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Made By A Fabricista: My Celine Maxi Dress from Vicki Sews

Hi Guys!  I know what you might be thinking. Why is this woman still sewing summer clothes?  Well, the issue is that I live in South Florida and we don’t really have seasons.  It’s either hot or cold. I think I ran across Vicki Sews sometime during the summer and I’ve been on the fence about purchasing one of their patterns.  They are very much on trend and I loved just about all of the patterns I saw.  My issue is that this is a Russian company and I was worried about the pattern instructions.  The other main issue is that you do not get all of the pattern sizes when you purchase the PDF pattern. I’m usually in between sizes and there’s almost always some grading in between patterns going on. I need all of my pattern sizes! I then found out that they sell printed patterns on Amazon that contain all of the pattern sizes.  That’s just for your information.  I went with the PDF because I have no patience to wait for a pattern to arrive in the mail. Lol The Vicki Sews website has a size c

Made By A Fabricista: Twirling in Liberty of London!

Hi Fabric Mart Fans! One of my very favorite things about Fabric Mart is being able to snap up some totally amazing deals - and this month I definitely scored one of those! When I noticed a shipment of Liberty of London Tana Lawn had been added to the site AND was on sale, I KNEW it had to become my next project! This is such a beautiful fabric to sew and wear - it's lightweight, has a crisp hand, is tightly woven, and feels sooo nice! I decided to get 2.5 yards to create a beautiful sleeveless dress with double circle skirt for my eldest! I used the  Peony Patterns Freesia  - the twirl is fantastic, the dress is fairly straightforward to sew, and the print on the fabric makes it so feminine and pretty! One of the easiest ways to finish a circle skirt is with a bias binding facing. I created my own bias strips with some lime green gingham cotton shirting, and used the same fabric to create the optional waistband tie. Fans of Liberty of London know that you never throw away yo

Made By A Fabricista: Make a Fall Fashion Statement in Bold Blue

Hello Sewing Friends! I have been eyeing the linens offered by Fabric Mart (There Are So Many!) and knew for my fall make I wanted to use linen.  After all, I live in a state where linen is appropriate year-round. Today’s Fabricista make and blog post is all about my fall linen “suit”!    On my Pinterest board, I had saved an image of a blue suit as I liked the look. However,  I have no need for a suit and certainly didn’t wish to waste my sewing time on something that would not be worn. Realizing what I liked best about the look was the bold color, I browsed through the blue fabrics on the Fabric Mart website waiting for something to jump out at me. Suddenly, there it was.  Exactly what I envisioned for my blue suit.  A bold, royal blue 100% mid-weight linen . I quickly placed an order.  Although, in my excitement, I forgot to request matching thread.  I love that Fabric Mart provides that service when you order fabrics.   This is not a color I sew frequently, and having thread arrive

Made By A Fabricista: Purple Crepe Knit

Well, hello again!  This marks my 3rd Fabricista blog.  I’ve completed a spring and summer look for the last two blogs.  So, since summer is ending and fall is quickly approaching, I decided to make a pattern that could be worn in cooler weather.  I’ve been wanting to make Vogue pattern V8825. This pattern is a tunic dress and pants.  I made the dress.  What I love about this pattern is the sleeves!  The sleeves are a bell shape but gather to fit into a barrel cuff.  The dress has a short and long version.  I chose the longer one.  I am always cold, so this length is what works best for me. The pattern calls for two-way stretch knits: rayon, spandex, cotton spandex, or wool spandex. I chose a deep purple, crepe double knit.  The color is gorgeous!  It reminded me of an eggplant.  This is a 4-way stretch knit but it still worked.  It is just like it sounds.  A knit fabric with a crepe texture on one side and a smooth texture on the other.  I believe the smooth side was the right side, l

Made by a Fabricista: YouTube Edition | Marty - Bryce Quinlan's Autumn Ball Dress

This was another one of those times when I saw the fabric and instantly knew what it needed to become. I've wanted to do book-themed garments for a while and Bryce Quinlan's Autumn Ball dress from House of Sky and Breath was an excellent place to start. While the book gave a good description of the dress, it also left much up to interpretation. The key details were 1. a plunging neckline. 2. a mermaid skirt. 3. high slit. I eventually landed on a bustier style top because I've been wanting one for a while, and it really felt like it fit with her character. I had no idea what I was doing 90% of the time which made this one of the most stressful builds I've done in a while. But it also taught me a lot. When I make a dress like this in the future, I will definitely be looking up a few tutorials to make sure I get all the supports right. In the end, this was one of the most rewarding projects I've done. I was able to do something new and felt amazing in this dress. 10/1

Made By A Fabricista: Silky Prints for a Tropical Vacation

Hello again!   I want to share with you my latest project using silky prints. My family had been planning to go to the Virgin Islands for a vacation. For this trip I wanted loose-fitting outfits. When the summer Vogue patterns were released, I fell in love with the vintage Vogue V1886 caftan. It is ankle length and the sleeves fell elegantly to the hemline, hitting the arm slightly above the elbows. It has a scooped back, which would make it comfortable in hot weather. There are side panels, but no seams. I could wear this relaxing under an umbrella during the day or for an evening stroll to enjoy the breeze on the beach. FM’s polyester lightweight charmeuse silky prints caught my eye. Even though I swore I would never again sew slippery fabrics, the coastal mountain print on the fabric (SKU UQA7666r) was hard to resist.  The moonstone blue/berry pink/medium blue/taupe were cool relaxing colors. While looking at the first fabric, I saw another silky print (SKU UQA7667r) that was ha