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Trends

  • Neck Tie Pencil Dress

    I can't begin to tell you how much I love fall and making cool weather clothes.  If I could get away with wearing wool dresses and coats year round, I would. Because I hadn't made or worn a fitted dress in what seems like forever, I knew when I snagged 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. fitted-dress_mood fitted-dress2 plaid-dress4 chandler3   fitted-dress3 chandler plaid-dress2 fitted-dress4 fitted-dress5
  • Velvet season

    This fall has been all about velvet.  It's amazing how a textile that's been around forever can get a facelift in the form of a modern design.  My experience with velvet was a navy blue super stiff dress as a 7 year old.  All I remember was the sound it made when I walked and how uncomfortable and itchy it was especially when I sat on our crushed velvet sofa.  Yep we had a red crushed velvet sofa in our living room that we were only allowed to sit on when we had on fancy clothes aka awful velvet dresses.  But this new wave of velvet goodness is giving me a new appreciation for velvet. I knew when searching for the perfect 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   green-velvet_mood green-velvet2 green-velvet3 green-velvet4 green-velvet5 green-velvet-6 green-velvet-chandler3         green-velvet-chandler green-velvet6
  • Fall 2016 Fashion Week Summary

    Fall Fashion Week has come to a close for this season! From cut-out styles to moto jackets, the line-up ranged from chic and edgy. Here are some of the most prominent trends to take away from this season.

    Suede

    There 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.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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.
    McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear McQ Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own suede looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Bomber Jackets

    Bomber 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.
    Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Off-White | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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!
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own bomber jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Off-the-Shoulder Looks

    Elegance 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!
    Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    These are a lovely way to show off the collarbone and shoulders while still be reserved and practical.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own off-the-shoulder looks with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Moto Jackets

    These 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.
    Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Rodarte | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    If you’re looking for a way to dress bold, try adding a moto jacket to your wardrobe!
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own moto jacket style with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Pleather

    Pleather 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!
    Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Valentino | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Smooth, sleek, and great with a top-stitch, pleather is a great fashion ally!
    Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Cut-Outs

    Cut-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.
    Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Louis Vuitton | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Solid, thick fabrics that will hold the shape well are best for designs like these, and it looks great in saturated and neutral colors.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own cut-out styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Women in Menswear

    Everyone 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!
    Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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!
    A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear A.F. Vandevorst | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Create your own styles with these fabrics from Mood:  

    Exaggerated Proportions

    Lastly, 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.
    Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques Almedia | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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!
    Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fenty x Puma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      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!
  • Neoprene

    The moment I woke up and the temps were in the 50's, I immediately started thinking fall and remembered how much I love neoprene and structure.  So enters this 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 neoprene_mood bkue-and-white-neoprene-2 blue-and-white-neoprene3 blue-and-white-neoprene4 blue-and-white-neoprene5 blue-and-white-neoprene6    
  • Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    This week is the last for Fall Fashion Week, and we saw a few favorites and new head-turners as the event comes to a close! Trendy jackets and flowing garments were prime pieces of the show for Paris designers, and we had to share them here! Kimono-style Jackets With loose sleeves and a cinched waist, kimono-style jackets have been popping up in plenty of designers’ lines. Kimono collars are perfect for when you want to make your neck look long and elegant, and the patterns and fabrics often used to make these types of jackets are never less than stunning.
    Paule Ka | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Paule Ka | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    From smooth satins to glimmering prints, kimono jackets are a wonderful addition to any ensemble or wardrobe.
    Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Balmain | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      If you’re thinking of making your own kimono jacket, check some of these fabrics to get inspired:  

    Wide Sleeves

    Big sleeves are always a comfortable fit, and their draped look flows beautifully. Graceful looks like these were sprinkled through many of the line-ups.
    Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Chloe | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Wide sleeves are nice, because they can help make you look and feel elegant. They can be made from all different fabrics, too.
    Stella McCartney | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Stella McCartney | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Need some ideas for making tops like these? Try these:

    Leather Jackets

    Straight-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!
    Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Alexander McQueen | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Leather is great with both suave and edgy styles, so they look good on practically anyone.
    Redemption | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Redemption | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      Looking to make a leather jacket? Consider some of these fabrics (pleather is an option, too!):  

    Flowing Skirts

    Big, 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.
    Talbot Runhof | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Talbot Runhof | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    With a more business casual attire, these skirts can look very sleek.
    Y's Yohji Yamamoto | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Y's Yohji Yamamoto | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
      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 Pumpkin DIY

    Velvet Pumpkins DIY

    Velvet 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:

    Velvet pumpkins are made with fabric. Velvet is usually the optimal choice, because when it’s gathered it has the same look as the ridges on pumpkins, and the sheen from the fabric’s nap helps define the gathered fabric. You could use other types of fabrics, too, though—the design is very versatile. So long as the fabric type you’re using gathers together nicely, it’ll probably work! As for the stems, people often suggest using real stems that you can break off of an actual pumpkin. This is a great option if you can get your hands on a couple of real stems, but I wanted to make an all-fabric velvet pumpkin, so I ended up making more decorative stems with felt fabric in a contrasting color! Adding some ribbon to the bottom of the stem gives the impression of vines sprouting from the stem, too.
    Pattern Pieces Pattern Pieces
    Start off by cutting out a circle of your velvet fabric. Make sure that you don’t make a size smaller than 6 inches in diameter, or the pumpkin might turn out too small! I went with 10” and 16” diameter. The last one might sound big, but remember that the pumpkin will only be about a quarter wide of whatever diameter you use! If you want a bigger pumpkin, use a wider piece of fabric! I added a 6" diameter in the picture for comparison.
    Pattern Layout Pattern Layout
    After you’ve cut your fabric, get your hand sewing needle and thread.  It’s okay if you’re not a great hand-sewer—this step is simple: sew a basting stitch along the edge of your circle of fabric, about half an inch away from the edge. Make sure to start your stitch through the wrong side of the fabric; this will keep the knot from showing on the outside of the fabric! If you’re not sure what a basting stitch looks like, it’s basically a line of big stitches used to keep layers of fabric together, like this,
    Basting Stitch Basting Stitch
    (I used contrasting thread to help show the example better; you should be using your like-colored thread!) After you’ve run the stitch all the way around, gently push the fabric together so that it gathers. DO NOT tie the thread or cut the excess thread yet! You need to fill your pumpkin with Poly-fil now! You can stuff it just a little or a lot depending on how firm you want it to be. On a scale of 1 to 10, I filled both of mine at about a 4.
    Closing the Pumpkin Closing the Pumpkin
    After you stuff the pumpkin, make sure any loose fiber is stuffed back in and then take your thread and needle in hand again. Gather the velvet close again so that it has the pumpkin shape, and then tie a knot so the thread doesn’t go slack again. Don’t make the opening to the inside of the pumpkin too small—leave enough room so that you can insert your pumpkin stem later! From here, you also need to stick the needle all the way down through the center of the bottom of the pumpkin and then back through to the top. Pull it very gently (be careful your thread doesn’t snap) so that the bottom of the pumpkin pulls up a little to get the generic shape for the bottom of a pumpkin, like this,
    Bottom of Pumpkin Bottom of Pumpkin
    Bottom of Pumpkin (Side) Bottom of Pumpkin (Side)
    Run the thread through the bottom a couple of times to secure it. After you’ve tied and knotted the thread well, cut the excess thread.
    Stem Fabric Square Stem Fabric Square
    Leave your pumpkin and needle to the side and get your felt. You don’t need a whole lot of felt per pumpkin, depending on the size your making. For mine, I used 5”x6” pieces.
    Start at one corner... Start at one corner...
    Roll at an angle... Roll at an angle...
    And there's your shape! And there's your shape!
    You can make your stems with the felt in different ways, from cutting the edge with decorative scissors to rolling the swatch pieces in different ways. Make the top of the roll or the base flared, use scissors to cut shapes into the edges, anything really! This project is really easy to customize and make unique, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Use your glue of choice to secure the shape you decide on, or you could sew it to help secure it! I did that for my stems. After you know what shape you want the stem to be, get your pumpkin base. Take another line of thread for your needle and use it to sew your stem to the pumpkin! Make sure to start under the velvet fabric so the knot doesn’t show. Work in a circle, sewing from underneath, to sew the stem into the opening in your pumpkin. Sew it secure and tight so that the velvet fabric closes completely around the stem without any openings (otherwise the Poly-fil might fall out!).
    Stems Attached Stems Attached
    As a finishing touch, add some ribbon around the base of your stem! And then you’re done!
    Ribbons! Ribbons!
    These pumpkins are the cutest thing, and they’re so fun to play with and customize. You could add a short thick tree stick for the stem and make a felt flower to embellish the base of it, or use burlap for a big bow! The possibilities are actually endless. What kind of velvet pumpkin designs do you want to make?
  • Faux Suede Skirt

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    Faux Suede Skirt

    Fall 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!):  
    Pattern Guide Pattern Guide
    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!

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    For my skirt design, I decided to hide the second part of the slot seam on the UNDERSIDE, like in the photo below. This is purely a stylistic choice--you can top-stitch it if you'd like!

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    After sewing them all together, I top-stitched with the orange thread. Top-stitching is a great way to add a dash of color to a garment, and I love using it whenever I can. It looks great so long as you work carefully and remain patient. This is honestly the longest step in the process to make the skirt, but you should do it. It removes the need for a lining and helps to stabilize the seam allowances on the wrong side of the skirt.

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    After top-stitching, you need to do a single-fold hem along the top of the skirt. DO THIS BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR ZIPPER! You won’t want a raw edge to show at the top of your skirt, so we’re doing this to prepare to hide it! Like so:

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    After hemming the top, install your zipper. If you don’t know how to install a zipper, 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.

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    After installing your zipper, you can go ahead and close up the skirt, right sides together. Make sure to sew flat along the bottom of the zipper to lock it in. You can also go ahead and top-stitch down along the sides of the zipper and down the seam you just closed the skirt up with. If the top of your skirt is too wide for your waist, add a dart in the middle of the back panel.

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    After that, roll the top hem again and top stitch down. Do the same on the bottom of the skirt

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    The last step is to hand-sew the buttons onto the front. Make sure to line your buttons up nicely where you want them to lay and use a piece of tailor’s chalk to mark where you’d like them to go before you sew them down. This’ll help prevent off-center buttons!

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    And that’s about it! Easy!   Can you think of other garments or accessories you’d like in a suede fabric? Do you have a favorite piece in a suede? Tell us all about it!
  • Trend Report: London Fashion Week | Spring 2017

    London Fashion Week is coming to a close, and we can't be more in love with the trends we saw strutting down the runway. With NYFW being a difficult act to follow, London designers stepped up to bring some amazing looks - from ombre gowns and billowing sleeves to chic jackets and bold colors, this week had something for everyone.

    1. Wide Leg Pants

    The 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.
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Roksanda | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    2. Enormous Sleeves

    Some 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.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Emilio de la Morena | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    3. Mesh Overlays

    Netting 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!
    Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques’ Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear J. JS Lee | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    4. Off the Shoulder

    We 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!
    Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Osman | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear David Koma | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    5.Exaggerated Proportions

    Huge 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.
    MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear MM6 Maison Margiela | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Joseph | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    6. Moto Jackets

    I. 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!
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Marques' Almeida | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    7. Ruffles

    Ruffles 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!
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Erdem | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Daks | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    8. Ombre

    Ombre 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.
    Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Antonio Berardi | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    9. Gathered Waists

    It'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.
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Temperley London | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Belstaff | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Create your own looks with these fabrics from Mood:

    10. Bold Color

    Last, 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!
    Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Victoria Beckham | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Mulberry | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Natasha Zinko | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Topshop Unique | Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear
    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!

  • Pastel Silk Dress | Simplicity 8390 & Butterick B6350

    Ok, lets discuss all this pepto bismol pink which is what I thought when It first came in the mail, but once you feel it and see how it moves all that goes out the window.  I believe being the mom to an almost two year old little girl that's drawn to bright colors is giving me a new appreciation for the other side of the color wheel. 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 pink-silk-dress_mood pink-silk-dress2 pink-silk-dress4   pin-silk-dress3 pink-silk-dress5 pink-dress8   pink-dress7 pink-silk-dress6
  • 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:
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