Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics: Cut-Out Fabrics 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. 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:
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
The top comes together much easier than you'd think. The front and back panels attach at the sides, as well as the shoulders.
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.
The bottom of the shirt can be finished the same way.
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.
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.
I finished the skirt the same as the top, with a slightly wider rolled hem.
What do you think of the whole ensemble, and which neoprene print would you use to make your own? Tell us in the comments!
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 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.
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.2) Swimwear 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. 3) Laptop Sleeves 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. 4) Halloween Costume Face Masks 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 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.6) Neoprene Knee SupportNeoprene 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 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) 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.
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?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.
Throw it on over a camisole and some yoga pants and you have the comfiest outfit on the planet!
Black Knit was used for the dress and feather trim was used to make Sarah R.'s Raven Costume.A
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