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Made by a Fabricista: Brushed Wool/Cashmere Car Coat

  I've been eyeing the Michael Kors Wool Blend Coatings for some time now.  Fabric Mart had the most gorgeous array of coating colors that I have ever seen!  During COVID stay at home time, I've been letting my gray grow out, and I thought that even though those gorgeous sherbet shades like apricot and apple green would be beautiful, the heathered gray shade would be the most flattering to my gray hair and the most versatile.  Apparently, others thought the same, as the gray is sold out now, but there are still many colors available here:  Coating Category   When I received my fabric, I was just astonished at how soft it was and what a beautiful drape it had.  I searched and searched for the perfect pattern- changing my mind at least a dozen times before I settled on Simplicity 3672.   This is one of the few patterns that only was available in sizes 18-24, and not in smaller sizes.  It is about 10 years old, but there are definitely copies available on the internet. I made a cr
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Made by a Fabricista: Jungle fun!

 Animal prints are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!  So much so, that my hubby noticed and commented.  :)  Not one to try and be left out, I drooled over this cute print!  It appears to be sold out, so here are some fun choices!  Animal prints I have been wearing so many light layers lately since the weather can't decide what it wants to do this time of year.  I knew I wanted a cardigan and to make a sort of 'modern' twin set sort of look, I grabbed enough to make a top I could wear underneath or by itself.   I love how textured this knit is! Let me show you, and tell you what I did to accommodate a textured knit fabric.   Here is a photo of the back.  You can see what the back looks like to imagine what the texture looks like on the front. Don't let ridges scare you!  They are easy to sew.  Here's what I did. Use a lot of pins or clips.  Personally, I love the clips.  They fasten easily and unclip easily.     Sew a few inches, lift the presser foot, and repeat.  Sometimes the

Made by a Fabricista: PJs for all the girls

With snow in my Colorado future, I've had pjs on the brain.  I don't know what it is about cold weather and pajamas, but whenever the first snow hits, I want to sew all of the cozy things! With that in mind, I decided to delve into Fabric Mart's double brushed poly knits.  I've discovered double brushed poly recently and I love it for it's softness and the layering possibilities.  While my favorite base layer material are merino wools), double brushed poly has done a pretty awesome job providing warmth without a lot of bulk.  Layering is life in Colorado! Specifically, I went after a nice collection of knits to make pjs for my Mom, my daughter and me.  For my mom, this copper floral stripe double brushed poly , for me, another blue floral double brushed poly (sold out) and a steel blue sweater knit to make a cozy cardigan to top off my set of pajamas.  For my daughter I chose a fun cotton/lycra print (sold out, but there's t his cotton/lycra stripe that would

Made by a Fabricista: Knits, Knits, Knits!

I love knits, they were my first sewing love. Some new sewists find sewing knits tricky, but I loved that the fit was more forgiving as I was learning sizing. This month three knits spoke to me and I couldn't decide between them so I just went again and got all THREE! First up is this black and white geometric print jersey knit. Everything about this fabric made me love it; it's a rayon jersey, it's black and white and it's a geometric print. It sewed up really nicely with minimal curling at the edges. I used my serger for most of the construction, which is another thing I love about knits. My first thought was a wrap dress, which should be no surprise. My favorite wrap dress pattern is the Mathilde Wrap Dress by Untitled Thoughts . It's a true wrap, which is always a plus to me. It features a 2 sleeve options, three length (including a peplum top), a waistband, inseam pockets and ties that meet in the back.

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 variet