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Made by a Fabricista: Time To Suit Up

This time of year is one of my favorite times, the season of Autumn. I love the colors, the layering of clothing and the styles. The Fall months are when it’s perfect for a Michigander like myself to break out in those wool blend outfits or maybe even a suit. With this outfit it was a combination of both.  I’m loving this Wool Glen Plaid Suiting fabric in the colors Gray, Royal Blue and Garnet Red (DFB3437) . I actually love plaid but sometimes I choose not to sew with it because of the hassle of matching at seams especially if the garment has darts, but this one was a win for me. I love the different colors in this plaid, not only because they compliment each other but also how I can change how I accessorize this outfit every time I wear it.  I chose to start my Fall wardrobe with a skirt suit, but of course I didn’t want the traditional suit coat. I chose the McCall’s 8155 view “C” long vest suit coat and paired it with my self-drafted high waist skirt. One thing about me and fabr
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Made by a Fabricista: Youtube Edition | Dee & Dory

YouTuber's Dee & Dory are back on the Fabric Mart blog today with their most recent Fabricista Makes. Make sure to click play on the video below to hear all about their fabric choices & how their projects turned out! Dee This wrap dress is made out of Butterick B 6703, view C and an easy pattern!  My fabric of choice was a DTY Polyester/Lycra floral paisley print. This fabric has a silky soft hand, lightweight with a fluid drape. The fabric laundered well and sewed up beautifully for perfect early fall beautiful dress.  Dory I chose this super soft Double Brushed Polyester/Lycra floral knit to make a cute fall dress.  I used McCall’s M7353 with a small cowl neck. It just screams autumn to me. I loved the print and it was super easy to sew on. I used Fabric Mart’s iron on interfacing for knits on the neck edge and also on the sleeves. When it came time to put the cowl neck on I had to get out of my own head, because I kept thinking I needed to put it on differently than the

Made by a Fabricista: My Olive Green Tamarack

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great week! I am here to share my latest make, a Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studio . This pattern has been out for a while. I am so late to the party, but better late than never, right? I am super happy how my Tamarack turned out! Are you ready? Let's go! Fabric Making an olive color jacket was one of the items on my wish list for a while. Unfortunately the quilted jacketing I used has sold out. When I saw this plaid flannel , I thought it would be pretty if I placed the red on the cuffs. I wanted the red to peek out when I fold over the cuffs. Pattern Alterations I used size 6, shortened 2" for the bodice, and shortened 1" from the sleeve. If I make it again, I would add 1" back to the sleeve. (I am 5'1")  That way, I can fold over cuffs, but I don't lose the length of the sleeves. Also, I would probably go with one size bigger to wear with more layers of clothes underneath. When I made the sample jacket,

Made by a Fabricista: Two Cardigans and Five "Aha" Moments.

Happy to be here again! Every couple of months, when it is time to plan for my next post, I think of challenging myself. Being on this blog allows me to try new things while feeling the pressure to get good results or learn from my failures! This time, I chose a project that needed some stripe-matching skills. Before jumping into that project, I made a sample with a flowery knit. Let me share my "aha!" moments with you.  Aha moment #1: I am learning to appreciate patterns! I used to feel that the process (having to study the project, trace the pattern on paper, cut the paper and fabric) delayed my favorite moment: sitting on the machine and sewing! So, I preferred to freestyle, improvise, or copy existing garments. I still love that, but now I know that if I enjoy the process and like the result with a pattern, I will be able to reproduce it, which is reassuring! This time, I chose the Hélène Shawl Collar Cardigan . It has a smart way of creating pockets, and it is a straigh

Made By A Fabricista: The Perfect Plus Size Dress

Hi everyone!  Fall is here & even though it’s technically fall, the weather in Indiana hasn’t caught up yet. I’m not really complaining though, because this is my favorite time to wear all my favorite fall dresses, before it gets too windy & cold.  Today I am sharing one of my new favorite dresses. This dress can easily be worn in a dressy style on date nights or to weddings, or even dressed down with sneakers for a walk in the park. I made this dress using a very beautiful floral bubble crepe . The fabric is a light lavender purple with flowers going multidirectional. This made it simple when considering pattern matching & cutting pieces out. For this particular dress I used 3.5 yards & had no fabric left after cutting. I would not consider this crepe to be a beginner’s fabric, because it was very slippery when cutting and also when sewing, however with patience and ample time many things can be achieved. There are also ways to help stiffen a fabric when cutting or sew

Made By A Fabricista: Sheer Fashion - Fall Fabricista Feature

Happy Fall! I am so excited for the transition into fall and to share with you my October Fashionista Feature with Fabric Mart. This time of year calls for layering and transition into cooler weather with jackets, sweaters, long sleeve tops and maybe even light turtlenecks.  This may seem like a lot, but we are going to keep it transparent for this make and expose all the layers so to speak!  It’s all about the layering for the fall and I’m usually drawn to lighter weight fabrics for that reason. I love chiffons, georgettes, silks, lightweight jerseys and even mesh fabrics. These have been my favorites so when I came across these two fabrics from Fabric Mart it was fabric love at first sight. First let me say, printed mesh tops have been my new obsession this fall! These tops are like second skin. Yes, they are thin and translucent but, for those of us who are a little more modest, with the right print and the right undergarments they come across so chic and prints give them a cool eff

Made By A Fabricista: My New Rayon Challis Makes

Hi all! I absolutely love lemon print fabrics, especially large lemon prints.  Even though I slightly feel like I’m sewing out of season, I’m excited that I was able to make a dress with this rayon challis lemon print.  This month’s blog post features two sewing makes that were made with rayon challis fabrics. In a recent blog post, I’ve mentioned that cotton fabrics are my favorite type of fabrics to sew; however, I love a good rayon challis fabric as well. This month I decided to take a break from cotton fabrics and make a few garments with these two rayon challis fabrics that were sponsored by Fabric Mart. Both of these fabrics were easy to sew and did not disappoint!  First, I made this gorgeous lemon print dress with the Simplicity S9014 pattern. This was a relatively easy pattern, for beginners and advanced beginners, that features an elasticated waist, pockets, tie belt and sleeve and skirt length options. There’s also a cuff pattern for the longer sleeve option. I decided to ma