On The Runway
Fashion has always been about breaking the rules and experimenting with different looks. Even if that means wearing something in the summer that is meant to be worn in the winter. Fur, as well as faux fur, is becoming more and more season-less. Wearing fur in the summer doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to physically be on your body, accessories work just as well. In the fashion world today, social media is giving those who are interested in designing and creating different looks, the confidence to do something different. Here are a few different ways to wear fur in the hotter seasons. 1.Shoes Shoes with faux fur trim are the perfect way to accessorize and to compliment any type of outfit in the summer. From an extravagant engagement parties to a casual walk in the park. Having slides or sandals with fur trim will make you push the limits in the hot weather. Compliment this look with these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:2. Keychains For those of you who are not normally ones who would wear fur in the summer, there are still ways of making it work for you with anything that you wear. By having a cute pom keychain on your purse or even your keys, it adds a little flair to even the dullest set of car keys. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com: 3. Fur Jackets Everyone knows that even though it gets super hot during the day in the summer, it always seems to get colder at night. Hence the reason why wearing a faux fur jacket during those cool summer nights is the perfect combination of comfort and style. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com: 4. Handbags Faux fur has been a trend for the longest time and why not continue the trend? By not wearing the fur directly on your body and creating more heat, you can always compliment your outfit with a cute furry handbag at any occasion. Whether it be at a cocktail party or to go shopping, having a fuzzy handbag is the perfect accessory to match your fashion needs. Compliment this look with these fabrics from moodfabrics.com: 5. Shrugs When going out for an extravagant night out, wearing a faux fur shrug can help a more elegant look of royalty and importance. This can dress up any type of dress or other article of clothing for a fun night out. Since it is only draped on your body, it still gives you the comfort of having fur as part of your ensemble. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com: 6. Knitted Mink Vest If you are a person that does not care what others think, be confident and wear a knitted mink vest. I know what you're thinking, wearing a fur vest in the summer is crazy, but since the vest has a knitted design, this is perfect design to allow airflow. Make this style work by wearing lighter colors which make the whole outfit more appealing in the summer. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
1. WomenswearMilan ran with the women in menswear trend that we've been seeing that last few years, but gave it a much more delicate twist. Button-up, collared shirts were made from soft silks and gorgeous florals with equally flowy trousers and high-waisted skirts. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
2. High-Waisted LeatherElephant leg pants were huge last year, and while it seems like a lot of designers are moving back to the more fitted silhouette again, they're doing it with an interesting material - leather and faux leather. Several runways saw this cinch waist design in both shiny, patent leathers and more matte fabrics. Either way, the shape is gorgeous. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
3. Pale LaceIt's true, lace never goes away, but whereas past runways featured a lot of striking black lace paired with chic leather, this season saw a lot of white, ivory, and pale pinks. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
4. Animal PrintWith minimalist fashion trends being so popular recently, animal prints have been few and far between. That seems to be changing though, as leopard prints were seen on the majority of the runways last week. The moto jacket dress Sara Battaglia is a particular favorite of ours. It can be recreated with a printed faux leather, or even a short pile velvet or faux fur. Other looks included silk skirts, blazers, and trenches. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
5. Blush PinkThe pale trend didn't stop at lace. Light pinks kept cropping up in Milan, mostly in very feminine silhouettes; so if lace isn't your usual style, try silk chiffon or organza, or even go the feather route like Bottega Veneta! Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com: Which trends are you going to be trying out? Tell us below!
1. BrocadeBrocade originates from the Italian word broccato, directly translating to “embossed cloth.” It's best described as an intricately woven jacquard, satin or twill weave with raised floral or figured designs that appear only on the face of the fabric. Brocade started trending last year, but this season brought with it a few new forms, namely peplums and bomber jackets. Personally, I can't get enough of the bomber jacket trend, so any new takes on it are a win in my book. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
2. Color BlockingColor blocking typically uses boldly opposite colors, ideally with the widest contrast possible on the color wheel and generally in colors normally not matched together in the traditional sense. It's great for accentuating body shapes, slenderizing the wearer if worn correctly. Often, color blocking goes hand-in-hand with asymmetry and this season was no different. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
3. BeadedBeadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, and bead knitting. Generally made of durable materials, beading is an artform that has been around for centuries. Some designers this season used them sparingly, choosing to cover just a bodice or line a hem, while others like Temperley London went all-out with their designing. Both directions resulted in some stunning looks. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
4. SequinsThis decorative element requires a bit more work to maintain. Always hang immediately to prevent snags or bends, spot cleaning is recommended, & take note if sequins are sewn or glued, the former being much more sustainable than the latter, of which hot water is the enemy. Much like beading, sequins can be used with or without restraint. Erdem went with the full length gown, while Mary Katranzou designed entire motifs from sequins. I especially love the two piece sequined ensemble by Emilia Wickstead. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
5. Silk CharmeusePronounced [shahr-moos], this fabric is smooth satin on one side, pebble type crepe on the other. Though tricky to sew, one can create daringly dramatic looks & is best used for blouses, draped dresses, lingerie, sheets, pillowcases and bias cut evening gowns. This season saw a lot of long dress silhouettes made from this fabric. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
6. Fur DetailsFur has been a runway staple the last year or two, but we're possibly witnessing it's decline. Many designers seemed to move away from the full fur coats and jackets in favor of subtle details. Fur showed up on lapels, inside vests and jackets as cozy linings, and even as cuffs and sleeves. The absolute opposite of a wash and wear garment, fur requires strategic measures to preserve it’s integrity. Gently shake to remove dirt that has settled, always hang on padded hangers, brush with small, light strokes, spot clean only & the use of a good container is suggested. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
1. Exposed ShouldersThe off-the-shoulder trend was huge last spring and this season it's evolving. Not only is the wide-v shape back in style, but joining it are wider lapels and drop sleeves, which are making some pretty interesting shapes. Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
2. Bold vs. ClassicWhether you like to stand out in a crowd or give off a more subtle vibe, you're bound to enjoy the color trends this season. For those who love to be more daring with their shades, it's time to stock up on that bold, vibrant red. It showed up in the form of gowns, blazers, blouses, jackets, and more! Anyone looking to channel a more classic energy, power navy might be more up your alley. Transform it into a waterfall trench, on trend suiting, or even a chic dress.
3. Embroidered SheersHere's a trend we can totally mesh with. On the runway, embroidery has been taking the fashion world by storm as gowns and dresses. We'd love to see some creative thinking bring this trend into the ready-to-wear scene. How wonderful would it be to see some crop tops or tulip shorts made from one of these fabrics? Maybe even a sheer summer jacket! Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
4. Mock NecksThis is a personal favorite - mock neck blouses and dresses. It's difficult to find a trend that looks good on everyone, but when it happens, it just works. This silhouette elongates your torso, giving a sleek and chic look no matter what. The best part? You can still have so many different styles with it. Try a delicate lace, an edgy rib knit, or create a cute look under a cropped jacket. Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
5. VelvetVelvet was huge this year and it looks like it's here to stay for at least another season. We're certainly not complaining though. You may have one idea in your head for velvet - stiff A-line dresses, but this year they've been showing up as something a bit new - jackets and shawls! Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com! Personally, I'm loving all of these trends and I can't wait to incorporate them into some of my future projects. What about you? Are you going to give any of these a try?
Long CoatsCarry your trench coat style over to the next season! Lots of designers fashioned this look out of thinner fabrics to make wearing light and easy with the coming warm weather--long enough to shield against the wind and light enough to keep from overheating.
For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
Slit Skirt DressesSlit skirts and dresses are a sophisticated style that look great on both long and shorter skirts. They make your silhouette look long and lean and can be paired with a number of skirt shapes from pencil to empire styles! Longer skirts are better for formal settings, but a shorter skirt like the one above can work in a more casual setting. Slit style skirts are also a great opportunity for showing off a pair of your favorite shoes. With the exposed look from the slit, attention is drawn to the legs and feet and giving the chance to highlight great footwear! Don't be afraid to use a busy pattern either. Find the right pattern and it can make your design really stunning. For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
Coat DressesMore coat styles! Lots of styles were spruced up in sportswear with coat dresses. Their bulky design can be a blessing in this chilly weather, but it's also good for transition weather like in the spring. Paired with pants or leggings and this is great for cooler weather, or you can sport it in mild temperatures, too! It's another pretty adaptable look. For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
Plunge NecklineA popular look from the 2017 line-up included both reserved and daring plunge necklines. From mock to true designs, we've seen potential in plunge necklines for the coming year! Lots of formal styles with this neckline are usually left open, but don't be afraid to adapt the style to the season and wear a shirt underneath to cover up and keep warm! Use a neutral or skin tone underneath and you won't have to worry about taking away any emphasis from the plunge's design. For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
RufflesStrutting fancy and elegant, ruffles were accented everywhere from sleeves to collars. Loose and flowing like the ones below, these shorter ruffles bring an air of femininity to any look! For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
Tiered PiecesBoth tops and bottoms showcased tiers incorporated into their designs. We saw this style experimented with last year towards the fall and winter seasons, but now they’re starting to really blossom from these designers! Gathered sections and color blocking can be used to accent and project a tiered look for pieces, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of these styles. Both look wonderful! For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
AsymmetryHave you ever donned an asymmetrical look? These designs can be quite refreshing from your usual balanced styles, so if you haven’t tried one yet, consider a dress with an asymmetric neckline or top with mismatched sleeves. A one-sided accent or flourished hemline can also be a great way to make a piece asymmetrical. It doesn’t need to be too big or loud—sometimes smaller details speak large volumes for fashion. For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:
Women in MenswearWomen in menswear has been popular for decades, and it’s always nice to see men’s recent designs applied to women’s fashion, too. Below we have this past fall’s cropped pants style paired with a fitted blazer for a sharp and masculine women’s suit. The tapered hemline of the pants narrows your silhouette for a fantastic business style. And if looser pants are more your game, try a loose trouser with a fitted jacket. The contrast between the waistline and the trouser will slim the appearance of your waist and give your bottom half a weighted appeal! For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!: And that's the forecast for now! What highlights are your favorites? Are you looking forward to adding any of these styles into your wardrobe?
Luckily, I found the perfect belted cape pattern from Burda's Rock Island collection. I used the following fabrics and materials with just a few alterations:
- 3.5 yards Pacific Twill Wool Coating
- 1/2 yard Italian Black Herringbone Wool-Blend Suiting
- 1.5 yards Alexander Wang Black Rayon Twill Lining
- 1 Italian Charcoal Metal Safety Pin - 3.75"
I made the belt about 1.5x the pattern's recommended length in order to give it a nice bow in the front. In addition. I also got rid of the front belt loops, moving them to the side instead. This showed off the beautiful herringbone fabric a little more, which I absolutely love!
The pockets were also scrapped so the print wouldn't be too overpowering. And instead of a fabric tab closer at the collar, I used one of Mood's fantastic over-sized safety pins.
Overall, it's a lovely piece of outerwear for Fall! Are you going to be making your own? I'd love to know what fabrics and colors you'll be using!
SuedeThere were plenty of fabrics that popped up all over the runway, and suede was one of them! Suede always has strong presence in fashion, but it’s especially beloved during the Fall. Great in both bright and mature colors, suede has a beautiful and unique sheen to it that can really impress onlookers when added to your ensemble. Create your own suede looks with these fabrics from Mood:
Bomber JacketsBomber jackets! Need I say more? A design I've come to consider a sibling to the moto jacket, bomber jackets are both stylish and comfortable. They look great in any color, and they're often adorned with a number of decorations like patches, embroidery, and more. They also look great in almost any fabric! Want one in pleather? Go ahead! Satin? Absolutely. It all works, making this style very universal. It's a great addition to any wardrobe or ensemble, so it's no surprise that so many designers showcased them in their line-ups! Create your own bomber jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:
Off-the-Shoulder LooksElegance is key in off-the-shoulder designs, and the runway delivered! This look is great when made with a fabric that shines, so it satin is your game, take a chance to play with an off-the-shoulder dress or shirt! Or go with a knit for something looser and more comfortable! These are a lovely way to show off the collarbone and shoulders while still be reserved and practical. Create your own off-the-shoulder looks with these fabrics from Mood:
Moto JacketsThese jackets were all over the show each week! They’ll probably never go out of style. The asymmetrical zipper of these jackets is an immediate tip-off to the style, and the tapered shape from the shoulders is a great way to accentuate one’s waistline. If you’re looking for a way to dress bold, try adding a moto jacket to your wardrobe! Create your own moto jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:
PleatherPleather is a wonderful, wonderful thing! It gives off both great feel and presence of luxury. If you want to make an impression, pleather is a way to do it, and designers at Fashion Week took full advantage of this! Smooth, sleek, and great with a top-stitch, pleather is a great fashion ally! Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Cut-OutsCut-out designs have to be one of my favorite fashion trends. The play with negative space is an artistic touch that draws the eye in a unique way, and when used skillfully, it can have you turning heads as you walk by. Solid, thick fabrics that will hold the shape well are best for designs like these, and it looks great in saturated and neutral colors. Create your own cut-out styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Women in MenswearEveryone loves a man in uniform, but what about a woman? Rocking a well-tailored blazer or collar isn’t exclusive to men; the business feel of these styles is attractive on women, too! Sporting menswear styles can open a whole new door for your wardrobe to expand into, so take some inspiration from the Fashion Week designers and look into getting your hands on some of your own! Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Exaggerated ProportionsLastly, and possibly the most-seen style on the runway, was over-exaggerated proportions. Huge shoulders, wide pants, and long, long sleeves were all over Fashion Week, and it's probably one of the more new styles to have hit this season. Whether its design is practical or not, big sleeves are in, so take advantage of it and get warm and comfy as the weather gets colder! Create your own big and long styles with these fabrics from Mood: What styles are you looking forward to sewing this season? Was there another one from Fashion Week that you loved? Tell us about it!
satins to glimmering prints, kimono jackets are a wonderful addition to any ensemble or wardrobe. If you’re thinking of making your own kimono jacket, check some of these fabrics to get inspired:
Wide SleevesBig sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups. Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too. Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:
Leather JacketsStraight-cut, embellished, or studded, leathers were a familiar and glamorous appearance for the show. Many leather fashions are still sporting motorcycle and bomber jackets, so if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself yet, there’s still time! Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone. Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):
Flowing SkirtsBig, flowing skirts popped up in the beginning of the season, and they’re still going pretty strong. Now being paired with fitted tops like these, they lean more to the side of sophisticated than comfy like their early season counterparts. With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek. Fabrics with good drapes like these would be perfect for a flowing skirt: What were you favorite designs from Paris Fashion Week? Do you have any plans for new sewing projects that were inspired by the trend reports?
Box-Pleated SkirtsBox-pleated skirts were common on the runway this week. Often related with uniforms, these types of pleats live up to their reputation to show off a refined, sharp shape to your silhouette, and the little flare they bring can be quite flattering. From longer to shorter skirts, box pleats are a great tool to have in your arsenal of ensembles! Looking to make some box pleats of your own? Try out a fabric that will hold the shape well, like these:
70's InspiredSharp and bold, 70's inspired styles were hot this week. Broad collars like this trend sports accentuate necklines and shoulders, and careful top-stitching outline your garment shapes for the perfect subtle touch. Color-blocking with bright and thick fabrics is another popular trick when wearing 70's fashion. Stay warm and fresh with style with fabrics like these to pull off an amazing 70's look:
Muted Floral PrintsAnd even though spring is still a ways away, the Milan show still had plenty of designers playing with floral prints. Putting a fall spin on florals with more subdued colors and designs was the key, and we can still get the chilly image of an autumn afternoon from looking at these garments. Flowers might hibernate in the winter, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to! Try out some of these softer floral designs for your next project: Are there any other types of fabrics you think might look good for these styles? Who or what are you looking forward to seeing in Paris' fashion week? Share your thoughts with us!
Faux Suede SkirtFall runways have been loaded with garments and fabrics of faux suede, and seeing as I loved the fabric even before its shine in the spotlight, I wanted to take the chance to make a suede skirt—another popular item on the runway—for the coming season. Faux suede is a great fabric choice because of its soft texture, and the suede I used to make my skirt has a nice stretch that’s both form-fitting and comfortable to wear. I’ve always loved the visual appeal of suede, too; like velvet, it adds visual texture to an ensemble, and I love that. You can see the texture without having to feel it (though I’d be lying if I claimed I’ve never compulsively touched suede just to feel how soft it is!) Fabrics like this draw the eye, and it comes in a number of colors, too, making it a powerful fabric tool. The skirt is decorated with a few buttons, top-stitching with orange thread, and the front is closed with a slot seam. This skirt design is incredibly simple, just a few pieces—4 in total—and I made them from easy shapes you can draw out with a yard stick and pencil. I’ve provided an image to help you visualize what they looked like (I apologize that the shapes aren’t drawn exactly to scale, but so long as you get the idea!): Four pieces and a yard of fabric. Easy, right? Make sure to fit the pieces in the direction shown in the picture, and you need FOUR CUTS for PIECE 2, so turn the piece 180 degrees if you need to in order to fit it in. The skirt falls just below my waist and the measurements I provided are to fit my size (I’m a 30” waist), so adjust accordingly for your own fit! I’m not going to go into a super in-depth tutorial for this skirt, but I hope the design won’t be too hard to figure out!
Material List- About 1 YD Black UV Protective Stretch Ultra Suede (#311396) - 3 QTY Copper/Orange Rhinestoned Metal Shank Back Button (#14805) - 474 Curry 100M Gutermann Sew All Thread (#100301) - 10 Black 100M Guterman Sew All Thread (#100246) - 1 QTY 580 Black 9” Invisible Zipper (#INV9-850) - Pins - Hand-sewing Needle - Sewing Machine - Scissors - Tailor’s Chalk (for marking where your buttons will go before sewing them down) - Pencil (for Patter Drawing) - Pattern Paper (for Patter Drawing) This is the list of materials that I used. I used about a full yard of the faux suede fabric that I picked, but you may need more or less depending on the size you’re fitting the garment to. Judge the amount you need based off how long your skirt panels need to be (remember that there are 36 inches in one yard of fabric). After you’ve drafted your paper pattern and have cut out your fabric pattern pieces, you should have PIECE 1 (x2), PIECE 2 (x4), PIECE 3 ,(x2) and PIECE 4 (x1). I installed my zipper on the right side at the top, so between one PIECE 2 panel and one PIECE 3 panel. Pin all of them together like this and start sewing them together! NOTE: The two panels of PIECES 1 are sewn together using a slot seam! If you're not sure how to install a slot seam, click here to see what it looks like! click here to read our tutorial on how! Remember to line the very top of the zipper—not the teeth, the extra flaps—up with the top of the skirt.