8:30 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Prep Jumpsuit

Disclaimer:  I no way am I tired of this summer weather!  I have been traveling a great deal lately, and honestly, a little low on inspiration.  I cam across a jumpsuit (big surprise) and completely fell in love.  I love anything with top stitching, so this was right up my alley!

The fabric used for this post is a 100% Wool Gabardine fabric from Fabric Mart.  Although this color is no longer available, here are some other options...HEREHERE, & HERE.  The color options are endless!

Of course, I am always mixing patterns, the ones used for this garment are Vogue 9103 and McCalls 6930.

I installed exposed zippers for a unique finish in the front and back.  At first thought, I was going to use an invisible zipper, but considering the bodice and waistband was doubled, I didn't want to risk the zipper breaking.  Ironically enough, I had a 24" zipper in my stash and it work out!

The only adjustments I had to make was with the back bodice.  I ended up having to cut 2 inches from the center back and scale it down to the side seam in order to eliminate bulk once I completed the garment.  Other than that, everything worked out just fine.

Heres a shot of the top stitching.  I did in on one side instead of both just to have a small element of "pop".  I will be working top stitching into may of the garments I have planed for a mini self collection this fall.

I have a tutorial for the pattern adjustments (HERE).  I was a labor of frustration, but I was able to get it posted.  Just know my heart is in the right place!!! I have a ton of execution issues to work through that I must over come in the coming months!

Thanks for visiting!
- Jenese

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12:00 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Bold Colors and Vogue 1394

Days before I depart on vacation, I had several yards of this beautiful fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics (HERE) and no ideas of what to make.  The fabric literally spoke to me!  I searched and searched through my pattern stash and came across V1394.  I opted to use this pattern because as a challenge to my patience.  I've had this pattern for quite some time, but as you may know if you follow me, I don't wear dresses that often.  I tend to choose those easy, and time friendly projects that I can whip up in one day and move on to the next.

I made the following adjustments to the pattern:
1) I shortened the shirt by 2 inches.

2) I lined the bodice of the dress only.
3) I extended the buttons in the back to the bottom of the dress,

The pleats on this dress alone took me an hour.  In all, there are a total of 21 pleats!

The remainder of the dress was constructed as per the pattern instructions.  I must say, I admired the 6 pieces that constructed the skirt, I might actually use it again for a nice flared skirt instead of the traditional circle skirt,

Happy Sewing!
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4:02 AM

Mothers Day Sew-A-Long

Mothers Day There is nothing better than being able to share your craft with the ones you love.  

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7:14 AM

The Fastest 2 Piece ever!

Hello there again!  

Below is a quick 2 piece I created from a paneled ITY knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I absolutely fell in love with fabric but was not sure exactly what I would do with it.  Since I was running short on creative time, I opted to create a crop top and simple pencil skirt.  If you are wanting a look similar to this, the easiest route would be to use M6886 and separate the top from the bottom.  

Happy Sewing!

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7:06 AM

Mesh Is The New Tulle!

Top of the morning!!

One one of many sales on Fabric Mart Fabrics, I was able to score 10 yards of multicolored mesh at a whopping $1.99 per yard.  I took 6 yards of this mesh and created a mini skirt, perfect for my vacation that is approaching.  I gathered a total of 216 inches!!!!  I doubled the fabric because it is after all... mesh!  My top is a very simple V8815 crop which is my go to for crop shirts. I paired this with a simply gold chain and bracelet, with Alexander McQueen Sandals. 

I hope you like! 

Happy Sewing!

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5:29 AM

Sew Red - Vogue 9075

For the first time this year, the weather consistently rose above 60 degrees.  The long awaited Spring has arrived and haven't failed me yet (fingers crossed).

Today's dressy jumpsuit is courtesy Vogue Pattern 9075 found (HERE).   The Fabric is a "hot tamale poly/twill suiting from Fabric Mart Fabrics found (HERE),  Once I saw the color, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

This is one of the simplest patterns I've sewn in a while.  In under 3 hours, I had a completed garment.  Instead of lining this top, I opted to create a facing for the center front, and center back pieces, using the original pattern piece.  

Once attached, The pattern piece and the facing (both with finished edges) were pressed towards the facing, under stitched, clipped in the curve.

I repeated this step for the (2) center back pieces.

From here, all other steps should be according to the manufacturer's instruction.  I will be completely honest, this pattern is so simple, I did not read the instructions at all!  I assembled the pants, put the pockets on, sewn my pleats (which I laid flat instead of towards the center front), a double hem on the sleeves and pants, added the a zipper and that was IT!  You cannot construct a jumpsuit any simpler!.

  And there you have it!  I can't wait to wear this over the spring/summer. 

Happy Sewing!

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4:37 PM

"Sew-whatcha-McCall-it" Jumpsuit M6436 + M6610

This is a super late post, but wanted to share after completely forgetting to post my bday jumpsuit "Sew-whatcha-McCall-it"

I think at this point you couldn't have been surprised I made yet another jumpsuit for my Bday... Why of course!!! :)

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