this floral brocade, the last thing on my mind was a coat. I envisioned a skirt or maybe even a dress but when it arrived, it arrived along with this green silk wool and laying next to each other screamed coat to me and here we have it. I lined it with this green bemberg viscose. Because it's such a busy fabric I knew I wanted a pattern that was simple which brought me back to this Burdastyle 11/2013 #116 pattern with the following pattern alterations: -Added 7" to the collar -Cut the sleeve 7" from the bottom for the top half of the sleeve and added 5" to the length with the green wool fabric -Removed 3.5" from the bottom of the front pattern These leather pants were previously made here along with this silk shirt dress worn as a top.
Zodiac sign readings and horoscopes might not always be completely accurate, but they can be fun to look up and share with others! They give little insights to the type of person you might feel you are, or they might just give you another perspective to see things from that you hadn't thought of before. A fresh look is always exciting, so we wanted to put together a kind of fabric horoscope that would do this for everyone to try! Combined with DIYs and other sources of inspiration linked for your convenience, we've tried to narrow down and tailor a fabric and design for each Zodiac Sign that could help you find a style choice for yourself, or even for a friend or loved one as a gift! Take a look below and see which of our sign designs you like best! No one is made up of a single Zodiac sign, so don't be surprised if you find yourself loving more than one! There are only positive vibes in these designs--have fun with it!
Aries: Sequins, high energy, and bright colors!Aries signs are usually know for being very self-motivated and passionate, and that energy should shine out! We think sequins fit them for this purpose! Sequins glitter in any light and make a statement the moment they're seen, which can be a great asset. Take a look at our latest stock of sequin fabrics and trims here! Bright colors would fit this sign as well. If sequins aren't your thing, a bright, strong color can be just as effective for showing off that confident personality. Consider this DIY, especially if you're iffy on sporting a sequin piece! There's no shame in going for a more mature or muted design. You can look just as fierce in this style!
And with all that energy to use, plenty of you probably try to keep up with a daily workout plan! (If you don't already, consider trying it out for fun!) This phone case armband DIY will make it easy to keep in touch during your workouts or to carry your music with you. Music can make a world of difference during a workout and can be a great motivator for both pros and novices!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Milan Fashion Week | Spring 2017
Taurus: Tweeds, stable but comforting and warm!Taurus is known for being a sturdy sign where comfort and stability are key! A warm skirt or jacket made of tweed will last forever if you take good care of it (and Taurus signs will!) and they'll look professional. The muted colors tweeds usually come in will also give off a mature appearance. Take a look at our latest stock of tweed fabrics here! Consider this color-block wool skirt DIY if you have little experience with working with tweeds! Practical and comfortably conservative, this skirt is easy to assemble and will maintain a long lifespan with you!
And when you're ready to bundle up at home and take that time for yourself, consider doing so with this handy reading pillow! Fashioned with multiple pockets for storing writing and/reading materials, this pillow project is great at multi-tasking as it is at relaxing! (Plus it's super cute!)
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles
Gemini: Brocades, versatile, and creative!Geminis have a lot going on in their heads creatively, and fashion is a great medium to express that through! Fabrics that are organized with a lot of detail are great for this purpose! Some might think these styles are too "busy," but when crafted carefully (and with your natural expertise!) into your style, they can look stunning! Brocades are perfect for this! Fabrics with duality are also appealing for these signs, because it allows them to switch up the style without having to find a new piece! Take a look at our latest stock of brocade fabrics here! Consider this bomber jacket DIY for a versatile design that can keep up with your need for something refreshing! Reversible and beautiful, a brocade bomber jacket will be just the thing you've been looking to add to your wardrobe!
Another hidden gem to add to your accessory collection is a cord and chain bracelet! Though small in size, a bright and colorful piece of jeweley can bring your entire look together!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Trend Report | Fall 2016
Cancer: Performance Fabrics, energetic, and positive!Cancer signs are sensitive to the energy and emotions around them, and that sensitivity comes out best through positive interaction and activities! Hobbies like dancing and working out are natural outlets for you, which is why performance fabrics are a great fit! The more the fabric and outfit flows, the better, and it'll follow with you as you dance your way through your day. Take a look at our latest stock of performance fabrics here! Athletic and charismatic, Cancer signs feel best when they're sharing their excitement and energy with others, making you one of the best influences on the people around you. Solid, bright colors are good, but a print will help you reach out well, too! Consider this DIY for a flowing skirt and matching crop top that won't restrict your blinding and sweet personality! Continue sharing your positive outlook and it will come back to you!
This adorable watermelon purse will bring an extra slice of energy to your wardrobe! With its shine and bright colors, just looking at it will lift your spirits!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017
Leo: Faux furs, intelligent, and warm tones!Strong and confident are the usual qualities of this sign's focus, but they're more than just a proud face! Their intelligence is what makes them so strong-minded, and their confidence is what drives their action-oriented personalities. But for all their motivation , they can also be reserved and quiet in their personalities, eager to be there for others. Faux fur is show-stopping and needs a wearer who's bold enough to wear such a fabric confidently! Combined with warm tones, this fabric's style shows off the inviting personalities of Leos. Take a look at our latest stock of faux fur fabrics here! Consider this DIY for a simple but powerful faux fur vest piece! It's a stylish garment that will make you look and feel like a rock star that the world is waiting to see.
What better way to show off your intelligent disposition than with a neck tie or bow tie? Try this DIY with a paisley fabric to add a more familiar or personable touch to your image!Trend Report: Brocades on the Runway .
Virgo: Viscose, reliable, and modest!Virgo signs are loyal and positively analytical, making them reliable and dependable friends! Their desire to be prepared fuels this reliable quality, and while they prioritize being ready for most situations, they see this as merely a logical way to live. This makes them a fairly modest and admirable people. Viscose fabrics are both comfortable and adaptable, which fits Virgo signs well! Viscose has great stretch so it can conform and flow when needed, and its subtle sheen makes it a beautiful addition for many designs! Take a look at our latest stock of viscose fabrics here! Consider this t-shirt dress DIY for a cute and comfy look to make with your favorite Viscose fabrics!
And for all the modest and reserved design one might think of along with a Virgo, shake it up with an accessory that stands out! Design your own faux fur pompom key-chain and show off to the world that you may be dependable, but you don't mind spoiling yourself from time-to-time, too (which is good!).
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall Pantone Forecast
Libra: Velvets, balanced fabrics, and soft textures!Libra signs are probably the softest and most cooperative sign, generally speaking, and they're good at being around other people (because they love to be around them!). They are a very balanced sign in that they can get along with most kind and good-natured people easily, making them very pleasant company. A nice Lyons velvet or stretch velvet could be great for this sign! The colors that velvet comes in are usually easy on the eyes, which is pleasing to both the wearer and passersby. Velvets are also soft, which would be comfortable to the gentle minds of the Libra sign. Take a look at our latest stock of velvet fabrics here! Consider making a velvet dress with this DIY! This dress has a lovely flare and a tapered fit that's perfect for the fall season.
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week | Spring 2017
Scorpio: Leathers, resourceful, and wise!Scorpios are a brilliant sign known for being the truest of friends, and their passion for others makes them resourceful and assertive when they need to protect others. They are wise with their loyalty and honest in all their efforts. Truth can be a big deal to them. This is why leather fabrics fit them so well! Leathers are worn and beautiful, and they're strength makes them durable and long-lasting. Take a look at our latest stock of leather and faux leather fabrics here! For a brave and confident sign like this, a style has to match to them! We think this bomber jacket with a twist DIY would be perfect for Scorpio, because it takes a bold and confident person to both create and pull off this style! Scorpios who are confident about strutting through in a jacket like this will look fantastic!
Don't think we've forgotten about the leather! A hand-crafted bag like this messenger bag/backpack combination DIY is what a Leo might be looking for! Multi-styled accessories like this are hard to come by, just like true friends!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Satin Draping
Sagittarius: Guipure Lace, a extroverted, and enthusiastic!A wandering soul with a heart for exploring, Sagittarius signs enjoy their freedom! This sign is very extroverted and loves engaging with people and the outside world, and being dressed for it is important! Things like statement pieces and conversation starters are perfect for this sign. Other great pieces are ornate fabrics for going out to socialize, like guipure lace! With scalloped edges and geometric designs, these intricate fabrics are gorgeous and stand out in a crowd. This complex design will reflect this sign's complex and interesting personality! Take a look at our latest stock of guipure lace fabrics here! Consider trying this Lace Kimono DIY for a quick and easy garment that looks beautiful and stunning!
And to mix it up a bit, try dressing up a simple shirt or dress collar with a hand-made removable collar! These are a lovely way to play up your look without making any permanent alterations to your clothing--no strings attached!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Abstract Prints
Capricorn: Cotton prints, honest, and rational!Capricorn signs are wonderful people who should be valued for their directness and honesty! Interacting with people like this is easy, because you never have to second guess what they're thinking--they'll tell you themselves! Their presence can be comforting in that way, and they'll always help in the most rational way they can see themselves. Their truthful efforts make them responsible and capable people, and their self-control is admirable. A fabric like cotton--tried, traditional, and true--is a perfect fit for this sign! Sport a cotton print to add a little style without having to put in too much extra effort (though they'll appreciate the extra effort, too!). Take a look at our latest stock of cotton prints fabrics here! Consider this plaid flannel shirt DIY to make for yourself or someone you know! Flannel and cotton shirts are pieces that can look incredible when their corners are crisp and their designs are sleek. Take the time to carefully put together a shirt like this, and this sign will be thoroughly impressed to hear you made it yourself!
While a bolder print may not be your thing, changing up your style or combining it with one that your comfortable with can be refreshing! Try making yourself a pair of these custom fit leggings for a chic and comfortable style!Trend Report: NYFW Fall Forecast | Spring 2017 .
Aquarius: Silk Charmeuse, innovative, and elegant!Aquarians are often noted for their attention to detail and their never-ending effort to improve, even when others think they're already at their best! This is because they constantly have new ideas that they think their project would look better with, and they don't mind getting their hands a little dirty to do it. Hard work always pays off for this sign! But for all their readiness to do the hard labor, they'll appreciate looking good, too, because they're good enough to balance both! A beautiful silk charmeuse fits this sign. There's nothing better than someone who can do hard work and look elegant doing it! Take a look at our latest stock of silk charmeuse fabrics here! Consider trying out this ribbon tie blouse DIY made with silk charmeuse! It's a cute and dainty style, but that doesn't meant you can't get down to business and be taken seriously wearing it! Show them how it's done!
Consider this velvet choker DIY for making an every-day accessory that's subtle yet stylish. Hold your head high knowing you've got the right ideas to take on your day!Trend Report: Cotton Eyelets .
Pisces: Silk Chiffons, artistic, and sophisticated!Truly a child of the arts, Pisces signs may thrive best through a creative outlet that lets them express emotions and their naturally intuitive thoughts! Clothing designs and styles that are too stiff or modern may seem boring, so look for or create your own patterns that help you feel right in your own skin. Ornate sleeves or decorative trims paired with smooth and shiny fabrics might fit your tastes better than others! A silk chiffon could be your perfect go-to fabric for this. These flow beautifully, feel smooth, and look like they're from a different time. Take a look at our latest stock of silk chiffon fabrics here! Consider this buttoned sleeve shirt DIY that uses silk chiffon for a style that will make you feel both modern and elegant!
For an accessory that incorporates aspects of nature or flowers, try making this fabric floral crown DIY! This is another cute and elegant piece to share!
For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017
- ~1 yd brocade (Most brocades are 55-59" wide; you need enough yardage to cover desired length + 10")
- ~3/4 yard lining material (again, based on desired length) -- any lightweight fabric in a coordinating color will do (acetate lining, lightweight poly or rayon, silk habotai, cotton batiste)
- 1.5" elastic (length: half of your waist measurement) -- large safety pin
- OR a 1" button
- ~1 yd net/tulle (equal yardage to your brocade, or more for serious bubbliness)
MeasurementsThis project consists of 3 rectangles, so measuring is a breeze this time. You will need these measurements:
- Waist __ x 3 +1" =
- Waist __ + 13" =
- Waist to desired hem length + 1" (a friend may help here; stand straight, hold the tape at your waist, let it hang loosely)
SewingThe sewing on this skirt is really quick and easy. You'll spend the bulk of your time in this project adjusting your gathers. Start by sewing gathering stitches on both ends of your brocade. (If using tulle, you can place it on the wrong side of the brocade and sew them together in a single step, here.) Remember, to do a gathering stitch, set your machine to the longest stitch length and sew about 1/4" from the edge, then once more at 3/8". Do not back stitch at either end. You need loose threads to pull on to do the gathering. If making a flat/buttoned waistband: leave about the top 5" of either side seam open. Turn under the seam allowance on either side and hem. This is your opening for getting into the skirt. If using tulle: I didn't sew the side seam of my tulle, because I wanted it to float freely. So I just pulled it to the sides, as you can see in the picture, and sewed as if it wasn't there. (Afterward, I tacked the middle of the tulle to the middle of the side seam, just to help distribute fullness.) Fold your two layers back together, wrong sides together. Ironing the hem seam is a good idea. Gather the brocade to fit the lining width and baste all of the layers together. We need to gather all of these layers to fit the waist band, so you can leave the ends of the stitching open -- basting and gathering in one! If doing an elastic waist, sew the ends together to make a circle. If doing a flat/buttoned waist, just leave it as is for the time being. Place the right side of your waistband against the right side of your skirt. Adjust the top edge of the skirt to fit. (Because I'm doing a half elastic waistband, I concentrated my gathering in the middle third, since the rest will be gathered along the elastic.) Sew. If doing a flat waist: you'll have a half inch hanging off one end, and over an inch hanging off the other end. To finish the ends, fold the waistband in half, right sides together, and make sure the seam allowance is turned under on both sides. Sew the short end closed. Trim the seam allowance. This is the same process we used to attach the collar band on last week's summer wool cardigan, so have a look at that photo if you need a visual. Turn the waistband to the inside. Again, ironing will help a lot here. If doing a flat waistband: make a buttonhole, sew on your button, and you're finished! (You can add snaps or hooks to the opening to keep it shut, if you're concerned.) If adding elastic: remember to leave a 2-3" space open for inserting the elastic. As I said before, I'm doing a half elasticated waist, because brocade is bulky and I want the front to have a smooth finish. Now, maybe you'll have a better idea for inserting the elastic, but here's what I did. Lay your skirt out flat. Mark out half of your waist measurement. (I'd recommend making these markings over the area where you left a seam opening for elastic insertion.)
1. OuterwearBrocade outwear was seen at every huge fall show this year, from Dior to Gucci to Prada. The best way to go if you're trying to hop on a trend like this? Large florals. One of my favorites, from Dolce & Gabbana (seen above), features gold flowers on a strikingly matte black background. In reality, it's silhouette is quite simple, but the print choice pulls it up to high fashion. Here are a few options from Mood that would be great for outerwear:
2. Dresses and DetailsDresses have always been a favorite when it comes to brocade, but this year we've seen shorter hemlines and simpler silhouettes, bringing a new and slightly more casual look to such an elegant fabric. Another runway favorite has been subtle brocade details in dresses. Some designers have been experimenting with mixing fabrics, like you can see with the skirt panel above, and others have been using solid brocades to add just a small sheen to garments in certain areas. For instance, the Marras dress below has a black on black brocade across the bodice and high neckline. Here are some Mood picks to get you started on the perfect brocade dress:
3. SuitingWomen in menswear have been taking the runway by storm recently, so it's only natural that they'd be getting in on the brocade trend. Striking jackets paired with equally bold trousers were seen during shows from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dries Van Noten, just to name a few. Each of my favorite brocade suiting looks took elements from different fashion eras. Cavalli threw it back to the 70s with some flare pants that are becoming evermore popular. Van Noten's cropped cigarette pants scream modern chic, and these paper bag waist trousers from Dolce & Gabbana bring some early 20th century menswear to the forefront. Here are some terrific abstract brocades that could look fantastic as tailored garments:
4. DaywearA few of our favorite designers even took the evening elegance of brocade into some daytime looks. This deep gold ensemble from Pepa Pombo would look fierce as a resort look and I can definitely imagine these cigarette pants from Michael Kors as some bold officewear. Try your hand at some casual brocade garments with these vibrant, geometric brocades:
Lately I've been obsessed with brocade and embellishments. Something about brocade is very classic and elegant. Maybe a bit too classic for me so a little leather was necessary to give this beautiful fabric a bit of an edge. This medium-weight Italian brocade from MoodFabrics.com will make any piece look a bit more special, so special I had to order more for a coat I envision.The dress was made with the bodice of McCalls M5927 with the following alterations: • Added 1" to the front and back of the neck • Cut the front bodice piece 6" from the top to create an additional pattern piece and seam line • Faced the back and front bodice pieces • Reduced the diameter of the arm opening to create a slimmer sleeve • Cut the sleeve at 11" from the top to create a short sleeve • Cut the sleeve 4.5" from the bottom to create a seam line The skirt of the dress was made by: • Cutting two pieces of fabric 55" wide x 28" long. • Cut one piece of that fabric in half lengthwise, sew a 5/8" seam basting 4" down from the top • Install side seam pockets • Sew the side seams of the skirt • Line the side and back seams of the skirt up with the bodice seams, using the fabric between the seams to create the pleats. • Sew the bodice to the skirt • Attach a 19" exposed zipperwww.beautejadore.com
4-ply silk crepe is exactly the same color as my silk, but it's close. Gray and copper brocade: How cool! We have the exact cotton-blend French brocade I found in the NYC store online at MoodFabrics.com. I love when that happens! For a pattern I used Vogue 8786, which is actually a dress pattern but I never let things like that stop me. I made a muslin first, and I'm glad I did because the shoulders were huge on me despite the fact that I have broad shoulders. I eliminated the center-back seam for the lower bodice but kept it for the neckline area. Truth be told, the neckline is wide enough that most people can omit the zipper and back seam completely and just pop this top over their heads. I instead chose to set off the zipper area with two bands of the brocade. I self-lined the upper bodice so I wouldn't have to use an ugly facing. Seams were finished by pressing open, then stitching and pinking the seam allowances (hand overcasting the armscye seam). Sorry for all the wrinkles showing in the photos above. I wore this top to work on Tuesday when I took these photos, and I couldn't find Mood's steamer for a quick de-wrinkling before my photo shoot. But you can see that one of the nice things about 4-ply is that it really doesn't wrinkle that much. (And it feels like heaven to wear!) When I wore this top, I paired it with my black ankle pants and high-heeled leather sandals that are the same shade as the silk. Plus a big gold necklace. It also works well with jeans. Next up: A silk "sweatshirt" using this Milly top as inspiration. Whatcha making?!
Rich, luscious shades of blue dominated the Fall/Winter 2013 runways. Royal blue, azure, cornflower, teal and other blue hues turned up in leather tops, oversized coats, demure dresses and more. Take a cue from designer Reed Krakoff and go head-to-toe blue. Mood has every shade of blue fabric in the spectrum. Below, we've gathered some of our favorite blues for you:
Mood Trend Report #1: Add a little rock star glam to your fall and winter wardrobe. It's easy to pull it off without going all gaga. Just inject touches of rich texture and bold color in big or small doses to suit your taste. Try slouchy pants in silk charmeuse, for example, or add gold brocade accents to a bodice. Here are some rock star glam fabric options we selected from MoodFabrics.com:Next up in our Trend Report series: Menswear Fabrics
Readers, I think I got a little bit carried away with the whole bomber jacket trend. First I made this bomber, then this one, and now here's my third--AND LAST!--bomber jacket. I really enjoyed sewing the first two versions, but this one I just wanted to be over with. I'm very happy with the results, mind you, but this pattern is being officially retired.
Here's a quick recap of the sewing details: - Light taupe leather for the sleeves and neck binding from Mood NYC's leather department - Silver metallic brocade, also from Mood NYC, but no longer available because a buyer for Club Monaco bought the rest of the bolt. (Here's a brocade from MoodFabrics.com that I think would work well.) - Flatlined instead of lined using an off-white silk crepe de chine - Hong Kong seams and seam binding using a lightweight silk brocade I had in my stash - BurdaStyle pattern 7210 - Lampo zipper stitched on the outside as a design element - Welt leather pockets
I did have one dramatic incident when I was working on the the welt pockets. Somehow I managed to slit my fingertip open and it bled all over the silk crepe de chine pocket. I was able to remove the blood stains (blotting with a damp towel while cursing up a storm), but I ended up getting water stains on one of the leather sleeves and on one of the welt pockets. Of course they're only removable by taking the jacket to a professional leather cleaner. Waah.
Bottom line: I feel very chic in this jacket! Employees and customers alike told me how much they liked it when I wore it last week. The leather sleeves are very soft and comfortable to wear, even in the warmer weather. It looks great with the sleeves worn pushed up and paired with jeans or pants.
What I'm working on now: I'm finishing up a new tote for spring and summer made of coated linen and leather, then I start sewing a shirt that combines two Thakoon silk prints: item numbers 303199 and 303197. It's so nice to have runway shots like these to study how the designer placed the motifs, because print placement can be very tricky. What are YOU working on now?