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  • Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Eager to see a sneak peek of what's coming for Spring 2017? New York Fashion Week's got you covered. We have some new trends showing up as well as a few carrying over from the fall lineup, from graphic prints to daringly low collars, making for a refreshing yet familiar new style to kick off the next year with. Controlled Exposure 
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    A common trend among the highlighted designers was the use of controlled exposure with bare midriffs, shoulders, and centers. If you're a fan of this look, make room for crop tops and take advantage of your bomber and motor jackets from the Fall 2016 trends to match together this look.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Better for the warmer temperatures that come with spring, this dance with empty space focuses attention and accentuate the pieces of your ensemble, and it's important to utilize a fabric that will stand out well against your skin like a bright color or pattern. For creating the looks picture above, consider these fabrics: Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY| Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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
    J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics:   Cut-Out Fabrics
    Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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:
  • Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

    Fall is my favorite season, and one of the biggest reasons is my love for the fashion transition that comes with it. Being away from fall and winter styles for so long can really make you miss them, which is why I always find myself getting creative and inspired even though the cooler temperatures are settling in. With that said, the runway was all about practicality for the Fall 2016 season, and I couldn't be happier. Layers, fur, and bulk were big hits, so don't be afraid to style oversized this fall! Keep warm and keep fabulous. Here are a few of the trends that are lighting up the runway for Fall 2016! Long Winter Coats
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    I think it's safe to say that dusters and long winter coats never really go out of style, but it's nice to give them a spotlight of their own! Designers displayed these designs in an array of colors, ranging from bright pinks and teals to mature reds and neutrals like tan and navies.
    Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Vanessa Seward | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Coats like this are great for city commutes, especially if you have to walk in windy areas, and they give your look super classy appeal. A true basic item that can compliment anything,  especially when topped off with a nice fringe of faux fur to keep the extremities warm! If you're looking to make a long winter coat of your own, we'd recommend these kinds of fabrics!   High-Collared Shirts and Dresses
    Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Something many people struggle with in the coming of the colder seasons is the transition of temperature itself, especially in the office. A warm morning coffee or tea doesn't always do the trick, so if you get chills easily, you may want to consider high-collared shirts and dresses!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chic and comforting, high collars keep your neck warm and help you look professional in your business setting whether you have a knit sweater or a fitted top with a zipper. Consider some of these fabrics if you're looking for a fresh high-collar design!
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Wine Silk Satin Face Organza
    Lots of Layers
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Layering is another option that was highlighted on the runway for this season. This fashion method is a great way to incorporate multiple colors and pieces without having to sacrifice keeping warm, and it gives you a lot of wiggle room for mixing and matching style choices.
    Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Nina Ricci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The key is wearing multiple pieces made with lighter fabrics, like pairing a blouse with a light cardigan or button up sweater. Lighter fabrics like these would work well for this style!   Wide Pant Legs
    Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Heohwan Simulation | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide-legged suit pants are a must for office-wear and styles. They pair great with flats or a heeled boot, and the flared up the length of the leg is extremely flattering.
    Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Olympia Le-Tan | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If gives a great shape to your legs, and the wider cut can help protect your legs from the cold and let them breathe, too. Fitted tops go well with wide-legged pants, but a shirt with bell sleeves or a little more volume can look nice, too! Consider these kinds of fabrics when making a pair of wide-legged suit pants:   Faux Fur Coats
    Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Giambattista Valli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Was this one obvious? Fur and faux furs coats are just too rooted in trending history to go out of style. The runway's lineup had some gorgeous coats to display, some a little more abstract and others sporting a modest look. You might think they wouldn't fit well for your office setting, but you might be pleasantly surprised!
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A fur coat in a neutral palette can look very sophisticated and reserved. You don't have to worry about looking eccentric with coats like these, and really, who can blame you for wearing one when the temperatures start to dip? You can be cold and beautiful. Some of the fur fabrics we recommend include:   Turtlenecks under Dresses/Jumpers
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another great example of using layering, wearing a turtleneck shirt under a jumper or dress helps keep you looking and feeling good. It's a style that focuses more on practicality rather than style, but some of the match-ups on the runway were stunning by their own mark!
    Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Karen Walker | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you're interested in this look for the upcoming fall season, consider taking advantage of the fall and winter color schemes that are hot and trending right now! Here are some fabrics we'd like to recommend:   Turtleneck, Skirt, and Tights
    Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Miu Miu | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Another turtleneck fashion! Can you sense the pattern here? The combination of turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, and long skirts showed up throughout the runway lineup. While this style may be more reserved and modest, the aim isn't for flattering a certain shape or figure. Comfort is the key!
    Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Hermès | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Such a warm and soft style has its own type of elegance to it. Don't knock it before you try it! If you prefer to accessorize this style to be more form-fitting, pair your huge sweater with a wide belt around the waist like in the Hermès design above! Consider some of these fabrics in order to bring this look together: For Turtlenecks... For Skirts... For Tights:...   Navy instead of Black
    Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Sonia Rykiel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Is navy the new black? Well, sort of! Black will always have its spotlight as the eternal neutral in the fashion world, but sometimes it needs a break. Going to black all the time can get tiring, so if you're looking for a way to spice up a neutral day, go for navy. Just try it once!
    Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Tory Burch | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of designers' styles showcased navy ensembles in the fall shows. A true blue to the aesthetic of winter, it also contrasts well with warmer tones of orange. It's a great alternative if you want a little bit of change during the week. Here are some navy-colored fabrics that could be fun to work with!   Jogger Pants and Ankle-Length Pants with Heels
    J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear J.Crew | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    And last, but not least, we have two other cut-styles of pants to discuss! Ankle-length pants and jogger pants. I know I keep mentioning the cooler temperatures moving in, but it's not snowing just yet! Take advantage of this drier, mild weather to keep your legs warm while still showing off your favorite pair of booties or heels!
    Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Rag & Bone | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    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
  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
    Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit
    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Everyday Runway: How to Sew a Ruffle Bodice Maxi Dress

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    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.

    Ainea

    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.

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    Dress Layout   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.

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    The front and back panels are exactly the same, so I cut two on the fold.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Voilà! A versatile maxi dress. It can easily be dress up with some heels and jewelry, or it would be just as appropriate at a poolside party.

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    So what colors will you be using for this project? Tell us in the comments!

  • Cropped Maxi

    A couple of months ago, I found this awesome vintage 1970's bag on Etsy and I fell completely in love.  When it arrived, I instantly envisioned an off the shoulder top and a maxi skirt.  This bag is so gorgeous, I knew I needed a solid color fabric that would let the bag be the star. The fabric I chose was this matte Donna Karan viscose jersey.  It's medium weight with tons of drape and movement. The pattern I used for the top was vintage Butterick 4942 which is the quickest and easiest pattern ever. The skirt is a simple skirt I draped on my form and added a 4" waist band. A great alternative pattern is Vogue V9030.   cropped maxi skirt dress top sewing cropped maxi skirt dress top sewing cropped maxi skirt dress top sewing cropped maxi skirt dress top sewing cropped maxi skirt dress top sewing
  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top

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    The key to a fashionable summer? A fun and effortless look! And what better way to achieve that than matching separates? The skater skirt/crop top silhouette has been incredibly popular lately and if you've tried it out, I'm sure you understand why. It's trendy, it works with all body types, and it's beyond comfortable!

    For this outfit, I went with 2 yards of one of Mood's neoprene prints, which was terrific! If you're unfamiliar with neoprene/scuba knit, it's often used to make wet suits. Mood's fashion-weight scuba knit lacks the insulating foam that is typically associated with the fabric, leaving it with a wonderful drape, perfect for swimsuits, dresses, or - in this case - skirts and tops!

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    To get the shape for the top, all I did was trace a basic t-shirt, ignoring the sleeves. I then made the front neckline slightly more scooped. To get the length of your top, measure from your neckline to the spot you want your hem to lay, making sure to account for your bust. Once you have your length, add 1" to account for seam allowance and hemming.

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    The top comes together much easier than you'd think. The front and back panels attach at the sides, as well as the shoulders.

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    The neckline and armholes can all be finished with basic rolled-hems. Many machines come with an extra foot to assist with this, but it can also be done by simply folding your fabric over twice and stitching.

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    The bottom of the shirt can be finished the same way.

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    My skater skirt was basically a half circle skirt made up of two quarter circle panels, which I then widened on each side by about 5". In the end, it came out more like a 3/4 circle skirt, with more gathering and fullness at the bottom.

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    For the waistband I cut a rectangle 6" wide, and the length of my model's waist (minus 1" to account for stretch). To attach your waistband, fold it in half, and sew it to the right side of your skirt with a zigzag stitch. This ensures that the thread won't snap when you stretch your fabric.

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    I finished the skirt the same as the top, with a slightly wider rolled hem.

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    What do you think of the whole ensemble, and which neoprene print would you use to make your own? Tell us in the comments!

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  • All About Neoprene Fabrics

    Neoprene or polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubber that is produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It exhibits good chemical stability and maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range. Neoprene is sold either as solid rubber or in latex form and is used in a wide variety of applications, such as laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces (wrist, knee, etc.), electrical insulation, automotive fan belts and let's not forget, fashion too! Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that's often used to make wetsuits, hence its alternative name "scuba knit". Neoprene has become increasingly popular as a material to wear on the street (not just in the sea) because many of the qualities like stain resistance and general durability.  1) Neoprene in Fashion and Outerwear d767cfc0-929a-0132-4425-0ebc4eccb42f Designers already named neoprene as a summer essential and it's truly an ultimate fabric for year 'round usage. Though typically reminiscent of material used for a scuba suit, designers are doing so many awesome things with the material this season. It's sporty and cool, but that doesn't mean your look can't be chic. When purchasing neoprene for sportswear and activewear applications, it is important to know what thicknesses are good for which applications. A thickness of 2 to 2.5mm will be best geared towards scuba suits/wet suits, cozies, and laptop cases. Any neoprene that is 1.5mm in thickness will be best suitable for fashion applications. Anything thinner than that (such as 1mm ) are actually consistent of just the knit top that typically covers the rubber backing or central glue and would be best suited for swimwear and apparel such as form-fitting skirts and dresses. You'll never run the risk that your bodycon skirt or tight leggings are accidentally a little bit see-through with a neoprene or scuba knit fabric.
    Tango Red/Alpine Green Double-Faced Neoprene/Scuba Fabric
    Black Stretch Mesh Topped Neoprene

    For those looking for a less bulky fabric, not to worry - fashion weight neoprene is just for you. As stated earlier, these thinner fabrics are essentially just the neoprene knit you see on wetsuits without the insulating foam in between. You'll find thicknesses of about 1-1.5mm often being made into swim suits and skater skirts. Neoprene can be digitally printed to hold photo-realistic prints well, so it's not uncommon to see huge floral or intricate patterns splattered all over a dress or a sweatshirt.

    Multi-Colored Abstract Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit
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    2) Swimwear 68f2b5b0-9298-0132-442c-0ebc4eccb42f You can't complete a slide share of Neoprene clothing without featuring at least one swimsuit. Even if you don't plan on going in the water at all, you can still rock sporty, surfer-y neoprene at the beach this summer. The fabric once used almost exclusively by hardcore surfers and deep sea divers is now being used in swimsuits designed for us expert Kindle readers and tanners, too—which we're thrilled about. Because whether it's a sleek, low-cut black maillot or a technicolor bikini, neoprene makes a swimsuit stand out from the pack in a fun, sporty, unexpected way. For swim wear the best thickness to work with is 1-2mm depending on how intricate your design is.
    Prismatic Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene
    Purple/Teal Geometic Hydrangea Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene
      3) Laptop Sleeves Candy-Color-14-neoprene-Laptop-Sleeve-Case-Bag-Pouch-For-9-7-10-13-13-3 Neoprene laptop sleeves have become increasingly popular, as they are lightweight and stylish. Buyers should consider their everyday lifestyle, as well as their usual laptop usage habits, when choosing the material for a laptop sleeve. Preferred thickness for making the sleeves would be around 1.5-2mm, if we go beyond that then the sleeves will be slightly heavier and once you add in the laptop, it won't look sleek and skinny.
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    4) Halloween Costume Face Masks s-l1000 Neoprene fabrics are even used to make face masks. It can also be used for any snow sports to keep you away from harmful elements of the cold weather. Normally, maskes made from neoprene are up to 1.5mm thick. 5) Neoprene seat covers coverking_neoprene_seat_covers_aa Ride the wild surf in complete comfort with Neoprene Seat Covers. Crafted from the same material as surfing wetsuits, neoprene boasts excellent water resistance, a cushiony feel and hard-core durability. Designed exclusively to meet the demands of your wet and wooly lifestyle, Neoprene covers are easy to clean and easy to install. Whether you're working to keep your new seats new, to boost your interior style, or to revive a set of tired old seats, neoprene has you and your seats covered. Since seat covers tend to receive a lot of wear and tear, they are typically made with heavy duty neoprene with at least 2mm thick.
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    6) Neoprene Knee Support
      kne-6412-neoprene-knee-support-with-hinge-use Neoprene braced tend to stabilize collateral ligaments, protect the meniscus and relieve symptoms of mild ostheoarthritis. This open patella, slip-on brace measures 12” (30cm) and features removable metal hinges with an extension stop at 0˚ to help protect knee from hyperextension. High quality neoprene retains natural body heat to help increase circulation and warmth. Suggested thickess would be 1-1.5mm, because you wouldn't want the fabric to be too thick and uncomfortable. 7) Mobile Cases   $(KGrHqN,!lMFEzJi2cN0BRj2SFouSQ~~_32 Mobile phone cases come in quite a large range of materials. Some are more popular than others, but one material that is forging ahead in the popularity stakes is neoprene. It has long been used in many industrial applications, but has only made any impression in the phone case manufacturing industry comparatively recently. Within a fairly short time, however, neoprene has proved its worth as well as its popularity among mobile phone owners who want a phone case that not only looks good and feels good, but also provides superior protection for their phone. 8) Shoe Covers ( Especially for Cycling) bon_booties_11_s Neoprene features beneficial for shoe covers include:
    • Water-resistance - Surface is hydrophobic, keeping the wearer dry by allowing perspiration to evaporate. (This does not apply to certain 1 -1.5mm neoprenes)
    • Wind-resistance - Barrier reduces wind to keep you warm, yet not clammy because it is breathable.
    • Breathable - Wicking fibers pull perspiration into the surface for evaporation. Dries quickly.
    • Durable - Fabric is rugged yet delivers soft feeling comfort and warmth.
    9) Camera Covers Free-Shipping-S-font-b-Neoprene-b-font-font-b-Camera-b-font-font-b-Cover This camera cover is  made from soft shock-absorbing neoprene, protecting your camera from nicks, dings and scratches due to accidental impact. It also adds protection from the elements and keeps your camera free from dust and dirt. Typical thicknesses for these types of covers is about 2mm.   Any designer or customer considering using neoprene will be pleased to know that it is an easy fabric to work with mainly because it doesn’t fray or slip and also doesn’t need a lining. Creating structure and form are made easier by the fabrics innate properties, a kind of soft firmness. Looking at the number of end uses, don't be late to add neoprene fabrics into your wardrobe. We have distinct varieties of neoprene, from fashion to conversational prints, which not only been a large component in water sports but it has a huge impact in fashion industry, from gorgeous dresses to fashion skirts . Our neoprene are mostly made of polyester and spandex, that gives a fantastic 2/4-way stretch and are mostly completely opaque. Now it's your turn to take a step forward in fashion and sport, and there is no fabric better to do that with than a conversational printed neoprene/scuba knit. Come here, get your favorite neoprene and make the best of it!
  • Mood DIY: 2 Seam Circle Shirt

    With a new season comes a need for a whole new wardrobe. However, if you're looking to save some money, DIY is definitely the way to go. Can't sew? Not a problem! This shirt takes 10 minutes, and only has two straight seams!

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    You'll need a yard and a half of a no-fray knit material. I went with one of Mood's awesome new neoprene fabrics. Who doesn't love milk and cookies? DSC_0422

    The first step is folding your fabric in half twice, like above. The folded corner will become the neckline. You'll want to cut a small quadrant out from the corner. 2" - 2.5" will create a typical t-shirt neckline. You can also elongate the cutout for a more oval opening.

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    To give the shirt shape, measure about 18" down from the neck and mark it with a pin, like the image below. Along the other edge, measure about 15" from the neck. Cut straight down for about 12" and then curve toward the 18" pin. Follow the picture below to place your side seams. Each seam should be about 8" long, starting just below the straight part of the sleeve and angling toward the center of the neckline.

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    Throw it on over a camisole and some yoga pants and you have the comfiest outfit on the planet!

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  • Halloween Contest Entry #43

    Sarah R.'s Raven Costume

    Sarah R.'s Raven Costume

    A Black Knit was used for the dress and feather trim was used to make Sarah R.'s Raven 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!