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Made by a Fabricista: A Chambray Linen Easter

Howdy ladies and gentlemen!

It's been quite the couple of months since we last met up...

In those months I made these Easter clothes for my kiddos, which I'm excited to share with you belatedly!


I used Fabric Mart's awesome Exclusive Chambray Linen for these.  It's my first time using it, and I'm super impressed!  The fabric definitely has some of the famous linen wrinkle, but since it's blended with cotton it's a bit mitigated.  I also used their thread matching service for the first time (I think; if not the first time it's been a long while!) and the matches were pretty spot on.


For Peaches's dress I used the Grape for the main fabric, and the Mint was the main for Cheeks's awesome button down.  I used the Carolina Blue as accents on both (plus bits of Grape for Cheeks and Mint for Peaches so all three fabrics were represented in each garment).  I love the blend of color!  They aren't available on the site right now but I'm betting th…

Made by a Fabricista: Tiers and Gathers

I love challis for spring and summer garments. It's perfect for sundresses, kimonos and tops...even wide leg pants and jumpsuits because of it's light weight and nice drape. Challis is available in solids and a variety of prints as well as textures, like this crinkle challis. It is more often than not made with rayon which is soft to the touch and durable.


There are 4 colors of this crinkle challis available, but I was immediately drawn to this muted army green. This color always speaks to me as I consider it neutral, but you can choose from cream, straw and red (there are a few prints as well) here. I was a little worried that I would need to line this dress because it is listed as semi-sheer, thankfully I did not. This is my first time using crinkle challis and it was a breeze to work with and the texture adds interest.

This pullover dress comes together quickly as there are no closures. I was able to complete this from cutting to hemming in one evening with the gathers bei…

Made by a Fabricista: Dress up with Linen

Hey all!  Wow the world has become a weird place since I last wrote here in February!  My family and I are making the best of our time at home, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a whole lotta pajama wearing on a regular basis!

That's why these projects were a literal breath of fresh air, plus the sewing was a mental relief.  Aren't you glad that we sew when times get stressful?!

I decided to base my ideas for this month around some of the beautiful linens Fabric Mart has been carrying.  Linen season is right up there with Boot-Wearing season in my mind, and I look forward to both every year.  As my stash can attest, I have far far too much linen and I don't feel bad about it!

I picked out two linens: this mustard/cream print for myself (sold out now, but this yellow linen print has a similar vibe).  The second linen is the soft pink chambray linen I knew my daughter would love.  I've been eyeing this whole category of chambray linens for a while now.  Th…

Made by a Fabricista: Two Tried-n-True Patterns

Hi everyone! I know you don't see me around these parts too often, but I'm excited to be sharing a few new makes with you. For those of you that don't know me, I'm Julie, co-owner of Fabric Mart. My main tasks are buying fabric and managing our wholesale division.

I don't get as much time in my sewing room as I would like, but when I do I want to make things that I know will turn out well the first time. In this post, I'll share two of my newest TNT (tried-n-true) patterns with you. 
Pattern #1: Pamela's Patterns - Cap Sleeve Shell
If you are a Julie's Picks member, you probably know that I am a big fan of Pamela's Patterns, because I talk about them a lot. I love how they fit any body and she has so many great professional tips included that really make your garment look less homemade and more RTW.

Pamela recently came out with the Cap Sleeve Shell pattern. It is her first woven top pattern release. I was really excited when I saw it because I have …