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  • Zodiac Gift Guide

    Zodiac sign readings and horoscopes might not always be completely accurate, but they can be fun to look up and share with others! They give little insights to the type of person you might feel you are, or they might just give you another perspective to see things from that you hadn't thought of before. A fresh look is always exciting, so we wanted to put together a kind of fabric horoscope that would do this for everyone to try! Combined with DIYs and other sources of inspiration linked for your convenience, we've tried to narrow down and tailor a fabric and design for each Zodiac Sign that could help you find a style choice for yourself, or even for a friend or loved one as a gift! Take a look below and see which of our sign designs you like best! No one is made up of a single Zodiac sign, so don't be surprised if you find yourself loving more than one! There are only positive vibes in these designs--have fun with it!

    Aries: Sequins, high energy, and bright colors!

    Aries signs are usually know for being very self-motivated and passionate, and that energy should shine out! We think sequins fit them for this purpose! Sequins glitter in any light and make a statement the moment they're seen, which can be a great asset. Take a look at our latest stock of sequin fabrics and trims here! Bright colors would fit this sign as well. If sequins aren't your thing, a bright, strong color can be just as effective for showing off that confident personality. Consider this DIY, especially if you're iffy on sporting a sequin piece! There's no shame in going for a more mature or muted design. You can look just as fierce in this style!

    And with all that energy to use, plenty of you probably try to keep up with a daily workout plan! (If you don't already, consider trying it out for fun!) This phone case armband DIY will make it easy to keep in touch during your workouts or to carry your music with you. Music can make a world of difference during a workout and can be a great motivator for both pros and novices!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Milan Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Taurus: Tweeds, stable but comforting and warm!

    Taurus is known for being a sturdy sign where comfort and stability are key! A warm skirt or jacket made of tweed will last forever if you take good care of it (and Taurus signs will!) and they'll look professional. The muted colors tweeds usually come in will also give off a mature appearance. Take a look at our latest stock of tweed fabrics here! Consider this color-block wool skirt DIY if you have little experience with working with tweeds! Practical and comfortably conservative, this skirt is easy to assemble and will maintain a long lifespan with you!

    And when you're ready to bundle up at home and take that time for yourself, consider doing so with this handy reading pillow! Fashioned with multiple pockets for storing writing and/reading materials, this pillow project is great at multi-tasking as it is at relaxing! (Plus it's super cute!)

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall 2016 Office Fashion and Styles

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    Gemini: Brocades, versatile, and creative!

    Geminis have a lot going on in their heads creatively, and fashion is a great medium to express that through! Fabrics that are organized with a lot of detail are great for this purpose! Some might think these styles are too "busy," but when crafted carefully (and with your natural expertise!) into your style, they can look stunning! Brocades are perfect for this! Fabrics with duality are also appealing for these signs, because it allows them to switch up the style without having to find a new piece! Take a look at our latest stock of brocade fabrics here! Consider this bomber jacket DIY for a versatile design that can keep up with your need for something refreshing! Reversible and beautiful, a brocade bomber jacket will be just the thing you've been looking to add to your wardrobe!

    Another hidden gem to add to your accessory collection is a cord and chain bracelet! Though small in size, a bright and colorful piece of jeweley can bring your entire look together!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Trend Report | Fall 2016

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    Cancer: Performance Fabrics, energetic, and positive!

    Cancer signs are sensitive to the energy and emotions around them, and that sensitivity comes out best through positive interaction and activities! Hobbies like dancing and working out are natural outlets for you, which is why performance fabrics are a great fit! The more the fabric and outfit flows, the better, and it'll follow with you as you dance your way through your day. Take a look at our latest stock of performance fabrics here! Athletic and charismatic, Cancer signs feel best when they're sharing their excitement and energy with others, making you one of the best influences on the people around you. Solid, bright colors are good, but a print will help you reach out well, too! Consider this DIY for a flowing skirt and matching crop top that won't restrict your blinding and sweet personality! Continue sharing your positive outlook and it will come back to you!

    This adorable watermelon purse will bring an extra slice of energy to your wardrobe! With its shine and bright colors, just looking at it will lift your spirits!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Leo: Faux furs, intelligent, and warm tones!

    Strong and confident are the usual qualities of this sign's focus, but they're more than just a proud face! Their intelligence is what makes them so strong-minded, and their confidence is what drives their action-oriented personalities. But for all their motivation , they can also be reserved and quiet in their personalities, eager to be there for others. Faux fur is show-stopping and needs a wearer who's bold enough to wear such a fabric confidently! Combined with warm tones, this fabric's style shows off the inviting personalities of Leos. Take a look at our latest stock of faux fur fabrics here! Consider this DIY for a simple but powerful faux fur vest piece! It's a stylish garment that will make you look and feel like a rock star that the world is waiting to see.

     What better way to show off your intelligent disposition than with a neck tie or bow tie? Try this DIY with a paisley fabric to add a more familiar or personable touch to your image!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Brocades on the Runway .

    Virgo: Viscose, reliable, and modest!

    Virgo signs are loyal and positively analytical, making them reliable and dependable friends! Their desire to be prepared fuels this reliable quality, and while they prioritize being ready for most situations, they see this as merely a logical way to live. This makes them a fairly modest and admirable people. Viscose fabrics are both comfortable and adaptable, which fits Virgo signs well! Viscose has great stretch so it can conform and flow when needed, and its subtle sheen makes it a beautiful addition for many designs! Take a look at our latest stock of  viscose fabrics here! Consider this t-shirt dress DIY for a cute and comfy look to make with your favorite Viscose fabrics!

    And for all the modest and reserved design one might think of along with a Virgo, shake it up with an accessory that stands out! Design your own faux fur pompom key-chain and show off to the world that you may be dependable, but you don't mind spoiling yourself from time-to-time, too (which is good!).

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Fall Pantone Forecast

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    Libra: Velvets, balanced fabrics, and soft textures!

    Libra signs are probably the softest and most cooperative sign, generally speaking, and they're good at being around other people (because they love to be around them!). They are a very balanced sign in that they can get along with most kind and good-natured people easily, making them very pleasant company. A nice Lyons velvet or stretch velvet could be great for this sign! The colors that velvet comes in are usually easy on the eyes, which is pleasing to both the wearer and passersby. Velvets are also soft, which would be comfortable to the gentle minds of the Libra sign. Take a look at our latest stock of  velvet fabrics here! Consider making a velvet dress with this DIY! This dress has a lovely flare and a tapered fit that's perfect for the fall season.

    For a little bit more flare, add an accessory like these tassel earrings! Another simple assembly project, these earrings will jump your ensemble up from casual to dazzling!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week | Spring 2017

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    Scorpio: Leathers, resourceful, and wise!

    Scorpios are a brilliant sign known for being the truest of friends, and their passion for others makes them resourceful and assertive when they need to protect others. They are wise with their loyalty and honest in all their efforts. Truth can be a big deal to them. This is why leather fabrics fit them so well! Leathers are worn and beautiful, and they're strength makes them durable and long-lasting. Take a look at our latest stock of  leather and faux leather fabrics here! For a brave and confident sign like this, a style has to match to them! We think this bomber jacket with a twist DIY would be perfect for Scorpio, because it takes a bold and confident person to both create and pull off this style! Scorpios who are confident about strutting through in a jacket like this will look fantastic!

    Don't think we've forgotten about the leather! A hand-crafted bag like this messenger bag/backpack combination DIY is what a Leo might be looking for! Multi-styled accessories like this are hard to come by, just like true friends!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Satin Draping

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    Sagittarius: Guipure Lace, a extroverted, and enthusiastic!

    A wandering soul with a heart for exploring, Sagittarius signs enjoy their freedom! This sign is very extroverted and loves engaging with people and the outside world, and being dressed for it is important! Things like statement pieces and conversation starters are perfect for this sign. Other great pieces are ornate fabrics for going out to socialize, like guipure lace! With scalloped edges and geometric designs, these intricate fabrics are gorgeous and stand out in a crowd. This complex design will reflect this sign's complex and interesting personality! Take a look at our latest stock of  guipure lace fabrics here! Consider trying this Lace Kimono DIY for a quick and easy garment that looks beautiful and stunning!

    And to mix it up a bit, try dressing up a simple shirt or dress collar with a hand-made removable collar! These are a lovely way to play up your look without making any permanent alterations to your clothing--no strings attached!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Abstract Prints

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    Capricorn: Cotton prints, honest, and rational!

    Capricorn signs are wonderful people who should be valued for their directness and honesty! Interacting with people like this is easy, because you never have to second guess what they're thinking--they'll tell you themselves! Their presence can be comforting in that way, and they'll always help in the most rational way they can see themselves. Their truthful efforts make them responsible and capable people, and their self-control is admirable. A fabric like cotton--tried, traditional, and true--is a perfect fit for this sign! Sport a cotton print to add a little style without having to put in too much extra effort (though they'll appreciate the extra effort, too!). Take a look at our latest stock of cotton prints fabrics here! Consider this plaid flannel shirt DIY to make for yourself or someone you know! Flannel and cotton shirts are pieces that can look incredible when their corners are crisp and their designs are sleek. Take the time to carefully put together a shirt like this, and this sign will be thoroughly impressed to hear you made it yourself!

    While a bolder print may not be your thing, changing up your style or combining it with one that your comfortable with can be refreshing! Try making yourself a pair of these custom fit leggings for a chic and comfortable style!

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: NYFW Fall Forecast | Spring 2017 .

    Aquarius: Silk Charmeuse, innovative, and elegant!

    Aquarians are often noted for their attention to detail and their never-ending effort to improve, even when others think they're already at their best! This is because they constantly have new ideas that they think their project would look better with, and they don't mind getting their hands a little dirty to do it. Hard work always pays off for this sign! But for all their readiness to do the hard labor, they'll appreciate looking good, too, because they're good enough to balance both! A beautiful silk charmeuse  fits this sign. There's nothing better than someone who can do hard work and look elegant doing it! Take a look at our latest stock of silk charmeuse fabrics here! Consider trying out this ribbon tie blouse DIY made with silk charmeuse! It's a cute and dainty style, but that doesn't meant you can't get down to business and be taken seriously wearing it! Show them how it's done!

    Consider this velvet choker DIY for making an every-day accessory that's subtle yet stylish. Hold your head high knowing you've got the right ideas to take on your day!

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    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: Cotton Eyelets .

    Pisces: Silk Chiffons, artistic, and sophisticated!

    Truly a child of the arts, Pisces signs may thrive best through a creative outlet that lets them express emotions and their naturally intuitive thoughts! Clothing designs and styles that are too stiff or modern may seem boring, so look for or create your own patterns that help you feel right in your own skin. Ornate sleeves or decorative trims paired with smooth and shiny fabrics might fit your tastes better than others! A silk chiffon could be your perfect go-to fabric for this. These flow beautifully, feel smooth, and look like they're from a different time.  Take a look at our latest stock of silk chiffon fabrics here! Consider this buttoned sleeve shirt DIY that uses silk chiffon for a style that will make you feel both modern and elegant!

    For an accessory that incorporates aspects of nature or flowers, try making this fabric floral crown DIY! This is another cute and elegant piece to share!

     

    For some Other Inspirations, check out this Mood Trend Report: Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017

  • Trend Report: New York Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    Eager to see a sneak peek of what's coming for Spring 2017? New York Fashion Week's got you covered. We have some new trends showing up as well as a few carrying over from the fall lineup, from graphic prints to daringly low collars, making for a refreshing yet familiar new style to kick off the next year with. Controlled Exposure 
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    A common trend among the highlighted designers was the use of controlled exposure with bare midriffs, shoulders, and centers. If you're a fan of this look, make room for crop tops and take advantage of your bomber and motor jackets from the Fall 2016 trends to match together this look.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Better for the warmer temperatures that come with spring, this dance with empty space focuses attention and accentuate the pieces of your ensemble, and it's important to utilize a fabric that will stand out well against your skin like a bright color or pattern. For creating the looks picture above, consider these fabrics: Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY| Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gypsy Sport | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear DKNY | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Zac Prosen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Vera Wang | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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
    Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Gabriela Hearst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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 
    Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Jeremy Scott | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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
    J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. Mendel | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Narciso Rodriguez | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics:   Cut-Out Fabrics
    Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Public School | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Proenza Schouler | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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:
  • 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.

    Sequins Jogging Pants 1 Sequins Jogging Pants 2

    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: Sequin Skirt

    I've been on a bit of a sequin kick lately, and recently stumbled upon the "metallic fabric" section at Mood Fabrics NYC—I was instantly smitten. After only a few minutes in my new "heaven," I discovered this fabric with an ombre-like affect and immediately snapped up a yard.  I figure I must have been on to something, because before it could be put away, another young lady grabbed a yard for herself too. Skirt, a pair of shorts, you can do any number of things with this.....tell me what you think of the colors below. Editor's note: You can find more sequin fabrics online here at MoodFabrics.com.

    Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics. Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics. SUPPLIES: 1 yard of sequin fabric, straight pins, invisible zipper, scissors, and a skirt you already own whose shape you love. Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics. HOW-TO: 1. Fold your fabric in half and lay a skirt you love on top of it to create your own pattern. 2. Cut out the 2 forms of the pattern you just created. 3. Place your 2 forms together -- insides facing -- and pick the side where you'd like to place your zipper.  Open up the two forms, and giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance, pin the zipper on one side of the form, being sure to start close to the top of the waist band. (Note: I liked more of the rust color on the bottom, so I folded down quite a bit at the waist to center my desired design). 4.  Once one side of the zipper is in place, flip the skirt over and pin the 2nd half, down. 5. Close up the remainder of the zippered side of the skirt with straight pins. 6. It was easier for me pin the correct shape with the skirt on, so I slipped it on to pin the opposite side. Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics. HOW-TO CONT'D 7. Open up the zipper and sew it into place on both sides. 8. Now that the zipper is intact, sew together the remainder of this side of the skirt. 9. After feeling a little clumsy with the fabric scissors, I opted to snip off the remainder of a 1/4 inch seam allowance of sequins with cuticle scissors (Note: removing a few rows of sequins gives the skirt a clean edge to fold back for your hem). 10. Fold back 1/4 inch hem and pin it into place. 11. It's a lot less messier if you put some paper down, so lay the skirt on top, and uncover only the area you want to spray with adhesive.  Let it dry. 12. Hand stitch 1/4 inch hem, remove pins, and then you are all set!  

    Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics.

    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 provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. 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: Sequin Encrusted Denim Shorts

    Denim is just one of those fabrics that never seems to go out of style -- so I wanted to do something unique with it.  But I wanted to play with textures a bit. So.....I took some of my leftover sequin fabric that I had from the backless crop top inspired by Rihanna, and I thought that combining the two fabrics would add a chic touch that would definitely dress up my "blues." Tell me what you think!

    Sequin Encrusted Denim Shorts 1 Sequin Encrusted Denim Shorts 2 Sequin Designed Denim Shorts 3

    SUPPLIES: Denim shorts (I made mine from a pair of pants I got at the Goodwill), scissors, straight pins, needle and thread, pencil, tracing paper (I used some old tissue paper I had), and sequin fabric. Sequin Embellished Denim Shorts 4 HOW-TO: 1. Take your tracing paper and pencil and draw an outline of both the left and right sides of the jeans. 2. Cut out both forms. They will look like this. Feel free to mark a tiny "L" and "R" on them so keep them straight. 3. Turn your fabric face down, and then pin your patterns face down onto the back side of the fabric. Cut them both out. 4. Take your sequin forms you cut out and lay them on their respective sides. Next, take your scissors and cut out a notch for the belt loop. 5. Now, hand stitch your forms into place. Pay special attention to the outer perimeter of each form....you'll want it to but up against all the seams of the jean's edges.  (Note: while I didn't picture it, feel free to add some e6000 glue around the edges first if you want a little added security before stitching). Voila!

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    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: Sequined Backless Crop Top Inspired by Rihanna

    So love it or hate, Rihanna has had some serious style in the past few years that makes her stand out on even the most casual of days.  I recently spotted a glitter backless crop top Rihanna wore in London to watch her brother spin some tunes (he's a rapper who DJ's), and I was all over it.  I took to Mood for a yard of sequined/shell fabric (sans the disco ball glow), and immediately got to work....and I gotta say, after wearing this shirt for the very first time, it's definitely a head turner. Sequined Backless Crop Top Inspired by Rihanna 1

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    SUPPLIES: Sequined/shell fabric (I got 1 yard at Mood Fabrics' store in NYC, but you can buy online from Mood here), garment with sleeves you like, needle and thread, 1 hook and eye, pen, spray adhesive (you can grab at Mood too), tape measure, straight pins, scissors, sewing machine, and a pattern (I tweaked one, I got from this site).

    Sequined Backless Crop Top Inspired by Rihanna 3BHOW-TO: 1. Print out crop-top tank pattern from this site, lay it all out, and tape it together. 2. Cut out the pattern for the front and the back of the tank (you'll add your sleeves later). 3. Double up the fabric, and lay out your form for the front and the back of the top along the fold. 4. Pin these 2 forms down to your fabric (pictured is the back of the top, I moved it in from the fold about a 1/4 inch to make room for the seam allowance on both sides of the open back that you'll cut open later). 5. I wanted my neck a little higher in the back, so I used the scoop of a shirt I had and marked it with a pen. 6. Cut out the front and back. 7. Right sides facing together, pin your top together at the shoulders. 8. Next, place pieces on your machine and sew the shoulders together. 9. Get ready to create your darts -- turn front over to the wrong side.  Now, the one on the pattern is below the arm hole (the yellow arrow), but I tried the shirt on to test it out, and they looked better in the chest area (indicated by the red triangle). 10. Pin your darts and sew them (this is how mine looked -- I marked them out again by the red triangle). 11. Right sides facing each other, pin the sides together and sew the right and left sides of the top together. 12. Turn shirt on the correct side, and place it face down.  You see the neck hole? Mine was 9 inches across. I cut that number in half (4.5 inches), and placed a straight pin directly in the center. I then followed that up by placing pins along that line, all the way down to the bottom of the shirt.

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    HOW-TO CONT'D: 13. Using those straight pins you just placed as a guide, cut the shirt in half (just the back panel). 14. I was having a bit of trouble getting sleeves exactly how I wanted, so I thought "why recreate the wheel," and grabbed a dress from the closet, whose sleeves I liked and copied those. 15. Okay, this next part was a little tedious and I had sequins EVERYWHERE...but doing this next step REALLY made the garment look polished.  I cut JUST THE SEQUINS in a row just a little over 1/4 inch on all the raw edges of the top (ie bottom of both sleeves, along the neck line, along the bottom of the shirt, and along the left and right sides of the open back flap). I do it this way, because if you just sew a regular hem, you'll catch half of a sequin here and there and it will look jagged. So you remove them to make it look neat. 16. Here's what one of the sleeves looks like laying flat with just the sequins removed along the bottom edge. 17.Take one of your sleeves and fold it in half, right sides facing. Pin it to about 2.5 inches in from the edge that will go unattached from the body of the shirt. 18. Sew the area of the sleeve you just pinned. 19. Turn the top onto the wrong side.  Place one sleeve inside the top, but make sure the right side of the shirt is facing the right side of this sleeve -- pin it in place. 20. Now sew the sleeve onto the top. 21. You're almost done! Okay, so we can't leave the un-sequined raw edges of the top unfinished. To hem them, now that the sequins are gone, it's super easy. Lay the top down on some paper and smooth all the loose threads in the downward direction.  Spray adhesive on to just the bottom edge of the shirt, trying to avoid the sequins themselves if you can. (Note: This captures the loose ends of the thread so they stop unraveling and the sequins won't keep falling off). 22. Fold back all raw edges and hem these edges with straight pins. 23. I opted to hand stitch the hem in place on all raw edges (i.e. the neckline, sleeves, both back flaps, and the bottom of the shirt). 24. Last step, at the top of the back flap, hand stitch a hook and eye on either side as your closure. Congrats, you're done! Wear your eye-catching top proudly!

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  • Finished: Easy little Sequin top

    Inspiration: This little sequin top by Lanvin ($400, sold out at Bergdorf Goodman)

    A family member of mine is very persuasive when it comes to getting me to sew for her. She spotted a sequin top much like the one above in a store, and the next thing you know I told her I'd make a sequin top for her. I found this great champagne sequin fabric at Mood ($35/yd, no longer available in this color but we do have blush and steel blue at the NYC store) and stitched up this top over the past weekend when the weather was icky here in NYC.

    This was the first time I sewed a sequin fabric that wasn't something I bought in the bargain bin for a Halloween costume. These sequins are dense and the fabric is heavy! I used a sharp 80/12 needle and a pair of old scissors to cut through the sequins. I trimmed the seams to 1/4" and didn't bother removing the sequins in the seams, just finger-pressed the seams open. It was actually easier to stitch than I thought it would be. The lightweight spandex lining was stitched to the top at the neckline and then hand-stitched at the sleeves and hem. Pretty easy and way less expensive than the Lanvin inspiration top!  And the family member was so appreciative she vacuumed up all the sequins on the floor in my sewing room.

    The finished top.
    You can see the lining here.
    Have you been watching Project Runway this season? It is so fun to see my workplace on TV, even though their time at Mood whizzes by. (In real life they're filming much longer at the store, but Tim Gunn actually does make the designers stick to their time limit.)  Have you found a favorite designer yet? I'm still forming my loyalties...
  • FALL/WINTER 2009 TREND: TEXTURES

    In the Fall/Winter 2009/10 runway collections it was all about textures. The use of feathers, sequins, fur and velvets were used to create collections that are meant to make the consumer feel good! The trends for this season range from Roaring 40’s to 80’s Party. Each trend incorporated the use of textures to create pieces that were special. Not necessarily something the consumer needs but more about something they want. The most innovative use of textures came from using feathers and sequins. These fabrics are not new but in Fall 09 designers began to use them in a new way to create looks that will be remembered for a lifetime. Riccardo Tisci Rccardo Tisci Feathers: The use of feathers can be seen in many runway collections from Fall 2009 but the best use of it came from Givenchy. In some of the most memorable looks from the collection, Riccardo Tisci used ostrich feathers to create a feminine touch to his interpretation of the 40’s power suit and a sash of ostrich feathers to create edge and interest to a plain white t-shirt. Feathers such as ostrich, hackle, and peacock are great to use as an alternative to fur. They are just as luxurious and are fairly easy to work with when purchasing them already attached to a bias. It is a simple way to add glamour and interest to any look.

    Nicholas Ghesquiere

    Sequins: The use of sequins has been present in the past few seasons. Sequins are great to add a touch of glamour to any silhouette. This season the use of sequins evolved from the mini-dress and into many different forms. The most surprising and innovative use of sequins came from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 09 collection. Nicholas Ghesquière used a leopard print season fabric in a silhouette that resembles the wrap dress. The cut has proven to be flattering on almost any figure and leopard print is a classic that keeps on being reinvented every season. Working with a sequin fabric is not the easiest. You must be very careful since good sequin fabrics usually have such delicate embroidery but if you use sequins it is sure to make any outfit pop.