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Showing posts from April, 2023

Made by a Fabricista: Youtube Edition | Dee & Dory

YouTuber's Dee & Dory are back on the Fabric Mart blog today with their most recent Fabricista Makes. Make sure to click play on the video below to hear all about their fabric choices & how their projects turned out! Dory: Just in time for the warmer weather, I made Butterick 5045 View E out of Fabric Mart Fabrics lycra print jersey knit. As soon as I saw this beautiful floral print available, I knew I wanted it!   Everything I have read says pink is in this year.  It was easy to work with, just remember that this kind of knit stretches as it hangs, so you have to wait a day or two to hem it! I have used this kind of fabric before from Fabric Mart because I love the feel and the comfort of it!  The pockets in this pattern are so fun!  I really like the pleated detail in them.  I probably should have raised them, since there is that stretch. This will for sure be a go to dress in the summertime.   Dee: Challis,Challis,Challis!  A soft light flowing fabric for a divine spring

Made By A Fabricista: Spring & Summer Knit Vibes

Spring/Summer looks like knits, puff sleeves and even more fun color combos and prints. I got my hand on a couple of knit fabrics from Fabric Mart to kick start Spring / Summer looks and I couldn't be more excited. The first fabric is a beautiful medium weight red knit with a two-way stretch. This is a great knit that offers a bit more stability for pieces such as pants and activewear. I felt it was a great fabric to pull off the puff sleeves and structure of this knit top from McCalls pattern 8364.  What I love the most about this pattern is the seams throughout the bodice that gives it a corset appeal and I love a good corset. Also the fact that it's knit and doesn't require any closures is a plus too. This was a pretty quick and easy piece to create if you enjoy sewing knits. I used my serger to bring this piece together and needles suited for knit fabrics to sew the topstitch. I created view C and I didn't make any modifications to this pattern however, I 0thought

Made By A Fabricista: April Showers, May Flowers

Spring has finally sprung & warmer weather is upon us. Today, I am back with two new Fabric Mart makes. Let me start by saying this has been my favorite fabric to date. The feel, drape, and pattern of the fabric was absolutely beautiful I could not wait to get it home to create something! This time around I wanted to push myself a bit & create something that I usually don’t & that happened to be a corset. For this garment, I chose pattern McCall’s #MonicaMccalls, or pattern number 8182 in View C, which had an angled V in the front. The pattern has the option of closing with ties, or a separating zipper. I chose the zipper option, but I moved the zipper from the front to the back. I think moving the zipper to the back created a little bit more unity to the corset for me. I loved making this corset. I usually don’t lean to making tops, because I have run into fitting issues in the past, but this turned out nice. My only hiccup I had was not realizing sooner, about how much bo

Made By A Fabricista: Challis Season

Warmth is in the air, the grass is turning green, and the days are growing longer, all signs that we're heading into my favorite season of the year, challis season! You're probably thinking "what is challis season?" Challis season is that wonderful time of year when the weather is warm enough to wear tops and dresses made of rayon challis without having to pair them with bulky extra layers.  As a rayon challis enthusiast, challis season is my favorite time of year! If you've been keeping an eye on Fabric Mart's New Arrivals section of the website then you'll notice all of the beautiful rayon challis that they've stocked lately. With so many beautiful new rayon challis prints and solids, I just couldn't resist stocking up on challis fabric to make two new dresses to wear all season long!  As a new mom, I'm still working out how to dress for breastfeeding. Dresses haven't been the easiest to wear, and yet they are still my favorite to wear. S

Made By A Fabricista: The Search For An Elusive Maxi Dress

Usually, everything starts with an email in my inbox: such and such fabrics are on sale at Fabric Mart. I browse the website, fall in love with a beautiful fabric, and get it in my cart. But, before ordering it, I take time to find a couple of possible projects to make with it, by browsing the patterns section. Then, once I have a better idea of the final product, I order the fabric, get it and start working on it.  Well. Not this time! I did fall in love with a gorgeous Liberty of London Tana Lawn and ordered it while on sale. I knew I wanted to make a dress with it, and I figured I would find a good pattern once the fabric arrived. Big mistake! I had to rule out lots of ideas before finding THE pattern I was going to use. Why all this searching? Well, let's explain this with the fabric characteristics. Tana Lawn is a very lightweight fabric, with more drape than shirt fabrics, but still some crispiness. The print “Bella’s Silhouette” has bold blue flowers on top of a background

Made By A Fabricista: Now's the Time to Lounge in Glamour

Hello again, fellow sewists! I’m nearly giddy to share with you my two latest dresses, with fabrics and styles chosen specifically to counteract this endless dreary weather. I wanted to wear big, blooming florals and showcase sunny colors, and these prints and colors are so ideal for gorgeous outdoor warmth and parties. I chose two maxi dresses with beautiful peekaboo back details because this is on the outer edge of  my comfort level and because they feel so glamorous! I, for one, could use every bit of glamour possible.   For my first breezy gown, I used a vintage late 60s/early 70s pattern that I purchased last summer. It’s Polynesian Pattern 187, the Waikiki Dress. Though I own and have been gifted a few vintage tissue patterns, this is the very first one I’ve actually ventured to sew. The deeply scooped back that features the large center strap is perfectly designed to conceal a bra! Clearly designed by a woman. (And her name was Elsie Ames!)  I started with a muslin because these