en-US Mood Sewciety Mood Sewciety Blog Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:58:53 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=4.2.1.5 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/ Mood DIY: Button Size Chart Enjoy this free button size chart for all your DIY needs! Print it out and hang it in your own sewing studio, or keep it in your tool kit. What's your favorite type of button to work with? Tell us in the comments below!]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:17 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-button-size-chart/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-button-size-chart/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood DIY: Eye Button Shirt Embellishment Need a new idea to make that button-up shirt you're working on just a little more eye-catching? This DIY can by sewists and crafters alike! Sewing up your own shirt is an added plus so you can size the placket a little wider than usual. However, if garment creation isn't your usual forte, you can get the same look with an old blouse, some new buttons, and a jar of fabric paint! Fabrics & materials used: If you're simply altering a shirt you already own, be sure to choose buttons to match the buttonholes that already exist. If you're making your shirt yourself, sew your buttonholes and attach your buttons before you start on the eyes. Once those are in place, button your shirt up. Using your temporary marking tool, sketch an almond shape so that it fits around the top and bottom of the button. Repeat for each button. I used the skinniest brush in the pack, with a small dot of paint to trace over the eyes with Jacquard Textile paint. If you've never used it before, it works absolute wonders. It moves with your fabric without stiffening it too much, goes on evenly, and is machine washable. I let my shirt dry for about 20 minutes and then it was all set to wear! Before this project, I had never thought about embellishing a shirt placket, but now I want to do it to everything! What other button embellishment ideas can you come up with? ]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:41:40 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-eye-button-shirt-embellishment/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-eye-button-shirt-embellishment/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood DIY: Free Flared Button Up Shirt Pattern Even if there's 2 feet of snow outside, I have my sights set on spring. I'm ready for floral prints and lighter fabrics, so today I got a jump start on a wardrobe for the new season. Mood's new silk charmeuses were perfect for this longline, flared button-up! The large-scale print suits the length of the blouse and the weight lends itself to a gorgeous drape. Fabrics & materials used: To keep the shirt light and draped, I opted against a lining. Because of this, French seams were a must in order to keep the silk from fraying. I began the shirt construction by attaching the front and back panels of the shirt at the sides and shoulders. Next, both front panels needed plackets for the buttons. Each one was interfaced and stitched onto the wrong side of the shirt itself, like you can see above. To avoid visible stitches on the front of the placket, I folded mine over and slip-stitched it into place. I added a single box pleat at the center back before attaching the collar the same way I attached the plackets.In this case, the collar was sewn to the right side of the shirt and slip-stitched on the wrong side. Since the shirt remained unlined, I finished the armholes with 1/4" binding that I made from the same silk as the rest of the blouse. I didn't want any buttons to be visible, so I hand sewed 8 snaps along the inside of the placket. This also omitted the need for buttonholes, which was an added bonus! This pattern is one of my favorites, since it can be altered so many ways - shortened, lengthened, made with a different fabric type entire, sleeves could be easily added. It's versatility is terrific. Are you going to be making any changes when you try it out? ]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:19:18 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-flared-button-up-shirt-pattern/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-flared-button-up-shirt-pattern/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood DIY: Free Cutout Dress Sewing Pattern Sporting bright green on St. Patrick's Day is certainly a fun tradition, but I've always been a fan of a more subtle look for the holiday. This easy to sew pattern features everything you'd want in a cute day-to-night look; flattering cutouts, a nice silhouette, and huge pockets! Plus, you can effortlessly dress it up with heels, or go for a more comfy and casual look with some flats. Fabrics & materials used:
Dress Pattern Layout

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

Pattern pieces 1, 2, 4, and 5 make up your bodice. If you're working with a more translucent fabric, you may want to use a lining, but the jacquard I used was the perfect weight to skip one. Instead, I put the garment together with French seams.

The skirt gets pleated twice in the front and twice in the back, lining up with the seams of the bodice. Each pleat should be about 2" deep.

I made the pockets of mine rather large, so they overlap a bit in the front. If you're working with a bulkier fabric, you may want to make them slightly smaller.

The back was finished with a 24" invisible zipper that I shortened to about 20". If you're unfamiliar with how to insert one, we have a tutorial here! Lastly, I finished off the sleeves, neckline and hem with simple rolled hems. This could be substituted with a full lining, facings, or bias tape! Which are you going to use? ]]>
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:42:18 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-cutout-dress-sewing-pattern/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-cutout-dress-sewing-pattern/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
Mood DIY: How to Draft a Bridal Robe Pattern Getting ready the morning of your wedding is stressful enough; with a minimum of ten thousand things to worry about, you may as well be comfortable! This gorgeous silk robe was easy to draft, and it only took an hour to put together, so you can check one thing off your To-Do List in just an afternoon! Fabrics & materials used: The robe is made up of three simple panels. I kept mine very rectangular to get the drop sleeve shape, but you could easily modify yours to the silhouette you'd prefer. The front is two pieces, each side should be the width of 1/4 your waist size. I then added three inches to each so the robe has a bit of flow. The same math was used for the back, but I placed it on the fold so it's all one piece. The panels are then sewn at the shoulders and up the sides, but be sure to leave a 12" space toward the top for sleeves. For my sleeves, used this gorgeous guipure lace. It has a nice weight and looks absolutely stunning. The length is entirely up to personal preference. This one is about a yard long, with 10" lace trim sewn around the hem and then top-stitched. The last detail is a simple 3" wide belt. I cut two strips along the width of my fabric, so my belt was ultimately about 3 yards long with a seam, in the center. The finished product is beautiful, comfortable, and feels totally luxurious. Will you be making your own? Which trim are you thinking about using? ]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:17:51 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-draft-a-bridal-robe-pattern/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-draft-a-bridal-robe-pattern/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood DIY: How to Make Your Own Birdcage Veil diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Everyone wants their wedding day to be absolutely perfect, from the dress to the venue, right down to the table settings. So why not have your accessories to be exactly what you're looking for too? Instead of spending another small fortune on your veil, create your own to get your ensemble to match your imagination! diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Fabrics & materials used: diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Mood has a ton of different appliques, brooches, trims, and feathers - anything that you might want to include in your look. For today's DIY, I went with a pearl brooch and a few strands from an ostrich feather. A couple drops of tacky glue kept the feathers in place perfectly. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s The lace is equally easy to attach. I cut mine into a trapezoid, gathered it along the top three sides, and slid it into the brooch pin. You could also hand-stitch it a few times if you'd like, since the brooch is backed by some felt. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Birdcage veils look the best with an updo, so you can secure it to your hair with a few bobby pins! Are you going to be trying out this DIY? Tell me what you're making in the comments! ]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:53:09 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-make-your-own-birdcage-veil/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-how-to-make-your-own-birdcage-veil/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris Mood DIY: Free Two-Piece Prom Dress Pattern DSC_0137b

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!

Fabric & materials used:

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.

Shape & Color

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:

Collar

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.

Skirt

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?

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:57:45 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-two-piece-prom-dress-pattern/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/mood-diy-free-two-piece-prom-dress-pattern/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
Plaid Houndstooth this Armani wool fabric I originally planned a dress but after it arrived it was definitely more suited for a coat.  The online listing doesn't do this fabric justice, it's simply beautiful.  Heavy weight with a stiffer drape would also make a great blazer.  It sews, irons and cuts with ease.   The pattern used for this coat was vintage Simplicity 8310 double breasted coat/dress with the following alterations: -Removed the back seam -Removed the front box pockets and added side seam pockets -Added 3.5" sleeve belts -Remove the sleeve cuffs -Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position -To remove the double breasted appearance, iron the lapels down ending at the waist Plaid coat_mood plaid coat2 sized-IMG_7688 sized-IMG_7710 plaid coat1]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:09:34 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/plaid-houndstooth/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/plaid-houndstooth/ nikki@beautejadore.com (Nikki Brooks-Revis) Nikki Brooks-Revis Trend Report: MFW - Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear 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! ]]>
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:57:23 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-mfw-fall-2017-ready-to-wear/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-mfw-fall-2017-ready-to-wear/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris
Trend Report: Oscars 2017 1. Beaded Intricate, couture beadwork is never really out of style, but it seems like it's been more popular than ever this season. Emma Roberts and Michelle Williams kept things fairly minimalist with just a bit of beadwork on the bodice or skirt, while others took it to the next level. Janelle Monáe totally stunned in her gown.
Janelle Monáe | Oscars 2017 Janelle Monáe | Oscars 2017
Emma Roberts | Oscars 2017 Emma Roberts | Oscars 2017
Nicole Kidman | Oscars 2017 Nicole Kidman | Oscars 2017
Michelle Williams | Oscars 2017 Michelle Williams | Oscars 2017
Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
Gunmetal Couture Beaded and Rhinestone Lace Gunmetal Couture Beaded and Rhinestone Lace
Fancy Beige Beaded Floral Lace w/ Scalloped Edges Fancy Beige Beaded Floral Lace w/ Scalloped Edges
Black Scallop Edge Lacey Floral Beaded Mesh Black Scallop Edge Lacey Floral Beaded Mesh
 

2. Metallics

Some stars skipped the beads, but held on to the shimmer with metallic brocades, sequins, and laces. Moana star Auli’i Cravalho took to the carpet with a gorgeous geometric gown that seemed to be made with an embroidered organza. Regardless of the textile, it draped beautifully and fit in perfectly at the Academy Awards. Chrissy Teigen's dress was another showstopper, combining an abstract sequin mesh with a lovely white silk.
Auli’i Cravalho | Oscars 2017 Auli’i Cravalho | Oscars 2017
Chrissy Teigen | Oscars 2017 Chrissy Teigen | Oscars 2017
Jessica Biel | Oscars 2017 Jessica Biel | Oscars 2017
Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
Two-Tone Bronze/Silver Paillette Sequins on Jersey Backing Two-Tone Bronze/Silver Paillette Sequins on Jersey Backing
Metallic White and Silver Metallic White and Silver "Web" Couture Guipure Lace Fabric
   

3. Fringe

There are plenty of ways to incorporate fringe into a look and a few of them showed up on Sunday. Emma stone wore an exquisite flapper-esque gown with layered metallic ombre fringe along the skirt. Halle Berry went the metallic fringe route as well, but kept hers just along the hem of her dress. Octavia Spencer went a route we absolutely love and decided on some feather fringe for her red carpet look.
Emma Stone | Oscars 2017 Emma Stone | Oscars 2017
Halle Berry | Oscars 2017 Halle Berry | Oscars 2017
Octavia Spencer | Oscars 2017 Octavia Spencer | Oscars 2017
Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
Taupe/Metallic Silver Fringed Lace Taupe/Metallic Silver Fringed Lace
3" Gold Metallic Fringe 3" Gold Metallic Fringe
Metallic Silver Goose Fringe Metallic Silver Goose Fringe
 

4. Simple Solids

Classics are classic for a reason, aren't they? Brie Larson brought a wonderful take on the LBD to the show and we can't love it more. The velvet ruffle train was a great touch and had great movement when she walked. Taraji P. Henson was also sporting some velvet, but this time in a plunging bodycon silhouette and deep navy; the result is dazzling. Viola Davis and Ruth Negga were also daring in red gowns, but the risk certainly paid off.
Brie Larson | Oscars 2017 Brie Larson | Oscars 2017
Viola Davis | Oscars 2017 Viola Davis | Oscars 2017
Taraji P. Henson | Oscars 2017 Taraji P. Henson | Oscars 2017
Ruth Negga | Oscars 2017 Ruth Negga | Oscars 2017
Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
Black Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet Black Soft Rayon-Silk Velvet
Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen
Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace
Will you be taking inspiration from any of the looks from this past Sunday? Tell us which were your favorites in the comments below! ]]>
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:33 +0000 https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-oscars-2017/ https://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/trend-report-oscars-2017/ courtney@moodfabrics.com (Courtney Norris) Courtney Norris