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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 boning I was going to have to sew in. 

For my corset, I used this absolutely stunning 100% Silk Liberty London fabric. When sewing with this fabric, I would consider it to be used by someone that has a bit of experience with sewing, because the fabric is easily manipulated, which also results in it being warped or misshaped when moving it around. I was so pleased with the outcome. You can wear this corset in so many ways, but for me I decided to layer it making it a great spring option. 

My next Fabric Mart make is this flattering milkmaid dress. The pattern I used for this dress is McCall’s Brandi Joan or number 8359. This dress was relatively simple to make; I truly was quite surprised. Sometimes when I make things I have to stop to reread or try to interpret what the instructions are telling me, but with this dress they were fairly clear. I will say that this dress is not past D cup friendly, which I think is something important to note & anything over will require a Full Bust Adjustment. I, however, did not do a FBA & a part of me wishes I did, because I do think it would fit just a little bit nicer, but overall I love this dress a lot. It’s extremely flattering & the boning that is placed inside of the dress is a must, because it keeps your chest from tumbling over. 

The fabric that I chose for this dress from Fabric Mart was an absolutely gorgeous Charmeuse. I love Charmeuse so much. It’s incredibly drapey, soft, and elegant. It is a bit difficult to sew with, but if you know what you’re doing then you will have no problem. My favorite part of this fabric is the print. It had the most gorgeous florals & colors, and that in turn makes it easy to pair with different shoes & colors. 

MACY  @macycamile

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following category, LUXURY BRITISH BRAND, SILK, & CHARMEUSE.


  1. These are so gorgeous ! I love the milkmaid dress and have thought of making the pattern myself.


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