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here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own! You don't have to go with just leather, though! And for the drawstrings, you can use drawcords or metal chain! Tasseled and Long-Fringed Bags Fan of the Western look? Tassels and long fringes often bring a sense of down-to-earthness, and adding fringe to a piece is also a great way to play with the illusion of body and flow. Usually made of some kind of leather or leather look-alike, tassels and fringe can draw the eye with their fluid movements, which is what makes them a popular item. Even small additions of fringe can pay off! Check out our DIY using fringe to spruce up a pair of heels by Brandhyze here! If you’re interested in a fringed purse of your own, consider these fabrics for your design! Revamped Fanny Packs Revamped fanny packs were huge in the 90s, and they’re back again! Designed for ease of comfort and functionality, these hands-free designs are now trendy and versatile! While the photos provided here show off a very chic styles, revamped fanny packs are flexible in what designs look good for and with them. If you need some inspiration, take a look as some of these ideas! Along with these fabrics, you can do a little embellishment with a chain strap, sequin or beaded trims, and clasps! Halfmoon Bags Halfmoon bags are super cute and in-season now! The curved shape of their silhouette is simply graceful and like no other style. Any color fits well with them, and so long as you have a sturdy fabric to help keep its shape, you can go with almost anything! If you’d like to see some fabric ideas for halfmoon bags, consider some of these! And some notions--like grommets, trims for straps, and a zipper for closure--to help finish the look! Small Backpacks And lastly, small backpacks! This fashion has flitted around through the years, but they got a particular amount of attention by designers for this season. As with the halfmoon bags, their shape is one of the features that stands out most, and like the revamped fanny packs, their functional purpose makes them a great choice for on the go! And finish it off with a zipper! Which of these handbag designs is your favorite? Have you seen others aside from these that you loved, too? Can you think of any fabrics that we didn't listen that you would like to use for one of these styles? Let us know! Save Save Save Save
NYFW: Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear September 8 – 15, 2016 London Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 18 – 20, 2016 Milan Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 21 – 27, 2016 Paris Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 27 – October 5, 2016 NYFW: Bridal October 5 – 10, 2016
1. FloralsI know -- groundbreaking, right? Everyone always loves florals, but this year the runways saw them in a whole new way. Embroidered laces brought textures to a whole new level with 3D embellishments and appliques. Plus, large-scale floral prints didn't just stick to skirts and gowns. They adorned several pants and suits, causing the over-sized designs to almost make their way into the abstract print trend.
A. 3D Embellishments
B. Large-Scale PrintsHere are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
2. StripesStripes made their way into pants and jumpsuits a few times this past year. This trend we particularly love as it makes the body look longer/taller. However, we also saw some other interesting uses. Banana Republic, for example, created the illusion of stripes by omitting sections of a print, and Ulyana Sergeenko designed a beautiful pinstriped jumpsuit with a surprisingly sheer fabric. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
3. OmbreMarchesa has certainly mastered the art of ombre skirts and dresses, but this past season it made it's way onto the runways of other designers, such as Tadashi Shoji. Personally, we'd love to see this become a widespread trend this season - particularly with charmeuse! Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
4. Abstract PrintsThis is another trend that seemed to translate well to gowns in the past, but this year saw it expand to jumpsuits, pants, and even coats! We can't wait to see where it may lead this week. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
5. MetallicsEverything is chrome in the future. Or, rather, everything has been chrome this year -- and we don't want it to stop. From jackets to dresses to corsets to pants, metallic fabrics and details have made their way onto several runways. Some have gone the all out holographic 90's route, while others have thrown it back to flapper girl charm. Either way, designers have proven the surprising versatility of a shiny palette, and we can't wait to see how/if that will evolve this season. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
6. ThrowbacksPulling inspiration from past decades is nothing new in the fashion industry, but the past few seasons have seen silhouettes from as far back as the Victorian era -- high necklines, ruffles, long skirts, capes, and puff sleeves! On the more recent side of history, the 60's seem to be out and the 70's are in! What started as a sprinkling of retro vibes last spring has turned into a full 70's reboot this fall, so we'll definitely be seeing more of it in these upcoming shows. Get ready for color blocking and flare pants!
B. Retro & VintageHere are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
7. PleatsPleats are perfect for creating flare, and the recent obsession with micropleats is one that we don't want to see go away. If done with something like a chiffon or crepe de chine, the result is a light and airy, flattering silhouette. Plus, these can easily be reimagined as shorter cocktail or casual day dresses. Here are some options from Mood to keep you on trend:
8. Eyelets & LaceReally, when is lace not on trend? Recently it's been used as sleeve details, waistbands, ruffles, and we've also been seeing a lot of colorful eyelet fabrics on the runway. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend: Only time will tell if our predictions are accurate though! What about you? Do you have any trends you're hoping to see return this season? Which has been your favorite this year?
Don't pack away your summer attire just because fall is around the corner! It's a staggering 90 degrees in NY today, which means maxi dress season is still upon us.
Maxis should be a staple in everyone's wardrobe; you can wear them from spring into summer, and if you choose the right color and style, they can even transition into the autumn months.
I took a bit of inspiration from Ainea for this dress. I loved the layering and ruffles, so I decided to pull just a bit of it for a small ruffle on the bodice. I also fell in love with the vibrant reds and chose to take the deeper red of the left-most dress for a more late-summer/early-fall feel.
Items used:Making this dress is both quick and easy. Between making the pattern, cutting my fabric, and sewing it together, I had mine done in under 2 hours. If you'll be following along, measure your bust and waist. The best fabric for this specific maxi is knit jersey, so I took a couple inches off the measurements to make it a little more contouring. This is where you can play around with your own pattern. If you have a super stretchy knit, you could potentially take off more. Or, if you'd like your waist to be gathered, you could easily add a few inches there. I made the bottom of each dress panel the full width of the fabric.
The front and back panels are exactly the same, so I cut two on the fold.
The ruffles on the bodice are a lot like basic triangles, however a flat top edge would mean flat layers. By curving the top, it ensures that the fabric overlaps slightly when pulled straight to create the perfect ruffle, like you see below.
After sewing straight down the sides of the dress, the ruffles can be attached to the front neckline. Both the front and back necklines are then trimmed in foldover elastic, which is as easy as it sounds. All it took was a few pins and a walking foot, andthe dress edges looked clean and finished.
The straps were created exactly the same way, but this time they went along the sleeve curve, meeting at the seam under the arm. 10 second straps!
So what colors will you be using for this project? Tell us in the comments!
How to Sew a Tiered Plisse Skirt Fall is usually the time for school to start up again, but for others it can be the start of new jobs and careers right after graduating in the spring. There’s never anything wrong with outfits that look good without sacrificing comfort, and for those taking their first steps into a real working environment, it’s important to consider this when updating your wardrobe to something both mature and business stylish! Materials: Fabric
- Drafting Paper or Newspaper for Making the Pattern
- Pencil for Drawing out the Pattern
- Paper Scissors and Fabric Scissors
- Flexible Measuring Tape
- Hand-sewing Needle
- Sewing Machine
- Black Thread (for bobbin and top thread)
- Seam Ripper (just in case!)
Take Pieces 2-4 and pin the shorter edges together, WRONG sides together. Leave about 4” unpinned; you will not be sewing the entire raw edge here, because this is where the zipper will be going later. Set to the side.follow this link here to our post about Zippers! A few important notes: Make sure that you line the teeth of the zipper at the middle point of the WAISTBAND piece (where you marked with a pin before).
The next thing to do is fold the WAISTBAND towards the Inside of the skirt and pin that beautiful ironed edge we just finished along the raw Plisse edge of the skirt TIERS.Save Save Save
If you love muted color palettes, Camper is definitely for you this coming fall. It appeared everywhere, from resort-wear to menswear, bomber jackets to gowns. So grab those olive tones off the shelves and accent them with a classic navy or deep teal!Here are some suggestions from Mood to get you started!
If you want to see how well this trend can work, take a look at Elie Saab's Resort 2017 collection. The highlights keep the overall collection light and airy, while the deeper tones can easily transfer into the autumn months.The following looks from Balmain, Ralph & Russo, and Marchesa prove that elegant doesn't always need to mean traditional. Each of the gowns possess an interesting silhouette that, when paired with a vibrant color, totally pop on the runway.
This is possibly my favorite trend in recent shows. Much like Camper, Seaglass features blue and green tones, but rather than giving off a woodsy feel, this one brings it straight to the ocean.This trend seems to have brought with it a lot of tailored pieces. It showed up in menswear, as jumpsuits, as suiting separates, and in a lot of accessories.
Faded neutrals will probably always be a constant. This season though, you can add pale pink to that palette; it showed up in Chloe, Valentino, Chanel, and even Gucci - all alongside pristine whites, beiges, and browns.So which trend is your favorite this year? Are any of them inspiring a new project? Tell us in the comments!
1. OuterwearBrocade outwear was seen at every huge fall show this year, from Dior to Gucci to Prada. The best way to go if you're trying to hop on a trend like this? Large florals. One of my favorites, from Dolce & Gabbana (seen above), features gold flowers on a strikingly matte black background. In reality, it's silhouette is quite simple, but the print choice pulls it up to high fashion. Here are a few options from Mood that would be great for outerwear:
2. Dresses and DetailsDresses have always been a favorite when it comes to brocade, but this year we've seen shorter hemlines and simpler silhouettes, bringing a new and slightly more casual look to such an elegant fabric. Another runway favorite has been subtle brocade details in dresses. Some designers have been experimenting with mixing fabrics, like you can see with the skirt panel above, and others have been using solid brocades to add just a small sheen to garments in certain areas. For instance, the Marras dress below has a black on black brocade across the bodice and high neckline. Here are some Mood picks to get you started on the perfect brocade dress:
3. SuitingWomen in menswear have been taking the runway by storm recently, so it's only natural that they'd be getting in on the brocade trend. Striking jackets paired with equally bold trousers were seen during shows from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dries Van Noten, just to name a few. Each of my favorite brocade suiting looks took elements from different fashion eras. Cavalli threw it back to the 70s with some flare pants that are becoming evermore popular. Van Noten's cropped cigarette pants scream modern chic, and these paper bag waist trousers from Dolce & Gabbana bring some early 20th century menswear to the forefront. Here are some terrific abstract brocades that could look fantastic as tailored garments:
4. DaywearA few of our favorite designers even took the evening elegance of brocade into some daytime looks. This deep gold ensemble from Pepa Pombo would look fierce as a resort look and I can definitely imagine these cigarette pants from Michael Kors as some bold officewear. Try your hand at some casual brocade garments with these vibrant, geometric brocades:
Paris Fashion Week had shown us what masterpieces they created with a satin type fabric and I don't know about you, but I was more than impressed. That being said, I would like to share some favorite looks with you. Many of the following looks are from the Fall 2016 Couture collection by Atelier Versace. The first picture shown below is a stunning, short black dress complete with gold and purple coloration around the bust and has one shoulder that comes across the body with a draped long skirt to one side. A large black belt was placed to pull it all together and cinch it around the waist. The entire Versace collection seemed to have a variety of high end looking satin which is why I am using some of them as prime examples of what can be achieved from these divine fabrics.
Here are fabric suggestions from Mood to get you started on your menswear: Looking toward Spring/Summer 2017 men's fashion is nothing short of a blast from the past! As a 90's baby myself, having the 90's making an appearance in fashion again is extremely exciting. For example the streetwear shown to the left by MSGM, is minimal and comfortable taking us to the MTV days when it was all music videos. The 90's may not be the only decade coming back the 70's might sneak up on you as well. Start getting comfortable in showing off those killer legs boys because short shorts might just be making a reappearance, as shown in the photo to the right by Fendi. As far as color and print goes there is going to be a lot of mixed messages and matches. You will want to make sure that you add yellow to your wardrobe because it will definitely be "in". Don't forget about checks because they will also be making there way to the shelves and should also be in your closet. Here are a few examples from the runways. (Designers top to bottom: Hermes, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Facetasm) Stock up with fabrics for this Fall/Winter or even next Spring/Summer and let your inner designer shine. It doesn't always have to be about making apparel, fabric can be used in so many craft and art forms. For all you men and women, let the pictures I have shown you from this year's Paris Fashion Week draw inspiration and open your mind to the wonderful world of fashion and fabrics. Be bold. Be inspired. Be you.
Hey fashionistas, have you been keeping up with what is hot this season? If so, I am sure you have noticed those stunning cotton eyelets strutting down the runway especially since the 2016 shows! Are you one to stay ahead of the game? Well, these darling fabrics have been on fire and are also making appearances down the 2017 runways, so falling behind trend is not an option with these marvelous textiles.For those of you not as familiar with this type of fabric, allow me to explain. Typically, an eyelet is derived from cotton and has a design placed and cut out of the fabric allowing you to see through it, hence the name eyelet. It gives off a fun and flirty peek-a-boo affect that can be used in countless ways from children's wear, casual ready to wear or even formal apparel.
Often times you will see an eyelet categorized with embroidery. In many cases a cotton eyelet will be embroidered, giving it an even more unique look; thus making embroidery just as popular as the eyelets on the 2016 and 2017 runways!Below are a couple looks from the Zimmermann Resort Collection of 2016. In the picture on the left she has layered this remarkable white floral eyelet over a thin black cotton lace and turned it into a more formal resort jumpsuit. You will notice she has placed it on top of a plain white cotton fabric for the body of the jumpsuit, giving her model more coverage yet letting the eyelet stand on its own for the sleeves. In the second picture, to the right, Zimmermann turned this stunning, all-white, cotton eyelet and created a breathtaking low-cut dress. She shows you the full effect of the eyelet letting it flow past the short underlying dress, creating a lovely flowing look down to about ankle length. I think I could go as far to say, this incredible dress would be perfect for that beachfront wedding many ladies dream about!Another designer that has brilliantly used eyelets in their resort collection for 2017 is Giambattista Valli. Below are some pictures of his wondrous work sure to have you wanting to get on board with this trend. The first picture to the far left is one of my favorite designs, considering green is my favorite color and not to mention that using an eyelet as a pant is pure genius. The middle picture appears to be a darling two piece, shirt and skirt, constructed with a delightful white floral eyelet. What a perfect outfit for a day on the yacht. On right we have a fabulous red gown that is a tad more formal, perfect for that candlelit dinner on your couples cruise. The ever so slightly risque way he used the eyelets on the hips is to die for!People tend to think that cotton eyelets, because they are a ventilated see through fabric, are specifically for the spring or summer months. Well, some designers have turned this into a myth! Below is a picture of a look from Emanuel Ungaro's Resort 2017 collection, that seems to be geared a little more toward those colder resort settings. Ungaro placed a black floral eyelet under a printed jacket, paired with a black skirt with a touch of fringe. He accessorized it with a black suede, calf height, heeled bootie that really shouts "a night out at the mountain resort," proving you can use these wonderful fabrics all year long.Here is another example of a more winter look with an eyelet by Giambattista Valli who was mentioned before.Other than the inspiration given to you by the designers above, listed below are some suggestions for other ways to use these fabrics:
Be the one dropping jaws this season in your very own cotton eyelet! We offer an abundance of them here at Mood. Go ahead and stock up on some for the colder months as well! Here are some embroidered and eyelet suggestions we have for you.Use your imagination, think outside the box and be inspired! Show us what you have designed with our Mood fabrics, we would love to see!!
- Lay your desired eyelet over your favorite color or printed cotton and create a beach bag!
Create a vest to wear over your favorite outfit, still allowing you to see that top you are in love with.
- Make your holey jeans more unique by using an eyelet over it to still show skin in a much cuter way!
Use the embroidered fabric as a cover up or Kimono over your favorite swimming suit.