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Made by a Fabricista: It's Cape Time!

Hey there!  It's been a while, but I'm Jess, and I'm back with some more maternity-able garment delight for you.



When planning this project I originally had another pattern in mind; the Butterick 6301 maternity and baby wearing coat. But once I got this beautiful cashmere/wool coating in my hands, I felt like the silhouette of the coat just didn't do it justice.



 When Vogue released their Holiday 2017 patterns, I saw 9288 and I knew...

 ...I knew it had to be mine.  By that point I'd already gotten the fabric for the coat, and by some sewing miracle I had JUST enough to make the medium length cape (3 3/4 yards, which is exactly what view B calls for with 60" fabric).  Destiny, amirite?

But, a cape?  In cold, cold Wisconsin?  Is that really a good choice?  We'll just say I'm often way too practical in my sewing and I have wanted to try sewing a cape for YEARS, but the thought of time put into a not-oft-worn garment has always stopped me.

That said, I…

Made by a Fabricista: A Blouson Bodysuit

Happy New Year! Did you spend some of your holiday break sewing? I did! Though, as usual, I didn't complete everything on my "To-Sew" list. I enjoyed every minute with family and friends...and my sewing machine. I hope by now you're back in the groove because 2018 is already in full swing.


I've have been so excited about the bodysuit trend, but it took a while for me to find the right bodysuit pattern. When Simplicity released 8513 I thought "woohoo! This is it!". I loved all the options especially the bell sleeve, wrap bodice and mock neck.


However, after I sewed up View B, I realized I don't (currently at least) have a bodysuit body. LOL In my opinion my tummy is a little too big right now to rock it. Which really sucks, not because I'm carrying a few (ok ten) extra pounds from the holidays - I still love my body - but because I really wanted to rock a bodysuit. I love bodysuits because tees and sweaters have a tendency to ride up when you sit…

Made by a Fabricista: Light Skinny Jeans

This winter I have had a major hole in my wardrobe, jeans! I decided in December that I would sew three pairs of jeans at the same time. I've found that sewing things in pairs (or in this case a group of three) is actually faster than if I sew the same pattern at separate times.This time I sewed two pairs of Ginger Jeans and one pair of Morgan Jeans. Here are my ginger jeans in a light denim, which I have been looking to buy for ages!

Fabric mart had the perfect light blue stretch denim in stock a couple months ago, but unfortunately it has sold out! Actually, this is the wrong side of the fabric. You can see from this photo above when I cuff my jeans, the right side of the fabric is a bolder blue color, but when I received the fabric in the mail the back side of the fabric was exactly the color of denim I had been on the hunt for!

The Ginger Jeans pattern is a great pattern to jump into the world of jeans sewing. Before I began sewing my own jeans, I thought sewists that made th…

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Fever

I have been dreaming of Spring since the weather changed here in South Florida to the low 40s and 50s a few days this week which is cold for us.  After grabbing some great Spring color pre-cut fabric right after the holidays a few weeks ago on sale at Fabric Mart, I decided that sewing for Fall/Winter must come to an end even though we have a few months left. We do not get snow here in South Florida, but this winter, we have had a few days where the temperature dropped to the low 40s and 50s. Living in Florida, our typical temperature during the month of January and February ranges from the low 50s to the high 70s which is perfect for this maxi dress.


Being pretty tall, more than the average size woman, (5 feet 10 inches) with a small upper body and a pear shape body type, it is very difficult to find ready to wear maxi dresses that can be worn with heels that fits just right. I wanted to hack one of my favorite summer dress pattern Simplicity 8124 and create an elastic waist maxi dres…

Made By A Fabricista: Receiving Blankets for Baby Boy

HI Fashionistas!

I am just one month away from my due date and this week I am working on getting my hospital bag ready and wrapping up any loose ends to be best prepared for when baby arrives.

I made a receiving blanket with a beautiful blue seersucker on one side and a soft flannel on the other side. It is such an easy DIY and I documented the steps to took to make this super simple DIY. Then I could not stop myself and made a second one with this fishbone embroidered seersucker.




Arent these so cute?

Here is what the flannel side looks like, which is soft and would face the babe


This is how I made the blanket:

I started with one yard of this seersucker fabric and this flannel fabric. The flannel is a shirting fabric. It is so soft and thick enough to be perfect for the blanket.


Step 1: I folded the fabric selvage to selvage, chopped it off along the fold and used one piece, and then trimmed down the edges to make sure it was a rectable with straight edges.   I cut the seersucker fabr…