Saturday, May 25, 2019

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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!
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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.  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

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.  


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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

Hot Patterns Fast & Fabulous Fiesta Knit Top in red matte jersey

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.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: The Versatile Vest

Happy Saturday and Happy Easter All!
Have you ever had your sewing plans all laid out, pattern cut and then something better came to mind?  I felt like these past three weeks I was a bit overwhelmed because everything that I planned on making was sidelined after seeing another inspiration photo from Pinterest or Instagram?  This is exactly what happened with this beautiful crepe fabric that I used to create this vest.  

Monday, April 15, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Blue Velvet Jumpsuit

Those are quite the three words, eh?

Blue.  Velvet.  Jumpsuit.



This is the only jumpsuit I've ever owned as an adult, and as no surprise with that information, the first I've ever sewn for myself.  Definitely not my usual speed sewing-wise, but I have been wanting to try my hand at sewing a jumpsuit for a while now, and was pretty intrigued by Papercut Patterns Sierra Jumpsuit.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Made By A Fabricista: Hoping for Spring!

Happy April everyone!  

I hope you are all making some fun things to wear for the upcoming warm weather.  :)  At the time I am taking these photos, we are in the midst of a winter storm.  Yes, you read that right!  A winter storm.  Interstates are closed, school is closed and there is no sign of spring today.  That however isn't stopping me from creating some spring makes!  

Here's the pattern I used.  I love how many Indy patterns Fabric Mart carries.  Here's a link to the pattern: Named Kielo Wrap Dress



I really feel like I must be the last person on the planet to sew this dress.  There are so many great versions of it in so many colors and fabrics.  I know, I tend to go with neutral colors but I knew that this would work with fun sandals, great jewelry, and even fun jackets.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Made By A Fabricista: 2 Sand Colored Skirts!

McCall's skirt pattern 7906

Hi everybody,

As we are patiently waiting for warmer weather here in eastern Canada (and we are long overdue!) I made myself two skirts in a sand color palette, which is a color I really love.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Tops


Back when I first began sewing there was a great sew along hosted by Made by Rae called the "Spring Top Sew along."  I loved that sew along, it happened during early spring, just during the time that you were ready to throw all your winter clothes out the window and warm up, shaking all of the winter's snow and gloom off.   I participated several times and I experimented with, mostly, quilting cottons for my tops back in those days because I didn't know any better.  It was great practice for me and over time taught me the importance of using specifically apparel fabrics for my clothes.  I guess the sew along conditioned me to feel the urge to sew up new spring tops when the first daffodils or crocuses begin to pop up out of the ground because that is just what I did!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Separates in Melon, Paprika and Navy Blue


Ahh, Spring!  It's been a long time coming this year, and although this morning, the temperature was still in the 20's, I've been in the mood for sewing a few separates in anticipation of warmer weather.  Two of my new pieces are using linen/cotton blend prints from Julie's Picks Special Fabrics offering.  Did you know that if you are a Premium Member or member of Julie's Picks club, you get special previews of fabrics?  These special fabrics go live on the 2nd Tuesday of every month & are available for 3 days only at a special price!  The discounts are substantial, and I've noticed that the fabrics tend to sell out quickly. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Linen Skirt and Rayon Crepe Challis Shirt


Happy Spring all! I cannot believe we are just a few days away from April! I have a great spring outfit to share with you in some of the most comfortable fabric ever!


Let me start with the skirt! I love the linen fabric Fabric Mart carries...this is my third linen order from them (you can see my previous linen makes here and here). But I've never tried any of their linen prints. Over the last couple months, I've noticed a few floral linens popping up on their website! This particular print is out of stock, but they do have a very similar one here.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Equals Dresses


Y'all know I love dresses and I wear them year round, but they are almost all I wear in the warmer months. So to kick off the spring season I have TWO new dresses to share. I used two types of double knits for this month's post.  I love double knits because they are sturdier than jerseys or ITYs and easier to sew for most.



Saturday, March 16, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Cotton and Ponte Tops for Spring!

Happy Saturday All,
I just can't believe we are a few days away from Spring! 2019 is going by so fast and I am ready to create pieces that will transition into summer.  South Florida weather temperature is typically in the 70s and 80s but we have had a few cooler days last month.  I should not be complaining as some states are still experiencing cold temperatures during this time of year.  Even though most of the time we have sunshine, I wanted to create two cute tops made with ponte knit and cotton shirting that can be worn on cooler days this Spring.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Made By A Fabricista: 3 Chambray Pieces

McCall's vintage top 4028 in chambray voile

Hey everybody, it's hard to believe that spring is just ten days away as we are in the midst of another snow storm here in Eastern Canada. Despite the bad weather I'm making some spring pieces and my theme for this month is: chambray!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Spring Sewing!

I am getting tired of winter.  It's lingering.  It's cold.  I need spring.  I need new clothes.  Ok, done whining!  

I needed some basic colored tops in some not so basic shapes.  These two fit the bill.  
The ivory is a Linen/Cotton/Rayon blend.  Pictures don't do the fabric justice.  It has a lovely shine and drape.  If you've never checked out Fabric Mart's linen section, you need to!  The fabric is so pretty, is high quality, and never disappoints me.  


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Stripes for All

Twinning!


My husband was appalled when he realized that I had made the two of us garments from the same fabric, and not for the first time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Pre-Spring Suede and Silk





Tippi dress style
I'm always pushing myself to learn more about fabric. If there's a fabric that I'm not familiar with, I don't shy away from just getting some to see just what can be done with it. So it was with this suede knit and silk taffeta I took on for this month's project.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Made By A Fabricista: Black High Low Peplum

Hi Fashionistas:

I hope that you had a nice long weekend.

I am so excited to share with you another pattern hack to one of my favorite base patterns, Mccalls M6886.

I was wanting a black dress at first but then decided to go with a peplum, since I wear jeans so much.



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Springtime Style - Simple ITY Maxi Dresses


Now that spring is officially on my mind, my makes going forward will be spring clothing that transitions into summer. Maxi dresses or skirts are  great staple pieces to have.  I was ready to start the creation of my Spring makes and when I came across these two great ITY prints I knew they were perfect for dresses.  Unfortunately, they are both sold out but these are two great ITY (Interlock Twist Yarnknits available in solid or floral that would definitely work for this style. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Made By A Fabricista: 2 Casual Tops Made with Malden Mills Technical Knits

The Jarrah Sweater (Megan Nielsen patterns) made with polartech knit fabric from Malden Mills

Hi everybody, as a confirmed fabricaholic I'm always curious and interested in new fabric - I want to see it, touch it, own it and wear it! Recently I was intrigued by a new lot of Malden Mills sportswear fabric and decided to order some. I didn't exactly know what to expect in terms of weight, feel and drape as I don't sew as much with technical fabrics than with other types of apparel fabric. I wasn't disappointed when I received my package - those Malden Mills fabrics are great!

Sometimes the pattern idea comes first and you find the right fabric for it, but in this project I let the fabric dictates the pattern choice. I've been wanting to make the Jarrah Sweater by Megan Nielsen since it came out last spring and this teal/turquoise Polartec double faced sweater tech knit was so perfect for it, plus it's a welcomed pop of colour in my wintery wardrobe! This specific fabric is sold out, but check out the Activewear category to see other options! (P.S. Activewear is 70% off today! 2/13/19)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Using Natural And Luxury Fibers

I simply love Fabric Marts selection of luxury fabrics!  Let me tell you about what I chose for this month's post.  I really love this outfit!



 I made all three pieces: skirt in a wool and cashmere blend.  Absolutely glorious to work with. It is so soft and so lovely.  I am so smitten with it!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Working Out My Sewing Muscles


One thing that I know for sure is that I'd rather be sewing than working out.  But sewing workout clothes is a pretty good way to motivate myself to to do more working out!  I joined a yoga class and a dance class this year, and used some of Fabric Mart's activewear to make several pieces that will be perfect for my classes.  I used this piece of nylon/lycra activewear as my focal point.   I only had 1-1/2 yards of it, but I used it in 3 of my pieces to tie everything together. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Winter Casual Comfort


Every winter I search for pieces that are warm but can transition seamlessly into spring.  I love a great button down and find that I wear them in all seasons, in the warmer months I just roll the sleeves up.  The Closet Case Files Kalle shirt is perfect for our mild Georgia winters and will fit beautifully into my spring wardrobe.

I've always wanted to try the Kalle and knew that pairing it with this fun color speckled chambray would make it a true workhorse in my wardrobe.  I have had fun pairing this top with different pants in my closet and the neutral chambray goes with every color of pants I own.  I'm especially partial to pairing it with the leggings pictured here and a red pair of ponte Simplicity 8748.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Plaid Forever

Long time no see!  Since I last wrote in March 2018 I gave birth to my second baby, a girl, and she's almost 10 months old now!

Boy do I have a lot of makes to share with you today!  One for each of my four family members, representing 7 1/4 yards and 29 pearl snaps from KamSnaps.com.  I'd planned to only use the snaps for my own shirt, but then decided to work smarter, not harder, and used them on all of our shirts!


I present to you:  Violette Field Threads Piper Baby, Ottobre 03/2018 #20, Deer & Doe Bruyere and Kwik Sew 4075.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Sew Frosting Sleepwear



Last year Heather of Closet Case and Kelli of True Bias issued a Sew Frosting Challenge to the Instagram sewing community. The idea is that the basics of your wardrobe is the cake while the more frivolous items are the frosting (read more here). Unfortunately, I was swamped when this challenge popped up, but my wish was to sew a luxurious sleep set. My vision was a bold print in a soft silk-like fabric or a smooth satin. This whole idea was inspired by the then recently released McCalls 7875 sleepwear pattern which included a robe (with three length options) and a coordinating sleep pant. When I saw this black and cream graphic floral stretch satin, I decided I to go ahead and make that vision a reality even though the challenge had ended. Unfortunately this fabric has sold out, but you can find this similar fabric in a soft pink floral print here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Brunswick Pullover


Happy Wednesday sewing friends! I have two great new sews to share with you today, one for my sweet girl and one for me! These two hoodies (as my girl would say) are the Brunswick Pullover by Hey June and we both are in love with them!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: The Classic Ogden Cami

Happy Saturday loves!

Can you believe we are 19 days into the first month of 2019?  It seems like the first month of the new year is going by so fast.  I am excited about 2019 as I plan to elevate my sewing skills, take more risks while focusing on creating basic versatile pieces. I do plan to learn to hack more pattern and sew from my stash rather than buy every new pattern released.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: A Trio of Textured Knits

I simply love wearing knits. So comfortable, so easy to wear, so stylish and fun!  For this month's post, I decided to use a new knit from FM and two from my stash that are also from FM, it's just that I've had them for a while, so I will have to share some similar fabrics with you.  


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Emerald Green Silk Georgette Blouse!

StyleArc Dotty Blouse made with a silk double georgette


Hi everybody! I'm back this week on the blog with my first make in 2019: a silk georgette blouse! I just love to make my own silk tops and not have to pay big bucks for something similar in RTW, so I didn't hesitate a second when I saw this silk georgette on FM's new arrivals page not long ago - I knew it would be great paired with a pattern I love, the Dotty Blouse by StyleArc.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Burnout Velvet Easy Dress! (New Look 6469.)


I really LOVED the Julie's Picks for December 2018.  I was all set to buy a few yards of a few fabrics, but because early December was crazy for me, I only got around to buying fabric in mid-December, and by that point, a lot of my favorite fabrics were already sold out (super bummed!).  But there were at least a few of this gorgeous blue burnout velvet available, and was I ever stoked to find out I could use them for a cute, comfortable, and very festive New Year's outfit.

Every year we are invited to friend's house (just down the street, so super easy to get to--we always walk) on New Year's Day.  I knew I wanted something that would suit the occasion, so I went with a long-sleeved easy and loose fitting swing dress.  I knew that even though the burnout velvet was a knit and quite stretchy, I would prefer the swingy feel for most of the dress since the beautiful medallion pattern would be most stunning when it was allowed to move and shine with the glimpses of the light.


I ended up going with New Look 6469 simply because it covered a few needs...long sleeves, easy skirted shape, longer than a mini, and raglan sleeves (I didn't want to set in velvet sleeves, nothankyou!).  There are so many cute dresses in the sewing world made from this pattern, so I knew it was a winner.  It also reminded me a lot of the dress above, which has appeal for holiday events (though mine is shorter, which I think makes it less "covered).


When I received the velvet, I audibly gasped.  Not only was it gorgeous, it was super soft, and a great weight for ensuring that it would be perfect with the drapey look I wanted to achieve.  You can find this velvet knit here, but this is also a great option for a similar look.  You will definitely need a slip with that, though!  Here's a black velvet if you would prefer to work with velvet for the sheen that my dress has.  (Note this pattern requires a knit.)

The blue is very true blue (especially when being shiny) and navy blue (when not under light), and the mesh it is applied to is sheer, but not super sheer.  I was given some ITY knit in a navy blue which I made a slip from (using Butterick 5812), and to be honest, I could get away with no slip, that is how well the voluminous drape of the skirt and darker mesh work to obscure the sheerness of the mesh.  Now if I had made a tighter item, it would have needed a full lining throughout as the stretched mesh is sheerer.

Above you see a close up of the fabric.  The medallion pattern is very royal looking, though my daughter said it looked like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (she's not wrong, take a look at one and two for proof, lol).  The whole dress came together quite easily, and I found the cutting process to be fairly easy, too.  I only struggled a little bit in trying to pin the pieces together before sewing.  The velvet is slightly shifty, and if I wasn't working on a completely flat surface, the seams would go wonky.  I think I took more time pinning seams together than sewing.

I actually only sewed one bit of the dress on my serger, the long side seams of the main part of the dress.  Unfortunately the serger was mediocre at best, and after switching to a 3 mm straight stitch and slightly stretching the fabric while sewing with a walking foot on my sewing machine, I had far more success.  Amazingly, the straight stitch with a slight stretch in the fabric was more than enough stretch, even on the neckline.  It looks great, too!  Color me surprised that this fabric, though a knit, worked better with my regular sewing machine.

I normally hate showing off my back view, but because this dress is slim where I am slimmest and gets far more volume at where I am not thinnest, it overall makes me appear slim!  LOVE!  I went with a size 12 from neckline to hem, which I am almost never able to do.  I think I need to make this dress again in multiple knit fabrics.  And the pattern is such that I can play around with length at the hem and sleeves, and they even have an option for a mockneck.  (I also know how to take this neckline and convert it to a more open design, like a scoop, etc., so I can do that if I want a more summer friendly swing dress.)


This dress was a huge hit at the party yesterday.  Everyone was feeling the fabric.  And, yes, I did admit to making it!  (I love being able to do that!  Do all your friends' eyes get huge when they find out you sewed something they really love?)

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year!  Did you make a cute little item for your festivities?

Don't forget to join Julie's Picks!  This fabric was in the December picks, and it wouldn't have been mine had I not been a member!!!

Have a great January and February.  See you all in March!

Dina, My Superfluities.