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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…

Made by a Fabricista: The Pinstripe Wool Suiting Pulmu Skirt!

Hi everybody! Fall has arrived and to kick off the season I played with some wool suiting, a fabric I haven't sewn with in a long time!
Fabric Mart's website is literally bursting with gorgeous fabrics these days, and while browsing the wool section I came across a wonderful pinstripe wool suiting, which I thought would be a great pairing with the Pulmu skirt (Named Patterns). You just can't go wrong with a wool pencil skirt for fall!




The pattern



I've been having the Pulmu skirt in a corner of my mind for some time - it features details that speak to me, such as the long triangular side panels, the side vents, the belt loops and a belt that closes with D rings (I always love hardware on a garment), not to mention that this pencil skirt is lined, which makes for a neat finish on the inside.



I bought the PDF version of the pattern as the paper version wasn't in stock when I started my project, but you can check the Named patterns page here to see when it comes back i…

Made by a Fabricista: Bright Red for Fall

Hello Fabricista's!  I hope that the change of seasons has inspired you to sew lately.  I always love the onset of fall since it is my favorite season.  Although it is still very hot in Georgia I am hoping that a cool down is just around the corner.  For my post this month I was hoping to branch out of my typical silhouette and sew something exciting and different.  I wanted to sew a pattern that had interesting details with a fabric that was easy to handle and so I settled on Simplicity 8791 with this bright red seersucker.  This top really stands out in my closet since I don't have anything with sleeves like it.  While I can say that it is definitely a deviation from my usual style I am still somewhat undecided about it.

First of all the fit was challenging, I ended up moving the dart around and shortening the length.  I also added a snap to the center front to battle the deep gaping.  The dart turned out fair but the added snap pulls the front together in a way that the t…