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Showing posts from May, 2023

Made By A Fabricista: Rayon Challis Separates for Me!

This month I decided to take a minute to sew something for myself! Knowing that I was about to move house (I'm excited to be getting a nice big sewing room!), I opted to use some tried-and-true patterns that I knew would be quick and easy to sew: Jalie Michelle and Jalie Geneviève . I've really loved seeing garments made in crinkle challis lately, so I selected a solid mustard yellow crinkle challis with a plan for either pants or a skirt ( Geneviève is a skirt, but there's also a culotte option available for it), and two sateen challis prints for a top (Michelle can be made either as a top or a dress). I considered making a reversible top with both fabric prints, but upon playing with them in real life, opted for two separate tops with a facing. Given that challis tends to be a bit shifty, it's best to starch it before you begin cutting out your project. It's also best to cut it out on a large surface with a rotary cutter so the fabric doesn't get distorted.

Made By A Fabricista: Refreshed

Hi everyone,  I’m back with another blog post this lovely May.  However, to be completely transparent I had lost my sewjo for a couple of months.   If it weren’t for me to have work on this post, I probably still would not have started anything.  I know this is something that happens commonly, but I’ve just felt so unmotivated to sew and I love sewing.  Going from constantly working on projects and pushing out content to not having the urge to do much was completely different for me. I’m so glad I started with this neutral color palette to bring me out of my funk and get back into expressing myself through sewing.   I feel like it’s a perfect way to start over with a clean slate. Sometimes we just need a break, rest then start again.  I saw this gorgeous off-white stretch twill and the texture was so soft and fun to work with.  Most times I choose fabric first then figure out later what I want to make with it.  So, I went to my inspiration board, and realized that I love the trend of

Made By A Fabricista: A Mother’s Day Gift - Making my Daughter’s Prom Dress

Happy Friday All! As a mother and sewist, I am always planning months in advance for any special occasion dress. Due to the pandemic, my daughter missed all the activities at the end of her elementary journey and I was truly heart broken. She did not have any promotional ceremony, field trips or activities for the last few months of elementary school. I made a vow to myself that in Middle School, no matter what life throws us, I would make the perfect Junior Prom dinner dance dress even if she had to twirl in it at home. When I came across this beautiful blue lycra sequins fabric, I was thrilled. My daughter Arielle and I spoke a few months ago about the perfect Grade 8 Junior Prom dinner dance dress. She found an inspirational photo on Pinterest back in December which was a one shoulder maxi dress that sparkles and she was excited about me making her special dress. At the time she wasn’t quite sure of the shade of blue she wanted but after our trip to Jamaica during Spring break, she

Made by a Fabricista: YouTube Edition | Marty - Let's Make a Spring Dress

Light Cornflower Blue/Fern Green/Imperial Red/Multi 100% Rayon Floral Print Challis 54W I don't have much to say about my project this time. Other than I can't be happier with how it turned out. I think it'll make a cute romantic dress for summer but also blend into the high-fantasy wardrobe that I want to create. It'll be fun to play with and explore. Hopefully, next time my life will be a little more put together and I'll be a little less stressed. But for now, I hope you all enjoy this project as much as I do. With all the chaos included. MARTY   |  @scrappypatterns Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly! You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following category,  CHALLIS .

Made By A Fabricista: Tips for Sewing The Jasika Blazer

Sometimes you just bite off more than you can chew and that happened to me with The Jasika Blazer from Closet Core Patterns .  What I would like to write is that The Jasika Blazer is a classic and versatile jacket that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. But I can’t because it is still in pieces!!  It happens and that’s is ok. Sometimes we don’t have as much time to sew as we would like. I did get to one of the key design features of this blazer, welt pockets, which can seem daunting for those new to sewing. In this blog post, I will give a brief break down of the process of sewing welt pockets and also provide tips on how to iron velvety no wale corduroy fabric courtesy of Fabric Mart Fabrics. Price of the Project First I do want to be up front on the cost of this project.  It is not a cheap. The total cost of the materials for the Jasika Blazer project would be $144.95. The outer fabric was $24.99 per yard, and three yards were purchased, bringing the total cost to