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  • Silk-Cotton Statement Jacket

    We all know how important it is to have all the basic wardrobe staples right? A crisp white shirt, perfect fitting jeans, and a pair of nude pumps to name a few. So how do you keep these items rotating seamlessly season to season? By mixing in a great statement piece of course! I love a good abstract, geo, or in this case ikat print. So as soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it was perfect for what I wanted to create! Here's what I used- Fabric: Oscar de la Renta Pink/Wine Ikat Silk-Cotton Satin Lining: Chocolate Brown Heavy Twill Lining Simplicity Pattern: #8093 The only change I made in the pattern was to shorten the sleeve to 3/4 length.  This silk-cotton is so nice to work with. It has the perfect amount of stiffness to achieve a structured look,  yet it's so soft and comfortable to wear. Not only did I use the heavy twill to fully line the jacket, I also used it as contrast fabric on the sides. Oh and by the way, I know I'm not the only one who hordes scraps of fabric. So why not create a little self rosette applique like I did. You can either sew it right on to the jacket or make a pin! I was so pleased with the outcome! I LOVE my new jacket, and I have so many items in my closet that would look great with it! Mission accomplished! Enjoy!

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  • Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Eager to see a sneak peek of what's coming for Spring 2017? New York Fashion Week's got you covered. We have some new trends showing up as well as a few carrying over from the fall lineup, from graphic prints to daringly low collars, making for a refreshing yet familiar new style to kick off the next year with. Controlled Exposure 
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    A common trend among the highlighted designers was the use of controlled exposure with bare midriffs, shoulders, and centers. If you're a fan of this look, make room for crop tops and take advantage of your bomber and motor jackets from the Fall 2016 trends to match together this look.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Better for the warmer temperatures that come with spring, this dance with empty space focuses attention and accentuate the pieces of your ensemble, and it's important to utilize a fabric that will stand out well against your skin like a bright color or pattern. For creating the looks picture above, consider these fabrics: Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Fan of the iconic look? Graphic-printed pieces made big statements on the catwalk with their loud colors and combinations. Color-blocking brought out a great contrast against them, too, and the smooth, saturated colors were show-stopping.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Styles like this are always fun to work with. Solid colors can energize you when you look in the mirror, and a strong graphic can give off the message of your look from a mile away. For looks like these, consider such fabrics as:   Purple and Orange Duo 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY| Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Following their debut in fall, orange and purple palettes are still in full swing on the runway for Spring 2017. Their contrast is still attractive, a mix of warm and cool, and they're here to stay.
    Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From florals to solids, this color combo is fairly versatile. Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try styling any of these fabrics into your wardrobe for this look: Orange... And Purple... Oversized Sleeves 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Another return from Fall 2016, over-sized sleeves were generously sprinkled throughout the designer showcases. Good with both light- and heavy-weight fabrics, over-sized sleeves are a perfect transitional style for the weather changing between fall and spring.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    You can also take advantage of their design to work volume into your ensemble's silhouette (like DKNY's style above!). Heavier fabrics like these can help you achieve this weighted looked:     Off-the-Shoulder 
    Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    How classy! Straight-edged and low-cut, many designers showed off their shoulders with exposing styles much like the midriff and center-exposed styles. You could lump them all together into one category, but each type of exposure got so much individual focus, it could be considered a crime not to give them each a spotlight of their own.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Exposed shoulders have always had a place on the style board for their elegant and sophisticated images. Draped or fitted, this style is beautiful in its own way. Many types of fabrics work will for this look, but if you need some inspiration, start with these: Low-cut Necklines
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Low-cut and square collars and necklines adorned many of the models at the show. Appealing for it's focus on the collarbone and shoulders, square neckline pieces can be flattering, giving the appearance of a wider torso and slimmer waistline.
    Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Like in the pictures above, accenting the actual edge of the neckline can be very powerful for your ensemble. Using fabrics with patterns or colors that contrast the rest of the piece can achieve this! Consider fabrics like this to get this look:   70s/80s Influences 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    With bright colors and bold lines, a lot of styles carried the influence of the 70s and 80s on the runway for this season's show.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    This style is a great excuse to wear flashy fabrics and patterns. The point is to really stand out, so don't be shy! Loud and bright fabrics like these are great for creating these looks:   Activewear
    J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Lots of the Spring 2017 designs sported eyelet fabrics and mesh for a nice, breathable style. Ranging in color and pattern, this style is forgiving in that you can mix and match different visual textures and shapes without sacrificing a clean look overall.
    Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics:   Cut-Out Fabrics
    Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    The last trend to highlight is cut-out styles! This style is more for visual focus than anything else, as their design draws the eye by playing with absence and empty space.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Cut-out style looks best with fabrics that can provide clean, bold lines. The appeal is the clean cut, so make sure to work that into your design! Fabrics like these would be great options:
  • Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

    Fall is my favorite season, and one of the biggest reasons is my love for the fashion transition that comes with it. Being away from fall and winter styles for so long can really make you miss them, which is why I always find myself getting creative and inspired even though the cooler temperatures are settling in. With that said, the runway was all about practicality for the Fall 2016 season, and I couldn't be happier. Layers, fur, and bulk were big hits, so don't be afraid to style oversized this fall! Keep warm and keep fabulous. Here are a few of the trends that are lighting up the runway for Fall 2016! Long Winter Coats
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    I think it's safe to say that dusters and long winter coats never really go out of style, but it's nice to give them a spotlight of their own! Designers displayed these designs in an array of colors, ranging from bright pinks and teals to mature reds and neutrals like tan and navies.
    Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Coats like this are great for city commutes, especially if you have to walk in windy areas, and they give your look super classy appeal. A true basic item that can compliment anything,  especially when topped off with a nice fringe of faux fur to keep the extremities warm! If you're looking to make a long winter coat of your own, we'd recommend these kinds of fabrics!   High-Collared Shirts and Dresses
    Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Something many people struggle with in the coming of the colder seasons is the transition of temperature itself, especially in the office. A warm morning coffee or tea doesn't always do the trick, so if you get chills easily, you may want to consider high-collared shirts and dresses!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chic and comforting, high collars keep your neck warm and help you look professional in your business setting whether you have a knit sweater or a fitted top with a zipper. Consider some of these fabrics if you're looking for a fresh high-collar design!
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    Lots of Layers
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Layering is another option that was highlighted on the runway for this season. This fashion method is a great way to incorporate multiple colors and pieces without having to sacrifice keeping warm, and it gives you a lot of wiggle room for mixing and matching style choices.
    Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The key is wearing multiple pieces made with lighter fabrics, like pairing a blouse with a light cardigan or button up sweater. Lighter fabrics like these would work well for this style!   Wide Pant Legs
    Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide-legged suit pants are a must for office-wear and styles. They pair great with flats or a heeled boot, and the flared up the length of the leg is extremely flattering.
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If gives a great shape to your legs, and the wider cut can help protect your legs from the cold and let them breathe, too. Fitted tops go well with wide-legged pants, but a shirt with bell sleeves or a little more volume can look nice, too! Consider these kinds of fabrics when making a pair of wide-legged suit pants:   Faux Fur Coats
    Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Was this one obvious? Fur and faux furs coats are just too rooted in trending history to go out of style. The runway's lineup had some gorgeous coats to display, some a little more abstract and others sporting a modest look. You might think they wouldn't fit well for your office setting, but you might be pleasantly surprised!
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A fur coat in a neutral palette can look very sophisticated and reserved. You don't have to worry about looking eccentric with coats like these, and really, who can blame you for wearing one when the temperatures start to dip? You can be cold and beautiful. Some of the fur fabrics we recommend include:   Turtlenecks under Dresses/Jumpers
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another great example of using layering, wearing a turtleneck shirt under a jumper or dress helps keep you looking and feeling good. It's a style that focuses more on practicality rather than style, but some of the match-ups on the runway were stunning by their own mark!
    Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you're interested in this look for the upcoming fall season, consider taking advantage of the fall and winter color schemes that are hot and trending right now! Here are some fabrics we'd like to recommend:   Turtleneck, Skirt, and Tights
    Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another turtleneck fashion! Can you sense the pattern here? The combination of turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, and long skirts showed up throughout the runway lineup. While this style may be more reserved and modest, the aim isn't for flattering a certain shape or figure. Comfort is the key!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Such a warm and soft style has its own type of elegance to it. Don't knock it before you try it! If you prefer to accessorize this style to be more form-fitting, pair your huge sweater with a wide belt around the waist like in the Hermès design above! Consider some of these fabrics in order to bring this look together: For Turtlenecks... For Skirts... For Tights:...   Navy instead of Black
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Is navy the new black? Well, sort of! Black will always have its spotlight as the eternal neutral in the fashion world, but sometimes it needs a break. Going to black all the time can get tiring, so if you're looking for a way to spice up a neutral day, go for navy. Just try it once!
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of designers' styles showcased navy ensembles in the fall shows. A true blue to the aesthetic of winter, it also contrasts well with warmer tones of orange. It's a great alternative if you want a little bit of change during the week. Here are some navy-colored fabrics that could be fun to work with!   Jogger Pants and Ankle-Length Pants with Heels
    J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    And last, but not least, we have two other cut-styles of pants to discuss! Ankle-length pants and jogger pants. I know I keep mentioning the cooler temperatures moving in, but it's not snowing just yet! Take advantage of this drier, mild weather to keep your legs warm while still showing off your favorite pair of booties or heels!
    Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles! If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics:   And for jogger pants: What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more? Save Save Save Save
  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
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    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Lace Dress & $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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    In life there are so many things we do not know, almost as if it were a well kept secret. From a cute cafe in your neighborhood to the color of your friends eye! There are even some things you never meant to become a secret but they did. Like talents! For me, sewing was never a secret but over the last two years it became one. I wasn't sewing or creating so no one knew. Even I had a second where I forgot! Until one day on the train I was looking through my photos and I saw my designs from my last collection. In an instant I was in tears. Remembering just how much work I put in and how much joy I had in making each and every garment; the excitement I got when it was time to shoot to the final moment when everything was completed. There is nothing that can replace that feeling.
    From that moment I felt it, I knew I had to start sewing again. I prayed and prophesied, saying God I will sew. Months went by and I still was saying it. Finally, when I got an email from Mood Fabrics asking to feature me as their Guest Blogger, I knew this was the time. God made a way in the most magnificent way! Not only that but I can share the joy with someone else as well. At first I wanted to make a vintage lace skirt! It was all I thought about, but I couldn't find a pattern that worked. So, I went back to Mood the next day with my mama and we found this beautiful purple lace. Immediately we knew this was it! Then the idea changed  from a skirt to a dress.
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    I must say I forgot how tedious sewing was! I used the McCall's Pattern as my base to get the silhouette then added my own details! I used a rayon lining and made it about 3 inches shorter than the skirt body. I wanted to show some leg through the lace. Placing the darts in the skirt was very time consuming, good thing I was watching Hitch to take my mind off of it! After basting skirt body and lining together I attached the bodice. I turned the bodice lining inside because I wanted it to cover the inside seams. This is where it gets interesting. When it was time to place the zipper I grabbed the wrong one. So, no worries I worked with what I have! I created a cute keyhole in the back! What you need is to have your fire lit again. You have a dream, a passion, a gift! It's so important to not keep it a secret. That secret can become so hidden you'll never know where it is again. It's almost like a legendary pirates hidden treasure! You were meant to showcase your talents to the world, not keep them in. There is someone who you can inspire and even more so, save; just by you embracing every part of you! I say let go of the "I'm scared", "I don't know what people might say" and just do it! Sing, cook , write, whatever you want to do in life! Believe you can and do it! Don't stay in the secret garden instead, bring others along for the ride. As a way to  get you started I have teamed up with Mood Fabrics for a special giveaway!!! We will be giving away one $50 Mood Gift Card, good for online purchases!! This contest will be run on Simply Jseivad Instagram page. You must follow and complete the rules on the post  on the instagram account announcing the contest.
    To Enter You Must ::
    1. Follow @jseivad & @moodfabrics on instagram 2. You must tag three friends in the comment section of the instagram post
    *YOU MUST COMPLETE STEP ONE AND TWO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY!*
     Giveaway will run from Saturday July 9th 5PM EST through Thursday July 14th Noon EST
    Winner will be announce Friday the 15th. Good Luck and Have Fun!!
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  • Mood DIY: Reversible Beach Tote

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    Have you been shopping around for the perfect bag to throw all your goodies in at the beach and just haven't spotted one that you love? Look no further this DIY is the one for you! Here at Mood we have an abundance of fabric to choose from to create your own, one of a kind beach bag, like mine! Oh and did I mention it is reversible?!

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    Yes! That’s right, reversible! Now you can "Wow" your friends with a bag with two different looks. Let's get started. First go to Mood's website and pick out two fabrics that you love. The type of fabric I used was a stretch cotton sateen. It is a heavy enough fabric to create a bag that will be durable for your belongings but not to heavy weighing down your shoulder. This fabric has a good amount of give in the weft direction but does not have a stretch that makes it, pucker, roll or difficult to sew. For one of the side of my bag, I chose a fun, bright, floral print that shouts " look at me"! This sateen is mixture of cool blues and greens with a touch of yellow and black, on a white background. For the reverse side of the bag, I used a vibrant yellow cotton sateen. By doing this, it really pops the yellow out of the floral print and compliments the bag.

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    Once you have decided what two fabrics you would like to use you will need one yard of each fabric. You will also need to decide what kind of straps you would like for your bag. To give mine more of a beach look I used a white rope. Then, for a different more unique approach, I twisted the white rope with a gold and blue chain. Using a strap like the white rope is highly suggested, this way it will be stable holding all your items without breaking.

    To create straps like mine I cut one and a half yards (56 inches) of the rope and both chains. Then fold and cut them in half so you have two pieces of rope that are 28" long as well as the chains. Take on piece of 28" long rope and put one chain on the left of the rope and the other chain to the right and tack it by hand stitching, to keep the chains in place on the rope. Once you have done this you can twist the chains around the rope and tack it at the other end to hold the chains at the end as well, this way your twist will not unravel. Repeat this process to the other piece of rope and chains you have left for the second strap. I left a little bit of rope on each side of the strap, longer than the chains so you will be able to sew the rope into the bag and not ruin your sewing machine by sewing over metal.

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    Now that your straps are ready! Lets make the bag pattern! First I took my vibrant yellow fabric and drew a line 44" across in the horizontal direction and 20" up from that line on both sides and another 44" line connecting these two 20" lines. This creates a 44"x20" rectangle. Make sure you leave ½" seam allowance on the 44" lines.

    On the 44" lines make a tick mark at 20" and at 24". From these tick marks square up 2.5" this will create a little square you will cut out of the rectangle making a base to your bag like shown in the picture below. After you have completed this step you can cut out this pattern piece, place and pin it on your other fashion fabric and cut it out, making the exact same pattern.

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    You are ready to sew! To create a reversible bag you will need to make a bag out of each of the fabrics and set them inside one another. First take one of the pattern pieces, place right sides together, matching up the corners of the little square you have cut out of the fabric. It is important that this square is even. Now sew ½" up the side seams leaving the square open. Do not sew the square shut.

    Once both of your side seams are sewn together now you are ready to create the base of the bag which is why we left this square open and untouched. Take the square and open it, you will notice it will flatten out the bottom of your bag. Take the middle of that square and flatten it to the center of the side seam. The corners of the square will match up perfectly and you will sew a straight line right across with  ¼" seam allowance. Do this to both sides now your bag as a flat base about 4" wide. Repeat these same steps to the other fashion fabric creating two separate bags.

    If you want a pocket on the front of each side of your reversible bag like mine you will need to place these on before sewing the bags inside one another. I cut a 7"x 5" rectangle on each fabric and folded all of the sides under ¼" hiding all the raw edges. I placed the yellow pocket on the middle of the floral bag and the floral pocket on the middle of the yellow bag. Sew down the sides and across the bottom  ¼" leaving the top open. You now have a pocket for the inside and outside of your bag!

    To complete the bag place one bag inside the other wrong sides together. Match up the side seams and fold the top part of each bag in about ½" right sides together hiding the raw edges and pin it all the way around. You will want to pin the straps in place between the two fashion fabrics making a horseshoe shape, like shown. Keep in mind you will want to only sew over the rope you left a longer at both ends of the straps (not the chains) and make sure the rope is far enough down, in-between the fabrics, to sew on top of when sewing around the top of the bag.

     Now you can sew all the way around the top of the bag with ¼" seam allowance, enclosing it. When you are sewing over the rope I would back stitch, back and forth three or four times, securing the straps tightly in-between the fashion fabrics ensuring durability. You can sew back and forth over it as many times as you would like to make sure they stay put.

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    That’s it! You've done it! You have completed your very own reversible bag!! Now grab your things head to the beach and spread the word!

  • Mood DIY: Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts

    Are those denim shorts to bland for you? Are you looking for something with a bit more detail? Mood's got it, offering many different eyelet fabrics to spruce up your look or to create a whole new design!   The shorts I have constructed are from a delightful peacock blue, stretch-cotton, sateen, a build that is made for comfort because of its soft hand. The eyelet is a brilliantly bright orange, embroidered cotton sure to grab peoples attention! I used the orange eyelet over top of the peacock blue to compliment one another nicely, and the result is bold and bright for the lovely summer weather.

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    The pattern I used was McCall's M6361. I specifically used cut C for the shorts. This pattern was designed to put a zipper in the shorts but I made some alterations. On the front pattern piece, where it curves to normally set in a zipper, I extended up from this area squaring it off with the waistline. By doing this, it allows for an elastic waist band. Then, to make the shorts more sleek I omitted the pocket giving less bulk. This pattern piece set came with a skirt, pants, capris and Bermuda short patterns. If you like your shorts a bit shorter there is a cut line on the Bermuda pattern to shorten them or you can make the judgement all on your own. I followed the Bermuda length on the pattern and rolled them to my liking.

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    After I altered my pattern work I doubled up my fabric and cut out all pieces of both the cotton sateen and the eyelet (side note the waistband is cut 4). Then I fully constructed the peacock blue pair of shorts with the matching color thread ( 100385). Separately, I constructed the eyelet fabric into their own shorts with matching thread (100302). Once I had two pair of shorts, I then set the blue inside the eyelet attaching around the circumference of both legs. This leaves them connected around the legs yet still separate around the waistline so I gave a quick basting stitch around the circumference of the waistline. After the basting stitch I attached the waistband leaving an opening to slip the 1" elastic through and finished it off by stitching that closed.

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    Note when making garments with an eyelet overlay it may have little to no stretch, even if the fabric underneath has stretch, the eyelet might make your garment a bit snug. If you are thinking of making a pair of shorts like these, you could set in a zipper for an exact fit ( following the exact instructions for McCall's M6361) or you can make them with an elastic waistband like the pair I constructed. Eyelets are perfect to attach to garments that are already constructed as well. Take any eyelet to use as a peek-a-boo affect on any pair of pants  or around the leg of your shorts for a fun and flirty take on an old pair of denim! Eyelets also make extremely cute sleeves to a blouse or dress!
  • Mood DIY: Asymmetrical Midi Skirt

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    Huge, bold prints are one of my favorite things, year round. For spring though, I love transforming them into skirts.

    Typically, I go for a more retro look when creating my own clothes, but I decided to modernize this midi a little bit with a long, asymmetrical hem. The print is Mood's Deep Sea Blue Floral Cotton Lycra Sateen and for the lining I went with a black cotton sateen that had a beautiful sheen to it.

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    This skirt was so simple, it barely needed a pattern. I folded 2.5 yards of fabric and cut a slight curve for the bottom of the skirt, like you see above. The front of the skirt was on the fold, and I started about 22" down, so the shortest part would fall around my knees.

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    When it came to constructing the skirt, the first step was sewing the right sides together at the hem. From there, the back seam was sewn, up to about 8" from the waistband, leaving room for a zipper.

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    Once the back was together, the fabric could be turned right side out and ironed along the hem. At this point, I essentially had a huge tube of fabric that could probably fit around my dining room table. It was time for box pleats!

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    From both the print and the lining, I cut a 3" strip of fabric the length of my waist. I added 8 box pleats to the skirt, and pinned the strips of fabric on top for the waistband. If you have a small waist, you'll end up with larger or more pleats, making your skirt a lot fuller. If you'd like to avoid that, you can use less than 2.5 yards. But who doesn't love super full skirts? They're so fun to twirl around in!

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    To finish the waistband, I folded the the top of the strips inward, and top-stitched along the edge, leaving slightly more of the print peeking out from above the black. I added an invisible zipper to the center back of the skirt, and it was complete! A windy photo shoot ensued:

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  • Mood DIY: Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

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    Happy Earth Day, Sewciety! To celebrate today, I decided to make a honeycomb tote bag with some of Mood's eco-friendly fabrics!

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    My design called for 1/2 yard of Cloud Organic Cotton Twill, 3/4 yard of Beeswax Medium-Weight Linen, and 2 yards of 2" black webbing. The gray panels and the yellow base are each 13" squares, which makes things pretty easy. I also cut two 9" hexagons for the front pocket, and the tote lining is made up of two 18"x13" panels.

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    After cutting out all of my pieces, I sewed about 40" of the webbing onto the back tote panel for one of the handles. I also sewed the pocket panels and flipped it right side out by leaving a small opening like you can see below. To close it, I decoratively top-stitched around the top and two of the corners, which you can see in the next section.

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    I then attached each of the grey panels to the base, and pinned the second strap onto the front, along with the pocket.

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    Now that all the panels were done, I could finally start turning them into a bag - the easiest part! All that needed to be done was fold the panels in half and sew up both sides.

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    In the bottom corners, you can see that I cut out a 2" square. This creates a quick and simple base to the tote, without having to sew in a separate bottom. Just pin the cut edges together, and sew across!

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    To finish the bag off, I rolled the top of the lining over the outside panels, and top-stitched it down. To make the front strap a little more secure, I also sewed on two little honeycombs, with some hand-stitching details.

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    Now I have a cute bag to use as a purse, to carry groceries or bottles, or even something to take to the beach this summer!

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  • Easy to Sew, Easy to Love

    Hello! I'm Rochelle from Lucky Lucille, and today I'm super excited to share two of the most gratifying garments I've made in a long time. Though my original plan for these fabrics is the polar opposite of what I ended up with, everything worked out for the best. I don’t know if it’s the recent snow storm we got in NY or the fact that cold/flu season seems to have found its way into my household in lieu of Spring, but I had a momentary lapse in judgment when planning my projects.

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    I’ve always associated Mood Fabrics with high fashion, designer apparel so I really wanted to create an impressive outfit worthy of that description. Well sometimes, as they say, you don’t get what you want but you get what you need.

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    Sure, the trendy blazer and dress combo I had in mind when shopping for fabric would have been super cute for special occasions, but what I really need in my wardrobe right now is comfortable, quality basics that I can live in and wear all the time. I'm SO inspired by high fashion garments but, as much as I may want to, I can't fit them into my lifestyle.

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    I'll be the first to admit I'm easily distracted when it comes to fancy sewing patterns and pretty fabrics. I'm like that squirrel who collects shiny things and has no idea what to do with all that acquired “treasure”. I've sewn a lot of beautiful things in the past that I never wear and I don't want to be that squirrel anymore!

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    The more I sew for myself, the more I learn to treasure and appreciate the simple things. I'm finding beauty in basics like pullovers and comfy shorts. Sewing for myself allows me to get the sizing just right and pay attention to small details like matching stripes. I can invest in higher quality fabrics when I sew for myself, too. These are the types of garments I need to start acquiring.

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    The fabrics I picked for this outfit are a striped cotton/linen shirting (or in this case, it's cotton/linen “shorting” - ha!) and an olive rayon blend jersey knit. The jersey is a heavier weight with great drape and stretch, perfect for loungewear! The cotton shirting is exactly as described online, nearly opaque and very soft. Both fabrics were wonderful to sew with and I'm already pondering other projects as an excuse to buy more!

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    As for the patterns, I picked two indie favorites and made small modifications to each. The top is Lark by Grainline Studio, and the shorts are Carolyn by Closet Case Files. I added cuffs to the sleeves and a wide band to the hem of Lark for more of a sweatshirt vibe, and my Carolyn shorts are sporting a drawstring at the waist instead of plain elastic. Playing around with directional stripes gives my inner squirrel just enough “ooh shiny!” action to be satisfied with such a simple outfit, but if you ask me, easy to sew equals easy to love.

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    There's nothing more gratifying than sewing something you can wear and love all the time, and since I'm still wearing the above outfit as I type this, I'd say that's a mission accomplished. I'm grateful that Mood allows me the opportunity to browse all their shiny designer fabrics, from home in my loungewear, while adding the more sensible-for-me lifestyle basics to my shopping cart at the same time. It's a win-win situation for inspiration-seeking minimalist squirrels everywhere! ;)

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    p.s. If you'd like the opportunity to win $50 to put towards your own wardrobe basics (or wardrobe fancies!), check out the Mood Fabrics giveaway on my blog. Thanks for reading! -Rochelle
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