- 2 yards Vintage Khaki and White Awning Striped Linen Woven
- 3 yards Ivory Cord with Metallic Gold Thread
- 1 pkg Grommets
- Optional: Dritz Grommet Plier Kit
Having trouble matching a cover up to that perfect swim suit you just bought? How about making one? This simple gathered tunic can be made in less than an hour (really!), and all it takes is a couple yards of whatever fabric you're currently in love with. Try your own with a linen, voile, jersey, or even a chiffon! Fabrics & materials used:
The summer is the perfect time to show off your skills and create beautiful designs, like cut out dresses and bubble skirts. But, the last thing you want to do this summer is pass out from the heat. The key to avoiding this? Using the right fabrics, of course! Whether you're touring the festival circuit, relaxing at a family cook out, or spending a day at the beach with bae, these fashionable fabrics will keep you cool, calm, and complimented.
1.) CottonCotton, in general, is an excellent summer fabric. As a cellulose fiber based material (meaning it comes from a plant) it is hydrophilic, that is, it's absorbent. So, when you're running around in the heat, cotton is what will absorb perspiration quickly and keep you comfortable. Cotton also has a high rate of thermal conductivity, so it transfers your body heat away from you. There are many varieties, and most are generally breathable. Eyelet cotton has small holes in it, making it an excellent choice for flowy shirts and crop tops. Check out this beautiful White Floral Embroidered Cotton Eyelet! Perfect for this Cinco de Mayo Inspired Crop Top Sateen, the cotton equivalent to satin, is a stiffer cotton that is still breathable and is excellent for a button up blouse, or a flared skirt. The right side has a sheen to it, making it a beautiful fabric to show off in a shirt, but the soft feel of the right side also works as a liner to jackets and blazers. The Patriot Blue Bird Printed Cotton Sateen is perfect for a Memorial Day or July 4th barbecue, maybe in these Bright Summer Eyelet Shorts, paired with the eyelet above! Another excellent cotton is madras. Light weight with a distinct pattern, it's an excellent choice for summer picnics in the park or at the beach. Check out this lovely Red, Blue, and Yellow Cotton Madras, perfect for swinging summer skirts and dresses.
2.) VoileAre you someone who fears the summer sun, and hides under trees and SPF 75? A voile top is perfect for you! French for veil, voile proves its namesake as a lightweight and breathable fabric. Voile is soft, smooth, and semi-sheer to sheer, so it's perfect for a light, long sleeve blouse to keep you cool and protected from the sun. Try out this Italian Orange Floral Cotton Voile in a light button-up blouse, or in this cool Lined Paper Bag Skirt with Pockets, or mix voile with cotton in this adorable Apron Dress!
3.) ChiffonChiffon is often made of silk, and is also sheer and breathable. You can use this stunning fabric as a sheer body suit, a blouse, or even a layered skirt. Chiffon is good for giving your skin some coverage from the sun while still allowing you to appreciate the lazy summer breeze. Make some beach ready Lace Up Sandals, or jump or joy in this Floral Jumpsuit!
4.) NeopreneThis funky fabric is made from the same material as wet suits. Wet suits have a foam insert that keeps in the heat, but neoprene is simply the water wicking surface material. These are also great for body suits. This Light Lilac Leafy Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit is perfect for our Neoprene Skater Skirt and Crop Top!
- Before I started creating my own clothes, I had no clue textiles had so many variations. Let me be honest, when I heard someone mention a seersucker suit I thought seersucker was a brand. Little did I know, it was one of my favorite warm weather fabrics ever created. If you're not familiar with seersucker, it's a lightweight fabric more often in a stripe that has a puckered textured. Not sure if you get the gist, but trust me when I say it's classic sophisticated and very versatile.
- This wrap top was made using this red and white regatta seersucker from moodfabrics.com that's lightweight, very comfortable, easy to sew and cut and a summertime must have. If you have another color in mind, don't worry here is a great assortment from moodfabrics.com to get you started.
- This top was made using this Burdastyle 06/2011 #121A downloadable pattern with the following alterations:
- Added 3" to the length of the pattern
- Added a 4" band to the bottom of the top
- Added 2 75"x 4" waist wraps
- Added a 3" seam waist wrap opening
- Added a 24" wide by 20" long sleeve. Gathered the sleeve by adding three machine basting stitches down the length of the sleeve and securing the stitches.
- Chandler's dress was made using my Mini Jadore Marie pattern with alterations.
Leggings are quickly becoming a universal staple in everyone's wardrobe. You can wear them to the gym, to the couch, or pair them with a blouse and heels for a more fashion-forward look. Regardless of how you're styling them, sewing leggings can be a bit intimidating for newbies or those without a serger. Luckily, we have tips and tricks to make leggings easily with a regular sewing machine! Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard 5.6 oz Silver Matte Tricot w/ High Compression
- 1/2 yard Pink Floral Printed Max-Dri Anti-Microbial Performance Tricot
- Walking Presser Foot
- Peg Legs with Add-Ons by Patterns for Pirates
1.) Curves, curves, curves!Plus size fashion is all about showing off the body you have, and there's no better way to do that than a body con dress, or a slinky evening gown! Throw on a fur shawl to take these looks to the next level. Exited about elegance? Pick up these fabrics at Mood!
2.) Crop TopsCrop tops come in every variety imaginable, from sleeveless to sweater, and it's clear fashion cannot get enough of these belly baring beauts. Throw on some denim overalls for a casual summer outfit, or let the crop top take center stage with a simple pair of jeans. Create some crops with these fabulous fabrics!
3.) Body Suits and JumpsuitsRompers may have recently been all the rage, but you'll be jumping for joy in these curve accentuating jumpsuits and body suits. Perfect for walking down the runway or playing in the park, pair bodysuits with a circle skirt or some high waisted shorts. Want your own playful playsuit? Try these fun fabrics!
4.) VelvetNothing compliments a body better than a soft and sensual fabric, like velvet. The dramatic drape juxtaposes beautifully with some tension in the taut material. Let velvet speak for itself with a simple cocktail dress, or experiment with velvet bodysuits and crop tops. Down with dramatic? Add flair to your wardrobe with these beautiful fabrics.
5.) High Waisted PantsHigh Waisted Pants are a powerful look for the powerful woman. Strut your stuff at that important business meeting, or go explore the city with these versatile, and comfortable, slacks. Pair with a blazer and a body suit for a look that goes from day to night with the blink of an eye. Looking for some powerful pants? Try these fabrics.
6.) Making your own clothesThe DIY trend is spreading, and plus size fashion is picking up what it's putting down. Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton is inspiring plus size women everywhere to take control of their fashion and start making their own clothes with these beautiful patterns she's designed for Simplicity. Get creative with these fabrics!
7.) SheerAlthough many may not like the trend of plus size women showing their bodies, these models prove that confidence is key. Sheer body suits over dark bras, or see through dresses thrown over colorful bikini sets are perfect for cooling down in the summer heat. Are you cheering for sheer? Try these fabrics!
Aries, March 21 to April 19Aries, the Ram, is the sign of confidence, hard work and honesty. An Aries doesn’t have time for frills, therefore their clothes need to be comfortable and keep up with their physical lifestyle. This Bamboo and Cotton Knit Fleece in Almond is perfect for a pair of comfy, breathable, and stylish joggers to sport around town or wear on late night food runs with friends. Pair with a crop sweater made of Peach Waffle Sweater Knit! With confidence, an Aries glides seamlessly into eveningwear, especially in an elegant gown made from this Wineberry and Black Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse, the favored fabric of 1930s screen sirens.
Taurus April 20-May 20Taurus, the bull, is stubborn, yet patient, believing in quality over quantity. A typical summer day for a Taurus can involve anything from tending their garden, to searching the stores for the best deals and showing off their new digs at music festivals. A Taurus needs versatile fashion to keep up with their ever-changing lifestyle, and a romper made of this beautiful Italian Orange Patchwork Printed Batiste Cotton is sure to make a statement wherever they go. For an evening look, Taurus can be seen trotting around in a skirt made of this Purple and Beige Fancy Beaded Tulle, a statement look with quality fabric. For an edgy look, a body suit made from this Off-White Laser-Cut Scuba Knit Neoprene is sure to keep the attention on Taurus.
Gemini May 21 to June 20Gemini, the twins, is an adaptable and curious sign. Always looking for the latest ways to have fun and experience life, Geminis love exchanging ideas with other signs. This cool and funky Italian Black and Multi-color Abstract Jersey is perfect to fashion into a wrap dress for hanging out at the local coffee shop or traveling to different cities. When between looks, dress down in a stunning kimono style evening robe made from this beautiful Black, Red Yucca and Linden Green Floral Printed Silk Charmeuse. Once the Gemini steps out of their evening gown and into the evening, they need a cocktail dress of this funky and individualistic Purple and Black Paisley Printed Silk Chiffon.
Cancer June 21 to July 22Cancer, the crab, are not as intimidating as they might appear. This emotional and loyal sign loves to be creative, and their time is best spent at home enjoying the company of good friends. Whether it’s some good barbecue at a family cookout, or a pool party with longtime friends, a midi skirt from this Dusty Blue Lambretta Scooter Cotton-Poly Chambray let’s Cancer relax in style. This beautiful Metallic Gold and Pink Floral Brocade is an excellent choice for a Cancer on their way to a cocktail party. The emotions of Cancer are reflected wonderfully in this Multi-color Large-Scale Waxed Cotton African Print with additional Inlaid Print, and ruffled dress from this pattern would compliment the creative side of Cancer. Need inspiration? Check out this ruffled dress by our style blogger Nikki Brooks-Revis!
Leo, July 23 to August 22Leo, the Lion, is passionate, brave, and generous. This ride or die sign is always on the hunt for adventure, whether that means staying at a hostel in a mysterious city, or trying something new at the local food festival. Leos’ love of being admired is sure to lead them to this fabulous Ivory and Brown Silky Embossed Stretch Faux Fur, perfect for a vest to accompany the Leo in their travels. For a more sophisticated look, try this Angel Blue and Creampuff Floral Novelty Embroidered Mesh, perfect for a garden party dress.
Virgo, August 23 to September 22Virgo, the Virgin, is the purest sign. Practical, analytical, and kind, a Virgo loves enjoying nature, especially on a beautiful summer day. An organic picnic on the riverside is the perfect summer setting for a Virgo, and this breathable, eco-friendly bamboo jersey knit fabric in green is perfect for a comfy and casual summer dress. Or, turn this Italian Orange and Green Paisley Cotton Batiste into comfy, yet sophisticated Harem pants for a breezy summer evening.
Libra, September 23 to October 22Libra, the scales, are a just and gracious sign. They love being social, and enjoy playing team sports, as long as everyone plays fair. You can find the Libra rowing, playing tag football, or just enjoying the heat in a comfy t-shirt made from this White Paisley Burnout Jersey. Libra is as elegant as they are casual, and should balance their t-shirts with a dramatic peplum made from this Fuchsia Stretch Nylon-Rayon Ponte Roma. The elegant and romantic feel of this Forest Night and Bright Gold Floral Printed Crinkled Velvet would be perfect for a powerful bodysuit to accentuate the grace and justice of the Libra.
Scorpio, October 23 to November 21Scorpio, the scorpion, is a survivor. They’re passionate, stubborn, and resourceful, so the perfect partner to take on a camping trip, hiking, or simply making s'mores in a backyard fire pit. They love being right, enjoy spending time with their oldest friends, and are very expressive. Toasting marshmallows on an open flame has never been so comfortable in a cape made from this Italian Charcoal Wool Coating. For warm summer afternoons spent hiking, an off the shoulder crop top made from this Hawaiian Blue and Mandarin Soda Can Waxed Cotton African Print will keep Scorpio's cool, cute, and comfortable.
Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21Sagittarius, the centaur, enjoys philosophy and being outdoors. Don’t let their wise demeanor fool you, though, as they love to horse around and have an excellent sense of humor. A Sagittarius can be seen fishing on a peaceful lake, or pranking life guards at the beach with cardboard shark fins. This Italian Mustard and Blue Geometric Rayon Crepe is perfect for a classy bathing suit cover at the summers hottest beach party. Throw it over a bathing suit made of this fun Avocados Digitally Printed on a Stretch Neoprene/Scuba Knit! And for warming up in the evening after a long day at the beach, a jacket from this Ivory Shaggy Faux Fur is perfect to keep the Sagittarius comfortable.
Capricorn, December 22 to January 19Capricorn, the goat, is responsible and disciplined. Often the leader of the group, they appreciate strong family traditions and music, and are goal-oriented individuals. A Capricorn needs a traditional fabric that allows them to have fun with the fam and reach their goals, and this African Print cotton in green and pink geometrics is perfect for a bold tunic to take to the family reunion or wear to casual Fridays at work, or go for a more graceful look in a maxi dress made of this Butterscotch Floral Re-Embroidered Lace Panel.
Aquarius, January 20 to February 18Aquarius, the water-bearer, is the most humanitarian of the signs. They are progressive and original individuals, and have the most fun when they are helping others. Summer is spent volunteering at local youth shelters, and raising money to help fight the power, while taking their friends out for a well needed brunch. A crop top from this Italian Beige and Purple Floral Printed Jersey paired with some boyfriend jeans is perfect for volunteering with flair. An Aquarius can even take their humanitarian spirit into evening wear, with this Green and Blue Iridescent Two-Toned Paillette Sequins on a Stretch Backing, perfect for charity balls and fundraising galas.
Pisces, February 19 to March 20Pisces, the fish, wakes up late and heads straight to the local swimming hole. They value their rest, and are very gentle and wise. Their deep connection to water makes them the most compassionate and intuitive of the signs, relying on the calm waters a hot summer’s day to relax them. The slippery fish needs a fabric that can easily allow them to swim and dry off quickly, and this Geometric Neoprene is perfect! Begging to be stitched into a body suit turned bathing suit in a pinch, the Pisces will love the scuba suit type material. Throw on a beach cover made of this breathable White Bamboo Stretch French Terry, and this Pisces is ready to party.
The adventurous and brilliant nature of the Gemini has been quelled in the past month, due to Mercury's retrograde. May is beginning slowly for you, but a burst of energy and enthusiasm will strike near the middle of May, once the retrograde ends. This is the perfect time for projects, especially anything you have been putting off due to difficulty. Have confidence and push yourself with this great Beaded Crop Top! For the first time in several years, Mars is in the house of Gemini, giving you the opportunity to take charge and make the adjustments you've been meaning to. As Venus settles into the house of Aries this month, a change is in the air. It's time to start spring cleaning, and redo your wardrobe! Bring in some fresh new summer fabric with these beautiful African prints, or clean up your purse with this nifty Bag Organizer. Late May will be an excellent time for socializing and showing off that new wardrobe, and travel is in the cards for many Geminis. An excellent way to travel cute and comfortably is with this sturdy Faux Leather Travel Bag. The new moon on May 25th will open you up to a world of opportunities, anything you aim to accomplish is within your grasp. Perhaps a particularly ambitious project you've been thinking of (such as this Star Lord bomber jacket by our blogger Courtney Norris). It is important that throughout the month of May, you stay open and positive. Bring this positive attitude into June, and the month will be yours for the taking. Follow your instincts in June, and make no compromises. You know what's best for you. Your interests will be less career oriented this month, try focusing on more domestic pursuits. Throw on these Patchwork Denim Overalls and get gardening! For Geminis born in the month of June, your imagination will thrive. But, you will need the wherewithal to take charge and turn your ideas into reality. Some hard work and follow through will go a long way! Generosity will strike you in the middle of the month, and you should follow that feeling! Random acts of kindness will come back to you towards the end of the month, so stay positive and be charitable. A new opportunity will be revealed to you towards the end of June, but you must keep your mind open to new experiences. These funky neoprene prints are a fun way to experiment with different styles, try fashioning one into this cute one piece bathing suit! Not sure what fabrics to start with? Take a look at our Fabric Horoscope for all the Astrological Signs!
this white/navy striped cotton woven at moodfabrics.com this kicked off my warm weather lust. This cotton has a slightly raised texture with stretch in one direction. It's lightweight and perfect for warm weather. Chandler's dress was made using my leftover Rag & Bone black and white striped cotton woven which looks very close to my fabric and performs almost identical. The ruffle was made using the fabric I used for my top. The pattern I used for this top is vintage McCalls 4722 with the following pattern alterations: -Removed the buttons from the front of the pattern by cutting the front on the fold. -Added a seam and a 9"invisible zipper to the back. -Added an additional seam across the back 8" from the top of the back -Cut 2 4.5"x 60" pieces of fabric and attached them to the shoulder, front and back seams pleating as I attached. -Pleated the sleeve and added a sleeve cuff with two buttons. Chandler's dress was made using my Marie Mini Jadore pattern
1. ) Tight FabricsAn active-wear classic, the tight fabrics of the runway are reminiscent of the spandex trend in the 80's. A tight spandex jumpsuit paired with heels is the perfect way to strut around the city, and short leather pants and a flat brimmed hat help you sweat it out without ever going out. Get the look with these flexible fabrics:
2.) NylonWater repellent and reflective, nylon is the perfect accessory to evening jogs and morning coffee runs. These intense nylon dresses are a great addition to any relaxing athlete's wardrobe. Nab these nylons:
3.) Sports Bras as Crop TopsWhy wear a shirt when you can just wear a sports bra? These brazen brassieres have been seen flashing their way down the runway, and now you can add some flare to your underwear simply by showing it. Emboldened by these bras? Get your hands on these fabrics:
4.) WindbreakersThe classic windbreaker gets twisted in this season's over-sized windbreakers. Even a hurricane can't shake you up when you're wearing these. Pair one with some leggings and and a pair of sporty stilettos, and you're runway ready. Ready for rain? Raid these fabrics:
5.) Over-sized EverythingThe old school over-sized sweatshirt has come alive again in this years trends. Everything is more comfortable when it's over-sized, and Athleisure is all about being comfortable. Whether you're running from the rain or in a marathon (a netflix marathon), these over-sized sweats are a must have. Overwhelmed? Shop the look: