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  • Finished: Chanel-Style Boxy Jacket with Fringe

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood. Kristen from Mood modeling the Chanel-style jacket I recently made for my daughter.
    A Chanel-style, boxy jacket is one of those classic pieces that works well on just about everyone. I decided it was time to make one for my daughter, who is about to graduate from college and needs clothes that can go on job interviews. For fabric, I chose a lightweight Italian black tweed that has little metallic flecks. Here are several excellent options for tweeds and bouclés at MoodFabrics.com. I lined it with black silk charmeuse from my stash. Note: When you find black or off-white silk charmeuse at a price you like, buy several yards. It's one of those fabrics you can always use. For the pattern, I used Kwik-Sew 3258. This is a good option if you're going for a less fitted, more boxy look—no princess seams, just bust darts. I converted the two-piece sleeves to bracelet-length and I trimmed off the neckline by about 1/2-inch. And I added four patch pockets, a quintessential Chanel touch.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood.

    The front closes with a plastic Riri zipper from Pacific Trims on W. 38th Street close to Mood NYC. Zipper teeth are exposed.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian black wool boucle and Mood's fancy metallic fringe.

    This eyelash black-and-silver metallic fringe I found at Mood NYC really makes the jacket, don't you think? I machine-stitched it in place before I attached the lining.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood.

    No Chanel-style jacket would be ready without the chain at the hem. It really works to weight down the jacket hem.

    Trims from Mood NYC perfect for Chanel-style jackets.

    If a Chanel-style jacket is in your future, plan on spending beaucoup time searching for the right trim, of which you'll need about five yards. I like these trims above for black bouclé or tweed jackets. (Email trim@moodfabrics.com for details.) ------------------- Have you moved on to spring sewing yet? I am so sick of winter that I swear I'm going to start sewing beachwear now, just in the hopes it might bring the warm weather sooner. What are you sewing?!
  • Mood DIY: Leather Fringe Skirt

    People often ask me where I get my inspiration for my DIY projects, and the honest answer is...."everywhere."  For this one, I think I was doing a modeling job one day recently when one of the designers came in with a leather fringe skirt, and I thought....how funky, gotta have it!  So, in addition to the leather fringe heels I made here (which I won't be wearing at the same time as the skirt, just an FYI), I wanted to add another cool leather piece to my wardrobe as we head into fall, and Mood Fabrics NYC had some really supple faux leather to help me achieve the look.  (Also available online at MoodFabrics.com.) How to wear it into the new season?  Just add some tights and a chunky sweater and you're all set. Tell me what you think below. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics.SUPPLIES: Skirt (I got this one really cheap at H&M, or you can make your own), faux leather, leather studded trim, straight edge, glue, rotary cutter, scissors, and a tape measure. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics.

    HOW-TO: 1. Fold your faux leather in half and lay it out on a flat surface. 2. Measure the length of the front of your skirt, seam to seam (mine was 14 inches across).  Then cut 3 sections of the folded faux leather, each 7 x 14 inches. The length is determined by the length of your skirt, and you may want to be a little more generous with the width to avoid my mistake I made of it being too short once you put it on). 3. Leaving the folded edge across the top, cut each of the 3 sections into 1/8 in strips with a 1/2 in seam allowance. 4. For safety, lay out the 3 sections before you glue them down. Once you know where you want them to go, start from the bottom and put a line of glue across top seam of 1 of your sections, and press it into place. I let my fringes hang about 1.5 inches over the skirt's hem. Repeat this for the other 2 sections. 5. Lastly, measure the width of the waistband of your skirt, cut a piece of trim the desired length (again, try it on before you cut), and then glue it into place. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather 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 the past 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: Leather Fringe Heels

    So....as I have been spending more and more time in the stores shopping for clients as a personal stylist, I can't help but notice that leather accents are everywhere for fall -- they're on shirts, shoes, shorts.  You name it....it's there.  So, I thought it'd be fun to incorporate it into my heels after seeing this tribal chic pair made by Sergio Rossi (seen here and retailing at over $1200 -- WOW!).  They're fun, they're flowy, and they will definitely be noticed! What more can a girl ask for? Leather Fringe Heels 1

    Leather Fringe Heels 2

    Leather Fringe Heels 3SUPPLIES:  Pair of heels with gladiator straps (you can always start with one and make more), needle and thread, binder clip, pen, rotary cutter, scissors, leather (or faux leather), and a ruler. Editor's note: Brandhyze bought her leather at Mood NYC but Mood Fabrics has lots of faux leather online. Leather Fringe Heels 4HOW-TO:  1. Cut out 4 pieces of leather (My bottom two measured 10 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in, and the top two were 10 in x 2 3/4 in -- but you can totally make all four the same length if you'd like). 2. Fold your leather in half with the wrong side facing out, and then use your rotary cutter to create the fringes. Feel free to use your pen to measure each fringe if you want; I just eyeballed about 1/8 in all the way across. Do this to all four pieces of leather. (Note: Be sure to leave yourself some room and NOT cut the fringes all the way up to the top). 3. I placed the longer fringe piece over the lower ankle strap, and then placed the shorter one on top. 4. Using your needle and thread; make short stitches in the left, right, and then middle of the fringe to hold the casing in place. Leather Fringe Heels 5B

    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, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former 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 DIY

    Halloween is upon us once again! It is the time to escape reality and transcend into anything or anyone we want to be, even if it is just for the night. With Halloween costume super stores selling your fantasy by the package, your vision is not always what you had imaged it to be and most likely you will run into a look alike more than once in one night. The only way to live out your fantasy every inch as perfect as you imagined it to be is to ultimately do it yourself. And though you may run into a few people that may resemble you that night, they all seem like knock-offs compared to your one of a kind. Popular costumes this year range from storybook imaginary best friends to the one and only King of Pop. Whatever your fantasy is, Mood Fabrics has just what you need to make all your Halloween dreams come true. wild-things First comes from the popular movie Where the Wild Things Are. The popular and lovable character of Carol is sure to be a favorite for all ages alike this Halloween. With a little bit of faux fur and a great mask, you are ready to go!!! The great added bonus for this costume is the fact that you will stay warm all night long.

    Mood Fabric dog

    The next, which is always popular and always fun, is Pocahontas. The best example of this DIY is demonstrated by Swatch, the Mood Fabrics mascot. His version isn’t exactly practical for humans but we can however use his great sense of style to create a look that is practical and stylish. Just use a little bit of ultra suede along with a cool trim such as feather or fringe to create an easy yet stylish Pocahontas costume!!! michael_jackson_shiny1246260745 And last but not least, this Halloween many will pay tribute to the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Michael had many great outfits to choose from. The most memorable would be his embellished bandleader jackets, pants with white socks, and the staple white glove. Get creative with this costume. Spruce up any blazer with a little metallic fringe, sequin, and some fancy buttons to create your own one of a kind Michael Jackson look. Whatever look you go for this Halloween season remember to be CREATIVE and have FUN because that is what this Holiday is all about!!!