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  • Mood DIY: How to Sew Men's Jogger Pants

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    Jogger pants have been an activewear favorite for a while now, but recently they've been showing up more and more on high fashion runways. They've moved on from their initial, comfy knit vibe to become a staple of casual chic, appearing as every fabric type imaginable - from suiting to canvas to sateen.
    OAMC | Fall 2016 Menswear OAMC | Fall 2016 Menswear
    Hogan | Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Hogan | Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Menswear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Menswear
    With Mood's digital camo going on sale this weekend, I decided to hop on this trend with a pair of cotton ripstop joggers. The fabric was a little structured, but ended up sewing and pressing wonderfully, which made the final product look fantastic. Fabrics and materials used: Rather than reinvent the wheel, I chose to alter a pre-made pattern, specifically Burda's men's trousers. The pattern was easily to follow, and looked fairly tailored so the style was nearly perfect. The first alteration was the sizing. Since joggers tend to be a little more relaxed, I cut most of my pattern pieces 2 sizes larger than what I would cut for regular, fitted pants. The only thing I kept the correct size was the waistband.

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    Another thing to note about altering this pattern is the length. Joggers bunch up a little bit at the ankle or calf, but it's still very likely that you'll need to shorten the legs of this pant if you're looking to make your own. However, while most patterns have a lengthen/shorten line like the one you see above, this is not one of the times you'll be using it.

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    For most length alterations, you want to do it in the middle of the panel and grade it accordingly, rather than simply chopping the bottom section off. Doing so might mess up the tapering of the leg. In this case though, you actually want to cut your panel at a wider section so there's a little more to gather into the rib knit trim later on. If you're unsure of how much to cut off the bottom, you can always make the full pants and decide the length after a fitting.

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    Other than the sizing and length, I followed the rest of the pattern to a T. Since the waistband was slightly smaller than the rest of the pattern, I added to the darts on the back; and of course, in lieu of a typical pant hem, I added some rib knit trim.

    men's camo jogger pants

    men's camo jogger pants

    Overall, they're casual, chic, and versatile! Wear them down to the ankle year-round, or push them up to the calf for those warmer afternoons.

    men's camo jogger pants

    men's camo jogger pants

    So tell me below, what style joggers would you make? I'd love to hear what type of fabrics you'd use!

  • Mood DIY: Boxer Shorts

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      Winter is a great time for stocking up on comfortable clothes like pajamas and sleepwear, and what better way to add to your wardrobe than making a pair of Darcy boxer shorts for yourself? Boxer shorts are great for their loose fit, and the light fabrics they're usually made with are breathable and, occasionally, festive! Just the right thing to buckle down under a warm blanket with. We found this fantastic Darcy Boxer Shorts pattern over at Measure Twice Cut Once, and we wanted to give it a try! Since the pattern provides all the necessary details for how to construct the garment, we'll focus more on the pattern itself and how well our fabrics translated to the design.

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      Here is the list of materials we used to get the above look:

    Materials List

    Mood Brand Lia Sewing Machine 1 Yard of Liberty of London Rhian Green/Gray Cotton Poplin 1.25 Yards of 1" Black Elastic 3 Small Matching Buttons Hand Sewing Needle Dritz 250 Long White Ball Pins 10 Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread (for sewing and top-stitching the fabric) 115 Rail Grey 100m Gutermann Sew All Thread (when sewing the waistband)   This pattern provides four main designs to choose from, which can be easily mixed and match for a extra number of designs, as well as alterations that cover both men's and women's cuts. The garment featured in this article is the first design provided in the pattern; a men's cut that sports a buttoned fly and low, exposed elastic waistband. This style is a classic-type of look that provides full coverage for extra comfort! We made our garment with a poplin fabric, but you could also go with any of our woven fabrics like voile, silks and satins, or quilting cottons. It's advised against making these with any sort of stiff fabric like a denim or a a fabric that has too much stretch like a jersey. If you make it with something too stiff, it won't be comfortable, but if you make it with something too loose, it won't hold it's classic shape that it's known for. Keep this in mind when deciding what fabric you'd like to go with! If you'd like a few suggestions for types of fabrics to use, check some of these: Poplins Silks Voile  
    Sew-in Buttons and exposed waistband. Sew-in Buttons and exposed waistband.
    This pattern is fairly simply, which is great for beginners. It was quick to put together, too.
    Double-stitched and pressed seams. Double-stitched and pressed seams.
    Double stitching provided extra secure seams, and a great top-stitch adds so subtle flare to the design. You can use a double-needle attachment or just sew twice. Extra points for neatness counts!
    Rolled hem seam. Rolled hem seam.
    Roll the hems to keep your fabric tight and locked in, and you're good to go!
    Try pairing with a Mood t-shirt! Try pairing with a Mood t-shirt!
    Can't you see yourself wearing a nice comfy pair to lounge around in on the weekends? Sleeping in a pair of these will feel like paradise, and you'll be able to boast that you made them yourself! What types of fabrics do you want to make a pair of this with?
  • Fall 2016 Fashion Week Summary

    Fall Fashion Week has come to a close for this season! From cut-out styles to moto jackets, the line-up ranged from chic and edgy. Here are some of the most prominent trends to take away from this season.

    Suede

    There were plenty of fabrics that popped up all over the runway, and suede was one of them! Suede always has strong presence in fashion, but it’s especially beloved during the Fall.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Great in both bright and mature colors, suede has a beautiful and unique sheen to it that can really impress onlookers when added to your ensemble.
    McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own suede looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Bomber Jackets

    Bomber jackets! Need I say more? A design I've come to consider a sibling to the moto jacket, bomber jackets are both stylish and comfortable. They look great in any color, and they're often adorned with a number of decorations like patches, embroidery, and more.
    Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    They also look great in almost any fabric! Want one in pleather? Go ahead! Satin? Absolutely. It all works, making this style very universal. It's a great addition to any wardrobe or ensemble, so it's no surprise that so many designers showcased them in their line-ups!
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own bomber jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Off-the-Shoulder Looks

    Elegance is key in off-the-shoulder designs, and the runway delivered! This look is great when made with a fabric that shines, so it satin is your game, take a chance to play with an off-the-shoulder dress or shirt! Or go with a knit for something looser and more comfortable!
    Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    These are a lovely way to show off the collarbone and shoulders while still be reserved and practical.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own off-the-shoulder looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Moto Jackets

    These jackets were all over the show each week! They’ll probably never go out of style. The asymmetrical zipper of these jackets is an immediate tip-off to the style, and the tapered shape from the shoulders is a great way to accentuate one’s waistline.
    Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you’re looking for a way to dress bold, try adding a moto jacket to your wardrobe!
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own moto jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Pleather

    Pleather is a wonderful, wonderful thing! It gives off both great feel and presence of luxury. If you want to make an impression, pleather is a way to do it, and designers at Fashion Week took full advantage of this!
    Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Smooth, sleek, and great with a top-stitch, pleather is a great fashion ally!
    Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Cut-Outs

    Cut-out designs have to be one of my favorite fashion trends. The play with negative space is an artistic touch that draws the eye in a unique way, and when used skillfully, it can have you turning heads as you walk by.
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Solid, thick fabrics that will hold the shape well are best for designs like these, and it looks great in saturated and neutral colors.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own cut-out styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Women in Menswear

    Everyone loves a man in uniform, but what about a woman? Rocking a well-tailored blazer or collar isn’t exclusive to men; the business feel of these styles is attractive on women, too!
    Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Sporting menswear styles can open a whole new door for your wardrobe to expand into, so take some inspiration from the Fashion Week designers and look into getting your hands on some of your own!
    A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Exaggerated Proportions

    Lastly, and possibly the most-seen style on the runway, was over-exaggerated proportions. Huge shoulders, wide pants, and long, long sleeves were all over Fashion Week, and it's probably one of the more new styles to have hit this season.
    Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Whether its design is practical or not, big sleeves are in, so take advantage of it and get warm and comfy as the weather gets colder!
    Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own big and long styles with these fabrics from Mood:   What styles are you looking forward to sewing this season? Was there another one from Fashion Week that you loved? Tell us about it!
  • How to Recreate a Pant Pattern

    How To Recreate a Pant Pattern

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    We’ve all had that one pair of pants that fit just right- you know, that pair of pants that gave you a certain strut when you walked down the street.  Or in my case, when a friend comes strutting towards you wearing a pair of fabulous pants. What do you do? Ask to borrow them of course so you can recreate that pattern, and make new fabric and color variations! Original Pant: High waist, flared leg, with front patch pockets. For this style, I'm using the Italian Light Beige Solid Wool Suiting from moodfabrics.com. Boxy crop top with drop shoulder - I made this top using an oversized t-shirt as my pattern. Striped poly fabric can also be found on moodfabrics.com.

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    First you want to get all of your measurements incase you need to adjust the size:
    • Natural waist
    • Hip
    • Inseam from crotch to floor
    • Out-seam from waist to floor
    Now grab your pants and turn them inside out. This is the best way to get a good look at how they were constructed. Ok, so you have your pant front, pant back, waistband and maybe a pocket pattern.  You may also want to take note of all the notions, zippers, buttons etc. Step 1 Pant Front: Fold pants in half, lengthwise then pinch at crotch seam to determine pattern shape. Lay the pants flat directly onto your pattern paper where you will trace the outline. Be patient as you adjust the pants to trace the outline. Make sure to account for the seam allowance. You can even pin the pants down to the paper to prevent them from sliding around. Start at the top- (bottom of waistband) and trace down the CF seam. Continue along the length of the pants.

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    Continue down the side seams and around to the other side using your elongated french curve for shaping.

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    Here’s my finished front pattern.

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    Make sure to label all of your pattern pieces and include the size- Front, Cut 2 out of Fabric. Step 2 Pant Back: Now Let’s trace the back pant pattern. Flip the pants over to the back. Make sure to pinch at the crotch and adjust and straighten out the back seam. There’s a dart in the back so there’s a slight adjustment we need to make. Here’s how: Measure the width and the length of the dart that is sewn in the pant. Trace the back pant just as we did with the front. Once you have the completed shape, we’ll need to add in our dart measurement. After you add the dart, retrace and blend in the additional measurement.

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    Now let's mark off a little notch for our zipper placement.  Measure zipper to be sure of length.

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    Label: Back, Cut 2 out of Fabric. Step 3 Waistband: Now all we have to do is trace out our waistband. The measurements are pretty straightforward and should match your waist measurements. Make sure to label pieces: Waistband Front cut 2 of fabric on fold/Cut 2 of Facing on fold. Waistband Back cut 2 of fabric on fold/Cut 2 of Facing on fold. Step 4 pockets: The last pattern left to recreate is the pocket. I have 2 large patch rectangular pockets at front with flaps so the shape is pretty easy to achieve. I just used my ruler to measure, then drew it out on the pattern paper including my seam allowances.

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    You should now have all your pattern pieces and are ready sew them together, happy sewing!

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  • Cute Candy Color Stretch Denim! DIY girls summer shorts!

    Cute Candy Color Stretch Denim! DIY girls summer shorts with 3 fun looks.  

    Candy Colored Shorts

    Let’s get started! For these sweet little candy color shorts here’s what you’ll need:
    • Stretch Denim fabric - moodfabrics.com has plenty of yummy colors to chose from. Here’s what I used:
    • Pins
    • Paper scissors, fabric scissors
    • Measuring tape
    • Heavy-duty thread
    • Dress maker chalk or mark-be-gone
    • Pair of child pants or shorts to copy pattern

    Step 1- Fold pants or shorts in half laying them flat. Trace both front and back to desired length. Make sure to include seam allowance. trace pants

      To draft the waistband pattern, measure the front pattern waistline, then measure back pattern waistline. Since the fabric does stretch and we are not using any closures, subtract 2” off total measurement. I used 4” for the waistband width that will be folded in half to create a 2” wide band.  Make sure to include all seam allowances.  This will give a nice easy pull-on fit. Step 2-  Back pockets: I included real back pockets for added detail. I was able to freehand the shape of the pockets using the grid on the pattern paper.  As always, make sure to include seam allowance. See below:

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    Step 3-  With right sides together, cut out all fabric pieces:
    • Front - cut 2
    • Back - cut 2
    • Waist band - cut 2 on fold
    • Pockets - cut 2

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    Step 4-  Fold over each pocket edge and stitch at 3/8” all the way around.  Measure down 2” from waist and pin each pocket at center back.

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    Sew over stitch line to hold pocket in place leaving the top open. To finish pocket, sew second stitch 1/8” away from edge.  Pin short backs together at center back seam and stitch.

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    Step 5-
    • Pin fronts together at center seam and stitch.
    • Pin front to back at side seams and stitch
    • Pin front bottom opening to back bottom opening and stitch

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    Step 6- With right sides of fabric together, pin waistband to top of shorts matching at side seams and stitch all the way around stretching waistband to fit. Fold top of waistband to inside and stitch 1/8” away from edge for clean finish.

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    Step 7: Fold up leg opening 1” and hem. Press shorts to finish and you're done!

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    Here are 2 more looks you can make using the same pattern! Bermuda short:
    • Adjust pattern length to right below the knee.

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    Tie-waist short:
    • Remove back pockets
    • Add 1” slit to bottom sides
    • Add 6” length to waistband for tie front

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  • Billboard pockets Jeans.

    Hello Mood Sewciety readers!
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    I'm Rachel from House of Pinheiro, and today I'm delighted to share my latest make with you. A project that is far from perfect but one I'm really proud. Sometimes those not-so-perfect projects are the ones that bring you the most joy.
    For a long time I had procrastinated on starting my first pair of handmade jeans. Throughout my sewing journey I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone over and over but for some reason jeans were still a bit scary. Silly really because I have tackled trousers, fly zippers and topstitching in so many previous projects. What was pushing me back was the ability to find the right fabric. That's when Mood came to the rescue. Under their expertise and great customer service I chose Theory Indigo Stretch Cotton Denim for my first pair.
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    The fabric is described as lightweight. If you been following me on my Snapchat you know I've been wearing this pair non-stop. It's almost 'indecent' to be seen wearing the same jeans so many times... Jeans are made to be worn a lot, right? I can say for sure that these are the most comfortable jeans I have in my wardrobe right now. I called this post 'Billboard jeans' because of my "handmade" tag design as part of my pocket. I tried many different designs but decided to go for a simpler statement. Sewing pattern options for jeans making has increased dramatically over the last 2 years. Skinny, flares, boyfriend, fly or button fronts. Jeans fever in the sewing community. jamiejeansmood16
    I made the Jamie jeans from Named. The pattern is described as a skinny jean with a regular rise and slimming vertical front seams. My favourite design feature is the slated front pockets. I sewed a size 40. I normally sew Named at size 38. I didn't make any pattern alterations besides adding 3 cm length. The garment is a bit on the loose side on me and the skinny leg is more like a straight leg. Which doesn't bother me at all. As I mentioned before: It feels very comfortable. The extra ease shows more where I have a bit of fabric bagging excess.
    This project is just the start on my jeans making journey. I know what alterations I would like to make next and luckily I still have enough of the same fabric. ( which I love). One advice I would say for those wishing to make jeans for the first time is to sew your test version with the same material you intend for your final version.
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    If you’d like the opportunity to win $50 to put towards your own jeans fabric (or whatever you would like ) I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog and social media with #Myfirstjeanswithmood. Thank you Mood for starting me off on my jeans making journey.
    Happy sewing,
    Rachel
  • Get The Look ~ Posh Palazzo Pants

     

    Palazzo pants are comfortable, breezy and perfect for the summer seasons.  Here at mood, we have a variety of jersey knit options that suit this pant design very well.  This tutorial is simple easy and fast, great for beginner sewers!

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    Items Needed:

    2 yds fabric

    1 yd: 1” elastic

    Seam ripper ~ for mistakes

    Fabric scissors

    Existing pants

    Thread

    Dressing pins

    Measuring tape

    Safety pin

     Items Needed

    First set up your machine with matching thread and bobbin to accompany your fabric of choice. For jersey fabrics  you must use an impromptu 2-surge stitch, or use a fancy zigzag. Below you can see examples of stitches able to use on jersey fabrics. (I used the one on the right side)

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      You are going to want to fold your fabric in half neatly to receive 2 panels front and back when cut.  Place a pair of folded pants in half onto the fabric; insuring the crotch seam is at a strong point.  It is very important you make your pattern with a curved pointed crotch seam. I chose a pair of palazzo pants to begin with, but if you do not already own a pair, you could use a pair of jeans.  To create a palazzo effect, add width to your jean pattern, for a total of 12” width for your pant leg.  After adding the width to your pattern add an additional inch for seam allowance to all sides. For my pattern I decided to add 4 “ to the top of my pattern to create a high wasted effect.

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      Now you are ready to cut! Be sure to cut on the fold to insure you end up with 2 separate identical panels. Pin these panels together and flip to the other side on top of your uncut fabric. Cut out pattern again facing the opposite direction. You will end up with another 2 panels. Now, you should have a total of 4 separate panels.  Pin the identical panels’ right sides together.  

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    Now you are ready to sew! Practice your stitch on a sample piece of jersey fabric to get used to the stitch you are going to use. (Straight stitch will not hold in a jersey knit fabric).

    With the right sides pinned together, you are going to sew 2 identical panels together with a 1” seam allowance. Sew the outer leg pant seam from top to bottom. Be sure to back tack at the beginning of your stich and at the end. Do this for both pinned panels.

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    Now, sew a 1” seam allowance on the inside leg seam stopping at the crotch point, do not go all the way up. Back tack at the beginning and end of your stitch. Do this for both leg panels.

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    It is time to sew the crotch seam, the most important seam of a pant pattern.  Take all pins out if you have any in your leg panels. Turn one leg right side out and leave one inside out. Place the right side out leg panel into the inside out leg panel. Now, with one inside the other, match the crotch seams together. So that your seam matches perfectly pin the crotch seam in place.  Pin the remainder of the leg panels together.  Sew a 1” seam to attach the 2 panels inside each other together. Be sure the inner leg seam for the best visual outcome.

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    Take the right side out pant leg out side of the other leg and insure your seams match.  Make it so your pants are completely inside out.

    Make a 1 1/2” casing for your elastic around the waistband of your pants. Sew this as a tube like structure. Don’t sew this tube shut, leave about a 2” opening for the elastic to be inserted.

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    Measure your waist for the elastic and subtract 2-3 inches only if you want your pants to be high wasted. If you would prefer your pants to sit on your hips only subtract about an inch or two at the most. Cut this elastic to your desired length.

    Attach a large safety pin to one side of your elastic.

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    Ease your elastic through the opening through the casing until the other side of the elastic meets the safety pin.  Pull out both sides of the elastic (enough to fit under the sewing machine).  Place one side of the elastic on top of the other end of the elastic. Sew a vertical line over top connecting the two ends of the elastic.

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    Once the elastic is sewn and completely inside the casing, sew the opening of your casing closed.  Move the gathered fabric around evenly.  At the 4 points where the side leg seams meet, front and back crotch seams meet sew a short vertical line connecting your casing to your elastic. This will insure your elastic wont twist when you put on your pants or wash them.

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    Try your pants on and decided the length you want them to be, If you have not already washed your fabric take inconsideration shrinking. Hem the bottoms of your pants to you desired length.

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    Congratulations on completing your palazzo pants.  I hope you have found this tutorial easy and simple.  This design is very versatile and can be altered to fit any size. Using jersey fabric is great to form around curves and very comfortable for pants.  If you prefer a cool weather garment, using wool coating would be great for this design.

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  • Mood DIY: Sequins Jogging Pants

    I've had this pink sequins fabric from Mood Fabrics for quite a while now that I thought I'd somehow use to cover some pumps.  But, my mind immediately changed when I recently came across these Sequins Joggers on a trip to Anthropologie while buying a candle (the     Goji Voluspa Japonica candle is my absolute favorite). Now, I must warn you....these pants went through several iterations.  But, ultimately I'm really really happy with the finished product and I thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect day to show these blush colored Sequins Joggers to you. They can be dressed up with a blazer, or worn casually with a denim shirt or graphic tee -- tell me how you'd style them, below.

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    SUPPLIES: elastic (all I had was orange), straight edge, scissors, straight pins, scissors, sequins fabric, and some ponte. Sequins Jogging Pants 3HOW-TO: 1. Fold your fabric in half twice so you end up with four layers in total. 2. I used some skinny pants I had as a pattern. Fold your pants front to front and line them up against the two folds. (Note: At first I really exaggerated my cut to make them nice and roomy, but wound up cutting them down quite a bit. In the end I recommend you leave a little more room in yours). Also, be sure to give yourself some extra space near the waist band -- see how I cut straight towards the band rather than curving in the exact direction of my current pants? That's how you get them to fit looser in the waist. 3. So when you open up the fabric that you folded and cut, you will have two forms that look like this one. 4. Pin your two legs together. 5. Sew the area you just pinned. 6. Measure the length of waist of your pants to determine the size of ponte you'll need. Sequins Jogging Pants 4HOW-TO CONT'D: 7. Go ahead and cut out that waistband. 8. Now I had to wrap my mind around how I'd make these pants work since they changed from my original idea -- you may be able to skip this step, but here I had to cut them down the sides to add my "tuxedo stripe." But feel free to leave this one out if you don't want the stripe. 9. Pin your tuxedo stripe into place. 10. Throw them on the machine and sew them up. 11. Pin your waistband into place. 12. After I fed my elastic through the waist with a safety pin, I added three rows of stitching to give the waistband detail to keep the elastic in place. (Note: Be sure to pull the elastic taught while sewing). 13. After I got my tuxedo striped in I needed to taper them at the shins, so I tried them on for the perfect fit. 14. I measured the shin area much like I did the waistband in Step 6 to determine how big of a piece of ponte I would need. Then I pinned the band in place, sewed it, and then fed the elastic through and closed it up on the machine.

    ...and there you have it, a sparkly and fun pair of jogging pants.  I recommend leaving room in yours to add a lining (the sequins do get a little scratchy), or do like I did and wear footless leggings underneath. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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    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 over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. 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: Tribal Print Tapered Trousers

    Okay, soooooo.....I've got a confession to make -- I've never made a pair of trousers before.  Honestly, I was a wee bit intimated by them; so I mostly stuck to dresses, skirts, and a few pairs of shorts here and there because I thought they were easier. But, I'm truly proud to show my first pair off -- I just LOVE this print. Over the past year or so I've been inspired by the graphic and fun prints worn by folks like Solange Knowles (you gotta admit, she does rock a mean print), and while these are monochromatic, along with the tribal print there's no shortage in character. Do you remember your first pair of pants you made? Tell me below.  Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 1 Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 2 SUPPLIES: tribal print fabric, straight edge or measuring tape, straight pins, rotary cutter, scissors, a zipper (while I show green here, I used a black one), a sewing machine, and a pair of pants to copy. Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 3 HOW-TO: Note: to create these trousers, I took a pair of cropped pants I had gotten from Old Navy, and used them as a guide to create my pattern for one each side of one leg -- much like I did with this dress. You can also take a look at this video I found if you need help. 1. To start, I laid out the fabric face down, and then pulled it in so it met in the middle -- the fabric you see here is doubled up on both sides. Then, go ahead and pin down your patten to your fabric. 2. Cut out your two fronts and two backs. 3. Pin each of the legs together -- one front and a back, and then the other set (Note: the back is a little wider than the front). 4. Now slide your pinned form on your sewing machine, and from waist to ankle on inner and outer thighs for both legs, stitch them together. 5. The sides are all done....so now it's time to pin together the groin area. 6. Here I pulled out the pinned together groin and waist to give me easier access to it, and sewed it together. 7. You'll need darts for a better fit in the waist, so to figure out exactly where they go, measure out a couple equidistant inches on either side of the back seam, and stick a pin on each side. 8. Sew your two darts into nothing on either side, like pictured here. Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 4 HOW-TO CONT'D: 9. By copying my previous pair of pants, it created this extra flap of fabric that once doubled up, will serve to give the zipper area a little more girth so it's not flimsy. Fold back both flaps, open up the zipper, and pin the zipper into place. 10. Go ahead and sew in the zipper. 11. Use your straight pins now, and hem your trousers to your desired length. 12. Hem your trousers with your machine. 13. Next, use your rotary cutter to cut a long rectangle for your waist band. Make it the length of your waist, plus 2 inches x 4 inches. (Note: be sure to measure it against the actual waist of your trousers to confirm the length). 14. Fold the rectangle in half (right sides facing), and then use your sewing machine to stitch together the two ends. 15. Turn the waistband to it's correct side and begin pinning it to the waist of your pants. 16. Sew your waistband in place, and if you'd like the added security, stitch a hook an eye on for an added closure. Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 6

    Tribal Print Tapered Trousers 7ABrandhyze 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 over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Manilla, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. 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 Style: Slim Ankle-Slit Pants and Crop-Top Sweater

    When it comes to suits, I'm totally drawn to more masculine dressing with bits and pieces of femininity, like a peek of an ankle or a sliver of stomach, which was the idea behind these pants. They're made with MoodFabrics.com's lightweight Italian poly blend, a great fabric with a bit of stretch perfect for a slim fit. This fabric works well not only for pants but would be beautiful in a fitted dress.
    The pattern used for these pants is this Burdastyle downloadable, with the following alterations: - Added  a front ankle slit and removed the cuff - Added one back welt pocket The sweater was made with this beautiful Thakoon sweater knit from MoodFabrics.com. This fabric is an awesome 68" long, which enabled me to make a long and short sleeve version of this great top. The pattern used for this sweater was this Burdastyle downloadable with the following alterations: - Removed 10" from the bottom of the pattern - Cut the pattern 3x too small and used a 2" seam allowance for a fitted look.
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
     
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
     
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
     
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
     
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
     
    Mood Style: Slim ankle-slit pants made from Mood Fabrics' Italian poly blend, paired with crop top sweater made from Mood Fabrics' sweater knit.
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