this rust colored silk velvet, my heart fluttered just a bit. There aren't enough words to explain how much I love the silk velvet from Moodfabrics.com It's available in 10 beautiful shades to fit any application. It cuts easily, sews beautifully and even irons nicely. The dress was made using Vogue V8829 with the following alterations: -Added 5" to length and 1.5" to width of the tie and collar -Added back bodice pleats -Removed 1.5" from the scoop of the neck -Added 2" side panels in the skirt -Cut the bodice front and back on the fold removing the buttons from the pattern -Added a side zipper (necessary to get in and out of the dress) -Removed the buttons from the skirt -Added 3 inverted pleats to the wrist with a 1" elastic The coat was made using this moodfabrics.com heavy weight wool twill that's a true coating fabric. It cuts and sews like a dream. The fur is a re-purposed Ebay find. The pattern used for this coat was Vogue V8841 -Added 4" to the front of each side which creates a double breasted look -Added 6 1.5" lapel buttons Added a seam -Added a 2" sleeve belt -Added a placket seam pocket Lined the coat with a polyester lining
1. BrocadeBrocade originates from the Italian word broccato, directly translating to “embossed cloth.” It's best described as an intricately woven jacquard, satin or twill weave with raised floral or figured designs that appear only on the face of the fabric. Brocade started trending last year, but this season brought with it a few new forms, namely peplums and bomber jackets. Personally, I can't get enough of the bomber jacket trend, so any new takes on it are a win in my book. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
2. Color BlockingColor blocking typically uses boldly opposite colors, ideally with the widest contrast possible on the color wheel and generally in colors normally not matched together in the traditional sense. It's great for accentuating body shapes, slenderizing the wearer if worn correctly. Often, color blocking goes hand-in-hand with asymmetry and this season was no different. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
3. BeadedBeadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, and bead knitting. Generally made of durable materials, beading is an artform that has been around for centuries. Some designers this season used them sparingly, choosing to cover just a bodice or line a hem, while others like Temperley London went all-out with their designing. Both directions resulted in some stunning looks. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
4. SequinsThis decorative element requires a bit more work to maintain. Always hang immediately to prevent snags or bends, spot cleaning is recommended, & take note if sequins are sewn or glued, the former being much more sustainable than the latter, of which hot water is the enemy. Much like beading, sequins can be used with or without restraint. Erdem went with the full length gown, while Mary Katranzou designed entire motifs from sequins. I especially love the two piece sequined ensemble by Emilia Wickstead. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
5. Silk CharmeusePronounced [shahr-moos], this fabric is smooth satin on one side, pebble type crepe on the other. Though tricky to sew, one can create daringly dramatic looks & is best used for blouses, draped dresses, lingerie, sheets, pillowcases and bias cut evening gowns. This season saw a lot of long dress silhouettes made from this fabric. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
6. Fur DetailsFur has been a runway staple the last year or two, but we're possibly witnessing it's decline. Many designers seemed to move away from the full fur coats and jackets in favor of subtle details. Fur showed up on lapels, inside vests and jackets as cozy linings, and even as cuffs and sleeves. The absolute opposite of a wash and wear garment, fur requires strategic measures to preserve it’s integrity. Gently shake to remove dirt that has settled, always hang on padded hangers, brush with small, light strokes, spot clean only & the use of a good container is suggested. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
1. Exposed ShouldersThe off-the-shoulder trend was huge last spring and this season it's evolving. Not only is the wide-v shape back in style, but joining it are wider lapels and drop sleeves, which are making some pretty interesting shapes. Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
2. Bold vs. ClassicWhether you like to stand out in a crowd or give off a more subtle vibe, you're bound to enjoy the color trends this season. For those who love to be more daring with their shades, it's time to stock up on that bold, vibrant red. It showed up in the form of gowns, blazers, blouses, jackets, and more! Anyone looking to channel a more classic energy, power navy might be more up your alley. Transform it into a waterfall trench, on trend suiting, or even a chic dress.
3. Embroidered SheersHere's a trend we can totally mesh with. On the runway, embroidery has been taking the fashion world by storm as gowns and dresses. We'd love to see some creative thinking bring this trend into the ready-to-wear scene. How wonderful would it be to see some crop tops or tulip shorts made from one of these fabrics? Maybe even a sheer summer jacket! Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
4. Mock NecksThis is a personal favorite - mock neck blouses and dresses. It's difficult to find a trend that looks good on everyone, but when it happens, it just works. This silhouette elongates your torso, giving a sleek and chic look no matter what. The best part? You can still have so many different styles with it. Try a delicate lace, an edgy rib knit, or create a cute look under a cropped jacket. Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
5. VelvetVelvet was huge this year and it looks like it's here to stay for at least another season. We're certainly not complaining though. You may have one idea in your head for velvet - stiff A-line dresses, but this year they've been showing up as something a bit new - jackets and shawls! Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com! Personally, I'm loving all of these trends and I can't wait to incorporate them into some of my future projects. What about you? Are you going to give any of these a try?
Baggage. We all have, we all need it. This is one bag I now cannot live without. From the super soft pebbled leather to the extra (perfectly) long shoulder strap, this is the perfect carry - on bag for any traveler. Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Black Solid Faux Leather Vinyl
- 1 yard Wool Felt
- 1 yard Cordovan Pebble Embossed Stretch Faux Leather
- Gold Magnetic Snaps
- 2 yards 7/8" Gold Metal Chain
- 2 Buckles
- 2 Gold Metal Rings
For each panel I cut of black faux leather, I cut the same shape from the felt. I added a little spray adhesive to one end of each felt piece and lined it up with the end of its matching leather section.
Once the end was secure, I was able to spray the remainder of the pattern piece and evenly roll the rest of the faux leather into place.
Before attaching the outer bag to the lining, I added magnetic snaps to each of the sides so that they could be expanded if I needed to pack a few more things. Who can say no to more souvenirs, right?
I also pinned a tab of fabric with an o-ring between the lining and the main bag, just over the magnetic snaps like you see below. Then the chain, which I braided with an extra scrap of the red faux leather, attached to the ring as a strap.
Once the lining was secure (I sewed it right sides together, left a small opening toward the front of the bag, and flipped it right-side out to finish it off with some top-stitching), I wanted a little something to hold the flap closed and also give me a place where I could easily store a scarf or light sweater. I made two long strips of the pebbled faux leather, attached each to a buckle, and an easy belt was created! A little stitching at the bottom of the bag and behind the front flap kept them in place.
What's a travel bag without a matching toiletry bag though? This adorable pouch went together in ten minutes!
I sewed a zipper to the short ends of a 10"x20" rectangle. This left me with a sort of tube with a zipper in the middle. I could easily have sewn up the sides and called it a day with a simple flat pouch, but I wanted something a little more interesting.
I cut a 2" square from the bottom of the bag and sewed down the sides until I hut the square. Instead of sewing around the square, I flattened the sides together, like you can see below and sewed across them.
And just like that, a cute travel set! Are you going to try making your own? There are so many sizes and shapes you could try, I'd love to hear what style you'd make yours. Tell me below!
You know I can't speak for anyone else...but the number one reason I don't switch purses as often as I'd like, is I don't feel like emptying out all of the contents of one bag into another -- but this handy DIY solves that dilemma. Here's a quick felt purse organizer (or any bag) you can finish in no time that will allow you to get more uses out of your handbags. You can thank me later. ;) SUPPLIES: felt, sharpie, straight pins, pattern, rotary cutter, straight edge, scissors, a blade, and a sewing machine. HOW-TO: 1. Trace your pattern on felt with your sharpie. Next, cut it out along with 2 rectangles (mine were 8 x 4.5 inches) for pockets. 2. With a sewing machine, stitch on your pockets (feel free to add a dividing stitch or two to make room for ink pen or cell phone compartments). 3. Next, pin together your sides and bottom (respectively) with straight pins so you can sew those up next. Sew those on with your machine. 4. Next, fold down the top about 2 inches (you'll have 3 in total) and stitch it around its perimeter. I put in two stitch marks, and then prepared for my handle. 5. Using your blade, cut the slits for the handles. 6. Lastly, stitch the third row around the top perimeter. I even put a vertical tiny stitch on either side of my handle to keep it from tearing open wider, later. You're all set! Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.
The sky just dumped half a foot of snow on us in New York City, but that's not stopping me from dreaming about spring. I miss flowy florals, so today's project features this magnificent print from Carolina Herrera. The drape is lovely and the crinkled chiffon has the slightest sheen, which is gorgeous. It's like it was made to be a maxi dress!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards Carolina Herrera Black and Ivory Floral Printed Crinkled
- 3 yards Black Silk Crepe de Chine
- 1 yard Black Braided Faux Leather Trim
- Size 3 Black Sew On Snaps
The shape of the dress itself is fairly simple. I fold my fabric on the bias and used the full width for each panel, following the template above. I cut the same exact shape from the chiffon for the front and back panels. I also cut the same shape from the crepe de chine so that the hems of both skirt layers would be similar, however I added 8 large darts to the lining to cut down on bulk around the waist.
I attached the front and back at the shoulders, using a simple rolled hem to finish the sleeves. A 2" collar created the perfect mock neck neckline and I cut a slit down the middle back toward the waist, fastening it up top with two sew-on snaps.
Since the darts made the lining significantly smaller than the chiffon, I evenly gathered the floral overlay by pinning it to the crepe de chine using some straight pins and used a zig-zag stitch to secure them.
A length of this beautiful faux leather trim made the perfect belt to cinch the rest of the waistband.
This silhouette is simple, but the beautiful fabric makes the dress absolutely stunning. It flows beautifully and is incredibly light, making it the perfect transition outfit for those outdoor parties that will be happening this coming spring and summer.
What are your thoughts on this dress? Are you going to give it a try? Be sure to tag Mood if you do!
1. The Updated BomberBomber jackets made their way into every runway show last year, it seemed, and while it didn't go away this season, it did show up in new form. Many jackets we saw featured leather sleeves and details with chic, contrasting fur panels. Others sported embossed leather and beaded lace appliques, opening the the door for everyone to find a bomber style they'll absolutely love. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:
2. All Brocade EverythingWhile most trends seen this season were minimalist and utilitarian, a few shows absolutely popped. Even while staying on trend with the deeper shades, Dolce & Gabanna took the movement to a whole new level with brocade suitings. A few featured more subtle designs while others boasted metallic gold. Want to trying something similar? How about a chic, brocade vest? Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:
3. MonochromaticDoes black every really go out of style? Certainly not in any world I want to live in. Whether you're into cool streetwear or a classy suit, you're in luck - black on black ensembles were absolutely everywhere this week. Thick cable knits made appearances several times, as well as longline jackets and shirts. Not into the more modern look? Try a classic black pant and button-up! Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:
4. Utilitarian/Apocalypse VibesThe end is nigh and the fashion world is ready. Several different lines this season had some sinister outlooks on the future, pulling in props and fashion details from past war times, including gas masks and parachute suspenders. Many others gave off a futuristic military vibe with deep olive tones, crisp shapes, and garments fit to carry cargo. Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:
5. Plaid DetailsIt's all in the details and plaid is one we love. Fit it into your next project with a pant panel, collared undershirt, or even an ingenious coat lining (my favorite)! Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood: Tell us your thoughts on this season's menswear shows! Did you have a favorite trend you're dying to try out?
With Men's Fashion Week in full swing, you may be feeling the pressure to update your wardrobe. Luckily, that's easier than you might think!
One of the biggest trends seen on the runway this season is brocade, brocade, and more brocade. And while it may be a little too high fashion for day to day wear, it's not difficult to dress down. You could try a jacket paired with an otherwise simple ensemble, or add an awesome pop with a brocade tie! In our case, we went with the vest.
Fabric & materials used:
- 1 yard Radiant Platinum and Black Paisley Damask Brocade/Jacquard
- 1.5 yards Black Polyester Crepe
- 1 Silver Metal Buckle
- Dritz 4 Size 30 - 3/4" Half Ball Cover Buttons
- Simplicity 4762 Boys/Mens Vest/Tie Pattern
The Simplicity pattern was easy to follow and went together rather quickly. It also came with directions for a men's tie, as well as vest and tie patterns for boy's sizes. If you're more of a bow tie person though, we've got you covered with a free template!
With such an intricate print, I wanted to keep the buttons simple. To make sure they matched the black of the lining, I decided to cover them myself. Nothing is more frustrating than fighting a button that doesn't want to be evenly covered. When I first started making them, there would always be at least one pucker, no matter how hard I tried. Luckily I discovered an easier way.
Some have suggested a little hot glue, but I've found that makes it a little tricky when trying to put the back of the button on; too much and it will no longer fit. However, a few stitches around the outside of the circle take up less space and turn the fabric into a small pouch. All you need to do is tighten it around the button, tie it off, and pop the back on.
The back of the vest was done in a simple black lining with a contrasting brocade belt. What about you - would you make your vest full brocade? Would you use an entirely different fabric altogether? Let me know in the comments!
this Marc Jacobs herringbone wool from moodfabrics.com I instantly thought of a suit, but because I don't wear them much anymore I wanted pieces I could wear separately dress them up or down. This wool is gorgeous! Medium weight with a nice 1-way stretch. It sews beautifully but definitely requires a very hot iron to get the best results. I lined both the jacket and the pants with a charmeuse I had in my stash which is my go-to lining because of it's luxe feel and comfort. The jacket was made using Butterick B4610 with the following alterations: -Removed the back seam -Added welt pockets -Added 1" to the width of the lapel The pants were made using the same pattern from My DIY plaid pants with the following alterations: -Added 6" to the width of the pants starting after the knee -Added a 1.5" band at the hem The top is a DIY dress seen here worn as a top
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace
- 2/3 yard Rag & Bone Gray Power Mesh
- 1.5 yards .125" Black Elastic
- Spray N Bond Basting Adhesive
- 2 18" Replacement Bra Straps
- Black Cotton Hook & Eye Tape - 1"
- Small - Chest: 32-35, Waist: 25-28
- Medium - Chest: 36-39, Waist: 28-31
- Large - Chest: 40-43, Waist: 32-35
- X-Large - Chest: 44-47, Waist: 36-39
1. Begin by adhering the lace to the power mesh with a temporary basting spray. This ensures that your pattern pieces are all cut exactly the same, reducing the risk of bubbles and wrinkles while you sew your bralette together. The Spray N Bond I used went on white, but dried clear and eventually faded away completely. (Side note: I suggest cutting out the general size/shape of the lace and basting that onto the mesh. This way you can line up the scalloped edges when you cut out your pattern for real.)
2. Cut your pattern! I recommend a rotary cutter, but it's certainly not necessary. Also, be sure to place the bottom edges of your pattern pieces against the scalloped edge of the lace during this step.
3. Sew a dart into the front of each panel, following the dotted lines on the pattern.
4. Attach the front and back panels using French seams. If you're unfamiliar with how to make these type of seams, first stitch the pieces with wrong sides together before flipping to sew the right sides together. This encases the seam allowance in a clean, bound seam like you can see below.
5. Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew elastic along the top of your bralette, against the right side of your fabric.
6. Flip and top-stitch, using a zig-zag stitch again.
7. Use a flat-felled seam to attach the straps to the front of the bra.
9. The back of the strap can be tucked behind the bralette. Luckily the strap is adjustable, which makes fitting it a little easier.
10. Zig-zag stitch along the scalloped edge of the lace and carefully cut off the excess mesh along the bottom.
11. The last step is to finish the ends with hook and eye tape. For this I sewed them onto the right side, folded it and then top-stitched, much like I did for the elastic in steps 5 & 6.
The finished product is cute and casual, not to mention beyond comfy! Have you picked out some fabrics to make your own? Tell me which ones you're using in the comments below!