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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Velvet Ribbon Choker Necklace

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    Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!

    On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.

    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they're made with.

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    In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.

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    The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.

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    Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.

    Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.

    Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!

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    If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.

    After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.

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    And that’s it; you’re all done!

    Here’s a list of the items that we used:

    Hand Sewing Needle Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 0.5" Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards) Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards) 1.5" Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards) Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards) 20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes

    Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?

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  • Trend Report: Handbags for Fall 2016

    Handbags were everywhere on the Fall runway this season with a wide variety in texture and shape. The biggest trend, however, was functionality and purpose. Here are some of our favorite styles from this season’s top trends! Fur Bags Fur-covered handbags were a huge hit with the runway, and we couldn’t agree more! There’s something so vintage and nostalgic about a nice fur covered purse, and they always give off an elegant and classy appearance.
    Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvartore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Whether sporting something like a bucket purse or a boxy handbag, fur designs can be a great statement piece. Soft to the touch and usually easy on the eyes, it’s hard not to appreciate their unique image (even if you go with faux fur!). If you’re looking to make a fur-covered bag of your own, consider some of these fabrics for your design!
     Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur Black/Pale Gray Solid Faux Fur
     Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur Black Grooved Faux Beaver Fur
     Silver Faux Wolverine Fur Silver Faux Wolverine Fur
    For the straps, these furs pair well with:
     Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Platinum Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    Drawstring Bags Drawstring bags are a great staple of handbag fashion, mostly because of how easy they are to work with! You can make them as big as you'd like it to be, and they close easily, so you never have to worry about your belongings falling out.
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Lanvin | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They look great no matter what size they are. And since the design is simple and interchangeable, you have a lot of choices to consider if you're making one. If you would like to make one, we actually have a DIY article about making one with leather here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own!
     Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Copper Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
    You don't have to go with just leather, though!
    Natural Solid Canvas Natural Solid Canvas
    Black Waxed Cotton Canvas Black Waxed Cotton Canvas
    And for the drawstrings, you can use drawcords or metal chain! Tasseled and Long-Fringed Bags Fan of the Western look? Tassels and long fringes often bring a sense of down-to-earthness, and adding fringe to a piece is also a great way to play with the illusion of body and flow.
    Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Altuzarra | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Roberto Cavalli | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Usually made of some kind of leather or leather look-alike, tassels and fringe can draw the eye with their fluid movements, which is what makes them a popular item. Even small additions of fringe can pay off! Check out our DIY using fringe to spruce up a pair of heels by Brandhyze here! If you’re interested in a fringed purse of your own, consider these fabrics for your design!
     Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl
    4" Light Brown Suede Fringe 4" Light Brown Suede Fringe
    2 2" Safe Basic Tassel
    Revamped Fanny Packs Revamped fanny packs were huge in the 90s, and they’re back again! Designed for ease of comfort and functionality, these hands-free designs are now trendy and versatile!
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    While the photos provided here show off a very chic styles, revamped fanny packs are flexible in what designs look good for and with them. If you need some inspiration, take a look as some of these ideas!
    Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather
     Silver Solid Faux Suede Silver Solid Faux Suede
    Along with these fabrics, you can do a little embellishment with a chain strap, sequin or beaded trims, and clasps!   Halfmoon Bags Halfmoon bags are super cute and in-season now! The curved shape of their silhouette is simply graceful and like no other style.
    Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Celine | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Loewe| Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Loewe | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Any color fits well with them, and so long as you have a sturdy fabric to help keep its shape, you can go with almost anything! If you’d like to see some fabric ideas for halfmoon bags, consider some of these!
     Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl Fudge Backed Faux Leather/Vinyl
    Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl Rag & Bone Coated Port Royale Laminate/Vinyl
    Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl Turkish Purple/White Floral Water-Resistant Vinyl
    And some notions--like grommets, trims for straps, and a zipper for closure--to help finish the look! Small Backpacks And lastly, small backpacks! This fashion has flitted around through the years, but they got a particular amount of attention by designers for this season.
    Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Versace | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Michael Kors | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    As with the halfmoon bags, their shape is one of the features that stands out most, and like the revamped fanny packs, their functional purpose makes them a great choice for on the go!
    Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas Off-White/Maize/Sky Blue Geometric Canvas
    Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl Rag & Bone Italian Vertiver Vinyl
    And finish it off with a zipper!
    Black Chain Separating Zipper 26 Black Chain Separating Zipper 26"
      Which of these handbag designs is your favorite? Have you seen others aside from these that you loved, too? Can you think of any fabrics that we didn't listen that you would like to use for one of these styles? Let us know! Save Save Save Save
  • Mood DIY: Fabric Flower Crown

    Unless you've been under a rock, I'm sure you've noticed the ever growing floral crown trend, on both girls and women alike.  Originating in the times of Ancient Greece, we recently saw this boho chic accessory on the spring 2014 runways of designers like Dolce & Gabbana.

    Not a fan of artificial flowers and real ones lack longevity? Well, I've got the perfect solution for you -- floral trim from Mood Fabrics.  It can be just the thing you need to do the trick. (Want to see another version, click here). Fabric Floral Crown 1A Fabric Floral Crown 2 Fabric Floral Crown 3SUPPLIES: scissors, glue, elastic, needle and thread, and floral trim Fabric Floral Crown 4HOW-TO: 1. Measure your head for the length of elastic and trim you'll need. 2. Go ahead and cut them. 3. The trim I bought was a little longer than needed, so I carefully cut the design close to the flower. 4. Lay out your trim and glue your elastic to the back (approximately in the middle). 5. Place the glue on one side of the trim and fold in half. Let it dry for a couple hours. 6. Lastly, use your needle and thread to stitch the crown closed. You're all done. Fabric Floral Crown 5 Fabric Floral Crown 6

    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.

  • Finished: Chanel-Style Boxy Jacket with Fringe

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood. Kristen from Mood modeling the Chanel-style jacket I recently made for my daughter.
    A Chanel-style, boxy jacket is one of those classic pieces that works well on just about everyone. I decided it was time to make one for my daughter, who is about to graduate from college and needs clothes that can go on job interviews. For fabric, I chose a lightweight Italian black tweed that has little metallic flecks. Here are several excellent options for tweeds and bouclés at MoodFabrics.com. I lined it with black silk charmeuse from my stash. Note: When you find black or off-white silk charmeuse at a price you like, buy several yards. It's one of those fabrics you can always use. For the pattern, I used Kwik-Sew 3258. This is a good option if you're going for a less fitted, more boxy look—no princess seams, just bust darts. I converted the two-piece sleeves to bracelet-length and I trimmed off the neckline by about 1/2-inch. And I added four patch pockets, a quintessential Chanel touch.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood.

    The front closes with a plastic Riri zipper from Pacific Trims on W. 38th Street close to Mood NYC. Zipper teeth are exposed.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian black wool boucle and Mood's fancy metallic fringe.

    This eyelash black-and-silver metallic fringe I found at Mood NYC really makes the jacket, don't you think? I machine-stitched it in place before I attached the lining.

    Chanel-style boxy jacket made from Mood Fabrics' Italian metallic tweed, with metallic fringe, also from Mood.

    No Chanel-style jacket would be ready without the chain at the hem. It really works to weight down the jacket hem.

    Trims from Mood NYC perfect for Chanel-style jackets.

    If a Chanel-style jacket is in your future, plan on spending beaucoup time searching for the right trim, of which you'll need about five yards. I like these trims above for black bouclé or tweed jackets. (Email trim@moodfabrics.com for details.) ------------------- Have you moved on to spring sewing yet? I am so sick of winter that I swear I'm going to start sewing beachwear now, just in the hopes it might bring the warm weather sooner. What are you sewing?!
  • Mood DIY: Metal Embellished Skirt

    Now I haven’t been to many sample sales…but I recently checked out the Oscar de la Renta sale, and stumbled upon a beautifully embellished skirt -- I mean metal embellishments have been everywhere lately, including the runways of this past New York Fashion Week. Inspired, I grabbed a skirt I had made from an old turtleneck (seen here), and some sparkly ornate trim I had been eyeing at Mood, and I married the two. It's easy. It's fun...and it takes any skirt from drab to fab! Embellished Skirt 1 Embellished Skirt 2 Embellished Skirt Supplies Supplies: Skirt, embellished trim, coins, scissors, thread, needles, and chalk. Editor's note: Beaded trim is also available at MoodFabrics.com. Embellished Skirt How-To

    How-To: 1. Take nickel (any uniform coins) and mark out your desired layout. 2. Removing each coin along the way, mark out where each embellishment will be sewn. 3. With one long and continuous thread, first hand stitch center crystal into place. 4. Then sew in place middle row of embellishments (Note: the two silver pieces are separate pieces). 5. Next sew into place third row of embellishments below the crystal. 6. Then sew into place bottom/lower middle embellishment. 7. Now sew into place the very top row of the embellishments (Note: by doing this one last, you are able to control the height of each cluster, for perfect alignment against other groupings). 8. Working counter clockwise, sew in between each silver piece, the thin gold embellishments. On the last one triple knot the thread on the inside of the skirt.

    Embellished Skirt 3 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 nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and 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: Jeweled Shoulder Cardigan

    So I was recently poking around the trim section at Mood Fabrics -- so much to choose from -- and I absolutely fell in love with this jeweled trim. Not sure of what I was going to create, but assured I had to have it....I immediately snatched up the last 2 yards and headed home.   A clutch? Bling up a pair of shoes -- there were so many options. But after pulling out this thrifted J. Crew cashmere cardigan, I knew it was a colorful match made in heaven. Supplies: Cardigan, Heavy Duty Thread, Needle, Trim, Tape Measure, Glue, Straight Pins, Sharp Nosed Scissors How-To:  1. Cut jewels from trim. 2.  Section off the area you want to jewel with straight pins. 3. I recommend playing around with the layout of the jewels so as not to have adjacent colors. 4. Dab a little fabric glue on the back of each jewel and adhere it to the sweater. 5. Using one long continuous thread, stitch the jewels onto the sweater for added security. 6. Using the first side as your guide, measure out the placement on the remaining side.  

    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, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and 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.

               
  • Easy DIY: Jazz Up a Sweater Neckline

    Marni embellished cashmere sweater available at Net-a-Porter. $1,230US.
    This gorgeous Marni sweater got us thinking about how easy it can be to glam up a basic sweater, just by adding trim around the neckline.  Below, we took a Gap sweater we recently bought on sale for $26 and added some beaded trim from Mood NYC's ever-expanding trim department. (Beaded trims available online here at MoodFabrics.com.) You only need about a yard (or less) of trim for an average neckline. Stitch by hand to sweater, then admire how easily you turned an inexpensive sweater into a designer knock-off!
    We added beaded trim to a Gap sweater, instantly transforming it into a more expensive-looking top.
    Tips: When choosing trim to fit around a curved neckline, look for trims with a soft and pliable edge that can easily be shaped around curves. The trim we worked with here has a mesh backing, perfect for following a neckline. You also want to match the weight of your trim to the garment you're adding it to---a heavy trim placed on a lightweight sweater or top will cause the neckline to sag and droop. Do you have any favorite ways to glam up or customize your RTW? Leave a comment and share them here!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #9

    Jessica H.'s Elizabethan Gown

    Jessica H.'s Elizabethan Gown

    This Elizabethan Gown replica is made of 2 tones of a Silk/Poly Satin and is lined with Satin and a Horsehair lining on the bodice. The trim is a simple gold rose pattern trim and on the trim, Hot fix crystals have been added. The French hood also includes the gold fabric and trim, however hand bead designs have been added as well as a chiffon veil. The back is laced with a braided, decorative cording. The pearl necklace with the cross is also hand strung and the chemise underneath is made of a simple white cotton.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • 15% off All Fashion Trim on MoodFabrics.com

     

    For one week only ALL of our Fashion Trim is reduced 15% off their regularly marked price on MoodFabrics.com only. From Monday, October 3, 2011 to Sunday, October 9, 2011 you can take advantage of all of our discounted prices on Cords, Feather Trim, Fringe, Lace, Rhinestone, Ribbon, Sequin Trim, and Snakeskin.

    Our Metal Chain starting at $1.50 per yard is now $1.28 per yard. Leather trim starting at $1.95 per yard is now $1.66 per yard.

    Shop MoodFabrics.com for any and all of your Halloween Costume trim needs.

    15% off Trim Sale is only valid from Monday, October 3, 2011 to Sunday, October 9, 2011 on www.moodfabrics.com.

    Mood Fabrics Gift Card

    Having trouble figuring out what to get that fashionista? Send them a Mood Fabrics Gift Card of any denomination between $10.00 to $1000.00 and let them decide! Gift cards can be used online and in store.

    Also don't forget to follow Mood Fabrics on Twitter @Mood_Fabrics and become a fan on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest News, Promotions and Sales.
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  • Faux Leather & Faux Fur Trim

    Take a look at Mood's new faux leather and fur trims, we've even got some new metallic vinyls! Great for belts, purses, and embellishing any accessory.

    Faux Leather & Faux Fur Trim

    Jeresy Print