Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Made by a Fabricista: Crepe for the Hoilidays!


Hello everyone, If you're like me right about now you're in Holiday mode. I love this time of the year and my schedule is chock full of projects for the Holidays. I was able to fit this A-Mazing #DIY jumpsuit in the sewing mix. 


The pattern is Simplicity 8214. There are four pieces that you can make with this pattern a shirt, skirt, dress and a jumpsuit which could all be staple pieces in any wardrobe. I used a Big & Bold Floral Print 100% Rayon Crepe from the 4 yard pre-cut selection. (I love, love, love this fabric) This fabric in no longer available but there are some other pre-cut prints that are Big & Bold if you like that sorta thing. I know it's a BUSY pattern but that's exactly what I like about it! There are also some really nice suiting fabrics that will work if you're looking for a solid.



I used elastic strips at the shoulder seams for the jumpsuit and I used a woven interfacing. This is a thin fabric so I did use interfacing on the bow-tie to give it a little structure. Other than that it's pretty straight forward with this pattern.




This project went together so well that I should have done a sew-a-long for this jumpsuit. I saw a picture of MimiGstyle wearing this jumpsuit in a Tencel denim fabric and I knew that I was going to get this pattern. (I had to Google Tencel fabric because this was new to me)This is one of the things that I love about our sewing community. We get to see all  different patterns used to make garments that weren't even on our radar. We get to see the possibilities in those patterns that we overlook every time we sit down at the pattern store looking for a new pattern. I overlooked this pattern several times and then when I saw Mimi's jumpsuit I was like that's super cute!

Garment: Jumpsuit
Pattern Sizing: 6-14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super Easy!
What did you like or dislike about the pattern? I loved this pattern!
Fabric Used: 100% Rayon Crepe
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not have to make any alterations for the fit. I did however make the bow-tie  two inches wider and I added 3 inches to the leg length, we like the pants to touch the ground.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes
Conclusion:  If you are trying to teach someone to sew this is a great pattern. Stylish and easy, you can't beat that! If you are not new to sewing you will want to make a few of these because they are easy and fabulous.

 










 I asked Mori to sit on the zebra ottoman so that I could  get you just a little 
more dizzier than you were from the flowers! #printpower


As always, I hope you enjoyed my work and are inspired to sew something! Also if you haven't heard I'm going to be publishing a sewing magazine hopefully in 2017 and if you want to see what I'm talking about stop by my blog and get the 411.

-Michelle @ www.thatblackchic.com

Merry Holidays & Happy Kwanzaa!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Made by a Fabricista: Holiday Onsies


One of my favorite past times is lounging around at home watching movies with my not-so little ones. We snuggle up on one couch, each with our own blanket and invade each others personal space lol.  I planned on making onesies for the family around this time of year because I enjoy them more than any adult probably should.  

This was a quick and easy project.  The fabrics used are 100% Polyester and can be found (HERE) and (HERE).  Fabric Mart has a HUGE selection of fleeces available, check them all out (HERE).  

Fleece literally feels like snuggly happiness.  Other than the shedding produced by cutting out the pattern, you don't have much else to worry about as it relates to the wear and tear of the fabric.  My daughter still has a fleece dora blanket from when she was 3 (she is now 12) and it still looks and feels brand new. 

I used a YT video for a quick pattern that can be found (HERE).  Honestly, there are tons.  I just picked the first one that had an image that worked for me, watched it once while on the way home, and did the rest on my own.  There are tutorials that are much more detailed and even includes hoods and characters, but I wanted to keep this first try simple and fast.  While I left the arms loose to keep irritation down, I put elastic in the legs to prevent them for walking on the suits. 


So what about me right? I mean, this was MY idea and I am the one that enjoys them so much!  I ran out of fabric, but am already set to order more so I can be part of cool kids squad lol.






Apparently they liked them and unlike I stated when I started, it wasn't too warm for them to sleep in them (which they did).

Now I just need to make one for myself....

Until Next time...

Jenese 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Made By A Fabricista: Fall & Winter Wool Jersey Dresses


I love sewing with and wearing knits of any kind, but it's always a treat to sew up & wear a wool knit in the cold weather months.  I picked up an embarrassing amount of wool knits in the past few months on Fabric Mart's website and then on a very special drive to their brick and mortar store in Pennsylvania.  I whipped up these two classic dresses with soft and juicy wool jerseys blended with the perfect amount of spandex for resiliency.  I'm mildly sensitive to wool against my skin, but none of these make me feel itchy at all.


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Ottobre 5/2016 #4



First off, most gals can't go wrong with the an a-line wrap dress. I pulled this pattern from Ottobre's latest issue- Autumn/Winter 5/2016, it's pattern #4, "Wrap & Tie".  I cut my standard size 42 bodice, graded out to about a 46 at the hip and added 3/4" to the bodice length.  It's a fairly standard pattern and truly a wrap dress that's held closed with the built in belt.  Compared to other wrap dresses, I realllly like the extended front skirt-- each piece overlaps pretty far over making sure I'm not going to flash the world if the wind blows.  I finished the neck/collar edge & sleeve hems with a binding I serged on & finished with my coverstitch. I also doubled the width of the belt. I lined the bodice with the same army green wool jersey as the main.





My main concern with the fabric is that it's a tad clingly when it's draped on the body, but not a dealbreaker. I've worn this dress a couple times and didn't even once worry after I left the house.  But clearly it attracted leafy bits to my rear end in these photos!  Ehhh, I'm much too lazy to photoshop!! .  Oh, and if you notice the pink scarf with hearts, that was a little wool gauze scarf made from some yummy Fabric Mart stuff as well.


Image result for new look 6469And for dress numero dos, a black wool jersey.  I picked up a couple of these "trapeze" style, or "tent" dress patterns, whatever they are called.  I was verrry nervous that I'd look like I'm actually wearing a tent.  This pattern is from New Look, it's 6489, it has a raglan sleeve with a shoulder dart plus a little mock turtle neck.  I cut a straight size 16, a normal choice for me.  Before I altered the pattern down DRAMATICALLY, I indeed looked like I was wearing a huge, awful, terrible tent, I'm not gonna lie.  I took a picture but I'm ashamed to show the internet. Sooo I hacked off about probably more then a foot of the width of this thing.


But in the end, it's not a bad little dress.  I had to find the right scale for my figure.  Ahh.. you can see how the back of the dress is a bit clingy to my black tights.  Oh, well.

But I bet you are wondering... how did she PRE-TREAT this delightful wool jersey/spandex fabric?!?!?!?! I washed it in my washer.  I dried in in my dryer.  I do not dry clean everyday clothes.  I used the gentle setting, cold water and a shorter cycle for the wash.  I tumble dried on the lowest heat setting.  This is exactly what I will do with the final garment when I need to wash them after wear. I will not tumble dry them normally, but allow then to air dry mostly because it contains spandex-- heat breaks spandex down quickly over time.  It may have smelled like a wet sheep farm in my house the day I pre-washed my wool knits.  There are certain, very special, very expensive wools I would never wash at home, but these I have no problem with since they are meant for regular life.

Happy Cold Weather Sewing!!
~Kathy