en-US Mood Sewciety Mood Sewciety Blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:37:21 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v= https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/ Mood DIY: How to Sew a Puppy Raincoat The rain can be rough on all of us, including our little puppy companions. Why not make it easier on them? This super easy DIY puppy poncho can be sewn together in about an hour, and it'll make those dreaded rainy day walks a little easier on everyone. Fabrics & materials used: All you need for this project are two large ovals (the length of your pet + the length of their chest, with a hole cut 1/3 of the way in to fit their head), two 4" strips (the length of their waist + 2"), four side hood panels (the curve should measure from the base of the neck to about 2"-3" past the ears), and two 2" center hood strips (the same length of the curve on your hood panels). Begin by sewing two of your side hood panels to either side of a center hood panel. I tapered mine slightly so it would be smaller at the neck, but this is optional. Be sure to clip your seam allowances, especially along any curves. This ensures that your seams will lay flat, without any unwanted pulling or ruching. Repeat for the lining, and then attach your lining and outer layer along the front of the hood, right sides together. Turn right-side out, iron, and top-stitch, like below. Pin and stay-stitch the hood along the neckline of the right side of your outer later. Be sure to put it toward the back side, which will be the longer end of the oval, facing forward. Your lining and outer layer can then be pinned with right sides together, like you see above. Leave about 4" open on either side; this is how you'll close the neckline. Turn the jacket right-side out, and pull the neckline through the 4" opening you left. You should be able to place the right sides of the neckline together and sew about halfway around the circle. Repeat through the opposite 4" opening to complete the neckline. Once you've fully sewn around the circle, clip your seams again, press, and top-stitch. Lastly, pin along the openings left in the sides of your pet's poncho, and top-stitch along the jacket's entire circumference. As an optional addition for those especially windy days, I also created a little belt. To make your own, sew two strips together, leaving a small opening at one of the short ends. Turn it right-side out, top-stitch, and add a couple strips of Velcro! Warning: rain may cause sleepiness. ]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:14:25 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-sew-a-puppy-raincoat/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-sew-a-puppy-raincoat/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood Style: Easy-to-Sew Laminated Lace Raincoat It seems like 90% of my new projects stem from not being able to find exactly what I'm looking for in the store. It's so difficult to find a raincoat that isn't either dark and dismal, or banana yellow.
  • Luckily, Mood had the perfect thing. This gorgeous laminated lace is completely waterproof, surprisingly easy to work with, and largely transparent (which meant, I could make my jacket whatever color I wanted). Hello, adorable mint green raincoat!
  • Fabrics & materials used: The only downside to the jacket pattern I used was that it didn't include a hood. Since I obviously wanted to be able to use this in the rain, I drafted my own easy pattern, which you can download below!


    In lieu of a normal lining, where I would essentially make two coats and sew them together, I chose to sew  my lining along with the laminated lace, finishing off the seams with some double fold bias tape, like you see below. In addition to binding all of the seams, I ironed out a few inches of bias tape to cover 4 buttons. Two were attached to the back to the belt, and the other two were added as closures to the front of the coat. Overall, the laminated lace was much easier to work with than expected. Rather than puncture the thin vinyl sheeting with a bunch of pins, I used Wonder Clips to get the job done. One rainy afternoon later and I had my new raincoat, complete with the perfect mint lining. What color lining are you going to pair with yours? ]]>
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:19:33 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-easy-to-sew-laminated-lace-raincoat/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-easy-to-sew-laminated-lace-raincoat/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
    Trend Report: Fur in the Summer 1.Shoes Shoes with faux fur trim are the perfect way to accessorize and to compliment any type of outfit in the summer. From an extravagant engagement parties to a casual walk in the park. Having slides or sandals with fur trim will make you push the limits in the hot weather. Compliment this look with these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Dark Brown Fur Fringe Trim - 4 Dark Brown Fur Fringe Trim - 4"
    White Genuine Finland Fox Fur Collar White Genuine Finland Fox Fur Collar
    Italian Red Ikat Floral Cotton Jacquard Italian Red Ikat Floral Cotton Jacquard
    2. Keychains For those of you who are not normally ones who would wear fur in the summer, there are still ways of making it work for you with anything that you wear. By having a cute pom keychain on your purse or even your keys, it adds a little flair to even the dullest set of car keys. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Red Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5" Red Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5"
    Royal Blue Ombre Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5" Royal Blue Ombre Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5"
    Gray Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5" Gray Real Fox Fur Ball Key Chains - 6.5"
    3. Fur Jackets Everyone knows that even though it gets super hot during the day in the summer, it always seems to get colder at night. Hence the reason why wearing a faux fur jacket during those cool summer nights is the perfect combination of comfort and style. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Small Toscana Winter White Lamb Fur Small Toscana Winter White Lamb Fur
    Small Denim-Washed Sand Baby Goat Fur Small Denim-Washed Sand Baby Goat Fur
    Small Toscana Powdered Blue Lamb Fur Small Toscana Powdered Blue Lamb Fur
    4. Handbags Faux fur has been a trend for the longest time and why not continue the trend? By not wearing the fur directly on your body and creating more heat, you can always compliment your outfit with a cute furry handbag at any occasion. Whether it be at a cocktail party or to go shopping, having a fuzzy handbag is the perfect accessory to match your fashion needs. Compliment this look with these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur
    Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece Heather Almond Bamboo and Cotton Stretch Knit Fleece
    Dusty Chestnut 100% Cotton Voile Dusty Chestnut 100% Cotton Voile
    5. Shrugs When going out for an extravagant night out, wearing a faux fur shrug can help a more elegant look of royalty and importance. This can dress up any type of dress or other article of clothing for a fun night out. Since it is only draped on your body, it still gives you the comfort of having fur as part of your ensemble. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    Black Faux Luxury Shag Fur Black Faux Luxury Shag Fur
    Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur
    6. Knitted Mink Vest If you are a person that does not care what others think, be confident and wear a knitted mink vest. I know what you're thinking, wearing a fur vest in the summer is crazy, but since the vest has a knitted design, this is perfect design to allow airflow. Make this style work by wearing lighter colors which make the whole outfit more appealing in the summer. Feeling inspired? Try these fabrics from moodfabrics.com:
    6.5oz Blue Textured Tencel Denim 6.5oz Blue Textured Tencel Denim
    Medium Blue Candy Striped Stretch Cotton Poplin Medium Blue Candy Striped Stretch Cotton Poplin
    Fungi Gray Mongolian Lamb Shearling Fungi Gray Mongolian Lamb Shearling
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:41:40 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-fur-in-the-summer/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-fur-in-the-summer/ graulau.aly@gmail.com (Alyssa Graulau) Alyssa Graulau
    Perfect for spring this double face suiting that reminds me of a slightly heavier linen that moves beautifully.  It sews, cuts and irons with ease and it's like getting two fabrics in one with one side black/olive and the other side brown/olive.  My only regret is not getting more because it will make an amazing dress or pants. The top was made using my latest McCall 7580 pattern found here. The pants were made several months ago using this cotton woven and Burdastyle 6981 with alterations. Details found here.        ]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:38:44 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/perfect-for-spring/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/perfect-for-spring/ nikki@beautejadore.com (Nikki Brooks-Revis) Nikki Brooks-Revis Mood Style: Vetements-Inspired, Eco-Friendly Sweatshirt
    I am loving the athleisure wear trend. We get to be super comfy, AND look incredibly chic? Why didn't we decide this was cool sooner?
    To bring some runway inspiration into this DIY project, I decided to take a look at some Vetements looks. Their oversized sleeves and cropped sweatshirts create some interesting silhouettes, and they manage to make a classic hoodie just a little more fashion-forward.
    Fabrics & materials used:
    The sweatshirt itself is fairly easy to put together. You can trace an old sweatshirt to make your pattern pieces. In this case, I actually traced a slightly oversized t-shirt, since I knew this was going to be a little more fitted than your typical pullover.
    The part I was a little worried about was the neckline, but it ended up being super simple.
    First, I measured around the unfinished neck of the sweatshirt and multiplied the number by .9.
    This would give me 90% of the original measurement, to account for ease. So while the neckline of my sweatshirt measured in at 23", I cut the trim to about 21" and sewed it to the wrong side of the collar. I then encased the raw edges in French seams.
    To make yours lie a little flatter, you could cut it shorter or add side seams instead of one seam in the center back.
    To go along with the deconstructed look that's been popular recently, I left the seams around the armholes exposed.
    This fabric was a joy to work with. It's face is incredibly smooth, and the fleece backing is beyond soft. I'm definitely going to be getting some of the other colors to make more of these in the future.
    What about you? Will you be trying a project like this?
    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:34:12 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-vetements-inspired-eco-friendly-sweatshirt/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-vetements-inspired-eco-friendly-sweatshirt/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
    Mood DIY: Free Overall Sewing Pattern The temperature has officially hit 70, which means the winter is behind us and I'm refusing to look back. Some high-waisted shorts seemed appropriate for today's DIY, but once I saw that the patchwork denim was so darn cute I knew I wanted to use more of it. Two hours later, I had a pair of overalls!


    Fabrics & materials used: Steps:
    1. Begin by sewing the front shorts panels to their respective side panels, and repeat for the back.
    2. Attach the two front halves of your shorts at the rise (the center seam that typically holds the zipper). Again, repeat for the back.
    3. To attach the front and back of your shorts, sew along the inseam, as well as about halfway up the sides. The remainder of the sides will be sewn when you insert the zipper.
    4. Here, you can decide the desired length of your shorts and add the cuffs along the bottom hem.
    5. I finished the bodice pieces and straps with simple rolled hems. Another option would be decorative binding, piping, or trim.
    6. Once the edges are finished, sew your bodice panels into the top of your front and back waistbands.
    7. Sew your waistband pieces over the top of your shorts.
    8. Insert a zipper on either size of your shorts, beginning at the waistband.
    9. Lastly, sew your straps onto the back of your overalls.For the front, it's best to use no-sew overall buckles. They don't take any extra tools, which is a plus. The backing pierces through the fabric and is covered by the button, which snaps into place. The hook part is attached to the strap by simply sliding it on if you'd like it to stay adjustable. You can also hand-stitch it into place if you'd prefer.
    What are your thoughts on the recent overall trend? Will you be making a pair of your own? ]]>
    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:25:58 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-overall-sewing-pattern/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-overall-sewing-pattern/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
    Perfect little stripes this amazing Oscar de la Renta silk wool.  Unfortunately, the flowers are sold out but here are some beautiful alternatives.  Now let's just talk about the fabric.........This is one of those fabric choices that look pretty average online but absolutely stunning in person.  It's a medium weight beautifully made fabric with somewhat of a sheen.  Everything about it looks designer.  It sews beautifully, irons nicely and would look great as a top, dress or skirt. The pattern used for this dress was my bell sleeve pattern found here.    ]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:28:24 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/perfect-little-stripes/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/perfect-little-stripes/ nikki@beautejadore.com (Nikki Brooks-Revis) Nikki Brooks-Revis Mood DIY: Free One-Piece Swimsuit Sewing Template With March finally behind us, I am officially thinking about nothing but the beach. I've always been a bit terrified to try my hand at swimwear, but I knew I'd have to make something with this amazing zebra tricot. A surprisingly easy-to-make body suit ensued!
    Fabrics & materials used:
    I began by draping the fabric right on the dress form. I love the more retro shape to the bottom and the deep V neckline. Two thick pleats at the shoulders also gave the suit faux lapels in lieu of bust darts. Since I don't typically work with swimwear, I can only include a template of the pattern I created. My model has a 28" waist, so it's roughly a US size 10. You can download a PDF below!


      I began by sewing the two front panels together, starting at the bottom and ending about halfway toward the top. Each shoulder was pleated before being attached to the back of the swimsuit. Once it was attached at the bottom as well, I had the outside of the suit mostly constructed, with the exception of the sides. Before closing the sides up, I needed to attach the lining. I began by sewing it to the arm and leg holes, like you can see below. Leaving the neckline still open, I sewed the lining into the sides of the suit by closing each side with French seams. Lastly, I slip-stitched around the entire neckline by hand to be sure the lining fit inside the zebra tricot perfectly. I love that bodysuits are so on trend right now. This can be worn at the beach or to a casual night out with some tights and denim shorts. It's giving off some serious 80's summer vibes! ]]>
    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:00:34 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-one-piece-swimsuit-sewing-template/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-one-piece-swimsuit-sewing-template/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
    Mood Style: African Print Detachable Skirt African prints have been taking the fashion world by storm the last couple of years and once you lay eyes on their beautiful shapes, vibrant colors, and gorgeously bold patterns, it's not difficult to see why. For today's DIY I decided to hop on this trend with a skirt that can easily transition from every wear to a glamorous, couture look.
    Fabrics & materials used:
    First I wanted to make a simple, chic pencil skirt. They're so versatile and can be worn anywhere - out to dinner or simply out shopping, depending on how it's styled. I followed view C of McCall's pattern 3830. Pockets were a necessary alteration. How can you have a skirt with no pockets? Below is a template of the shape I used. I placed the diagonal line of the pocket's opening along one of the diagonals of the skirt 's print in order to make the pockets fairly unnoticeable. The fun part of this project was a detachable skirt! A pencil skirt can be worn everywhere, but this part of the ensemble can be worn a million different ways. Throw it over your bathing suit for an adorable cover up, pair it with some denim shorts for a casual summer look, or keep it with the matching pencil skirt to take it from cute to couture. To create the shape of the skirt, I began much like I would be making a basic circle skirt. However, I added 5" to my waist measurements to account for the two pleats I knew I'd be placing toward the front of the skirt. Instead of making an even circle all the way around, I created more of an oval shape to create the hi-low silhouette. The back of my skirt is about 45", while the sides are 22". I connected the points with a freehand curve, like you see in the above diagram. The fabric was just a few inches too short along the width to make the skirt all one piece, so I cut two sides and gave the skirt a seam down the back. The skirt was lined with a simple poly lining, and the waistband was a 3" wide rectangle of the same fabric. A couple of sew-on snaps completed the garment and it was ready to wear! Are you going to be trying this project on your own? Which print will you be using?]]>
    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:45:30 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-african-print-detachable-skirt/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-style-african-print-detachable-skirt/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
    Neoprene ruffles this jersey back neoprene.  As soon as I spotted it on moodfabrics.com I knew it would be the best fitting most comfortable fabric ever.  It fits beautifully and is extremely easy to work with.  No need to iron and as long as you use a rotary blade, you can keep the edges raw. The pattern I used for the skirt was the instructions from this neoprene self-drafted pencil skirt, with the following alterations: -Removed the zipper (this fabric is comfortable enough to go without -Added a ruffle hem by cutting two pieces of fabric 6"x34".  Sew the left and the right side together and attach to the bottom of the skirt by pleating as you go around. -Top stitch the waist band and where the ruffle meets the skirt.   The top was made using McCall's M6992 with the following alterations: -Added 1" to the height of the neck -Removed 9" from the bottom of the pattern -Added a 1"x20.5" ribbed neck band -Added a 1.5" ribbed sleeve cuff -Cut a 4" curve from the front of the sweatshirt and add a 6"x40" pleated ruffle to the hem -Added a 8"x45" pleated ruffle to the back of the sweatshirt -Added a 20" pleated ruffle to the seam of the sleeve seam of the right side of the shirt and a 12" ruffle to the left side. -Double needle top stitch all the seams   neoprene ruffles4 neoprene and ruffles neoprene and ruffles2 neoprene ruffles3 neoprene ruffles5 grey ruffle neoprene6]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:28:16 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/neoprene-ruffles/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/neoprene-ruffles/ nikki@beautejadore.com (Nikki Brooks-Revis) Nikki Brooks-Revis