Category Archives: Apparel Fabrics

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...

Make Your Own Joggers

Joggers have made a comeback! All you have to do is attend your local college sports event or walk the aisles of Target and you’ll witness a veritable Joggers Fashion Show! I was recently given a chance to try the M is for Moto Joggers sewing pattern by a new designer, Hatchings Patterns. Elizabeth asked me to join a blogging tour to get the word out about the pattern and I had a great time making several pairs. You can see Read More...

The Paulina Raglan

Hi all! I was invited last month to help another designer celebrate her anniversary, Kennis of Itch to Stitch.* If you’re drawn toward classic elegance, you’ll want to check out Itch to Stitch patterns! Over the last year, Kennis has released 10 patterns including shorts, tops and dresses – and since I had just finished a dress, I thought a top would be a nice change of pace. Thinking on to my fall wardrobe, I chose to hack the Paulina* pattern. The Paulina top is Read More...

Glitter Chiffon Maxi Dress

Hi this is Jaime again from MadeByJaime. A few weeks back, Caitlin posted this Glitter Chiffon as a part of the weekly Create This Look post, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind! I was gearing up to be a part of a Blog Tour this week as a part of a PDF Pattern Designer’s One Year Anniversary. Kimberly Payne of Straight Stitch Designs had asked us to participate by taking one of her patterns and “hacking it.” We were Read More...

Cowgirl Costume

Halloween is two months away so now is a great time to plan your costume sewing! For a little inspiration today, I’m sharing a Cowgirl costume I made earlier this year. For the shirt, I used the Granville shirt pattern by Sewaholic. It comes in PDF format or in print. You could use any button-up shirt pattern or embellish an existing button-up shirt. I just cut the shirt without the front pockets and then placed tissue paper over the pattern to trace the upper front Read More...

Double Tier Women’s Tank Top

If you’re still facing the heat in your area, you might want to pick up the Tank, Double Tier Tank and Crop Top Pattern by Seamingly Smitten. This is a printable PDF pattern so if you’ve never worked with PDF patterns before, this post has a great explanation for how they work! The subtitle at the top of the Tank, Double Tier Tank and Crop Pattern by Seamingly Smitten says, “sewing patterns for beginners”. Though this is a knit-only pattern, there is Read More...

Opera Costumes

A few month’s back I was asked to make two dresses for a local high school opera production. When I got the text of the pattern I’d be using to make the dresses, I was immediately ecstatic. Simplicity 1715 is an Edwardian style dress that reminded me of Downton Abbey. My husband and I had just caught up with the series and I couldn’t wait to re-create one of Lady Mary’s styles.   There is no better place to get your satin, Read More...