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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Lace Kimono in 10 Minutes

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    Layering is one of the best things, even in the summer. Often I'll want to bring something with me when I go out in case the air conditioning is blasting. Plus, as September rolls nearer, I can never have too many  shawls. And so, I made a new one! In under 15 minutes, too!

    Since Mood put up this geometric lace I've been absolutely in love with it, so I knew right away what I'd be using for this project.

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    Since this lace had scalloped edges, I decided to use them for the sleeves. This meant folding the fabric in half, with the scallops on either side, and cutting up the center of the top layer to create the neckline/front opening. A simple rolled hem finished it perfectly.

    To create "sleeves" I stitched about 2/3 up the sides, stopping roughly 10" from the top fold. And just like that, I had a new shawl! 2 yards of Black Shell Fringe along the bottom brought the whole look together.

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    So what lace will you be using to try out this project?

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  • Lace Caftan

    When I think of the perfect pool coverup I instantly think of a caftan, so incorporate lace into the equation and you have a comfortable, sexy combination that I love.  This lace from moodfabrics.com fits the vision perfectly.  It's light, airy and simply beautiful. The pattern used for this caftan was McCalls M6552 with the following alterations: -Added a seam down the front -Removed the waist tie option -Added 4" to the length -Added 10" to the length of the sleeves   lace caftan_mood lace caftan1 lace caftan2 lace caftan3 lace caftan4
  • Mood DIY: Quick and Easy Ruffles

    Ruffles are all over the runway this season, but you certainly don't need to pay designer prices to stay on trend - you can make them yourself! In fact, ruffles are one of the easiest things to create and this post will show you just how easy they are to add to any pattern or design.

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    1. Gathered Ruffles

    Gathering fabric is one of the simplest ways to make ruffles and there are several ways to do it! One of the most common is gathering as you pin or sew, but there's a great way to get quick, perfect ruffles every time.

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    Set your machine to its widest straight stitch, and sew along the bottom edge. Take one end of your thread and pull. Your fabric or trim will bunch up, perfectly spaced along your stitches.

    DSC_0480 These types of ruffles work well along seams, making them terrific if you're thinking of adding them to a pattern. For this crop top you could easily alter anything with princess seams, such as Simplicity 8345. I cut the pattern at the waist, added the ruffles and a bottom band. It was made with 3/4 yard White Swan Cotton Chambray. The front and back panels are 1/2 yard Sand Classically Embroidered Cotton Eyelet, lined with an Italian black cotton shirting. The ruffles are a 3" Italian ecru cotton eyelet trim. DSC_0491 DSC_0493 2. Circle Ruffles Off the shoulder shirts are making a comeback this Spring, so why not combine them with ruffles? DSC_0456 For a large ruffle like this, you essentially just need a small circle skirt shape. The inside of the circle should be about 3 inches larger than the circumference of your shoulders. On this shirt, the ruffle is about 8" long in the front and back, and 6" toward the sides. DSC_0394 This top called for 2 yards of a striped lightweight twill and a vintage pattern. It's not completely unlike a renaissance blouse, or a trendy 70's shirt. Simplicity 9582 is a great option as it gives several options for ruffle type and size. DSC_0402 If you're going the renaissance pattern way, however, there's really only one alteration you need to do. Once your elastic is sewn into the neckline, skip the elastic in the waistband and sleeves. Instead, add the ruffle to the inside of the neck, so that the right side flips out, over the neckline. DSC_0457 DSC_0458   3. Ruffle Finishes If you're looking to add delicate ruffles to hems or seams, you'll be working with circle ruffles, but on a smaller scale.

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    For these, the inside of the circle should always be the length of whatever you're trimming. The tighter the circle, the more ruffled your trim will be when you pull it straight. For a ruffle that gradually fades, you can cut a spiral instead of a circle!

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  • Mood DIY: Lace Panel T-Shirt

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    How often have your t-shirts gotten worn out or too small? Maybe you just buy one and don't wear it as often as you thought you would? Adding lace is the perfect way to give it new life and bring a little extra style to your wardrobe!

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    For this DIY, all you need is an old shirt (which everyone has tons of) and 1/2 yard of scalloped lace. For the one above, I used one of Mood's new laces, with an abstract geometric pattern.

    The first thing to do, would be to seam rip the sides. I cut my friend's shirt 17" up, so I cut out two 17" long triangles from the lace I chose. I went with a 5" base, so the lace would lie flatter to the wearer's side, but if you'd like your's to gather and flow more, simply make a wider triangle.

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    Here, you should pin your lace to your shirt, right sides together, and sew, making sure not to stretch your tee and you do so. It's best to use a walking foot if your shirt is a super stretchy knit fabric.

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    To finish, I recommend trimming your seam allowance as tightly as possible, but other than that, you have a brand new top! Never let a t-shirt die again!

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  • Mood DIY: Eyelet Shorts

    A lot of DIY's that I see and do require a sewing machine for that polished look....for this one, I wanted to "level the playing field" for everyone and offer up  something that was super cute, but no-sew.  These lace shorts say it all. They are so feminine and fun, and are great for a date night or brunch with friends.  With so much lace at Mood Fabrics....there's a pair of shorts for every occasion. Check them out! Lace Shorts 1ALace Shorts 5Lace Shorts 3SUPPLIES: shorts, needle and thread, fabric glue, lace trim, and scissors. Editor's note: Eyelet trims available on Mood stores and online at MoodFabrics.com.

    Lace Shorts 4HOW-TO: I didn't want to pay a lot for a pair of shorts, so I started with a pair of men's boxers. I then rolled the waist down, took in the sides, hemmed them, and hand stitched them to this new fit that I liked. Quick and easy. 1. Take a piece of lace trim and measure around the circumference of one thigh. Cut it. I wanted this first piece to drape below the hem line of the shorts, so add a line of glue and go ahead and set the first piece in place (Note: Make sure the seam is on the inner thigh). 2. Continue to add pieces along the inner thigh -- I used four. 3. Here you see the four rows I have done around each leg, trying to be careful where the seams lined up in the inner thigh area. Next, you'll want to start placing entire strips around the entire pair of shorts (Note: I alternated which side my seam was on). 4. It got a little tricky the higher I went up, so I opted to put the shorts on so I could fill them out and make sure they weren't too tight. So I kept them on and glued on the trim as I got closer to the waist band. There you have it! Lace Shorts 6A

    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.

  • Mood DIY: Beyonce Super Bowl-Inspired Bustier

    Was I the only one who sat in awe after the Super Bowl half time show last month?  Not only at Beyonce's performance  -- I mean Kelly and Michelle were a refreshing throwback -- but of Beyonce's COSTUME?  I literally said out loud when she flashed that winning smile at the end...."now THAT'S HOT!"  So, I don't need to tell you how excited I was to learn that the very designer of Bey's costume (his name is Rubin Singer)....got the guipure lace from Mood Fabrics NYC. Welllllll....that's all I needed to hear.  I marched up to Mood, stalked the fancy lace section, got my hands on a secondhand leather vest, and got to work.

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    Beyonce Inspired Bustier 2 Supplies: Leather vest, guipure lace, rotary cutter, scissors, straight pins, tape measure, straight edge, pen, sewing machine, and/or  needle and thread.  (Note: you can use fabric paint or spray paint to dye lace if you'd like). Beyonce Inspired Bustier 3 How-To: 1. Wrap lace around your body, or mannequin to estimate where lace will fall and how much you'll need. 2. I used masking tape here, but it would be just as easy to use straight pics to section off a guide to what part of the design you want to include BEFORE you cut. 3. Cut out the "U" shaped form of lace you'll be working with -- slowly snipping pieces of the lace close to the edge that won't be included in your design. 4. I wanted a slightly darker shade than what was available, but this step is totally optional.  To change lace color, feel free to use fabric paint or even spray paint to do the job.  (Note: I tried RIT dye initially, but unfortunately it didn't work). 5. Use tape measure and pen to mark out the deep "V's" of leather that you'll remove from the abdomen area of the vest. 6. Use a rotary cutter to precisely cut the leather. 7. With straight pins, hem the rough edges of the vest that are left after you cut out the V's. 8. With a half inch seam allowance, hem the leather V's. 9. Hand stitch lace onto the inner lining of the vest.

    Beyonce Inspired Bustier 4 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 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.