1 Leather Tassel Keychain2SUPPLIES: Garment weight leatherclosure (they have more in-store), straight edge, and a rotary cutter Leather Tassel Keychain3HOW-TO: 1. Take some garment weight leather (in any color), your rotary cutter, and straight edge. Cut thin strips 10 inches long, and a little over 1/8" in thickness. 2. Once you've cut about 15 strips, feed them through the eye of your closure all facing the same direction, with leather side up. 3. Save one strip to finish it off. Start tying this strip like you would the beginning of tying your shoelace. Next wrap it around a few times and knot it once or twice. (Note: For added closure, add a dabb of e6000 glue before you knot it).

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.
  • Mood DIY: Dual Tone Leather Camera Strap

    I gotta say...it feels good to be able to customize something just the way you like it. A few years ago I invested in this Canon 60D camera to shoot my posts and tape my auditions, and it's truly paid for itself multiple times over.  So, it was only fitting that I marry that with one of my true loves -- leather. So, I got out some vegtan leather I picked up at Mood Fabrics and got to giving it a bit of a personal touch. Tell me what you think you'd like put your signature on. 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap1 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap2SUPPLIES: hole punch, rotary cutter, cup, blade, piece of harness leather, some vegtan leather, 2 small d-rings, 2 copper rivets and burrs, wire cutter, rivet setter, mallet, hard surface (I used a piece of marble, and a straight edge. 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap3HOW-TO: 1. Cut a rectangle out of your black harness leather that is 2" x 9.5" inches, and a piece of natural veg-tan leather 5/8" x 36." (Note: I added a little black Edge Kote which you can also get a Mood, to make my shoulder piece look that much sleeker and finished). Then take your cup and and blade and  shape off the corners of your harness leather rectangle -- this gives it those rounded, softer looking edges. 2. Next, use your straight edge and blade to cut 4 slits in this piece of harness leather. 3. So your slits won't expand too much once you get to using your straps, punch tiny holes on either side of each of your 4 slits. 4. You're more than half way there! Move your punch to a slightly larger hole, and punch 4 holes to fit in those rivets. Now it's time to insert your rivets. Need a little help? Here's a video on how to do it.

    2 Tone Leather Camera Strap4HOW-TO CONT'D: 5. Pry open your d-rings with the wire cutters, and then put them on the camera. Go ahead and close them up. 6. Pound in your copper rivets with your mallet. 7. Take the wire cutters and cut off the backs off of them, and then use the other end of the rivets setter to smooth them out. 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.

  • Mood DIY: Dual Tone Leather Fanny Pack

    I've been seeing Fanny Packs re-emerge all over the runways recently....and while I haven't owned one in years, I thought this would be a chic updated version to create. So, when I came across this beautiful piece of hardware in the New York City location of Mood Fabrics, I knew I had the perfect match. It's awesome to keep your hands free while out catching those new year sales, or running errands -- tell me below how you'd wear yours! Leather Fanny Pack 1 Leather Fanny Pack 2SUPPLIES: pattern, Black leather, harness leather strap, rotary cutter, spacer, sinew and 2 needles, awl, closure, Chicago Screw, hole punch, rivets and burrs, straight edge, rivet setter, wire cutters, rubber mallet, a hard surface, and edge note (is optional). Leather Fanny Pack 3HOW-TO: 1. Use your hole punch to punch the holes that are marked on your pattern (Note: you'll need to mark your own holes on the strap). 2. Next use your spacer to make equidistant indentations for the holes you will create. (Note: If you want to go the extra mile and for a more polished look, use your black Edge Kote on the edges of all black leather pieces). 3. The next step is to fully make the holes that you just marked, with an awl.

    Leather Fanny Pack 4HOW-TO CONT'D: 4. After that, it's time to put the rivets in your bag (like I mentioned in this post). Save the rivet on the strap for later. 5. Now it's time to use the Saddle Stitch and stitch up the two sides (Check out this post to see the video of how to do it). 6. Lastly slip on your closure and install the last rivet like you did in Step #4. Also, if you haven't already....punch a hole and add a tiny slit below it, to your front tab while you put in your Chicago Screw. (Note: Put a tiny dab of e6000 glue to your Chicago Screw, for added security).

    Leather Fanny Pack 5

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.

  • Mood DIY: Free Microfleece Jacket Pattern

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    A wardrobe can never have too many jackets. They're versatile, and they can dress up or tone down an outfit with ease. For this one, I used one of Mood's new microfleeces and a bit of fashion-weight faux leather for the yoke and upper sleeves.

    Fabrics & materials used:

    I chose to line just the body of this jacket with more fleece. Lining the sleeves made it just a tad too bulky, and it's incredibly warm without a second layer anyway!

     Fleece Jacket Pattern - SMALL

    DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN TEMPLATE HERE

    (Please note, this pattern does not include seam allowances!)

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    The sewing itself isn't too tricky. Simply attach the yoke to the bottom back panel and then at the shoulders of the front panels; next add the collar/lapel around the entire top of the garment. Repeat with the lining, but before attaching the two, I sewed on the sleeves.  While attaching the lining, right sides together, I left the armholes unsewn. When it came time to flip the jacket right-side out, I could do so through the arm holes. A bit of slip-stitching closed it up afterward!

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    The final step was to add a zipper (I had to shorten mine a bit), and top-stitch around the perimeter of the jacket, like you can see above.

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    Ultimately, it's a super cozy little jacket - great for casualwear or a light workout, and absolutely perfect for this cold weather that's been moving in on NYC.

    What color will you be making yours?

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