this floral brocade, the last thing on my mind was a coat. I envisioned a skirt or maybe even a dress but when it arrived, it arrived along with this green silk wool and laying next to each other screamed coat to me and here we have it. I lined it with this green bemberg viscose. Because it's such a busy fabric I knew I wanted a pattern that was simple which brought me back to this Burdastyle 11/2013 #116 pattern with the following pattern alterations: -Added 7" to the collar -Cut the sleeve 7" from the bottom for the top half of the sleeve and added 5" to the length with the green wool fabric -Removed 3.5" from the bottom of the front pattern These leather pants were previously made here along with this silk shirt dress worn as a top.
Box-Pleated SkirtsBox-pleated skirts were common on the runway this week. Often related with uniforms, these types of pleats live up to their reputation to show off a refined, sharp shape to your silhouette, and the little flare they bring can be quite flattering. From longer to shorter skirts, box pleats are a great tool to have in your arsenal of ensembles! Looking to make some box pleats of your own? Try out a fabric that will hold the shape well, like these:
70's InspiredSharp and bold, 70's inspired styles were hot this week. Broad collars like this trend sports accentuate necklines and shoulders, and careful top-stitching outline your garment shapes for the perfect subtle touch. Color-blocking with bright and thick fabrics is another popular trick when wearing 70's fashion. Stay warm and fresh with style with fabrics like these to pull off an amazing 70's look:
Muted Floral PrintsAnd even though spring is still a ways away, the Milan show still had plenty of designers playing with floral prints. Putting a fall spin on florals with more subdued colors and designs was the key, and we can still get the chilly image of an autumn afternoon from looking at these garments. Flowers might hibernate in the winter, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to! Try out some of these softer floral designs for your next project: Are there any other types of fabrics you think might look good for these styles? Who or what are you looking forward to seeing in Paris' fashion week? Share your thoughts with us!
Need to up inter-seasonal wardrobe? A maxi skirt like this is perfect for the end of summer as we slowly transition into fall!With a two yard cut of fabric, you should end up with a piece that's 72"x52". The 72" will be gathered around the waist, so if your waist is larger or smaller than 36"-38", you'll want to adjust your yardage accordingly. About 2x your waist measurement works best! I used:
- 2 yards Liberty of London silk-cotton voile
- 1/2 yard Midnight Navy Ponte Knit
- 1 yard 2" Navy Stretch Grosgrain
Begin by folding your fabric in half so you have a 36"x52" rectangle. Opposite your fold, round the bottom corner. As you can see in my final skirt, the slit curves on either side towards the bottom - these rounded corners make those curves.
Finish the three sides (excluding the top, which will go into the waistband) with a basic rolled hem. If you're not the neatest at sewing, a rolled hem foot makes a clean edge every time, just like you see above!
For the underskirt, a ponte knit worked perfectly. It's opaque, which is a necessity for a lining like this; plus, it's soft and stretchy, making it super comfortable.
This part of the skirt consists of two panels - front and back. The top/waist should be your waist measurement minus 2" since we're working with a knit. To get the circumference of your hem, measure around your thighs and add 5". Since we're working with two panels, divide those numbers by 2 and you'll have the flat measurement across the top and bottom of your underskirt, like you see above. I made mine 20" long, but the length can be easily altered to your preference.
Next, pin one end of your voile off-center on the front panel of your underskirt. Evenly gather the print along the waistline of the underskirt, overlapping the ends about 3" on the front, creating the skirt slit.
Lastly, cut a comfortable length of elastic for your waistband (usually waist measurement minus 2" again) and attach it to the top of your skirt with a zig-zag stitch or a serger.
And your new maxi skirt is ready to wear! Which prints would you love to use for this project? Tell us below!
Everyone loves to get outside in the sun, and whether you're soaking up some rays at the beach, or tending to some flowers in your yard, it's always great to stay on trend!
Adorable aprons and work dresses have been all the rage recently, and you'll find no shortage of patterns online. For this one, however, I went with Simplicity 1080, which featured huge, helpful pockets and a cute A-line silhouette.
- 1.5 yards Floral Herringbone Combed Cotton Dobby Jacquard
- 1 yard Mustard Floral Printed Cotton Voile
- 1/2 yard Dusted Blue Floral Bouquet Cotton-Poly Chambray
- 2 yards 7/8" Olive Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
- 2 yards 3/4" Natural Cotton Twill Tape
I won't be going into the details of the pattern, but I did want to share a few of the steps and highlight how simple it was to put together!
The pattern calls for bias tape to line the edges of the neckline and sleeves, as well as the pockets and ties, but I took a bit of a different approach. For the raw edges at the neck and armholes, I chose to work with all natural twill tape. It was incredibly soft and comfortable, which made it perfect for an apron like this that may face a lot of wear and tear in the garden. Rather than roll the hems, I simply sewed the tape to the right side of the main fabric, folded it over, and top-stitched - like you see in the photo above.
In lieu of bias tape ties and binding around the pockets, I chose the olive grosgrain. It works nearly the same as the tape, but it opened up more options for colors, and it's white stitching added an some wonderful detail!
Will you be making your own apron, either for gardening or crafting? What prints and patterns will you be using?
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:
- 1/2 yard Rag & Bone Italian Light Grey Blended Wool
- 1/2 yard Multicolored Stretch Cotton Bullseye Pique
- 16" Mountain Mist Designer's Choice Pillowform
- Invisible Zipper
As with most pillows, the first step was cutting out fabric squares. This one called for two 16" pieces of cotton, and one of the wool. Another option would be two cuts of wool, but I decided to use the cotton as a colorful back panel, as well as the peek-a-boo flower.
In the center of the wrong side of the wool panel, I drew a small circle, measuring at about 3.75". Then I added lines that essentially cut that circle into slices, extending them about 6" past the edge, as you can see in the photo above.
I used a rotary cutter to slice cleanly along the chalk lines, up to the outside of the circle. Pinning and sewing the petals together proved much simpler that I expected. I flipped and gathered the wool, like the picture below, placed two pins 1" apart in each petal, and sewed between them. I was done in ten minutes!
After that, it just became a simple pillow job again; placing right sides together and sewing around the outside. Rather than sewing the final side closed, I added an invisible zipper, in case I ever wanted to wash or spot clean the case.
Now I have a cute and colorful new pillow, and a teeny tiny bit of experience in fabric manipulation. Here's to trying new things!
I've became a fiend for Neoprene overnight! It's lightweight and thick at the same time, stretchy, super soft and durable. What can you make out of them, you ask? Well, I decided to create my very own custom pillow, skirt and computer bag, all with the Digitally Printed Neoprene found in Mood Fabrics' disposal! Below are three separate tutorials showing you how I made them. Let's get started!
CUSTOM NEOPRENE PILLOW
Begin by measuring the area of the pillow. Give room for seam allowances and cut two square pieces out of the neoprene.
Sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Leave one side open for the insertion of the pillow. Before turning the case right side out, clip the corners to remove bulk.
Fold in the edges to prepare for hand-stitched closure.
Pin folded edges together and ladder stitch the fourth side closed to resemble the three other machine-stitched sides.
Voila! Your custom neoprene pillow!
CUSTOM NEOPRENE SKIRT
Start by cutting out two equal pieces of your skirt pattern. I 'eye-balled' my skirt pattern. Cut the pattern on the fold to ensure symmetry.
Sew down the side seams using a ½” seam away from the edge.
Fold down the top ¼” more than your desired waistband width. Pin in place and sew.
Leave about an inch opening to insert waistband.
Attach a large enough safety pin to one end of the waistband and ease it through the casing you created.
Once all is through and around, box stitch the ends of the waistband to close.
Finally, finish off the skirt with a simple hemline, typically a basic fold about ½” under.
Voila! Your custom neoprene skirt!
CUSTOMER NEOPRENE COMPUTER BAG
First, measure the area of your computer and add a seam allowance. Cut out four equal pieces of the neoprene.
Using only two pieces, sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Clip the corners to remove bulk.
Flip panel right side out. (Note: You may need to iron the fabric to flatten it.)
Fold in top edges and pin down. Use a topstitch of about a ¼” to close final side. Repeat steps 2-4 to the other remaining two pieces.
With right sides facing each other, topstitch the bottom edges of the panels together to create bottom seam.
With your webbing, create a continuous loop over the right side of the joined panels to add handles. (Note: To calculate how much webbing is required, multiply your computer’s length by six, then add two inches for seam allowance.)
Once in place, stitch the webbing to the case face. Ensure stability by making box seams at the beginning of each handle.
Finish it off by sewing the side seams closed with a ¼” stitch from the edges. Flip right side out and….
Voila! Your custom neoprene computer bag!
Unless you've been under a rock, I'm sure you've noticed the ever growing floral crown trend, on both girls and women alike. Originating in the times of Ancient Greece, we recently saw this boho chic accessory on the spring 2014 runways of designers like Dolce & Gabbana.Not a fan of artificial flowers and real ones lack longevity? Well, I've got the perfect solution for you -- floral trim from Mood Fabrics. It can be just the thing you need to do the trick. (Want to see another version, click here). SUPPLIES: scissors, glue, elastic, needle and thread, and floral trim HOW-TO: 1. Measure your head for the length of elastic and trim you'll need. 2. Go ahead and cut them. 3. The trim I bought was a little longer than needed, so I carefully cut the design close to the flower. 4. Lay out your trim and glue your elastic to the back (approximately in the middle). 5. Place the glue on one side of the trim and fold in half. Let it dry for a couple hours. 6. Lastly, use your needle and thread to stitch the crown closed. You're all done.
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The sixth season of Mad Men premieres this Sunday on AMC and we're eager to watch how the women of the show---Peggy, Joan, Betty, Megan and pre-teen Sally---take to late 1960's fashion. We're used to them wearing dresses that were fitted and flattering, but now they're stepping into the Mod part of the decade and none of them exactly look like Twiggy. The New York Daily News writes about dressing the characters in the styles of the period in a recent article:
“It was a very challenging decade,” [Tim] Gunn explained of the season-six ensembles. “There was never before a decade like the ’60s and hasn’t been one since. ‘Mad Men’ style was how we ushered in the ’60s and we ushered it out with hippiedom. Between those two polarities, there were the miniskirt, Yves Saint Laurent’s clear vinyl dress, the paper dress, the bikini — it was almost impossible to shock people.” He added, “It was a time that was so schizophrenic and challenging to decide who you are.” (NY Daily News)
So far, Mad Men fashions have inspired countless numbers of home sewers to re-create the dresses and outfits worn by their favorite characters. We can't help wondering if the blogosphere will embrace Mad Men Mod as much as it has the early sixties fashions, but Mood Fabrics has lots of mod and groovy fabrics in our two stores and online just in case. For example, there's this pink pop floral brocade, this pink-and-brown bold geometric jersey knit, and this Marc Jacobs retro-floral silk charmeuse; in our NYC store we found these fabrics:
Will you be watching Mad Men this Sunday? Could late 1960's fashions serve as your next design inspiration? Let us know here!
For Spring 2010 the trends stray away from the edginess of seasons past and revert back to classics. What makes Spring 2010 so great is that you will be able to find many styles that will last you a lifetime, not just a season. TRENCH COAT: First piece that will last you from Spring to Fall is a basic trench coat. This is such an easy and versatile piece which is easy to find at a variety of price points. Wear a trench over a floral dress, striped sweater, or oversized boyfriend shirt with jeans and you have a chic put together look. If you already have a trench coat, or prefer a more unique option, you can opt for a sleeveless trench coat, which you can wear as a dress. This style won’t be as easy to find as your basic trench coat but it can be a simple DIY by removing the sleeves.