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1. BeadedIntricate, 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. Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
2. MetallicsSome 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. Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
3. FringeThere 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. Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood:
4. Simple SolidsClassics 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. Feeling inspired? Try the options from Mood: Will you be taking inspiration from any of the looks from this past Sunday? Tell us which were your favorites in the comments below!
You might hear 'crop top' and think of slouchy tees or cutoff tanks, but it's not difficult to put a sophisticated spin on them. The crop trend has made its way to the forefront these last couple years, and for good reason. They can be easily dressed up or down, with a midi skirt or high-waisted pants, and they leave the door open for some great accessorizing. For today's DIY and free pattern, we'll be adding some beads into the mix.
Fabric & materials used:
- 1 yard Theory Black Thin Stretch Cotton Sateen
- 1.5 yards 1.125" Black Beaded Sequin Trim
- 15" Black Invisible Zipper
Since the entire shirt is only made up of a few panels, it goes together fairly easily and is very simple to alter if need be. For example, the front is comprised of a middle panel and two sides. I added two bust darts to reduce a little fabric at the armholes. Other alterations could include tapering the bottom a bit to be more form fitting.
The back panels go together similarly, and attach to the front at the shoulders and sides. The collar gets folded downward, in half, and attached to the neckline with 1" knife pleats. I made each side go in opposite directions so they meet in the middle with a box pleat.
This is also the point where you can attach your lining. Once the collar is pinned or stay-stitched in place, place the lining over it so it's sandwiched between the lining and the outer fabric. The armholes and base can also be stitched closed.
For the trim, I kept it simple and only added it to the neckline and hem, however this is where you can truly get creative! Create swirling designs or even add some trim along the seams. Be sure to tie off the ends of the trim though, to avoid losing beads and sequins!
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?