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The Daily Swatch

Swatch's look of the day as draped by our very own Celebrity Stylist Wira Quesada.
  • Mood DIY: Bulbasaur Dog Halloween Costume

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

    It's my favorite time of the year - Halloween! And let's face it: all of October is Halloween. Plus, since Pokemon has recently made a comeback, naturally I needed to dress Swatch up as Bulbasaur.

    Fabrics & Materials Used:

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     The pattern for the costume was fairly simple - the main body is an easy vest that closes with velcro up the front. The base was the tile blue neoprene, which was the perfect shade for Bulbasaur. His spots were made with a few inches of the alpine green. For the bulb, I cut 5 panels of the leaf shape you see above. The more narrow side would become the top.

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

    The bulb was easily the best part to make! I loved the contrasting black lines created by the foam, so I chose to put my seam allowance on the right side.

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

    Each panel was sewn, wrong sides together, from the very bottom until about 2 inches from the top. Before sewing the last panel shut, I threw in a little fiber fill (not too much though, since it'll need to fit under the sewing machine one more time. The rest of the fill will go in through the top of the bulb.

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

    Since Bulbasaur's bulb isn't completely shut up top, I kept Swatch's open as well. A small circle of neoprene lies on top of the fiber fill, so none pops out!

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

    It attaches to the vest with some more velcro, this way the vest can be easily removed for washing, but it could also be hand sewn into place. Some neoprene scraps and a bit of elastic made his ears - how adorable! What kind of Halloween costumes are you making for your pets this year?

    pokemon bulbasaur dog costume

  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Clutch Wallet

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Clutches are one of the most helpful fashion accessories; you can never have too many. So rather than buy yet another, I decided I'd throw one together myself! And since National Dog Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd add a little Swatch into the design.

    Items used:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    To get the right shape, I simply enlarged a photo of Swatch from Mood's neoprene print, re-sketched it to fix any proportions that were skewed, and cut out each section: the base for the head, his white spot, two ear shapes, two eyes, and a little highlighting for his right eye. Everything went together fairly easily, although I do need to clean up a little excess glue around the one eye. And a few hand stitched around his nose made the perfect freckles.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    For this clutch, I added in an invisible magnetic snap behind Swatch's head. If you've never inserted one before, don't worry - it's incredibly quick and easy.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Rather than attach it directly to Swatch, I put it on an extra scrap of vinyl and then glued and stitched it behind Swatch afterwards. The snap comes with two sides, and each side has a small metal support plate. Trace the two lines from the plate onto your fabric and then cut along them. They'll  be exactly where your snap will slip into the fabric, like you see below.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Place the support plate onto the back of the snap and fold the sides of the snap over to secure it.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Here's a view from the front. This was then attached to the back of Swatch's head. (The second half of the snap will be attached later.)

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Now for your clutch panels. The outside is made up of two parts - a 10"x15" vinyl rectangle, and a 10"x7" taffeta rectangle. The lining was 10"x22".

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    If you're following along and making your own, attach the small taffeta panel to the vinyl, right sides together. This will become the front flap of the clutch.

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Fold the vinyl panel in half, matching right sides, and stitch up the sides. Do the same with the lining; and be sure to fold over a 1/2" along the open edge. They should look like this:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Pin the right side of your front flap to the lining. Sew just around the 3 sides of the flap and turn right-side out. It'll look a little bit like this mess:

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    The remainder of your lining should fit right inside the vinyl pouch, and start looking like a clutch!

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

    Before top-stitching along the open edge, add in the second half of your magnetic snap. I attached Swatch's head to the front flap first (a little glue and some slip-stitching did the trick), and then folded the front flap down and marked where the back of my snap should be placed for everything to close correctly.

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    And in under an hour, I had an adorable new puppy clutch! So tell me in the comments - will you be making your own? Will you add a cute little Swatch to the front, or something different?

    swatch mood clutch sewing diy

  • The Daily Swatch: Khaleesi

    The Mother of Dragons has conquered Mood Fabrics! While also looking completely fabulous.

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    Swatch is seen here wearing 'Khaleesi,' which consists of a yard of the following trim and fabric:
    1.5 1.5" Metallic Gold Lace Trimming
    Lagoon Stretch Polyester Dobby Chiffon Lagoon Stretch Polyester Dobby Chiffon
    If you're looking to make a more human sized Daenerys dress, a 4" trim might be more your speed.
    4 4" Metallic Gold Lace Trim
     
  • Swatch, Mood Mascot and Tim Gunn Protégé

    Tim Gunn has been tutoring our Swatch in how to be a Project Runway fashion mentor. Check out these images and let us know if you think Swatch could step in for Tim when he goes on vacation.

    Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is training to be the canine Tim Gunn.Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is in training to be the next Tim Gunn.Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.

    Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is in training to be the canine Tim Gunn.

  • How to Sew a Holiday Ruff for Your Pet

    Holiday Swatch.
    Well of course we have to deck Swatch out in holiday finery! If you visit Mood NYC during the holidays you'll see Swatch wearing this ruff we made for him out of green silk faille and red fringe trim, available at our stores. Doesn't he look elegant yet holiday festive?! Here's how to make an easy ruff collar for your pet:
    1. Measure your pet's neck circumference. Swatch has a 17-inch neck, in case you were wondering.
    2. To determine the length of fabric you need to cut, multiply the neck circumference by the factor of how densely you want the collar to ruffle around your pet's neck and how thick your fabric is. For example, the silk faille I used is stiff and somewhat thick, so I multiplied 17" by 2, for 34". If the fabric were lighter in weight, I'd probably multiply the circumference by 2.5 or 2.75 for denser ruffles.
    3. The width of the ruff is personal preference. Swatch's is 2 inches wide. Take your width amount, double it, and add another inch.
    4. Cut your strip out of your fashion fabric. I cut a piece that was 5" wide by 35". (I added an inch to the length for seam allowances.)
    5. Fold right sides together and stitch a 1/2" seam along the cut edge (lengthwise).
    6. Turn right side-out; press. Press under one of the short ends, about 1/2", forming a neat edge.
    7. Sew a casing to insert the elastic to keep it around your pet's neck. I recommend using elastic that's 1/4" or 1/2" wide. Stitch the casing from the unpressed end all the way to approximately 1 inch from the pressed end. This will give you an unstitched opening to insert the other end into, forming a nice, neat circle of fabric (step 10).
    8. Cut a piece of elastic the same size as your pet's neck circumference; insert into casing.
    9. Overlap elastics ends and stitch.
    10. Take the unfinished edge of the ruff and insert it into the finished edge by about 1/2-inch to a 1 inch; pin in place. Try on your pet for fit.
    11. Stitch casing opening closed. Next, stitch the area where one end is inserted into the other by machine and through all layers. Or you can slip-stitch it by hand for a neater finish.
    12. Stitch a pretty trim along the outer edge and you're done!
    If you make a holiday ruff for your pet out of Mood fabrics, post a photo on our Facebook page!
  • Game of Thrones Swatch

    "Game of Thrones" Swatch. Wearing fox and deerskin from our leather department in the NYC store and doing his best Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark imitation.

  • Swatch Working Hard Selling Pillows

    Swatch Selling Pillows

    Swatch Selling Pillows

    Swatch is working diligently to help the Home Decor Department at Mood Fabrics NYC to sell their current stock of custom made pillows. Pillows are currently only available at our store. Our Home Dec Department also carries a variety of cow hides similar to the one Swatch is napping resting his eyes on.
    If You have any ideas of what you would like to see swatch dressed up as let us know! Leave it in our comments below or email us at Contact@MoodFabrics.com.
  • Elf Swatch

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    Elf Swatch

    Elf Swatch not only loves helping Project Runway contestants pick out the right fabrics for their challenges, he also enjoys lending a paw to Santa to help pick out Christmas gifts! Happy Holidays from Mood to you!
    If You have any ideas of what you would like to see swatch dressed up as let us know! Leave it in our comments below or email us at Contact@MoodFabrics.com.
  • Babushka Swatch

    Babushka Swatch

    Babushka Swatch

    Babushka Swatch is preparing himself for winter by accessorizing with some fur cuffs and fox tails (available in-store).
    If You have any ideas of what you would like to see swatch dressed up as let us know! Leave it in our comments below or email us at Contact@MoodFabrics.com.
  • Happy Halloween!

    BatSwatch

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    Happy Halloween From Mood Fabrics!
    Enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ for more info.
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