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Made by a Fabricista: Velvet Holiday Jumpsuit

Hey friends!  So glad to share one last make with you.  Hope you've enjoyed wonderful holidays, even if they have been a bit different than normal. I'd been wanting to try making Deer & Doe's Sirocco Jumpsuit for a while, but was afraid it wouldn't be flattering on my mom-tum.  I finally got over that with a romper this Summer (oops, never got around to blogging that!) and decided to follow up with a velvet jumpsuit for Christmas! When my hubby saw it he called me an elf.  Bahaha.   But I love it; I even wore it for our Christmas card photos. I used a green stretch velvet I picked up at Fabric Mart a couple of months ago.  The particular deep green velvet I used is sold out now, but I just love these alternatives: Rosewood , Ocean or Obsidian (or you can find even more options here! )  I think the marriage of stretch velvet and this pattern is really excellent! I didn't have to make many pattern alterations:  I often need a full bust adjustment (FBA), but di
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Made by a Fabricista: A colorful trench to bring in Spring

Do you ever sew projects that are seasonally inappropriate?  That's where I'm living today.  There's literal snow on the ground, the winter winds are making our mild days icy and I reach for...linen?! Seems crazy, but when I saw this linen/cotton print , I had visions of a happy trench coat snow be danged. I'm quite a fan of making jackets in general (like my favorite silk jacket here ), and trench coats have a special place in my heart.  As I was planning this one, I went through my closet and realized this would be trench coat #5--all different styles, all widely different fabrics from a sheer embroidered organza to a linen appliqued trench coat to one made from crazy patchwork upcycled denim .  But trench coat I can't quit you with all your lovely buttons and luxurious lining. So trench #5 it would be for this project! So much interfacing When this delicious linen arrived, I noticed it was a little lighter weight than other linen/cotton blends I've worked w

Made by a Fabricista: Winter Wool Wrap Coat

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! This wrap wool coat is my last make of 2020 and wow what a year it has been. Can you believe 2020 is almost to an end? It seems to have flown by and crept by simultaneously. This make was right on time because the high in Atlanta on Christmas day was an almost freezing 34 degrees. The Micheal Kors  baby blue wool coating caught my eye because it's such a beautiful color, it reminds makes me think of a snowy, icy winter. The kind we don't usually have in the south. It is a good heavy that will definitely keep you warm. The hand is smooth, soft and just amazing to wear. I debated quite a bit about what to make with this wool...a peacoat? a cape? I guess this wrap coat is somewhere in the middle. Butterick 6720 is a wrap front coat with no closures, patch pockets and a self tie wrap. The pattern it self comes together easily, though I might opt for a lighter wool next time.  I love the fact that I can just throw this coat on and wrap myse

Made by a Fabricista: The Many Moods of Animal Prints

  I've been in the mood for something different lately, and one thing that I do not have a lot of in my wardrobe has been animal prints.  They always felt a little too edgy for my personality.  But lately, I've been seeing them everywhere, and my eye has adjusted to see them as really quite lovely!  I decided to try to use them in a few different styles- artsy, dressy, and sporty, and see how they worked.   For the dressy look, I used this snow leopard jersey knit and a pattern that I downloaded from the Russian Burda site- Burda Plus 1/2019, 404 .     This is a pattern for knits, and has a really nice shape to it.  Ordering from the Russian Burda site was really easy- the patterns are very reasonably priced.  Currently they are 99 rubles which is about $1.32.  Of course, the instructions are in Russian, so you have to be able to either understand Russian or be able to wing it on your own.  I am in the second camp!  The sleeves have a really cute flounce on them- short enough

Made a Fabricista: Classic Holiday Pieces

Happy Saturday Everyone! It seems like forever since I wrote a blog post. The past 2 months have been quite a challenge as I lost my sewjo, creativity, and drive to create. I had so many plans to finish off 2020 strong but my energy level has been at the lowest. In all honesty, I needed this time to reflect and regroup to focus on what matters. Going to work daily in a physical building leaving my children at home to do virtual learning all alone left me feeling guilty.  I made a decision in late October to put a pause on sewing for a few weeks giving my attention to them every chance I get. I have had moments where I broke down hearing other parents cry out for help, but in all honesty, 2020 has drained me the last few months emotionally in so many ways. I knew I had to get out of this slump, not take things too personally, and create a few pieces to lift my spirit before the end of the year. I have been wanting to make the Dionne duster by SewAltered style pattern with a designer Pon