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!
Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics: Cut-Out Fabrics 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. 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:
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
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.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 ESTWinner will be announce Friday the 15th. Good Luck and Have Fun!!Inspirational Message of the DayBelieve you can and you're halfway there!Photos by Briana @briwrks
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?!
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.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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
Happy Earth Day, Sewciety! To celebrate today, I decided to make a honeycomb tote bag with some of Mood's eco-friendly fabrics!
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.
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.
I then attached each of the grey panels to the base, and pinned the second strap onto the front, along with the pocket.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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. 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! 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. Mood Fabrics giveaway on my blog. Thanks for reading! -Rochelle