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Made by a Fabricista: A Versatile Cotton 2 Piece Set!

Happy Saturday LOVES! I am finally feeling less overwhelmed and adjusting to this distance teaching.  I am back in full swing for the new 2020-2021 academic school year and even though we encountered challenges the first week, I am happy to have survived the first 3 weeks.  As we plan to transition to brick and mortar (in person) in a few weeks, I am praying that our students and teachers remain safe. 2020 year has allowed  me to learn, reflect, grow and overcome many fears and challenges and be open to change. This month’s make had me in deep reflection about my sewing journey and how much I have grown over the past 3 years.  I am no longer scared of taking risks, speaking my truth and being my authentic self.  If you have been reading my blog posts for a while, I am pretty sure you have seen the growth as well.  Fabricmart has allowed me each month to remain consistent in my journey and next month I celebrate my 3 year blog anniversary with Fabricmart.   Now let’s get into this set!  I…
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Made by a Fabricista: Inspired by Athleisure

Hey all!  I hope you are all healthy, happy, and sewing!  With this craziness of CoVID, I figured at some point this school year, I will be quarantined due to exposure to the virus.  To get through that time, I decided to make something unbelievably comfortable and also cute.  Right?  Fabric Mart usually has athletic fabric and when I am in the mood to sew it up, I snatch it up!  I've never, ever been disappointed in this fabric selection.  Here is a link so you can explore.  Activewear selectionThis white and pink I used are active wear, not swimwear.  Using swimwear for clothing might drape a little differently, so try it out prior to your full commitment.  In other words, purchase a bit extra and make a muslin.  It helps!  Let's start with the white top.  It is a very simple design, and I've used this style/pattern numerous times and I knew it would fit.  Because the fabric is so stretchy I used SewkeysE tape at the shoulders, necklines, and hemlines.  My serger made q…

Made by a Fabricista: Inspired by Ready to Wear

Do you see cute clothes in stores or online and think to yourself "I can make that!"? It happens to me often! I was a pretty big clothing shopper before I began sewing. And though I still buy clothes when I find a great deal, I usually end trying to recreate the outfit instead of buying. That is what happened with this jumpsuit. This black and white jumpsuit leaped out to me when I was scrolling through the gram. If you know me I love black and white, stripes and jumpsuits, so it's no surprise this was love at first sight.When I saw this Be Stripe Back Jumpsuit by Kiomios I immediately thought of McCalls 8047 as the overall shape is similar. I sewed the bottoms straight from the pattern. Yes, I could've added slant pockets like the inspiration photo, but I didn't want to add any bulk. I did however alter the bodice to achieve the looser fit of the RTW outfit. I made the following changes:added 1" at the center foldadded 2" to the hemadded 1.5" to t…

Made by a Fabricista: Skorts and Stripes

It's that time of year when I start itching to pull out all my boots, but it's still too hot for that yet. I don't know about you, but I always struggle a little to make transitional pieces that'll carry me through to a weather change.
Thankfully I found just what I needed in the three fabrics I chose: this avocado chambray linen, peach rib knit (out of stock, but here's more rib knits)  and stretch salmon striped cotton (also out of stock, but here's a similar brushed stretch twill).
Skort hack!
I love the comfort of shorts, but I don't really like the look on me. I much prefer a nice breezy skirt in the summer, but if you want to say ride a bike in breezy Colorado air, it doesn't work so much.
That's where skorts are awesome. Skirt in front, shorts in back!
I didn't have a skort pattern on hand, so started with a basic shorts pattern from Ottobre 2-2017-5. It's a simple shorts pattern with elastic on the back waistband. You gotta love elas…

Made by a Fabricista: Jamaica Inspired Vacation Pieces

Happy Saturday ALL!
Feeling nostalgic and not being able to travel this summer, in late July, I decided that for my birthday month August, I would infuse a little bit of Jamaica πŸ‡―πŸ‡² in my sewing plans. Even though I had to cancel my trips this year including this summer, I wanted to showcase a few pieces inspired by the vibrant colors.
August is a special month for me as we celebrate Jamaica’s πŸ‡―πŸ‡² Emancipation day 3 days before my birthday and Jamaica πŸ‡―πŸ‡² Independence 2 days after my birthday. Whenever possible, I would schedule my trip to Jamaica around that time of the year so that I can celebrate the festivities during my birthday month. If you have been following my sewing journey for a while, you know I absolutely love working with bold prints and bright colors.
After digging through my stash and finding a good amount of linen that I have accumulated from Fabricmart, I decided to make a tiered linen dress with the Rastafarian colors (red, yellow, and green). I lucked out with jus…