My love of fashion began with a thread. I grew up admiring the extravagant. I’ve never needed to attend a gala event, but I’ve been ready for one since grade school. This habit persisted throughout college, a time where most people donned pajamas and sweatpants. I wore skirts all year round and held a certain distaste for jeans.
I was often called garish, as though that meant I lacked taste or style. I was garish, but so was Gucci.
Unfortunately, the market for affordable and adorable fashion for plus size women is pretty small, so most of my looks were ill-fitting and lacked the charm I had been going for. Mood changed all that.
I started writing for Mood a year ago. Flipping through trend reports and finally behind a sewing machine, I’ve been able to alter and make my own clothing. Although my skills were shaky a year ago, I’ve learned a lot by getting hands-on with fashion. I no longer have to rely on flash fashion at overpriced clothing stores, I can wear what I want and what inspires me.
My first post was a look at 2017’s Athleisure trend. Although I think we’re seeing less athleisure today, it’s been integrated into ready-to-wear and casual fashion a lot in 2018. There’s a lot less nylon, and the oversized clothing has become much more fashionable while still maintaining a looser look. Although the fabric in this Versace dress has changed, the leg slit was worn quite a lot on the red carpet this year. I have to say, while I love the tight fabric and windbreakers, I’m not crazy about nylon or this literal tent dress by Versace.
My first project was a spiked leather headband, kind of folk-meets-punk. I definitely messed up a little, but it came out pretty cute and holds my hair back, which is all I was looking for.
A trend report that still rings true is the Fiery Red trend from 2017. Seen as an accent or feature fabric, and often paired with a pastel blue, this trend is still strong in 2018. I absolutely love this trend, I’ve been utilizing it more as an accent, especially when paired with pastel pink.
One of my favorite trend reports to write was Furs. I love the opulence of a funky fur, especially when dyed a pastel or jewel tone, which is exactly where 2018 is headed. I wasn’t crazy about the fur sleeves, but I love coat dresses and vintage looking furs.
I also got to make a collection of circle skirts with Mood, all made of velvet. They were so easy and fun, and learning how to work with velvet and sew a rolled hem really helped me advance my sewing skills. Plus, I got to test drive Mood’s Circle Skirt Calculator!
My favorite DIY? The Juniper Skirt revamp! As I’ve mentioned before, I love pastels. This skirt was begging for a soft pink, with a fun print on the inside. I love wearing this skirt. Even though the color is loud, it pairs beautifully with prints. I had so much fun making this skirt, and even more styling it.
Mood empowered me, I’m so glad I’ve been able to learn how to sew in such an inspirational environment and look forward to advancing my skills and building a better wardrobe.
What’s your sewing story? Let me know in the comments and hashtag #TellMoodYourStory18 on Instagram for a chance to win a $500 Mood gift card!