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Made by a Fabricista: Workout Yoga Pants

I think I have turned into an activewear fabric junkie. I can't get enough of them! Well, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I joined a gym again and have been doing a lot of physical activity this summer. The last time I bought activewear clothes was like five years ago when I joined a gym. I went for about a year and lost interest. I would still wear the yoga pants and gym clothes, but honestly, I was really tired of my look. 

So I looked for some good activewear patterns and came across a few from Kwik Sew. I wanted to start with a pants pattern and Kwik Sew #3988 looked perfect! The pattern comes with a two inseam lengths. Since it is summer, I wanted to make the shorter length. Sue made the long pants HERE. And her success with the pattern made it better for me to decide on this pattern too. 


I had an activewear knit fabric in my stash from a previous Fabric Mart buyout a few years ago. So I dug it out from the bottom of the pile and got started. (You can find our…

Made By a Fabricista: Peplum Love in Off White

We have a new contributor on the Fabricista blog! Vatsla teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Charlotte and loves to teach through written and video tutorials on her blog. You can learn more about her on our About Us page and check out her blog, Fashion Behind the Seams


Hello Loves!

It's time to start transitioning our wardrobes from summer to pre-fall/ fall and I've been dreaming of a peplum top. I am so excited to share my latest creation with you. This off white peplum top I just finished sewing.


My style is definitely casual chic. I love a comfortable yet cute pair of skinny jeans. These are such a wardrobe staple for me. I love pairing knit tops that are a bit more dressy with jeans. You never feel overdressed, yet you make a statement.

I chose to sew with a soft and comfortable ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics. For the pattern, I chose McCalls 7126 View D as a base pattern and modified the peplum.


I drafted the peplum from scratch because I wanted a much f…

Made by a Fabricista: Colorful Silk Crepe de Chine

Have you ever sewn with silk Crepe de Chine? I had not. I wasn’t even sure what it would feel like, but the name sounded very delicious. As part of my sewing journey, I like to learn about all types of fabrics, so I decided to order some real Silk Crepe de Chine from Fabric Mart.



Since we are going into fall, I wanted something in a deep rich shade, and couldn’t decide between a deep periwinkle and a deep teal, so I ordered two yards of each. The teal was sandwashed, whereas the periwinkle wasn’t, so I was curious as to what the difference would be.While I was waiting for it, I went to the J.Crew outlet that is nearby because I knew that Fabric Mart also carried some polyester crepe de chine from J. Crew, and I wanted to compare it to see if there was enough difference in quality to warrant the price difference.The polyester version sells for $6-$7 per yard, whereas the silk version sells for $20-$25 per yard.



When I got my order, I could definitely tell the difference from sandwashed a…

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Prep in Progress, Sewaholic's Robson Trench Coat Altered

Good day my fellow Seamstress'.  As I continue my transition into fall, I opted to venture out and find a great trench coat pattern.  Sewaholic's Robson coat filled my search and after looking into some of the details, I knew it was a win!


I must say, at a younger age, I always thought trench coats were my mothers coat. Honestly, I just never knew how to style them correctly ha ha!  
My vision for this post was found on Pinterest where I located a skirted trench coat. The original trench coat I used for inspiration was made out of a suiting fabric, but I knew I wanted this coat to be in a fabric that could easily be worn dress up and down.

The denim fabric I used came from Fabric Mart, but isn't available anymore. (But you can find more denim HERE).   I had to reach out to the wonderful Julie of Fabric Mart Fabrics for her expertise on the correct weight to use. I've never made a trench before and the only one I own was a weight I could not put my finger on. The optio…

Fashion Challenge 3: Contestants Have Been Selected!

It's the moment you've all be waiting for...announcement of the Fashion Challenge contestants! We had 20 people submit applications to the fashion challenge. And to only pick six people was so HARD! We took a look at their work, their blogs and why they felt they would be a good candidate for the challenge. After about 2 days of reviewing we finally came to an agreement and here they are! (in alphabetical order)
Chui from Wear the Ducky Tie



Dawn from Two On, Two Off


Donna from Curvy Girls are Chic


Elizabeth from I Sew, You Sew


Kristin from Sunny Sewing


Tiffany from Frougie Fashionista


The Fashion Challenge will begin on September 11, so mark your calendars! I'm really excited to see what these sewers come up with for each challenge. It's always mind blowing!!
Don't forget, you can participate too! Share your finished creation on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using #fabricistafashionchallengereader. We'll post your photo on the blog to share with everyon…