Category Archives: Apparel Fabrics

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...

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...

Sewing Activewear | Ballet & Dance

If you live locally, you know that F&M fabrics has the best selection and pricing on dance fabrics in town! They have some great stuff online too, which you can see here. Last summer, my daughter and I started taking a combo dance class and an adult beginner ballet class, respectively. After a few months of loving it, I thought it’d be fun to make some dance wear for us. Fortunately, I walked into the store as the black spandex was being Read More...

Make Your Own Jeans | New Pattern, Helpful Tools & Tips

Jeans are such a wardrobe essential – the weekend uniform &, for many, the daily garment of choice. Yet many people who sew steer clear from making their own pair. Maybe it’s the metal rivets and zipper that are daunting or the idea of all that top-stitching. But making your own jeans is very rewarding if you aren’t afraid to jump in and learn some new skills. I’ll even share some tools and tips to help you get professional results. The Read More...

Introducing, Sir Knight!

Did you make any Halloween (or other) costumes this year with fabrics from TheFabricMarket.com or F&M Fabrics, locally? We’d love to see them on our facebook page. Some have already shared their creations so jump on in and show us what you’ve come up with! This year, my son asked to be a knight. In a happy coincidence, his schooling the month leading up to Halloween covered knights and the middle ages from a variety of sources so we had Read More...