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  • Mood DIY: "Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire"-Inspired Feather Top

    I happened to stop by Mood Fabrics NYC recently to pick up some supplies, and I was inundated with the buzz in every aisle as people both young and old plotted out their costumes for their respective upcoming festivities—the excitement was definitely in the air! But what was I inspired by?  I wanted to wear my No Sew TuTu to one party, but wondered "what else was out there?"

    Even though the movie isn't out yet, in my mind I gotta admit that I kept going back to Jennifer Lawrence's wardrobe in the new Hunger Games 2 movie, Catching Fire. I mean, what's not to love? She just looks tough....the feathers, the flashes or red—I was immediately sold! I paired my edgy top with a snakeskin pair of black faux leather jeans and ankle boots, and my ensemble was complete. Tell me below what you're creating for this year's Halloween costume.

    Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire costume using feather pads and feather fringe from Mood Fabrics. Hunger Games 2- Catching Fire Inspired Costume 2SUPPLIES:Black feather trim (in the end I used about 7 yards), 4 red feather patches, 2 red guinea feather pads, straight pins, plastic garbage bag, e6000 glue, scissors, an old tank top, a zipper, and a needle and thread. Hunger Games 2- Catching Fire Inspired Costume 3HOW-TO: I used a mannequin, but feel free to do this with the tank top lying on a flat surface like I did in my Ostrich Feather Skirt post. 1. To use a mannequin, I suggest first covering the form with a plastic garbage bag so as not to get glue on your mannequin. 2. Slip your top onto the mannequin. 3. Measure your first row of trim by wrapping it around the mannequin, and snipping it at the desired length. 4. Secure one end of the trim to the shirt with a straight pin. 5. Apply glue to the entire band of trim. 6. Wrap the trim you just applied glue to around the form about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the tank, then press it into place, and re-secure it with the straight pin. 7. Start the next row of trim up about 2 inches from the last one....and continue. 8. For the main part of the body I made complete revolutions -- using about 6 rows of trim on the bodice alone, going right up to the underarm. 9. I wound up using shorter pieces for the upper chest and top back , but as I finished the main bodice I lined the last piece up against the underarm (Note: It's a little less noticeable if you opt to use a black tank instead of a colored one like I did). 10. Apply a line of glue to the entire neckline -- meaning from shoulder blade to shoulder blade. Hunger Games 2- Catching Fire Inspired Costume 4AHOW-TO CONT'D: 11. Take a piece of trim and place it on top of the glue line you created around the neckline. 12. It's now time to do the top back quarter.  So, take a piece of trim the desired size and pull a few feathers out of the band on either side of the trim. 13. Glue this back piece into place, being sure to tuck the tiny tabs you've created on either side,  into the tank. 14. Repeating Step #11, glue a row of feathers along the back neckline (Note: I originally only bought 6 yards of feathers, but had to use another spare yard of a different set of black feathers I already had across the top back). 15. Take 2 of your red feather pads and 1 of the red spotted guinea pads and fan them out in the pattern you'd like (Note: here I nestled the red spotted guinea one in between the 2 red ones, but ultimately didn't like it since I couldn't get it to look the same on both sides. So, I decided to place the spotted one on top of the 2 red ones). 16. Place some glue on each shoulder, and set the 3 feather pad in place. 17. Hold your "feather pad trio" into place for a few minutes, feeling free to use binder clips if needed. 18. Near the underarms you may have some empty spaces, feel free to glue some smaller pieces into these vacant spots where you may see your top. Then allow the whole thing to dry for at least 3 hours. 19. Take your scissors and cut your top up the entire back. 20. Using straight pins, hem your back edges about an inch on either side. 21. Again, using your straight pins, pin your zipper into place on either side of the back edges. 22. Hand stitch your zipper into place, and voila -- you are all set!Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire costume using feather pads and feather fringe from Mood Fabrics.Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire costume using feather pads and feather fringe from Mood Fabrics.

        Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Ostrich Feather Skirt

    So...I picked up a copy of Instyle magazine this month (for leisurely reading AND because I happen to be in this issue --insert squeals of delight -- and I noticed that since spring is right around the corner they predicted that a hot color this upcoming season would be pistachio.

    I don't know about you....but it's sometimes hard to keep up with every NEW color of every season.  Well, that is unless you get a little box of dye and some feather trim from Mood Fabrics and do what I did -- give a whole new life to an item I already had.  I've been itching to make an ostrich feather skirt...and I thought this would be a perfect combo -- flirty, fun, and fresh. Oh, and if you can't get to Mood's NYC store, you should check out their big selection of feather trim online. Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 9.00.27 PM

    No sew Ostrich Feather Skirt 2 No sew Ostrich Feather Skirt 3SUPPLIES: An old skirt, 1.5 inch wide ribbon, at least 8 yards of ostrich feather trim (Note: the amount of feathers you'll need depends upon desired size and length of skirt. I used about 7 yards here for 2 layers on each of the 4 rows), 1 box of RIT dye, hair dryer, thread, straight pins, needles, Magna-Tac glue, scissors, gloves, and a pot (Note: your sink or a bucket will work too).

    No sew Ostrich Feather Skirt 4

    HOW-TO: 1. Follow directions on box to create dye mixture.  Dip whole lot of trim into the dye at all at once for even distribution of color (I advise wearing gloves). 2. Making sure to evenly coat feathers, remove them from solution after no more than 25 seconds (Note: though they turn pretty quickly, feathers appear darker when wet). 3. Rinse feathers in cold water to remove excess dye. 4. Dry feathers. 5. You can either make a skirt from fabric of a similar color, or you can do what I did and use a light colored thrifted skirt I already had. Dip this skirt in dye. 6. Rinse skirt in cold water to remove excess color, then repeat Step 4 for the skirt too (Note: sticking in dryer is quicker). 7. Eyeball where you'll place each row before you begin -- I made 4 main rows in all. Apply glue to trim, and adhere it 3 inches above the bottom of the skirt -- each row 2 inches a part. Glue from one side seam to the other (Note: If towards top you're finding that the rows aren't as full as you'd like, feel free to glue a sub-row in between 2 main rows for added coverage). 8. Pin row in place and then continue it around the back.  Do this one more time around the whole skirt for a 2 total of 2 evolutions. (Note: for a really full skirt, do 3 layers). 9. My skirt had an invisible side zipper, so I glued back the raw edge that would lie right up against the zipper (sort of like a small hem). Here, instead of making a continuous counter clockwise evolution....I started at zipper, went counter clock wise, and when I reached zipper again, I went back clockwise up to zipper. 10. For added security hand stitch each row onto the skirt as you go. 11. Glue raw edge of ribbon down like you did with feather trim edge in Step 9. 12. For a polished look, glue ribbon around the waist band of skirt to conceal top of exposed feather trim. Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 9.01.37 PM

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Feather Collar Necklace

    STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS: Plumes just make everything glamourous -- don't you think?! From Flappers to the present day, we have been using feathers for ages to dress up everything from hats to handbags to skirts. Want an easy way to update the simplest dress? Try this twist on a Statement Necklace that is sure to be a conversation piece. WHAT YOU NEED: 1. Hot Glue Gun & Sticks 2. Feather Trim (Note: the exact length of trim needed is directly related to desired length to drape your shoulders.) 3. 4 Different Types of Chain at varying lengths (1 main chain for collar, and 3 other chains that will be cut and used twice each). 4. Needle and Thread 5. 3 Gold Rings 6. Clasp 7. If desired, add 2 gold brooches for accents (I added old earrings that were my grandmothers) THE PROCESS: 1. First cut feather trim at main gold chain to equal desired length (mine is 18 inches). 2. Hot glue this main chain to the satin ribbon on feather trim. 3. Turn feather with gold chain now attached over, and stitch your clasp to one side (doesn't matter which, you decide which side you want clasp on). 4. Cut first chain to create Chain 1 (31 inches) and Chain 4 (17 inches); Cut second chain to create Chain 2 (25 inches) and Chain 5 (13 inches); and then cut third and thinnest weight chain to create Chain 3 (20 inches) and Chain 6 (7.5 inches) 5. Add chains IN ORDER from 1 to 6 to gold rings on both ends. 6. Sew and hot glue one ring (with chains attached) to whichever side you did not attach clasp. 7. Open clasp and close necklace with this free ring that has chains now attached. One more step and you're almost done. 8. Hot glue earrings, 2 brooch, or whatever accents you'd like to add to the base of the feathers for a polished look. Voila! Now tell me, what's your favorite way to rock feathers? Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Halloween Contest Entry #51

    Noelle R. Bird Girl Costume

    Noelle R. Bird Girl Costume

    Noelle R. Bird Girl Costume was made using Light Brown Fringe Feathers (Product #: 9322), Gold Black Fringe Feathers (Product #: 9324), Black/White Dots Fringe Feathers (Product #: 9316), Brown Fringe Feathers (Product #: 9314), Beige Brooches Feathers (Product #: 27275), Beige Brown Pads Reeves: 100 (Product #: 24019), and Brown Pads Pheasant: 100 (Product #: 24020).
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #50

    Madeline A. Flying Monkey Costume

    Madeline A. Flying Monkey Costume

    Madeline A. Flying Monkey Costume was made with Eyelash Faux fur, Dove feather, ostrich feathers and Micro suede.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #26

    Katrina A.'s Halloween Costume

    Katrina A.'s Halloween Costume

    Katrina A used Feathers & Tulle for her costume.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #8

    Jude D.'s the Raven Costume

    Jude D.'s the Raven Costume

    Jude D. made this Raven costume using silk, fabric paint, muslin, and feathers for mask.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Feather Skirt DIY

    The use of feathers has been used to add drama, style and glamour to what would otherwise be a normal or boring ensemble. In Project Runway season 6, Carol Hannah won the Bob Mackie/Christina Aguilera challenge. Her use of feathers helped to transform an ordinary black sequin dress into a cutting edge design that won the judges votes. Carol Hannah feather dress Roberto Cavalli Fall 2009 As we all know, the use of feathers is not something new. Most of us have seen it on the runway for the past few seasons from designers such as Roberto Cavalli or are beginning to see them in mass retailers such as H&M and TopShop. However, most of the feather skirts and dresses that take over the runway come with a hefty price and the one’s that are a reasonable price just end up looking like cheap knock-off’s. The best option is to do it yourself. Working with feathers is easy and by creating a do it yourself piece you can customize it any way you like to make it your own. To make a feather skirt is simple. The materials you will need are a pattern for a tulip skirt, 1-2 yards of a wool or polyester, 5-6 yards of feather attached to bias tape, approximately 1 yard of 2” wide elastic. Mood Fabrics elastic trim Mood Fabrics feather trim First start with a basic tulip shape skirt in a wool or polyester for structure. Save the waist band until last since you will need to cover the bias on the feathers. Once you have the body of the skirt constructed begin to attach the feathers to the skirt, 1 row at a time, starting from the bottom. You should leave 1.5”-2” between each row. Once you are finished attaching the feathers, sew the elastic band to the top of the skirt covering the bias of the feathers. It is an easy and affordable way to add a touch of glam into your wardrobe.

    Mood fabrics diy skirt

  • FALL/WINTER 2009 TREND: TEXTURES

    In the Fall/Winter 2009/10 runway collections it was all about textures. The use of feathers, sequins, fur and velvets were used to create collections that are meant to make the consumer feel good! The trends for this season range from Roaring 40’s to 80’s Party. Each trend incorporated the use of textures to create pieces that were special. Not necessarily something the consumer needs but more about something they want. The most innovative use of textures came from using feathers and sequins. These fabrics are not new but in Fall 09 designers began to use them in a new way to create looks that will be remembered for a lifetime. Riccardo Tisci Rccardo Tisci Feathers: The use of feathers can be seen in many runway collections from Fall 2009 but the best use of it came from Givenchy. In some of the most memorable looks from the collection, Riccardo Tisci used ostrich feathers to create a feminine touch to his interpretation of the 40’s power suit and a sash of ostrich feathers to create edge and interest to a plain white t-shirt. Feathers such as ostrich, hackle, and peacock are great to use as an alternative to fur. They are just as luxurious and are fairly easy to work with when purchasing them already attached to a bias. It is a simple way to add glamour and interest to any look.

    Nicholas Ghesquiere

    Sequins: The use of sequins has been present in the past few seasons. Sequins are great to add a touch of glamour to any silhouette. This season the use of sequins evolved from the mini-dress and into many different forms. The most surprising and innovative use of sequins came from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 09 collection. Nicholas Ghesquière used a leopard print season fabric in a silhouette that resembles the wrap dress. The cut has proven to be flattering on almost any figure and leopard print is a classic that keeps on being reinvented every season. Working with a sequin fabric is not the easiest. You must be very careful since good sequin fabrics usually have such delicate embroidery but if you use sequins it is sure to make any outfit pop.