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Project Runway

  • Mood DIY: Slouchy Swatch Hoodie

    The best part of Mood - aside from all the fabulous fabrics - is definitely Swatch. So pairing him with fabric? Genius. As soon as the Swatch neoprene went online, I knew I had to make something with it. And lo and behold, my coworker wanted a hoodie!

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    Slouchy sweatshirts are easy to make, since they can be super comfy and over-sized. All I needed to do was trace an old hoodie, and a pattern was made. I cut one each of the front and back, two sleeves, and 4 hood panels since the hood was the only part I was lining. I also cut about 9" off each of the rib knit trims to make the sleeve cuffs. The two larger pieces of the trim would be used to create the sweatshirt hem.

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    Since neoprene is super stretchy, it called for a walking foot. If you've never sewn with one before, they look way scarier than they actually are. In fact, they make sewing knits incredibly simple. Since they work to feed the fabric through evenly on the top and the bottom, no more lettuce seams!

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    The beginning of the construction was the easiest. The front and back panels were attached at the shoulders, before the sleeves and sides were pinned and sewn together. Next was the hood.

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    Since the inside of the hood would be seen, I lined it with the same Swatch fabric. This meant essentially constructing two hoods and sewing them together at the front. I then flipped it right side out, top-stitched over the front seam, and sewed it around the neckline.

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    The rib knit already comes in 7" strips, which made the cuffs super simple to add on. They just needed to be sewn into tubes and folded in half before being added onto each sleeve and around the hem.

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    Last, I added on a front pocket, like all good hoodies have. I used a sturdy knit material, so all I needed to do was top-stitch it into place!

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    So tell me, is it cute or is it cute? Perfect for the wishy-washy spring weather, where it's 80 degrees one day and 45 the next.

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  • Project Runway All Stars at Mood Fabrics: The Aftermath

    Last summer the producers of Project Runway All Stars approached us about filming an entire episode of the show at Mood Fabrics NYC. Everything but the runway and judging would be filmed at Mood, they told us. Even the models would get dressed at Mood.

    We thought about it for a split second, and of course we said yes. Though having the show here for more than just the usual fabric shopping scene meant a lot of rearranging of our retail space, we took a cue from Tim Gunn and made it work.

    What you see below is the aftermath of filming this episode at Mood, i.e., "When the Designers and Crew Left the Building." Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.Cutting tables were stationed in two areas on our home floor. One work area was just outside of Mood's offices. I listened hard for the drama but didn't hear a peep from the designers the entire day they were here. I guess the first episode is too early for them to start in on the cattiness and iron throwing?Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.Two aisles on the home floor became the sewing area. PRAS-sewing-machineHere's what their Brother industrial sewing machines look like, by the way. I want.Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.Elena's work in progress. (I'd love to show more WIPs but we weren't allowed to photograph until the filming was over and the designers had left.) Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.The makeup station was tucked away in a cramped corner of our home floor near our offices. Mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi was a good sport for putting up with the Mood employees who had to scoot by her as she was being made up, just so they could get into the office area. Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.How about a little styling product with your matte jersey?Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.The QVC shoe and accessories wall was located in our faux fur department. Next to fabric, shoes and handbags are my weaknesses, so I'd have been completely cool with this staying behind.Project Runway All Stars filmed at Mood Fabrics.Here's what it looked like after the filming ended. Think your sewing area is a mess? Take a look at this debris left behind and you'll feel better about your space!

    We loved playing host to Project Runway All Stars for this episode. It was a lot of work, but really worth it.

  • Swatch, Mood Mascot and Tim Gunn Protégé

    Tim Gunn has been tutoring our Swatch in how to be a Project Runway fashion mentor. Check out these images and let us know if you think Swatch could step in for Tim when he goes on vacation.

    Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is training to be the canine Tim Gunn.Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is in training to be the next Tim Gunn.Tim Gunn, Project Runway fashion mentor.

    Swatch, Mood Fabrics' mascot, is in training to be the canine Tim Gunn.

  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 13

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 13

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 13

    Remaining designers must create a three look mini-collection. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 11

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 11

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 11

    Designers are challenged by L’Oreal to create a look using the inspiration of exotic birds. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 10

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 10

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 10

    In this episode the remaining designers are challenged to create a new look based on 1970s fashion. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 9

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 9

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 9

    In this week’s episode designers are asked to create a look for the rock band, Sheepdogs. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 8

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 8

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 8

    Designers are challenged to create looks for their clients spouses. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Get The Look Season 9 Episode 7

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 7

    Get The Look Season 9 Episode 7

    Within this episode the remaining designers are split into teams that have to design their own fabrics, create a collection, and produce a fashion show. Get The Look! Don't forget to vote for your favorite look of this episode at Project Runway Season 9 Rate the Runway HERE, and watch the full episode HERE.
  • Thank You Mood T-Shirt

    Thank You Mood t-shirt

    Thank You Mood t-shirt

    The "Thank you Mood" T-shirts you may have seen on last nights Project Runway (Season 9 Episode 6) The Art of the Matter is available in both our store locations and online. The t-shirt is a unisex American Apparel V-neck made from 100% Cotton, we carry them in child size 10, extra-small, small, medium, large, and extra-large. The models used for the photo are Wira and Katrina from our Home Dec Fabric Department in our New York City Store.
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