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Made by a Fabricista: The Madison Cardigan by Style Sew Me Patterns

Happy Saturday All,Even though the weather in Florida is still in the 80s, I am gearing up for cooler days in November and December.  I have a love affair with cardigans as my work building is extremely cold and a lightweight cardigan is perfect for the cooler days or nights here in sunny South Florida. Two years ago when I did a review of 3 cardigan patterns here, I fell in love with the Madison Cardigan by Style Sew Me Patterns which is now available at Fabric Mart.  This easy to sew waterfall drape is stylish and can be dressed up or down. If you have been following my sewing journey, you know my favorite knit fabric is Ponte knit.  I absolutely love the feel, drape, recovery, and sturdiness of the fabric. Around this time of year, Fabric Mart typically carries a wide selection of colors perfect for Fall and Spring. When I came across this orange color, I knew I had to grab a few yards for a cardigan. Unfortunately, this is color is almost sold out but Fabric Mart has a variety of c…
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Made by a Fabricista: Winter is coming!

When I was browsing on Fabric Mart's amazing selections, I couldn't help but drool over the gorgeous coating by Michael Kors.  I love the designer fabric choices on the website.  Also, the price point of this amazing fabric made this a no-brainer for me.  I simply had to make another winter coat.   I live in the northern plains of the US and we can have winter coat weather from October until April or May.  That means, I need to have many choices for a winter coat.  Just having one or two is boring in my book!  I have numerous coats, most of which are made from FM's selection of coating.
It appears this Michael Kors Coating color I used is all sold out, however there are some pretty choices here: Coating


You can see from the inside of the hood, I used a pretty floral for the lining.  I just love pretty lining fabrics.  This one has so many pretty colors in it and it's a floral, so it was love for me!

Here's a view of the inside.  Isn't that just pretty?  Please do…

Made by a Fabricista: Cafe au Lait Linen Dress

Hello everyone. This linen dress is the first thing that I made after my husband passed away 2 months ago.  At first, it was a real struggle- I kept putting things together the wrong way and having to rip it out and do it over again.  I probably shouldn't have chosen an asymmetrical design with fabric that looks the same on both sides for my first project!  But as I finished, I felt a real sense of accomplishment!  I have to say that creating something unique and special was just what I needed to feel a little like myself again.   I used three coordinating pieces of linen- a deep coffee colored brown, a milky cream, and an abstract print with whipped cream, cloves, and cinnamon it- thus, my cafe au lait dress!  These particular fabrics are no longer available, but there are lots of other choices in the Linen section.  Linen is so wonderful to work with.  You do need to accept that wrinkles will be part of the look though, which I am fine with.  For the pattern, I used Vogue 1694 wh…

Made by a Fabricista: Nova Jumpsuit

Hey there and happy fall! How's everyone's fall going? Mine?  Crazy! Our family has had a few changes over the past six months, as I know everyone else has too! One large change for us was a move!!! We had a family friend move in with us in March, and were lacking a bedroom for this friend. She stayed in our dining room, with a curtain for a door and we immediately went on the hunt for a house with another bedroom. Well, apparently everyone else thought it was a great time to move too! Our house hunt took a few months, but we are in our new to us house and we're surrounded with boxes, and chaos, but everyone has a room!

Our new house is a 100 year old spanish bungalow and I am in love with it! It needs renovating and updating, but it is in great condition and is just so cute and full of character!

I pulled out my sewing machine last week and was thrilled that I could find where all of my sewing things were packed. I sewed the Nova Jumpsuit pattern by True Bias and it is the …

Made by a Fabricista: Dia at the Apple Orchard

Hey lovely folks!  Nice to see ya again, and I'm so excited we are finally to my favorite season of the year:  FALL! This Autumn has been a bit different with the COVID factor, but we were still able to make it to our favorite orchard for some apple picking in our fabulous Misusu Dia sweatshirts (and Jalie 2918, more on that in a bit!) The black fabric is a super luscious modal blend sweatshirting that has unfortunately sold out (check out some other great options here).  The way it looks on the backside and with it's drape it's almost more of a very brushed french terry than a sweatshirting in my mind, but it's still dang awesome. It's so soft and awesome that I worry a bit it may not wear well, but inside and out it is absolutely delightful now.
Misusu Dia (available in both Kids and Ladies versions) is a great pattern that has a ton of options:  sweatshirt or tunic with a straight or hi low hem, plus straight or puff sleeve for kids and 3 different ladies sleeve le…