Monday, December 31, 2018

Made by A Fabricista: A Little Black Velvet Dress For the Holidays!

Poly/silk black velvet dress made with pattern New Look 6049

Hi everybody! I hope you are having wonderful Holidays, taking some time off and spending quality time with family and friends (and sewing too, of course)!

For me, the Holidays also mean that there must be some sparkle in some way, somewhere, and when I saw this fantastic poly/silk velvet on FM's website I knew it was my ticket for that little black dress!

I ordered this fabric as soon as I saw it and created this dress for my December 25th gig I had in a very nice hotel in the beautiful region of Charlevoix, Quebec. I was there to perform a set of jazzy Christmas classics, and the audience is mainly tourists, couples as well as families with kids; they all gather in the restaurant and enjoy the jazz while having a drink or having dinner by the fire. I thought a little black dress would be unfussy to wear, and would be chic without being too formal.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Evergreen Coat

Can you believe 2019 is just three days away?! 2018 seemed both long and short to me. The saying "the days are long, but the years are short comes to mind".


During this time most of us look back over the year and the reassess the goals we set back in January. I always set new sewing goals every year. I never complete everything on my sewing list, but I'm glad I was able to squeeze this coat out before the new year rings in.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Winter Everyday Chic

Hi all! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and good times with family this past month! Today I'm talking about some Winter everyday chic pieces I've made up in this cool mint boiled wool and rose gold sequined fabric.

colorblocked boiled wool coat

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Made By A Fabricista: Floral Pants for Winter

Hi Fashionistas!

I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Last month I made a pencil skirt with this floral fabric. I had enough leftover fabric to sew up another pair of pants. I re-used my favorite pants pattern, Burda 7122.  This pattern is out of print but can be found online.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Sequins and Lace Holiday Affair

Happy Holiday Loves!

Can you believe 2018 is almost over? This year has been an amazing journey! I have met so many talented sew sisters, crafters, and fashionistas across the globe via my monthly Fabric Mart post.  In 2018 I gained confidence in my sewing skills, took risks and even had some failures along the way. 2019 I am so ready and excited to take on new challenges and stretch beyond my comfort zone.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Ready for the New Year


Surprise!  I just posted last week, and usually go two months between posts, but I just had to share with you one more thing before the end of the year.  I thought I would sew up something a little dressier than my usual fare- something that could be great for a New Year's Eve soiree!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Showing Some Kimono Love!

Sometimes other sewists and their amazing garments are the best inspiration!  I knew I wanted to finally jump on the Kimono craze, but wasn't sure how to go about it.  Until....I saw this gorgeous fabric!  


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Made by a Fabricista: Easy Holiday Tops from Wool Knits


Happy December everyone!  It's the time of year for celebrations.  It's sometimes tough to dress for parties because the temperature can vary so much.  Will it be below zero or 60 degrees outside?  I've found a solution- wool knits!  They are remarkably good at keeping you warm when it's chilly, but somehow are not so warm that you break out in a sweat if you find yourself at a rather warm cocktail party.  I have found that that these are not at all itchy for me to wear- just super soft and smooth.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Made By A Fabricista: Layering Basics


Hi Fabricistas! I am loving the recent dip in our temperatures where I live and I hope you are enjoying the seasonal weather in your neck of the woods.  I am a huge fan of layering, especially cardigans and long sleeve tops.  I recently came across an article that mentioned fashion designers are tending toward layering as a visual cue that people are trying to protect themselves from harsh cultural and social climates.  Just a fact of interest, and I wish I remembered where I read it but it stuck with me and I think there must be some truth to the idea.  I know I definitely layer because its comfy and soothing.