Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Made By A Fabricista: Mommy and Me in Vibrant Florals!

Hi Fashionistas:

I hope you are well and enjoying the cooler temperatures of fall.  I truly enjoyed watching the Fabric Mart sewing challenge in the month of September and did quite some sewing myself!

My latest project has been this beautiful dress for my darling daughter and a shawl for me to match.





The fabric I ordered was this one. It is sold by the panel and I got 3 panels.  They only have 8 panels left as I type this. The fabric is a shantung and was so lovely to work with. 

For Jasmines dress, I drafted a bodice and free handed the skirt. The bodice is self-lined, but on the inside of the bodice, I used the wrong side of the fabric as the correct side, as it is much softer and acted as lining. The skirt is unlined. 



Now moving on to what I made for myself. I am that person that is always cold. Initially, I had decided to make a chunky cowl neck using a sweater knit and adding a panel of the fabric to it, but I ended up with a shawl, which is actually a lot more practical as I will get a lot more use out of it. 


For my shawl. I used some leftover fabric I had from this dress I made a long time ago. 

The shawl is basically a rectangle with a panel of the shantung topstitched on. The four sides of the sweater knit are serged. 


I haven't shared this on my blog yet, energy has been limited, but I am expecting my 2nd little munchkin in February! Here he is making his debut!



Here are the back of out garments and her side view



I'm always going to cherish these mommy and me moments with Jazz. I started sewing for her when she was one, I cannot believe she is already four! As a mum, you always feel like you are missing out.. I am pretty certain I will be an old lady one day with a lot of handmade girl clothes I am never able to give away. 


Well, I hope you enjoyed spending some time with me and reading about my sewing adventures. Hope all is well in your world. That you are happy and peaceful and that you are enjoying the feeling of fall. I am looking forward to making my next project. Thinking of an unstructured drapey coat. And you? Let me know what you are working on next!

XOXO- Vatsla from Fashion Behind The Seams




Saturday, October 14, 2017

Made by a Fabricista: Wearing Red This Winter

The minute I saw this red wool melton on Fabric Mart's site, I knew I had to make another winter coat.  It's only October, but with cold weather rapidly approaching, the sooner I started making this, the better.


Last year, I used a mustardy colored wool melton to make a duffle-type coat, and it was so wonderful to sew with that I went for the same type of fabric for this make.  There is still some of this candy-apple red wool available and some other colors as well.  http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Candy-Red-Wool-Polyester-Melton-Coating-58W.html



I was a tad bit worried: this coat has six bound button holes and with the thickness of this fabric, I wondered how they'd turn out.  I practiced several and found they worked perfectly with this fabric.  Just take your time and sew carefully and you'll get a good result.



Yes, those are real working bound button holes on the cuff!


What good is a winter coat with a boring lining?  I want to liven up my winter and choose this dark brown, polka-dot fabric by Maggy London.  It is sold out now, but I believe it was a silk blend.  It was really nice to cut out and sew together.   Sorry that photo is blurry, but you get the idea!



Don't be afraid of using a heavier weight wool for your winter outerwear.  My Viking has zero issues sewing this.



Here is a link to the pattern I used: Vogue 1562




Thanks for reading!

Sue from Ilove2sew!

Enjoy the action shots!







Monday, October 9, 2017

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Beach Vacation



Its become our family tradition to escape to the South Carolina coast for fall break and I LOVE it- the crowds are next to non-existent, the weather isn't scorching and I get a great excuse to squeeze in just a few last summer sewing projects!   




For this trip I knew I wanted a breezy and beautiful dress to go out on a belated anniversary date and when I spotted this Tori Richards palm tree print I knew it would be a perfect choice!  

South Carolina is called the Palmetto State and there is even a Palmetto tree on their state flag.  My parents are from South Carolina and I spent a lot of my summers visiting that coastline so there's a lot of sentimentality wrapped up in my choice of this gorgeous fabric.  





One question/concern I always have when choosing a rayon challis is "wonder if it is see-through?"  Or better yet, "Am I going to have to line this dress?"  As you can see from these pictures it is not see-through.  The bodice is lined but the skirt is not.  The fabric is pretty opaque and still maintains a wonderfully soft and substantial feel.  I have sewn with a lot of challis and some are thinner and the weave can be somewhat loose, however the weave on this challis is neither of those things!

Challis can be tricky to sew with and many times I have to let the challis dictate which pattern I choose.  I used McCall's 7595 for this dress and it paired well with the fabric.  I will eventually review this pattern on my blog and I had to make a few changes to get the bodice to fit properly.  I have a really small rib cage around my under bust which made for a few challenges.  

In general I love a breezy maxi dress like this one, what is there not to love- you fit the bodice and the rest of the garment just hangs.  Forget about fussing with a sway back or grading out the hips- there is no need because of all that gorgeous flowy challis.


Now I just HAD to pose in front of this Palmetto tree, you simply can't go to the South Carolina coast with a dress like this and NOT pose in front of a Palmetto!!





I am always chilly in restaurants so when choosing to make this dress I also decided to make a light weight jacket to go along.  Although I paired my two makes when out on our date I also wore the jacket with another dress I made for our trip. 


For the jacket I used a wonderfully soft rayon/tencel chambray.  There's still a good deal in stock and I have to say that this is a great weight for a shirt.  Its surprisingly light weight for a chambray and draped well.  I went back and forth on whether I should make a wrap jacket or a more traditional button up.  Either would have been great but I landed on Vogue 8926 since it could be worn as a jacket or a top.

Another thought I had for this fabric which would be equally awesome is this pair of wide leg cropped pants or McCalls 6885.  All of these options would transition into your fall wardrobe beautifully!
     

 The fabric did tend to want to fray some, but not excessively so, just enough that I tried to serge every seam to be sure the jacket would withstand a lot of wearing and washing.  I made a few modifications to the pattern to get this look and I love the look that these changes lend.

One of the most time consuming was to add rows of stitching all around the jacket, concentrating mostly on the front.  I also added the same rows of stitching to the ties, which I made belt carriers for and tied in the back when it wasn't tied around the front.  Another change was to give this top side splits.  I think it helped break up the look of the jacket and make it appear more jacket-like.   


This is the kind of topper I love to have in my closet, its neutral and goes with just about every loud printed dress I own.  Its also great either tied or left to hang open and frame the print on a cute dress.  This dress is McCalls 6886 and the fabric was a Julie's pick last year.  It was labeled a "techno knit" and I believe its probably very close to being a scuba knit, just a little thinner.  It packed and wore like a champ, no wrinkles no fuss.


You can be sure that I will wear this jacket a lot this fall.  I plan on wearing it as a top with cute skirts and also with work pants and jeans.  I love a wrap anything and am really excited get this one in the fall rotation.  


We had a great time at the beach, I can't wait to go back, and I loved wearing all of my recent makes.  Now that I have my beach trip out of my system I think I can probably focus on fall sewing!  I am already planning and perusing the Fabric Mart site for some great fall pieces, how about you? 

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
Elizabeth

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Made by a Fabricista: Pieces of Plaids & a Few Ruffles

[This dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]


Hello All, it's good to be back. How about the competition? The ladies all did a great job and I want to welcome Marcia to the team! So I am getting back in the mix with a few pieces of plaid and a few other prints. Now you guys know how I am with the mixing of the prints and with is s wild one right here. I mixed the two plaids with a stripe and a little flower power. [Flower print not from Fabric mart and I couldn't find the stripe fabric online]

             
Now I'm going to let you guys in on my thought process with this dress.  I ordered two prints that could go together and then I ordered two prints that you would never think to put with these plaid prints. I did not let myself think about how they did not match I was just going to use all four  prints.
I had already chosen the pattern for the project McCall's 7537, which was a few different views but I was going with view  B. Once I nailed down the prints for each part, there was no turning back.

That's the thing when mixing prints, you have to commit and stay on course, it works out most of the time and some times it doesn't. I like this crazy little dress, it reminds me of an old fashioned barmaid's dress, it just doesn't have the corset. 


My changes or additions:

  • I added bias tape to the collar facing and to the  neck ruffles, which makes them stand out as opposed to laying down. I like the way they stand up  but Mori, not so much, she said it reminds her of a clown. [She said I need to remove the ruffles.] 
  • I did not add the loops for the lace -up front because the ruffles was enough, so it's pretty low cut. 
  • I removed 3 inches from the skirt and added a little ruffle at the bottom, so it's a little shorter that the original length. 

Also getting into the dress was a little on the tight side, it has no zipper in the back but on the left side under the arm. We had to get one shoulder in and finagle to get the other. Mori had broad shoulders but I thought with the open neckline that would make it easier. That's one thing that I do not like about a fitted dress with a zipper under the arm, you may have trouble getting it over your head and shoulders.




 

 



Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about mixing prints!
Also my magazine that I am publishing " Sewn Magazine" will be released on Nov 6th and we are taking orders now! This is a physical magazine. Make sure you get your copy today!


Order a copy HERE

Thanks for watching! Michelle @ www.thatblackchic.com


Monday, October 2, 2017

Fabricista Fashion Challenge 5 Winner Announcement!!

Wow! We were blown away by these Fabricistas -- they all really pushed themselves to make a great fitting pair of jeans and are so proud of their accomplishments. I think everyone can relate to these ladies -- tried making jeans, had bad results and put the project away never to be seen again. But they were pushed to try it again and wow, the jeans turned out amazing! 

No matter how the challenge came out in the end, these ladies should be praised for their accomplishments. Great job!!

Let's see how the final challenge went:

Grand Prize winner:
Marica from Overdrive - Life After 30 -- you are the grand prize winner of the Fabricista Fashion Challenge!!! 
She has won a 6-month spot on our Fabricista blog, $25 a month for one year to spend on fabric at FabricMartFabrics.com, a Julie's Picks Membership. (A $350 value with media exposure.) PLUS special prizes from the judges - her choice of any one pattern from Closet Case Patterns and a jeans making kit for her next pair of jeans! She will also receive Angela Wolf's Delila pattern.

We will have a bio/Q&A post the 3rd Saturday in October and then her first official blog post will be November 18th!

The second place winner is: Carmen from See Carmen Sew!

She has won a $100 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a 2018 Julie's Picks membership. (A $150 value.)

The third place winner is: Danesha from Classyfied Life

She has won a $50 gift certificate to spend at Fabric Mart, plus a 2018 Julie's Picks membership. (A $100 value.) 

Again, congratulations to all these ladies as well as other ladies who participated throughout the entire challenge! I hope it really "challenged" you to push the limits with your sewing and try new things!


Before we wrap up this year's Fashion Challenge, we have to pick a winner in our Reader Participation challenge. All participants were found on Instagram.

Congratulations to Fiddlenstitch! You have won a special gift from Angela Wolf Designs and Closet Case Patterns - any one pattern of your choice from Closet Case Patterns and a jeans making kit for your next pair of jeans and the Delila pattern from Angela Wolf.


Here are some of the other entries:


 Left: TheTellTaleTasha; Right: dnsdcksn5

 Both photos: SewSinCityBlog

Great job ladies and thank you so much for participating!!

That's a wrap! Thank you to all our readers, participants and judges. I love that we can get together as a sewing community for some fun and to challenge eachother to try new things. 

Now that the challenge is over, we'll be getting back into the groove of our regular Fabricista bloggers. They have had some well deserved time off on the blog! You'll see some familiar faces in the coming months, but you'll also see a few new faces (including Marica from this challenge!) Stay tuned for those newcomers to the blog. (Most of them you will see in November.) 

Happy Sewing!
Julie