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Made by a Fabricista: Working with Panels

If you browse through our website often, you may periodically come across fabric that comes in panels or borders. While some may feel like it's too much of a challenge, they offer wonderful possibilities for something out of the ordinary! You can be really creative with panels! Maggy London is known for using paneled fabric in her garments, and we just so happen to get some of those. 
I recently offered this fabric in Julie's Picks and was pleasantly surprised by the number of people that purchased it! It was a stretch cotton sateen with a large stripe-effect floral design. You are seeing the entire panel in the dress.

Here are examples of other panels prints in garments: 

So I put myself to the challenge of making something with a panel. I chose the Purple Floral Lace Half Medallion ITY Knit. 
I really enjoyed trying to figure out how to use it. I used my mannequin as a model. I tried the panel at my shoulders, at my waist and even along one side of my body. (I didn't get a p…

Me-Made-May: I'm Giving it a Try!

I bet you've been wondering where I've been?! Between work and home, I've been keeping myself REALLY busy! I've had a few fabric buying/selling trips in the past two weeks and at home, I hosted a Mother's Day dinner, worked in my yard, set up my vegetable garden and trying to keep up with the daily grind. My husband and I have also been planning small getaways for various weekends throughout the summer, so we had our first this weekend to Gettysburg, PA! 

Before May began, I really wanted to participate in Me-Made-May. I wanted to make a real effort to wear my handmade clothes and learn to love them (if I didn't care for them all that much.) But with everything that was going on, I just didn't want to add more to my schedule or put pressure on myself. It was just more to think about on a daily basis! But after reading some of the pledges, I came to the conclusion that I can set myself really small goals! So here is my goal:




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Reader's Pick Sew-Along: The BIG Reveal!!

I am so impressed by the number of people that have participated in the sew-along for New Look 6097. For our first sew-along together-- I'm so happy! Everyone seemed to really enjoy this and hopefully we can continue doing other sew-alongs. If you're just coming into this, you can learn more about the sew-along HERE.

All of these ladies are so talented! We hashed out some ideas on our Flickr Discussion Board and in comments on the blog. I think we all had fun trying to hash out our problems and suggestions. 
Plus, all participants were entered in a random drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Fabric Mart. And the winner is...
Dara M. is the winner of a $50 gift certificate to Fabric Mart! Congratuations, Dara! Check your email for confirmation. 
All of our other fabulous participants...
SusanT. (Left), Patricia L. (Right)

Dina G. 

Annie L. from Sewing on Saturday

Santell M.

Kathryn D. 

Michelle F. 

Teresa

Made by a Fabricista: A Rigel Bomber Jacket

Hello lovely peeps!  I’m so happy because it’s the time of year I get to say adios to all my winter coats. As I was putting them away for the season I realized that I don’t have any light weight jackets to wear when the weather is not all that. My usual go to when the days and nights are still a little cool is my ratty zip-up hoodie. I’m gladly trading it in for a more stylish bomber jacket.

The pattern is the Rigel Bomber by Papercut Collections. This pattern was released in their Constellation collection last November.  FYI: Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation Orion and the seventh brightest star in the night sky.  The jacket is unlined has welt pockets and raglan sleeves with two different options, plain sleeves or geometric details. 
For my fabric I chose a hot pink polka dot cotton sateen that was featured in Julie’s Picks for the month of March.  If you don’t have a Julie’s Picks membership and have been contemplating getting one let me be your enabler.  I look forwa…