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Made by a Fabricista: Two Knit Dresses

My original plan for this month's post was to make a knit dress with a knit cardigan, but as soon as ou r w eather began to give even t he smallest hint of warmth I abandoned all thou ghts of car di gans and immediat ely turned my attention t o knit dresses.  I think I found two dresses to live in this summer and t he good news is that they are both mad e from knits- meaning it won't take forever to ma k e them!   The first dress wa s made from a beautiful ponte that is a mix of rayon, nylon and spandex - maybe you were one of the lucky duc ks who recently snatched up some of this ponte w hen it w as on sale for $2.99.  If y ou were one of those lucky people you will love working with this rayon.  I had hoped to purchase more of it when it w as on sale but so many of you are faster sho ppers than I, and it was quickly sold out!    Plea se Fabric Mart, bring us more of this po nte!  The dress was made using a modified version of McCalls 7348 .  The two modi f

Made by a Fabricista: A Casual Jumpsuit

Have you seen all of the new jumpsuit patterns that are coming out lately?  There are so many!  I've been anxious to try a jumpsuit, but hadn't worked up the courage until I saw Sandra Betzina's version with Vogue 1483. I always enjoy Sandra's patterns, so I decided to give this one a try.  You can see from the line drawing that it has pockets (YAY!), a zip front and raglan sleeves. It reminded me of this one that I had seen by Stella McCartney, which I liked, but would cost $1700 at Barneys! I really struggled with what to make it out of.  I wanted something drapey, but not too thin. The pattern suggests ponte knit, challis, or crepe, so I went to Fabric Mart's ponte selection .  I was afraid that a solid would look too industrial, so I decided on this print. Here's a close-up of the details and the print.  I have to admit that this was out of my comfort zone in the print- but sometimes it's good to try new things.  I knew th

Pinterest Bundle Contest and Guest Pinner Opportunity

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? I use it to plan my meals for the week and to get inspired for my sewing projects, home improvement projects and all other things creative!  We're looking to spruce up our Pinterest page, so we're having a contest to find 1-2 guest pinners that will have dedicated boards to post inspiration and creations to.  Between March 1-15, we asked our customers to purchase a mystery fabric bundle. Then from the time you get the bundle, till April 1st, make items with everything in your bundle. Submit photos of your creations to by April 1 and we will be judging for our favorites. Judging will be by popular vote and a panel of Fabric Mart employees, including myself (Julie). So if you purchased a bundle between March 1-15, get sewing and submit your photos! All the fabric must be used, but you don't have to use it all in the same garment. You can make as many garments as it takes to use each piece from your bund