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  • Mood Fabric's Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week Trend Report

    The NY designers' creativity with fabrics and designs came out in full force at Fall 2016 NY Fashion Week.  Wish you were there to see the most luxurious and sumptuous fabrics up close?  Read on.  This blog has got a recap that will give you a window into the coolest trends in fabrics fashioned on the City's catwalks.

    Fabulous fashion came down the runway look after look at all the designers' shows in trends such as paisley, sequins and lace paired with luscious wool.  The use of creamy velvet and silk jacquards, brocades, and taffetas brought subtle touches of glamour to flowing evening gowns and structured separates.  In addition, there were a number of traditional fabrics such as glen plaids, tweeds and wool boucles showcased with fur and beaded embellishments on sexy silhouettes.  This was not your grandmother's tweed and lace!

    A great way to get these designer styles is to peruse our selections here at Mood Fabrics.  This blog will give you all of the hippest trends designers sent down the runway for you to emulate in your very own sewing studio.  Pick up all of these trending fabrics from Mood and use them to sew garments infused with YOUR personality.

    Altuzarra RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Altuzarra stunned with pretty paisleys paired with knits.  For evening, he used beautifully sheer fabrics that any woman would love and then seduced us with sequins to delicately cover all of our sexy bits.

    AltuzarraPaisley Spotlight on Paisley
    Altuzarra RTW Fall 2016, Looks #4,#24, Vogue Runway
    AltuzarraSequins Spotlight on Sequins
    Altuzarra RTW Fall 2016, Looks #35, #38, Vogue Runway

    If you are as crazy about Altuzarra's mix and match paisley looks as I am, check out Mood Fabrics' wide selection of paisley prints in whatever fabric you desire.  We have the best selection around from luxurious to everyday paisleys.  You'll find them in silk, silk chiffon, velour,  embroidered laces, knits and cottons.  Find your favorite paisley and wow them with Altuzarra style in your next sewing project.

    Kick it up several notches for an evening out with that special someone.  Choose a delicate sequined fabric like Guipure lace or any other delicate delight from Mood Fabrics to create a special "all eyes on me" date night look.  Below are my favorite picks from Mood that you can use to sew in homage to Altuzarra’s RTW Fall 2016 NYFW Runway today.

    MoodGray.Paisley Multi-Gray Paisley Printed Corded Cotton Sateen
    Navy.RedMoodPaisley Navy/Red Paisley Print Stretch Cotton Poplin
    Sequined.LaceMood Nine Iron Floral Sequined Guipure Lace
    Reflective.SequinsMood Reflective Silver Abstract Sequin Fabric

    Oscar de la Renta RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Oscar de la Renta's show was a nod to times past, where glamour and style walked hand in hand in everyday fashion.  His muse for Fall 2016 could walk easily into the boardroom for an important meeting, then slip out to take an important client to dinner and the opera while custom-fitted in all of the pretty structured frocks made of silk jacquards, brocades, fur, and even leather.  For red carpet events, there were many beautifully patterned and weightless silk fabrics displayed on drop dead gorgeous gowns with major drama.

    OscardelaRentaGoldBrocades Spotlight on Brocades
    Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2016, Looks #36, #4, Vogue Runway
    OscardelaRentaTaffeta Spotlight on Taffeta
    Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2016, Look #51, Vogue Runway
    To add a touch of the glamorous life to your wardrobe, head on over to Mood Fabrics and check out our offerings of designer Oscar de la Renta.  Then add some silk brocades, damasks, or taffeta fabrics to your cart to complete any "uniquely you" sewing project inspired by the heirloom quality looks from Oscar de la Renta's 2016 NYFW collection.  I've included my favorite styles below to get you started.
    Silk.Damask.Mood Elmwood Green Embroidered Silk Twill Brocade
    SilkViscoseBrocadeMood Metallic Gold Floral Silk-Viscose Brocade
    Silk.Taffeta.Mood Fuchsia Red Silk Taffeta
    BurgundyTaffeta.Mood Burgundy Silk Taffeta

    Derek Lam RTW Runway, Fall 2016

    Derek Lam modernized vintage fabrics with his mixed media approach to fall dressing.  Printed silk blouses mixed with bright wool and sequined gowns juxtaposed with warm and fuzzy fur coats make great statement pieces.  Added extra touches such as mirrored rhinestone buttons, horn shaped toggles, and chunky heeled boots created a special signature of the designers'; one that clearly says "signed with love".  Mood has our very own collection of Derek Lam fabrics.  Current offerings include knitted wool and French terry.

    DerekLamWools Spotlight: Wool Coats with Special Details
    Derek Lam, RTW Fall 2016, Look #1, #18, Vogue Runway
    DerekLamSequins.Fur Spotlight on Sequin Dresses and Fur Coats
    Derek Lam RTW Fall 2016, Look #33, #15, Vogue Runway

    Mood Fabrics also has all the special buttons, trimmings, novelty wools and furs you need to recreate Lam's looks.  Check out a few of my favorite colors and styles of wool and fur from Mood that will make a great Derek Lam inspired coat for your next project.

    Imperial Blue/Fuchsia Plaid Wool Mohair
    BlackLongHairGoatFur Black Long Haired Goat Fur
    MoodSequinsonMesh Prism Violet/Black Abstract Sequins on Mesh
    MoodHornToggles 80L/50.8mm Black/Silver Horn Toggle

     Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016

    Jason Wu did it again!  He gave us an amazingly diverse show full of many different forms, silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics, even with ostrich feathers on the runway.  Modern understated sex appeal in luxurious and traditional fabrics such as fur, velvet, and embroidery, as well as ribbed knit and wool checks, lit up the stage with bright and joyous pops of color throughout.

    Although the mood was serious and grown-up, it was more "grown and sexy" appealing to New York's hardest working women in the boardrooms.  Mood offers just as diverse a selection of Jason Wu's designer fabrics.  Pick up some to replicate that perfect amount of subtle sexiness in your wardrobe.

    JasonWuFeathersEmbroidery Spotlight on Feathers & Embroidery
    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016, Looks #28, #31, Vogue Runway
    JasonWu.Knits.Wool Spotlight on Ribbed Knits & Checked Wool
    Jason Wu RTW Fall 2016, Looks #8, #9, Vogue Runway

    Want to design your own Jason Wu style perky suit or sexy sweater dress?  Check out a few of my fabric picks for these wardrobe staples and more.

    MoodFabricsFloralEmbroideredd Powder Blue Floral Embroidered Silk Woven
    MoodRibbedWoolKnit Tan Speckled Blended Wool Knit
    MoodChenilleChecks Mulberry/Citron Checks Chenille
    MoodOstrichFringe 6" Single Ply Sage Green Ostrich Fringe

    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016

    The trend-maker in wonderland, Marc Jacobs was in his element at NYFW Fall 2016, showing an edgy color palette of floral and polka dotted prints in billowy and over-sized shapes accented with sequined floral appliques, embroidery, and fur stoles.  Jacobs' use of fabric laser cutting technology gave intricate details to cool separates made of fancy patent leather.  The red carpet gowns in dark hues of violet and green, and of course in black, were made of highly embellished shimmery satins and detailed with shimmery paillettes and sequins.  Mood Fabrics carries tons of Marc Jacobs' designer fabrics on our site.  Add some high fashion flavor to your wardrobe from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2016 collection's dreamiest of looks and wear the enviable essence of sophistication.

    MarcJacobsPrints Spotlight on Floral & Polka Dot Prints
    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016, Look #32, #16, Vogue Runway
    MarcJacobsLaserCuts Spotlight on Laser Cuts and Embroidery
    Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2016, Looks #7, #33, Vogue Runway
    Here are a few of my favorite fabric picks reminiscent of Marc Jacobs' style from Fall 2016 NYFW.  To start designing for your own personal runway show, get these picks and more.  With a little help from Mood Fabrics you too can be a fashion star!
    MoodSilkFloral Black/Gray Floral Roses Silk Charmeuse
    MoodPolkaDot Black and White Polka Dot Blended Cotton Woven
    MoodFabricsFloralEmbroidered Black/White Floral Embroidered Cotton Voile
    MoodLaserCut Donna Karan Chocolate Burnout & Laser Charmeuse
    So now you know about some of the very special fabrics trending right now straight from NYFW Fall 2016.  Take a deeper look at all that Mood Fabrics has to offer when designing your next look and soon you'll be rocking your way to the runway.
  • Mood DIY: Fabric Flower Crown

    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). Fabric Floral Crown 1A Fabric Floral Crown 2 Fabric Floral Crown 3SUPPLIES: scissors, glue, elastic, needle and thread, and floral trim Fabric Floral Crown 4HOW-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. Fabric Floral Crown 5 Fabric Floral Crown 6

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  • Shop Exclusive Marc Jacobs Runway Fabrics

    Straight from the runway! Limited quantities of Marc Jacobs fabrics—from his Fall 2012  collection ("fearless... [a]nd it made you fall in love with fashion and Marc Jacobs all over again," Style.com) and Resort 2012 collection—just arrived at our flagship NYC store. To order or for more information, send an email with the image number to info2@moodfabrics.com. Hurry, these unique fabrics won't be available for long!
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 1. Marc Jacobs black and gray sequin plaid tweed; made in France. 48" wide. $150USD/yard
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 2. Marc Jacobs dotted novelty wool blend. Available in pink (shown). 48" wide. $125USD/yard
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 3. Marc Jacobs novelty wool-blend bouclé with metallic eyelash fringe. Available in green (shown), pink, bright red and black, dark red and black, or black. 59" wide.  $60-80USD/yard; variations in price due to backings on some.
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 4. Marc Jacobs Swiss-embroidered metal silk taffeta. Available in icy shades of gold (shown), coffee, and sage. 59" wide. $150USD/yard.
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 5. Marc Jacobs novelty tweed; rayon blend. Available in red (shown), orange, and neon green. 52" wide. $50USD/yard.
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 6. Marc Jacobs floral silk faille. Available in gold (shown), burgundy, and lavender gray. 55" wide. $40USD/yard. This print also comes in a silk crepe de chine; $35USD/yard.
    Marc Jacobs runway fabrics at Mood Fabrics NYC. 7. Marc Jacobs metallic brocade. Available in magenta (shown), emerald green, blue, and violet. 59" wide. $50USD/yard.
  • Finished: The Textured Bomber Jacket

    Bomber jackets found on Net-a-Porter: l-r, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, Maje Bomber jackets found on Net-a-Porter: l-r, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, Maje

    My first sewing obsession of the new year was to make a bomber jacket. Every time I saw a  bomber jacket added to Net-a-Porter or read some fashion editorial about varsity jackets as the latest thing, I decided I had to make one for myself.

    So, hmm, I knew I wanted to make a black bomber jacket, though I didn't intend to make a textured bomber jacket. But readers, even though I work at Mood Fabrics and fabric is my business, I GET OVERWHELMED TOO! I was wandering around our silk department, pattern in hand, and I was an indecisive mess. Drool was practically coming out of my mouth, I was in such a stupor over which fabric to choose. But then our wonderful, longtime sales associate America thrust a bolt of newly arrived Marc Jacobs wool-blend brocade at me and said "Here, this is your fabric." Actually, I think she just wanted me to quit taking up space on the sales floor, but I grabbed a couple yards of it and scurried back to my office downstairs.

    bomber front 1

    And this cotton brocade turned out to be a delight to work with. Don't you just love it when fabric behaves? When a seam presses open perfectly and your stitches disappear into the fabric? We still have some of this brocade available at the Mood NYC store: call 212-730-5003, ask for America (or the silk department) and tell her you want Meg's bomber jacket fabric; $50 a yard and worth every penny.

    bomber detail

    Above, a better glimpse of this textured fabric and some of the jacket details. You can see I opted to use elastic encased in silk satin rather than the called-for ribbing at the waist and cuffs. I tested a couple of knit ribbing options first, including a neoprene, but wasn't happy with them. I do like the contrast of the smooth satin with the textured cotton.

    The zippers are pick-stitched rather than machine-stitched; I think that's a little more elegant. I wish I had gone with a more expensive zipper rather than these ordinary YKK zippers, and that  I had played a little more with zipper treatments before going the exposed zipper route, but oh well, live and learn.

    bomber inside

    I chose not to line this jacket. The cotton fabric would have been fine without a lining but I decided to flatline it instead with some silk organza, just to give it a little wearing ease and a neat appearance when you see the inside of the jacket. (Flatlining is a technique where the fashion fabric and lining fabric are treated as one fabric, rather than constructing the garment first and then attaching the lining.) I basted the silk organza to the cotton brocade pattern pieces before I sewed the pieces together. Which pattern, you ask? It's BurdaStyle 7210, and you can buy it from Simplicity.com; yay, no tracing involved! This pattern is very well drafted in the sleeve area and overall. The only adjustment I made to the pattern itself was to narrow the sleeve width slightly (personal preference), and to omit the front and back flaps. Other construction details: - Seams are either Hong Kong-finished with satin bias tape or serged. - The neckline finish consists of a silk satin bias piece that is lined with some neoprene I had around, just to give it some fullness. - I hate when the zipper tape shows on the wrong side, so I covered it with satin bias tape (handstitched). - Pockets are made from black silk charmeuse I had in my stash.

    bomber inside 2

    Bottom line: Really, really pleased with this jacket, though it ended up being a little more structured in appearance than a typical bomber jacket. I wear it unzipped over a t-shirt or turtleneck, and with jeans or black or tan pants. Sewing construction actually was easy and it all came together fairly quickly. In fact, I'm now working on another interpretation of the bomber jacket, this time in ivory neoprene with lace overlays....

    Thinking about making a bomber jacket? Really, the fabric options for this type of jacket are endless. I'd consider lighter-weight fabrics with some body, soft hand and relaxed drape, maybe a medium-weight satin. Take a look at bomber jackets in stores and online and see what fabrics work best, then go for it!