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  • Finished: Placement Print Tunic from Thakoon Silk

    Inspiration: Boldly printed silk shirts by Erdem, Just Cavalli and Etro. Available at Net-a-Porter. Inspiration: Boldly printed silk shirts by Erdem, Just Cavalli and Etro. Available at Net-a-Porter.

    What is it about the warmer weather that makes me go a little cray-cray over prints? Once the temperature gets above 60 degrees I shed my blacks and neutrals and flock to bold prints and colors. This is bound to have something to do with spending my formative years in color-saturated, perpetually warm places like Los Angeles, New Orleans and Dallas.

    So when we got in these gorgeous Thakoon silk prints at Mood Fabrics, of course I had to nab some for myself. I went to Style.com and took a look at how the designer himself used these prints in his spring 2012 collection, and really liked his shirts and the way he mixed prints and colorways. Blatant rip-off time!

    Thakoon-top-side-view The gold colorway is a luscious, 4-ply silk crepe, and the black colorway is silk crepe de chine. Both are still available at MoodFabrics.com, but don't wait long to order as our stock is getting low. Thakoon-top-front I made this shirt from a circa 1980’s Simplicity pattern I bought on Etsy, combining the long and short versions to make my bi-level top. It’s blousy and tunic-y, which is the easy summer look I was going for. Plus, a loose fit means fitting time can be minimized. I’m a sew-and-go kind of girl these days! Construction was easy and straightforward. Where I spent the most time was in determining print placement. You can see with big paisleys like these that it’s gonna make a difference where you place your pattern. I relied heavily on fashion images showing how Thakoon placed the prints himself. Thakoon-top-back-view Thakoon-top-detail Bottom line: I like this top/tunic. It’s a really bold print for me but it works well with jeans and heels. More silk tops to come!
  • New Thakoon Addition Fabrics at MoodFabrics.com

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    New on MoodFabrics.com: A huge assortment of fabrics from Thakoon Addition spring 2012! We're always thrilled to get a big grouping of fabrics like this, especially when they come from a designer as talented as Thakoon. These fabrics are all currently available on our New Arrivals page, but hurry, quantities are limited and these won't last long. Some of these fabrics may be available in small amounts at our NYC and LA stores. Don't you think they're perfect for spring and summer sewing? We bet when you sew something with one of these fabrics you won't be wearing a frowny-face like this model!

  • Silk Kimono Gifts Sprung from Thakoon 4-Ply Silk

    This fabric shown here and in more bright colorways is available at MoodFabrics.com. Scroll down to the end of the post for links!

    Warning, fabric gushing ahead: Everyone at Mood is in love with this 4-ply silk crepe print from Thakoon' s Spring 2012 collection. I usually can exercise some restraint when it comes to acquiring more fabric (a nice trait to have when you work at Mood!), but I had to snatch up a few yards of this luscious material. Four-ply silk is one of the most delightful fabrics to work with—it's not slippery like other silks,  it presses well, and it feels like smooth velvet to the touch—plus, look at this print! I adore the Indian-influenced design and colors. You can tell just by looking at it why celebs like Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore and Michelle Obama are Thakoon fans.

    This particular fabric actually had the power to make me do something I rarely do—sew for others. [Reference numerous posts by sewing bloggers from around the world as to why we prefer, as a rule, not to sew for anyone but ourselves.]  I made this kimono and two others just like it for family members as Christmas gifts. Ever made a kimono before? They're fast and simple to sew, no fitting is involved and a beginner could easily make one. (Here I used a vintage early '80s Simplicity pattern found on Etsy.) French seams would have been nice, but I serged all seams instead for speed's sake and they look fine. Four-ply silk has the power to make even serged seams look good!

    Seriously, you could sew a kimono robe like this, from cutting out to completion, in under four hours. What added the most time for me was pattern placement of the big paisley motifs. I cut all pieces on a single layer of fabric, strategically placing the large motifs on the sleeves, center back, and side fronts. When you have a large print like this one, always buy enough extra fabric to allow you play around with your fabric—here, I factored in another 3/4 yard per kimono to my fabric total.

    I used pink silk charmeuse for the contrast band.

    Three kimonos finished and I am still in love with this fabric! Take a look here at how Thakoon used this print in his "super-vibrant collection of searing turquoise, saffron, orange, and gold" (Style.com):

    From Thakoon Spring RTW 2012. Images from GoRunway.com

    Have I sufficiently whetted your appetite for this fabric?! Mood Fabrics was lucky enough to acquire several of the fabrics from Thakoon's Spring 2012 collection, including this 4-ply silk print in three colorways. Click here to buy, and don't wait long because quantities are limited Don't forget to post a photo of your garment on the Mood Fabrics Facebook page when you're done!