this plaid wool just what I had in store. This is a great wool perfect for dresses and skirts because of the 2-way stretch. It sews nicely and irons easily. The dress was lined with a silk charmeuse which is a fabric I use frequently to line fitted pieces. It's comfortable and doesn't change the fit. How I made the dress: Used the bodice of McCalls 5927 with the following alterations: -Created an mock collar/neck tie by cutting 2 pieces of fabric 8"x25" fold the fabric in half attaching one end to each side of the neck meeting in the back and connecting with a slide closure. The front hangs down and ties -Added a 4.5" wrist cuff -Attached a self drafted skirt with a back slit. -Added an exposed zipper This look can be achieved by using the same pattern and removing the pockets to get a more structured fit. You can also make it even easier and create a oversized faux bow by cutting 1 piece of fabric 8'x50", tie a bow and secure the bow to the neck of the dress.
velvet I didn't want anything stiff so I chose this amazing olive colored rayon-silk velvet that thankfully comes in 11 colors because the the olive is sold out. This fabric is gorgeous! the colors are amazing, it cuts and sews beautifully and it feels great against the skin. Keep in mind, this fabric has no stretch so tighter fitting designs will not work. For these two dresses I used 3 yards of fabric. The pattern I used for my dress was vintage Butterick 5871 view E shirt pattern with the following alterations: -Added 3" to the width of the pattern back -Added 11" to the length of the back and front -Added 2" to the width of the front pattern -Added 5" to the length of each side of the necktie -Removed the back zipper -Added a 5" slit to the neck front Chandler's dress was made with a self drafted pattern
SuedeThere 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. 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. Create your own suede looks with these fabrics from Mood:
Bomber JacketsBomber 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. 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! Create your own bomber jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:
Off-the-Shoulder LooksElegance 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! These are a lovely way to show off the collarbone and shoulders while still be reserved and practical. Create your own off-the-shoulder looks with these fabrics from Mood:
Moto JacketsThese 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. If you’re looking for a way to dress bold, try adding a moto jacket to your wardrobe! Create your own moto jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:
PleatherPleather 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! Smooth, sleek, and great with a top-stitch, pleather is a great fashion ally! Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Cut-OutsCut-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. Solid, thick fabrics that will hold the shape well are best for designs like these, and it looks great in saturated and neutral colors. Create your own cut-out styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Women in MenswearEveryone 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! 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! Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:
Exaggerated ProportionsLastly, 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. 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! 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!
royal blue and white neoprene. If you aren't familiar with neoprene, it's a stretch scuba material that doesn't wrinkle or lose it's shape, it makes sexy skirts and dresses as well as awesome structured pieces. The one downside to neoprene is because it's a thick fabric and doesn't iron or lay flat, creating a hem to lay flat with certain neoprene is close to impossible. In order to combat that issue, I chose to do without hemming and because the fabric cuts with such precision, as long as you cut with a rotary blade it leaves you with a clean finish. The top was made using Butterick 5948 view D with the following alterations: -Removed 8" from the length -Added a top stitched front seam -Removed 10" from length of the sleeve -Added a 10"x38" inverted pleat bell sleeve -Added a 9" back zipper The skirt was made using vintage McCalls 2905 with the following alterations: -Removed 18" from the length -Added 4" to the width of the waistband -Removed the front darts -Added a 20"x 20" pleated drape to the right front of the skirt
Wide SleevesBig sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups. Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too. Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:
Leather JacketsStraight-cut, embellished, or studded, leathers were a familiar and glamorous appearance for the show. Many leather fashions are still sporting motorcycle and bomber jackets, so if you haven’t grabbed one for yourself yet, there’s still time! Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone. Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):
Flowing SkirtsBig, flowing skirts popped up in the beginning of the season, and they’re still going pretty strong. Now being paired with fitted tops like these, they lean more to the side of sophisticated than comfy like their early season counterparts. With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek. Fabrics with good drapes like these would be perfect for a flowing skirt: What were you favorite designs from Paris Fashion Week? Do you have any plans for new sewing projects that were inspired by the trend reports?
Velvet Pumpkins DIYVelvet pumpkins are a Halloween craft I recently fell in love with, and while I’m tempted to buy them at stores every time I see them, I wanted to see if I could make them myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they’re very easy to make! So if you're looking for a quick and easy way to spruce up your home for fall, consider making some to decorate with!
Here’s a list of what I used:
- ½ yard of Brown Polyester Stretch Velvet (#306825)
- ¼ Ivory Acrylic Felt (#FA15838)
- 20 oz Poly-fil Fiber Filling (#100911)
- Hand-sewing Needle Dritz Size 5/10 Sharp Needles (#100804)
- 2960 Dark Brown 100m Gutermann Cotton Thread (or other like-colored thread) (#100847)
- 1/2" Black Single Face Satin Ribbon (#3670)
- 8" Fiskars All-Purpose Scissors (#105467) (Scissors here for lefties!—#100077)
- Tacky Glue (#100043) (Optional)
Faux Suede SkirtFall runways have been loaded with garments and fabrics of faux suede, and seeing as I loved the fabric even before its shine in the spotlight, I wanted to take the chance to make a suede skirt—another popular item on the runway—for the coming season. Faux suede is a great fabric choice because of its soft texture, and the suede I used to make my skirt has a nice stretch that’s both form-fitting and comfortable to wear. I’ve always loved the visual appeal of suede, too; like velvet, it adds visual texture to an ensemble, and I love that. You can see the texture without having to feel it (though I’d be lying if I claimed I’ve never compulsively touched suede just to feel how soft it is!) Fabrics like this draw the eye, and it comes in a number of colors, too, making it a powerful fabric tool. The skirt is decorated with a few buttons, top-stitching with orange thread, and the front is closed with a slot seam. This skirt design is incredibly simple, just a few pieces—4 in total—and I made them from easy shapes you can draw out with a yard stick and pencil. I’ve provided an image to help you visualize what they looked like (I apologize that the shapes aren’t drawn exactly to scale, but so long as you get the idea!): Four pieces and a yard of fabric. Easy, right? Make sure to fit the pieces in the direction shown in the picture, and you need FOUR CUTS for PIECE 2, so turn the piece 180 degrees if you need to in order to fit it in. The skirt falls just below my waist and the measurements I provided are to fit my size (I’m a 30” waist), so adjust accordingly for your own fit! I’m not going to go into a super in-depth tutorial for this skirt, but I hope the design won’t be too hard to figure out!
Material List- About 1 YD Black UV Protective Stretch Ultra Suede (#311396) - 3 QTY Copper/Orange Rhinestoned Metal Shank Back Button (#14805) - 474 Curry 100M Gutermann Sew All Thread (#100301) - 10 Black 100M Guterman Sew All Thread (#100246) - 1 QTY 580 Black 9” Invisible Zipper (#INV9-850) - Pins - Hand-sewing Needle - Sewing Machine - Scissors - Tailor’s Chalk (for marking where your buttons will go before sewing them down) - Pencil (for Patter Drawing) - Pattern Paper (for Patter Drawing) This is the list of materials that I used. I used about a full yard of the faux suede fabric that I picked, but you may need more or less depending on the size you’re fitting the garment to. Judge the amount you need based off how long your skirt panels need to be (remember that there are 36 inches in one yard of fabric). After you’ve drafted your paper pattern and have cut out your fabric pattern pieces, you should have PIECE 1 (x2), PIECE 2 (x4), PIECE 3 ,(x2) and PIECE 4 (x1). I installed my zipper on the right side at the top, so between one PIECE 2 panel and one PIECE 3 panel. Pin all of them together like this and start sewing them together! NOTE: The two panels of PIECES 1 are sewn together using a slot seam! If you're not sure how to install a slot seam, click here to see what it looks like! click here to read our tutorial on how! Remember to line the very top of the zipper—not the teeth, the extra flaps—up with the top of the skirt.
1. Wide Leg PantsThe last few seasons have seen a lot of 70s inspired garments, and the SS17 collections were no different. This time wide leg pants seemed to be a favorite, both cropped and extra long! If you're looking to make your own, a brocade or suiting would be great for some ankle-length trousers, while a draping crepe could do wonders as a long, flowing pair of pants. Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
2. Enormous SleevesSome designers have been throwing things back far past the 70's. Victorian silhouettes have been popping up pretty often on recent runways, particularly when it comes to sleeves. The best thing about the puff sleeve trend is that they're coming in all shapes and sizes - bishop, bell, leg of mutton, poet, princess, all of them have been seen throughout the SS17 shows. Plus, they can be made out of so many different fabric types, so there's nothing stopping you from trying some out! Want huge volume? Try an organza or brocade. Looking for flow? Crepes, crepe de chines, and chiffons will do great! Or try out a basic cotton shirting for a flawlessly crisp design. Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
3. Mesh OverlaysNetting layers were not something we thought we needed before this week, but after seeing how they can add interesting shapes and volume to a garment, we're totally hooked. Mesh was seen as sleeves, crop tops, shift dresses, and even as jackets! Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
4. Off the ShoulderWe saw this trend all over the place this past spring, but this season it's evolving! Last year it manifested itself in blouses and crop tops, but recently it's been all over gowns. Satins, crepes, chiffons - think anything drapey for these designs. Or, if you'd like to mix this trends with the puff sleeve look, you can try something with more structure - maybe a neoprene! Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
5.Exaggerated ProportionsHuge sweaters and slouchy boyfriend jeans have always been go-to comfort clothes, but this year designers are giving those steady faves a high fashion twist. Structural neoprene coats, extra long sleeves, t-shirts that can double as dresses - this SS17 runway season has seen them all. Certainly it's not a trend for everyone, but if they're style correctly over-sized garments can look terrific. Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
6. Moto JacketsI. Love. Jackets. Particularly moto jackets. This is a trend that can incorporate so many others - make them oversized and made with knit, make them metallic, or make them bright blue! There are so many different ways to create, wear and style these awesome pieces; and I especially love the zip off feature on the jackets by Belstaff. Keep them long or crop them depending on your day-to-day style. Gotta make myself one! Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
7. RufflesRuffles seem to be a favorite every season at this point, but designers are still finding ways to make them new and unique. Erdem sewed them into panel seams to create dynamic lines across their garments and the result is utterly beautiful. I can easily see the technique being adapted into streetwear skirts or even crop tops! Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
8. OmbreOmbre is another trend that has been going strong for quite a white, and honestly I can't complain! We've all seen the beautiful gradient gowns done by Marchesa, but LFW dealt with ombre a little differently. Simple shirt dresses popped on Temperley London's stage with airy, pastel color schemes, while Antonio Berardi changed the game with an ombre suit! This look has to be one of my favorites from the week - each piece would look equally fabulous on its own as well as all together. Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
9. Gathered WaistsIt's no secret that a tight waist with a flared skirt looks flattering on most body types. Designers seemed to keep this in mind as smocked dresses, empire waists and paper bag jogger pants popped up throughout London Fashion Week! Recreate the looks with chiffon, batiste, or maybe even a thick knit if you're going the casual pant route. Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
10. Bold ColorLast, but not least, color! The 80's are alive and they're bringing with them an onslaught of vibrant hues. A big trend for next spring seems to be entire outfits in a single matching color, which certainly makes accessorizing easy! Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:
So which trends are your favorite from London Fashion Week? Are you going to be making anything similar to these looks? Tell us below!
This washed silk by Rag & Bone is one that you unfortunately have to be careful in due to it's ability to capture every stain, which is fine unless you have a little person in your life with sticky hands that love to give hugs. This washed silk like many is easy to sew, irons beautifully and drapes like a dream. Unfortunately this silk has just sold out, but here are a few that's just as amazing. This dress was made using vintage Simplicity 8390 #3 and the sleeves to Butterick B6350 with the following alterations: -Added 4"to the length of the dress -Added 9" to the length of the sleeve -Added a 2" wide elastic to the bottom of the sleeve -Added a 1/4" wide elastic to the shoulder of the sleeve -Added 2 75"x8" pleated ruffle to the hem
Graphic Prints and Color Blocking 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics: Cut-Out Fabrics 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. 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: