Just as there are plenty of dress shapes and silhouettes to choose from, skirts have their own line-up and applications, too! If it's your first time making a skirt or you're just looking for a reference to help research for your next project, we've got you covered! Poplins, Brocades, and Tweeds! Cottons, Silks, and Sateens! Click here for a look at a tiered skirt design we made here at Mood! We’d suggest these fabrics if you’re looking to make a skirt with this design: Jersey Knits, Crepes, and Viole! Crepe Back Satins, Silks, and Dupioni! Satins, Suitings, and Sateens! Suitings, Sateens, and Wool! Neoprenes, Jersey Knits, and Ponte. Silk Georgette, Ponte, and Silk Charmeuse! Pique, Silks, and Suitings! Poplin, Silk Chiffon, and Silk Georgette! Brocades, Crepe Back Satin, and 4-Ply Crepe Silk! Jersey Knit, 4-Ply Crepe Silk, and Poplin! Pique, Denim, and Suede! Satin, Suiting, and Eyelet! Tweeds, Sateens, and Jersey Knits! These are the more common skirt designs and silhouettes, but we tried to cover a wide range to help you get started! Which of these is your favorite style? What style will you make for your next project?
The pressure to find the perfect New Year's Eve dress is always high. Do you go sleek and sexy, or sparkly and fun? No matter what style you love, you can never go wrong with a little black dress!
For this one, I kept the silhouette fairly simple and chose to mix it up with the details. Overall, it was a really fun make, and it's so cute that you hardly need extra jewelry!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2.5 yards Rag & Bone Black Poly Blend Crepe Back Satin
- 1/2 yard Black Hot Rolling Non-Woven Fusible Interfacing
- 3 yards Silver Metal Chain
Ultimately, I ended up with a 6"x13" rectangle with 1.25" pleats and .25" spaces in between. On the left and right sides, there's also .25" folded under; this acted as seam allowance when I sewed on the remainder of the bodice.
The bodice side panels were 10.5" high so the pleats extend a few inches above it when sewn together. I cut out the shape below, and added in a large dart toward the front.
The skirt is very similar to a basic circle skirt, with a 6" panel in the front to align with the bodice pleats. I drew up the shape of it below - it calls for one straight rectangle panel, and two semi-circle panels (one on each side of the rectangle).
The back closed up with a 9" invisible zipper, and I finished up the dress with some silver metal straps. Each was hand sewn on and connected to a 4.5" triangle on the back.
Paired with some DIY red bottom heels, and the perfect outfit is complete!
So what look are you putting together for this NYE? Is the LBD your style, or are you going metallic like our other style blogger?
Hello, and welcome to another All About article from Mood! This time we're talking about dress silhouettes and shapes!
There are so many kinds of dresses out there that it can be a little daunting trying to wrap our heads around their little differences, and so we wanted to collect a handful of some of the more well-known and popular styles and provide some insights about their designs and what makes them each unique!
Perhaps you're an at-home hobbyist looking into educating yourself on some professional fashion designing, or maybe you're a professional seamstress looking for some references to collect for your own convenience? For anyone and everyone, this article is here to help! We've created images and paired them with details and other tidbits of information to help you get through your project. Take a look below and see what styles you're familiar with, what's new, and maybe even some dress styles you already own!
A-LINEThe A-LINE dress is a popular style whose silhouette is narrow at the shoulders and gradually flares out towards the hem of the dress. This is where it gets its name from, because it’s shaped like a capital letter “A.” These dresses usually end somewhere at the knee or higher, never below. A-LINE styles are great casual dresses, but semi-formal settings work well for them, too!
In the spirit of Fall, I decided I wanted to work with some velvet. It's rich, warm, and always looks lovely; plus Mood had just gotten some new luxury Lyons velvet in. All was perfect!
Fabrics & materials used:
- McCall's A-Line Dress Pattern M6741 (Also available in plus size!)
- 1.5 yards Tuscan Wine Luxury Lyons Velvet
- 2 yards Italian Black Laser-Cut Scuba-Knit
- 2 yards Theory Cold Dye Gray Acrylic-Viscose Crepe Back Satin
- 15" Black Invisible Zipper
Since this season seems to be all about layering, I didn't mind that the pattern was sleeveless - although adding sleeves wouldn't have been too difficult! I chose a slightly shortened version of View D, choosing to use the velvet as the center panels, and the laser-cut scuba layered over the satin as the side panels.
Each fabric was absolutely wonderful to work with, and the cold dye satin was so beautiful that I was almost sad to be covering it up. I'll need to think up a new project where I can use it again!
Since each of the fabrics was opaque and soft to the touch, I decided against a lining and instead opted for some French seams. This kept some of the bulk down and brought the dress together fairly quickly.
It's fun and simple, easily paired with leggings and boots or even a sweater and infinity scarf! How would you style it?
this plaid wool just what I had in store. This is a great wool perfect for dresses and skirts because of the 2-way stretch. It sews nicely and irons easily. The dress was lined with a silk charmeuse which is a fabric I use frequently to line fitted pieces. It's comfortable and doesn't change the fit. How I made the dress: Used the bodice of McCalls 5927 with the following alterations: -Created an mock collar/neck tie by cutting 2 pieces of fabric 8"x25" fold the fabric in half attaching one end to each side of the neck meeting in the back and connecting with a slide closure. The front hangs down and ties -Added a 4.5" wrist cuff -Attached a self drafted skirt with a back slit. -Added an exposed zipper This look can be achieved by using the same pattern and removing the pockets to get a more structured fit. You can also make it even easier and create a oversized faux bow by cutting 1 piece of fabric 8'x50", tie a bow and secure the bow to the neck of the dress.
Halloween doesn't need to just be monsters and ghouls! If you're looking to dress up this year, but still look absolutely fabulous, you can't go wrong with a period piece. Sure, flapper dresses have been pretty popular lately, but rather than getting the generic spaghetti strap sheath you can find at any costume shop, why not sew your own more authentic-looking dress?
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 panel Black Geometric Fringe Lace
- 1.5 yards Latte Wool Crepe
- 15" Black Invisible Zipper
- 1.5 yards 12" Black Fringe
- 1.5 yards 8" Champagne Chainette Fringe
- McCalls 2401
Despite all the thin-strapped dresses that have come to be associated with the 20's, many silhouettes were actually sleeveless v-necks. Luckily, Mood carries a nearly perfect pattern! McCall's 2401 has several different sheath dress options, including a v-neck.
I only needed to make 3 alterations: I left off the sleeves, I shortened the hem by about 4", and I left out 4 of the 6 darts (only leaving the two side bust darts).
Once the dress was made using the crepe and fringe lace, I simply stitched on a layer of black and a layer of champagne fringe 6" from the skirt hem. Voila! Flapper!
The headpiece took about 2 seconds flat. The feather brooch, which comes with a pin attached to the back, was just pinned to some pleated velvet trim. I stitched the trim ends together at the back, but they could be easily glued, pinned, or connected with snaps - no sewing necessary!
All in all, it's a fairly cute ensemble that might not even need to be kept in the closet until Halloween! Where else would you love to wear this fun dress?
Wide SleevesBig sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups. Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too. Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:
Leather JacketsStraight-cut, embellished, or studded, leathers were a familiar and glamorous appearance for the show. Many leather fashions are still sporting motorcycle and bomber jackets, so if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself yet, there’s still time! Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone. Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):
Flowing SkirtsBig, flowing skirts popped up in the beginning of the season, and they’re still going pretty strong. Now being paired with fitted tops like these, they lean more to the side of sophisticated than comfy like their early season counterparts. With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek. Fabrics with good drapes like these would be perfect for a flowing skirt: What were you favorite designs from Paris Fashion Week? Do you have any plans for new sewing projects that were inspired by the trend reports?
This washed silk by Rag & Bone is one that you unfortunately have to be careful in due to it's ability to capture every stain, which is fine unless you have a little person in your life with sticky hands that love to give hugs. This washed silk like many is easy to sew, irons beautifully and drapes like a dream. Unfortunately this silk has just sold out, but here are a few that's just as amazing. This dress was made using vintage Simplicity 8390 #3 and the sleeves to Butterick B6350 with the following alterations: -Added 4"to the length of the dress -Added 9" to the length of the sleeve -Added a 2" wide elastic to the bottom of the sleeve -Added a 1/4" wide elastic to the shoulder of the sleeve -Added 2 75"x8" pleated ruffle to the hem
Don't pack away your summer attire just because fall is around the corner! It's a staggering 90 degrees in NY today, which means maxi dress season is still upon us.
Maxis should be a staple in everyone's wardrobe; you can wear them from spring into summer, and if you choose the right color and style, they can even transition into the autumn months.
I took a bit of inspiration from Ainea for this dress. I loved the layering and ruffles, so I decided to pull just a bit of it for a small ruffle on the bodice. I also fell in love with the vibrant reds and chose to take the deeper red of the left-most dress for a more late-summer/early-fall feel.
Items used:Making this dress is both quick and easy. Between making the pattern, cutting my fabric, and sewing it together, I had mine done in under 2 hours. If you'll be following along, measure your bust and waist. The best fabric for this specific maxi is knit jersey, so I took a couple inches off the measurements to make it a little more contouring. This is where you can play around with your own pattern. If you have a super stretchy knit, you could potentially take off more. Or, if you'd like your waist to be gathered, you could easily add a few inches there. I made the bottom of each dress panel the full width of the fabric.
The front and back panels are exactly the same, so I cut two on the fold.
The ruffles on the bodice are a lot like basic triangles, however a flat top edge would mean flat layers. By curving the top, it ensures that the fabric overlaps slightly when pulled straight to create the perfect ruffle, like you see below.
After sewing straight down the sides of the dress, the ruffles can be attached to the front neckline. Both the front and back necklines are then trimmed in foldover elastic, which is as easy as it sounds. All it took was a few pins and a walking foot, andthe dress edges looked clean and finished.
The straps were created exactly the same way, but this time they went along the sleeve curve, meeting at the seam under the arm. 10 second straps!
So what colors will you be using for this project? Tell us in the comments!
line of patterns for McCall Patterns, I knew I wanted to create something that was quintessentially me. Keeping in mind that my style isn't for everyone, I also wanted patterns that can easily be altered to accommodate your own personal aesthetic. When I decided on this strapless tunic, I thought about the beauty of a woman's shoulders and the idea of minimal layering. This top makes you feel completely covered and sexy at the same time. A top like this requires fabric with a lot of movement. I used a polyester crepe from moodfabrics.com that's unfortunately sold out but here is a collection of polyester crepe at moodfabrics.com that would work just as nicely. Not familiar with polyester crepe? It's a thinner fabric that generally provides a great drape, doesn't pill, shrink or fade and keeps it's new look. It's easy to cut, sew and iron all at an economical price. The pants were previously made here. Sunglasses-Valley Eyewear Bag- Bally Heels- Narciso Rodriguez