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YouTube Fabricista Vivian: Floral Bubble Crepe

Happy Friday fellow Fabricistas!
Our Youtube Fabricista Vivian (Vivmom Sews) shared her third Fabricista Make in her newest Youtube video today.  Click play to see what she made from some gorgeous bubble crepe.

Isn't her dress stunning? We thinks so!  Head on over to snatch up some of this fabric for yourself.  Psst, today 11.15.19 it just so happens to be on sale for $4.20 per yard!  > > > Shop Viv's Fabric < < <

Made by a Fabricista: Mad for Olive

Happy Fall Everyone!   Where I live, we typically have a beautiful fall, except for this year.  It's pretty much been non-existent but that hasn't stopped me from making some fall tops in trendy colors.  


For this months post, I knew I wanted to use Olive green and I knew I wanted a cosy knit.  I found this lovely fabric in the ITY knit section.  Isn't that color so pretty?  
Here's the link to the fabric: Olive ITY knit


Yes, I am back to indoor photos.  It was just above 30 degrees today and the wind was howling.



I make a lot of flat pattern measurements before I start.  With this pattern, I knew it would be snug across the back shoulder area, so I widened that area for a total of an inch.  This is a typical adjustment for me when I use StyleArc patterns.  

I spend a lot of time on my necklines and hemlines.  I used this notion from FM's site: SewkeysE-White-Fusible-Knit-Stay-Tape-Interfacing.  It's sold in various widths and for necklines I use 1/2" tap…

Made by a Fabricista: Cozy Loungewear

It's November and time to get cozy inside!  We had our first snow on Halloween in about 30 years, which I'm taking as a warning that this could be an extra cold winter.  I'm ready though, with the help of some new homemade loungewear using Fabric Mart's velour.  These fabrics are all from the group that said it was from a "Better Spa Wear Manufacturer".   There were hundreds of yards of the pale jade velour, so maybe you got some of it.  The white terry velour that I used on the robe is still available.  These fabrics were really nice quality, so I have high hopes that Fabric Mart will get in more from this company!


This heather gray velour tunic was made using McCall's 7979.  I made the cowl neck version, and added a kangaroo pocket to the front.    This is a super easy pattern and I was a little worried that the velour might be too thick for it, but it turned out fine.


You can see in this photo that it's got dropped sleeves with extra low armholes.…

Made by a Fabricista: Snakeskin Faux Jumpsuit

Animal print is almost always in style, but this fall it's especially on trend! I've got plenty of cheetah/leopard print makes, but nothing in snakeskin so when I saw this cream and black double brushed polyester (DBP) knit I had to have it. In addition to the print I love the feel of DBP, it's so soft, doesn't hold wrinkles and holds up to multiples washes! This fabric is sold out, but they have plenty of other double brushed knits online.


I recently added a few (read: several) patterns to my collection thanks to an annual sale hosted by the local American Sewing Guild. This was totally accidental as I was there to donate fabric and patterns NOT buy. LOL Anyway in that lot of patterns was Vogue 8738 (OOP). I grabbed it thinking it was a jumpsuit, but its actually two pieces which is almost better as I need more separates. Though I'm not sure when this was printed it has a 90's vibe and the 90s are making a comeback (whether we like it or not!) so I snagged t…

Made by a Fabricista: Cozy Wool Stripes

The more I sew with wool, the more I love it.  It presses so well, it's easy to sew, and when the weather turns cooler, it has you covered!  I've been slowly adding more and more wool into my wardrobe from base layer tees, more scarves than I care to admit to, and even some wool workout gear.  This year's goal was to make some wool garments for my lower half.
See, I've been terrified of doing just that for years because of my husband's uncanny ability to shrink all my wool.  It's so wonderful to have a hubby who helps with the laundry, but being a set it and forget it person, and me being a little careless myself with where I put my laundry, there have been more wool sacrificed to the washer than have lasted.  The last skirt I lost hurt--a navy one with swishy vintage lines that I had worked so hard to fit *perfectly* to me.  Until it got eaten in the wash.  I ugly cried over that one.  But this time, I'm determined!  As God is my witness, I'll never s…

Made by a Fabricista: A Classic Fall Cardigan

Happy Saturday Loves!
I am really excited that I found my sewjo back that was lost for almost 3 weeks.  Once in a while, I have so many ideas and don't know where to start.  When I finally decided what I would make for my October blogpost, I had a week to create it.  Even though I wanted to add a fall jacket,  the pattern I had was a lined jacket and definitely would take a bit of time.
Now when I find my sewjo, I sew an hour or two for a few days and tackle an easy project first.  I knew I wanted to add at least 2 more basic ponte knit cardigans to my fall makes and decided last minute to give Simplicity 8377 (cardigan pattern/hacking) a try. This paprika color ponte knit is no longer available but Fabric Mart has a wide variety of colors available here.
 For this pattern, I was a bit disappointed at first that it had a facing instead of a front band but after it was done and the fit was perfect, I fell in love with it.
Fabric Mart always carries the best selection of rayon/nyl…

YouTube Fabricista Vivian: Multi Season Linen

Happy Wednesday fellow Fabricistas! Our Youtube Fabricista Vivian (Vivmom Sews) shared her second Fabricista Make in her newest Youtube video today.  Click play to see what she made & to get a little lesson on Linen.


Don't you just love it? We sure do. Want to get your hands on this linen? Shop here. (Psst, today 10/16/19 & tomorrow 10/17/19 it's 60% off! Discount taken off at checkout.)

Made by a Fabricista: Wool Top and Skirt with Embellishments

When Fabric Mart asked for volunteers to make some garments from wool, I jumped all over it.  I love FM's wool.  There's always a great selection and the quality is great!  What more can you want?  


For my skirt, I used a brown/black/tan/multi wool & poly blend tweed suiting.  You can see that fabric here: Boucle Tweed-Suiting.  This has a slight metallic thread running through it which is always a bonus in my book.  

For my top, I used a wool jersey, which isn't available any more, but here is another good option... Sweater knit

The patterns I used are both from Vogue.  I was so smitten with this one from Vogue I simply had to try it.  I wasn't able to find a zipper the right length, so I improvised and made this decorative one work.  I like the slash of sparkle.  
Yes, the pattern does call for the sleeve length zip, but I put in the shorter zipper and stitched up the sleeve seam.  It works.  I really love the heavier sweater knit for this.  Plus, after some fla…