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Fabricista Guest Post: Sewing some separates for Spring.

Hello fellow sewists! My name is Bianca Kim and I’m so thrilled to share these makes with you as this is my first time getting to be a Fabricista! I know I’m not the only one who’s addicted to buying fabric from Fabric Mart. I’ve been machine sewing for the past 17 years and continue to fall more in love with it as I get older.  For this project, I knew that I wanted to make some separates that could easily mix in with both my wardrobe for work and for life. I also knew that I wanted to connect with my Korean heritage by making some modern hanbok garments. And voila! Sara at has created the perfect patterns for these types of items and more!  Lately, I’ve noticed that I’m missing a light and easy sweater in my wardrobe that can go with everything. So, I was really happy to find this “Gray Heathered Rayon/Lycra Jersey Knit”. My idea to make the hanbok jacket out of this soft and airy fabric turned out to be just what I was needing! I modified the pattern and extended the

Made by a Fabricista: A Wardrobe Staple for Spring - A Denim Coat

Hello Sewing Friends! It’s Sharon with Sharon Sews with my latest Fabricista make – a denim coat  for spring.  Denim is a wardrobe staple for many of us, and even more so this year with denim on denim looks coming back in style.  The denim I used is a medium weight cotton/lycra blend with about a 20% stretch selvage to selvage.  Fabric Mart always does an amazing job photographing and describing their fabrics, yet I still gasped in delight when I opened the package containing my denim.  It was even better than I had anticipated. This fabric would have worked well for a traditional denim jacket – one with button front closure, chest pockets with flaps, and a collar.   However, I have wanted to sew this open front coat with kimono inspired sleeves and big patch pockets since February 2021.  I saw it in that month’s  BurdaStyle Magazine, bookmarked the page, and promptly forgot about the coat.  It’s coat #105 if you’re interested in sewing one for yourself. Fortunately, I went on an organ

Made by a Fabricista: Revving up your style in the Dana Marie Moto Jacket

Hey friends - I am so excited to have been invited to participate as a Fabric Mart Fabricista this month!  This year is the year I challenge my sewing skills.   I have wanted a moto jacket for some time.  Not just any moto jacket but one that has a classic and timeless style. I saw the Dana Marie Moto Jacket pattern on the Fabric Mart website and knew that was the one.  The fabric I used was a beautiful porcelain white/black/silver 100% polyester plaid weave boucle suiting.    Remember when I said I wanted to challenge my sewing skills?  😉 This fabric was beautiful but fragile to work with.  It was a great mental challenge that had me problem solving before sewing to avoid any potential problems.  I first traced out the pattern onto tissue paper to determine the fit.   I used scrap cotton fabric to sew up a “practice run” of the jacket.    I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the jacket comes together.   I sewed up the muslin in one evening.  It was time to cut into the beautifu

Made By A Fabricista: Youtube Edition - Marty

This project is one that I have been thinking about for a very long time. Okay so in reality I have been thinking about expanding past my 1540's Florentine Ren for a while. And with the help of some quality linen from Fabric Mart I may have just done that. In the girliest way possible. This dress reminds me of the opening scene to the animated Sleeping Beauty which makes sense because the clothing is based on the same time period. But this doesn't make me feel any less like a noble lady who stepped out of the Bayeux Tapestry and into real life. This general 14th-century-inspired dress is probably going to become my go-to grab when I want to feel fancy AND warm. I would also say I'll wear it when I don't want to lace myself into something... but that underdress has a lot of laces. I see more 14th Century explorations in the future, so stay tuned! Love, MARTY   |  @scrappypatterns Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly! You can find similar fabrics by shopping

Behind The Scenes | Owner Spotlight!

  Did you know Fabric Mart is a woman owned business? In honor of International Women's Day last Friday, we decided it was time to put our owners in the spotlight & ask them a few questions.  Everyone say hello to Julie & Lisa! 1.) Introduce yourself, who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm Julie and I am a co-owner of Fabric Mart. I am married to my husband, Zach and we have two wonderful little boys -- Jakob is 6 years old and Lukas is 7 months old. I love sewing, creating and being outside. We love trying new restaurants and exploring areas both near and far.  2.) What brought you to Fabric Mart? I started working at Fabric Mart just after graduating from college. I went to school to be an art teacher and did not land a position and needed a job. Fabric Mart was hiring for warehouse assistant and I got it!  3.) We know you both wear many hats, but what is your main role? What do you do? My role has evolved a lot over the last 16 years but currently I am

Made by a Fabricista: Covering the Basics

I have been thinking a lot about my everyday wardrobe and I quickly realized a basic thing that was missing…bodysuits! I had been working on a mash up of Mimi G simplicity pattern 9701, Madalynne’s simplicity pattern 8435 and my favorite Zara RTW bodysuit. I got really close to perfecting it and then took a break but once I got my hands on this terracotta rayon/spandex jersey knit I knew it was time to give it another go.  I absolutely love the neckline on this bodysuit which is a detail from Mimi G’s 9701 dress pattern. And I decided to pair it with some me-made jeans that I’ve had for some years now. I used another Mimi G pattern for those as well, Simplicity 8655. I love how easy it is to pair a bodysuit with just about anything… jeans, cargos, sweatpants or even a skirt.  Not only can you pair it with multiple bottoms, you can also dress it up or down. I chose to pair this outfit with heels and a cute purse. I usually opt for heels for these pants because I didn’t want to lose any

Made by a Fabricista: Milo + Citrine

Hello sewing friends! It’s Andrea - on IG and today I’m on the blog to share some sew inspo on one of my favorite kinds of garments to make – cardigans! I absolutely love making them and wearing them year-round, whether it’s an extra layer for around my house in the winter, as my outermost layer in Spring and Fall, or paired with a dress on a cooler summer evening. I love love love cardigans! And there are so many great cardigan patterns out there – chances are that each of your favorite pattern companies offers multiple cardigan patterns. Button-less cardigans are great beginner patterns, and a handmade cardigan is a lovely personalized gift since it’s more forgiving for fit and you don’t have to know someone’s exact measurements to make one. And you can make them in all sorts of knit fabrics too.  Today I chose two cardigan patterns to share with you that I think bring a little something extra to the table. They are the Seamwork Milo and the Made by Rae Citrine.