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Made By A Fabricista: Cool, Summery Cottons

Hello everybody! I set out to see what I could do with a gorgeous stack of mostly one-yard cuts, mostly cotton fabric, paired with some of my favorite tried-and-true patterns, to boost my summer wardrobe. Some days it’s too hot to think, you know? So producing some easy to grab-and-pair pieces to have at the ready will lighten the morning rush and make me feel pulled together as I usher the kiddos off to their activities. I chose some lightweight, mostly woven cotton fabrics that display big impact with their colors and prints, and also sort of (mostly?) go together. It’s not quite a capsule wardrobe, but I was inspired by that coordinating process.  I’ve sewn all of the following patterns (save for one) in the past, so I made some small changes to keep things fresh in the creative process, but these are all pretty true to their intended style..  First up, a Blank Slate Patterns Hathaway Tank with one yard of Golden Yellow/Light Salmon/Amaranth 100% Cotton Floral Print Lawn. This lawn
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Made By A Fabricista: Wang Inspired

I was excited to try the new fabrics from Alexander Wang.  For this post all fabrics were from the designer.  From a design standpoint I am a big fan of Wang’s utilitarian design style which really matches my own personal design aesthetic. I felt it only right to use the fabrics and create something with a play on the designer and I believe I achieved it! For my first look I used this blue twill and pinstripe stripe fabric to make my look.  Once my fabrics came in, I sketched out my look on my tablet.  For me sometimes I don’t really know what a fabric is going to become until I can feel its hand. These fabrics were amazing.  They were the perfect weight and felt of good quality. I decided to create a button-down dress with slight flare and a covered placket.  I then wanted a wrap vest to go around the button-down to help give it more of that Wang aesthetic. To make my button down I hacked the free pattern download from Mood.  I did quite a few hacks to the pattern to make my look to t

Made By A Fabricista: Sewing the Saguaro Set

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.  I have been all about the bright colors and florals this season.  Never knew I liked florals as much as I do!  When I saw the Saguaro Set from Friday Pattern Company I smelled another matching set in my future.  I also knew that it would be made from a floral fabric.  Off I went on a search for floral fabric on the Fabric Mart site. Sewing the Saguaro Set The Saguaro Set Pattern is a woven top and pants set that is perfect for a lunch date with the girls or for the night out on the town.  The top features a deep V-neck with a tie option and flowy sleeves and an elastic waistband. The pants are wide leg pants with an elastic waistband and draw string. For the top, I made a size Large based on my body measurements and I thought it fit perfectly.  The pattern has an elastic guide but I didn't use it. I just put the elastic around my waist and tightened it until it was comfortable.  This top is very simple to put together and the pattern