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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?

  • Trend Report: MFW - Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    The runways in New York and London this past month have sported some serious girl power vibes, manifesting in ultillitywear, bold shoulders, power shades, and garments calling for equality. Milan's runways seemed a bit different, more feminine and frilly, but certainly no less powerful.  

    1. Womenswear

    Milan ran with the women in menswear trend that we've been seeing that last few years, but gave it a much more delicate twist. Button-up, collared shirts were made from soft silks and gorgeous florals with equally flowy trousers and high-waisted skirts.
    Vivetta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vivetta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Rossella Jardini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rossella Jardini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Giorgio Armani Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giorgio Armani Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Sparkling Grape Polyester Crepe Sparkling Grape Polyester Crepe
    Raffia and White Large-Scale Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse Raffia and White Large-Scale Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse
    Armani Black and White Plaid Stretch Wool Twill Armani Black and White Plaid Stretch Wool Twill
     

    2. High-Waisted Leather

    Elephant leg pants were huge last year, and while it seems like a lot of designers are moving back to the more fitted silhouette again, they're doing it with an interesting material - leather and faux leather. Several runways saw this cinch waist design in both shiny, patent leathers and more matte fabrics. Either way, the shape is gorgeous.
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marco de Vincenzo Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Black Wrinkled Faux Patent Leather with a Navy Fabric Backing Black Wrinkled Faux Patent Leather with a Navy Fabric Backing
    Whisper White Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl Whisper White Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl
    Alexander Wang Bittersweet Chocolate Water-Repellent Vinyl/Faux Leather Alexander Wang Bittersweet Chocolate Water-Repellent Vinyl/Faux Leather

    3. Pale Lace

    It's true, lace never goes away, but whereas past runways featured a lot of striking black lace paired with chic leather, this season saw a lot of white, ivory, and pale pinks.
    Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Au Jour Le Jour | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Au Jour Le Jour | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    White and Pale Gold 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a White Netting White and Pale Gold 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a White Netting
    White On White Floral Embroidered Tulle White On White Floral Embroidered Tulle
    Famous NYC Designer White and Black Floral Lace Striped Netting Famous NYC Designer White and Black Floral Lace Striped Netting

    4. Animal Print

    With minimalist fashion trends being so popular recently, animal prints have been few and far between. That seems to be changing though, as leopard prints were seen on the majority of the runways last week. The moto jacket dress Sara Battaglia is a particular favorite of ours. It can be recreated with a printed faux leather, or even a short pile velvet or faux fur. Other looks included silk skirts, blazers, and trenches.
    Sara Battaglia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sara Battaglia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather
    Woodbine and Black Leopard Printed Cotton Velveteen Woodbine and Black Leopard Printed Cotton Velveteen
    Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill
     

    5. Blush Pink

    The pale trend didn't stop at lace. Light pinks kept cropping up in Milan, mostly in very feminine silhouettes; so if lace isn't your usual style, try silk chiffon or organza, or even go the feather route like Bottega Veneta!
    Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giamba | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Bottega Veneta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Veneta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Veiled Rose China Silk/Habotai Veiled Rose China Silk/Habotai
    Jay Godfrey Pale Lilac Perforated Stretch Faux Leather with White Faux Suede Backing Jay Godfrey Pale Lilac Perforated Stretch Faux Leather with White Faux Suede Backing
    Rag & Bone Soft Pink Rayon and Silk Voile Rag & Bone Soft Pink Rayon and Silk Voile
    Which trends are you going to be trying out? Tell us below!
  • Trend Report: LFW – Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    Pure style took to the London runways this week as the UK debuted their 2017 Ready-to-Wear collections. Designers built on old trends, brought back a few we didn't think we'd see again, and even dialed a few of our favorites down. We can't complain though, the resulting looks were still beyond fabulous.

    1. Brocade

    Brocade originates from the Italian word broccato, directly translating to “embossed cloth.” It's best described as an intricately woven jacquard, satin or twill weave with raised floral or figured designs that appear only on the face of the fabric. Brocade started trending last year, but this season brought with it a few new forms, namely peplums and bomber jackets. Personally, I can't get enough of the bomber jacket trend, so any new takes on it are a win in my book.
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Orla Kiely | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Orla Kiely | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Metallic Gold and Black Quilted Brocade Metallic Gold and Black Quilted Brocade
    Metallic Hibiscus and Iridescent Caribbean Sea Abstract Brocade Metallic Hibiscus and Iridescent Caribbean Sea Abstract Brocade
    Royal Purple and Pagoda Blue Abstract Jacquard Royal Purple and Pagoda Blue Abstract Jacquard
    Italian Olive Floral Rayon Brocade Italian Olive Floral Rayon Brocade
     

    2. Color Blocking

    Color blocking typically uses boldly opposite colors, ideally with the widest contrast possible on the color wheel and generally in colors normally not matched together in the traditional sense.  It's great for accentuating body shapes, slenderizing the wearer if worn correctly. Often, color blocking goes hand-in-hand with asymmetry and this season was no different.
    Edeline Lee | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Edeline Lee | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christopher Kane | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christopher Kane | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Oscar de la Renta Seafoam Solid Double Face Oscar de la Renta Seafoam Solid Double Face
    Curry Gold Polyester Velvet Curry Gold Polyester Velvet
    Dark Slate Blue Stretch Silk Crepe Dark Slate Blue Stretch Silk Crepe
    Metallic Rose Gold Faux Leather with White Cotton Twill Backing Metallic Rose Gold Faux Leather with White Cotton Twill Backing
     

    3. Beaded

    Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, and bead knitting. Generally made of durable materials, beading is an artform that has been around for centuries. Some designers this season used them sparingly, choosing to cover just a bodice or line a hem, while others like Temperley London went all-out with their designing. Both directions resulted in some stunning looks.
    Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Peach and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle Peach and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle
    Black/Gold Floral Beaded Lace Black/Gold Floral Beaded Lace
    Black/Silver/Gunmetal Fancy Beaded Trim Black/Silver/Gunmetal Fancy Beaded Trim
    Fancy Cradle Pink Pearled Mesh/Lace Fancy Cradle Pink Pearled Mesh/Lace
     

    4. Sequins

    This decorative element requires a bit more work to maintain. Always hang immediately to prevent snags or bends, spot cleaning is recommended, & take note if sequins are sewn or glued, the former being much more sustainable than the latter, of which hot water is the enemy. Much like beading, sequins can be used with or without restraint. Erdem went with the full length gown, while Mary Katranzou designed entire motifs from sequins. I especially love the two piece sequined ensemble by Emilia Wickstead.
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Silver Scallop Edge Beaded and Sequined Lace Silver Scallop Edge Beaded and Sequined Lace
    White and Copper Fancy Floral Sequined Fabric on a Black Stretch Netting White and Copper Fancy Floral Sequined Fabric on a Black Stretch Netting
    Multi-Shaped and Colored Sequined Silk Georgette Multi-Shaped and Colored Sequined Silk Georgette
    Black and Liberty Blue Linear Circular Sequins on a Viscose Georgette Black and Liberty Blue Linear Circular Sequins on a Viscose Georgette
       

    5. Silk Charmeuse

    Pronounced [shahr-moos], this fabric is smooth satin on one side, pebble type crepe on the other. Though tricky to sew, one can create daringly dramatic looks & is best used for blouses, draped dresses, lingerie, sheets, pillowcases and bias cut evening gowns. This season saw a lot of long dress silhouettes made from this fabric.
    Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Toga | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Toga | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Sharon Wauchob | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sharon Wauchob | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Wine Stretch Silk Charmeuse Wine Stretch Silk Charmeuse
    Peach Fuzz Silk Charmeuse Peach Fuzz Silk Charmeuse
    Mystic Swamp Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse Mystic Swamp Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse
    Floral Kaleidoscope Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse Floral Kaleidoscope Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse

    6. Fur Details

    Fur has been a runway staple the last year or two, but we're possibly witnessing it's decline. Many designers seemed to move away from the full fur coats and jackets in favor of subtle details. Fur showed up on lapels, inside vests and jackets as cozy linings, and even as cuffs and sleeves. The absolute opposite of a wash and wear garment, fur requires strategic measures to preserve it’s integrity. Gently shake to remove dirt that has settled, always hang on padded hangers, brush with small, light strokes, spot clean only & the use of a good container is suggested.  
    Belstaff | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
     Victoria Victoria Beckham | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Victoria Beckham | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Chevron Multicolored Faux Fur Chevron Multicolored Faux Fur
    Ivory Stretch Faux Ribbed Shearling Ivory Stretch Faux Ribbed Shearling
    Teal and Black Printed and Embossed Stretch Faux Fur Teal and Black Printed and Embossed Stretch Faux Fur
    Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather
  • Trend Report: NYFW - Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    With NYFW coming to a close, it's evident that next fall will be all about the wow-factors. So take the drama out of your life and channel it into your wardrobe with bold, vibrant color, daring plunges, and  jaw-dropping embroidery. Take a look at some of our favorites from the runway this week!

    1. Exposed Shoulders

    The off-the-shoulder trend was huge last spring and this season it's evolving. Not only is the wide-v shape back in style, but joining it are wider lapels and drop sleeves, which are making some pretty interesting shapes.
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Nine Iron Creped Wool Double Cloth Nine Iron Creped Wool Double Cloth
    Donna Karan Black Faille-Like Wool Suiting Donna Karan Black Faille-Like Wool Suiting
    Powder Blue/Bijou Blue/White Shadow Striped Cotton Shirting Powder Blue/Bijou Blue/White Shadow Striped Cotton Shirting
       

    2. Bold vs. Classic

    Whether you like to stand out in a crowd or give off a more subtle vibe, you're bound to enjoy the color trends this season. For those who love to be more daring with their shades, it's time to stock up on that bold, vibrant red. It showed up in the form of gowns, blazers, blouses, jackets, and more! Anyone looking to channel a more classic energy, power navy might be more up your alley. Transform it into a waterfall trench, on trend suiting, or even a chic dress.
    • Vibrant Red

    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The Row | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear The Row | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Moncler Grenoble | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Moncler Grenoble | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Flame Scarlet 3D Floral Embroidered Tulle with Beads and Sequins Flame Scarlet 3D Floral Embroidered Tulle with Beads and Sequins
    Cordovan Pebble Embossed Stretch Faux Leather with a Black Viscose Backing Cordovan Pebble Embossed Stretch Faux Leather with a Black Viscose Backing
    Metallic Cayenne Red Iridescent Abstract Brocade Metallic Cayenne Red Iridescent Abstract Brocade
         
    • Powerful Navy

    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Armani Insignia Blue and Turkish Coffee Checkered Wool Suiting Armani Insignia Blue and Turkish Coffee Checkered Wool Suiting
    Mood Indigo Cotton Tubular Rib Knit Mood Indigo Cotton Tubular Rib Knit
    Fancy Navy Pearled Mesh/Lace Fancy Navy Pearled Mesh/Lace
       

    3. Embroidered Sheers

    Here's a trend we can totally mesh with. On the runway, embroidery has been taking the fashion world by storm as gowns and dresses. We'd love to see some creative thinking bring this trend into the ready-to-wear scene. How wonderful would it be to see some crop tops or tulip shorts made from one of these fabrics? Maybe even a sheer summer jacket!
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Tory Burch | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Famous Designer Black Floral Embroidered Organza w/ Scalloped Edges Famous Designer Black Floral Embroidered Organza w/ Scalloped Edges
    Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh
    Ribbon Red and Gray Mist 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a Stretch Netting Ribbon Red and Gray Mist 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a Stretch Netting
     

    4. Mock Necks

    This is a personal favorite - mock neck blouses and dresses. It's difficult to find a trend that looks good on everyone, but when it happens, it just works. This silhouette elongates your torso, giving a sleek and chic look no matter what. The best part? You can still have so many different styles with it. Try a delicate lace, an edgy rib knit, or create a cute look under a cropped jacket.
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    ZAC Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear ZAC Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Famous Designer Navy Striped Cotton-Nylon Lace Famous Designer Navy Striped Cotton-Nylon Lace
    Black Floral Striped Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges Black Floral Striped Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges
    Black Novelty Lace Topped Wonder Mesh Black Novelty Lace Topped Wonder Mesh
     

    5. Velvet

    Velvet was huge this year and it looks like it's here to stay for at least another season. We're certainly not complaining though. You may have one idea in your head for velvet - stiff A-line dresses, but this year they've been showing up as something a bit new - jackets and shawls!
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Black Luxury Lyons Velvet Black Luxury Lyons Velvet
    Tuscan Wine Luxury Lyons Velvet Tuscan Wine Luxury Lyons Velvet
    Meadow Floral Printed Silk and Rayon Burnout Velvet Meadow Floral Printed Silk and Rayon Burnout Velvet
    Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen
    Personally, I'm loving all of these trends and I can't wait to incorporate them into some of my future projects. What about you? Are you going to give any of these a try?
  • 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.

    Fabrics & materials used:

    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!

     Fleece Jacket Pattern - SMALL

    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.

    Pleats

    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.

    Bodice

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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

    David Michael | Spring Ready-to-Wear 2017 David Michael | Spring Ready-to-Wear 2017
    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

    Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Nicole Millder | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Nicole Miller | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Coat Dresses

    Giamba | Spring 2017 Resort Giamba | Spring 2017 Resort
    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.
    Victor Alfaro | Spring 2017 Resort Victor Alfaro | Spring 2017 Resort
    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.
    T by Alexander Wang | Spring 2017 Resort T by Alexander Wang | Spring 2017 Resort
    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!
    Kate Spada New York | Spring 2017 Resort Kate Spada New York | Spring 2017 Resort
    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.
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    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!
    Kate Spade New York | Spring 2017 Resort Kate Spade New York | Spring 2017 Resort
    Sea | Spring 2017 Resort Sea | Spring 2017 Resort
    Tome | Spring 2017 Resort Tome | Spring 2017 Resort
    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!
    Roksanda | Spring 2017 Resort Roksanda | Spring 2017 Resort
    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!
    See by Chloe | Spring 2017 Resort See by Chloe | Spring 2017 Resort
    For some fabric inspirations for these styles, try these!:

    Asymmetry

    Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Resort 2017 Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Resort 2017
    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.
    Vionnet | Spring 2017 Resort Vionnet | Spring 2017 Resort
    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.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Resort 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Resort
    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!
    Celine | Spring 2017 Resort Celine | Spring 2017 Resort
    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
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