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Made By A Fabricista: Sweater Obsession

It’s been a while since I have sewn with a sweater knit, and now I think I seriously have a Sweater Obsession going on. This Michigan weather absolutely calls for a cozy sweater but why not look comfy and cute all at the same time.   I’m completely in love with this Thick Rib Sweater Knit fabric in the color Heathered Cream . I love a beautiful cream color in the winter months and to combine it with a sweater knit, makes it perfect. If you are like me and tend to get hot quickly, this fabric is for you. While it is labeled as a thick sweater knit, it is not very thick at all, making it easy to wear under coats and jackets all while still being perfect for anyone looking to make a sweater with this fabric. This fabric is so soft and while it is not a thicker sweater knit in my opinion, it still seems to hold it stretch pretty well.  I chose to use my own self-drafted dress pattern and jazz it up a bit by adding a cute Bolero/Shrug . I have had the Butterick 5797 in my possession for
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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 The fabric is a Double Brushed Polyester/Lycra Floral Knit with a soft hand, flowing fabric.  Wearing so comfortable, you would think you are wearing active wear!   I decided to go easy with the patterns, using simple basic ones.  The look comes from melding  3 elements from these patterns to complete the look.   McCalls 8061 view C for the skirt.  A simple 3 pieces, front,back and a waist ban that encases elastic!  Then Simplicity 1073 view A for the basic top.  Raglan sleeves (my favorite) and a jewel neckband.  Easy peasy! I wanted to have some warmth for my neck and added versatility so I opted for an infinity scarf from New Look 6632! I now have 3 pieces to wear as a coordinated outfit or wear each piece with other items in my closet! In my book a grea

Made by a Fabricista: YouTube Edition | Marty - Hades

I saw this fabric and instantly knew I needed to make another Olympian God dress. It could be nothing BUT Hades. The design took a little bit more wook and brainstorming. I knew that I wanted some sort of Halter top for it, but beyond that it was fuzzy.  With the help of a few friends and a late night design session I came up with the design. A little more bold than I expected, but not too bold for the God of the Dead. I hoped.  This dress was an adventure in patterning. It's amazing how things fit differently when 90% of the back is missing. But with fittings and patience I got the fit I wanted. The skirt was easier. I used an 1890's walking skirt pattern and altered it to allow for the waist high slits. This allowed me to have the full skirt that I wanted without having to completely pattern a new one. I also made all of the jewelry for this outfit, that was a week of audiobooks and annoyance. I won't say I'll never make jewelry for a dress again, but I will say it&#

Made By A Fabricista: Ready For A Cruise

Happy new year! This year my husband and I are looking forward to a late spring river cruise to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  Since I started last year sewing my outfits for the various excursions on land, the only garment pieces left to sew were those I will wear on the ship. I wanted these to be interchangeable, so I picked gray as my base color.  I wanted very comfortable garments for ease of movement around the ship. Luckily Fabric Mart was running a huge knit sale and pattern sales were going on in many stores and online. For lounge wear, the heathered medium gray polyester/lycra double brushed knit (SKU: DLD3889d) was perfect for a jacket and a pair of pants. I used McCall’s M7294 pattern for the loose-fitting unlined jacket and Butterick B6137 for the semi-fitting pants with elasticized waistband, pockets, and leg bands. For me, attaching the leg bands gave a better finish than hemming.  For the top, the golden yellow/off-white polyester/rayon/lycra tie-dye French ter

Made By A Fabricista: Tropical Vibes

Happy first Friday of a brand New Year! I hope you and your loved ones are healthy going into 2022.  Whew, 2021 was a roller coaster year but it allowed us to truly appreciate every single moment. I am excited to return as a blogger with Fabric Mart and will definitely be sharing more beginner sewing tips and tricks. When I was packing for my trip to Jamaica in November last year, I noticed I had nothing to bring that had a tropical print. I knew for my next make, I would select fabric that reflected my love for warm, tropical weather and Jamaica my island home. When I searched and came across these rayon challis prints , I knew right away it would be palazzo pants or a faux jumpsuit  to rock on my next getaway - Spring break. I absolutely love the lola tank and dress pattern I made here and yes I decided to make a few more over the holiday break using some ponte knit I had in my stash from Fabric Mart. Our temperature here in South Florida has been in the mid to high 70s for most of

Made By A Fabricista: New Year, New Jeans!

I did it!  I finally did it! I made JEANS!  This was my first time ever for making real 100% cotton non stretch jeans!  Did it take some time? Yes. Did I have to seam rip a lot? Yes.  Was it worth it?  A thousand times yes!   My jeans were made of Fabric Mart's dark denim fabric. It was the perfect weight and I love the dark color.  It is totally non stretch which was perfect for the pattern I used.  I sewed up the Morgan Jeans from Closet Core Patterns (my favorite pattern company of all time).  They are a boyfriend fit so they are drafted to be a little loose. This pattern helps you get all the features of ready to wear jeans.  Top stitching with gold thread, back pocket detail, rivets and button fly closure.  I did accidentally buy a zipper fly kit so mine has that instead of a button fly closure.  It is really recommended to do a muslin to get the right fit. Closet Core drafts a slightly longer crotch seam so did have to shorten mine. I did adjust the waistband to fit the bac

Made By A Fabricista: A Year of Reflection

I can’t believe we have made it to the end of another year.  Since this post is coming out right around the holidays, I wanted to create something with a bit more glam. I found this velvet sequin knit and I will say it is even more gorgeous in person.  For my look I decided to make the Mimi G x Simplicity S9370 but I decided to turn it into a gown! To do this I measured from my waist to floor to add the additional length that I needed and added additional to the back to make it have a small train.  I spread the hem of the skirt to create more of a trumpet style silhouette which made the perfect gown. This fabric was actually very easy to work with, since it is a velvet, it does have nap, so I had to make sure that I cut in the correct direction.  I also noted that I should have pre-washed this fabric before using because the fabric dye did rub off a lot as I was working on it. Once I tried my dress on to check the fit I was in love! It was so comfortable and fit perfectly.  The waist