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Fabricista Refashion: Wide Leg Pants to Skinny Pants!

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of clothes in my closet that I want to wear, but they don't "suit" my needs. They may be too baggy in the crotch, too long, a bit too tight or I'm just not sure what to wear with it. I have had a pair of navy blue trousers for a couple of years that are hardly worn, but hated to give them away. So finally this past weekend I decided I was going to turn them into skinny pants! The pants were already too big so I had plenty to work with in case something didn't work out. 

These are the "before" pictures. The pictures are not that great, but you can see they are a little baggy and definitely too long. They were best worn with heels in their previous life. When doing this yourself, I would recommend picking pants that have some stretch to them. If you look at most ready-to-wear skinny jeans/pants, they have stretch so they move with you. See the following pictures and instructions on how to create your own skinn…

Made by a Fabricista: The Angel Bootcut Jean

Today I am happy to offer you my feedback about Angela Wolf’s Bootcut Jean Pattern. You can find this pattern on our website.
I have never tried to sew pants. I did not even think about it. Yet I have several difficulties finding the perfect pair in the stores. I go through all of them, choosing the low rise cut, short, skinny but not tight… and so on and so forth. So once I have one pair that fit me, I do not let them go. I would be extremely careful with them. Jeans have a special place in my closet.
When I saw “The Angel Bootcut Jean Pattern” from the Angela Wolf Pattern Collection, I immediately thought I had to try it, whether it worked for me or not. But I had the hunch that this one would be a success story.

I opened the bag, unfolded the pattern and got my first good impression. I checked out the clear, thick lines of the pattern and then I went through the first couple pages of the instruction book. It is easy to read and a good size font. Instructions included all the fabrics …

Bilingual: Mujeres en Acción/Women in Action

“Mujeres en Acción” es una propuesta a todas aquellas mujeres latinas con múltiples objetivos. Mujeres en Acción será en un principio un espacio de encuentro o simplemente artículos para la declaración de sentimientos Hispanos. Un escenario para expresar opiniones o simplemente pensamientos concernientes a mujeres procedentes de países latinoamericanos en Estados Unidos.
En 1990 inicié mi trabajo con la organización alemana de cooperación técnica internacional, más conocida como GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, GIZ. Esta reconocida organización del Gobierno Alemán posee oficinas en diferentes países en via de desarrollo, y promueve proyectos de cooperación internacional para apoyar el crecimiento de grupos o sociedades menos favorecidas. Uno de los proyectos en los que felizmente participé fue Equidad de Género, y cuando hablamos de Género en proyectos de equidad no nos referimos a la igualdad de mujeres y hombres pero sí a una igualdad de oportunidade…

DIY Tutorial: Permanent Marker T-Shirt Transfer

Well, this would be the end of small activities with LilG. Soon she will be back to school, so we are getting ready for this coming school year. We already bought some new school clothes, however she wanted to personalize some of the pieces. She used a white v-neck shirt to transfer a faded white tiger, her favorite animal, onto it. She is crazy about them!
She searched the internet for white tiger images, she chose the one she liked most, which was a very difficult task considering she likes all of them.

She printed the image on normal paper and traced it with sharpie colored markers.

She cut the shirt’s sleeves and placed cloth in between the layers to prevent the image from being transferred to the back.


She then placed the image upside down on the shirt’s face and sprayed it with rubbing alcohol. Carefully using the iron she pressed the paper with her design, spraying repeatedly and allowing time for the ink to be transferred onto the shirt and pressing again.

Once checking the imag…

Resource Library: Area Fairs and Farm Shows.

It is Fair Season here and I am super excited! 
When I first learned how to sew I entered my projects into the Lebanon Area Fair each year. I would search the pages of the fair book to find the maximum amount of crafts I could make to enter. I needed to have all of my bases covered! My mom and I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning the day before I had to submit my final entries. I could not wait to get to the fair the following day to see what awards my projects won!
Did you know that fairs are not just for kids? Adults can enter too!  So last year I did just that! I entered a few of my sewing projects and drawings.  And just like I did when I was little, I ran to the fair the next day to see what prize ribbons hung from my garments.
Over the years of sewing and entering my projects I have received a lot of feedback on my work.  The judges often write little notes on the back of your prize cards to tell you what they liked about your work and what you could have improved…

Help Our Buyers Shop!

Comment on this post with what you are looking for right now and our buyers will seek it out!  I am craving wool gabardines and ponte knits in fun autumn colors. What about you?

Monthly Wrap-up: July!

Wow, summer is flying by! Can you believe we are already in August? We had a lot of fun on the blog in the month of July, especially because it was our one year anniversary! Here's a recap of the month.
During the first week in July we celebrated our one-year anniversary of the blog! We celebrated with you by offering three prize packs. View the prize packs and winner's names now!



Our viewers loved the Stitched Fabric Card Tutorial. It's a great way to use your fabric scraps and send a nice note to someone!


When it's scorching outside, sometimes it's best to stay in the air conditioning! Gabby shared with us a project her and her daughter worked on together during one of our HOT summer days -- Fabric Flowers! (Another great project for fabric scraps.)


We finished off the month with a Flip Flip Pillow Tutorial made from printed cotton fabric. Awesome project for a beach house, teen's room or just for fun!
Did you have a favorite post from July?