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The Together Tank – Knits & Wovens

Let’s all be honest – most of our modern closets are full of knit fabrics. From leggings, to t-shirts and easy knit swing dresses, most of us love the comfort and forgiveness of knits. However,  garments made from woven fabrics are usually more formal, more appropriate for business casual or occasions a little fancier than every day. This Together Tank is the best of both worlds! The front of this tank top is made from a woven fabric, appropriate for Cotton, Linen, Read More...

Basic Skirt Variation: Self-Drafted Denim Skirt

A few weeks back I shared my self-drafted skirt as the start of my journey through Cal Patch’s Book Design It Yourself Clothes. Today I’m here to show you a variation! As I mentioned, the premise of the book is that once you draft a well-fitting basic pattern, you can draft different styles off of it, knowing it fits you to a tee. You can build an entire wardrobe from 4 or 5 basic patterns! One of the variations the book is the Rosie Read More...

Sew Your Own Beach Bag | MadeByJaime

Summer is coming and, around where we are, there’s a region on the central coast of California appropriately nicknamed “Bakersfield West”. Yes, the 100+ summer temperatures drive many of us to enjoy the water & waves and if you’re going to the beach, you must have a great beach bag for all the necessities! This generously sized bag was made using a free tutorial at Sew4Home but if you’d like some guidance in making your own, I’m running a local class Read More...

Wardrobe Staple | Self-Drafted Basic Skirt

Have you ever tried your hand at pattern drafting? As 2017 ended, a few of my friends from the Instagram Sewing Community decided to get together (virtually) and work through Cal Patch’s book, Draft It Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. The basic concept of the book is to create a basic pattern (skirt, t-shirt, woven shirt, pants and dress) that fits you perfectly. After getting the basic pattern right, you then use Cal Patch’s instructions to draft different styles using the Read More...

DIY Shift Dress

Hi all! I’m Jaime from MadeByJaime.com here to share with you a simple and easy DIY shift dress. My kids and I have been creating art on Fridays and we’re usually using water colors. I saw this water color-esque print in the aisles of F&M Fabrics while looking for something outside my usual picks – black, grey, navy & neutrals – and thought it’d be fun for the shift dress I had in mind. The pattern is the Sazerac Shift Dress Read More...

DIY Rey & Jedi Costumes | Halloween 2017

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to sew for. There is whimsy, imagination and the joy of pretending to be your favorite characters from the big screen. We don’t do Star Wars every year, but it does seam to weave it’s way in to our Halloween pretty frequently! TheFabricMarket.com is THE BEST place to get fabrics for costumes because the prices are so affordable! My daughter decided soon after the movie release that she wanted to be Rey. We used Read More...

Sew Your Own Messenger Bag!

This fall, I asked my kids whether they wanted a store-bought or mom-made backpack for the new school year. My daughter chose store-bought but my son asked me to sew him a mom-made Messenger Bag. We worked together to get the design he had in his head and I’m here today to share the result with you! Since this bag was for a 9 year old boy, I knew it had to be canvas (durable) and I knew it had to be black Read More...

FREE Sewing Pattern for Girls – The London Dress

It’s not a secret that I love sewing with The Fabric Market’s Poly Cotton fabrics, so when I saw the London Dress PDF Tutorial released as a FREE pattern from Violette Field Threads (coupon code is available in their Facebook Group) I ran in to grab a few yards. Fabric Choices After wandering the aisles, I chose this Vintage Floral Batiste as the main fabric. I then grabbed the following Poly Cotton solids as coordinates: Fuchsia for the straps Olive for the ruffle Peach for Read More...

The best fabrics for newborn baby photography

Newborn baby photography is incredibly popular with parents, capturing beautiful memories they can hold onto forever. Taking creative and professional pictures with a newborn is quite an art and one that requires carefully selected props and backdrops to add depth to the photos and get a more personal experience. Fabrics are often featured in newborn photography and are great for creating a soft, relaxing environment for the baby to drift off Read More...

Create a superhero look for Comic-con® International: San Diego 2017, with our fabrics

Comic-Con® International 2017 comes to California in July (20-23) and The Fabric Market has a Bat Cave full of fabulous fabrics to help you look like a ‘super’ man and ‘wonder’ woman at the San Diego Convention Center. Not everyone has the creative genius of Tony Stark, so to help inspire you we’ve put together a few ideas below. Fabrics fit for a Prince…of Asgard! Look like a demi-God at Comic-Con® with our fabrics.  This amazing Thor costume is worn by Read More...