Our Fabricistas

This is the official blog of Fabric Mart. Fabric Mart is an online and brick-and-mortar store located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. We carry a wide range of designer fashion fabrics. We are a jobber, which means that all the fabrics we carry are closeouts or leftovers from designers and manufacturers. That is why we are able to offer our customers such great deals! We strive to offer our customers quality fabrics at a great price. If you've never been to our website, check it out now...www.fabricmartfabrics.com. 

Goal of our Blog
The goal of our blog is to offer inspiration, ideas and guidance to all sewers, from beginners to advanced. 

Meet the Fabric Mart Fabricistas!

Krystal - Moderator/Head of Social Media
Hello Fabricistas! My name is Krystal & I actually do not sew. However I am obsessed with all kinds of artistry & general craftiness. I am the lead moderator for the blog, as well as Assistant Webmaster & head of Social Media for Fabric Mart. While sewing might not be my outlet of choice, Fiber Art definitely is! I crochet, loom knit, & have recently been teaching myself macrame. I've been assured, it will only be a matter of time before I find myself behind a sewing machine as well. And with all the beautiful fabrics I get to see everyday, I believe it won't be before too long! When I am not working with the lovely Fabricista bloggers, or getting the daily sales emails sent out to our awesome customers, I am at home with my husband & our three cats. I also enjoy cooking, photography, camping, & road trips! Well that is enough about me... Let's get on to our awesome bloggers!

Julie - Moderator/Blogger
Julie is one of the moderators and regular blogger on the blog. In addition to blogging, Julie is the Wholesale Manager and Assistant Buyer at Fabric Mart. Julie is also the coordinator of Julie's Picks, a monthly swatch club. 

When she's not selling fabric she LOVES to sew! "Fabric is my life! I live and work with fabric almost 24/7 and I haven't gotten tired of it yet." This is a way she would describe her life. She graduated from Kutztown University with a dual degree in Art Education and Fine Arts: Fibers. She is glad she can use some of her education while working at Fabric Mart. 

She has been sewing since at least 2nd grade, when she made shorts for her and her brother out of fabric from her grandmother's fabric stash. She found her way around the sewing machine, fabric and patterns on her own, with a little guidance from her aunt and mom. 

Dina from My Superfluities

Dina is a recent convert to sewing, having just started sewing *on her own* in early 2013.  She was always around sewers, with her grandmother, stepmother, and mother-in-law being the most influential in her desire to sew for herself one day. Until she learned to sew completely for herself, she would sit with these ladies at the sewing machine working on simple projects like skirts and basic dresses.  It got to the point where the women were not as available as Dina needed them to be, so she knew she had to figure out how to craft beautiful garments on her own, no hand holding allowed.

Once she finished a few sewing classes in Northern Virginia, she realized that she not only was a pretty good seamstress, she was also very into this new hobby of hers!  Now she sews up a storm and has made everything from little girls' princess costumes to bags to vintage Vogue Paris Original dresses to a fully stuffed pizza costume.  Entering the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge allowed Dina to even further push her sewing limits and is glad to have put all the energy and effort into the creations!  She can't wait to see what she will be making next!

Dina is also the proud mom of three children and enjoys substitute teaching at her kids' school.


Vatsla Watkins is the author of Fashion Behind The Seams, a DIY fashion and sewing blog that aims to encourage others to sew. 

Vatsla is a certified fashion designer, educator, blogger, wife and mom. She teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Charlotte and also loves to teach through written and video tutorials on her blog. 
She is observing a Ready To Wear Fast for all of 2015, and documenting her journey on her blog. Her true passion is creating garments and teaching others the beautiful art of sewing and designing. 

Vatsla graduated from Apparel Arts in San Franscisco in the summer of 2012 and now wants to make fashion design and sewing accessible to those who don't have access to fashion schools. She plans on adding more sewing and pattern making tutorials to her blog over time.


Elizabeth from I Sew, You Sew
Hi! I'm Elizabeth and I love sewing for a myriad of reasons. In my world where so much of what I do for work and life is up in my head, there's complete joy and a restorative quality when I make with my hands.  I also sew because I absolutely love putting something on and feeling the pride that I created it, start to finish.  I sew because I love to shop for beautiful fabrics and in our small home there really is a limit to how much stash I should squirrel away.  I sew because I have two amazing daughters who still believe that whatever I make is better than what they could get from a store.  I hope that as you read my posts, you too will feel inspired to love sewing. You can find me on my blog, I Sew, You Sew.


Ann From SewBaby

Ann Brodsky is the owner of SewBaby, a pattern company specializing in baby and children's clothing and accessories. Ann lives with her husband in Champaign, IL,  and also works for an elementary school coordinating mentors and volunteers. She is passionate about sharing her love of sewing and has organized two local youth sewing clubs- Sew Cool After School for elementary school students, and the Spinning Bobbins 4-H Club.  She also teaches beginning sewing classes for adults and gives private sewing lessons.  When she's not sewing, working or teaching, Ann likes to hang out with her husband, three grown daughters, and two cats.


Tiffany from TipStitched

Hi, I’m Tiffany of TipStitched (formerly Frougie Fashionista) and I love to sew! I am a thirty-something woman who fell in love with sewing after first trying my hand at it in 2014. As much as I wish that I could sew all day, my professional background is in engineering and I work full time in that capacity. In addition to my day job I've started an online clothing store TipStitched that specializes in handmade clothing for the effortlessly stylish woman and her mini me. Some of my other hats include wife (to a great husband who deals with my expanding fabric and pattern stash), stepmom (to two great kids), daughter (of some pretty great parents), sister (to a great sis who requests sewing garments but refuses to be photographed in them), doggie mom (to an aging yorkie). So yeah I stay pretty busy!

I love to sew with knits mainly because that’s what I like to wear and it’s comfortable. You’ll notice that dresses are my favorite items to sew because they are my favorite to wear. Jumpsuits/rompers are becoming a close second. I just love the ease of putting on one piece and having a whole look instead of having to coordinate separates.

Sue from ILove2Sew
Hey Sewers! 
My name is Sue and plain and simple--I love sewing!  I am mostly self-taught and love experimenting with style, fabric, and embellishments.  I sew for my four children and grandchildren!  My sewing seems to overflow into many rooms in my home and I spend more time looking at fabrics, notions, and sewing sites than I care to admit.  You can also follow me at Ilove2sew!

Hi! I'm Meg. I just moved from Thailand to Vermont with my husband and cat. I can't stop thinking about sewing... fabric, patterns, notions... Sewing garments for myself, my family and my friends makes me happy, but I also love sharing my projects and "sewcializing" with other like-minded sewers across the world! You can follow my sewing adventures on my blog, Cookin' and Craftin', or on Instagram at @cookinandcraftin!

Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This
Hi!  I'm Elizabeth.  I live in Colorado with my husband and 4 kids, and I'm always looking to fit in sewing in between my busy Mom life.  I sew for myself, and my children, and occasionally when he whines enough, my husband too!  It's always my goal to sew something creative, and I'll go to about any lengths to do so.  Refashioning, applique, embroidery, pattern hacking, and fabric manipulation are my weapons of choice.  I'm totally that girl who sits behind you and analyzes how to make what you're wearing so I can put my own spin on it.  Our online world of sewists constantly inspires me and pushes me to learn new tricks to put in my designing toolbox.  You can check out what I'm up to on my blog, Elizabeth Made This, or watch my sewing videos, or catch me on Instagram.

Virginie from Jazz Couture
Hi, I caught the sewing bug early on at age 11 in Home Economics class and that was the start of a passion for sewing and fabric! I'm mostly self taught, but I had the chance to have private fittings with professional sewing/fashion teachers and that helped me a lot in my understanding of fit, which is the hardest part in sewing I think. Jazz Couture is the name of my blog, it's where I show my creations that range from everyday clothes to evening gowns! I don't buy RTW as I don't want to support fast fashion, maybe except for jeans from time to time and wool sweaters (I don't knit), so I make almost all of my clothes and I actually wear them. My goal in sewing is not necessarily making all the newest patterns that come out, but choosing patterns that flatter my silhouette and showcase the fabric I'm working with in the best possible way, so sometimes I will work with out-of-print patterns, repeat the pattern multiple times or work with lesser known pattern brands. Although I try to stay aware of the current fashion trends, I'd say my sewing is more a quest for style than making everything that is new. My occupation is professional musician (I am a jazz singer and voice teacher), and so I tend to make a lot of dresses because I actually wear them on my shows and for corporate events! I enjoy everything about sewing and also love to write about sewing and fabric: I am the author of an article about fabric shopping that was published in Threads magazine a couple of years ago, I'm hired from time to time to write sponsored blog posts, I was hired by a fashion design school to give a lecture about fabric trends and fabric shopping on the internet for the students last year, and I was also a featured sewing blogger in an article about DIY in a major newspaper here in Quebec city (Canada). I don't usually give much information about my personal life on my blog as I want to focus on sewing, but I will share with you that I am a proud mom of a beautiful grown up daughter, and I live with a husband and a big Polish shepherd dog!

Marica from Overdriveafter30
I am Marica, proud mother of two beautiful children; Aiden my first born son and Arielle my daughter. My children inspire me daily and give me a purpose to continue on this journey called life.  My hobbies include DIY, sewing, photography, traveling and fashion remix.  By day I am a Math educator and by night a mother, sister, friend, advance beginner sewist, amateur photographer, you name it. In my early years of High school, I had a hidden passion for sewing.  I buried this passion for years and decided in October 2014 to reignite the desire to sew and create. 

I enjoy sewing even more and have grown tremendously since I won the Fabricista Fashion Challenge 5. I feared patterns the first 3 years of sewing and in 2017, I overcame the fear and have been working with patterns since.   I truly enjoy print and stripe matching and ensuring that my clothes fit.  Be sure to check out my makes on Instagram at overdriveafter30 or via my personal blog  here

Thanks,

Marica


Past Fabricistas

Kathy from Kathy Sews

Jenese from Needles and Fashion


Nakisha from Sew Crafty Chemist

Michelle from Happily Caffeinated

Diane from Gatorbunny Sews

Shannon from ShanniLoves

Michelle from That Black Chic

Tee from Maggie Elaine


Would you like to become a Fabricista?

We are always looking for contributors! 
Submit your ideas and an example of previous blog posts done either on your blog or other blogs to fabricmartblog[at]gmail.com.