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  • Mood DIY: Free Two-Piece Prom Dress Pattern

     

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    Your prom should be anything but ordinary. It's one of the most anticipated events of one's high school career, so why settle for just another dress off the rack? Making your own means it will be exactly what you want, with the added bonus of being one of a kind!

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    To find some inspiration, I looked at recent bridal and couture lines to see what shapes and colors were trending. Separates kept appearing, and understandably so; the crop top/midi skirt combo looks flattering on many body types and it's a great way to modernize an otherwise modest silhouette. Another common factor was deep wine tones, and I couldn't be more in love. Dark reds are my absolute favorite shades and they look good with so many different skin tones, which is an awesome plus.

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    The bodice I went with was actually made from the pattern in my last DIY post! You can find out how to make it there, and you can download the PDF pattern here!

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    I made just two alterations: the bottom was tapered slightly, and I made a mock neck instead of a ruffle collar. If you've never made one, trace a french curve for about 7-8 inches, move it to the right 2 inches and trace it again so you have 2 parallel curves. Place the more curved end on the fold, like so:

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    To bring a little dimension into the gown, I opted to use this gorgeous guipure lace. It's the perfect overlay for skirts and bodices alike, and the floral makes the dress a little more Spring.

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    The skirt was the easiest part of the whole project. It's just a basic half circle skirt, so anyone can make it! It's even hemmed with some Stitch Witchery to avoid ugly hem stitching.

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    If you're not familiar with half circle skirts, I can walk you through it quite easily!

    1. You'll need to find your radius length. Measure your waist and divide it by 3.14. So if you have a 30" waist, your radius will be 9.5".

    2. Choose how long you'll want your skirt and add 2" for the hem. Keep in mind you'll probably be wearing heels! I made mine 45", hem included.

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    3. Now you can start laying out your fabric. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and mark out your radius from one of the folded corners.

    4. From your radius, measure out the length of your skirt along the fold and selvedge, as well as a few points in between so you can connect the dots to form curves.

    5. Cut out your fabric, and sew up the selvedge to create the perfect skirt! You can also add a waistband if you so choose, and an invisible zipper.

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    Since I chose to use a poly satin (which looks, feels, and drapes beautifully!), it kept the cost down considerably; and for just an afternoon of work, sewing a prom dress is a great alternative to buying one at the store. The possibilities are totally endless though! You can choose your own color, overlay, skirt length, and more! You could even go with a silk to make the look even more luxe! Are you going to try your own?

  • Floral brocade statement coat

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

    The festive holiday season is quickly approaching. Now is the time to start thinking about pulling together all your fabulous looks! Here's a great style idea for all you busy moms, or anyone who's looking for a hassle-free look. Combining comfort and style has become one of my top priorities. Being a busy wife, and full-time mommy of two, can be very stressful around the holiday seasons- especially when trying to get everyone dressed! I thought to myself, "How cute and easy would it be to make a one-piece velour jumper?" Perfect actually! I can get everyone dressed and still have time for me! Here's how I made this quick and easy pull-on velour jumper! Seriously it only took me an hour and a half to sew!! What I used: Vogue Pattern V9160 option B- removed pockets, and zipper. Fabric: Apple Butter Stretch Rayon Velour I went for the more "relaxed" fit so I removed the zipper and pockets. I am able to pull it on and off very easily! The velour is very soft and has plenty of stretch. This Apple Butter color is perfect for the holidays! You have to check out all the beautiful color options available on moodfabrics.com Enjoy!!  

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  • Mood Style: New Year's Eve LBD

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    The pressure to find the perfect New Year's Eve dress is always high. Do you go sleek and sexy, or sparkly and fun? No matter what style you love, you can never go wrong with a little black dress!

    For this one, I kept the silhouette fairly simple and chose to mix it up with the details. Overall, it was a really fun make, and it's so cute that you hardly need extra jewelry!

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    The pattern was self-drafted, but I drew up some diagrams to show how it all came together. To start, the front bodice is a 21"x13" rectangle that I transformed into 5 box pleats (each 1.25" wide). My model had a 34" bust, so you may need to adjust your initial rectangle and pleat sizes if you'll be making this yourself.

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    Ultimately, I ended up with a 6"x13" rectangle with 1.25" pleats and .25" spaces in between. On the left and right sides, there's also .25" folded under; this acted as seam allowance when I sewed on the remainder of the bodice.

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    The bodice side panels were 10.5" high so the pleats extend a few inches above it when sewn together. I cut out the shape below, and added in a large dart toward the front.

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    The skirt is very similar to a basic circle skirt, with a 6" panel in the front to align with the bodice pleats. I drew up the shape of it below - it calls for one straight rectangle panel, and two semi-circle panels (one on each side of the rectangle).

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    The back closed up with a 9" invisible zipper, and I finished up the dress with some silver metal straps. Each was hand sewn on and connected to a 4.5" triangle on the back.

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    Paired with some DIY red bottom heels, and the perfect outfit is complete!

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    So what look are you putting together for this NYE? Is the LBD your style, or are you going metallic like our other style blogger?

  • Faux Fur

    When it comes to faux fur, they are certainly not all equal.  I will admit I'm a fan of real fur, the softness and luxe of real fur is undeniable but I think this season's faux fur has made me a believer.   When I ordered this faux fur, I was skeptical simply because I've tried faux fur in the past from other retailers and have been overwhelmingly disappointed.  So I wanted to give it another try and crossed my fingers I wouldn't have to add another faux fur disaster to the toss pile. When it arrived, I opened the box and instantly fell in love.  Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it feels amazing and very authentic.  It has a very nice weight and it's extremely warm.  This fur is easy to sew and line. Faux fur sewing tips: -Make sure the pile is combed down in the same direction for all pattern pieces. -When cutting the fur, try to push the long hairs out of the way and cut the base of the fur.  This will help with stray hair covering your sewing space. -Lining will automatically roll the edges forward for a finished look -Make sure you pick up fur hook and eye closures. -Double stitch seams -When placing the pattern, place on the wrong side of the fur   I lined the coat with a bemberg I had in my stash which is perfect for a high static faux fur. The pattern I used was vintage Simplicity 6632 with the following pattern alterations: -Added 5" to the length   Chandler's coat was made using New Look 6927 with the following alterations: -Removed 6" from the length -Removed 2" from the side of the pattern which removes the A-line -Removed the buttons faux-fur2_mood chandler faux-fur5 faux-fur6 faux-fur4 faux-fur7 faux-fur1 chandler2jpg
  • Mood DIY: Make Your Own Red Bottom Heels

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    The season of holiday parties is upon us, and it calls for some style! It's easy to throw on that LBD or your favorite outfit to shine in, but what can you do to add a last minute subtle pop to your ensemble? How about a chic pair of red bottoms!

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    Whether you're restoring your shoes or just getting inspired by those $700 dream heels, this sole paint from Angelus is an absolute game changer.

    Angelus is known for quality leather paint, often used for shoe repair and alterations, but this new item from their "Walk On" series is fantastic. Now you can even change the bottom of your shoes without the fear of scuffing them! Mood currently carries it in red and black, and it's beyond easy to apply.

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    I applied 3 coats to the soles of some heels I had laying in my closet, letting them dry for an hour between each coat, and I can't wait to pair them with the perfect outfit. What would you style them with? Black cigarette pants? A vintage skirt? The possibilities are absolutely endless!

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  • Mood Style: Sewing a Chanel-Style Jacket

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    Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest places. In this case, I knew I wanted to make a Chanel-inspired jacket with one of Mood's fantastic new tweeds, but I just couldn't find the right pattern for it. Should I go classic? Should I do something with a little twist?

    Cut to me stumbling upon a Sailor Moon costume pattern. That's right, this classy blazer was inspired by a sailor scout uniform. Crazy how versatile patterns can be sometimes!

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    Fabrics & materials used:

    I went with view A of Simplicity 1092, choosing to also add a lining of the black cotton sateen. In lieu of bias-bound edges, I hand-stitched some 1/4" gold and black trim, which matched the main fabric perfectly and brought out the subtle metallic gold in the tweed beautifully!

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    The pattern also called for some hook and eye closures along the front, but I substituted them for 5 snaps to make it a little more stable when closed.

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    Ultimately, I think it's an interesting little jacket, especially for the upcoming holidays! The unique lapel gives it an almost off-the-shoulder kind of feel, which would look absolutely stunning with some jewelry.

    Are you going to be making anything similar soon? Which fabrics would you make it with?

  • Bell Sleeve Dress with a Pop of Color

    Making your own clothes give you the ability to create a wardrobe with just about every piece of clothing you can dream of, and you save thousands of dollars while doing it.  So if I want to add endless black wool dresses to my closet, I don't think twice.   Over the summer I was browsing one of my favorite blogs and spotted this Roksanda dress and loved every simple aspect of the dress.  Typically when I spot something I'm inspired by, I'm not so literal but this simple gorgeous dress needed very little tweaking to make it my own. I used this medium weight wool suiting that's the perfect stash builder.  Not only is it perfect for dresses, but equally perfect for fitted pants.  It sews, cuts and irons with ease. The pop of color on the sleeves is from my leftover silk Rag and Bone umber  The pattern used was McCalls M5927 for the bodice with the following alterations: -Add 1 1/2″ to the height of the neck front -Add 1″ to the height of the neck back -Removed 17" from the length of the sleeves -Added a 7"x32" pleated bell sleeve, lined in silk The skirt used was vintage Simplicity 6573 with the following alterations -Removed the waistband and added to the bodice bell-sleeve-midi-dress_mood bell-sleeve-midi-dress4 bell-sleeve-dress3 bell-sleeve-midi-dress5 bell-sleeve-midi-dress6 bell-sleeve-midi-dress  
  • Silk-Cotton Statement Jacket

    We all know how important it is to have all the basic wardrobe staples right? A crisp white shirt, perfect fitting jeans, and a pair of nude pumps to name a few. So how do you keep these items rotating seamlessly season to season? By mixing in a great statement piece of course! I love a good abstract, geo, or in this case ikat print. So as soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it was perfect for what I wanted to create! Here's what I used- Fabric: Oscar de la Renta Pink/Wine Ikat Silk-Cotton Satin Lining: Chocolate Brown Heavy Twill Lining Simplicity Pattern: #8093 The only change I made in the pattern was to shorten the sleeve to 3/4 length.  This silk-cotton is so nice to work with. It has the perfect amount of stiffness to achieve a structured look,  yet it's so soft and comfortable to wear. Not only did I use the heavy twill to fully line the jacket, I also used it as contrast fabric on the sides. Oh and by the way, I know I'm not the only one who hordes scraps of fabric. So why not create a little self rosette applique like I did. You can either sew it right on to the jacket or make a pin! I was so pleased with the outcome! I LOVE my new jacket, and I have so many items in my closet that would look great with it! Mission accomplished! Enjoy!

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  • Oversized Wool Coat

    When it comes to purchasing fabric online the most asked question is how to determine what fabric for what application? My answer for a winter coat is always wool.  Because wool comes in so many variations and it tends to last I am wool's biggest fan.  Because I purchase 99% of my fabric online and I'm way too impatient to order samples, reading the fabric description and content is crucial.  I know if I want to make a more structured coat, I need to have a medium to heavy weight wool.  If you're not familiar with online fabric shopping that may sound completely foreign and overwhelming so I'll describe the process I took in selecting this fabric at moodfabrics.com for this oversized coat to make it a bit easier. I knew I wanted to make a structured coat and I wanted it to be gray, so I hover over fashion fabric from the moodfabrics.com home page, from there I click on wool and view all.  Under the color drop down, I select gray and because I knew I wanted a fabric without any pattern, under the pattern drop down I selected solid. This takes the selection from 31 pages down to a manageable 3.  From here I scan the fabric to see which shade I'm interested in and begin to eliminate the ones that are not medium to heavy weight which will be noted in the fabric description along with any other helpful info that will help you make a decision.  The great thing about moodfabrics.com is the image provided gives a true depiction of the fabric and feel without actually being able to feel it so make sure you view all the images provided.  The images for this gray Rag & Bone fabric I selected allowed me to see the true texture and structure of this fabric. This process gives me the ability to pin point exactly what I'm looking for and guarantees I will be satisfied with the selection when it arrives.   This coat was made using Vogue V8862 view C with the following alterations: -Removed 1.5" from the top of the collar and cut the collar on a curve which will round out the square edges of the collar -Removed the seam from the top of pattern piece #9  and bottom of pattern piece #1 -Added 3" to length -Used 2 layers of interfacing in the collar which will create a very structured oversized collar -Added side seam pockets -Fully lined the coat with a grey bemberg I had in my stash. Note: I used 3 yards of fabric for this coat This wool is fantastic, it cuts, sews and irons nicely and is very warm. Chandler's coat was made using this wool/cashmere coating grey-oversized-coat3_mood oversized-coat3 oversized-coat4 grey-oversized-coat6 oversized-coat oversized-coat5  
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