6:43 AM

Made By A Fabricista: Travel Ready Tracksuit

With a great deal of international and domestic traveling around the corner (and also back to back), I have been working on some functional, yet stylish travel gear.  Yes, I am the lady in the airport with heels on!  I have an extreme love/hate relationship with track pants.  As an avid gym rat, I stay clear of garments that have any type of elastic waist or draw strings.  Something about the way it feels against my skin creeps me out.

The fabric I selected for this post is a Maggy London rayon/poly/lycra sweater knit found (HERE).  I also used black and white Ponte knits found (HERE) & (HERE).  I have been wearing a ton of black, white, and gray tones lately, so this was right up my alley.

I used McCalls pattern M7199 for the jacket (view A).  I cut 2 inches off on the bottom as it was a bit long for my taste.  I used the black Ponte knit as a contrast for the upper side front, and the upper side back pieces of the pattern, as well as the sleeve cuffs.  I drafted the cuffs which are really simple to do.  If you need an idea of how to draft your own cuffs, there are a TON of youtube videos, and blog posts that can help to point you in the right direction.

For the pants, I used Vogue pattern 8909.  I drafted my pant cuff and waistband to keep it consistent with the jacket.  

For the top, I used the white ponte to create McCalls pattern M7127.

In all I really love this outfit.  The sweater knit is light weight, I can layer it in different ways depending on the weather, and the each piece can be worn separately to create other outfits.  This will definitely work for my day trips in London and even for long walks in Rotterdam next week.  

Until next time...
- Jenese 
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6:20 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Work Wear

One of the item I make least is work wear.  I work in a pretty casual environment and have the ability to dress up and down with ease.  Over the past couple of months I have been collecting suiting and wool with the anticipation of making some great separates specifically for the office.

The fabric used for this project is 100% wool (great for these cold days) beige/blue/multi colored suiting with a very faint plaid design found (HERE).  This fabric can be found in the as is section at a great deal for the quality.

I  love to be chic everywhere I go, but I often fall short at the office out of sheer laziness.  There are so many projects I have this year as I approach my 36th birthday to spruce up my image.

This week's garment was constructed using McCalls M6901  with the following modifications:  Pockets omitted, legs widened by 2 inches from the hip down, and an invisible zipper on the left side.

The Top was constructed using Vogue V9075 bodice with the following modifications:
Lining omitted and replaced with facing on the front and back necklines, Sleeve lengthened into a full sleeve, and 2 6-8 inch wide peplum created by using the circle skirt and slash and spread method with a longer tail in the back.

I love this look and feel like it has me written all over it.  I wore it today to work after being out sick for several days.  Because I work in a heavily casual environment, I was complemented all the way into the door and to my office :).

Happy Sewing

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12:18 PM

Made by a Fabricista: Strapless Jumpsuit V8766 & M6756

I am completely loving the weather we are having lately!  This time last year, it snowed twice already.  How did we did we get so fortunate to have 60 degree plus weather? Any who, my project for this week is a strapless jumpsuit I have been wanting to make for some time now.

The fabric is Chili Red pepper Gabardine suiting from Fabric Mart.

While this fabric is no longer available, a great substitution would be (here) and (here).  Denim would be a great choice as well as the Gabardine has the consistency of 4-5 ounce denim with absolutely no stretch.  The color is very vibrant and one of my go to's for pops of color in the fall.  I am thinking about wearing this to bring in the new year.

The top  of this jumpsuit was constructed using the top of V8766.  I thought and thought for quite some time about making this top as I am NOT a fan of tube/strapless tops.  I absolutely LOVE the look but the execution for me has always been troublesome.  Whether it is retail or created, a top, dress, or a jumpsuit, I often have to get creative with the top for comfort and keep the "pull ups" to a minimal.  I actually have this same issue with each and every strapless bra I have ever purchased (TMI).  On the flip side, I have constructed garments for others with this and other patterns with no issues at all.  I am beginning its just a defect in my body type lol.

For the construction, I used the following boning.  The pattern calls for boning on the sides only, but I added it to the front as well.  I think we've already established I need support!

For the bottom, I used M6756 drafted into pants.  I made a sloper of this pattern so I can change the pockets and zipper placement etc....  I am a sucker for wide leg pants and think I took more than enough time off from making them :).

All in all, I love this look. It was gloomy outside, but the weather was beautiful!  I also created the clutch for this outfit which is part of a group of clutches I am making and am excited about!  See the shop tab for more details!

Happy Sewing and upcoming New Years to you all!

- Jenese

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5:59 AM

GIVEAWAY!!!!! Come on in!

Morning Loves!

Today Needles and Fashion starts what will be, regular giveaways.  YAAAAY!  

I'm a pretty impulsive person, so when I purchase fabric, I often purchase 1) All that is left 2) Way more than I need.  The unfortunate part of this is I rarely use the same materials more than once (unless its denim).  This fabric was purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics.

But that's good for you!  Here's how:

Follow me on IG  (HERE)
Like the Needles and Fashion FB Page (HERE)

On each, there will be a giveaway post.  Go there that post and tell me what you would make with this fabric (only required to post on one or the other) using the #needlesandfashion hashtag.  (2) lovely people will be chosen on Saturday Morning, and 3 lovely yards of the mesh used below will be sent to the winners on Monday!  

Good Luck and stay tuned to the next giveaway!

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5:43 AM

A Little Bit if Love Can Take You a Long Way!

Now that Fall is in full swing, there no time better than now to break out the long skirts, and boots.  For this garment, I went with a graffiti type print mesh from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The top is a stretch jacquard fabric also from FM that I've had for well over a year.  The mesh is now sold out, but here are some alternates that would look GREAT with this same concept:

Mesh:  I used this for a shorter version of this skirt and am in LOVE with the print  (HERE).  These are well worth a try as well  (Option 2), (Option 3), & (Option 4).

Top Knit:  The key here is to get a double/sweater/neoprene/jacquard knit with at least selvage to selvage stretch.  (Option 1), (Option 2), & (Option 3).

Construction:  I used (1) gold teeth 9" exposed zipper, (1) 29" by 5" piece of wool for the waistband and (2) 9" by 1/2" strips of wool to serve as a stabilizer for the mesh where I insert the zipper.  The waistband is basically my waist measurement plus 1" for seam the allowance.

I used 4 yards of fabric for this skirt.  The selvage edge is white on one end and fabric toned on the other.  I used the fabric toned selvage as the bottom of my skirt.  I was able to cut down the top to get my desired length without disrupting the other selvage edge which would be better than attempting to hem mesh!

I did a basting stich 1/4 from the top of the skirt and gathered my fabric down to 30".

I then prepped my waist band by folding a pressing a 5/8" seam on both ends to encase the skirt.  Once pressed, I pinned the skirt to the inside of the waist band, and top stitched it into place.

Once this was complete, I stitched and overlocked my seams with an 8" opening at the top to insert my zipper.

This process is really simple and should take no less than a casual hour.  

The top was my first creation using a bodice sloper I created from a craftsy class I took last month. The sleeves I took from a simplicity pattern I had not yet stored properly :).  M6886 would be a great alternative to the bodice I used.  The neckline is the same and the fit can be adjusted with ease.  

This outfit came together quite well.  After construction, I wore it to a private dinner party and it was a hit!  My favorite part of this outfit is the mix of prints.  I literally forgot I had the fabric used for the top, but found myself digging through my fabric stash determined not to create a solid top.  

Happy Sewing!
- Jenese 

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9:03 AM

Guest Post from Eryn of Style Sew Me!

Today's we have a guest post from the beautiful Eryn of Style Sew Me.  I have followed Eryn's blog for some time and love all of her work.  She takes amazing pictures as well.  I hope you enjoy this DIY as much as I did!

Hey everyone! My name is Eryn and I share my sewing and style looks over at Style Sew Me. Thanks to Jenese for letting me crash on Needles and Fashion today to share my DIY. 
We took the challenge to come up with a look that can be styled from Day to Night and this is my look!

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5:22 PM

Olive Juice: Army Chic Vogue V8909 Altered.

Now that fall is rolling back around again, its time to create and in this case finish projects in warm fall colors don't you think???

Yeah so... this is again, one of those WIP projects from last year.  So long ago I cannot thoroughly remember where I purchased the fabric.  I am about 80% certain it came from JoAnns and from the denim/bottom weight area.  The fabric has stretch salvage to salvage is about 7 oz in weight.  

The pattern I used for these pants is V8909, I widened the waistband and created a waistband to tie.  At first I pondered creating belt loops but wanted the elastic bunching to show with the belt below.  For this, I topstitched the belt to the back of the pants (pocket to pocket) right in the seam between the waistband and the pants.  I also inserted (4) one inch darts, two in the front and two in the back.  Both centered.  Everything else was by the pattern. 

Any who, on Sunday's as of late, my daughter and I have been making time just for us two.  She usually take my pictures anyway (she's getting better each time) so I decided lets go to this waterfall that she likes so much.  I carried my heels and jacket and threw on some flats.  Chile.... this girl had my on a good mile hike!!! The trail started right across from my property, and we probably could have gotten there faster if the trail was a straight shot, it was great letting her take me somewhere I had never been and her taking control of the direction.  It was hilarious hearing her checking on me... "Ma, are you good?".  I responded "I'm grown, I got this but wish you would have told me to put on some sneaks!".  Gotta love that kid.  

Here are some of the pics we took.  I actually plan on making these again before the end of the year with some improvements.  I will be sure to make a tutorial this time as well.  

Heels: Zara
Tank: Vince
Leather Jacket: Vince
Necklace: Unkown, from Saks Fifth Avenue

Happy Sewing!  


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