Saturday, July 13, 2019

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.  



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: The Night and Day Dresses!

My black dress, made with some Milly floral taffeta


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!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

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.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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.

Man I miss this skirt!

 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 to limit it to one type of garment was too safe!  I'm pairing both the skirt and its culottes sister with this sleeveless raglan with a scarf neck that I recently made a tutorial for.

A pencil + a squircle

So much floaty!
The pattern on this skirt (#3D below) is really a pencil skirt on top with a giant square on the bottom.  The square that makes up the big drapey bottom sews into the top part of the skirt with a circle that cuts off in a curved edge all the way around the body.

image from Fehr Trade

I call it a squircle skirt, and boy howdy is it a fun sew.  Because of that bottom curved edge, the handkerchief hem edges hang at all kinds of interesting angles.


But as I said those extra seams are no good for delicate fabrics as I learned on my peach version.



To fix it, I combined the pattern pieces on the front and the back.  On the front, it's now a plain front, and the back which used to have princess seams I replaced with 2 simple darts.

Because this print does all the speaking, I think the plainer design works.  And, if it means I get to wear this skirt as long as I did my peach version, I'm a happy lady!
It passes the swish test!

Winslow Culottes


I collect vintage scarves.  Whenever I see a pretty silk or a fine polyester scarf in a fun print in a thrift or antique store, I'm like a moth to the flame.  What impressed me about the peachskin is that it feels very much like my favorite scarves.  The hand is quite luxurious against your skin.  The more and more I sew, the more I find polyesters that don't have that 70s feel.  If there's good polyester and bad polyester, this is the REALLY good stuff!


For the tiger orange print, I decided to give the Helen's Closet Winslow Culottes a try.  The legs are super wide, so this large scale print has a lot of room to breathe.


I see why this pattern has been really popular.  This is such a great beginner pattern!  With the wide legs, there's very little fitting to do.  And isn't fitting what terrifies most of us about sewing pants?!


As long as you pick a nice drapey fabric like this, I'm convinced you're going to have a good sew.  Just a few seams and an invisible zipper in back and you're golden.

Who knew peachskin was awesome for travel?!


One thing I didn't expect from this fabric was it's packability.  My husband and I wandered around the Botanic Gardens, sometimes succeeding in finding out of the way spots to take pictures.  I literally jammed the skirt into my camera bag and later the pants to keep our walking the crowded garden easy.

Both garments came right out of the bag free of wrinkles.  They also packed down really well.  The culottes alone folded into a neat compact square.  That's pretty impressive given how much fabric is in these pants!  If you wanted to make some statement garments for your summer travel, I would definitely recommend it.



So how about you?  Have you discovered the joy of peachskin?

~Sew something creative





Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: The Ivory Eyelet Bias Skirt!


McCall's 4970: the ivory eyelet 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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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!


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.