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  • Perfect for spring

    With the season finally starting to change, I've been in search of more transitional fabric.  Fabric that's not too warm but still reminds me of spring.  Lucky for me I happened upon my new warmer weather favorite, this double face suiting that reminds me of a slightly heavier linen that moves beautifully.  It sews, cuts and irons with ease and it's like getting two fabrics in one with one side black/olive and the other side brown/olive.  My only regret is not getting more because it will make an amazing dress or pants. The top was made using my latest McCall 7580 pattern found here. The pants were made several months ago using this cotton woven and Burdastyle 6981 with alterations. Details found here.        
  • Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    London Fashion Week is coming to a close, and we can't be more in love with the trends we saw strutting down the runway. With NYFW being a difficult act to follow, London designers stepped up to bring some amazing looks - from ombre gowns and billowing sleeves to chic jackets and bold colors, this week had something for everyone.

    1. Wide Leg Pants

    The last few seasons have seen a lot of 70s inspired garments, and the SS17 collections were no different. This time wide leg pants seemed to be a favorite, both cropped and extra long! If you're looking to make your own, a brocade or suiting would be great for some ankle-length trousers, while a draping crepe could do wonders as a long, flowing pair of pants.
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    2. Enormous Sleeves

    Some designers have been throwing things back far past the 70's. Victorian silhouettes have been popping up pretty often on recent runways, particularly when it comes to sleeves. The best thing about the puff sleeve trend is that they're coming in all shapes and sizes - bishop, bell, leg of mutton, poet, princess, all of them have been seen throughout the SS17 shows. Plus, they can be made out of so many different fabric types, so there's nothing stopping you from trying some out! Want huge volume? Try an organza or brocade. Looking for flow? Crepes, crepe de chines, and chiffons will do great! Or try out a basic cotton shirting for a flawlessly crisp design.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    3. Mesh Overlays

    Netting layers were not something we thought we needed before this week, but after seeing how they can add interesting shapes and volume to a garment, we're totally hooked. Mesh was seen as sleeves, crop tops, shift dresses, and even as jackets!
    Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    4. Off the Shoulder

    We saw this trend all over the place this past spring, but this season it's evolving! Last year it manifested itself in blouses and crop tops, but recently it's been all over gowns. satins, crepes, chiffons - think anything drapey for these designs. Or, if you'd like to mix this trends with the puff sleeve look, you can try something with more structure - maybe a neoprene!
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    5.Exaggerated Proportions

    Huge sweaters and slouchy boyfriend jeans have always been go-to comfort clothes, but this year designers are giving those steady faves a high fashion twist. Structural neoprene coats, extra long sleeves, t-shirts that can double as dresses - this SS17 runway season has seen them all. Certainly it's not a trend for everyone, but if they're style correctly over-sized garments can look terrific.
    MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    6. Moto Jackets

    I. Love. Jackets. Particularly moto jackets. This is a trend that can incorporate so many others - make them oversized and made with knit, make them metallic, or make them bright blue! There are so many different ways to create, wear and style these awesome pieces; and I especially love the zip off feature on the jackets by Belstaff. Keep them long or crop them depending on your day-to-day style. Gotta make myself one!
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    7. Ruffles

    Ruffles seem to be a favorite every season at this point, but designers are still finding ways to make them new and unique. Erdem sewed them into panel seams to create dynamic lines across their garments and the result is utterly beautiful. I can easily see the technique being adapted into streetwear skirts or even crop tops!
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    8. Ombre

    Ombre is another trend that has been going strong for quite a white, and honestly I can't complain! We've all seen the beautiful gradient gowns done by Marchesa, but LFW dealt with ombre a little differently. Simple shirt dresses popped on Temperley London's stage with airy, pastel  color schemes, while Antonio Berardi changed the game with an ombre suit! This look has to be one of my favorites from the week - each piece would look equally fabulous on its own as well as all together.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    9. Gathered Waists

    It's no secret that a tight waist with a flared skirt looks flattering on most body types. Designers seemed to keep this in mind as smocked dresses, empire waists and paper bag jogger pants popped up throughout London Fashion Week! Recreate the looks with chiffon, batiste, or maybe even a thick knit if you're going the casual pant route.
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    10. Bold Color

    Last, but not least, color! The 80's are alive and they're bringing with them an onslaught of vibrant hues. A big trend for next spring seems to be entire outfits in a single matching color, which certainly makes accessorizing easy!
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    So which trends are your favorite from London Fashion Week? Are you going to be making anything similar to these looks? Tell us below!

  • Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

    Fall is my favorite season, and one of the biggest reasons is my love for the fashion transition that comes with it. Being away from fall and winter styles for so long can really make you miss them, which is why I always find myself getting creative and inspired even though the cooler temperatures are settling in. With that said, the runway was all about practicality for the Fall 2016 season, and I couldn't be happier. Layers, fur, and bulk were big hits, so don't be afraid to style oversized this fall! Keep warm and keep fabulous. Here are a few of the trends that are lighting up the runway for Fall 2016! Long Winter Coats
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    I think it's safe to say that dusters and long winter coats never really go out of style, but it's nice to give them a spotlight of their own! Designers displayed these designs in an array of colors, ranging from bright pinks and teals to mature reds and neutrals like tan and navies.
    Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Coats like this are great for city commutes, especially if you have to walk in windy areas, and they give your look super classy appeal. A true basic item that can compliment anything,  especially when topped off with a nice fringe of faux fur to keep the extremities warm! If you're looking to make a long winter coat of your own, we'd recommend these kinds of fabrics!   High-Collared Shirts and Dresses
    Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Something many people struggle with in the coming of the colder seasons is the transition of temperature itself, especially in the office. A warm morning coffee or tea doesn't always do the trick, so if you get chills easily, you may want to consider high-collared shirts and dresses!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chic and comforting, high collars keep your neck warm and help you look professional in your business setting whether you have a knit sweater or a fitted top with a zipper. Consider some of these fabrics if you're looking for a fresh high-collar design!
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Lots of Layers
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Layering is another option that was highlighted on the runway for this season. This fashion method is a great way to incorporate multiple colors and pieces without having to sacrifice keeping warm, and it gives you a lot of wiggle room for mixing and matching style choices.
    Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The key is wearing multiple pieces made with lighter fabrics, like pairing a blouse with a light cardigan or button up sweater. Lighter fabrics like these would work well for this style!   Wide Pant Legs
    Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide-legged suit pants are a must for office-wear and styles. They pair great with flats or a heeled boot, and the flared up the length of the leg is extremely flattering.
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If gives a great shape to your legs, and the wider cut can help protect your legs from the cold and let them breathe, too. Fitted tops go well with wide-legged pants, but a shirt with bell sleeves or a little more volume can look nice, too! Consider these kinds of fabrics when making a pair of wide-legged suit pants:   Faux Fur Coats
    Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Was this one obvious? Fur and faux furs coats are just too rooted in trending history to go out of style. The runway's lineup had some gorgeous coats to display, some a little more abstract and others sporting a modest look. You might think they wouldn't fit well for your office setting, but you might be pleasantly surprised!
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A fur coat in a neutral palette can look very sophisticated and reserved. You don't have to worry about looking eccentric with coats like these, and really, who can blame you for wearing one when the temperatures start to dip? You can be cold and beautiful. Some of the fur fabrics we recommend include:   Turtlenecks under Dresses/Jumpers
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another great example of using layering, wearing a turtleneck shirt under a jumper or dress helps keep you looking and feeling good. It's a style that focuses more on practicality rather than style, but some of the match-ups on the runway were stunning by their own mark!
    Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you're interested in this look for the upcoming fall season, consider taking advantage of the fall and winter color schemes that are hot and trending right now! Here are some fabrics we'd like to recommend:   Turtleneck, Skirt, and Tights
    Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another turtleneck fashion! Can you sense the pattern here? The combination of turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, and long skirts showed up throughout the runway lineup. While this style may be more reserved and modest, the aim isn't for flattering a certain shape or figure. Comfort is the key!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Such a warm and soft style has its own type of elegance to it. Don't knock it before you try it! If you prefer to accessorize this style to be more form-fitting, pair your huge sweater with a wide belt around the waist like in the Hermès design above! Consider some of these fabrics in order to bring this look together: For Turtlenecks... For Skirts... For Tights:...   Navy instead of Black
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Is navy the new black? Well, sort of! Black will always have its spotlight as the eternal neutral in the fashion world, but sometimes it needs a break. Going to black all the time can get tiring, so if you're looking for a way to spice up a neutral day, go for navy. Just try it once!
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of designers' styles showcased navy ensembles in the fall shows. A true blue to the aesthetic of winter, it also contrasts well with warmer tones of orange. It's a great alternative if you want a little bit of change during the week. Here are some navy-colored fabrics that could be fun to work with!   Jogger Pants and Ankle-Length Pants with Heels
    J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    And last, but not least, we have two other cut-styles of pants to discuss! Ankle-length pants and jogger pants. I know I keep mentioning the cooler temperatures moving in, but it's not snowing just yet! Take advantage of this drier, mild weather to keep your legs warm while still showing off your favorite pair of booties or heels!
    Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles! If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics:   And for jogger pants: What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more? Save Save Save Save
  • Trend Report: Abstract Prints

    Abstract prints are all the rave this season! What is abstract, you ask? Well, it is often defined as nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century. The way I think of it, it's any print you can't define as one specific thing - say, floral or geometric. You know those crazy galaxy, meets paint stroke, printed leggings in your closet? Well, there is now a much easier way to describe them and it's the broad term 'abstract.' Abstract can be used to describe a world of different fabrics that you can't find an exact print name for such as geometric, striped, or checked. The beauty of this type of print is you can be as creative as you want with what you decide to pair it with, just like many designers have done this 2016 season as well as runways for 2017 collections. Big name designers such as Jason Wu, Chanel and Christopher Kane have all introduced us to the beautifully wild abstract prints they chose for their 2016 Spring/Summer runway collections. They have clearly proven, as you can see in the photos below, you can take abstract prints like these and let your imagination run wild. These designers shouldn't be the only ones using abstract prints this season! We have a number of mind-blowing prints here at Mood, including ones from designers such as J. Mendel that have been used in his runway shows!   abstract Collage

    Abstract chiffon or organza was most likely the fabric of choice for the looks on the left and right of the middle photo. The dress on the left is definitely made with chiffon because of its flowy look and spectacular drape. The right hand side also makes use of a chiffon, but in a more structured manor, giving it a bit of volume on the bottom yet a light and airy feel for the bodice and sleeves. In the middle it is a bit harder to tell the fabric of choice, but the sweater like top has a knit look to it and the skirt has more of a silky look in the way that it drapes. Considering that some knit and silks drape similarly they could be made of one or the other, which is a cool aspect to keep in mind when searching for an abstract fabric. If you are looking to create a design out of a chiffon fabric or a look similar to the looks above here are some suggestions from Mood:
    Oscar de la Renta Turquoise Abstract Silk Organza Oscar de la Renta Turquoise Abstract Silk Organza
    Black/Multicolor Abstract Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon Black/Multicolor Abstract Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon
    Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit (This one would be especially great for a sweatshirt or swim suit!)
    I can definitely say, as a design student with a wide imagination, it excites me that abstract prints have become so popular! Any form of art allowing you to be as creative as you desire is incredibly inspirational. Although some of the abstract fabric is too "out there" for some people, there are also abstract prints that aren't so wild that would still be a fun way to express yourself. For those of you who are a more solid print shopper don't be afraid to step outside the box with a fun palazzo pant you can wear on the weekends, sure to have people asking where you got them, or an exciting pool cover up never to be seen by your co-workers. If you are afraid of stepping a bit out of your comfort zone I am sure Mood still has an abstract in black and white that would match nearly anything and still give you a bit of " something different". Even a simple scarf would be super cute to spice up that solid tee! Here are some fabric and print suggestions from Mood:
    Black/White Abstract Stretch Cotton Panel Black/White Abstract Stretch Cotton Panel
    Warm Abstract Digitally Printed Mercerized Cotton Sateen Warm Abstract Digitally Printed Mercerized Cotton Sateen
    White/Blue/Green/Brown Bold Abstract-Print Cotton Batiste White/Blue/Green/Brown Bold Abstract-Print Cotton Batiste
    Champagne Abstract Silk and Lycra Blend Charmeuse Champagne Abstract Silk and Lycra Blend Charmeuse
      To my wild and crazy imagination group of designers who are not afraid to take a leap, Mood also has fabric for you. Get creative with a wide leg, low cut, jumper this summer! Keeping in mind that some abstract fabrics we offer are a bit transparent or translucent. They would look great as an overlay to your favorite color fabric. Maxi skirts, flowy blouses, sweaters, tote bags, and cell phone cases are just some of the few possibilities with your extensive imagination and the fabrics Mood has to offer! Another exciting note, there are abstract prints in fabrics for all four seasons! Here are some personal favorites from our site:
    Blue/Green/Pink Abstract Geometric Viscose Jersey Blue/Green/Pink Abstract Geometric Viscose Jersey
    Blue Stained Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Blue Stained Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Blue-and-Pink Abstract Jersey Print Blue-and-Pink Abstract Jersey Print
    Black Abstract Geometric Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges Black Abstract Geometric Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges
    Below is the J. Mendel abstract fabric that I previously mentioned, which we offer here at Mood! In the largest photo you will see that he has created a simple, everyday, dress silhouette to let the fabric stand out on its own. The smaller photo on the top right is has a more flirty outlook with the abstract organza being used as the top paired with a pant of the same approach.
    J. Mendel Runway J. Mendel Runway
    Jump aboard the abstract train and get creative with me! How are you going to use abstract prints in your next project?
  • A Quick Guide to Draping: Tips and Fabrics

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    If you have a draping project you need to complete before a big deadline, here are a few tips to remember that will set you on the right path to draping success. Tip 1: Before starting your drape, remember to use black style tape to line the form at three key points. These key points are: 1.) around the bust at the apex, 2.) around the narrowest part of the waist, and 3.) around the widest points of the hips. Remember to leave space in between the style tape and the form between the bust so that your drape hits the largest measurement around this area. Leaving a space in between will also allow you to drape your fabric onto this style tape if a necessary aspect of your design. Remember to drape either to the top or bottom of each style tape line and keep this process consistent throughout the process. For instance, if you drape and pin to the bottom of the waist tape the first time, repeat each and every time. Tip 2: When first starting your drape, remember to take accurate measurements of the form that you are working with. Some key measurements to remember are for your X-point, mark 3/8 inches down from the neckline when doing collars especially so your end result is not too tight in that area. Also for an accurate apex measurement, be sure to measure from the HPS or high point shoulder down vertically to the Center Front line and then over the bust horizontally and mark. You can then draw a mid-line across your draping block that intersects with the side seam for accurate placement once you are working on the form. Tip 3: After you have successfully measured the form on which you are draping, you should also be sure to apply the pins you are using securely down the Center Front line so that all of your key markings are lining up, such as the mid-line and the X-point and the fabric is stable when shifted. If your pins were to come out, then all of your draping work would be for naught because the garment would be off-balance from the beginning. Tip 4: Now you should be off and running to the drape. Let your mind’s creations come to life as you manipulate your fabric or muslin into pleats, tucks, darts, and ruffles. But be sure to remember that as you smooth the fabric around the form, you adequately slash around your construction details and the basic tenets of the form including the waist and the bust or the hips and the butt to release tension which shows-up frequently in the form of wrinkles and bumps that would not be flattering for any figure. The technical term for this tip for these tricky construction points is called “bridging the hollows”. Tip 5: Finally, you should be able to step-back and analyze your drape. This is a very important step to remember before you sew up your design or transfer it to a pattern. The drape should look as well-balanced as it does in your mind’s eye. Some things to think about are, would the details you’ve added look symmetrical when displayed on both sides of the form and when the pins are released from key points on the form such as the Center Front line, the side-seam, or the apex. Although most of the pins are needed to provide stability while draping, remember nothing will ever be pinned to an individual for whom you are designing. So keep in mind how your design will look once the pins are removed from the form itself. Tip 6: Also, when analyzing the drape remember in removing the pins from the form that you should also pin all of the draped seams together to get an accurate picture of what the final garment will look like when sewn. At this point, side-seams and princess seams can be pinned together from a 360-degree vantage point on the form to demonstrate how the newly constructed garment will hang. This is one of the main advantages of draping as a method of garment construction and provides lots of visual stimulation to the creative designer. Tip 7: After you’ve completed your drape, if you are transferring the drape to a pattern remember to true the pattern and add seam allowances. This can be a time-consuming but necessary step in the process of garment construction with a drape. There is often an ability to modify the drape according to the industry standards of sewing and patternmaking as well. We all know it is fun to drape and creatively visualize your design, however, there is also an overlap between design processes that is valuable to learn. Creating a perfect pattern of that favorite dress, which incorporates all of your draping details and hard-work will be essential when you want to sew it up again in a new fabric or modify it with an innovative and trendy design feature.

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    Now that you're refreshed and ready to start draping, let's talk fabrics! Remember that not all fabrics are ideal for draping; you definitely don't want to use anything too stiff. And some fabrics that look beautiful when draped may not be the easiest to work with.

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    Jersey is a great fabric to drape with. As long as you use something thin, like a rayon, you should have no problems! It's light, fluid, and it's stretch makes it much easier to control.

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    Voiles are also a great option. They're thin and incredibly light. This coral silk-cotton voile below, from Rag & Bone, would be the perfect fabric if you're looking for an airy summer vibe.

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      Perhaps you want to create volume with your next drape? For that, you'll want to work with a gazar or organza, like this basket weave silk organza from Carolina Herrera.

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    With something like this, you'll be able to make some amazing and unconventional shapes!

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    For something a little more classic, you can choose to work with a charmeuse, or this china silk you see below. They'll both look incredibly fluid and flawless on a dress form.

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    FullSizeRender (8) FullSizeRender (7) Other great options for draping include chiffon, gauze, batiste, and crepe. All are very light, making them great for full, billowing skirts that won't fall flat when fighting with gravity on a dress form.

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  • Finals Prep: Collection Concepts

    Every student knows the last minute scramble and panic that starts to set in as finals week approaches -- particularly fashion students. There are simply too many things to worry about; finding inspiration, finishing your designs under scary short deadlines, and of course, hunting down the perfect fabrics to make a chic and cohesive mini-collection. To cut down the time you may be wasting in the store, we've put together a few fabrics could work well together this spring. To make things even better, they can all be ordered online, so you check something off your To-Do list without even leaving your study space!

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    Donna Karan Black Faille-Like Wool Suiting

    This lightweight suiting would be perfect for spring, and it's faille-like stiffness makes it great for structured garments. Create some pleated sleeves or an interesting lapel! Mulberry Roses Digitally Printed Silk Charmeuse Silk charmeuse can make a great alternative for a lining, or use it more conventionally as a flowing blouse or skirt. Burgundy Heavy Stretch Cotton Woven The heavier weight and four-way stretch of this fabric makes it ideal for cropped pants or cute summer shorts. Because of it's opaqueness, it could even be an unlined blazer. 44L/28mm Black Glass Button Every garment needs it's details. Bring your collection to the next level with a sleek button, like this one made from glossy black glass.

    DSC_0987Black Luminous Cotton/Rayon Twill Suiting

    This suiting calls for upscale designs. It's smooth hand and extravagant luster would work well for a tailored jacket or a draped skirt.

    Optic White Giza Egyptian Cotton

    Egyptian cotton is one of the finest shirting materials you will find, and now the ones from our store are available online! With this optic white colorway, you can make the perfect minimalist sportswear.

    Black/Creme Striped Silk Crepe de Chine

    With this print you can be on trend year round, whether you choose to use it as a lining or  main garment fabric.

    Black/Gray/White Satin Piping

    A triple layered piping like this would be a great finishing touch for your next collection. Add it to the seams of a simple dress or down the sides of a tuxedo pant to make them truly pop!

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    If you like the simplicity of the last board, but think it needs a little pop of color, try using the Black Luminous Cotton/Rayon Twill Suiting and Optic White Giza Egyptian Cotton with an alternative Crepe de Chine: 

    Black/Multicolor Abstract Floral Silk Crepe de Chine

    This fabric could work fabulously as a surprise blazer  lining, or a billowing maxi dress.

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    Donna Karan Black/Gray Solid Suiting

    Steer away from the typical black suiting with this lightweight designer gray. It's subtle sheen would lend itself well to sleek designs.

    Buttercup China Silk/Habotai

    These linings, made especially for Mood, come in 96 colors! Use a bright buttercup hue to bring your designs a spring feel.

    Pop Art Tennis Can Printed Cotton Shirting

    Want to go vintage? These new cotton prints from Mood have a distinct Andy Warhol feel, with their pop art designs. This fabric's crisp drape make it great for button-down shirts and playful shorts.

    24L/15mm Gray Plastic Blazer Button

    With such a loud print for the shirting, it's a good idea to go simple with the button. This small plastic option looks great against the tennis print, and matches perfectly with the gray of the suiting!

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    Italian Ivory Stretch Polyester-Viscose Suiting

    Lycra gives this ivory suiting a light weight and nice four-way stretch, making it amazing for sophisticated jackets, dresses, or pants!

    Blue/Green/White Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen

    With this print, you can create a bold look with a full midi-skirt or keep things simple by using it as a colorful suit lining. The possibilities with this one seem endless!

    Powder Blue Twill Mercerized Cotton Shirting

    Match the light blue undertones of the cotton print with a beautiful, powder blue shirting. Because of it's unique twill construction, you have two options while sewing with it - a lighter side, and a darker side.

    3" Stiff Transparent Horsehair

    Horsehair is a must for any and all flared pieces. Add it to the hem of a skirt and you easily maximize it's body, or insert it into a lapel for perfect crispness!

    So, what do you think? How would you use these fabrics in your upcoming collections?

  • Mood Insider: Everything You Need to Perfect Your Fashion Illustrations

    Have you always wanted to learn how to create those sleek fashion illustrations you always see from famous designers? Maybe you'd just like to perfect your skills? Mood wants to help! Not only can you learn from pros like Project Runway All-Star, Benjamin Mach, at MoodU, but you can also grow your talent at home with some of the amazing illustration products the Mood Fabrics carries online! Let's start with literature. Whenever you try something new, it's a great idea to do some reading - and for that, Mood has you covered. We'd recommend Erica Sharp's Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration.

    It's so fantastic, we often use it in our classroom. From traditional to digital to mixed media methods, Sharp covers all things illustration. She offers clear advice on how to portray colors, patterns, and textures, how to create your own fashion portfolio, and even supplies step-by-step tutorials.

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    Then there's 9 Heads - A Guide to Drawing Fashion. This is a must for our students. Besides showing how to master the techniques for drawing the fashion figure, 9 Heads is also a comprehensive guide to drawing all kinds of modern fashion garments, silhouettes and constructional/design details. Involving a new chapter on Composition and Fashion Shorthand (a guide to composing groups of garments for professional standard portfolios), a complete set of tutorials on how best to utilize Photoshop for fashion illustrations, and a CD-ROM containing full demonstrations conducted by Nancy Riegelman herself, 9 Heads leaves no future designer with anything less than all of the basic tools in formatting fashion illustrations on a professional level.

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    Now for the fun stuff - supplies!

    Of course, you'll need pens and paper. However, you're art is going to reflect what it's created with. You definitely don't just want a dollar store pad.

    For your next masterpiece, try a marker pad, like this Bienfang Graphics 360, which has translucent pages. Or, if you think you may still need some help with figures and proportions, a Fashionary might be perfect for you!

    A Fashionary is a sketchbook, textbook, and template book all in one! It's the perfect tool and resource for brainstorming, fast sketching and quick referencing for students, designers and home sewers alike. They come in male/female specific fashions and include up to 400 templates, or croquis figures, for instant sketching!

    Finally, the pens!

    Or, more accurately, markers. When sketching for fashion, you always want to use markers, like this set by Prismacolor. With chiseled tips, these markers have advanced ink formulations which provide rich saturations with smooth silky ink flow and coverage. Each marker is double-ended and contains 4 different line widths perfect for professional use.

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    If you're looking for perfection though, take a look at this Colors For Fashion Marker Collection, which was made as a collaboration between 9HEADS and Mood Designer Fabrics specifically to go hand in hand with Nancy Riegelman's Colors for Modern Fashion along with the entire 9HEADS series. Providing 24 quality twin tip markers for professional use, this set contains a full and effective range of contemporary fashion colors for extensive design applications.

     
  • Fabric of the Future: Tech Fabrics

    Generally when wearing a fabric, we think of covering the body and protecting it from the environment, or as a form of personal expression and style. But the future of clothing is about to change in a big way as smart textiles are paving their way through. The textile industry is about to take a giant step from being a supplier of fabrics to becoming a positive force in the development of society. Textile innovations improve people’s everyday lives and benefit the industry, the health care sector and the environment.

    So what are these Smart Textiles? Smart textiles are the values added on to a garment/fabric which are able to do things that a traditional/normal fabrics cannot. Smart textiles can be categorized in two different ways; aesthetics and performance enhancement. Aesthetic property examples include lighting or gathering energy on the fabric from the environment such as harnessing vibration, sound or heat and then reacting to these inputs. The Performance Enhancement smart textiles provide a huge impact on athletics, extreme sports and military industries. These fabrics will help to measure and improve body temperature, wind resistance, muscle vibration, or measure heartbeats which in all helps to improve performances. This may also be helpful in saving the lives of many individuals. We often hear news about children, students or a player passing away playing football or soccer due to over exhaustion; this can be halted with the use of smart textiles. The health and beauty industry is also taking advantage of these innovations which range from medical textiles to fabric with moisturizer, perfume and anti aging properties.

    Smart Textile It is very clear that smart textiles and technology go hand in hand and that designers approach the design application differently than the technical companies do, which ends up being much more friendly to the end user. Smart Textile Forecasting and keeping these things in mind, Mood Designer Fabrics does carry special end use fabrics such as Antimicrobial Max-Dri Fabrics, Anti-static Fabrics, Reflective Fabrics, Fire Retardant Fabrics, Oil and Water repellent fabrics, Breathable Fabrics, and Wrinkle Resistant Fabrics in their collection. 1) Anti Microbial Fabrics: Antimicrobial fabrics and textiles are fiber-based substrates to which antimicrobial agents have been applied at the surface, or incorporated into the fibers, rendering a product that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms and molding for a healthier and more hygienic active lifestyle. Anti microbial fabric   2) Antistatic Fabrics: Antistatic fabrics are those that do not cling; they prevent damage to electrical components to prevent fires and explosions when working with flammable liquids and gases. We do have acetate linings which are antistatic in nature, which will help to prevent static charge generation.Anti-static- 3) Reflective Fabrics: We commonly see reflective materials on our tennis shoes, bicycle wheels, and road signs. But did you ever think you would have reflective materials in your shirts and shorts? They are becoming more and more common in today’s sports and activewear, and they will continue to affect the way we dress, work and play. This has been made possible solely due to the continuous innovation put forth in the science field. Reflective fabrics are known for their ability to reflect the light to the farthest distance possible. These fabrics are also used on the streets; reflectors and alerts are made up of reflective fabric as well as security life jackets. 1112264) Fire Resistant Fabrics: These are textiles that are naturally more resistant to fire than others by chemical treatment or fireproof manufactured fibers. Fabric flammability is an important textile issue, especially for stage drapery used in a public space such as a school, theater or special event venue. Inherently, flame-retardant fabrics such as polyester are commonly used for flame retardant curtains. Fire-resistant-fabric   5) Oil and Water Repellent Fabrics: Water and oil repellant fabrics are the ones were water, mud and oily liquids run off the fabric easily. For clothing that is worn intensively and subjected to considerable wear and tear, an oil repellent finishing is a particularly desired advantage as it means the clothing is hard-wearing and requires less frequent washing. Other common end uses for the oil and water resistant finishes include upholstery, rugs, carpets, uniforms, table cloths, wall paper, etc.Finished Fabric 6) Breathable Fabrics: Breathability is the ability of the fabric to allow moisture to pass through the fabric. If you’re not already on the “LINEN” train, this magical, absorbent fabric is guaranteed to change your life (at least when it comes to those steamy days). Linen is made out of the flax plant, so the fibers come directly from the stalk of the plant, whereas cotton is just the fluffy part of the flower. So linen has more structure and holds its shape better than a lot of other flimsy fabrics — it stands away from the body and therefore isn’t as clingy. It’s ultra-breathable and lightweight, and the looser fit designs also allow air to flow for even more comfort. The only flip side is that because linen holds its shape and wrinkles quickly. Look for a linen-cotton blend if you’re searching for a more office-friendly fabric. 104446 7) Wrinkle Resistant Fabrics: Wrinkle resistant fabrics are the ones that resist creasing. While natural fibers aren’t usually wrinkle-resistant, cotton and other fibers can be specially treated to prevent wrinkles and save you time and effort during the clean and care process. Wrinkle Resitant 8) Narrow Fabric: Narrow Fabrics are something that we daily come across. From clothing to interior decor, these fabrics have became the integral part of the lives. There are several types of fabrics such as synthetic fabrics, natural fabrics and many more depending upon their designs and usability. Narrow fabric is also the most commonly utilized fabrics in our daily lives. 108345 9) Stretch Fabric: Stretch fabric refers to materials which contain one way or four way stretch (according to Mood's terminology); one way stretch stretches in one direction, usually from selvage to selvage, and four way stretch stretches in all directions. Stretch fabric simplify the construction of clothing. First used in swimsuits and women's bras, fashion designers began using them as early as the mid-1980s. Entering the mainstream market in the early 1990s, stretch fabrics are widely used in sports wear. FR20622 10) Crewel Fabric: A wide range of crewel fabrics come from Kashmir in north-western India. Because of its versatility, a crewel fabric is widely used for the manufacturing of curtains, light upholstery, bedheads, cushions, bed covers and so on. Due to its longevity, exquisiteness and with its aesthetic appeal, crewel fabric has been ruling the international market. Crewel Fabric 11) Quilted Fabric: Quilted fabrics are layered materials consisting of two or more cloths that encase a filling and are stitched together to form a puffy unit. Quilted fabrics are generally made for products like bags, clothing and mattresses. Quilted fabrics can be a blend of any fiber whether it be cotton, polyester, silk, or wool. At the same time, quilted fabric has been innovated and modernized in its composition and design. Quilted fabrics are available in countless colors and shapes. Other reasons for the popularity of quilted fabrics is its unlimited usability. Quilted fabrics typically require less maintenance as they are easily washable and dry-able. 111305   12) High Tech Fabrics- When clothing gets wet from perspiration it sticks to the skin and hinders the evaporation process. The evaporation process keeps our body temperature at its appropriate level to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. When we work or play outside in the cold or heat, our body temperature heats up, causing us to sweat. The sweat soaks into our clothing, causing it to stick to our skin and hindering the evaporation process. The wet fabric lies on our skin, keeping us cold or hot even while we continue to work or play hard. To combat this, we have "Wicking". Wicking fabrics move sweat away from the body to the fabric surface where it evaporates. As a result it keeps athletes dry and comfortable. 308548   After going through the blog, we hope you get a general idea of what should be expected of our upcoming fabrics in the near future. Apart from just covering the body, these fabrics do a lot of work you normally wouldn't even dream of. So stop wasting your time. Make these high defined fabrics a part of your world by shopping our Tech Fabric selection at www.MoodFabrics.com.
  • Trending for Fall/Winter 2016 - The Chic Shearling

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    The Chic Shearling 

    Always looking for the latest trends and thoroughly studying every and any fashionable event,  we found that what is currently heavily trending on the runways from the Fall/Winter 2016 collections are shearlings whether it'd be cropped, midi, long, or even oddly shaped, unfamiliar silhouettes. Brands like Acne Studios, Carven, Joseph, and even heavy hitter Burberry embodied the shearling craze for their Fall/Winter 16 collections. But really quick before we get lost on the glitz and glam of the runway, what is shearling?

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    The very basic answer to that question is the skin of a sheep or lamb with the wool left on the hide. The skin is most of the time just recently sheared, tanned, and dressed. It has a suede surface on one side and clipped fur surface on the other. Usually, the suede side is worn outward. Shearlings are also the proper term for what is commonly referred to as “sheepskin".

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    Shearlings have been worn since the bronze age (which is about 3000 b.c.). Worn all over the world, especially Europe, shearlings are a global commodity, but it is also a by product of the meat industry. That being said, at times supply can be limited and the price of hides go up.

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    Shearlings became a popular mainstream jacketing material around the end of WWII, when the aviators would return home and still wear their fighter jackets. This movement lead up to the shearling jacket reaching the heights of Hollywood, with stars like James Dean making the shearling a bad boy's staple.

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    In the late 80's and early 90's, the ghost of the fighter shearlings and Hollywood cool shearlings were replaced by a cheaper convenient store thrift shop version of itself.

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    Being used as punk outfits for the wave of misfits roaming the downtown streets of cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago looking for an identity to latch on to.

    faux furReal animal fibers started to be slowly replaced with synthetics leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the stylish, but would become a savior for the more conservative money saving fashionistas. While waiting for its time to recycle and once again reign supreme on the top of the trending-sphere, shearlings became a phenomenon in the production of various miscellaneous products like gloves, rugs, vest, bookbags, book covers, cup cozies, and lace-less boots which became popular from a brand named “UGGs”.

    productsDuring these times of the consumer thirst for product, shearlings were being used for everything expect the glorious jacket that we once loved and obsessed over like its biker cousin (but we like the shearling a little more because it's lined with a bit of fluffy heaven).

    street shearlingWell, like everything that’s great, it always comes back in style and with vengeance!

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    The chic shearling has been attacking the Fall/Winter runways for the past few seasons. With a new innovative take on this classic garment, we don’t see it going anywhere for a long while.

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    This Coach biker sheepskin coat from the F/W 2015 collection is a perfect example of what “the shearling” has morphed into. Pushing the classic style forward, Burberry’s evolution with an over-sized collar complimented by exposed seams has changed the game.

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    Now with the influx of boho and punk chic styles taking over the runway, we see taste-makers layering, and layering, with distressed denim jackets, leather jackets, or chunky knits, all tucked under a high-end over-sized shearling.

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    I don’t think shearlings ever went out of style; garment designs that have lasted hundred’s of years just don't disappear in a sea of unwanted trends. There is a reason why they have longevity and inspire a lot of personal style choices across space and time. Shearlings are dimensional!

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    They might get lost in a void for a moment, but will always make a cosmic come back like no other, and every time I will put my style dollars on the chic shearling.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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
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    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
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    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".

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