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Made by a Fabricista: Merry and Bright!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or joyful Kwanza or just a wonderful Wednesday. We hosted Christmas dinner and spent the day with family and friends. Thankfully my husband did the most of the cooking so I just did the decorating and cleaning! On to this outfit...


I love bright colors, especially during the dreary winter months! When I saw this bright chartreuse suiting I had a thought for a suit or a coat dress. Then I spotted this animal print blouse fabric in leopard and fell in love. The animal print fabric is a 100% Polyester Animal Print Blouse Weight Woven from a Famous Dress Designer. It is currently sold out, but it is one of Fabric Mart's re-orderable fabrics. Which means it should be restocked soon! Keep checking back. It's SKU is UZC7299r.


Although I really wanted to sew the recently released M7997, I decided to go with a suit and blouse. I selected Butterick 6523 because liked the simplicity of the blazer, it's unlined with no closures. I…

Made by a Fabricista: Christmas Cords and Cozy Hoodies

Merry Christmas!  It's pretty fun that I get to share my projects for December on this day!  From my family to yours, I hope you have a wonderful day and I hope there's some good food and company in store for you.

In keeping with the coziness of this season, I chose two fabrics to work with.  A purple poly heathered activewear knit and this "Whisper White" corduroy.

First up is the heathered knit.  It sold out unfortunately, but definitely check out the other activewear fabrics.  Fabric Mart often has a lot of Polartec this time of year, and these heavier weight poly knits like this cornflower blue double faced Polartec knit would do great for the project that I chose for my fabric.

Seam finish inspiration in weird places
Whenever I start a project, I always look at a fabric and think about what it can do and how I can maximize that.

In the case of this knit, it has some good body and I remembered a seam finish I had seen in all places in a doctor's office elevat…

Made by a Fabricista: Winter White Dresses

Happy First Day of Winter Loves!
I am officially on break for 2 weeks and I am excited to stay home, relax and finish up items from my UFO pile.  I can’t believe this year is almost over! I am ready to embark on a New Year and challenge myself even more in 2020.  I am proud of the progress I made in 2019 and have accomplished quite a few things.  I have done buttonholes (here and here), a lined jacket, jumpsuits just to name a few.  One of my sewing goals is to do a coat and since I did not accomplish that this year, I will challenge myself in 2020 to do it.
Now let’s get to the point!  I so wanted a classic white dress and selected this beautiful white cotton spandex stretch sateen fabric to create a look for Diner En Blanc.  Unfortunately, I was not able to attend but still wanted to create a white look.  This fabric is sold out, however, this beautiful toasted almond linen or tan cotton twill would definitely work for this pattern.   When I saw Simplicity 9042, a new Spring pattern,…

Made by a Fabricista: Crinkle Foil Knit True/Bias Lodo Dress

Oh how heavenly it is to sew up a gorgeous dress in a few hours!

December is tough for everyone.  Most of us have our regular jobs, plus all the extra stuff around the holidays to bear with.  In my case, I have to write high school recommendations, prepare students for their parts in the Christmas play (eighth grade gets to play the parts while the other grades provide the beautiful music), teach my usual classes, and get ourselves ready for all the feteing we do (Christmas parties, saying hi to Santa, etc.).  I even manage to do most of my shopping online, but this year I had to at least go one time to the mall.  My choice as it fit my timeline best?  A Sunday night at 8 pm!  (Yikes!)


Knowing this, I asked Fabric Mart to send me some festive fabric along with the True/Bias Lodo dress.  I figured out of all items in their catalog of wonderful patterns, this one looked to be the biggest bang for the buck.  And I truly think it is, especially if you choose a very pretty fabric to use w…

YouTube Fabricista Vivian: Stretch Denim - Imported From Japan!

Happy Monday fellow Fabricistas!
Our Youtube Fabricista Vivian (Vivmom Sews) shared her forth Fabricista Make in her newest Youtube video today. Click play to see what she made from some beautiful blue denim that was imported from Japan!


We love that she showed us THREE different ways to style her new skinny jeans. Which was your favorite?
Oh, and don't forget to head on over & grab some of this denim for yourself! >> Shop Viv's Fabric <<

Made by a Fabricista: Casual Color-blocking

Hi all! The cold and snow are upon us in the northern plains and when that happens, I reach for heavy knit fabrics to keep me warm.  The problem?  I noticed I have hardly any of these types of garments that I've made.  What a shame and I knew I had to fix that problem pronto.

I chose three cotton/poly knits from the designer section.  The red is almost sold out but if you are lucky, you can find it here still: red organic interlock knit
These knits are heftier than a tee shirt knit but lighter than a sweatshirt.  The drape is beautiful and they sew beautifully.

I chose the red, black, and an oatmeal color.  Here's a link to the oatmeal color: Better Active Wear 

I know that these colors together are 'safe' but I really like them and enjoy wearing these together.   If these knits are sold out, which they might be, there are some other really nice double knits here: Knit fabrics

Here are the patterns I used to make these tops: 

Here's the link: Sinclair Patterns
I l…