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  • Mood DIY: Free Beaded Crop Top Sewing Pattern

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    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:

    Beaded Crop Top Pattern Layout

    DOWNLOAD FREE CROP TOP PATTERN HERE

    I lined the shirt in the same fabric as the outside, although this was just personal preference; I knew I was looking for a crisp, sleek look.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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  • Perfect in velvet

    For the last six months, I've been in love with two things.......everything velvet and rust colored.  So when I spotted 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   velvet dress_mood velvet dress2 velvet dress3 velvet dress4 velvet dress5 velvet dress6  
  • Trend Report: LFW – Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    Pure style took to the London runways this week as the UK debuted their 2017 Ready-to-Wear collections. Designers built on old trends, brought back a few we didn't think we'd see again, and even dialed a few of our favorites down. We can't complain though, the resulting looks were still beyond fabulous.

    1. Brocade

    Brocade 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.
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Orla Kiely | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Orla Kiely | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Metallic Gold and Black Quilted Brocade Metallic Gold and Black Quilted Brocade
    Metallic Hibiscus and Iridescent Caribbean Sea Abstract Brocade Metallic Hibiscus and Iridescent Caribbean Sea Abstract Brocade
    Royal Purple and Pagoda Blue Abstract Jacquard Royal Purple and Pagoda Blue Abstract Jacquard
    Italian Olive Floral Rayon Brocade Italian Olive Floral Rayon Brocade
     

    2. Color Blocking

    Color 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.
    Edeline Lee | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Edeline Lee | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Christopher Kane | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Christopher Kane | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Oscar de la Renta Seafoam Solid Double Face Oscar de la Renta Seafoam Solid Double Face
    Curry Gold Polyester Velvet Curry Gold Polyester Velvet
    Dark Slate Blue Stretch Silk Crepe Dark Slate Blue Stretch Silk Crepe
    Metallic Rose Gold Faux Leather with White Cotton Twill Backing Metallic Rose Gold Faux Leather with White Cotton Twill Backing
     

    3. Beaded

    Beadwork 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.
    Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Peach and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle Peach and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle
    Black/Gold Floral Beaded Lace Black/Gold Floral Beaded Lace
    Black/Silver/Gunmetal Fancy Beaded Trim Black/Silver/Gunmetal Fancy Beaded Trim
    Fancy Cradle Pink Pearled Mesh/Lace Fancy Cradle Pink Pearled Mesh/Lace
     

    4. Sequins

    This 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.
    Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilia Wickstead | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Julien Macdonald | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Silver Scallop Edge Beaded and Sequined Lace Silver Scallop Edge Beaded and Sequined Lace
    White and Copper Fancy Floral Sequined Fabric on a Black Stretch Netting White and Copper Fancy Floral Sequined Fabric on a Black Stretch Netting
    Multi-Shaped and Colored Sequined Silk Georgette Multi-Shaped and Colored Sequined Silk Georgette
    Black and Liberty Blue Linear Circular Sequins on a Viscose Georgette Black and Liberty Blue Linear Circular Sequins on a Viscose Georgette
       

    5. Silk Charmeuse

    Pronounced [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.
    Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Toga | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Toga | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Sharon Wauchob | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Sharon Wauchob | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Wine Stretch Silk Charmeuse Wine Stretch Silk Charmeuse
    Peach Fuzz Silk Charmeuse Peach Fuzz Silk Charmeuse
    Mystic Swamp Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse Mystic Swamp Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse
    Floral Kaleidoscope Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse Floral Kaleidoscope Digitally Printed Polyester Charmeuse

    6. Fur Details

    Fur 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.  
    Belstaff | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Markus Lupfer | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Duro Olowu | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mary Katranzou | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
     Victoria Victoria Beckham | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Victoria Beckham | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these options from Mood:
    Chevron Multicolored Faux Fur Chevron Multicolored Faux Fur
    Ivory Stretch Faux Ribbed Shearling Ivory Stretch Faux Ribbed Shearling
    Teal and Black Printed and Embossed Stretch Faux Fur Teal and Black Printed and Embossed Stretch Faux Fur
    Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather Brown and Black Leopard Printed Faux Fur Backed by Faux Leather
  • Trend Report: NYFW - Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

    With NYFW coming to a close, it's evident that next fall will be all about the wow-factors. So take the drama out of your life and channel it into your wardrobe with bold, vibrant color, daring plunges, and  jaw-dropping embroidery. Take a look at some of our favorites from the runway this week!

    1. Exposed Shoulders

    The 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.
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Navy | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Nine Iron Creped Wool Double Cloth Nine Iron Creped Wool Double Cloth
    Donna Karan Black Faille-Like Wool Suiting Donna Karan Black Faille-Like Wool Suiting
    Powder Blue/Bijou Blue/White Shadow Striped Cotton Shirting Powder Blue/Bijou Blue/White Shadow Striped Cotton Shirting
       

    2. Bold vs. Classic

    Whether 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.
    • Vibrant Red

    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The Row | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear The Row | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Moncler Grenoble | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Moncler Grenoble | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Flame Scarlet 3D Floral Embroidered Tulle with Beads and Sequins Flame Scarlet 3D Floral Embroidered Tulle with Beads and Sequins
    Cordovan Pebble Embossed Stretch Faux Leather with a Black Viscose Backing Cordovan Pebble Embossed Stretch Faux Leather with a Black Viscose Backing
    Metallic Cayenne Red Iridescent Abstract Brocade Metallic Cayenne Red Iridescent Abstract Brocade
         
    • Powerful Navy

    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Armani Insignia Blue and Turkish Coffee Checkered Wool Suiting Armani Insignia Blue and Turkish Coffee Checkered Wool Suiting
    Mood Indigo Cotton Tubular Rib Knit Mood Indigo Cotton Tubular Rib Knit
    Fancy Navy Pearled Mesh/Lace Fancy Navy Pearled Mesh/Lace
       

    3. Embroidered Sheers

    Here'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!
    Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Tory Burch | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Famous Designer Black Floral Embroidered Organza w/ Scalloped Edges Famous Designer Black Floral Embroidered Organza w/ Scalloped Edges
    Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh
    Ribbon Red and Gray Mist 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a Stretch Netting Ribbon Red and Gray Mist 3D Floral Embroidered Lace on a Stretch Netting
     

    4. Mock Necks

    This 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.
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    ZAC Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear ZAC Zac Posen | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Famous Designer Navy Striped Cotton-Nylon Lace Famous Designer Navy Striped Cotton-Nylon Lace
    Black Floral Striped Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges Black Floral Striped Lace w/ Scalloped Eyelash Edges
    Black Novelty Lace Topped Wonder Mesh Black Novelty Lace Topped Wonder Mesh
     

    5. Velvet

    Velvet 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!
    Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alice + Olivia | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Yigal Azrouël Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few suggestions from moodfabrics.com!
    Black Luxury Lyons Velvet Black Luxury Lyons Velvet
    Tuscan Wine Luxury Lyons Velvet Tuscan Wine Luxury Lyons Velvet
    Meadow Floral Printed Silk and Rayon Burnout Velvet Meadow Floral Printed Silk and Rayon Burnout Velvet
    Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen Rag & Bone Total Eclipse Cotton Velveteen
    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?
  • Mood DIY: Faux Leather Travel Bag

    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: The structural pieces for the bag are pretty easy - one large 22"x48" rectangle for the main panel (or a 22"x36" and a 22"x12" rectangle if you'd like to sew your front flap on separately) and two 6"x15.5" pieces for the two sides. The bigger piece forms the front, bottom, back, and front flap; once the sides are sewn on, you're already left with a basic, but usable messenger bag. We're going to add some cute details though! The black faux leather I worked with has both the look and feel of real leather, however its weight is similar to that of a lamb hide. This makes it drape beautifully for fashion purposes, but a little on the light side for bags. Luckily, a little wool felt could fix this problem!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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  • Mood DIY: Felt Bag Organizer

    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. ;) Felt Bag Organizer 1 Felt Bag Organizer 2SUPPLIES: felt, sharpie, straight pins, pattern, rotary cutter, straight edge, scissors, a blade, and a sewing machine. Felt Bag Organizer 3HOW-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! Felt Bag Organizer 4Brandhyze 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.

  • Mood DIY: How to Draft a Simple Maxi Dress

    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:

    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!

  • Trend Report: Menswear Fashion Week

    We saw the shows, we did the research. Here are the highlights for Men's Fashion Week 2017. Time for a wardrobe update... Before this fall's ready to wear collections roll out later this week in New York, it was menswear's turn to take the spotlight. We saw everything from faux fur to leather to florals and even some lace embroidery. It looks like all things menswear this upcoming  fall will be dark, dark, dark and we certainly don't mind.

    1. The Updated Bomber

    Bomber 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.
    Boss | Fall 2017 Menswear Boss | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Hermès | Fall 2017 Menswear Hermès | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Hermès | Fall 2017 Menswear Hermès | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Menswear Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:  

    2. All Brocade Everything

    While 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?
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:

    3. Monochromatic

    Does 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!
    Boss | Fall 2017 Menswear Boss | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear Dolce & Gabbana | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Theory | Fall 2017 Menswear Theory | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Alexander McQueen | Fall 2017 Menswear Alexander McQueen | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Feeling inspired? Try a few of these fabrics from Mood:    

    4. Utilitarian/Apocalypse Vibes

    The 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.
    Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Menswear Antonio Marras | Fall 2017 Menswear
    Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear Balmain | Fall 2017 Menswear
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    5. Plaid Details

    It'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)!
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  • Mood Style: Easy Jacquard Vest w/ Covered Buttons

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    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!

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    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:

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    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!

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    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.

    How to Cover Buttons

    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.

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    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!

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  • Perfectly Suited

    There was once a time in my life when suits were my daily attire.  Unfortunately, I didn't sew then because I would have loved to create my own well fitting suits.  When I selected 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 wide leg pant suit_mood wide leg pants suit3 wide leg pant suit4 wide leg pant suit5 wide leg pant suit7  
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