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  • All About Pant Silhouettes

      WHOLE2Pants—a whole new world to explore! After mastering the arts of the skirt and the dress, the next in line to conquer is the wide variety of pants types! You’ve probably heard of the basics—the BOOTCUT, SKINNY JEAN, STRAIGHT LEG, and so on—but in this day and age, the family has grown to an impressive array of trousers to choose from. This list is long compared to our previous All-About articles, so tighten your belt and get ready to jump in!


    Possibly the most fundamental style of jeans, STRAIGHT leg jeans are simple in design. They’re cut straight down the leg with a mid-rise around the waist (though this can vary!).      


    These have become another basic style of pants. The cut is fitted around the thighs and slightly flares out towards the bottom. They are a very chic style of trouser. If you’re curious where the term “BOOTCUT” comes from, it comes from the fact that the slight flare at the bottom of the pants leaves a comfortable amount of room to wear boots!    


    SKINNY jeans surged in popularity in the last ten years and have continued! Their design is cut close to the leg and narrows to fit snug around the ankle.        


    A bit similar to the BOOTCUT, WIDE LEG jeans take the meaning of wide to the next step! They are cut looser in the thigh and the flare begins at the waist instead of the knee. They gradually widen outward down to the hem at the ankle.      


    BERMUDA pants are a specific design that is always worn short. Worn by both genders, BERMUDA shorts can be recognized for their leg hem that usually ends just above the knee. If you’re making yourself a pair, these can have hemmed cuffs or not and should fall just about an inch above your knee!      


    BUSH pants are one of many known for being extremely comfortable! They are cut with a loose and straight leg and have large pockets on both sides.        


    A casual-style trouser that is cut snug down the thigh and can flare a bit towards the hem. These pants usually fall between the knee and mid-calf.          


    These pants style are good for outdoor activities like hiking and camping! Their loose and straight fit keeps your comfortable, they have big cargo pockets for close-hand storage, and they’re made with durable material. More stylish designs for CARGO pants can also be great if you’re someone who’s on the go a lot! Put those pockets to good use!      


    CARPENTER pants are more of a full-body article of clothing and are usually worn as protective clothing when working, but modern styles have been adapting them for casual and everyday fashion!        


    These trousers are styled with a smart look! They have a straight cut to the leg and most often sport a low-rise waist. These are best made with cotton twill or other fabrics that don’t stretch easily—their appeal is in the shape of their crisp cut!        


    CIGARETTE pants are narrow and straight with a design that falls somewhere between STRAIGHT leg jeans and SKINNY jeans. The waist is simple and high-rise; both the zipper and pockets are hidden.        


    FLARE jeans are cut closer around the thighs than WIDE LEG jeans, but they share the very wide, flared hem at the ankle. These are also known as “bell-bottom” jeans.        


    GAUCHO pants are like the Spanish version of the modern CAPRI! These chic trousers are the same length as CAPRIS, but they are cut loose down the thigh and flare at the hem around the knee.      


    This pants style is very popular today and is noted for the extremely low-cut in-seam. The fabric is usually gather so that they are loose around the waist and thighs, and the hem at the ankles is snug to give these a tapered look.        


    HOT PANTS are a very short and snug-fitting style of shorts! They are another popular style in today’s fashion. A perfect fit and style for warm weather days!        


    A loose and comfortable style of pants, JOGGERS are great for exercise and mobile comfort! They’re often made of knit materials so that they stretch and come with loose, deep pockets. The hem fits snug around the ankle for functionality. In more recent shows, JOGGERS have been seen paired with heels and fashion shoes!      


    JUMPSUITS are more of a one-piece design like CARPENTER pants, and what these pants lack in functionality they make up for with style! JUMPSUIT pants are often cut loose along the body and are cinched at the waist to help highlight one’s figure without sacrificing comfort. A fabric like chiffon or a knit paired with a lining can make this style amazing.        


    LEGGINGS are another popular form of trouser-wear these days. You can find these in both thinner and thicker fabrics, and they’re often worn with long shirt dresses or dresses in general. They’re a petite way of dress as they conform and fit snug around the legs from waist to ankle. These are also often made of stretch fabrics like knit or even neoprene and have false pockets or zipper flies.      


    These pants take the wide hem even further than the WIDE LEG jean! PALAZZO pants are a loose and comfortable design that boasts an extremely wide hem at the ankle. Because of their loose cut, they flow easily and look very elegant when worn, and are made out of fabric that is breathable, which makes these great for wearing in warm weather!        


    PEGGED pants are trousers that are cut very full in the waist and thigh areas and taper to a cuff or gathered ankle. There is little embellishment at the top (like jeans have) which helps focus attention to the unique shape of its cut!        


    Originally designed to be worn by navy men, SAILOR pants boast a comfortable WIDE LEG hem and signature buttoned flap in the front.          


    A SKORT is the best of two worlds; it is a pair of shorts that has a panel of fabric over the front which makes it look like a skirt! This design can also just be a skirt with a pair of shorts hidden underneath. These are great for fashion-goers who want the look of the skirt but are more comfortable being fully covered.        


    STIRRUP pants get their name from the stirrup bottoms. These were made with the thought in mind to avoid pants from riding up when wearing boots or other mid- to high-calf shoes. These are close-fitting around the thigh and taper further down to the ankle.    


    SWEAT PANTS are the ultimate comfort pants! Loose down the entire leg and either cuffed or tapered only slightly at the ankle, these are a beloved style for casual occasions and workouts.          


    And lastly, we have the YOGA pant! These are a more modern design as well, and while they are never made from stiff fabrics like jean or twill, YOGA pants do have a similar silhouette to the FLARE jean! The cut is close at the thigh and flares out at the ankle for ease of mobility. Along with SWEAT PANTS, YOGA pants make for great workout attire!               That's it on pants for now! See how many different kinds there are? This isn't even all of them! What are your favorite styles of pants? How do you like to dress them up in your own style?
  • Mood DIY: How to Upgrade Your Old T-Shirt


    T-shirts are a staple in everyone's closet, but that doesn't mean they can't be a little more interesting! These quick DIYs are always popular for the upcoming spring and summer since they're great for loungewear or an easy beach cover up, and this one takes just a few minutes.


    First, you'll need a basic tee - I strongly recommend something from the Mood Shop, like this Thread design that I used (they're so soft and comfy!).

    Begin by cutting the v-neck or crew neck into more of a boat neck shape. For this, a 24" French curve worked perfectly.


    Once that's done, you'll want to mark every 1/2". Begin from the middle and work your way out so your cuts end up being symmetrical.


    At this point, I used the French curve again, matching the top of the Mood logo with the bottom of the sleeve to create a slight curve. If you're following along, use your previous marks to draw vertical lines from the curve to about 1/4" from your new neckline.


    I cut the last inch and a half off the sleeves, and then began cutting along the chalk marks, stopping about 1" from the sleeve seam.


    Once you get all the way across you can try it on and see if you want to keep all the sleeves or take a bit more off the bottom - it's all personal preference!

    Are you going to try your own? Which Mood shirt are you going to get?

  • Mood DIY: Leather Bookmark

    I just LOVE a good (and helpful) book. While I tear through my audiobook collection, I enjoy a great hardcover as well. I'm currently reading Gary Vaynerchuk's, "#ASKGARYVEE" -- it has so much great information that I can apply to social media for my business. Since my other paper page markers never seem to quite stay in place, I thought I'd try a leather version...and I absolutely am in love with how it came out. Think you'll try this super easy DIY? Let me know below. Leather Bookmark 1 Leather Bookmark 2 SUPPLIES:  ruler, compass, awl, chisel (or you can use an awl and spacer like I did in this post), scissors, sinew, 2 needles, mallet/hammer (not pictured here) and vegtan leather Leather Bookmark 3 HOW-TO: 1. Use your awl and scissors to mark and cut out 2, 2x2 inch 90 degree angles 2. Next, I scratched a semi-circle onto my leather with my compass (but you can free-hand-it and make this any shape you want). 3. Use a chisel (or spacer and awl, like I did here) to make your holes. 4. Stitch up your two sides using the saddle stitch, like I talk about here. Leather Bookmark 4 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.

  • Mineral Cotton Sateen: The Inspiration + Innovation

    An inside look of my inspiration for the print and how I used the organic cotton sateen. The Print My print was created from a photograph I captured of a mineral in Tucson, AZ. I mirrored the image to make it a repeat pattern. The vibrant pop of color was destined to be printed on fabric!


    The Design The dress design has roots in my senior fashion collection, Thermochroma. I borrowed the skirt pattern from that collection and draped a new bodice. Buckram was used to give the cotton sateen structure and support. In order to create the mirrored look on the skirt, I cut pattern pieces on the repeat line of the fabric design. There are so many ways you can use my print to create different looks!



    About Me Lastly I’d thought I’d share a little bit about myself. I find inspiration in the most unexpected places and am passionate about taking that inspiration and creating my own interpreted view. Prints, color, and structure are commonly found in my creations. I find happiness in developing my own world and innovating a never-before seen story. Many of these fantasies are influenced by the places I’ve been. When I travel, I feel truly free. I document my adventures with one of my beloved pastimes: photography. My prints derive from photographs of these enchanted lands. I also have a passion for sustainability which is shown in the way I design and how I live. You can see more of what I do on my website  or check out my Instagram: @morgan.hilliard!


  • Faux Fur pt2

    When you make your own clothes, it allows you to take the "special occasion" side of the closet out of the equation.  That's because every piece in your closet becomes special which over time your entire wardrobe is pretty spectacular.  That means a quick run to the cleaners in a fur is business as usual.  When I picked up this faux shearling from moodfabrics.com I had to ask myself, do I need another fur in my closet? If I was shopping retail, the answer would be unequivocally no, but lucky for me I have an arsenal of ideas and have yet to reach fur nirvana. This faux fur is way more amazing in person! it's luxe, heavy and super warm.  Take a look at my fur tips here  I lined the coat with this chocolate bemberg The pattern used was vintage Simplicity 6632 with 8" added to the length. faux-fur_mood faux-fur2 faux-fur3 faux-fur4 faux-fur5 fau-fur6
  • Trend Report: Minimalist Fashions of Spring 2017

    It's all about minimalism this spring, and Mood is here to give you the breakdown for how to incorporate it into your own wardrobe! With simple designs and neutral colors and shades, it's hard to wear this look wrong!

    The True Neutrals

    First up, let’s go over some true neutrals! These colors consist of blacks, whites, and all those greys in-between. It’s true that these colors are often worn for formal attire, but it’s safe to incorporate them into daily wear, too! Take Louis Vuitton’s example of this sleek grey pullover:
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    This design is beautiful for its subtle pattern embellishments and the smooth knit it’s made of. Though it is put together with a bright yellow pattern and gold necklace, the amount of grey that can be seen helps mellow the whole look and neutralizes the power of those bright colors. Pairing this outfit with the beige handbag helps bring this together, too! White, black, and grey neutrals look stunning with simple and clean-cut designs. These colors are stark in appearance by nature, so pairing them with blunt or loud designs highlights this. They are complimentary in every way. That’s why this style is a safe and comfortable one. It’s a good choice for fashion-goers who want to make a statement without loud colors or bright accents! Interested? Consider some of these options for some true neutral colors and fabrics that will be popular this coming spring season!
    Armani Black and Wind Chime Glen Plaid Wool Suiting

    Warm Tones

    Next up is warm neutrals! Warm colors and tones are a neutral breed of their own, and we would be remiss to pass them up! These include things like beiges, creams, browns and soft pinks. Consider this skirt by Rag & Bone here:
    Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Here we see R&B taking advantage of a stark white sweater for their model’s top to pair it with a khaki skirt. Since the model’s natural skin tone is closer to the khaki color, we can see that the stylist wanted to draw emphasis to the sweater. Wearing a warm neutral like this helps this piece of the ensemble blend in when first viewed and gives more spotlight to the top. Pairing it with the white shoes helps to support this shining role! Another style from R&B shows off this beautiful brown coat:
    Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Paired with the white dress underneath, our eyes are drawn to the center… or are they? The color of the coat frames the white dress, and since the coat is the only thing we can see entirely, we are led to address the coat’s design instead! The white drawstrings help accent and tie this color-play together, too. (Sorry for the bad pun!) Even though they might seem quiet or reserved, these colors can be fun to play with. Because this color group includes skin-like colors and tones, you can use them to help highlight a specific piece of your wardrobe, such as a dress skirt or jacket. Wearing a color close to your skin tone can draw the eye away from that spot and focus on your statement piece instead. It makes sense to say that warm colors just make you feel good and warm. Imagine wrapping yourself up in a chocolate brown shirt with a pair of khaki pants! Warm color tones are gentle and inviting to the eyes, whether you’re looking in the mirror or at people as you pass by! Interested? Consider some of these options for some warm neutral colors and fabrics that will be popular this coming spring season!

    Cool Tones

    And lastly, there are the cool neutrals. Because sometimes it’s good to feel blue, especially when it looks this good! This color group has all your navies, dark purples, and army greens. These colors usually look a bit more saturated than their warmer counterparts, so if you prefer more solid colors, this group could be for you! Cool neutrals stand well on their own, because they’re hardy and hold visual shape easily. This is probably because they naturally contrast the warm tones of human skin. For this reason, using cool neutral tones or colors is a great option for main outfit pieces like a dress or coat. Take a look at this ensemble by Giorgio Armani:
    Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The entire outfit is made up of light and dark blues and hues. From the blazer to the fringed dress to the pants—even the shoes! This entire look, while incorporating a patterned fabric, focuses on a single color family. This style is striking from the clear contrast against the model’s warm-toned skin. Here’s another example of a single-color focused design:
    Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Giorgio Armani | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    That blue collar-less blazer and tulip skirt team up to take center stage! Cool colors are independent by design, so focusing on them is key! Interested? Consider some of these options for some cool neutral colors and fabrics that will be popular this coming spring season! So what do you think? Are you excited for this spring’s neutral wave? What kinds of styles do you think a neutral would suit best?
  • Mood DIY: Leather Valet Tray

    Whether its the man in your life who may be hard to shop for, or you just need a catchall for all of your pocket trinkets by the front door...I really think this leather valet tray is a stylish and easy-to-make solution. With a little leather from Mood Fabrics, and some inexpensive rivets, you can have a fun leather tray (in any color you choose) in no time. Leather Valet Tray1 Leather Valet Tray2 SUPPLIES: hole punch, chisel (but you can make your holes using a spacer and an awl like I do in this, and this post), wire cutter, mallet, rivet and burrs, leather, sinew, 2 needles, and a ruler (preferably with 90 degree angle). Leather Valet Tray3 HOW-TO: 1. Cut out two 2 squares whatever size you want (my larger square is 7 1/8 inches, and smaller is 3.5 inches smaller, and it is 3 5/8 inches in size). Use your chisel (or awl/spacer) to make holes around the perimeter of your smaller square. 2. Next, find your center of your larger square and mark the holes on IT separately. I do this because if you simply lay one on top of the other, the bottom tends to suffer and the line of holes don't tend to be straight in my opinion. (Note: I mark the corners, just to get an idea, and then measure out the rest of the holes. Count them to make sure you have the exact number on both). 3. Now, it's time to punch your holes for your rivets. (Note: while doing this, I saw that it would be best to grab a piece of cardstock and make a template so my holes would be in same spot on all 4 corners). 4. Punch those holes you marked in the previous step. 5. Using a saddle stitch (like I did in this post), stitch your center piece into place. 6. Put those rivets in (Note: here's a video to help).  Leather Valet Tray4

    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.

  • Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy patterns, but when I can't find exactly what I want, sometimes I just need to make my own. Today's project required a little designing of my own. My wardrobe is seriously lacking when it comes to long sleeve tops, which can make layering a bit difficult at times. I knew I wanted to use a stripe, so the goal was to keep the amount of pattern pieces down, minimizing the amount of matching I'd need to do. I came up with this cute ponte mock neck shirt that went together in under an hour!

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern


    Fabrics & materials used:

    If, like me, you don't have a serger, a walking foot and zig-zag stitch work perfectly well! First step, attach your front panel to your front sides.

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Above, you can see the wrong side of the knit I used. It looked so nice that I decided to use it for the center front of my shirt (but of course, this is just personal preference!).

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    After the two sides were sewn on, I attached the faux leather trim along each seam with a wide top-stitch.

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Matching up the stripes here wasn't too difficult!

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Next, it was time to attach the front and back of the shirt at the shoulders, however before sewing up the side seams I added the sleeves. This is where matching stripes got a little trickier.

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing PatternAfter sewing the sleeve and side seams, I got to work on the collar. Right sides together, I stitched along the top, then turned it right-side out and began pinning it to the neckline of the shirt (beginning with the middle front).

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Once the collar was pinned on, I cut about 4" down the center back of my shirt. Each side was folded under, lined up with the end of the shirt collar and top-stitched. Two shank-back buttons and a couple scraps of elastic made awesome closures!

    Mood DIY: Free Mock Neck Shirt Sewing Pattern

    Lastly, I just needed to hem the bottom of my shirt and sleeves! So what about you? Are you planning to try this new pattern out? Be sure to tag Mood in your finished projects and tag them with #madewithmood!

  • Mood DIY: Dual Tone Leather Fanny Pack

    I've been seeing Fanny Packs re-emerge all over the runways recently....and while I haven't owned one in years, I thought this would be a chic updated version to create. So, when I came across this beautiful piece of hardware in the New York City location of Mood Fabrics, I knew I had the perfect match. It's awesome to keep your hands free while out catching those new year sales, or running errands -- tell me below how you'd wear yours! Leather Fanny Pack 1 Leather Fanny Pack 2SUPPLIES: pattern, Black leather, harness leather strap, rotary cutter, spacer, sinew and 2 needles, awl, closure, Chicago Screw, hole punch, rivets and burrs, straight edge, rivet setter, wire cutters, rubber mallet, a hard surface, and edge note (is optional). Leather Fanny Pack 3HOW-TO: 1. Use your hole punch to punch the holes that are marked on your pattern (Note: you'll need to mark your own holes on the strap). 2. Next use your spacer to make equidistant indentations for the holes you will create. (Note: If you want to go the extra mile and for a more polished look, use your black Edge Kote on the edges of all black leather pieces). 3. The next step is to fully make the holes that you just marked, with an awl.

    Leather Fanny Pack 4HOW-TO CONT'D: 4. After that, it's time to put the rivets in your bag (like I mentioned in this post). Save the rivet on the strap for later. 5. Now it's time to use the Saddle Stitch and stitch up the two sides (Check out this post to see the video of how to do it). 6. Lastly slip on your closure and install the last rivet like you did in Step #4. Also, if you haven't already....punch a hole and add a tiny slit below it, to your front tab while you put in your Chicago Screw. (Note: Put a tiny dab of e6000 glue to your Chicago Screw, for added security).

    Leather Fanny Pack 5

    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.

  • Mood DIY: Free Microfleece Jacket Pattern


    A wardrobe can never have too many jackets. They're versatile, and they can dress up or tone down an outfit with ease. For this one, I used one of Mood's new microfleeces and a bit of fashion-weight faux leather for the yoke and upper sleeves.

    Fabrics & materials used:

    I chose to line just the body of this jacket with more fleece. Lining the sleeves made it just a tad too bulky, and it's incredibly warm without a second layer anyway!

     Fleece Jacket Pattern - SMALL


    (Please note, this pattern does not include seam allowances!)


    The sewing itself isn't too tricky. Simply attach the yoke to the bottom back panel and then at the shoulders of the front panels; next add the collar/lapel around the entire top of the garment. Repeat with the lining, but before attaching the two, I sewed on the sleeves.  While attaching the lining, right sides together, I left the armholes unsewn. When it came time to flip the jacket right-side out, I could do so through the arm holes. A bit of slip-stitching closed it up afterward!


    The final step was to add a zipper (I had to shorten mine a bit), and top-stitch around the perimeter of the jacket, like you can see above.


    Ultimately, it's a super cozy little jacket - great for casualwear or a light workout, and absolutely perfect for this cold weather that's been moving in on NYC.

    What color will you be making yours?

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