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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a T-Shirt Dress


    Comfy doesn't need to mean unfashionable. This knit dress is fun, cute, and totally practical for everyday wear! The best part? You can make this pattern with one of your own t-shirts! Items used:


    Begin by tracing your shirt until just below the sleeves. I curved the bottom of my pattern slightly, to account for some inevitable drooping when the skirt is attached. I also traced the sleeves, making them slightly longer than they were n the original tee.


    After your pattern and fabrics are cut, it's time to sew. The front and back panels of the dress top get sewn together at the shoulders before the sleeves are added. At this point, I decided to line the shirt panels, to give it a little more stability. I attached the lining at the neck, forming the garment's neckline, and hemmed the sleeves.


    The last and simplest step is the bottom - all it is, is a basic circle skirt. I decided to go for a hi-lo hem, which measured abut 24" in the front and 36" toward the back.


    The skirt is then attached to the bottom of the shirt panels, so the opening should measure roughly the same as the circumference of the shirt. I made mine just slightly larger, so I could add a box pleat in the back.


    This makes it way more fun to twirl in!



  • Mood DIY: Men's Longline Shirt w/ Faux Leather


    I decided to try something new today!

    As a costume maker/DIYer, I always get a bit nervous when I try something different fashion-wise, but this longline tee was surprisingly simple to put together. Plus, Sewciety can definitely use more menswear posts!

    This shirt called for a yard of Mood's Playing Cards Combed Cotton Poplin, 3/4 yard of their Black Fashion-Weight Faux Leather, a pack of Wrights 1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape in brick, and two 9" zippers.


    I used an old shirt to easily draft a pattern. Of course, I had to keep in mind that a knit t-shirt stretches, while cotton poplin does not. To compensate, I added about a half inch to each side as I traced (in addition to 1/4" for seam allowances).


    For the sides of the shirt, I added a whole inch so the fit would be just slightly looser than the original knit.


    To get the crew neck shape, I cut an additional 4" from the neckline in the front.


    The extra length of the shirt is created almost entirely by the faux leather extension, so after tracing the original tee for the pattern, I also cut four 25"x9" rectangles, with a slight curve on the bottom. After adding two at the bottom of the shirt panels, I pinned the zippers before adding the other two on top, with right sides together. These were each basted, flipped right-side out, and top-stitched with red thread. The most difficult part was over!

    longline 1 DSC_0041

    All that was left at this point were the sleeves and neckline. Rather than finish them with a rolled hem, I added on some double-fold bias tape for some extra color. In the end, it really tied the shirt together and looked super clean.

    DSC_0044 longline 2

    Originally the plan was to have the zippers only go up to the end of the faux leather, but I had them extend into the print just a little bit. This way there's more of a difference if the wearer decides to go for a flared or more fitted look.


    So what do our readers think of the final product? I certainly had fun making it; and obviously Matt loves his new shirt!


  • Mood DIY: Lace Panel T-Shirt


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


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

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


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


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



  • "How To" Mens T-Shirt

    I wanted to think outside of the box and do something different for Mood. I decided to create a simple, straight forward men's casual t-shirt tutorial. There are a variety of women's blogs on here, but I'm proud to introduce the first men's tutorial. For this project I used a jersey knit fabric to insure stretchability and comfort. To add a little spunk to this simple t-shirt I added an optional pocket  to place on the front of the shirt.

    Final shirt 1

    Items Needed:

    Men’s t-shirt (for pattern)

    2 yds. fabric

    Matching thread

    Seam ripper

    French curve ruler

    L-Shaped ruler

    Dressing pins

    Fabric Scissors


      Items Needed ED   Pocket (Optional) ¼  yd. fabric Matching thread Paper Scissors Iron   Let's Begin! Fold 2 yards of fabric flat and lay the T-shirt you wish to trace on the fold of your fabric.  Add 1” seam allowance to your pattern by measuring and pining where you want to cut.  After you have cut this piece out, lay your cut piece on top of your folded fabric again and cut out another piece. You should now have 2 identical shirt sides (front & back).

     1 and 2 ED


    4 ED

      Lay your 2 pieces right sides together and pin. Sew from the bottom of the sides up sewing continuously through the armpit stopping at the bottom of the sleeves.

     6 and 7

      Sew from the top of the sleeve to the top of the shoulder stopping at the neckline point.

    8 and 9 ED


    10 ED

    To create the neckline I folded my shirt in half to find the mid point. Mark that point and keep the shirt folded. Use a French curve ruler to create a neck curve. You can cut both layers because this is going to be the back of the shirt curve.

     11 ED

      To create the front neckline, I decided to make mine a scoop neck, you can choose between a scoop neck or V-neck.  Keep the mid point marked and begin to draw a scoop neck on each side. You can use the French ruler curve as a guide. Remember you need seam allowance on your neckline.

    12 ED

      After you cut your front and back neckline create a ¼” seam allowance matching up the shoulders to your best ability. It is important to match the shoulder seams up with the neckline seams to insure a clean crisp look and to make sure the shirt lays flat.  

    13 ED

    14 ED

    Hem the arm seams with a 1” seam allowance along with the bottom of the shirt.

     16 and 17 ED



      Optional Pocket! 1) Measure out a piece of paper to be 8 inches long and 5 ½” wide.
    •        Measure ¼” on each side and fold them in.
    2) Measure 2 inches down and fold on the 2” mark. 3) Fold the whole piece of paper in half to find the mid point for the V shape pocket. 4) Measure from the bottom up 1 1/8th " (This will be where your V point meets)
    • Cut from the mid point to the 1 1/8th mark with paper still folded.
    Measure ¼” on the  v shape for seam allowance. 5) You have now made the pattern for your pocket.

     Pocket pattern ED

    Unfold the paper and lay this on your fabric for the pocket. Trace with a pencil and cut.

    Cut pocket

    1) Fold the 2” fold down and iron. Sew a straight line across where the fold meets the pocket. 2) Fold the ¼” edges in and iron, sew these as well. 3) Fold the ¼” V shape edges iron and sew. Make sure the side seams match up with the V seam to make it neat.

     fabric pocket

    Pin the pocket where you would like it on the shirt. Sew from the sides leading down to the V. Leave the top open for a functional pocket or sew it shut.

    final pocket

    This design is very versatile and can be altered to fit any size men or women's ! Enjoy!

    Final shirt 2

  • Swatch T-Shirt Available Now In NYC Store!

    Swatch's Angels - Lynn, Danyce & Nova

    Swatch's Angels - Lynn, Danyce & Nova

    Mood Fabrics' mascot is now available on his own unisex white American Apparel crewneck t-shirt in sizes Child 10, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Currently they are only available in our New York City location for only $16. They will be coming soon to MoodFabrics.com and our Los Angeles location.
    Swatch T-Shirt on Dress Form

    Front and Back

  • Coming Soon to a Mood Near You!

    Swatch t-shirt

    Swatch T-Shirt