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Made by a Fabricista: The Baby Bump and the ITY Dress

Hey there fabric lovers!  You've seen my toddler, Cheeks, around here a few times, but I may not be as familiar.  Well, I've got another little muffin in the hopper and I've got nothing to wear:  and so I've been sewing up some maternity goodness!


This dress is a great one:  it's Simplicity 1469, and is great for both mamas-to-be and mamas-to-new-babies because it has both belly room AND nursing access.  Win-win!  The Simplicity version is out-of-print now, but never fear:  it was a reissue of Megan Nielsen's Amber dress and top.


I swore when I received this fabric that I had specifically ordered it (I really thought it had the typical Fabric Mart order sticker on it), but I could not find any mention of it on my recent invoices.  Since then I have sussed out that this magical panel ITY poly knit was part of a fabric bundle I'd received. Yes, I got something in a random bundle that I liked so much I was sure I'd ordered it.  Thumbs up!


If you want to pu…

Made by a Fabricista: Comfy and Cute

The fall season is definitely upon us and the winter is quickly approaching. During these chilly/cold months I love to feel comfy and warm but I still want to look casual chic. Lets face it - the comfiest outfits aren't always cute. Thankfully McCalls released M7688 just it time to provide four different "fashionable" takes on the cozy, winter staple - the sweatshirt. I will likely make all of these views but I started with View E, the drawstring tunic.



I've found the type of sweatshirt fleece that is used in retail wear is difficult to find by the yard. I've order sweatshirt fleece online before that had no stretch - a huge NO GO - for me. Locally a big box store offers a sweater fleece that I find has stretch but is very thick, to thick for practical wear in the south. I decided to give this Candy Red Sweatshirt Fleece a try as it listed 40% stretch and light/medium weight. It has a knit right side and a soft fleece wrong side. I'm very pleased with it as …

Made by a Fabricista: Chambray Button Up

Hi there Fabric Mart Fabricistas!  My name is Teresa and this is my first time posting here...I am so thrilled to be blogging with Fabric Mart!  When I started poking around at the fabrics available on the Fabric Mart site I immediately started my search with the chambrays.  My ready to wear chambray shirt died recently (after wearing it for many years) so it was time to replace it!


I landed on this beautiful light blue denim chambray and it is perfect!  I went to my tried and true pattern, the Grainline Studio Archer Button Up.  I love the casual fit of this button up pattern.  I've sewn this pattern many, many times and always love the results!


This was the first time I used a sleeve tower placket on the archer button up.  The archer instructions have you make a tiny little sleeve placket, which works great, but I much prefer the look of these tower plackets!  I grabbed the pattern piece from another sewing pattern, and it worked perfectly!


I also drafted the breast pockets.  I…

Made by a Fabricista: Kimono and Jacket for Fall in Florida!

"I hope that my daughter grows up empowered and doesn't define herself by the way she looks but by qualities that make her an intelligent, strong and responsible woman."  Isaiah Mustafa
I am all about the palm trees and the 80 degrees. I am in love with Florida weather and would not trade it for the snow and frigid cold.  I have been lucky the last few years to be able to wear summer type clothing most of the year.  Even though it doesn't snow here, once in a while we get to dress up in sweaters and boots when the temperature drops to the low 40s.  Lucky for my daughter and I, we get to wear kimonos, light weight jackets and sweaters during the fall season.

My daughter fell in love with my pink kimono (here) and insisted that I make a mini size version.   She actually wanted a light weight rayon kimono and jacket made for her birthday.


She loves when we dress up in similar colors or matching prints.  On the first of the month, she is  carefully searching for fabric an…

Made By A Fabricista: A Wool Grey Coat

Hi Fashionistas!

Is it just me or is time moving faster than ever? I am in denial that it has been one month since I shared my last sewing adventure with you!

Trying to stay comfortable and fashionable during pregnancy has been challenging, but I am determined to make the best of maternity fashions and look chic while dealing with sleep deprivation, heartburn, and fatigue!

Here is what I made: A soft drapey waterfall coat that can be worn three ways:

First way to wear this coat: Draped, with either the right or wrong side of the fabric showing:


I wanted to make something that  I can wear for the remainder of my pregnancy, and also be able to wear it after, without having to make any alterations. I decided to go with a drapey, unstructured coat that would be fashionable, yet effortless, but most importantly functional. I am always cold and wanted something warm and cozy.



Second way to wear this coat: This is my least favorite and I don't plan on wearing it like this, but I thought I w…