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DIY Tutorial: Pattern Book Organizer

How many times have you gone on a fabric expedition and found a fabric you just NEED but you have no idea how much is necessary for this pattern you know you have but you left at home? Or perhaps you did remember your pattern but it was thrown into your purse and in a shabby condition once it retreated from inside the time capsle. All you need is:  5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in binder 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in sheet protectors Stick-On Note Tabs Your Sewing Patterns Photo Copier  Once you have your supplies you are ready to make your book. All you need to do is take your pattern and photo copy the front and back. Cut off the excess and insert the pages with the pattern sides facing out into your sheet protector.  Now when you find that perfect fabric you can flip open your pattern book and know exactly how much fabric you will need to purchase. Yep, it's that simple!  Now the hard part is remembering to put it in your purse! Fabric Mart trip, anyone?!
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Looking for help!

Do you want to be a Fabricista?
Will you help us?! We are looking for 3 Seamstresses/Seamsters to create a piece for a  blog post to feature our readers. What is the post about? We are doing a post about what to make with different types of knit. Therefore we would like to see what our readers can do with knits. How do I become a guest blogger? Email us a little bio about you and a few examples of your recent work.  (Especially any pictures of knit garments!) If you are a blogger, please include a link to your blog. Email to fabricmartblog@gmail.com What will I need? Fabric Mart will send you a gift certificate to order your fabric for the project if you are chosen. You will be able to chose which pattern you will use. We will let you know what type of knit we would like you to sew with by email if selected. What would I need to do? All you need to do is sew up a garment by the deadline, photograph it, and write about how you made it and any tips you could pass on to fellow sewers a…

Resource Library: Sewing in Another Country

I am excited to share with you a personal post from Gabby. Gabby is one of the women that writes for the blog, specializing in research of fabrics. At Fabric Mart, she describes all the fabrics that are put on our website and wholesale division. She has a lot of knowledge about fabric and sewing, especially from her experiences in Colombia, South America. Gabby speaks English very well, but sometimes needs some assistance in writing, therefore we've helped her make this post easier for our followers to understand. It is especially important to let you know this because there are different customs and regulations in Colombia that as Americans we are not used to. Enjoy this excellent post by Gabby!  ~Julie 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my sewing experience in my home country of Colombia. When I knew I was moving to the US, I packed my luggage with the usual things you think you will need: coat and warm clothes for winter and light clothes for summer. I also pa…

At Fabric Mart: Julie's Picks Contest Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the Julie's Picks Sewing Contest is fast approaching! Julie's Picks members have only a few day left to purchase from the March mailer. 

We created an event on Facebook to get an idea of how many people are planning to attend.  Join our event now! Post pictures of your progress and see what others are doing!
Remember, Julie's Picks members are the only ones that can be part of this contest. Join Julie's Picks now.
Click here to read the details about the Julie's Picks Contest.
We will send out periodic reminders. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up!

Inspiration: Handmade Easter Dresses

Here we are again with some of our favorites from Etsy shops. We love supporting fellow Etsy shop owners!
Check out our picks for Easter Dresses that are handmade! Chocolatine Boutique Fairy Free Designs Maliposha Clothes Moose Baby Creations Sweet Honey

Guest: Lisa from Notes from a Mad Housewife

We are thrilled to have Lisa on the blog today from Notes from a Mad Housewife.
She is one of our favorite sewing bloggers and when we got in some new rayon challis, we couldn't wait to ask her to make something with one of the prints.
We're so lucky she agreed!
Here is a little about her:

A little about me... I grew up watching my mom sew, and even though I didn't do much sewing myself as a kid, I absorbed just enough to get me started when I got my own machine. Initially my sewing was for things like halloween costumes and dresses for my girls. Then about three years ago it dawned on me that I could sew actual clothes for myself and I've hardly bought a piece of clothing since. I'm married and have four young children, so in addition to sewing my wardrobe I've started working on my husband's, as well as supplementing my kids' closets . I'm interested in functional everyday pieces that get worn on a regular basis, not just the fluffy dresses (though t…

Resource Library: Children's Patterns

Here at Fabric Mart, we love supporting independent pattern designers.  And what patterns are more adorable than those for children?
Why buy from independent pattern companies?  Typically there is only one person or a very small team designing and creating the patterns from these shops. Some shops make the patterns by hand or use their technology skills to design them on a computer program and print them or lay them out in an email-able format.  Therefore these are special patterns not mass-produced like familiar brands such as Vogue or Simplicity. 
We listed here just a few independent children pattern designers for you to shop:  Bettsy Kingdom Patterns Figgy Patterns  Juvie Moon  La Tee Da Kids Lily Bird Studio Oliver S. Patterns

Lou Bee Clothing


Loving what you see?
Here are a couple links where you can find more independent pattern companies:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/27129/independent-pattern-companies/page/all

http://agoodwardrobe.com/2011/12/22/independent-pattern-designers/

Made by a Fabricista: Refashion Your Closet

Did you ever try on a piece of clothing and it looks great on you in the dressing room, but when you get it home you wonder why you bought it? Is this the case with half of your closet? If so, you need to read this...it will save you a lot of money and make these garments your go-to pieces in your wardrobe.
In the new year, I went through my closet and picked out everything that I didn't feel "right" in or things that needed to be fixed. Whether it was too baggy, too long, puffy sleeves or just didn't make me feel good, I picked it out. I had a total of about 15 items that I wasn't ready to let go of yet, but they needed attention. I wanted to bring them back to life!

From broken zippers to blouses that needed darts, I did it all in one day. But there was one item I got pretty creative with. This shirt from BCBG was picked up at the BCBG outlet for about $20. I love the detailing on the front, but it sat in my closet for about 3 years--never worn. I didn't l…

At Fabric Mart: Julie's Picks Contest Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the Julie's Picks Sewing Contest is fast approaching! Julie's Picks members have one more month to purchase the fabric they can choose to make a garment for the contest. March mailers were sent out on Wednesday, February 27.

We created an event on Facebook to get an idea of how many people are planning to attend.  Join our event now! Post pictures of your progress and see what others are doing!
Remember, Julie's Picks members are the only ones that can be part of this contest. Join Julie's Picks now.
Click here to read the details about the Julie's Picks Contest.
We will send out periodic reminders. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up!

Guest Post: The History of Our Favorite Prints

Hello friends! Today we have George, a guest blogger, who is going to teach us about our most memorable patterns. These designs and patterns that we’ve known by heart all throughout the years all have a
story to tell. So the next time you’re wearing a fancy shawl with a lot of funky patterns,
you would not only have a stylish garment but a fantastic conversation piece! Paisley - CQA3601 More often than not you have encountered your share of pashmina shawls and your great-
aunt’s Sunday blouses with these designs all over them. You recognize them as those
teardrop or tadpole shaped patterns straight out of an LSD induced hallucination. Not that
you have had any experience with those. These psychedelic patterns are well known as the Paisley design. Its name comes from
the less well known town of Paisley, Scotland, where in the 19th century had become the
foremost producers of these patterned shawls. But the design itself originates from Persia, called the Boteh Jegheh, a convergence of