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  • Mood DIY: Free Two-Piece Prom Dress Pattern

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mood DIY: Free Microfleece Jacket Pattern

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    A wardrobe can never have too many jackets. They're versatile, and they can dress up or tone down an outfit with ease. For this one, I used one of Mood's new microfleeces and a bit of fashion-weight faux leather for the yoke and upper sleeves.

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    I chose to line just the body of this jacket with more fleece. Lining the sleeves made it just a tad too bulky, and it's incredibly warm without a second layer anyway!

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    DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN TEMPLATE HERE

    (Please note, this pattern does not include seam allowances!)

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    The sewing itself isn't too tricky. Simply attach the yoke to the bottom back panel and then at the shoulders of the front panels; next add the collar/lapel around the entire top of the garment. Repeat with the lining, but before attaching the two, I sewed on the sleeves.  While attaching the lining, right sides together, I left the armholes unsewn. When it came time to flip the jacket right-side out, I could do so through the arm holes. A bit of slip-stitching closed it up afterward!

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    The final step was to add a zipper (I had to shorten mine a bit), and top-stitch around the perimeter of the jacket, like you can see above.

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    Ultimately, it's a super cozy little jacket - great for casualwear or a light workout, and absolutely perfect for this cold weather that's been moving in on NYC.

    What color will you be making yours?

  • Floral brocade statement coat

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

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

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  • Mood Style: New Year's Eve LBD

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

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

    Fabrics & materials used:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trend Report: 2016 Recap

    We're in the thick of winter, and that means it's time to layer and bundle up! This coming year's styles play with thinner and thicker fabrics, which lets you bundle up with layers or go big with one huge and independent style. From trench coats to tiered designs, long pieces are the highlight of this coming year, so make sure to stock up!

    Long Coats

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    Carry 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 Dresses

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    Slit 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.
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    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.
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    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Coat Dresses

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    More 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.
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    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.
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    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Plunge Neckline

    A 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!
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    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.
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    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Ruffles

    Strutting 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!
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    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Tiered Pieces

    Both 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!
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    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!
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    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Asymmetry

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    Have 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.
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    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 Menswear

    Women 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.
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    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!
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    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?
  • Faux Fur

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Holiday Fun: "No Sew" DIY Santa Hat

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    Tis the season for fun holiday crafts and DIY projects! My kids always get super excited when I make things for them. It makes them feel special, and it just melts my heart to see them smile! Trust me, I know how easy it is to run out and grab the inexpensive hats that fall apart, or the expensive character hats every year. Well here's a quick and easy "No Sew" tutorial on how to make santa hats that look stunning! Let's get started, heres what you'll need: The first thing we need to do is measure the circumference of the wearers head. Once you get that measurement, you can start to draft your pattern.

    Take your ruler and draw the base of your hat with the circumference measurement. Next divide that measurement in two.  Now you need to determine your hat height measurement. Here's what I did: Take your measuring tape and starting at the top of the ear, drape it over the head and let hang down to the other side. Note the desired length. Use this measurement to draw a line straight down the center. Continue by drawing a line from top to bottom of each outer edge creating a "Triangle" shape. Tie a string to a pencil the length of your hat measurement and swing outward to each side creating a slight curve (or trace freehand like I did).

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    *Tip: Start warming up your glue gun and make sure to keep it out of kids' reach, it gets really hot! You can now cut out your pattern. With right sides together, place fabric on the fold. We are only going to have one seam along the side. Place your pattern along the fold, leaving some room for desired seam allowance and cut. Now grab your glue gun. Start running a bead of glue at least 2" at a time down the side. Work quickly pressing firmly to close the seam. The glue dries fast.

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    Once the glue has dried, turn the hat right side out. You will use the same circumference measurement to cut a strip of faux fur trim. Determine your trim height (I used 2 3/4" as my trim height measurement) and cut. Starting at the bottom edge, align the trim with the seam of the hat and glue into place. Run the bead of glue 1/8" in from the edge of the trim. Once the bottom edge is dry, glue down the top edge the same way.

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    Now onto the pom-pom at the top of the hat. Truthfully I was searching everywhere for the crafting pom-poms and I couldn't find the size or quality I needed. With that being said, I decided to create one! I used a large candle to trace a circle shape. It measured at about 3" in diameter. Once I determined the center of the pom-pom, I used a pea-sized drop of glue to attach it to the top of my hat. Next, I slowly dabbed small amounts of glue around the edges of the pom-pom. I pinched and glued all it the way around the top of the hat.

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    Here's a look at the finished hat's! I added a satin bow around my daughters hat to give it a sweet touch! The kids loved them! I hope you enjoyed this post, and have fun creating your own!! :)

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  • Mood Style: Sewing a Chanel-Style Jacket

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

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

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    Fabrics & materials used:

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

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

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

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

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