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Made by a Fabricista: Denim Jumpsuit

I don't recall exactly where, but I came across this romper/jumpsuit line drawing online and was instantly attracted to it. It looked to be a McCalls pattern (can you tell I own too many patterns?), but certainly not one that was released in the last 4 years since I've been sewing. Thanks to the awesome ladies in the McCalls Facebook group (join here) who discovered the drawing belong to McCalls 6362.


When I finally got a look at the pattern envelope I realized that this pattern looked a little dated, which explains why I couldn't find it on McCalls website. I'm not sure when it was released but it is definitely OOP. Thankfully I was able to find it for sale on Etsy and quickly placed my order. 

This pattern is a good example of not judging a book by its cover, had I seen the envelope I certainly would have passed on it. The line drawing of View C looks currently, minus the lower leg cargo pocket. I also like the halter of View D.

Before I had the pattern info I was s…

Made by a Fabricista: Wide Leg Linen Pants

Summer is on us here in Florida.  Have the warm temperatures come to you yet? With the hot temps all I can think about is summer sewing. And synonymous with summer sewing is linen!

I am so excited to share these new wide leg linen pants with you! I feel like I have been hit or miss on getting pants to fit my body well, but these pants fit exactly the way I had envisioned!



Before I talk about the pattern, let me tell you a bit about the fabric. Fabric Mart has a large selection of linen, and for these pants, I specifically looked at the designer quality linen. This linen is dreamy. It has great drape, it is a great weight for tops or bottoms, and it is comfortable to wear! I snapped a picture of me walking to help you see the beautiful movement this fabric has!

Fabric Mart no longer has the black designer linen in stock, but I love so many of the other colors, especially this Paprika!




Okay, on to the pattern. These are the Lander Pants Pattern by True Bias. The Lander Pants is a high …

Made by a Fabricista: Summer Blues

Here comes SUMMER!!

Happy Saturday! I am so excited about Memorial weekend and a mini getting away for a few days.  It has been raining all week and my plans to go the beach was ruined. I have 13more work days and I am counting down by the hour.  Being an educator is so rewarding and honestly, one of the perks is I look forward to is my summer break with my children. Over the last few months, I have really spent time understanding my lower body measurements with a focus on the fit of pants, shorts, and culotte just in time for Summer.

The last 3 months I have been working on learning how to make adjustments to pants and shorts patterns based on my body type.
I have always wanted to make linen shorts that are perfect for these hot summer days that can be dressed up or down.  I had cut these a few months ago and finally took an hour to sew them up. These for sure are beginner friendly and  I honestly love the fit of this pattern and the minor adjustment needed.  After measuring the patt…

Made By A Fabricista: Birthday Skirt in Red!

HI Fashionistas!

The month of May is a month of celebration for me and my family. We celebrated my birthday and Mothers Day this past weekend, and my husband and I will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary this week.

So for the month of May, I sewed up a voluminous pleated circle skirt in a beautiful red shirting fabric. Here it is:



Initially, I had planned on creating a high low dramatic hemline, and that is what I was planning on wearing until mid of last week. But after trying it on, it felt very heavy and was not too flattering on me, so I chopped it off to an even hemline about 19 inches from the bottom of the waistband to get this look.

The skirt is completely self-drafted and I will talk about that more in this post.  Here is the back view:





A bit obsessed with these owl earrings lately..

I drafted the waistband for the skirt 1first. It is basically a rectangle. For the length, I used my waist measurement, plus 1/2 inch ease, plus an extra 1 inch for seam allowance (since …

Made By A Fabricista: Ice Dying Linen

Spring sewing is happening everywhere and I have finally broke out the linen to make what I think is a fun top.


Have you checked out FM's fantastic linen selection?  It is such nice quality and I have made numerous garments from it.  This time, however, I wanted to start with simple white and see what happened when I used a process of ice dying.



Do you try embellishing fabric?  I like to but hesitate so much.  I've done some ice-dying before and decided that linen is perfect because it is a natural fiber and I just love linen.  


So, I deviated from the instructions, slightly.  You should wet your fabric prior to the process, however since I wanted to use just one color of dye, I thought I would try putting the fabric in dry.  Had the weather been much, much warmer, this might have worked.  

Let's back up a bit.  The directions don't mention this, but honestly if you are relying on the ice melt as a means to dye your fabric, it is best to ice dye when the weather is wa…