Friday, December 27, 2013

The Year in Review

2013 is coming to an end and I can't help but think about how far our blog has come! I look back at a similar post we had from the end of 2012 and those posts feel like they were so long ago! We've grown in so many ways. The blog is about a year and a half old and I can't believe the following we have! We have written over 100 posts offering you ideas, inspiration, entertainment and so much more! So with 2013 winding down, I thought it would be fun to pick my top 10 posts. (These are not in any particular order. They are actually in order from oldest to newest posts.)


1. Plaid Winter Coat Sew Along - I'm probably bias to this post just because it is one of my posts! I (Julie) shared with you a sew along on my process in making a plaid peacoat. This was my first attempt at a coat, and I'm quite proud of how it turned out! 



2) All the Guest Posts - I love tutorials and many of the tutorials we had this year were from our viewers! There are so many talented bloggers and sewers out there and I love highlighting such wonderful talent! 

Check out all the Guest Posts:


3) DIY Tutorial: Pattern Book Organizer - Did you ever buy a pattern only to find a duplicate copy in your stash? Kaitlin shows you how to keep track of all your sewing patterns!



4) Resource Library: All About Knits - Gabby shared her knowledge of knits and described knit types.



5) Resource Library: Home Decor with Fashion Fabrics - Lisa made valences from fashion fabric for almost every room in her house!



6) At Fabric Mart: Planning a Trip to Fabric Mart - Did you know you can visit Fabric Mart? We are located in southeast PA. We are a great destination for all things fashion fabric!







8) Our Amazing Fabricista Fashion Challenge Contestants - We had an AWESOME group of women participate in our challenge. I wish we could have let them all win!




9) Made by a Fabricista: Sewing with Mesh Knits - I was so happy with how this top turned out that I can't help but make it one of my favorite posts. A review and modification of Angela Wolf's Ruched Tee pattern is featured. (Also available in plus size!)




10) The Winner of the Fabricista Fashion Challenge - Shannon from ShanniLoves! I can't wait to work with her in 2014! Get to know her and see her sewing room here.


What were some of your favorite posts?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Meet our Fabricista Fashion Challenge winner, Shannon!

Meet Shannon from Shanni Loves! She was the winner of the Fabricista Fashion Challenge which wrapped up back in November. After some time to take a breather, she is back and ready to blog with us! We are really looking forward to working with Shannon. We have a lot of great ideas and inspiration to share with you in 2014. 



We had a Q&A session with Shannon and also asked if she would share her sewing room with us.



What is your day job? I work at an area hospital as a Financial Analyst. I analyze a lot of numbers, prepare a lot of statistics and even get to play with money sometimes.



What is your dream job? I’ve always dreamed about having my own business. I tell my husband every Wednesday when they draw the lottery numbers that if we ever win I’m opening up a fabric shop. Keep your fingers crossed for me!








What do you sew in your sewing room? Since the Fabricista Challenge, word is out on the streets that I sew. So I’ve been doing a lot of alterations for others and surprisingly I’ve really been enjoying that.  When I’m not busy doing that I make my own clothes. In 2014 my goal is to buy no ready-to-wear clothing with the exception of shoes and underwear.  



What is the favorite part of your sewing room? Well that’s a toss up between my sewing machine and my fabric stash. You couldn’t have one without the other so they are both equally my favorites and give me loads of enjoyment. I also have to mention another fave, my little pug who’s always snoring by my feet.




Give us an organizational tip: I store my envelope patterns in plastic storage bins and have them organized by garment type. PDF patterns can be a little trickier to store and all that paper can take up so much space. I found 3-ring binders to be a life saver. I store all of my pdf patterns in poly sheet protectors and file away in the binder. This is also a great way to store your traced patterns. When I want to work on one I simply take the sheet protector out of the binder and all my pieces are right there in one place and not to be easily lost.   




What was the inspiration for your sewing space? My sewing space was once in our basement laundry room where it was cold and always a mess.  I would always spend at least 20 minutes clearing a laundry pile before I could get down to business which makes it really hard to get motivated. When I decided to move upstairs to a spare bedroom I wanted it to be bright and cheery. I also wanted it to be clean and organized, a place I would look forward to visiting every day. 




When/How did you learn to sew? I started sewing about 2 ½ years ago.  I had a plan to make handbags (because I have an obsession) so one day out of the blue I went and bought a machine. I turned to the Internet for help as I went along and it was there I discovered the social sewing community, lots and lots of sewing blogs. I was so inspired by all the beautiful garments everyone was making my focus quickly shifted from handbags to clothing. I’ve learned everything I know from either You Tube videos, Craftsy classes or sewing books, Readers’ Digest’s “New Complete Guide to Sewing” being my favorite resource.  






How did you decide on the color turquoise?  I love bright and cheery colors. My husband is quite the opposite; he loves more warm tones which you will see throughout our house. Since this sewing room was going to be mine, all mine I had free reign on the color choice.  I picked out the happiest color I could find, Aqua Chiffon. The name is kind of perfect for a sewing room don’t cha’ think?


How much time do you spend in your sewing room? As much as I can! Usually on a Saturday or Sunday you’ll find me in my sewing room. I could easily spend the whole day in there only coming out for bathroom breaks or snacks. During the week I like to try to spend at least an hour working on a project but sometimes it’s hard to resist the couch calling my name.

Where do you get your inspiration for your projects? Sewing blogs or Pinterest

Thanks for sharing with us Shannon! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Planning for 2014... Your Feedback Please!

2014 for is just around the corner and we are gearing up for the new year! With a new year comes new ideas, projects and a lot of fun! We'd like some feedback from our customers. 


What do you want to see on our blog? Do you have a specific topic you would like us to talk about? Do you have a pattern that you would like us to review? Would you like to contribute to our blog? How can we inspire and offer advice to the sewing community? 

We have some ideas up our sleeves but would love to hear from you!

Leave a comment with your ideas and we will take them into consideration. 

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please email fabricmartblog[at]gmail[dot]com with your ideas.




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crafty Gemini Tutorial: Faux Suede iPad/ Tablet Sleeves

Did you know that Fabric Mart and Crafty Gemini have teamed up to bring you tutorials featuring some of our products? Crafty Gemini, aka Vanessa Wilson, is a blogger who streams sewing, cooking and craft tutorials on You Tube. She recently won an award for "Best Tutorials" from Craftsy. 

Recently, Vanessa made some iPad/ Tablet Sleeves from our Faux Suede. This is a perfect gift idea and is super easy! We have a nice selection of faux suede fabrics on our website, including solids, animal prints and more. Plus, for a limited time, we are offering a $5.00 discount coupon toward any fabric in the faux suede category. Use coupon code TABLET at checkout. You must have a fabric from the faux suede category in your cart to receive the discount.