DIY

  • Fun in the Sun Fabrics

    The summer is the perfect time to show off your skills and create beautiful designs, like cut out dresses and bubble skirts. But, the last thing you want to do this summer is pass out from the heat. The key to avoiding this? Using the right fabrics, of course! Whether you're touring the festival circuit, relaxing at a family cook out, or spending  a day at the beach with bae, these fashionable fabrics will keep you cool, calm, and complimented.

    1.) Cotton

    Cotton, in general, is an excellent summer fabric. As a cellulose fiber based material (meaning it comes from a plant) it is hydrophilic, that is, it's absorbent. So, when you're running around in the heat, cotton is what will absorb perspiration quickly and keep you comfortable. Cotton also has a high rate of thermal conductivity, so it transfers your body heat away from you. There are many varieties, and most are generally breathable. Eyelet cotton has small holes in it, making it an excellent choice for flowy shirts and crop tops. Check out this beautiful White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet! Perfect for this Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top
    White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet
    Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top
    Sateen, the cotton equivalent to satin, is a stiffer cotton that is still breathable and is excellent for a button up blouse, or a flared skirt. The right side has a sheen to it, making it a beautiful fabric to show off in a shirt, but the soft feel of the right side also works as a liner to jackets and blazers. The Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen is perfect for a Memorial Day or July 4th barbecue, maybe in these Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts, paired with the eyelet above!
    Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen
    Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts
    Another excellent cotton is madras. Light weight with a distinct pattern, it's an excellent choice for summer picnics in the park or at the beach. Check out this lovely Red, Blue, and Yellow Cotton Madras, perfect for swinging summer skirts and dresses.
    Red, Blue and Yellow Cotton Madras Red, Blue and Yellow Cotton Madras

    2.) Voile

    Are you someone who fears the summer sun, and hides under trees and SPF 75? A voile top is perfect for you! French for veil, voile proves its namesake as a lightweight and breathable fabric. Voile is soft, smooth, and semi-sheer to sheer, so it's perfect for a light, long sleeve blouse to keep you cool and protected from the sun. Try out this Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile in a light button-up blouse, or in this cool Lined Paper Bag Skirt with Pockets, or mix voile with cotton in this adorable Apron Dress!
    Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile
    Apron Dress Apron Dress

    3.) Chiffon

    Chiffon is often made of silk, and is also sheer and breathable. You can use this stunning fabric as a sheer body suit, a blouse, or even a layered skirt. Chiffon is good for giving your skin some coverage from the sun while still allowing you to appreciate the lazy summer breeze. Make some beach ready Lace Up Sandals, or jump or joy in this Floral Jumpsuit!
    Marc Jacobs Beige and Beetroot Purple Floral Silk Chiffon Marc Jacobs Beige and Beetroot Purple Floral Silk Chiffon
    Lace Up Sandals Lace Up Sandals
    Floral Jumpsuit Floral Jumpsuit

    4.) Neoprene

    This funky fabric is made from the same material as wet suits. Wet suits have a foam insert that keeps in the heat, but neoprene is simply the water wicking surface material. These are also great for body suits. This Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit is perfect for our Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top!
    Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top
  • Mood DIY: Sewing Leggings without a Serger

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

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

    1.) Curves, curves, curves!

    Plus size fashion is all about showing off the body you have, and there's no better way to do that than a body con dress, or a slinky evening gown! Throw on a fur shawl to take these looks to the next level.
    Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exited about elegance?  Pick up these fabrics at Mood!
    Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit
    Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    2.) Crop Tops

    Crop tops come in every variety imaginable, from sleeveless to sweater, and it's clear fashion cannot get enough of these belly baring beauts. Throw on some denim overalls for a casual summer outfit, or let the crop top take center stage with a simple pair of jeans.
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag
    Create some crops with these fabulous fabrics!
    Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh

    3.) Body Suits and Jumpsuits

    Rompers may have recently been all the rage, but you'll be jumping for joy in these curve accentuating jumpsuits and body suits. Perfect for walking down the runway or playing in the park, pair bodysuits with a circle skirt or some high waisted shorts.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Want your own playful playsuit? Try these fun fabrics!
    Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile
    Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit

    4.) Velvet

    Nothing compliments a body better than a soft and sensual fabric, like velvet. The dramatic drape juxtaposes beautifully with some tension in the taut material. Let velvet speak for itself with a simple cocktail dress, or experiment with velvet bodysuits and crop tops.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Down with dramatic? Add flair to your wardrobe with these beautiful fabrics.
    Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet
    Estate Blue Polyester Velvet Estate Blue Polyester Velvet

    5.) High Waisted Pants

    High Waisted Pants are a powerful look for the powerful woman. Strut your stuff at that important business meeting, or go explore the city with these versatile, and comfortable, slacks. Pair with a blazer and a body suit for a look that goes from day to night with the blink of an eye.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Looking for some powerful pants? Try these fabrics.
    Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe
    Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    6.) Making your own clothes

    The DIY trend is spreading, and plus size fashion is picking up what it's putting down. Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton is inspiring plus size women everywhere to take control of their fashion and start making their own clothes with these beautiful patterns she's designed for Simplicity.
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Get creative with these fabrics!
    Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit
    Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey

    7.) Sheer

    Although many may not like the trend of plus size women showing their bodies, these models prove that confidence is key. Sheer body suits over dark bras, or see through dresses thrown over colorful bikini sets are perfect for cooling down in the summer heat.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Are you cheering for sheer? Try these fabrics!
    Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit
    Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon
     
  • Gemini May 2017 Horoscope

    The adventurous and brilliant nature of the Gemini has been quelled in the past month, due to Mercury's retrograde. May is beginning slowly for you, but a burst of energy and enthusiasm will strike near the middle of May, once the retrograde ends. This is the perfect time for projects, especially anything you have been putting off due to difficulty. Have confidence and push yourself with this great Beaded Crop Top!
    Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern
    For the first time in several years, Mars is in the house of Gemini, giving you the opportunity to take charge and make the adjustments you've been meaning to. As Venus settles into the house of Aries this month, a change is in the air. It's time to start spring cleaning, and redo your wardrobe! Bring in some fresh new summer fabric with these beautiful African prints, or clean up your purse with this nifty Bag Organizer.
    Felt Bag Organizer Felt Bag Organizer
    Late May will be an excellent time for socializing and showing off that new wardrobe, and travel is in the cards for many Geminis. An excellent way to travel cute and comfortably is with this sturdy Faux Leather Travel Bag.
    Faux Leather Travel Bag Faux Leather Travel Bag
    The new moon on May 25th will open you up to a world of opportunities, anything you aim to accomplish is within your grasp. Perhaps a particularly ambitious project you've been thinking of (such as this Star Lord bomber jacket by our blogger Courtney Norris).
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord Jacket Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord Jacket
    It is important that throughout the month of May, you stay open and positive. Bring this positive attitude into June, and the month will be yours for the taking. Follow your instincts in June, and make no compromises. You know what's best for you. Your interests will be less career oriented this month, try focusing on more domestic pursuits. Throw on these Patchwork Denim Overalls and get gardening!
    Patchwork Denim Overalls Patchwork Denim Overalls
    For Geminis born in the month of June, your imagination will thrive. But, you will need the wherewithal to take charge and turn your ideas into reality. Some hard work and follow through will go a long way! Generosity will strike you in the middle of the month, and you should follow that feeling! Random acts of kindness will come back to you towards the end of the month, so stay positive and be charitable. A new opportunity will be revealed to you towards the end of June, but you must keep your mind open to new experiences. These funky neoprene prints are a fun way to experiment with different styles, try fashioning one into this cute one piece bathing suit!
    One-Piece Swimsuit One-Piece Swimsuit
    Not sure what fabrics to start with? Take a look at our Fabric Horoscope for all the Astrological Signs!
  • Mood DIY: Leather Tag

    Dale Carnegie said that, "there is no sweeter sound to any person's ear than the sound of their own name," and I couldn't agree more! That's why these leather tags are such a new favorite of mine. Whether you emblazon them with your own name, or label every container in the house....I don't think you can ever go wrong. What needs a leather hang tag in your life? SUPPLIES: Mallet, edge note, q-tip, leather, awl, straight edge, hole punch, rotary cutter, and a set of letters. HOW-TO: 1. Take your pattern (you can download the template here, and size it to your liking), trace it on to your leather with your awl, and then cut it out with your straightedge and rotary cutter. 2.Take a q-tip and slowly paint the perimeter of your tag. Let it dry. Then paint it once more for good measure. (Note: I also use an edge burnisher and a little targomcanth to make edges smooth before painting, but this isn't necessary). 3. Turn your tag vertical, and with your ruler measure out the center of your tag....then mark it with your awl. Next, use your hole to make a hole in your leather as pictured (Note: i had to go back and make mine larger because I used thicker leather. 4. Next, either use pre-made suede cord, or use your straight edge and rotary cutter to cut your own. Slip it through your hole. 5. Lastly, measure out where centered you want your letters to go. After that, wet the back of your tag a tiny bit...and then with your mallet, pound in your desired letters. Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.
  • Mood DIY: Free Robe Sewing Pattern for Mother's Day

    Mother's Day is fast approaching and if you're like me, you left gift buying to the very last minute. For those who prefer a personal touch, this robe is a quick DIY that is sure to please. Give the gift of comfy style with this detailed Art Nouveau inspired silky cotton voile. The perfect way to say have a Happy (and comfy) Mother’s Day! Fabrics & materials used: I went with a light silk-cotton voile, perfect for spring, but robes can easily be made from a variety of fabrics. For a more cozy version, you could try a French terry or even a sweatshirt fleece.
    1. Stitch the front and back panels together at the shoulders. Since this is a lightweight robe that doesn't call for a lining, I strongly recommend some French seams.
    2. Next, lay your robe flat at the shoulders and attach the sleeve. Your sleeve panel should be roughly the shape of a trapezoid. The long side attaches to the main robe, like you see below. 3. Stitch along the sides of your robe, as well as the bottom of your sleeves, attaching the front and back of your robe. Hem your sleeves. 4. To form your hood, simply sew the CENTER HOOD strip in between each SIDE HOOD panel. Hem the outer edge. 5. Attach both ROBE LAPEL pieces at one of the short sides. Fold the entire piece lengthwise and sew it around the entirety of the ROBE FRONT/ROBE BACK neckline, attaching the hood in between both layers. 6. Top-stitch each pocket into place on the ROBE FRONT. 7. Hem the bottom of the robe, as well as the ROBE BELT. 8. Lastly, hem and stitch each BELT LOOP into place. In about an hour, you should have a brand new chic and comfy robe, the perfect gift idea! What kind of fabric are you going to make yours from?
  • Mood DIY: Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top

    Cinco de Mayo is here! For a festive DIY, I wanted to create a blouse inspired by these gorgeous embroidered crop tops. I went with an ivory border eyelet, which had some great shapes to work with, a vibrant sateen lining, and one of Mood's lovely new jacquard ribbons. The result is just begging to be worn at a beach party this season. Bring on the waves! Fabrics & materials used: To get the shape for this shirt, all I needed to do was trace a loose-fitting t-shirt. (I say loose-fitting so there's room to gather in the back.) The back panel of this shirt is very simple - no extra pieces needed. Trace that first and set it aside. For the front, We really only need to trace the top portion of the shirt, like you see above. I chose to cut mine into three pieces and cover the seams with ribbon. If you choose to do this, be sure to include seam allowance. You could also still add the ribbon without including the seams. The bottom portion of the front is a 7" rectangle, measuring at 3/4 of my model's bust size. I added this strip to the bottom front of the shirt, adding a 1/2" pleat every inch and a half, like you see below. This seam is also covered with some jacquard ribbon. Next, I attached the front and back of the blouse, and a shirt began to take shape! To finish the armholes and neckline, I sewed more ribbon around each edge, right sides together. I then flipped the ribbon inward and hand-stitched it to the lining. The final step was the hem. I sewed a 3/4" hem, which gave me enough room to insert the elastic cording.
  • Mood Cosplay: Free GotG2 Star-Lord Jacket Pattern

    You can't defend the galaxy in just anything. To celebrate Superhero Day, as well as the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., I recreated Star-Lord's newest jacket. The best part? There's a free template, so you can make your own, look fabulous, and start kicking some alien butt!

    DOWNLOAD FREE TEMPLATE HERE

    (The template is roughly a men's large, with a 40" chest.)

    Fabrics & materials used:  

    1. Paint Mixing

    Once all of the pattern pieces are cut out, you can start painting. Be sure to have everything in one place, sorted for light red and dark red. Also, don't be stingy with your paint mixing. You don't want to run out and risk making a slightly different shade with your next batch.   Light Red
    • 1 - Sleeve Top
    • 3 - Sleeve Bottom
    • 4 - Back Yoke
    • 5 - Center Back
    • 7 - Center Front Top
    • 8 - Center Front Bottom
    • 10 - Front Yoke
    • 11 - Front Zipper Flap (1)
    • 13 - Jacket Waistband
    • All belts
    Dark Red
    • 2 - Elbow Band
    • 6 - Side Back
    • 9 - Side Front
    • 11 - Front Zipper Flap (1)
    • 12 - Shoulder Armor
    • 14 - Jacket Collar
    • 15 - Forearm Armor
    I did a lot of mix testing and found that a good ratio for the light red was one entire bottle of Fire Red, mixed with about 2 teaspoons of Black. The paint will look a lot brighter and more saturated while it's still wet. It will also show a lot of brush strokes, but after only two coats, I couldn't even tell the faux leather had been painted. The color was smooth and even.  

    2. Sleeve Ribbing

    Before painting the elbow bands, I tried to decide how I wanted to imitate the ribbing on Star-Lord's jacket. My first test was encasing some cording withing the faux leather using an invisible zipper foot. The results ended up being fairly similar to simple pintucks, so I decided to go the pintuck route and skip the extra steps. To make your own pintucks without a special sewing machine foot, simply fold over your faux leather 1/4", keep the left side of your foot aligned with the last tuck and the right side aligned with the edge of your fabric. I put 18" pintucks on either of my panels, and then gave it a coat of paint.  

    3. Decorative Stitching

    Star-Lord's jacket has decorate stitching in a few areas, namely pattern pieces 5, 7, and 10, as well as the upper and lower shoulder armor. Before beginning to construct your jacket, follow the stitching lines on each of these pattern pieces.  

    4. Inserting Snaps

    Before getting into the construction details, I wanted to take a minute to discuss adding snaps. The plier kit from Dritz makes it super easy. The black rubber side has a sharp extender that can puncture your fabric for you. For some of the thicker layers, you can also use an awl or a seam ripper to make the puncture a little larger if need be. The flat side of the snap gets inserted through the puncture in your fabric and the other side is inserted into the rubber part of the pliers. Once the pliers are shut, the extender bends the metal of the snap to secure both pieces into place. Super quick, and incredibly easy!  

    6. Jacket Construction

    A. The Torso

    I added an extra 1/8" of seam allowance in order to sew French seams when I cut out my pattern pieces. If you're not familiar with how to do them, sew your pieces wrong sides together and trim your seam allowances, like you see above, and then sew the same pieces with the right sides together as you normally would. This encases any raw edges within the seam and sometimes eliminates the need for a lining. To start constructing your jacket, sew the CENTER FRONT TOP (7) to the FRONT YOKE (10). After completing a French seam, I chose to top-stitch them down, like you see in the photo above. Repeat with your CENTER FRONT TOP (7) and CENTER FRONT BOTTOM (8). The next step is a little tricky, since you'll need to do a few things at once. Ultimately, you'll want to sew the SIDE FRONT (9) to the CENTER FRONT TOP and BOTTOM (7 & 8). I recommend clipping the corner of (7), like you see above, and folding the fabric under. Temporarily secure it with wonder clips. The reason you don't want to attach it to your SIDE FRONT (9) yet, is that you'll need to add two snaps and side belts to the CENTER FRONT BOTTOM (8). Sew the belts into place first, keeping the fabric folded over. Add in your snaps, and then you can attach everything to your SIDE FRONT (9) using a tucked seam. The backside of the jacket is much easier to assemble. Sew your two CENTER BACK (5) pieces together before attaching them to the BACK YOKE (4). The SIDE BACK (6) panels go on much easier than their counterparts in the front, since there are no more belts in the back. Sew the back of your jacket to front at either shoulder, and at each of the side seams. Be sure to sew the front side belts securely into the side seams, like above.  

    B. The Sleeves

    The sleeves have a whole lot of detail - armor at the shoulders, quilted armor on the forearm, and of course the ribbing at the elbows. Before putting everything together, make sure these individual pieces have all of their stitching complete. For the forearm patch, I spaced my stitches 3/4" apart. Once the stitching is complete, insert the it onto the SLEEVE BOTTOM (3). Sew two SHOULDER ARMOR (12) pieces, right sides together, leaving the top open to turn right-side out. Top-stitch around the perimeter and stay-stitch it into place on the SLEEVE TOP (1). Sew your SLEEVE TOP (1), ELBOW BAND (2), and SLEEVE BOTTOM (3) together respectively. Once all the details are done, the sleeves can be attached to the torso. Be sure to clip your seam allowances before completing your seams.  

    C. Collar & Waistband

    Insert one of your waistband pieces to the bottom of your jacket and one of your collar pieces along the neckline. Clip both seam allowances. Sew the second collar piece to the first, only along the top seam. Do the same with the second waistband piece, but along the very bottom seam. Pin your zipper along the center front seam, aligning it with the bottom of the waistband first. It should just reach the bottom of your collar, but if it's a little too long be sure to shorten it from the top. Sew your zipper into place, flip it inward along the waistband and collar linings, and top-stitch. I personally stay-stitched the rest of the waistband and collar linings before top-stitching, but the could also be just be pinned.  

    D. The Details

    At this point you should have your jacket almost completely constructed. Add your two arm belts to the bottom of the shoulder armor. Here is where you can also attach the second should armor pieces. I personally chose to leave mine off so the jacket can be (a little) more suitable for everyday wear, but I did include the pieces in the template! Last, you'll need to add the FRONT ZIPPER FLAP (11). The darker red should go on the inside so it's seen when it's flipped open. This is also the side where the flat part of the snaps should go. You can see in the image below that I accidentally placed them facing the opposite way (oops!). Stay-stitch the flap in place, flip it over the zipper, and top-stitch. Your jacket should now be complete to protect you as you guard our galaxy! There are a couple details that could be added to make it a little more screen accurate. For example, I know there are sleeve belts along the wrists, as well as a zipper under the arm. I'm sure I'll notice more things to add when I see the movie, but for that we'll need to wait until next week!
  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Puppy Raincoat

    The rain can be rough on all of us, including our little puppy companions. Why not make it easier on them? This super easy DIY puppy poncho can be sewn together in about an hour, and it'll make those dreaded rainy day walks a little easier on everyone. Fabrics & materials used: All you need for this project are two large ovals (the length of your pet + the length of their chest, with a hole cut 1/3 of the way in to fit their head), two 4" strips (the length of their waist + 2"), four side hood panels (the curve should measure from the base of the neck to about 2"-3" past the ears), and two 2" center hood strips (the same length of the curve on your hood panels). Begin by sewing two of your side hood panels to either side of a center hood panel. I tapered mine slightly so it would be smaller at the neck, but this is optional. Be sure to clip your seam allowances, especially along any curves. This ensures that your seams will lay flat, without any unwanted pulling or ruching. Repeat for the lining, and then attach your lining and outer layer along the front of the hood, right sides together. Turn right-side out, iron, and top-stitch, like below. Pin and stay-stitch the hood along the neckline of the right side of your outer later. Be sure to put it toward the back side, which will be the longer end of the oval, facing forward. Your lining and outer layer can then be pinned with right sides together, like you see above. Leave about 4" open on either side; this is how you'll close the neckline. Turn the jacket right-side out, and pull the neckline through the 4" opening you left. You should be able to place the right sides of the neckline together and sew about halfway around the circle. Repeat through the opposite 4" opening to complete the neckline. Once you've fully sewn around the circle, clip your seams again, press, and top-stitch. Lastly, pin along the openings left in the sides of your pet's poncho, and top-stitch along the jacket's entire circumference. As an optional addition for those especially windy days, I also created a little belt. To make your own, sew two strips together, leaving a small opening at one of the short ends. Turn it right-side out, top-stitch, and add a couple strips of Velcro! Warning: rain may cause sleepiness.
  • Mood Style: Easy-to-Sew Laminated Lace Raincoat

    It seems like 90% of my new projects stem from not being able to find exactly what I'm looking for in the store. It's so difficult to find a raincoat that isn't either dark and dismal, or banana yellow.
  • Luckily, Mood had the perfect thing. This gorgeous laminated lace is completely waterproof, surprisingly easy to work with, and largely transparent (which meant, I could make my jacket whatever color I wanted). Hello, adorable mint green raincoat!
  • Fabrics & materials used: The only downside to the jacket pattern I used was that it didn't include a hood. Since I obviously wanted to be able to use this in the rain, I drafted my own easy pattern, which you can download below!

    DOWNLOAD HOOD TEMPLATE HERE

    In lieu of a normal lining, where I would essentially make two coats and sew them together, I chose to sew  my lining along with the laminated lace, finishing off the seams with some double fold bias tape, like you see below. In addition to binding all of the seams, I ironed out a few inches of bias tape to cover 4 buttons. Two were attached to the back to the belt, and the other two were added as closures to the front of the coat. Overall, the laminated lace was much easier to work with than expected. Rather than puncture the thin vinyl sheeting with a bunch of pins, I used Wonder Clips to get the job done. One rainy afternoon later and I had my new raincoat, complete with the perfect mint lining. What color lining are you going to pair with yours?
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