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  • Fun in the Sun Fabrics

    The summer is the perfect time to show off your skills and create beautiful designs, like cut out dresses and bubble skirts. But, the last thing you want to do this summer is pass out from the heat. The key to avoiding this? Using the right fabrics, of course! Whether you're touring the festival circuit, relaxing at a family cook out, or spending  a day at the beach with bae, these fashionable fabrics will keep you cool, calm, and complimented.

    1.) Cotton

    Cotton, in general, is an excellent summer fabric. As a cellulose fiber based material (meaning it comes from a plant) it is hydrophilic, that is, it's absorbent. So, when you're running around in the heat, cotton is what will absorb perspiration quickly and keep you comfortable. Cotton also has a high rate of thermal conductivity, so it transfers your body heat away from you. There are many varieties, and most are generally breathable. Eyelet cotton has small holes in it, making it an excellent choice for flowy shirts and crop tops. Check out this beautiful White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet! Perfect for this Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top
    White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet
    Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top
    Sateen, the cotton equivalent to satin, is a stiffer cotton that is still breathable and is excellent for a button up blouse, or a flared skirt. The right side has a sheen to it, making it a beautiful fabric to show off in a shirt, but the soft feel of the right side also works as a liner to jackets and blazers. The Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen is perfect for a Memorial Day or July 4th barbecue, maybe in these Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts, paired with the eyelet above!
    Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen
    Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts
    Another excellent cotton is madras. Light weight with a distinct pattern, it's an excellent choice for summer picnics in the park or at the beach. Check out this lovely Red, Blue, and Yellow Cotton Madras, perfect for swinging summer skirts and dresses.
    Red, Blue and Yellow Cotton Madras Red, Blue and Yellow Cotton Madras

    2.) Voile

    Are you someone who fears the summer sun, and hides under trees and SPF 75? A voile top is perfect for you! French for veil, voile proves its namesake as a lightweight and breathable fabric. Voile is soft, smooth, and semi-sheer to sheer, so it's perfect for a light, long sleeve blouse to keep you cool and protected from the sun. Try out this Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile in a light button-up blouse, or in this cool Lined Paper Bag Skirt with Pockets, or mix voile with cotton in this adorable Apron Dress!
    Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile
    Apron Dress Apron Dress

    3.) Chiffon

    Chiffon is often made of silk, and is also sheer and breathable. You can use this stunning fabric as a sheer body suit, a blouse, or even a layered skirt. Chiffon is good for giving your skin some coverage from the sun while still allowing you to appreciate the lazy summer breeze. Make some beach ready Lace Up Sandals, or jump or joy in this Floral Jumpsuit!
    Marc Jacobs Beige and Beetroot Purple Floral Silk Chiffon Marc Jacobs Beige and Beetroot Purple Floral Silk Chiffon
    Lace Up Sandals Lace Up Sandals
    Floral Jumpsuit Floral Jumpsuit

    4.) Neoprene

    This funky fabric is made from the same material as wet suits. Wet suits have a foam insert that keeps in the heat, but neoprene is simply the water wicking surface material. These are also great for body suits. This Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit is perfect for our Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top!
    Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top
  • Seersucker

  • Before I started creating my own clothes, I had no clue textiles had so many variations.  Let me be honest, when I heard someone mention a seersucker suit I thought seersucker was a brand. Little did I know, it was one of my favorite warm weather fabrics every created.  If you're not familiar with seersucker, it's a lightweight fabric more often in a stripe that has a puckered textured.  Not sure if you get the gist, but trust me when I say it's classic sophisticated and very versatile.
  • This wrap top was made using this red and white regatta seersucker from moodfabrics.com that's lightweight, very comfortable, easy to sew and cut and a summertime must have.  If you have another color in mind, don't worry here is a great assortment from moodfabrics.com to get you started.
  • This top was made using this Burdastyle 06/2011 #121A downloadable pattern with the following alterations:
    • Added 3" to the length of the pattern
    • Added a 4" band to the bottom of the top
    • Added 2 75"x 4" waist wraps
    • Added a 3" seam waist wrap opening
    • Added a 24" wide by 20" long sleeve.  Gathered the sleeve by adding three machine basting stitches down the length of the sleeve and securing the stitches.
  • Chandler's dress was made using my Mini Jadore Marie pattern with alterations.
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  • Trend Report: Plus Size Fashion

    Also referred to as "fatshion," plus size clothing is hitting new strides as plus size models embrace their curves, inviting the rest of the fashion world to love it or shove it.

    1.) Curves, curves, curves!

    Plus size fashion is all about showing off the body you have, and there's no better way to do that than a body con dress, or a slinky evening gown! Throw on a fur shawl to take these looks to the next level.
    Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exited about elegance?  Pick up these fabrics at Mood!
    Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit Black Tubular Bamboo Rib Knit
    Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe Antique White Wide Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    2.) Crop Tops

    Crop tops come in every variety imaginable, from sleeveless to sweater, and it's clear fashion cannot get enough of these belly baring beauts. Throw on some denim overalls for a casual summer outfit, or let the crop top take center stage with a simple pair of jeans.
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag Nadia Aboulhosn | Status Mag
    Create some crops with these fabulous fabrics!
    Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh Navy Embroidered Lace on a Nude Mesh

    3.) Body Suits and Jumpsuits

    Rompers may have recently been all the rage, but you'll be jumping for joy in these curve accentuating jumpsuits and body suits. Perfect for walking down the runway or playing in the park, pair bodysuits with a circle skirt or some high waisted shorts.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Want your own playful playsuit? Try these fun fabrics!
    Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile Famous NYC Designer Green Conversational Silk and Cotton Voile
    Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit Italian Plum Floral Digitally Printed Scuba Knit

    4.) Velvet

    Nothing compliments a body better than a soft and sensual fabric, like velvet. The dramatic drape juxtaposes beautifully with some tension in the taut material. Let velvet speak for itself with a simple cocktail dress, or experiment with velvet bodysuits and crop tops.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Down with dramatic? Add flair to your wardrobe with these beautiful fabrics.
    Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet Charcoal Quilted Polyester Velvet
    Estate Blue Polyester Velvet Estate Blue Polyester Velvet

    5.) High Waisted Pants

    High Waisted Pants are a powerful look for the powerful woman. Strut your stuff at that important business meeting, or go explore the city with these versatile, and comfortable, slacks. Pair with a blazer and a body suit for a look that goes from day to night with the blink of an eye.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Looking for some powerful pants? Try these fabrics.
    Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe Magenta Haze Silk 4-Ply Crepe
    Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe Whisper White Silk 4-Ply Crepe

    6.) Making your own clothes

    The DIY trend is spreading, and plus size fashion is picking up what it's putting down. Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton is inspiring plus size women everywhere to take control of their fashion and start making their own clothes with these beautiful patterns she's designed for Simplicity.
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity | Ashley Nell Tipton
    Get creative with these fabrics!
    Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit Italian Navy Tropical Floral Jersey Knit
    Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey Italian Multi-Color and White Shoe Printed Viscose Jersey

    7.) Sheer

    Although many may not like the trend of plus size women showing their bodies, these models prove that confidence is key. Sheer body suits over dark bras, or see through dresses thrown over colorful bikini sets are perfect for cooling down in the summer heat.
    Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christian Siriano | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chromat | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Are you cheering for sheer? Try these fabrics!
    Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit Metallic Gold Textured All-Over Foil Knit
    Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon Majesty Purple Silk Chiffon
     
  • Summer 2017 Fabric Horoscope

    Aries, March 21 to April 19

    Aries, the Ram, is the sign of confidence, hard work and honesty. An Aries doesn’t have time for frills, therefore their clothes need to be comfortable and keep up with their physical lifestyle. This Bamboo and Cotton Knit Fleece in Almond is perfect for a pair of comfy, breathable, and stylish joggers to sport around town or wear on late night food runs with friends. Pair with a crop sweater made of Peach Waffle Sweater Knit! With confidence, an Aries glides seamlessly into eveningwear, especially in an elegant gown made from this Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse, the favored fabric of 1930s screen sirens.
    Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece
    Peach Waffle Sweater Knit Peach Waffle Sweater Knit
    Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse

    Taurus April 20-May 20

    Taurus, the bull, is stubborn, yet patient, believing in quality over quantity. A typical summer day for a Taurus can involve anything from tending their garden, to searching the stores for the best deals and showing off their new digs at music festivals. A Taurus needs versatile fashion to keep up with their ever-changing lifestyle, and a romper made of this beautiful Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste Cotton is sure to make a statement wherever they go. For an evening look, Taurus can be seen trotting around in a skirt made of this Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle, a statement look with quality fabric. For an edgy look, a body suit made from this Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene is sure to keep the attention on Taurus.
    Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste
    Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle
    Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene

    Gemini May 21 to June 20

    Gemini, the twins, is an adaptable and curious sign. Always looking for the latest ways to have fun and experience life, Geminis love exchanging ideas with other signs. This cool and funky Italian Black and Multi-color Abstract Jersey is perfect to fashion into a wrap dress for hanging out at the local coffee shop or traveling to different cities. When between looks, dress down in a stunning kimono style evening robe made from this beautiful Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse. Once the Gemini steps out of their evening gown and into the evening, they need a cocktail dress of this funky and individualistic Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon.
    Italian Black and Multicolor Abstract Jersey Panel Italian Black and Multicolor Abstract Jersey Panel
    Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse
    Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon

    Cancer June 21 to July 22

    Cancer, the crab, are not as intimidating as they might appear. This emotional and loyal sign loves to be creative, and their time is best spent at home enjoying the company of good friends. Whether it’s some good barbecue at a family cookout, or a pool party with longtime friends, a midi skirt from this Dusty Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray let’s Cancer relax in style. This beautiful Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade is an excellent choice for a Cancer on their way to a cocktail party. The emotions of Cancer are reflected wonderfully in this Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print, and ruffled dress from this pattern would compliment the creative side of Cancer. Need inspiration? Check out this ruffled dress by our style blogger Nikki Brooks-Revis!
    Dusted Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray Dusted Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray
    Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade
    Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print
     

    Leo, July 23 to August 22

    Leo, the Lion, is passionate, brave, and generous. This ride or die sign is always on the hunt for adventure, whether that means staying at a hostel in a mysterious city, or trying something new at the local food festival. Leos’ love of being admired is sure to lead them to this fabulous Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur, perfect for a vest to accompany the Leo in their travels. For a more sophisticated look, try this Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh, perfect for a garden party dress.
    Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur
    Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh

    Virgo, August 23 to September 22

    Virgo, the Virgin, is the purest sign. Practical, analytical, and kind, a Virgo loves enjoying nature, especially on a beautiful summer day. An organic picnic on the riverside is the perfect summer setting for a Virgo, and this breathable, eco-friendly bamboo jersey knit fabric in green is perfect for a comfy and casual summer dress. Or, turn this Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste into comfy, yet sophisticated Harem pants for a breezy summer evening.
    Green Stretch Bamboo Jersey Green Stretch Bamboo Jersey
    Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste

    Libra, September 23 to October 22

    Libra, the scales, are a just and gracious sign. They love being social, and enjoy playing team sports, as long as everyone plays fair. You can find the Libra rowing, playing tag football, or just enjoying the heat in a comfy t-shirt made from this White Paisley Burnout Jersey. Libra is as elegant as they are casual, and should balance their t-shirts with a dramatic peplum made from this Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma. The elegant and romantic feel of this Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet would be perfect for a powerful bodysuit to accentuate the grace and justice of the Libra.
    White Paisley Burnout Jersey White Paisley Burnout Jersey
    Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma
    Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet

    Scorpio, October 23 to November 21

    Scorpio, the scorpion, is a survivor. They’re passionate, stubborn, and resourceful, so the perfect partner to take on a camping trip, hiking, or simply making s'mores in a backyard fire pit. They love being right, enjoy spending time with their oldest friends, and are very expressive. Toasting marshmallows on an open flame has never been so comfortable in a cape made from this Italian Charcoal Wool Coating. For warm summer afternoons spent hiking, an off the shoulder crop top made from this Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print will keep Scorpio's cool, cute, and comfortable.
    Italian Charcoal Wool Coating Italian Charcoal Wool Coating
    Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print

    Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21

    Sagittarius, the centaur, enjoys philosophy and being outdoors. Don’t let their wise demeanor fool you, though, as they love to horse around and have an excellent sense of humor. A Sagittarius can be seen fishing on a peaceful lake, or pranking life guards at the beach with cardboard shark fins. This Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe is perfect for a classy bathing suit cover at the summers hottest beach party. Throw it over a bathing suit made of this fun Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit! And for warming up in the evening after a long day at the beach, a jacket from this Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur is perfect to keep the Sagittarius comfortable.
    Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe
    Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur

    Capricorn, December 22 to January 19

    Capricorn, the goat, is responsible and disciplined. Often the leader of the group, they appreciate strong family traditions and music, and are goal-oriented individuals. A Capricorn needs a traditional fabric that allows them to have fun with the fam and reach their goals, and this African Print cotton in green and pink geometrics is perfect for a bold tunic to take to the family reunion or wear to casual Fridays at work, or go for a more graceful look in a maxi dress made of this Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel.
    Green and Pink Geometric Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print Green and Pink Geometric Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print
    Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel

    Aquarius, January 20 to February 18

    Aquarius, the water-bearer, is the most humanitarian of the signs. They are progressive and original individuals, and have the most fun when they are helping others. Summer is spent volunteering at local youth shelters, and raising money to help fight the power, while taking their friends out for a well needed brunch. A crop top from this Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey paired with some boyfriend jeans is perfect for volunteering with flair. An Aquarius can even take their humanitarian spirit into evening wear, with this Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing, perfect for charity balls and fundraising galas.
    Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey
    Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing

    Pisces, February 19 to March 20

    Pisces, the fish, wakes up late and heads straight to the local swimming hole. They value their rest, and are very gentle and wise. Their deep connection to water makes them the most compassionate and intuitive of the signs, relying on the calm waters a hot summer’s day to relax them. The slippery fish needs a fabric that can easily allow them to swim and dry off quickly, and this Geometric Neoprene is perfect! Begging to be stitched into a body suit turned bathing suit in a pinch, the Pisces will love the scuba suit type material. Throw on a beach cover made of this breathable White Bamboo Stretch French Terry, and this Pisces is ready to party.
    Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    White Bamboo Stretch French Terry White Bamboo Stretch French Terry
     
  • Victoria stripes

    Lately, I've been obsessed with stripes and ruffles. There's something so completely classic and feminine about pairing the two that makes this obsession even more irresistible.  When I spotted this white/navy striped cotton woven at moodfabrics.com this kicked off my warm weather lust.  This cotton has a slightly raised texture with stretch in one direction.  It's lightweight and perfect for warm weather. Chandler's dress was made using my leftover Rag & Bone black and white striped cotton woven which looks very close to my fabric and performs almost identical.  The ruffle was made using the fabric I used for my top. The pattern I used for this top is vintage McCalls 4722 with the following pattern alterations: -Removed the buttons from the front of the pattern by cutting the front on the fold. -Added a seam and a 9"invisible zipper to the back. -Added an additional seam across the back 8" from the top of the back -Cut 2    4.5"x 60"  pieces of fabric and attached them to the shoulder, front and back seams pleating as I attached. -Pleated the sleeve and added a sleeve cuff with two buttons. Chandler's dress was made using my  Marie Mini Jadore pattern    
  • Trend Report: Athleisure 2017

    Athletics gets luxurious as the runways' most comfortable new trend. Activewear isn't only for the active anymore. Brunch with the girls, yoga after work, or sipping a cappuccino at the local café while making eyes at the man-bunned barista are all perfectly acceptable places to wear Athleisure. The only thing you're not required to do is sweat. Let's take a closer look at what's running laps on the runway.

    1. ) Tight Fabrics

    An active-wear classic, the tight fabrics of the runway are reminiscent of the spandex trend in the 80's. A tight spandex jumpsuit paired with heels is the perfect way to strut around the city, and short leather pants and a flat brimmed hat help you sweat it out without ever going out.
    Dior | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Dior | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Get the look with these flexible fabrics:
    Alexander Wang Amethyst and Glacier Gray Double Faced Neoprene Alexander Wang Amethyst and Glacier Gray Double Faced Neoprene
    5.6 oz Black Matte Tricot w/ High Compression 5.6 oz Black Matte Tricot w/ High Compression

    2.) Nylon

    Water repellent and reflective, nylon is the perfect accessory to evening jogs and morning coffee runs. These intense nylon dresses are a great addition to any relaxing athlete's wardrobe.
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Nab these nylons:
    Dusty Olive Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D Dusty Olive Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D
    Navy Metal Separating Zipper with Gold Pull and Teeth - 13 Navy Metal Separating Zipper with Gold Pull and Teeth - 13"

    3.) Sports Bras as Crop Tops

    Why wear a shirt when you can just wear a sports bra? These brazen brassieres have been seen flashing their way down the runway, and now you can add some flare to your underwear simply by showing it.
    Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas
    Versus Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Versus Versace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emboldened by these bras? Get your hands on these fabrics:
    Metal Gray Compression Jersey Metal Gray Compression Jersey
    Black Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene Black Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene
     

    4.) Windbreakers

    The classic windbreaker gets twisted in this season's over-sized windbreakers. Even a hurricane can't shake you up when you're wearing these. Pair one with some leggings and and a pair of sporty stilettos, and you're runway ready.
    Sportmax | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sportmax | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Varsace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Varsace | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Ready for rain? Raid these fabrics:
    Blue Nights Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D Blue Nights Nylon with P/D Cire Finishing - 20D*20D
    Cashmere Blue Nylon Spandex Cashmere Blue Nylon Spandex

    5.) Over-sized Everything

    The old school over-sized sweatshirt has come alive again in this years trends. Everything is more comfortable when it's over-sized, and Athleisure is all about being comfortable. Whether you're running from the rain or in a marathon (a netflix marathon), these over-sized sweats are a must have.
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Vetement | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vetements | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Overwhelmed? Shop the look:
    Light Blue Stretch Bamboo Jersey Light Blue Stretch Bamboo Jersey
    White Bamboo Stretch French Terry White Bamboo Stretch French Terry
  • Mood DIY: Free Robe Sewing Pattern for Mother's Day

    Mother's Day is fast approaching and if you're like me, you left gift buying to the very last minute. For those who prefer a personal touch, this robe is a quick DIY that is sure to please. Give the gift of comfy style with this detailed Art Nouveau inspired silky cotton voile. The perfect way to say have a Happy (and comfy) Mother’s Day! Fabrics & materials used: I went with a light silk-cotton voile, perfect for spring, but robes can easily be made from a variety of fabrics. For a more cozy version, you could try a French terry or even a sweatshirt fleece.
    1. Stitch the front and back panels together at the shoulders. Since this is a lightweight robe that doesn't call for a lining, I strongly recommend some French seams.
    2. Next, lay your robe flat at the shoulders and attach the sleeve. Your sleeve panel should be roughly the shape of a trapezoid. The long side attaches to the main robe, like you see below. 3. Stitch along the sides of your robe, as well as the bottom of your sleeves, attaching the front and back of your robe. Hem your sleeves. 4. To form your hood, simply sew the CENTER HOOD strip in between each SIDE HOOD panel. Hem the outer edge. 5. Attach both ROBE LAPEL pieces at one of the short sides. Fold the entire piece lengthwise and sew it around the entirety of the ROBE FRONT/ROBE BACK neckline, attaching the hood in between both layers. 6. Top-stitch each pocket into place on the ROBE FRONT. 7. Hem the bottom of the robe, as well as the ROBE BELT. 8. Lastly, hem and stitch each BELT LOOP into place. In about an hour, you should have a brand new chic and comfy robe, the perfect gift idea! What kind of fabric are you going to make yours from?
  • Ruffles Ruffles Ruffles

    The beauty of creating your own personalized wardrobe is the ability to allow yourself to experiment.  When I use to shop for clothes, I was very strategic in how I spent my money.  I had to absolutely love something in order to purchase it.  Making your own clothes gives you the creative freedom to step outside your comfort zone and take fashion risks. Then enters this dress with a million ruffles I probably wouldn't have looked twice but have since fallen in love.  This dress was made using this polyester twill that will make you throw out your misconceptions about polyester.  Let me start off by saying, the online listing DOES NOT do this fabric justice.  Nothing about it reads polyester or $9.99 a yard.  It's a medium weight fabric with lots of body and movement which made it perfect for all these ruffles.  It's easy to sew and cut but a little more challenging to iron so keep that in mind. The pattern used for this dress was vintage McCalls 4722 which I used because I've altered this pattern before and I'm familiar with how the neck and armhole fit.  Any shift dress pattern will work to give you these results. -Removed the front chest seam -Cut the front on the fold -Added a back seam and a 12" zipper -Added 10" to the length -Cut 2 asymmetric side panels to each side -Cut 4 5"x80" ruffle panels, sew 2 of the panels together and attach the panels at seams by pleating, starting at the hem of the front, around the sleeve and ending at the hem in the back. -Added a 8"x31" ruffle under the continuous ruffle to provide more volume.   Chandler's dress was self-drafted          
  • Mood DIY: Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top

    Cinco de Mayo is here! For a festive DIY, I wanted to create a blouse inspired by these gorgeous embroidered crop tops. I went with an ivory border eyelet, which had some great shapes to work with, a vibrant sateen lining, and one of Mood's lovely new jacquard ribbons. The result is just begging to be worn at a beach party this season. Bring on the waves! Fabrics & materials used: To get the shape for this shirt, all I needed to do was trace a loose-fitting t-shirt. (I say loose-fitting so there's room to gather in the back.) The back panel of this shirt is very simple - no extra pieces needed. Trace that first and set it aside. For the front, We really only need to trace the top portion of the shirt, like you see above. I chose to cut mine into three pieces and cover the seams with ribbon. If you choose to do this, be sure to include seam allowance. You could also still add the ribbon without including the seams. The bottom portion of the front is a 7" rectangle, measuring at 3/4 of my model's bust size. I added this strip to the bottom front of the shirt, adding a 1/2" pleat every inch and a half, like you see below. This seam is also covered with some jacquard ribbon. Next, I attached the front and back of the blouse, and a shirt began to take shape! To finish the armholes and neckline, I sewed more ribbon around each edge, right sides together. I then flipped the ribbon inward and hand-stitched it to the lining. The final step was the hem. I sewed a 3/4" hem, which gave me enough room to insert the elastic cording.
  • Mood Cosplay: Free GotG2 Star-Lord Jacket Pattern

    You can't defend the galaxy in just anything. To celebrate Superhero Day, as well as the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., I recreated Star-Lord's newest jacket. The best part? There's a free template, so you can make your own, look fabulous, and start kicking some alien butt!

    DOWNLOAD FREE TEMPLATE HERE

    (The template is roughly a men's large, with a 40" chest.)

    Fabrics & materials used:  

    1. Paint Mixing

    Once all of the pattern pieces are cut out, you can start painting. Be sure to have everything in one place, sorted for light red and dark red. Also, don't be stingy with your paint mixing. You don't want to run out and risk making a slightly different shade with your next batch.   Light Red
    • 1 - Sleeve Top
    • 3 - Sleeve Bottom
    • 4 - Back Yoke
    • 5 - Center Back
    • 7 - Center Front Top
    • 8 - Center Front Bottom
    • 10 - Front Yoke
    • 11 - Front Zipper Flap (1)
    • 13 - Jacket Waistband
    • All belts
    Dark Red
    • 2 - Elbow Band
    • 6 - Side Back
    • 9 - Side Front
    • 11 - Front Zipper Flap (1)
    • 12 - Shoulder Armor
    • 14 - Jacket Collar
    • 15 - Forearm Armor
    I did a lot of mix testing and found that a good ratio for the light red was one entire bottle of Fire Red, mixed with about 2 teaspoons of Black. The paint will look a lot brighter and more saturated while it's still wet. It will also show a lot of brush strokes, but after only two coats, I couldn't even tell the faux leather had been painted. The color was smooth and even.  

    2. Sleeve Ribbing

    Before painting the elbow bands, I tried to decide how I wanted to imitate the ribbing on Star-Lord's jacket. My first test was encasing some cording withing the faux leather using an invisible zipper foot. The results ended up being fairly similar to simple pintucks, so I decided to go the pintuck route and skip the extra steps. To make your own pintucks without a special sewing machine foot, simply fold over your faux leather 1/4", keep the left side of your foot aligned with the last tuck and the right side aligned with the edge of your fabric. I put 18" pintucks on either of my panels, and then gave it a coat of paint.  

    3. Decorative Stitching

    Star-Lord's jacket has decorate stitching in a few areas, namely pattern pieces 5, 7, and 10, as well as the upper and lower shoulder armor. Before beginning to construct your jacket, follow the stitching lines on each of these pattern pieces.  

    4. Inserting Snaps

    Before getting into the construction details, I wanted to take a minute to discuss adding snaps. The plier kit from Dritz makes it super easy. The black rubber side has a sharp extender that can puncture your fabric for you. For some of the thicker layers, you can also use an awl or a seam ripper to make the puncture a little larger if need be. The flat side of the snap gets inserted through the puncture in your fabric and the other side is inserted into the rubber part of the pliers. Once the pliers are shut, the extender bends the metal of the snap to secure both pieces into place. Super quick, and incredibly easy!  

    6. Jacket Construction

    A. The Torso

    I added an extra 1/8" of seam allowance in order to sew French seams when I cut out my pattern pieces. If you're not familiar with how to do them, sew your pieces wrong sides together and trim your seam allowances, like you see above, and then sew the same pieces with the right sides together as you normally would. This encases any raw edges within the seam and sometimes eliminates the need for a lining. To start constructing your jacket, sew the CENTER FRONT TOP (7) to the FRONT YOKE (10). After completing a French seam, I chose to top-stitch them down, like you see in the photo above. Repeat with your CENTER FRONT TOP (7) and CENTER FRONT BOTTOM (8). The next step is a little tricky, since you'll need to do a few things at once. Ultimately, you'll want to sew the SIDE FRONT (9) to the CENTER FRONT TOP and BOTTOM (7 & 8). I recommend clipping the corner of (7), like you see above, and folding the fabric under. Temporarily secure it with wonder clips. The reason you don't want to attach it to your SIDE FRONT (9) yet, is that you'll need to add two snaps and side belts to the CENTER FRONT BOTTOM (8). Sew the belts into place first, keeping the fabric folded over. Add in your snaps, and then you can attach everything to your SIDE FRONT (9) using a tucked seam. The backside of the jacket is much easier to assemble. Sew your two CENTER BACK (5) pieces together before attaching them to the BACK YOKE (4). The SIDE BACK (6) panels go on much easier than their counterparts in the front, since there are no more belts in the back. Sew the back of your jacket to front at either shoulder, and at each of the side seams. Be sure to sew the front side belts securely into the side seams, like above.  

    B. The Sleeves

    The sleeves have a whole lot of detail - armor at the shoulders, quilted armor on the forearm, and of course the ribbing at the elbows. Before putting everything together, make sure these individual pieces have all of their stitching complete. For the forearm patch, I spaced my stitches 3/4" apart. Once the stitching is complete, insert the it onto the SLEEVE BOTTOM (3). Sew two SHOULDER ARMOR (12) pieces, right sides together, leaving the top open to turn right-side out. Top-stitch around the perimeter and stay-stitch it into place on the SLEEVE TOP (1). Sew your SLEEVE TOP (1), ELBOW BAND (2), and SLEEVE BOTTOM (3) together respectively. Once all the details are done, the sleeves can be attached to the torso. Be sure to clip your seam allowances before completing your seams.  

    C. Collar & Waistband

    Insert one of your waistband pieces to the bottom of your jacket and one of your collar pieces along the neckline. Clip both seam allowances. Sew the second collar piece to the first, only along the top seam. Do the same with the second waistband piece, but along the very bottom seam. Pin your zipper along the center front seam, aligning it with the bottom of the waistband first. It should just reach the bottom of your collar, but if it's a little too long be sure to shorten it from the top. Sew your zipper into place, flip it inward along the waistband and collar linings, and top-stitch. I personally stay-stitched the rest of the waistband and collar linings before top-stitching, but the could also be just be pinned.  

    D. The Details

    At this point you should have your jacket almost completely constructed. Add your two arm belts to the bottom of the shoulder armor. Here is where you can also attach the second should armor pieces. I personally chose to leave mine off so the jacket can be (a little) more suitable for everyday wear, but I did include the pieces in the template! Last, you'll need to add the FRONT ZIPPER FLAP (11). The darker red should go on the inside so it's seen when it's flipped open. This is also the side where the flat part of the snaps should go. You can see in the image below that I accidentally placed them facing the opposite way (oops!). Stay-stitch the flap in place, flip it over the zipper, and top-stitch. Your jacket should now be complete to protect you as you guard our galaxy! There are a couple details that could be added to make it a little more screen accurate. For example, I know there are sleeve belts along the wrists, as well as a zipper under the arm. I'm sure I'll notice more things to add when I see the movie, but for that we'll need to wait until next week!
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