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  • Mood DIY: Free Lace Wrap Bralette Pattern

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    Who doesn't love a cute bra? Make your intimates ten times cuter and comfier by making them yourself; you control the fit and the fabrics! This adorable wrap around bralette was something a draped right on my dress form, but since it was so simple, I drew up a basic template for it, which you can download below. For some stretchier fabrics or flatter chests, you may be able to forgo the dart, but I found that it makes the fit much nicer.

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    Fabrics & materials used:

    Lace Wrap Bralette Layout

    DOWNLOAD BRALETTE PATTERN HERE

    Sizing:
    • 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

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    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.)

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    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.

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    3. Sew a dart into the front of each panel, following the dotted lines on the pattern.

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    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.

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    5.  Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew elastic along the top of your bralette, against the right side of your fabric.

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    6. Flip and top-stitch, using a zig-zag stitch again.

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    7. Use a flat-felled seam to attach the straps to the front of the bra.

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    9. The back of the strap can be tucked behind the bralette. Luckily the strap is adjustable, which makes fitting it a little easier.

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    10. Zig-zag stitch along the scalloped edge of the lace and carefully cut off the excess mesh along the bottom.

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    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.

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    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!

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  • Runway Revamp- 60's Style Inspiration

    I'm so excited about this blog post! I'm going to show you how I was inspired by the colors of Balenciaga's Spring 2017 Ready to Wear Collection. There were strong, bold silhouettes and vibrant colors. The turquoise, pink, and purple really caught my attention. I was in love with the use of these colors together.

    inspirationMy mind started to quickly drift towards the 60's fashion era. I've always admired women's bold sense of style during this time. I knew I had to use these colors to revamp my own take on a stylish 60's outfit. Next, I quickly drew up a sketch to get a feel for what I wanted to create. I love the short capelet look. I paired this little wool jacket with a nice comfy turtle neck, and a pair a slimming 60's style pants.

    Here's what I used:

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    First let's talk about this cute little capelet jacket. I drafted this jacket right on the dress form. There was a particular shape I was looking for so I just draped it until I achieved just what I wanted. Here's a quick little tip: I use crafting felt when I drape my coats and jackets that I'm making out of wool. It's very inexpensive and it has the proper weight/bulk for me to actually see how the coat is going to fit. I made a this style with a portrait collar and flared sleeve. I added large 1 1/2" self covered buttons.  To complete the look, I finished the inside with a really cute novelty black & winter white and polka dot lining. It really pulled the looked together! Here's a little picture tutorial below on how I covered the buttons.

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    button tutorial   For the turtle neck I used this yummy, soft solid sky blue stretch rayon. The body was very simple. I was able to draft a pattern using one of my t-shirts. This added the pop of blue I needed to recreate the runway look.

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    As for the slim pants, I used this really pretty grape cotton sateen. I made these pants with a super high waist and shortened them to ankle length. The pattern is a basic straight leg pattern with the normal front and back darts. I finished them with a side invisible zip.  jackie2

    Hope you've enjoyed! :)  
  • Trend Report and Fashion Week Forecast: Spring 2017

    Fashion Week for menswear is wrapping up, and the trends are rolling in! We’re here to give you the rundown of the runway so you can get a head-start on what to look out for in the upcoming seasons. Fashion Week dates, trend forecasts—plenty of ideas for you to chew on during the shows! Let’s first start with the important dates:

    Spring 2017 Fashion Weeks

    Red carpet and runway season is about to be in full swing, so we've put together a calendar of events so you can easily keep up with the next few months of shows!

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    February:

    • DGA Awards: Feb 6th
    • New York Fashion Week: Feb 9th- Feb 17th
    • GRAMMY Awards: Feb 10th
    • BAFTA Awards: Feb 12th
    • London Fashion Week: Feb 17th-Feb 21th
    • WGA Awards: Feb 19th
    • Milan Fashion Week: Feb 22th - Feb 28th
    • BRIT Awards: Feb 22nd
    • The Oscars: Feb 24th
    • Independent Spirit Awards: Feb 25th

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    March:

    • Paris Fashion Week: Feb 28th - Mar 8th
    • Johannesburg Fashion Weel: Mar 28th - Mar 29th

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    April:

    • CMA Awards: Apr 2nd
    • Oliver Awards & MTV Movie Awards: Apr 9th
    • New York International Bridal Week: Apr 22nd - Apr 24th
    • Day Time Emmy Awards: Apr 30th

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    May:

    • Met Gala: May 1st
    • Australia International Bridal Week: May 14th -  May19th
    • Billboard Music Awards: May 21st

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    June:

    • London Men's Fashion Week: Jun 9 - Jun 12
    • Tony Awards: Jun 11th
    • Milan Fashion Week: Jun 17th - Jun 20th
    • Paris Fashion Week: Jun 21st - Jun 25th

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    July:

    • Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Jul 2nd - Jul 6th
    • New York Men's Fashion Week: Jul 10 - Jul 13th
    • Comic-Con San Diego : Jul 20th - Jul 23rd
    • Teen Choice Awards: Jul 30th
      Last year’s fashion weeks included off-the-shoulder and orange/purple designs in New York, oversized proportions and mesh at London, box-pleats and muted florals at Milan, and leather- and Eastern-style designs in Paris. Here’s what this year is looking like based on the Spring 2017 Couture shows happening right now: Tulle, Tiers, and Ruffles Taking advantage of the shapes and size of tiered tulles and ruffles is a great way to play with volume and silhouettes! This top by Viktor&Rolf uses tulle to play up the shape and formality of the blazer!
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    Short Fringe and Color-Blocking A very 80s-inspired design that uses color blocking, striking colors, and fringe to work with contrast! A loose sweater on top helps to contrasts the view of the legs, too, making for a lively ensemble.
    Alexnader Vauthier | Spring 2017 Couture Alexnader Vauthier | Spring 2017 Couture
    Wrap and Big Tie Shirts and Dresses A big beautiful side wrap on this dress emphasizes an asymmetrical look that's both head-turning and flattering!
    Alexander Vauthier | Spring 2017 Couture Alexander Vauthier | Spring 2017 Couture
    Patterns on Top, Solids on Bottom This is a style that's simple to execute and has been seen across multiple shows--complex prints on top and solids on the bottom! This style can work with skirts and pants, too!
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    Beaded and Embroidered Beads, beads, beads! Lots of embroidered looks on the runway this season with precise stitching and beaded designs. These fabrics make gorgeous overlays!
    Elie Saab | Spring 2017 Couture Elie Saab | Spring 2017 Couture
    Hi-Low and Gathered Skirts Stylists showed off designs that gathered pleats and had flowing skirts! Both casual and formal settings suit this style well.
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    Long skirts, Loose fit, and All-over Cover And finally, a style that highlighted cover-up above all! Long, loose, and relaxed-cut dresses were commonly presented. Do you think you pull off this elegant style?
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    Spring 2017 Menswear

    We also want to give some love to menswear! Here are some highlighted styles from the line-ups this past season: Cuffed Pants Cuffed and with an exposed ankle, these trousers make for a great modern style!
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    90s-Inspired Jackets A blast from the not-so-distant past? Comfortable and sporty, this loose-cut jacket design is reminiscent of the 1990's!
    John Elliot | Spring 2017 Menswear John Elliot | Spring 2017 Menswear
    Fitted Blazers with Pegged Trousers This design highlights silhouette contrast with a fitted cut on top outweighed by the fuller bottom! With this look, you'll be stylish without having to sacrifice comfort!
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    Thick and Knitted Looks Thick knits are always welcome! They're a pinnacle of comfort and luxury, and they look warm and chic, too. If you haven't tried wearing something like this before, give it a shot!
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    Trench Coats Trench coats were scattered across the runway shows for Menswear! Light and heavy styles were included, making this a versatile jacket style for all seasons!
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    This is what we've seen for the Couture and Menswear Spring 2017 shows so far. If these styles are anything to go by, the upcoming 2017 Fashion Weeks are surely something to look forward to! Some are returning, like the tiered designs and decade-inspired styles, and others--like the cover-all and knitted looks, are making their efforts to shine! Which of these styles do you think will do well and stick around in the upcoming Fashion Week? Is there a style you'd like to see be surprised with during the shows?
  • Mood DIY: Leather Tassel Keychain

    Leather is just a trend that just never goes out of style....and I'm in LOVE with it! Its fun, funky, and goes with just about everything. My keys are pretty basic and have a TON of those "frequent buyer" cards weighing it down. You know, the ones to the drug store, grocery store, and every store in between. I thought they could use a bit of a makeover. So, I took to Mood Fabrics for some thin leather....and got to work! Tell me below what leather accessories you like. Leather Tassel Keychain1 Leather Tassel Keychain2SUPPLIES: Garment weight leatherclosure (they have more in-store), straight edge, and a rotary cutter Leather Tassel Keychain3HOW-TO: 1. Take some garment weight leather (in any color), your rotary cutter, and straight edge. Cut thin strips 10 inches long, and a little over 1/8" in thickness. 2. Once you've cut about 15 strips, feed them through the eye of your closure all facing the same direction, with leather side up. 3. Save one strip to finish it off. Start tying this strip like you would the beginning of tying your shoelace. Next wrap it around a few times and knot it once or twice. (Note: For added closure, add a dabb of e6000 glue before you knot it).

    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.
  • My New Favorite Winter Coat

    And then enters my new favorite coat..................... If there was ever a coating fabric that reads high end, it's without a doubt this medium weight Italian wool  from moodfabrics.com.  It's one of those fabrics you happen upon and are amazed at how beautiful it is.  It sews, cut and irons to perfection allowing you to achieve a crisp professional look.  Online this fabrics reads brown, but I would definitely describe it as an army green. This coat was made using Vogue V8841 view B with the following alterations: -Added placket seam pockets -Added sleeve belts -Added 8" to the length of the belt -Added 1.5" to the width of the collar -Added 2 belt loops I lined the coat using this twill suiting from Moodfabrics.com which made even the inside simply amazing.  I wouldn't typically line a coat using this fabric but the lining I was originally going to use was the wrong color and I had this fabric in my stash. Needless to say I will be grabbing a few more yards of this beauty. I used 3 yards fabric for this coat. Green wool Coat_mood green wool coat6 green wool coat5 green wool coat4 Green wool coat3 chandler Green wool coat green wool coat9 Green wool coat2 green wool coat8
  • Mood DIY: Free Plunge Cocktail Dress Sewing Pattern

    Red carpet season is fast-approaching, and with a few being rolled out already I've already been feeling inspired to step up my dress game! This year's golden globes saw stunning sequins and bold silhouettes, but I absolutely fell in love with Jessica Biel's Elie Saab gown at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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    The daring plunge paired with the full skirt looked absolutely gorgeous, and as soon as I saw it, a cocktail version started forming in my head.

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    To make it a little more casual, I cut my design a little above the knee, added pockets as well as a cute brooch to close the front a little bit, and a few inches of lace under the arm.

    Fabrics & materials used:

    Biel Dress Bodice Layout

    DOWNLOAD BODICE PATTERN HERE

    The bodice goes together in about two and a half steps. Begin by pinning two panels with their right sides together. Sew along three sides, leaving the bottom open like you see below.

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    Clip your corners, turn the panel right-side out and press - you've just sewn one half of your bodice! You'll need two of these panels, sewn into a 2.5" skirt waistband. The flat edge attaches outward toward your arms while the curved side folds to form the lapels.

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    The skirt itself is two full circle skirts cut along one radius and sewn together to make a single layer. If you're familiar with how to make a circle skirt, I followed the same steps, but cut the waist measurement in half since I'd essentially be combining two skirts (so I made my calculations as if I was making this for a 15" waist instead of a 30").

    If you'd like to avoid the math altogether, I made a free template that you can download for the skirt!

    Biel Dress Skirt Layout

    DOWNLOAD SKIRT PATTERN HERE

    The bottom of the skirt is lined entirely with 4" stiff horsehair to keep the hem full and bouncy!

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    The pockets are simple ones that hide in the seam. If you've never added them to a garment, you can find and easy tutorial here!

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    I inserted my invisible zipper behind one of the pockets, added the waistband to the skirt and added three sew on snaps over the zipper.

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    Next is where things can potentially get a little tricky - finishing up the bodice straps! Technically, none of the sewing is too difficult, but you'll definitely need to fit your model or dress form at this point to make sure the straps will lay perfectly.

    Take your straps, fold the lapels to your desired width, and then have them meet in the center back, like the photo above. Here I sewed on two large hook and eyes .

    Fold the remainder of the straps back toward the front of your dress, and then should fit perfectly into the waistband behind the base of your bodice. Stitch into place.

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    The last to parts are optional, but incredibly cute additions! To minimize risk, I sewed in some lace side panels - and little hand-stitching worked perfectly. I also added two appliques over the pockets to emulate all the flowers on Jessica Biel's original dress.

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    The result is an incredibly adorable new cocktail dress that'll be absolutely perfect for summer parties! Are you going to be giving this project a try? I'd love to see which fabrics you use!

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  • Chinese Zodiac Style Guide

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    It’s the beginning of a new year and we’re back with another zodiac style guide to help you start off right! This time, we’re taking a look at the Chinese zodiac for some creative fashion inspirations.

    We've provided some suggested looks and DIYs as well as some of our new fabric arrivals for each Zodiac. Find the year you were born above and scroll down to that section to check out your fashion horoscope, or check your friends'! It's all in good fun! 

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    The Rat

    Known for their giving and balanced natures, people born during the years of the Rat enjoy things like equality and sharing, and should receive the same in return for their good efforts! Make sure to keep good vibes around you so you can avoid being tempted into aggressive actions! Sew yourself a chic ribbon tie blouse or try combining different styles for a balanced look! Mood DIY: How to Sew a Ribbon Tie Blouse
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Ox

    Something trustworthy, sharp, and stylish fits this sign best! People born during the years of the Ox are natural leaders who can tackle anything with clarity and a plan. Be careful to take the time to listen to others' ideas, though--an outside opinion can make a challenge much easier to deal with! Make yourself a new bomber jacket or sport a new crisp-collared shirt! Mood DIY: How to Sew a Reversible Bomber Jacket
    Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors Collection | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Tiger

    People born the year of the Tiger are said to be sensitive, whether that be to people, nature, or the world as a whole! They are considerate and hold a grand amount of love for forces outside of themselves and are proud of this. Try to be open to constructive input coming from those around you! Learn to draft your own waterfall vest pattern or invest in a wide-styled ensemble! How to Draft a Waterfall Vest Sewing Pattern
    Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!

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    The Rabbit

    People born under the years of the Rabbit enjoy true peace and are willing to take risks if needed to ensure that peace! Effort can go a long way after all! Their desires for tranquility make them great team players--a project is easier tackled in numbers than alone. Play with fabric types and try making a piece like this micro-fleece jacket! Mood DIY: Free Microfleece Jacket Pattern Stylish and durable tweed and velvet jacket
    Rodarte | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rodarte | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!

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    The Dragon

    People born during the years of the Dragon inherit a grand energy that helps them spread enthusiasm and positivity! This natural ability makes them very popular. Smiles attract more smiles! This energy can lead to loud tendencies, though--take notice of others around you and make time to listen to them in return! Make yourself a denim moto jacket with your favorite patches or a stylish box-pleated ensemble! Mood DIY: Patched Denim Moto Jacket
    Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Neil Barrett | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!

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    The Snake

    People born during the years of the Snake are said to be quite romantic! Naturally charming and attentive to communication, their fluency with people makes them wise and easy socialites. Trust this skill! You're intuition has developed with your attention to others. Try out a new pencil dress or wearing a cool floral pattern! Neck Tie Pencil Dress
    Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Horse

    Those born during the years of the Horse are gifted with the morals and abilities of a genuine and hard worker. Your efforts to solve a problem honestly and truly develop you into an intelligent being, and your confidence makes you friendly with others. Remember to ground yourself from time to time, though, lest this pure confidence develop into conceitedness! Make yourself a wool and brocade dress or try wearing a color-blocked style! Wool and Brocade LBD
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    The Sheep

    People born during the years of the Sheep are said to be artistic and kind. They are a talented bunch who are honest with their efforts and seek to maintain that honesty in projects that they take on. Take care to maintain this freedom through safe means--freedom is not free, but do not put yourself at risk to obtain it! Make yourself a beautiful silk-cotton jacket or try wearing an over-sized sweater for comfort on-the-go! Silk-Cotton Statement Jacket
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Monkey

    People born under the years of the Monkey are incredibly intelligent! They are creative when it comes to problem solving, which makes them clever and versatile when dealing with many kinds of people! A social butterfly, they are well-known and liked among the crowd. Make yourself a tiered plisse skirt or a bright-colored jacket! Everyday Runway: How to Sew a Tiered Plisse Skirt
    Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Rooster

    Another group of hard workers, those born under the Rooster are decisive and proactive when faced with a challenge! They are quick observers and find solutions just as fast. Be sure to find balance between these hard-working, direct nature and desire to stand out among the crowd! Make yourself a beautiful pencil skirt or mix and match complimentary patterns and designs! The Perfect Pencil Skirt
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Dog

    People born during the years of the Dog are loyal and value honesty in all actions. They are generous with aid and are quick to help and defend to protect their loved ones, too! Take the time to  listen to others before acting to avoid misunderstandings. Sew your very own Chanel-inspired jacket or try a classic moto-jacket! Mood Style: Sewing a Chanel-Style Jacket
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!  

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    The Boar

    People born under the years of the Boar make for wonderful company! They're intelligent and love being around others to share their experiences and knowledge, and they love when others share their own experiences in return. Be careful to maintain this balance of give and take in all things! Make yourself a bell sleeve dress design or add some bright colors to your wardrobe! Bell Sleeve Dress with a Pop of Color
    Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Banana Republic | Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Here are some of our new arrivals for you to start the year with!   What is your fashion horoscope looking like for this new year? Are there any designs you're looking to start or finish with some of these styles?
  • Mood DIY: Feather Necklace & Wrist Cuffs

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    This is one of my new favorite #madewithmood moments. Minimalist garments are making their way into every runway right now, and while I am loving it, sometimes an outfit just needs a powerful punch. Cue feathers! For this project I put together some super easy bracelets, and an adorable feather necklace that gives off a cute bolo tie vibe. Fabrics & materials used:

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    To make the wrist cuffs, cut a length of faux leather trim to wrap around your arm 1.5-2 times (depending on how bulky you'd like it). Use Fast Grab tacky glue to adhere the feather trim to the faux leather. Leave 1/2" of the leather to fold over the feathers to finish off the ends. Easily secure it around your wrist with some sew-on snaps or velcro!

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    The necklace (or tie, depending on how you see it) is even easier to put together! Simply choose 3 feathers from your fringe trim and gently pull them loose. Apply some tacky glue to a tiny strip of your faux leather trim and roll it around the base of the feathers, glueing them all in place.

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    Take 3 links off the end of your length of chain and reattach them to the middle (I placed mine slightly off-center so the excess in the back was a little asymmetrical, but that's purely personal choice).

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    To attach the feathers to the chain, simply use a few hand-stitches along the back of the faux leather trim and sew around the bottom link.

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    Each project can be done in under ten minutes, which makes it a great last minute gift idea or the perfect addition to an otherwise simple outfit! Will you be giving it a try? I'd love to see which feathers you use - be sure to tag Mood in your finish project!

  • Mood DIY: Dual Tone Leather Camera Strap

    I gotta say...it feels good to be able to customize something just the way you like it. A few years ago I invested in this Canon 60D camera to shoot my posts and tape my auditions, and it's truly paid for itself multiple times over.  So, it was only fitting that I marry that with one of my true loves -- leather. So, I got out some vegtan leather I picked up at Mood Fabrics and got to giving it a bit of a personal touch. Tell me what you think you'd like put your signature on. 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap1 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap2SUPPLIES: hole punch, rotary cutter, cup, blade, piece of harness leather, some vegtan leather, 2 small d-rings, 2 copper rivets and burrs, wire cutter, rivet setter, mallet, hard surface (I used a piece of marble, and a straight edge. 2 Tone Leather Camera Strap3HOW-TO: 1. Cut a rectangle out of your black harness leather that is 2" x 9.5" inches, and a piece of natural veg-tan leather 5/8" x 36." (Note: I added a little black Edge Kote which you can also get a Mood, to make my shoulder piece look that much sleeker and finished). Then take your cup and and blade and  shape off the corners of your harness leather rectangle -- this gives it those rounded, softer looking edges. 2. Next, use your straight edge and blade to cut 4 slits in this piece of harness leather. 3. So your slits won't expand too much once you get to using your straps, punch tiny holes on either side of each of your 4 slits. 4. You're more than half way there! Move your punch to a slightly larger hole, and punch 4 holes to fit in those rivets. Now it's time to insert your rivets. Need a little help? Here's a video on how to do it.

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    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.

  • How to Draft a Waterfall Vest Sewing Pattern

    this oenHave you sewn a vest before? As soon as I saw this crackled lamb suede from Mood, I knew how I wanted to transform it!

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    Drafting the Pattern

    A vest is fairly simple to construct, so this DIY should be easy to follow regardless of your patternmaking experience! 1. First. we'll need some measurements. Place your tape just below the center of your neck and measure from there to the edge of your neck, and then straight up to your shoulder.

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    2. Draw these measurements at a right angle on your pattern paper. Here, you'll need to create your neckline by drawing a curve between your two endpoints. This can be done freehand or with the help of a French curve. Just be sure that your curves match up the the original lines at a 90 degree angle, where I marked mine in red above. (This ensures that your pattern pieces match up in straight lines when you sew them together.)

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    3. Since your shoulders slope, draw a slightly angled line out from your top point - I made mine 3" long and angled downward about 1/2".

    4. Next, we can calculate the arm hole. Measure from the top of your shoulder to about 1" below your arm pit and from there outward to the edge of your arm.

    5. You should end up with another right angle, which you can curve like you did with your neckline (see above).

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    6. Next, measure your bust from your underarm to the center of your chest. The dressform came in at 8", so I drew a horizontal line a couple inches below the armhole (which you can see in the top right image above).

    7. From your armhole, draw a straight line down to where you'd like the back of your vest to fall. Mine was cropped at about 11".

    8. Here you could cut this out and have a basic vest panel, but we need to make the waterfall! To create this extra drape, extend your measurement from step 6 so that it's doubled. Draw a line straight across your neckline to be parallel to this point, like in the bottom left image above.

    9. Draw a line straight down to match your line from step 7.

    10. Now you'll just need to shape the bottom of your vest. This can be changed to suit your personal preference, but I love some asymmetry and I thought it would work well with a draped vest like this. I simply used an L-square to connect my bottom two points with an off-center right angle.

    Here's what the final pattern piece looked like on the dress form:

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    The last part of the vest is even easier; just repeat steps 1-7 for your back, give it a straight hem and cut it on the center fold!

    Sewing the Garment

    1. Attach your pattern pieces at the shoulder. (I elongated my back panel at the shoulders by cutting a section from the front of my pattern and taping it to the shoulder of the back of my pattern.)

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    2. To make the seam a little more secure and to tack down the seam allowance, I added a little top-stitching.

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    3. Next, sew down the sides of your vest and you're essentially done in ten minutes!

    4. (Optional) I wanted a little something around the neck of my vest. it seemed a little unfinished without some piping.

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    5. I took about 18" of cording and cut a 1.5" strip of leather.

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    6. Normally I'd use an invisible zipper foot to sew the fabric around cord, but since I didn't want to risk the leather stretching out, I straight-stitched it with a walking foot.

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    7. The piping can then be sewn along the neckline and the seam allowance can be clipped.

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    8. One more bout of top-stitching and the vest is officially complete!

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    I love the finished product! It can be worn so many different ways, with jeans or a dress, long sleeves or short; and the neutral colors mean it can be paired with a lot. Are you going to be giving it a try? Be sure to tag Mood!

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