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Made by a Fabricista: Floral Shantung Dirndl Skirt (Simplicity 8211)

Hi, all!  Happy September!

I always am in a bit of a bind in late August and early September when it comes to sewing.  I am always excited to have the chance to make something lovely and fresh for the new school year (I teach full time), but because setting up a classroom and getting all manner of things together for the start of the school year is tough at best, I often can't get my sewing mojo on.  That said, this year I decided to go for it with a very unique fabric and a very simple pattern.  The two together check two boxes--it's a showstopper AND it's an easy make.  Bam!

It also happens to be a dirndl skirt, and because I am of German heritage (my mother is half German, and my grandmother was born and raised in Berlin), I actually have dirndls and wear dirndls!  (Every chance I get I am at a German festival or an Oktoberfest--typically in the dirndls that were passed down to me.)  I decided that I need a handmade dirndl of my own, but I chose to make my first as a d…

Meet Vivian, Our Newest Fabric Mart Fabricista!

Everyone meet Vivian, also known in the sewing world as Vivmom. She is our newest Fabricista! Vivian will be sharing her makes on her YouTube channel & we will be sharing them with you here as well. Before we get to watching her first make, we thought we would share a quick Q&A...
1.) Tell us a bit about yourself...
My name is Vivian and I'm a mom of 3, hence my user name Vivmom. I've been married to Brad for 34 years, we live outside of Washington, DC. I home schooled my kids and two have graduated from college with honors, the last has just graduated high school. Now I've got free time to sew!

2.) How did you get started on YouTube?
I started my YouTube channel in June of 2018, at the encouragement of my kids. I believed that maybe 50 people might see it, kind family members and some friends. No one is more surprised than I am about the response to Vivmom Sews. It has been the most gratifying experience and I have met absolutely sterling people along the way.

3.) W…

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Travel Separates

For my September post, I wanted to make a mini travel wardrobe.  Something I could pack for a couple of days, take a jacket if necessary, and mix and match.  I think I succeeded!

I chose four fabrics and decided to create a skirt, pants, sweater, and top. I chose easy to make garments as I didn't want anything fussy or that would require a lot of pressing.  For me, fussy construction means lots of pressing later on.  Anyone else feel that way?

Made by a Fabricista: Fun with Stripes

Happy September! I'm definitely ready for cooler weather and I am starting my fall sewing with this little striped top in an unusual color combo of black, cream, clay and mint green.  I used this Milly fabric.

Made by a Fabricista: Mama and Me Tie Dye

Hey all!  Back again to share some Mama and me goodness.  This time with both of my kiddos!


This tie dyed fabric is a soft, lovely Rayon/Lycra Jersey.  It's unfortunately sold out, but you can find tons of similar options here!  The opacity felt sufficient for the tiny garments, but I was a little concerned it might be a bit too sheer for my own dress, so I lined in another light blue Rayon/Lycra Jersey, like this.

Made by a Fabricista: Deer & Doe + Chambray

Summer endures here in Colorado, so I went for something nice and cool for this month's post.  I'm trying out Deer & Doe's spin on the classic shirtdress in this ultra soft cotton chambray and a bonus dress for my daughter.

Deer & Doe Bleuet

When I saw this denim chambray go up on Fabric Mart, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to make it into a Deer & Doe Bleuet.  I love the classic shirtdress look of it and that tiny collar is so darn cute.  Bleuet is not in stock at the moment, but here are the other Deer & Doe options if you're like me and curious about this indie company.

Made by a Fabricista: Cool, Comfy, Slim Fit Pants

Happy Saturday All!
My summer break has officially come to an end and I am super excited to start a NEW school year.  I have been given the opportunity to teach 2 elective creative classes and yes, I plan to include sewing.  I am overjoyed about this new challenge and can't wait to share my passion for sewing with my students. Now let's get to the point!


Made By A Fabricista: Two twill suiting sheath dresses (Vogue DKNY 1809)

Hello everyone! I usually gravitate towards fit and flare silhouettes when it comes to dresses, but this time I decided to fill a blank in my wardrobe and make myself sheath dresses!
I digged into the marvelous Milly collection again and selected two twill suitings for my August makes. When I saw them 'in person', I thought they would lend themselves well to that type of dress plus, as a bonus, I think those 2 sheath dresses will transition well into the cooler season ahead!

Made by a Fabricista: Early Fall Separates

Hi all!  This time of year, I start my fall sewing.  I love the fall colors with the rich darker tones and the not so vivid florals. 


Made by a Fabricista: Lace and Flowers for a Wedding

Have you tried out any of the Milly designer fabrics yet?  I had not heard of Milly, but really liked the colors in this print and thought it would be perfect for a wedding that I am attending in Germany.  The wedding will be in a very old church, and the bride chose blue as the wedding color scheme, so I wanted something with blue in it.   When I received the fabric, I actually gasped- it is probably the prettiest fabric I've ever worked with!

The type of fabric was unfamiliar to me- it was very heavy and fully interfaced on the back.  I quickly googled Milly's creations, and found this...

Made by a Fabricista: McCall's 7969 in Crinkle Challis

Happy Summer Fabricistas!  I am so thrilled to share this dress with you, I LOVE it, I NEEDED it, I plan on wearing it A LOT!

Made by a Fabricista: Mama and Me Voile

Hello my fabric loving friends!  I can't even believe it's almost August...where has this Summer gone?


Today I bring you some Mama and Me goodness, sewn up from some delicious cotton voile.  Nothing says Summer dressing comfort quite like voile, right?  This particular print has sold out, but I'd mostly definitely have chosen this voile in its stead.

Made by a Fabricista: Summer Separates Mini-Collection

Linen is a go to fabric for me, especially in these sweltering summer months, and gingham is one of my favorite patterns so when I saw this navy gingham linen I got excited (Sorry, this one has sold out!). I decided to make separates for once so I also grabbed this solid navy linen (Still in stock!). Originally I was thinking about a top and some wide leg pants, but then switched to Mimi's summer release - Simplicity 8927. Since all the views requires 2 yards or less I figured why not squeeze out a couple of more pieces for a collection.

Made by a Fabricista: Swimsuits

Happy summer! This is my absolutely favorite season of the year! I love the unscheduled, unplanned downtime that goes hand and hand with summer. I love the extra hours of fun I get to spend with the family! And I love the beach! Last week our family went to Marco Island, Florida and I was so excited to make a handful of swimsuits for my daughter and myself! I used the Megan Nielsen Cottesloe pattern to mix and match a whole new swimsuit wardrobe!

Made by a Fabricista: Classic Ponte Knit Pieces!

Happy Saturday All!
I am so over this heat here in South Florida!  The humidity and the high temperature feels like 100+ degrees each day.  I can't wait for Fall so that I can truly enjoy the cooler temperatures.
Whenever Fabric Mart has designer ponte knit fabric in stock and on sale, I grab as many yards as I am allowed to.  I absolutely love sewing with ponte knit versus other knits as the stability and structure are perfect for my personal taste (See my previous Fabric Mart post using ponte knit here and here).

Made by a Fabricista: Playing With Border Prints

If you've searched through FM's gorgeous selections like I have, you'll notice so many fun border prints.  I love border prints.  The can make a simple dress/top look so boutique like.  


Made by a Fabricista: The Night and Day Dresses!

Hi everybody, I just love wearing dresses during summertime! For this month's post I was supposed to post only one project, but finally decided to play with two gorgeous fabrics Fabric Mart has currently in stock. Here am I with 2 looks created from the same pattern: one dress for night time and one dress for daytime!

Made by a Fabricista: Diana Tank Swimsuit and a Milly Floral Swim Fabric!

I am always excited for summer.  It is definitely my favorite season.  I am done teaching, I can relax in the day at the pool with my kids and friends, I can swim as many laps as I want, and I can enjoy wearing bright colors and less clothing than I have to in the winter.  I typically make sundresses in the summer, but this summer I wanted to challenge myself to another swimsuit make.  When I saw this gorgeous Milly swimsuit fabric for sale at Fabric Mart, I knew I had a plan (sold out, but this Milly swim fabric is gorgeous, too).  Pairing this fabric with the Diana Tank Swimsuit by Jalie was also a no brainer.

Made by a Fabricista: Summer's Hottest Pattern

New patterns are released all the time by the big four as well as indie pattern makers. Several go virtually unnoticed but sometimes there's a hot new pattern that takes over the social media sewing community. A couple of years back it was Vogue 9253, remember that? (If not, maybe this will jog your memory.) Well this summer the viral pattern seems to be the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory. I feel like literally every sewist has sewn a version of this jumpsuit and for good reason this jumpsuit features no closures making it a breeze to sew and wear!

Made by a Fabricista: Peachskin duo for summer

Once upon a time I had a beautiful drapey skirt.  It was out of poly chiffon, it was peach and it floated on the wind.  It was the stuff of magic, but as things sometimes happen to be, it wore itself out.


 I blame the summer ground, my sandaled feet and also some extra style lines in the skirt that put stress on the seams of that not so sturdy chiffon.  Since that sad day when my skirt bit the dust, I've wanted to replace it, and maybe future proof the next one.

Past skirt, meet version 2.0 in peachskin.

Peachskin skirt: modified Burda Easy Fall/Winter 2014, 3D I originally meant to make 2 versions of this skirt from the Fall/Winter 2014 Burda Easy.  For it, I chose this tiger orange peachskin print and this fern green geometric peachskin print.  But when the fabrics came in the mail, I decided to branch out.  
The green would be for my skirt and the orange print for something more dramatic and outside of my comfort zone.  What can I say?  The drape of this peachskin is dreamy and …

Made by a Fabricista: Lander Pants and Kalle Shirt

Oh my goodness...it's summer! What does summer mean for you and your family? Summer is one of our busiest times of the year. Kids are gearing up for camps (each of mine have at least two camps) and this year I am too! I'm headed off to my first ever summer camp to help be an adult leader with the middle school girls...wish me luck! I'm sitting down to write this the night before we head out bright and early. I am so excited to share my two newest makes...a new pair of Lander Pants and a Kalle Shirt.

Made by a Fabricista: Ready, "Set", Go!

Happy Saturday Loves!
I am officially on summer break and I am so excited that I will have all the time in the world to sew.   I am ready to embark on my summer challenges and tackle and learn new skills.  One of my main goal before the end of this summer is to make a lined jacket and prep for a fall coat.  I have been dreading it for years and plan to overcome my fear.

Made by a Fabricista: The Ivory Eyelet Bias Skirt!

Hi everybody! Some fabrics just say summer, and cotton eyelet is definitely one of them in my opinion. For this month's post I played with a gorgeous ivory eyelet and made a bias skirt using McCall's 4970, a pattern with 3 lovely skirt options.

Made by a Fabricista: Plaid Summer Shirtdresses

It's summertime here in Illinois!  Even though I love to be outside and spend time in my garden, I also am quite concerned about preventing sun damage to my skin and covering up as much as is reasonably comfortable.  For that reason, I decided to make some shirtdresses that would be lightweight, breezy, yet, tightly woven fabric that would offer some degree of SPF protection, and cover at least my upper arms and shoulders.  In the photo on the left, it looks like I'm wearing a camisole- I'm not, that's just the line where the sun protection from my hat ends-guess I need to button up a little further!  The two fabrics that I used just sold out, so maybe you even bought some! But if not, Fabric Mart has a great selection of other shirtings in stock.

Made by a Fabricista: Tween Swimwear and Tween Sewing

I have begun the adventure that is sewing for a "tween."  I knew it would come to this one day, and I knew that I would be just fine if my daughter no longer wanted anything made by Mom, after all that's just more sewing time for ME!!  However, my daughter still prefers that I make her a few special items that we are hard-pressed to find in a store.  As women we know that finding swimwear we love is a chore but for my tween, it seems as if the options are even more limited.

Made by a Fabricista: The Leather Bonnie Handbag

Hey all!

Sometimes the pattern inspires and the fabric follows, and sometimes it's the fabric that creates the drive to create.  The latter is definitely true with this make:  my first shot at sewing a leather handbag!


Made by a Fabricista: Vacay Vibes

Caftans scream VACATION! Which is probably why I wanted to make this one in time for my vacay next month. I don't know about you, but on vacation I want to be cute but also comfortable and a caftan is the perfect balance between the two.

Made by a Fabricista: Tropical Paradise Summer Top and Maxi Dress

"One Love, one heart,
Let's get together and feel all right!"
Lyrics from Bob Marley song!
. The melodies of one of my favorite songs from Bob Marley replayed in my head when I came across two beautiful fabric; a solid yellow and tropical print. They both screamed Jamaica, Caribbean, cruise vibes and summertime fun in the sun. I instantly fell in love and had to select them for my May Fabric Mart blog post. 

Made by a Fabricista: A Staple Denim Dress

Happy spring everyone!  I hope you are all experiencing warm days and sunshine!   Today, I am reviewing a fun denim dress from a cute Simplicity pattern.  This pattern is what I consider a classic, staple dress pattern.  I don't think it will ever go out of style.  

Made by a Fabricista: Hot Patterns Matte Jersey Fiesta Knit Top!

Hi everybody, this month I decided to sew with a fabric I don't work enough with: matte jersey! Recently FM had some designer matte jersey and I knew it was the upscale quality as it is 100% rayon, not some ordinary synthetic kind.
Originally I had planned a wrap dress or a maxi skirt, but I thought perhaps it would be too clingy and I don't feel like being constricted in a Spanx type underwear. Now that warm weather has finally arrived, I wanna walk and move! I went for a fun top that would showcase the drapey nature and the luscious color of this fine cloth: Hot Patterns 1142 Fast and Fabulous Fiesta Knit Top.

Made by a Fabricista: Flapper Fantastic in a Burnout Silk Velvet from a Vault.

Mission: Should I choose to accept it?  For the sixth year in a row--make a dress for the annual school auction.  Year one of this endeavor is pictured here.  Year two is here.  Year three is here (at the FM blog!).  Year four here (also the blog).  And year five here at the bottom of the post (yet again, the blog).  Are you seeing a pattern?

Made by a Fabricista: Floral Linen Jumpsuit

Hello Fabricistas! It's Meg from Cookin' and Craftin'... I'm here to announce that I have both spring fever and jumpsuit fever.


The weather in Vermont isn't quite consistently warm enough for short sleeves and bare ankles, but I don't think that's going to stop me from wearing this jumpsuit immediately, and often!

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Flowers

I never thought I was a floral person, I tend to be drawn to geometric or abstract patterns. However, since I've started sewing I've learned I do like some floral prints like this large scale floral liverpool knit. This print stood out to me because of how the bright orange and blue flowers stood out against the black and white flowers. It didn't hurt that I love liverpool knit. It's a spongey, stretchy double knit that has a crepe like texture on the right side and a brushed wrong side. This particular print is sold out, but check out the current selection here.

Made by a Fabricista: 3 ways with wide-legged linen pants

Linen season is upon us.[YAY!!!!!!] With my trio of boys in soccer right now and the sweat of baseball season around the corner, I want to wear all the linen.My project this month is a pair of Burdastyle 5-2017-102 wide legged pants in this emerald designer linen. Lately I've gotten to this point where I want everything I make to work with what else is in my closet.If I can pair a given garment with at least 3 other things I already own, I know it's a keeper.Paired with 3 tops, these are sure to be a summer favorite.