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Color Trends

  • Trend Report: Milan Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Milan Fashion Week for Fall 2016 had a lot of trends we’ve seen in previous weeks strutting down the walkway, from over-sized sleeves and color blocking to ruffles and plisse, but this week’s showcase still stepped out strong with a few new trends.

    Box-Pleated Skirts

    Box-pleated skirts were common on the runway this week. Often related with uniforms, these types of pleats live up to their reputation to show off a refined, sharp shape to your silhouette, and the little flare they bring can be quite flattering.
    Fay | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fay | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From longer to shorter skirts, box pleats are a great tool to have in your arsenal of ensembles!
    Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Looking to make some box pleats of your own? Try out a fabric that will hold the shape well, like these:  

    70's Inspired

    Sharp and bold, 70's inspired styles were hot this week. Broad collars like this trend sports accentuate necklines and shoulders, and careful top-stitching outline your garment shapes for the perfect subtle touch.
    Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Bally | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Color-blocking with bright and thick fabrics is another popular trick when wearing 70's fashion.
    Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Stay warm and fresh with style with fabrics like these to pull off an amazing 70's look:
    Rasberry Double Faced Cotton Serge Twill Raspberry Double Faced Cotton Serge Twill

     Muted Floral Prints

    And even though spring is still a ways away, the Milan show still had plenty of designers playing with floral prints. Putting a fall spin on florals with more subdued colors and designs was the key, and we can still get the chilly image of an autumn afternoon from looking at these garments.
    La Perla | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear La Perla | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Flowers might hibernate in the winter, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to!
    Moschino | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Moschino | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Try out some of these softer floral designs for your next project:   Are there any other types of fabrics you think might look good for these styles? Who or what are you looking forward to seeing in Paris' fashion week? Share your thoughts with us!  
  • Mood DIY: How to Sew an Easy Color-Blocked Wool Skirt

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    Color blocking was one of the top trends of 2016, and with the Spring 2017 lines rolling out, it's clear that the trend isn't dissipating anytime soon. Luckily, color-blocking can be made easy with this gathered skirt, which can be made for a plethora of ages and body types!

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    Like I said, color blocking made easy! All you need for this skirt is rectangles. Anyone up to about a 40" waist should be able to place their panels along the width of their fabric, if using a 58" fabric. Beyond that, each panel can be made as long or short as you'd like. Since mine lands right above the knee, I went with about 18" for my main body. The waistband is folded in half so it ends up being about 2" after seam allowance. The large stripe at the bottom is also halved, to become about 4" in the end. The pockets are basic rectangles with curves cut into one quarter of them.

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    Each stripe gets straight-stitched together at the bottom. Originally I was planning some French seams, but I opted against them because of the thickness of the wool. Luckily, since the bottom stripe is so wide, the seams don't really get seen! Before moving onto the pockets, I gathered the body of the skirt. If you've never done this before, one easy way is to baste the top of the fabric with the widest stitch on your machine (no back-stitching!), and then pull one of the threads as the fabric bunches up.

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    Top-stitching pockets onto a garment may seem tricky, but with a grid fabric, it's super simple! Idecided to go with the wrong side of the fabric for these, to create a little contrast. First, I sewed the curve of the pocket inward, before pinning it between the gathered skirt and waistband. I pinned the waistband and pockets on at the same time to make sure I liked the way everything fit together before I stitched anything together.

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    A basic zipper finished up the back!

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    I love a simple skirt like this, because you can do anything with it. Change the colors around to bring it into a different season, lengthen it, shorten it, or change the shape of the pockets (maybe hearts?). The possibilities go on and on! How are you going to make yours?

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  • Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Eager to see a sneak peek of what's coming for Spring 2017? New York Fashion Week's got you covered. We have some new trends showing up as well as a few carrying over from the fall lineup, from graphic prints to daringly low collars, making for a refreshing yet familiar new style to kick off the next year with. Controlled Exposure 
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    A common trend among the highlighted designers was the use of controlled exposure with bare midriffs, shoulders, and centers. If you're a fan of this look, make room for crop tops and take advantage of your bomber and motor jackets from the Fall 2016 trends to match together this look.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Better for the warmer temperatures that come with spring, this dance with empty space focuses attention and accentuate the pieces of your ensemble, and it's important to utilize a fabric that will stand out well against your skin like a bright color or pattern. For creating the looks picture above, consider these fabrics: Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Fan of the iconic look? Graphic-printed pieces made big statements on the catwalk with their loud colors and combinations. Color-blocking brought out a great contrast against them, too, and the smooth, saturated colors were show-stopping.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Styles like this are always fun to work with. Solid colors can energize you when you look in the mirror, and a strong graphic can give off the message of your look from a mile away. For looks like these, consider such fabrics as:   Purple and Orange Duo 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY| Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Following their debut in fall, orange and purple palettes are still in full swing on the runway for Spring 2017. Their contrast is still attractive, a mix of warm and cool, and they're here to stay.
    Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From florals to solids, this color combo is fairly versatile. Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try styling any of these fabrics into your wardrobe for this look: Orange... And Purple... Oversized Sleeves 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Another return from Fall 2016, over-sized sleeves were generously sprinkled throughout the designer showcases. Good with both light- and heavy-weight fabrics, over-sized sleeves are a perfect transitional style for the weather changing between fall and spring.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    You can also take advantage of their design to work volume into your ensemble's silhouette (like DKNY's style above!). Heavier fabrics like these can help you achieve this weighted looked:     Off-the-Shoulder 
    Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    How classy! Straight-edged and low-cut, many designers showed off their shoulders with exposing styles much like the midriff and center-exposed styles. You could lump them all together into one category, but each type of exposure got so much individual focus, it could be considered a crime not to give them each a spotlight of their own.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exposed shoulders have always had a place on the style board for their elegant and sophisticated images. Draped or fitted, this style is beautiful in its own way. Many types of fabrics work will for this look, but if you need some inspiration, start with these: Low-cut Necklines
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Low-cut and square collars and necklines adorned many of the models at the show. Appealing for it's focus on the collarbone and shoulders, square neckline pieces can be flattering, giving the appearance of a wider torso and slimmer waistline.
    Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Like in the pictures above, accenting the actual edge of the neckline can be very powerful for your ensemble. Using fabrics with patterns or colors that contrast the rest of the piece can achieve this! Consider fabrics like this to get this look:   70s/80s Influences 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    With bright colors and bold lines, a lot of styles carried the influence of the 70s and 80s on the runway for this season's show.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    This style is a great excuse to wear flashy fabrics and patterns. The point is to really stand out, so don't be shy! Loud and bright fabrics like these are great for creating these looks:   Activewear
    J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Lots of the Spring 2017 designs sported eyelet fabrics and mesh for a nice, breathable style. Ranging in color and pattern, this style is forgiving in that you can mix and match different visual textures and shapes without sacrificing a clean look overall.
    Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics:   Cut-Out Fabrics
    Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The last trend to highlight is cut-out styles! This style is more for visual focus than anything else, as their design draws the eye by playing with absence and empty space.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Cut-out style looks best with fabrics that can provide clean, bold lines. The appeal is the clean cut, so make sure to work that into your design! Fabrics like these would be great options:
  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
    Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit
    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Color Trends: Pantone Palette Ruffled Dress

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    With fall finally around the corner (I can hear my air conditioner crying with relief), here at Mood we're thinking about a new season of colors and fabrics. Fall runways were abound with rich earth and bright jewel tones, coming together to create warm, vibrant palettes. Pantone highlighted a few standout colors with their Fall '16 color report, and last week we gave our own take on this season's color. I love teal and I love bright contrasts, so I decided to use the Seaglass palette for a ruffled spectrum dress that I've had floating in mind, inspired by Princess Charlotte of Monaco's gorgeous Gucci gown from this year's Met gala:
    Photo: Getty Images Photo: Getty Images
    What I love about this palette is how it can completely change mood depending on which color you make dominant. It can be bright and cheerful or cool and calming.

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    I opted for bright and cheerful, because subtle things that don't clash are for suckers (although, just between you and me, I love the gray dominant palette).

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    I used a great textured silk blend for the bodice, and double georgettes for the ruffles. Any light fabric will do for the ruffles. Georgette is great and comes in a huge variety of colors, but silk habotai also comes in every color and is breezy and inexpensive. (It's also easy to custom dye.) Here are some georgettes in the color palette:

    I'm not going to do a full how-to this week, but I'll give you a brief rundown of how this dress was made. To save some time and effort, I started with McCall's pattern 2401 for a basic shift dress, as I wanted a simple, fitted bodice. (This is a really easy and versatile pattern that's a cinch to fit.) You prepare the bodice and skirt separately, then bring them together as one of your last steps.

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    I wanted a flared skirt, which is easy to accomplish by slashing the pattern and spreading it like a fan. (This way you know the skirt fits the bodice without having to think about it.) You won't see the skirt base unless you catch a breeze that moves your ruffles, so any coordinating color will do. I used an inexpensive shirting.

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    For the ruffles, you simply take the width of the skirt at a given point (you can measure across your pattern piece) and quadruple it. Cut rectangles to the desired size, gather, and there you go! (You will have to piece together rectangles to get the full length, but the seams blend into the volume.) I cut the edges of my fabric with pinking shears for texture and ease. The raw edges of the georgette will probably get fuzzy in time, but I'm fine with that. I like a deconstructed look. The bottom edge of the ruffles are scalloped, for additional ruffliness.

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    And here we have it.

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    It ain't Gucci couture, but it'll do. It's a versatile style that can go from the office to party, depending on the materials you use and how you style it. What would you do with this palette? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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  • Trend Report: Fall Pantone Forecast

    Color trends are constantly changing and evolving. So how are you supposed to always stay current and chic? Luckily, Mood has your back. We've gone through all the recent runway shows and picked out the top recurring shades, so you'll never be out of style this season!

    1. Camper

    pantone color palette vineyard green atlantic deep dress blues apple green

    If you love muted color palettes, Camper is definitely for you this coming fall. It appeared everywhere, from resort-wear to menswear, bomber jackets to gowns. So grab those olive tones off the shelves and accent them with a classic navy or deep teal!

    Perry Ellis | Spring 2017 Menswear Perry Ellis | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear
    Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear Hugo Boss | 2016 Ready to Wear
    Here are some suggestions from Mood to get you started!    

    2. Sunset

    pantone color palette winsome orchid flame orange radiant orchid chili pepper

    If you want to see how well this trend can work, take a look at Elie Saab's Resort 2017 collection. The highlights keep the overall collection light and airy, while the deeper tones can easily transfer into the autumn months.

    Elie Saab | Resort 2017 Elie Saab | Resort 2017
    The following looks from Balmain, Ralph & Russo, and Marchesa prove that elegant doesn't always need to mean traditional. Each of the gowns possess an interesting silhouette that, when paired with a vibrant color, totally pop on the runway.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Menswear Balmain | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Ralph & Russo | Autumn/Winter 2016-17 Ralph & Russo | Autumn/Winter 2016-17
    Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marchesa | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
       

    3. Seaglass

    pantone color palette freesia bayou aruba blue atlantic deep

    This is possibly my favorite trend in recent shows. Much like Camper, Seaglass features blue and green tones, but rather than giving off a woodsy feel, this one brings it straight to the ocean.

    Bottega Veneta | Resort 2017 Bottega Veneta | Resort 2017
    This trend seems to have brought with it a lot of tailored pieces. It showed up in menswear, as jumpsuits, as suiting separates, and in a lot of accessories.
    Y-3 | Spring 2017 Menswear Y-3 | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Giorgio Armani | Resort 2017 Giorgio Armani | Resort 2017
       

    4. Ghost

    pantone color palette rosewater turtledove pristine bleached sand

    Faded neutrals will probably always be a constant. This season though, you can add pale pink to that palette; it showed up in Chloe, Valentino, Chanel, and even Gucci - all alongside pristine whites, beiges, and browns.

    Valentino | Resort 2017 Valentino | Resort 2017
    Valentino | Resort 2017 Valentino | Resort 2017
     
    See by Cloe | Resort 2017 See by Cloe | Resort 2017
    Delpozo | Resort 2017 Delpozo | Resort 2017
    Joseph | Resort 2017 Joseph | Resort 2017
    So which trend is your favorite this year? Are any of them inspiring a new project? Tell us in the comments!
  • Trend Report: Abstract Prints

    Abstract prints are all the rave this season! What is abstract, you ask? Well, it is often defined as nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century. The way I think of it, it's any print you can't define as one specific thing - say, floral or geometric. You know those crazy galaxy, meets paint stroke, printed leggings in your closet? Well, there is now a much easier way to describe them and it's the broad term 'abstract.' Abstract can be used to describe a world of different fabrics that you can't find an exact print name for such as geometric, striped, or checked. The beauty of this type of print is you can be as creative as you want with what you decide to pair it with, just like many designers have done this 2016 season as well as runways for 2017 collections. Big name designers such as Jason Wu, Chanel and Christopher Kane have all introduced us to the beautifully wild abstract prints they chose for their 2016 Spring/Summer runway collections. They have clearly proven, as you can see in the photos below, you can take abstract prints like these and let your imagination run wild. These designers shouldn't be the only ones using abstract prints this season! We have a number of mind-blowing prints here at Mood, including ones from designers such as J. Mendel that have been used in his runway shows!   abstract Collage

    Abstract chiffon or organza was most likely the fabric of choice for the looks on the left and right of the middle photo. The dress on the left is definitely made with chiffon because of its flowy look and spectacular drape. The right hand side also makes use of a chiffon, but in a more structured manor, giving it a bit of volume on the bottom yet a light and airy feel for the bodice and sleeves. In the middle it is a bit harder to tell the fabric of choice, but the sweater like top has a knit look to it and the skirt has more of a silky look in the way that it drapes. Considering that some knit and silks drape similarly they could be made of one or the other, which is a cool aspect to keep in mind when searching for an abstract fabric. If you are looking to create a design out of a chiffon fabric or a look similar to the looks above here are some suggestions from Mood:
    Oscar de la Renta Turquoise Abstract Silk Organza Oscar de la Renta Turquoise Abstract Silk Organza
    Black/Multicolor Abstract Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon Black/Multicolor Abstract Floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon
    Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit (This one would be especially great for a sweatshirt or swim suit!)
    I can definitely say, as a design student with a wide imagination, it excites me that abstract prints have become so popular! Any form of art allowing you to be as creative as you desire is incredibly inspirational. Although some of the abstract fabric is too "out there" for some people, there are also abstract prints that aren't so wild that would still be a fun way to express yourself. For those of you who are a more solid print shopper don't be afraid to step outside the box with a fun palazzo pant you can wear on the weekends, sure to have people asking where you got them, or an exciting pool cover up never to be seen by your co-workers. If you are afraid of stepping a bit out of your comfort zone I am sure Mood still has an abstract in black and white that would match nearly anything and still give you a bit of " something different". Even a simple scarf would be super cute to spice up that solid tee! Here are some fabric and print suggestions from Mood:
    Black/White Abstract Stretch Cotton Panel Black/White Abstract Stretch Cotton Panel
    Warm Abstract Digitally Printed Mercerized Cotton Sateen Warm Abstract Digitally Printed Mercerized Cotton Sateen
    White/Blue/Green/Brown Bold Abstract-Print Cotton Batiste White/Blue/Green/Brown Bold Abstract-Print Cotton Batiste
    Champagne Abstract Silk and Lycra Blend Charmeuse Champagne Abstract Silk and Lycra Blend Charmeuse
      To my wild and crazy imagination group of designers who are not afraid to take a leap, Mood also has fabric for you. Get creative with a wide leg, low cut, jumper this summer! Keeping in mind that some abstract fabrics we offer are a bit transparent or translucent. They would look great as an overlay to your favorite color fabric. Maxi skirts, flowy blouses, sweaters, tote bags, and cell phone cases are just some of the few possibilities with your extensive imagination and the fabrics Mood has to offer! Another exciting note, there are abstract prints in fabrics for all four seasons! Here are some personal favorites from our site:
    Blue/Green/Pink Abstract Geometric Viscose Jersey Blue/Green/Pink Abstract Geometric Viscose Jersey
    Blue Stained Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit Blue Stained Glass Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
    Blue-and-Pink Abstract Jersey Print Blue-and-Pink Abstract Jersey Print
    Black Abstract Geometric Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges Black Abstract Geometric Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges
    Below is the J. Mendel abstract fabric that I previously mentioned, which we offer here at Mood! In the largest photo you will see that he has created a simple, everyday, dress silhouette to let the fabric stand out on its own. The smaller photo on the top right is has a more flirty outlook with the abstract organza being used as the top paired with a pant of the same approach.
    J. Mendel Runway J. Mendel Runway
    Jump aboard the abstract train and get creative with me! How are you going to use abstract prints in your next project?
  • Mood DIY: Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts

    Are those denim shorts to bland for you? Are you looking for something with a bit more detail? Mood's got it, offering many different eyelet fabrics to spruce up your look or to create a whole new design!   The shorts I have constructed are from a delightful peacock blue, stretch-cotton, sateen, a build that is made for comfort because of its soft hand. The eyelet is a brilliantly bright orange, embroidered cotton sure to grab peoples attention! I used the orange eyelet over top of the peacock blue to compliment one another nicely, and the result is bold and bright for the lovely summer weather.

    fashion eyelet shorts sewing diy

    The pattern I used was McCall's M6361. I specifically used cut C for the shorts. This pattern was designed to put a zipper in the shorts but I made some alterations. On the front pattern piece, where it curves to normally set in a zipper, I extended up from this area squaring it off with the waistline. By doing this, it allows for an elastic waist band. Then, to make the shorts more sleek I omitted the pocket giving less bulk. This pattern piece set came with a skirt, pants, capris and Bermuda short patterns. If you like your shorts a bit shorter there is a cut line on the Bermuda pattern to shorten them or you can make the judgement all on your own. I followed the Bermuda length on the pattern and rolled them to my liking.

    fashion eyelet shorts sewing diy

    After I altered my pattern work I doubled up my fabric and cut out all pieces of both the cotton sateen and the eyelet (side note the waistband is cut 4). Then I fully constructed the peacock blue pair of shorts with the matching color thread ( 100385). Separately, I constructed the eyelet fabric into their own shorts with matching thread (100302). Once I had two pair of shorts, I then set the blue inside the eyelet attaching around the circumference of both legs. This leaves them connected around the legs yet still separate around the waistline so I gave a quick basting stitch around the circumference of the waistline. After the basting stitch I attached the waistband leaving an opening to slip the 1" elastic through and finished it off by stitching that closed.

    fashion eyelet shorts sewing diy

    Note when making garments with an eyelet overlay it may have little to no stretch, even if the fabric underneath has stretch, the eyelet might make your garment a bit snug. If you are thinking of making a pair of shorts like these, you could set in a zipper for an exact fit ( following the exact instructions for McCall's M6361) or you can make them with an elastic waistband like the pair I constructed. Eyelets are perfect to attach to garments that are already constructed as well. Take any eyelet to use as a peek-a-boo affect on any pair of pants  or around the leg of your shorts for a fun and flirty take on an old pair of denim! Eyelets also make extremely cute sleeves to a blouse or dress!
  • Everything You Need to Know about Performance Fabrics Now!

    In our fast paced lives of weekly schedules, overbooked daily planners with meetings and appointments, and only just a little bit of time left over to fit in that morning workout, we seem to gravitate toward any new innovative technology that will make our life run easier, smoother, faster, and more efficient.  Exercise gear made with performance fabrics is one of those trends.  Many innovative styles and materials claiming to make you live smarter, cleaner, and look leaner are cropping up everyday.  So the million-dollar question is, are performance fabrics actually beneficial to your morning exercise routine?  And the answer is a resounding yes!

    If you are wondering what performance fabrics are and how you can integrate these fabrics into your exercise wardrobe, read on.  This blog will give you the skinny on everything you need to know about dressing the part of a world class athlete, even if your running speed this week actually started lagging behind the times you logged last week.  MoodFabrics.com offers several completely new styles of performance fabrics to keep you looking great and running back up to speed whatever your exercise routine.

    Let’s take a look at some of the fabrics traditionally used for exercise apparel and see how new materials elevate them to performance fabrics status.  Performance fabrics are specifically engineered to help athletes perform better.  Some provide compression to the skin and muscles which improves circulation.  Others wick moisture away from the skin helping to keep you dry and comfortable when working up a sweat.  The benefits of wicking away moisture are immense to every athlete.  Some of the best of them include preventing rashes and chaffing.  There are a myriad of uses for performance fabrics that will help you achieve a healthy body.  Shape.com also has an excellent article, "10 Fitness Fabrics Explained", that is incorporated here as a reference.  So before you hit the gym, look into creating a special wardrobe out of every fantastic fabric described in this blog.  You might just lose that baby weight quicker than you thought, or at least look and feel good while trying.

     Traditional Exercise Fabrics

    Spandex

    Spandex or elastane fiber also known by the name brand, Lycra, is a wonderfully lightweight stretchy fabric that molds to the contours of your figure.  It is extremely durable and often blended with woven fabrics such as cotton, rayon, and polyester.  Lycra is ubiquitous in modern exercise wardrobes because it moves with you.  This makes it extremely comfortable to wear for all of your favorite workouts.  Here are a few stylish picks of Lycra fabrics from MoodFabrics.com that you can use to trick out your wardrobe in exceptional exercise duds.

    PowderBlue.Rayon.Lycra.Jersey Powder Blue Rayon Lycra Jersey
    ReptileLycra.Cotton.Twill Reptile Floral Cotton Lycra Twill
    Sunshine.Lycra.Jersey.2 Sunshine Rayon Lycra Jersey
    BlackSpandex.LycraPoly Black Spandex

    Performance Fabrics Excellently Engineered for Exercise

    Bamboo Spandex

    Fabrics made with Bamboo fiber are performance fabrics engineered for exercise because they contain natural moisture-wicking properties and provide UV Protection.  Bamboo is also lightweight and allows your skin to breathe.  MoodFabrics.com has a wide selection of bamboo, Lycra, and viscose blends that will make whatever workout style you design fit comfortably and keep you up on your "A" game.  Everyone can benefit from adding some stretch to their exercise wardrobe.  Most do so with traditional spandex.  However, the amazing properties of bamboo spandex will perform wonders for you on the court and lend a naturally soft hand, pun intended.  Check out the recommendations below if you are looking to design the best exercise gear with performance fabrics that are budget-friendly and get the job done.

    StoneGray.BambooJersey Stone Gray Solid Bamboo Jersey
    Rosebloom.BambooJersey Rosebloom Bamboo Viscose Jersey
    BambooOlive.Jersey Grass Solid Bamboo Jersey
    Rust.Orange.BambooJersey Rust Orange Solid Bamboo Jersey

    Traditional Exercise Fabrics

    Polyester Cotton Blends

    Polyester Cotton blends probably already play a major role in your exercise wardrobe.  Polyester is a durable fabric that holds up well to any amount of wear and tear.  For instance, ever wonder why that beloved windbreaker from your college track team is your go to piece when heading out on long runs and hikes through rainy weather?  Its probably because it is made with polyester.  Polyester is also a lightweight synthetic fabric that does not easily absorb water or wrinkle.  When blended with cotton, polyester can have a luxuriously soft feel.  It is less absorbent than cotton but not water-repellent.  So if you happen to get drenched while looking at a rainbow over hidden waterfalls on your secret hiking trail, it probably won't dry as quickly as some of the newer performance fabrics now offered on MoodFabrics.com.  But if you are just beginning to stock up on exercise wardrobe essentials, don't hesitate to try-out traditional polyester cotton blends like those below.

    PolyCottonMaize Floral Printed Cotton Blend
    Navy.Cotton.PolyFleece Navy Cotton Polyester Knitted Fleece
    Neon.Burnout.CottonPoly Abstract Burnout Cotton Polyester Jersey
    CottonLycraPolySateen Italian Multi-color Striped Cotton Poly Lycra Sateen

    Performance Fabrics Excellently Engineered for Exercise

    Max-Dri Cotton Polyester Blends

    Max-Dri materials added to polyester cotton blends aid in wicking moisture away from your skin.  A great fabric for those fed up with sweaty workout clothes, Max-Dri polyester blends will give superior wicking quality to whatever stylish design you create.  Sew a high tech pair of biking shorts to compete in the Iron Man Challenge or simply for a bike-ride around the park.  Any garment made with Max-Dri fabrics will be your go-to piece for endurance training on scorching hot days.  The quality of these blends can also be judged by their GSM or grams per square.  GSM is the metric measurement of fabric.  To convert GSM to ounces for those athletic types who are used to weighing their food for optimal nutritious effect and can't easily get down with the metrics, just divide by 33.906.  As far as exercise fabrics go, heavier fabric weights are better quality since they tend to be more resilient to repeated wash and wear.  Most fabrics over 200 GSM are considered medium weight and of good quality.  MoodFabrics.com's newest offerings of Max-Dri performance fabrics weigh in at over 250 GSM and represent the best of the best.

    310881 Dusty Rose Max-Dri Performance Jersey
    MIdnightBlueMaxDri Midnight Blue Max-Dri Performance Jersey
    310873 Multi-colored Tribal Max-Dri Performance Tricot
    310875 Multi-colored Chevron Max-Dri Performance Tricot

     Tricot Fabrics

    Tricot fabric is another performance fabric used for active-wear and in particular for swimwear.  The fabric is suitable for water-sports because of its dense construction.  With lengthwise and crosswise ribs in the knit, it repels moisture and is simultaneously sturdy and stretchy.  Tricot fabric is also very soft and allows the skin to breathe.  This makes it incredibly useful for treasured undergarments and bikinis.  Choose this perfectly performing high-tech exercise fabric that will hold its shape for easy garment construction with durability and strength.  MoodFabrics.com offers several fantastic styles of Tricot fabric like those shown below to be used by professional volleyball players and beach-combing weekenders alike looking to revamp their wardrobes with versatile sports and swimwear styles.

    TricotSwimwear.RoyalBlue Royal Blue 4-way Stretch Swimwear Tricot
    GoldFoil.TricotSwim White Polyester Tricot Mesh with All Over Gold Foil
    BlueStainedGlassTricotSwim Blue Stained Glass Digitally Printed Tricot Jersey
    Fuchsia.Swimwear.Tricot Fuchsia 4-way Stretch Swimwear Tricot
    BrokenGlassTricotSwimwear Multi-Colored Abstract Broken Glass Digitally Printed Tricot

    Traditional Exercise Fabrics

    Cotton Fabrics

    Cotton is a great natural fabric that repels odors giving you that fresh and clean quality in whatever low-impact exercise you prefer.  Cotton is a natural cellulosic fiber that absorbs moisture and can be easily cleaned.  Most cottons are naturally resistant to odor causing bacteria, yeast, and molds.  Because cotton has a naturally high pH and alkaline chemical properties, it fights bacteria that grow in acidic conditions.  Cotton is a well-known and popular traditional exercise fabric that comes in an appealing array of styles and designs.  Below are a few choices of cotton jersey and organic cotton styles from MoodFabrics.com that can be used for all of your Athleisure designs.  Do some good for the earth on your quest for better health and well-being by picking up a few yards!

    MetallicLavendarCottonJersey Metallic Lavendar Cotton Jersey
    PeriwinkleOrganicCottonJersey Periwinkle Organic Cotton Jersey
    ChocolateOrganicCotton Chocolate Organic Cotton Jersey
    PurpleOrchidStretchCottonDenim Purple Orchid Stretch Cotton Denim

    Performance Fabrics Excellently Engineered for Exercise

    Tencel Fabrics

    Tencel, the trade name for Lyocell, is a cellulosic material that is made from wood pulp.  It has a great feel and very soft hand making it almost smoother than cotton.  This fabric has the same health enhancing benefits as the performance fabrics previously described above, but Tencel might be considered the superstar of them all.  It has great moisture wicking properties like Bamboo Spandex, the strength and durability of Tricot Fabrics, and a high-end look and feel.  Pick up a few yards and create colorful jackets and stylish jeggings to take on long hikes and jogs through the most difficult trail at your nearest nature reserve.

    310155 Blue Textured Tencel Denim
    Blue Polka Dotted Tencel Denim Blue Polka Dotted Tencel Denim Jacquard
    BlackTexturedTencel.Denim Black Textured Tencel Denim

    Athletic Mesh Fabrics

    Athletic Mesh is a performance fabric important to serious athletes who need their exercise garb to also protect them against sweating which may cause rashes and chaffing.  You can design basketball shorts or any of your favorite active-wear styles with athletic mesh and even forego wearing bulky undergarments while working out as all serious athletes do to maximize the protective effect.  Or you can sew the athletic mesh strategically onto your designs in the special areas that will work to protect you during a grinding game of one on one.  Check out these new styles from MoodFabrics.com.

    NavyBlueAthleticMesh Navy Blue Athletic Mesh
    WhitePolyesterMesh White Birdseye Pique Polyester Mesh

    Compression Jersey Fabrics

    Jersey fabrics with compression qualities are all the rage.  Compression fabric may help improve the circulation in your joints.  With documented increases in blood flow through the muscles of athletes, take this fabric for a spin and see if it can do the same for you.  Studies have shown that compression gear helps with recovery time after frequent physical activity.  In other words, wearing compression active-wear may help you improve your body's efficiency post-workout.  Compression fabrics help your body to recover faster so you can jump out of bed the next day with no pain.  Whoever came up with the motto “no pain, no gain” never wore compression active wear during and after a workout!  An added bonus is that compression exercise gear also makes your body look great by subtly sucking in all the jiggly bits whenever you wear them.

    308548 Silver Perfotex Compression Jersey
    heathergray.compression Heather Gray Max-Dri Performance Compression Jersey

    Are You Ready for a Workout?

     Now that you're equipped with all of the information you need to create a high-tech custom-made exercise wardrobe with performance fabrics and the coolest new styles in traditional exercise fabrics, your early morning workout will never be the same.  You can thank Mood Fabrics for helping you to revolutionize your exercise wardrobe later.  It is my hope that you'll be too busy enjoying the new healthier and stronger glowing skin you're in due to the benefits of a fun and fabulous consistent daily exercise routine.  But if you do get a chance, let us know exactly how new performance fabrics are working it out for you.
  • Coachella Festival Fashion Fabrics

    Coachella.Celebs.Flowers

    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place once every Spring in Indio, California for two back to back weekends.  This year it starts on April 15th and promises as always to present an amazing one of a kind mash-up of music with something for everyone.  For example, the lineup on Day 2 this year will include Rock and Rap music.  Guns N Roses will headline with popular rap artists Ice Cube and A$AP Rocky, as openers. For two weeks straight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the festival promises awesome combinations of stunning performances in different musical genres. With that said, just like its musical lineup, dressing up for Coachella is also about mixing and matching.  Coachella Music Festival goers choose combinations of quintessential fabric trends and styles to create a unique look.  In addition, artsy types break all style rules by power accessorizing.  When it comes to accessories, bigger is better for both men and women. Coachella is one of the most notorious music festivals for fashionistas.  It has spawned fashion trends and style worshippers with its consistent celebrity turn-out and innovative garment collection collaborations with major retailers and brands, such as Coach, Moschino and H&M.  The "H&M loves Coachella" official collection is currently available in stores.  Several celebrities have worn head to toe looks by Coach and other high-end designers at the festival and its accompanying sunny California pool parties and fêtes. Coachella style is the premier bohemian style of the twenty-first century.  As you can see from the photo montage above, Coachella fashion packs a lot of flower power, accompanied by big hats and bangles.  Short shirts, skirts, and shorts also known as crop tops and cut-offs can be mixed with fur or wool to keep away the chill.  Choose a favorite floral motif or tribal print with nature-inspired colors such as organic white, red, and green, or even mustard and rust -- the color of autumn leaves -- in a lightweight fabric such as cotton or silk.  Then pair them with happy colors of fur and cycadelic stripes.  Follow these trends and voila, you’ve created your own personal Coachella style!  Don’t forget the long necklaces and earrings which don't have to be expensive, only pretty, beaded and shiny.

    Coachella.Celebs.Accessories

    If you are really aiming to achieve the pinnacle of Coachella style, accessorize your hair with the number one Coachella requirement: a headband with a beautiful halo of bright flowers.  Daisies work well for that flower child sprite wanderer look; picture nymphs and fairies dancing in the forest.  This blog has tons of recommendations from the selection at Mood Fabrics that embody recent Coachella trends, from fabrics and embellishments to colored fur.

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    For inspiration on designing your next sewing project, why not foray into Coachella Festival Fashion territory.  Take a look at the creative headpiece worn by Charlotte Kemp Muhl in her performance at Coachella on Day 1 last year, then try your hand at making one that suits you.  When Beyoncé and Solange stole the show at Solange’s 2014 Coachella performance with synchronized steps on stage, they wore cute matching top and bottom combinations.

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    Try to imbue your project with a matching look by picking an interesting all-over print for shirts and skirts or for blouses and shorts combinations.  Maybe, you'd like to create a skin-baring romper in an all over striped fabric.  I invite you to take a look at the pictures I've included here of many famous celebrities in show-stopping looks at Coachella, from Rihanna in a lavender fur coat and matching purple combat boots with pink flowers to Kanye West in Celine.  Also, keep in mind the silhouettes from your favorite designer labels when browsing for inspiration.  Boho-chic inspired labels that get major style points from celebrities at Coachella include the likes of Chloe and Missoni. From these trendsetters, you’ll see there are no rules at all when it comes to what you can and can’t wear at Coachella.  You can do all sixties inspired prints like fashion print-mixing goddess, Solange, and pair them with white sneakers to turn up with a hip hop flair.  Or, you can bring back the eighties style jean skirt in a mini-length with fringe like Alessandra Ambrosio and Jourdan Dunn.  Fringe is another well worn trend.  Jourdan pairs her mini-skirt with fringe on the pockets.  Ambrosio wears free-falling fringe from an itsy-bitsy bikini top over her denim mini.

    Coachella.Celebs.Short.Outfits

    ColoredFur.Coachella15

    Coachella.Celebs.MissoniHighFashion

    One of the easiest and most playful trends to wear at Coachella is denim: ripped up, cut-up, and distressed.  While shorter is definitely better, I believe the trend is best summed up by the following product description from the "H&M loves Coachella" collection -- “Denim Shorts Trashed”.  Another Coachella trend you can choose is a rhythmic and colorful print.  The prints in the H&M collection are great to emulate, as they are reminiscent of Valentino designs, tribal but modern with Native American references.

    Coachella.Celebs.Denim

    Guys who want to dress in Coachella style can go relaxed with a fun T-shirt and distressed denim jeans like Usher.  If you are adventurous, try a cut-off T-shirt to show off your biceps and add a baseball cap to complete the look.  If you are comfortable setting your own fashion rules like Jared Leto and Jaden Smith, then you can wear a nature inspired button down shirt with printed pants accented by cool boots, or dare to try the gender-bending look of a dress.  Male celebrities have consistently seized the opportunity to try gender-bending fashion trends at Coachella.  For instance, Jaden Smith wore a floral dress one year.  Kanye West also wore a designer women’s blouse by Celine during his 2011 performance.

    Coachella.Celebs.Guy.Style

    Keep reading and you'll find my best fashion fabric and trim recommendations from every trend described above so that you can recreate Coachella Festival Fashion in your very own home sewing studio.

    Coachella Style Fabrics and Trims at Mood

    Colored Fur

    Mood has a bevy of colored fur selections for you to select in sewing a beautiful and funky topper, like that seen on Coachella fashion stars Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz.  Some of Mood's fur selections can only be found at stores.  However, you'll also find several stunning styles on www.moodfabrics.com.  My picks from the website are shown below to get you started.  Have some fun and sew a garment using fur in honor of the Coachella fashion goddesses.  If you’re not into wearing fur garments in the summer, pick up one of Mood’s fur ball key chains as an accessory.  Whatever your preference, Mood Fabrics has unique fur styles to fit every budget.
    DSC_0742 Rainbow Colored Fur Available Only In Stores

    ColoredFur.Accessories

    Coachella.ColoredFur2

    Stripes

    Stripes are another trend that we regularly see the celebs wearing at Coachella.  Reminiscent of the 1990’s grunge look, these styles are sewn into dainty spaghetti strap dresses and short-overalls.  Go with nature inspired colors or cycadelic mash-ups to inject major Coachella style into your next design.  Keep the fabrics light and airy with cotton, linen, chiffons and voiles that are lightweight or tissue weight to emulate the Coachella style, as the festival always takes place in hot and sunny 80 degrees Indio, California weather.  Then try your hand at crafting a jacket, like that worn by Kate Bosworth last year, to keep you warm when the cooler nights set in.  A Coachella party doesn’t stop until the early morning!!

    CycadelicStripes

    NeutralStripes

    Crochet Lace / Knits

    Crochet lace and knits are the perfect materials to keep you cool and warm in the summer.  Everyone at Coachella knows open weave and floral knits are the go-to fabric for super comfortable and stylish designs.  From bikini tops with added fringe to short shorts and long pants, crochet lace and knits will give whatever sixties' flower-child inspired style you design a modern but vintage edge.  Pick up a few of my favorites below and get Coachella ready.

    CrochetLace.Knits

    Fringe / Beaded and Rhinestone Trims

    Here at Mood Fabrics we have many different fringe choices to help you find your personal Coachella style.  Sizes range from less than two inches in width to over four inches wide.  Fringes can be used as trim on blouses and skirts, as well as embellishments on jean pockets and jackets.  Buy as much or as little as you desire to creatively top off your festival wares. We also have beaded fringes to give a bit of color and sparkle to your design.  Check out our website’s trim section for fringes galor, as well as some of my picks for Coachella style shown below.  Then be sure to pick out the perfect fringe to match your favorite fabric choices and get sewing on your handmade Coachella look in any color, material, or style you can conjure.  And while you are browsing, also look into crafting with my suggestions on beaded and rhinestone trims to top it all off.

    Coachella.Fringe

    In Silver and Gold Beaded Rhinestones:

    SilverandGold

    Floral Prints

    Floral prints are big.  Yes, they can literally be super-sized to your own personal preference.  Florals are a mainstay trend at Coachella, embraced fully by all of the top celebrities.  At past festivals, many outfits featured feminine colors and motifs mixed with sheer fabrics or suedes and leather. The mixed media approach to dressing in floral brings a cool rocker chic vibe to whatever print you desire.  Add studded leathers or fringe trims to get an authentic Coachella look.  The shorter the better, when it comes to designing a head to toe floral dress or outfit.  Celebrities like Beyoncé and Solange have donned short rompers and dresses with "up to there" slits in the front.  Katy Perry wore a beautiful black sheer fabric over a floral print bandeau and mini-skirt combo. For maximum Coachella style, feel free to accessorize to the hilt like Bella Thorne pictured above in an all-over floral print turqouise and pink dress.  Headbands, bangles, long necklaces, earrings, and wide brimmed hats all complement the floral print and make your design Coachella ready and distinctively you!  Check out some of the beautiful floral fabrics below to bring out that rock and roll music festival style in your wardrobe.

    WarmFloralPrints

    CoolFloralPrints

    Get Going!

    Now that you know Mood has all of the latest and greatest trends in fabrics and styles worn by the fashion elite at Coachella, pick up a plethora of fabric and get started!  Mood's Sewciety would love to see where your creativity leads you.  Although we can't all go to Coachella every year, anyone can start sewing precious pieces of Coachella into their cherished wardrobes right now.  Happy Sewing!!

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