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Made by a Fabricista: Fall Denim Jumpsuit

I love a jumpsuit! Second to dresses, I think jumpsuits are my favorite item to sew. One piece outfits just make life easier. Plus jumpsuits are great for transitional months as you can layer them with a jacket or over a long sleeve shirt. And since I'm moving to fall sewing this jumpsuit was a timely sew.



I ordered this Aegean Blue Rayon/Tencel Chambray with plans to sew Simplicity 8214 but then debated switching to either McCalls 7577 or Simplicity 8426. So I did what I usually do when I have a sewing dilemma, I went to Instagram (if you don't follow me you should- TipStitched) and took a poll. Overwhelmingly the response was in favor of S8426!


I love denim (or any fabric that has a denim look) and this chambray has a beautiful medium wash denim coloring. It feels great and is lightweight without being see-thru. It also has a crispness to it, thought I suppose that will soften with wear and washing. Though the raw edges did need to be finish it did not fray terribly while s…

Made By A Fabricista: My New Favorite Fall Wool Coat

Hi- 

Hope all is well!  Well it’s that time of year again...fall wardrobe time!  Or shall I say “sewing up” your fall wardrobe time?  I have been busy sewing up as much as I can, before I miss out on the cooler temperatures coming our way in Las Vegas.  One "to sew" item on my list is a coat; therefore, when I saw this canary yellow wool melton coating (although I refer to this as "mustard-colored") from Fabric Mart, I jumped at the opportunity to get some of it.  Right away, I knew I wanted to make Simplicity 8469.  I like a few views of this pattern, but with this fabric I chose to make View A. I must say this is a relatively easy coat pattern to sew and I enjoyed making it.


This is my first time sewing with wool melton and the texture reminds me of felt.I wasn’t sure how to pre-treat this fabric, so initially, I pressed and gave it a good steam.As I was doing this, a lot of lint was coming off the fabric.



Then it occurred to me that if I put the fabric in the dryer…

Q&A: Meet Our Newest Fabricista, Marica!

Winner of the 2017 Fabricista Fashion Challenge!


Marica is a simple island girl, born in Jamaica and raised in Miami, Florida. She enjoys the gift of motherhood with her pair Aiden and Arielle.  Her passion is to touch lives whether in the classroom as an educator or inspiring someone to live in the moment. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her children, traveling, sewing and self expression through writing. 
What is your day job? My 9 to 5 is in the field of education.  I am currently a Middle Grade Mathematics teacher.  I am also a contributor for the Outlook Magazine - Jamaica Gleaner (here).
What is your dream job?
My dream career is to become a travel journalist.  I truly enjoy traveling, writing and learning about difference cultures.
What do you sew in your sewing room?



I love to make simple, chic garments for my daughter and me.  I hope to start sewing for son as well.  In addition to making clothes, I have a passion for simple DIY projects, making pillow cov…

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 w…