Month: October 2019

Fall Trend – Metallics

So a trend for Fall is metallics and this denim fabric is right on trend and fabulous. This one is sold out but don’t worry, Mood Fabrics has several other options so you can get right on this Metallic Trend.   Metallics would be good in a range of garments, from tops to dresses.

Initially, I was going to make a dress, but I only ordered 2 yards of fabric, so I went with Simplicity 8840.  I love this top for the pleating detail and the over-sized sleeves with the ties.

I am so impressed with this metallic denim, it washed beautifully, pressed beautifully and it does not scratch at all!  Here are a couple of metallic denims that are in stock and can you imagine a pair of jeans in this fabric?  YES!

Now back to my blouse, I added one inch to the bodice and a broad back adjustment also.   The details are good on this top as I mentioned earlier and with all these details and I am surprised how quickly it comes together.  The neckline has bias binding.

The pleats just need to be carefully marked and stitched.

The sleeves were one of the last steps and the knots are just such a nice touch.

This metallic top is just what I needed to hop on this fashion trend within my comfort level.

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Made by a Fabricista: Snakeskin Faux Jumpsuit

 Animal print is almost always in style, but this fall it’s especially on trend! I’ve got plenty of cheetah/leopard print makes, but nothing in snakeskin so when I saw this cream and black double brushed polyester (DBP) knit I had to have it. In addition to the print I love the feel of DBP, it’s so soft, doesn’t hold wrinkles and holds up to multiples washes! This fabric is sold out, but they have plenty of other double brushed knits online.

I recently added a few (read: several) patterns to my collection thanks to an annual sale hosted by the local American Sewing Guild. This was totally accidental as I was there to donate fabric and patterns NOT buy. LOL Anyway in that lot of patterns was Vogue 8738 (OOP). I grabbed it thinking it was a jumpsuit, but its actually two pieces which is almost better as I need more separates. Though I’m not sure when this was printed it has a 90’s vibe and the 90s are making a comeback (whether we like it or not!) so I snagged this pattern.

I had an idea for a snakeskin jumpsuit early in the summer, though at that time I was envisioning a challis. So I searched my collection for a knit jumpsuit and remembered V8738, which was even better because separates would obviously get more wear especially in a bold print like this one.

Both pieces are quick sews. The tank is just three pieces; the draped front, the pleated back yoke and the lower back. One odd thing to note is that the edges of the back yoke are never finished according the instructions as you finish off the rest of the armhole prior to attaching it. I simply folded over and sewed a narrow hem. Next time I will attached the three pieces and then hem everything. Another thing I’ll added next time is fusible hem tape, this DBP or any stretchy knit is easy to stretch while hemming so the stability would have been nice.

The pants are even easier as they have just two pieces, the leg and the waistband. However because the leg pieces is both the front and back leg combined it is a large piece and I had to cut it on the floor. There were no finished measurement so I cut the largest size, a 18. I ended up taking it in a bit more at the front and back crotch since there are no side seams. Next time I will cut a 16 or even a 14 with a stretchier knit like this DBP. I would also add about 2 inches to the hem, although I feel these are designed to hit at the ankle.

Although I admit the two pieces together might be a bit much, I promise you that it is incredibly comfortable. This brushed poly is so soft it’s like wearing pajamas. I do think that the belt is necessary to pull of this outfit. Additionally the top is more wearable than the pants, as the pants can conger up images of 90s “hammer pants”. Still I truly don’t think the pants are that bad as the drape is in the front leg instead of the crotch.

Which look is your fave?

See you next month


delivering the perfect night’s sleep

in my last post i shared my experience making pillows and duvets with making pillows and duvets with herbert parkinson as part of a press trip with john lewis & partners. the next stop on our northern adventure was hornington manor, set within the grounds of harrison spinks farm.

the farm boasts 300 acres of beautiful yorkshire pasture and arable land, and is home to a flock of texel, suffolk, zwartble and wensleydale sheep, which are reared in exchange for their woolly fleeces. the farm also produces hemp and flax fibres which are processed on-site, before being transported to the harrison spinks factory down the road in leeds, where they are carded and blended with other natural materials to make sumptuous natural mattress upholstery fillings.

naturally you can find harrison spinks luxury mattresses in each of the 19 bedrooms of the manor, so i was very excited to be spending the night there after a fantastic but tiring day at herbert parkinson. there has been a real explosion of mattress brands on the market in the past few years, and i know it can seem like a minefield to navigate through to find the one most suited to your needs and – critically – your budget. i’m not going to lie, harrison spinks’ mattresses are at the premium end of the market and i was eager to find out just what goes into the product to make it worthy of the pricetag.

we checked into the manor in the late afternoon and were shown to our rooms, with plenty of time to kick back and relax before dinner. i massively lucked out with my beautiful master bedroom, with freestanding bathtub perfectly situated right under the window for taking in the spectacular views across the farm. the grade ii listed manor was built in 1770, and has been lovingly restored to provide luxury self catering accommodation and a unique barn venue for weddings and other celebrations. we pretty much had the run of the place during our overnight stay, and i had a lot of fun exploring each of the rooms in the manor house, west wing and servant’s quarters before we assembled downstairs for dinner in the grand ballroom and treated to the most delicious and leisurely 3-course meal.

the following morning, after a wonderful night’s sleep on the luxury 12,000 pocket spring mattress in my room, we reconvened in the ballroom for a hearty breakfast, before heading out to discover the farm and the origins of my night of blissful slumber.

harrison spink’s luxury mattresses use moisture absorbing hemp fibres which are harvested on their 300 acres of yorkshire farmland. they always get a few raised eyebrows when they talk about their hemp crops, but its resilience and durability make it the perfect natural fibre for their mattresses. the hemp and flax crops produce super absorbent fibres that help to absorb moisture from the mattress while you sleep, keeping you cool and dry. it is also naturally resistant to mildew, helping to keep beds fresh and hygienic.

john, the farm’s hemp production manager, explained that the rich yorkshire soil and climate create the perfect conditions to grow hemp and flax linen from seed, and that growing it locally significantly reduces the impact on the environment because the fibres only need to be transported 18 miles up the road to the factory. on top of this, the fibres are 100% recyclable at the end of the mattress’ life. so as john would say, instead of asking ‘why hemp?’, a better question quite frankly is ‘why not?

after we’d had some fun frolicking through the hemp fields in the early morning sun, it was time to meet some of the farm’s star attractions! the flock of zwartbles, suffolk, texel and wensleydale sheep, as well as alpacas and angora goats, are all bred for their beautiful soft, springy and naturally supportive wool coats, used in  harrison spinks’ natural collection for john lewis & partners.

wool is a sustainable natural mattress filling, which can be fully recycled at the end of the mattress’ life. sheep wool is antibacterial and inherently fire retardant, with natural wicking properties to help regulate body temperature. similarly, alpaca wool is soft and durable with excellent wicking properties, whilst also being warmer and hypoallergenic. lastly angora goats, like bea here, produce mohair which is smoother and softer than sheep’s wool, with a fine silky texture.

then it was time to head up the road to the innovation centre and mattress factory!

innovation is at the heart of the harrison spinks brand, and they see themselves as the nasa of the bed world;  forever pushing the boundaries of engineering principles to develop truly ground-breaking technology. every harrison spinks mattress benefits from an innovative and sustainable cortec® pocket spring design for enhanced comfort and support. these tiny pocket springs are produced in a blanket sheet format and adapt to your body as you sleep, relieving any pressure. these springs are closest to the natural filling layers and the perforated fabric pushes air through the mattress allowing it to breathe for your comfort.

more springs mean more comfort:  just as you increase the megapixels on your camera to get a clearer picture, the more tiny springs there are in a mattress the more they contour to your body to relieve pressure and give you a better night’s sleep.

harrison spinks worked with british steel to develop the unique grade of steel rod that allows them to draw ultra-fine wire on site, significantly reducing the weight of the springs in their mattresses, as well as reducing their carbon emissions by eliminating the need for transporting the components.

they’ve also brought weaving back to the north of england, with investment in state of the art looms that allow them to produce 90% of their mattress fabric in-house. these are produced by weaving a viscose fibre made of cellulose from trees and finished only using steam, removing the need for harsh chemicals. unsurprisingly, their pioneering ethos has already been recognised twice with two queen’s awards for enterprise in innovation in 2013 and 2018.

we also got to step out on the production floor to see one of their luxury natural collection mattresses being constructed. there’s no such thing as a standard person, which is why at harrison spinks there’s no such thing as a standard bed. outside and in, it’s designed around you, right down to the last stitch. it was fascinating to see how many people were involved in the production chain, with each having their own specific set of skills and expertise to contribute and ensure the final product is the highest quality possible. the art of side stitching for example takes years of training to ensure an expert stitch that offers maximum support across the entire sleeping surface. we were given the opportunity to try it out and trust me, pushing that thick needle through the dense natural fillings quickly and accurately is pretty darn impossible for a novice. gary however can complete an entire mattress in minutes.

likewise, tape edging delivers the important finishing touch in the building of harrison spinks mattresses, and mikey made the whole process look pretty effortless. we watched him whizz the machine around the exterior of the mattress, pumping the foot pedal whilst moving the machine around the contours, angling the tape into the perfect straight line, all the while forcing the overflowing layers of mattress filling expertly inside to completely bind the layers within. naturally that graceful ease he demonstrated took years to perfect.

the high level of personalisation available at harrison spinks is testament to the expert skill levels of every craft person in the production chain. for example, if you and your partner have different requirements for the firmness of your mattress – achieved by varying the tensions in the revolution spring – each side can be personally tailored much in the same way as herbert parkinson could create a half/half duvet with differing togs for couples who like different levels of warmth in bed – to ensure you both have a restful nights sleep laying side by side.

we’ve all had terrible night’s sleep on what we would consider poor quality mattresses, but have you ever considered why? if a mattress is too soft for you, it puts severe pressure on your lower back, which is not only uncomfortable but can cause a lot of stiffness the following day. conversely, when a mattress is too firm for your body it can create pressure around the shoulders, hips and knees, again causing a restless night.

it’s important to make sure you don’t spend repetitive nights sleeping on a mattress that is not suited to your body or sleep style, or the long term negative effect on your health will be cumulative. taking time to visit a mattress showroom and trying out all of the options properly (i.e. actually lying down and resting awhile in different positions) can pay dividends in your future health and wellbeing, and ensure you are making the right financial investment in your mattress.

i have to say i found my visit with harrison spinks to be incredibly eye-opening and i don’t think i’ll ever look at my mattress in quite the same away again! i was so impressed not only by the level of technology and innovation that goes into each of their mattresses, but also the brands commitment to sustainability and planet positive processes throughout the entire production chain.

to sleep on a premium quality mattress produced entirely in the north of england, that helps support local craftspeople and generate skilled northern employment opportunities, is a fantastic investment all round in my opinion and one i hope i’ll be able to make as i develop a ‘forever home’ in the future.

 fabricofmylife was hosted at hornington manor and harrison spinks as a guest of john lewis & partners. all thoughts and photography, my own. 

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alex loves adam

it’s been a long while since i put together a ‘what i’m packing for’ post, but i feel the occasion definitely calls for it!

in fact, this is a slight twist on the old theme since it’s more of a ‘what i packed for’ past-tense type of post, as last week i jetted out to portugal to celebrate the nuptials of my good friend alex vanthournout – formerly alex loves and now queen fashercise – and her lovely hubby-to-be, adam.

alex and i became friends after interning together (in different departments) at wallpaper* magazine and bonding over the fact that we were both newbie bloggers. it was the summer of 2010, and a time when the fashion industry was just cottoning on to the power of bloggers to create unique and interesting content in an area previously governed exclusively by a few powerhouse titles. whilst i’ve always written predominantly about interiors and design, being friends with alex meant i was able to tag along with her to some of the shiniest and most exclusive events of the time, including london fashion week, and make friends with some of the bloggers helping pave the way within the industry. we’ve been firm friends ever since, so in homage to the more carefree, old skool style o’ blogging, i thought i’d share a few candid snaps from our holiday, the beautiful wedding, and what i packed for the trip.

the wedding was held in portugal’s picturesque algarve, a place very close to alex’s heart as the location of her childhood family holidays, and a place i’ve been on a couple of wonderful holidays with her too. as a home-away-from-home, the wedding was as beautiful and stylish as alex, and as equally low-key. having arrived in portugal late on thursday evening and spent the night and following morning in faro, on friday afternoon my boyfriend and i checked into our beautiful petite airbnb in quateira, with a spacious balcony and lovely rooftop views.

that evening there was a welcome dinner held at one of alex’s favourite beachside restaurants, a gorgeously coastal chic venue, complete with live music band who kept us dancing in the wee hours. for the occasion i wore a gorgeous blue floral wrap dress* by camden-based fashion brand angeleye, who have a fantastic selection of wedding guest outfits on their site, which got me plenty of compliments throughout the night!

the following day may have started uncharacteristically cloudy, but it wasn’t long until the sun came out to shine on the new happy couple. i’d chosen a pale pink lace dress for the day, and knew i wanted to keep my accessorises chic and minimal. to complement a pair of simple drop earrings i’d been given years ago by my grandparents, i’d chosen a beautiful mother of pearl gold chain* from daisy london’s fabulous selection of contemporary  necklaces, which i knew my late grandmother would have swooned over. my boyfriend had chosen his pale blue linen suit almost as soon as the wedding invite had hit the doormat – which meant i’d had to find a dress to match him! – and chose to accessorise his dapper miami vice look with a sleek and stylish silver & tan watch* from freedom to exist, designed and run by my fabulous pals kirsty and paul, and a pale pink spotted pocket square that matched my dress. bless! 

i didn’t take nearly as many photographs of the day as i would usually as i was so wrapped up in the emotion of it all and being in the moment. of course, i’ve a whole camera roll full of booze-laden dancing snaps from later in the night, but those wouldn’t have even made my facebook timeline back in the day, so definitely won’t be shared here – don’t worry, gang!

we may have had heavy heads and sore feet the following day but the newlywed #vancrickmores has planned a wonderful poolside recovery brunch to help coax us back to the land of the living, fuelled by fiery bloody marys and salty-sharp margaritas – just what the doctor ordered!

1. choose love t-shirt 2. hydration masque* & skin protector spf30* 3. rene bikini 4. ray-bans 5. denim shorts 6. leather sliders 7. chloé nomade parfum 8. shimmerbar highligher 9. striped tote

we had a good 36 hours remaining once all the wedding celebrations had run their course, so did what any sensible souls in dire need of a holiday would do and headed for the beach! most of my go-to beach uniform is more than a few years old now as i don’t think you can ever go wrong with a black bikini, pair of denim cut-offs, white cover-up and a pair of ray-bans, but new to my stripy beach tote for 2019 were a pair of st.agni woven leather sliders, ark skincare’s skin protector in spf30 and beauty pie’s shimmerbar in bikini.

i’m a total convert to both these beauty brands. ark are an award winning british skincare brand whose products use bioactive natural ingredients and are simply categorised into three key age specific product lines. i’ve been testing a whole heap of products from their age defend line formulated for those in their 30s & 40s, and will be sharing a full post on the brand shortly. and if you’ve not heard of beauty pie then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past year or so, but i’m a very recent convert to the luxury beauty buyers club and have so far loved everything i’ve ordered! you can find out more about how it operates here.

and there you have it, a very rough and ready old skool style blog post in honour of my wonderful blogging bestie!  xxx

* this post includes links to items which have been gifted, these are denoted by an asterisk. all photography © fabricofmylife

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Mood Presents: The Animal Print Collection – Free Sewing Patterns

You stand in a metal jungle, towering trees made infantile by iron-wrought frames. Hum-drum haberdashery leaks from the seams of dressed-down silhouettes, neutral in color and unnoticed by the herds. In a sea of black, one hide stands apart, fluid yet taut. Simple in execution and exquisite in hand, the tailoring teems with top-tier trends. Your confidence coalesces with your creation’s crevices, a shining style among the awe-inspired onlookers. Powerful, sleek, and graceful, you make your way in the world, wild and wonderful.

You may not grace the runway, but you can embrace the catwalk in your day-to-day life with the natural styles that have made their way into designers’ hearts and sketchbooks. Animal prints are a new classic; zebra prints and cheetah skins stalking stylists, invading everything from business attire to athletic wear. Create wild styles and mix different animal prints, or stay chic with a simple silhouette made from an extravagant leopard spotted jacquard. Pair a giraffe printed button-up with a simple black suit to bring an animalistic power into business meetings, or hit the town with the gals in a myriad of dresses made from jungle cat inspired textiles. Keep up with the heat in the summer by lounging by the pool in a peacock-printed bathing suit, or chill out and warm up in a puffer coat lined with ocelot spots.

The Aspen Skirt

Shavonne sports the skirt from The Aspen Ensemble, fitted with a zipper. This sleek style is inspired by the runway, the zipper detailing coinciding with the reconstructed/deconstructed trend. Remove the long zipper to stick simply with the print, or add more for some over-the-top tailoring. Check out Mood’s new line of exclusive zippers, totally customizable and 100% you! Choose your length, color, and pull for a unique zipper that fits your design to a Z. Fashion a crop top of the same fabric to double down on the matching set style, or create the blouse from The Aspen Ensemble in a zebra print for an elegant ensemble.

The Alder Top

Brittany sports The Alder Top in a gorgeous silk print. Silk prints have been popping up all over, their fluid drape and immaculate prints catching the eye and holding it tight. Pair this variation of The Alder Top with a black faux leather pencil skirt for a fitted and fashionable silhouette perfect for first dates and 10 year anniversaries, or create one in white and pair it with some cheetah-printed cigarette pants.


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The Nasrin Pants

Stephanie sports The Nasrin Pants in jacquard, with an alteration featuring a real front fly (following the steps from The Aster Pants). These powerful pants present a flashy fashion, fabricated from the most textural of textiles. Jacquard is quite popular with designers, as its full drape and tangible hand make it perfect for everything from big gowns to cocktail dresses. Utilize this jacquard to create The Zinnia Jacket and make it a matching set fit for New Years Eve parties or brunch in Brooklyn, or pair these top-tier trousers with a blouse to soften its ferocity. 

Are you not so wild about animal prints, but love the garments? Check out Mood’s solid fabrics for a more subtle style, or utilize polka dots for a pop of print! Loving the prints but leaving the rest? Try the Onella Blouse in a zebra charmeuse, or fashion the Lotus Leggings from a cheetah tricot! Having trouble keeping up with the trends? Keep your eyes on Mood Sewciety for future collections, free patterns, educational posts, and more! 

What will you be making using the Animal Print Collection? Let us know in the comments, and tag your Instagram posts with #MadeWithMood so we can keep up to speed on your style!

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your kitchen, upside down

one room in the fab flat that has never popped up on my blog is my kitchen, and for good reason.

i mean, for a rental kitchen it’s pretty inoffensive and for the most part reasonably functional (apart from the teeny tiny sink, and the minuscule fridge with just a ice tray compartment for a freezer), but it’s certainly not remotely my style. so every once in a while (read: all the time) i daydream about what my fantasy kitchen would look like, and all the sleek stylish appliances and clever technical gadgets i’d incorporate.

a few weeks ago i took a trip over to monton to visit ckp kitchen and take a look at one of their latest gadgets: the nikolatesla switch hob extractor from elica.

one of my biggest grievances with my own rental kitchen is the giant extractor fan above the hob, and the ridiculously loud noise it makes whenever it’s switched on. but having a small open-plan kitchen/living space means that i need to have it running whenever i’m cooking, or else my entire flat fills with the lingering smell of my dinner in a matter of moments.

i mean, is it really too much to ask for an extractor that is not only powerful and efficient but also quiet, space-saving and good looking? it sounds like a tall order but i’d been promised that extractor extraordinaires elica had just the product for me: an innovative integral downdraft extractor built directly into a hob.

first launched at eurocina in 2018, elica’s range of nikolatesla extractor hobs are designed by fabrizio crisà and feature six different models – of which the switch is the latest – offering the most technologically advanced downdraft induction to revolutionise your daily cooking experience and turn the point of view of the kitchen, quite literally, upside down.

the switch has four cooking zones that utilise the latest generation induction system and equipped with a double bridge function  which allows two adjacent zones to work simultaneously. this gives you the flexibility of uniform cooking, even when using larger sized pots and pans.  the central extraction flap has a 360-degree rotation and cleverly uses sensors to measure the air quality and automatically adjust the extraction speed accordingly, whilst optimising power consumption.

the control interface works like a touchscreen phone using a simple sliding motion making it fairly intuitive and easy to use (once you suss out the correct pressure to apply), and is totally invisible in standby mode, creating a wonderfully sleek and minimalist overall aesthetic. the absence of protruding knobs or buttons also means the whole surface really easy to clean up afterwards, and food residue can’t get stuck in awkward hard-to-reach crevices.


the switch has some very cool features, which you can see demonstrated in the video above: 

airmatic. once you have activated the airmatic function, the intelligent sensor system detects the quantity but more importantly the quality of the fumes produced by your food and sets the most suitable aspiration power accordingly.

autocapture. when it becomes important to focus only on what’s cooking you can activate this function. the auto aspiration system adjusts automatically to the number and power of the used cooking zones.

bridge zones. the beauty of bridge zones is that they can work both individually or combined for a more homogenous cooking using both baking pans and large pans. thanks to this technology is it the hobs surface that adapts itself to the type of pots being used at the time. clever little thing.

pot detector. the hob helps you save time and money. it lets you know when a cooking zone is on but not being used, avoiding wasted energy and automatically turning on a cooking zones when it detects a pot.

stop + go. if for whatever reason you get interrupted during cooking, or if you need to grab something from another room or simply just want to have a rest and sit down, with just a single movement, pressing the stop + go button, you can switch off all the cooking zones and you can walk away with complete confidence that everything on your hob is safe. no nasty spillages, or fires happening whilst you take a break.

temperature manager. when using this function, you can be assured that your cooked dishes will always be perfect. you can set the hob with three programmes (42, 72 or 92 degrees). the temperature settings have been optimised for both very delicate cooking such as sauces, keeping food warm and delicate desserts, as well as cooking at higher power.

the system is maintained by the use of ceramic odour filters, which are super simple to change as they are easily accessible from the top of the hob via a glass opening, that again blends with the exterior finish to maintain the overall sleek aesthetic.

i love the idea of that not needing a separate wall-mounted cooker hood means that you are free to place the hob wherever works for you, and you don’t need to lose precious overhead space to a large, ugly contraption. i’ve seen hobs on kitchen islands before, but always with extractor fans hanging above (albeit there are now some nicer looking designs on the market), but something this unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing very much appeals to the minimalist in me. hopefully one day in the not-so-distant future i’ll have a kitchen space of my own to plan out and will most definitely be looking to incorporate the nikolatesla switch into my design!

cashback offer!

if you are considering an extractor hob, there is currently a great deal on from the exclusive uk distributor for elica. if you have received a promotional code and purchase an elica nikolatesla switch, libra, one-hp or upside from an authorised uk retailer between 1 september and 30 november 2019, you can claim a cashback of up to £100 from d r kitchen appliances ltd, the exclusive uk distributor for elica.

find out more information on this cashback offer here, or email

 this post is a paid partnership with elica, but all thoughts and opinions my own. all photography shot at ckb kitchens in monton, greater manchester © fabric of my life, all other imagery © elica, used with permission. 

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Made by a Fabricista: The Pinstripe Wool Suiting Pulmu Skirt!

My Pulmu skirt (Named Patterns) in a wool/lurex pinstripe suiting

Hi everybody! Fall has arrived and to kick off the season I played with some wool suiting, a fabric I haven’t sewn with in a long time!

Fabric Mart’s website is literally bursting with gorgeous fabrics these days, and while browsing the wool section I came across a wonderful pinstripe wool suiting, which I thought would be a great pairing with the Pulmu skirt (Named Patterns). You just can’t go wrong with a wool pencil skirt for fall!

Pulmu skirt – side view

Pulmu skirt – a view of the back, side panel and vent
The pattern

Pulmu skirt by Named Patterns – tech drawing

I’ve been having the Pulmu skirt in a corner of my mind for some time – it features details that speak to me, such as the long triangular side panels, the side vents, the belt loops and a belt that closes with D rings (I always love hardware on a garment), not to mention that this pencil skirt is lined, which makes for a neat finish on the inside.

I bought the PDF version of the pattern as the paper version wasn’t in stock when I started my project, but you can check the Named patterns page here to see when it comes back in stock.
The fabric
I selected an Italian black pinstripe wool suiting for this project; the stripes are made of silver lurex but are very subtle, and they add something cool and fun to that fabric! I am so glad when the fabric I used is still available for you at the time of the post – grab some while it is still there!
I had forgotten how wool suiting is enjoyable to work with. It cuts and presses well, and details (corners, vents, the belt) come up sharp in that fabric. Make sure to visit FM wool pages, there are gorgeous wool suitings for inspiration (and some really nice striped ones!).
The instructions have you apply interfacing to the waist facings, the hem, the side slits and on the CB seam where the zipper will be inserted. At first I was a bit reluctant to interface all of this (’cause in my dreams the pattern would also provide pattern pieces for those details), but I’m so glad I did it as per the instructions – it gives a tailored look to the skirt and it’s much easier later to sew and press the tricky bits like the side vents.

The side panels are made from faux leather

Pulmu skirt – close up of the side vent

You’ll also notice that I used faux leather for the side panels to add some more interest – an idea I stole after seeing the version of Lladybird on the internet! I think the faux leather and the wool suiting just look great paired together and add a modern touch to the skirt. (Thank you Lladybird for the inspiration!) Now just imagine that skirt in denim, with the side panels in a contrasting denim taken from an old pair of jeans…

Size, modifs and other details
I made a size 36 but sewed the front and back darts at half of their width as it was a bit tight at the waist – probably due to the fact that my fabric has no stretch, while the recommended fabrics are wovens with stretch? That did the trick perfectly. I strongly recommend making a muslin with that pattern: there are no side seams to add/substract width, and no horizontal line to shorten the skirt if needed (the length is as is on me, I’m a modest 5’5”).

The skirt is impeccably drafted, everythings lines up beautifully, and I’m so impressed with Named patterns (first time I’m using one of their patterns)!

I could perhaps clarify for you step 13: if you wonder if you have to catch the waist facings when you sew the belt loops to the skirt, the answer is no (sew them on the outer shell only).

Another tip I could give you is to clip the top curve of the side panels seams – that will help a lot for your seams to lie flat in that area (see bottom picture).

I clipped the curve at the top of the side panel/front/back seam

Finally, make sure the left and right waist facings are perfectly aligned when you sew the lining to the zipper (step 19), otherwise you’ll run into trouble when you will attach the bottom of the lining to the hem of the skirt.

Final thoughts

The Pulmu skirt is very interesting and I had a lot of fun sewing it. It’s not really a quick make, especially when you sew it for the first time, but it’s not hard if you take your time and read the instructions with attention. I must admit I was puzzled when I looked at how to sew the bottom of the lining and the side vents the first time – the illustrations are not the best but when you’re there and you have your hands on it it’s not difficult to figure it out.

I’m very happy with how this project turned out, and it really uplifted my spirits in a time when I needed it! The Pulmu is a versatile pattern and this is a skirt that is good for work of for play, depending on your fabric choice. I can already envision a brocade version and a denim version!

Thanks for reading, and thank you again FM for such gorgeous fabric, you keep us inspired! Don’t hesitate if you have any questions or comments regarding the skirt, and have fun with your fall sewing!


2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines | Spoonflower Blog

Want to ensure your order arrives in time for the holidays? Be sure to place your orders* for fabric, wallpaper and home decor by noon on the dates shown below to make sure your order arrives to your location on time for the 2019 holidays! If you place an order beyond the dates specified below, we cannot guarantee that your order will be delivered before Christmas (Wednesday, December 25). To find even more shipping information, please click here. When determining your ordering deadline, don’t forget to allow time to create your projects!

*Please note: orders over 20 yards (18 meters) of fabric or 180 feet (54 meters) of wallpaper will require an extra 48 hours of processing time.

United States Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: United States | Spoonflower Blog
  • Home Decor deadline: Wednesday, December 4, Noon EST
  • Standard deadline: Sunday, December 8, Noon EST
  • PRO Members deadline: Tuesday, December 10, Noon EST
  • Guarantee deadline: Monday, December 16, Noon EST 
  • Rush deadline: Thursday, December 19, Noon EST

Canada Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Canada | Spoonflower Blog
  • Home Decor deadline: Thursday, November 28, Noon EST 
  • Standard deadline: Thursday, November 28, Noon EST
  • PRO Members deadline: Friday, November 29, Noon EST
  • Guarantee deadline: Monday, December 16, Noon EST
  • Rush deadline: Thursday, December 19, Noon EST

Europe Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Europe | Spoonflower Blog
  • Home Decor deadline: Thursday, November 28, Noon CET
  • Standard deadline: Wednesday, December 4, Noon CET
  • PRO deadline: Thursday, December 5, Noon CET
  • Guarantee deadline: Saturday, December 14, Noon CET
  • Rush deadline: Wednesday, December 18, Noon CET

Everywhere Else Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Everywhere Else | Spoonflower Blog
  • Home Decor deadline: Thursday, November 28, Noon CET
  • Standard deadline: Thursday, November 28, Noon CET
  • PRO deadline: Friday, November 29, Noon CET
  • Guarantee deadline: Wednesday, December 11, Noon CET
  • Rush deadline: Saturday, December 14, Noon CET

Everywhere else: Spoonflower ships to locations all over the world except Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, and Syria.

Need a little gift-giving inspiration? Shop the 2020 Tea Towel Calendar Design Challenge winners on Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarters for $14 or finished tea towels for just $17. Pair your favorite design with your go-to baked good for the perfect hostess gift.

Download Spoonflower’s Handmade Holiday To-Do List to stay organized with your gift giving and gift making! this season. 

Made by a Fabricista: A Classic Fall Cardigan

Happy Saturday Loves!
I am really excited that I found my sewjo back that was lost for almost 3 weeks.  Once in a while, I have so many ideas and don’t know where to start.  When I finally decided what I would make for my October blogpost, I had a week to create it.  Even though I wanted to add a fall jacket,  the pattern I had was a lined jacket and definitely would take a bit of time.

Now when I find my sewjo, I sew an hour or two for a few days and tackle an easy project first.  I knew I wanted to add at least 2 more basic ponte knit cardigans to my fall makes and decided last minute to give Simplicity 8377 (cardigan pattern/hacking) a try. This paprika color ponte knit is no longer available but Fabric Mart has a wide variety of colors available here.

 For this pattern, I was a bit disappointed at first that it had a facing instead of a front band but after it was done and the fit was perfect, I fell in love with it.

Fabric Mart always carries the best selection of rayon/nylon/lycra blend ponte knit which is my favorite knit to sew.  The fabric holds its weight and it drapes beautifully.  I love working with ponte knit and sewed a few looks here, here and here.

 For this cardigan, I cut the size small and graded to the medium from the lower bust area.  In addition, I chose to create a high low version with no hacks this time around.

Simplicity 8377 hack pattern is similar to the cardigan for  Simplicity 8059 and both patterns will definitely be on rotation this fall.

 I was so happy with this make and couldn’t wait to rock it to work on this past Monday. I received so many compliments of the color and fit.

I can’t wait to make another cardigan using a different color ponte knit that I just ordered from Fabric Mart. I am truly excited about the Holidays and can’t wait to make a few sparkly pieces.

Thank you so much for reading and be sure to check back in a month to see what other pieces I create.  Don’t forget to check out my latest Instagram makes !

One Love,
Marica – Overdriveafter30

Made by a Fabricista: Wool Top and Skirt with Embellishments

When Fabric Mart asked for volunteers to make some garments from wool, I jumped all over it.  I love FM’s wool.  There’s always a great selection and the quality is great!  What more can you want?  
For my skirt, I used a brown/black/tan/multi wool & poly blend tweed suiting.  You can see that fabric here: Boucle Tweed-Suiting.  This has a slight metallic thread running through it which is always a bonus in my book.  
For my top, I used a wool jersey, which isn’t available any more, but here is another good option… Sweater knit 
The patterns I used are both from Vogue.  I was so smitten with this one from Vogue I simply had to try it.  I wasn’t able to find a zipper the right length, so I improvised and made this decorative one work.  I like the slash of sparkle.  
Yes, the pattern does call for the sleeve length zip, but I put in the shorter zipper and stitched up the sleeve seam.  It works.  I really love the heavier sweater knit for this.  Plus, after some flat pattern measurements, I knew this would fit well.  I made only one alteration and that was to lengthen the bust curve. That’s it.
Here’s the pattern I used for the skirt.  It’s OOP now but I am sure there’s something similar somewhere.  It’s a mock wrap and I thought ripe for embellishing.  
                                                                                                                                                                                 Image result for images Vogue 8835

For the skirt, I knew I wanted to embellish it a bit, so I found some wool roving. This is basically wool in the raw that I laid over the fabric, and simply stitched down using regular sewing thread and a flower motif.  I practiced a few times prior to putting this on my skirt.

 The photo above shows the roving as it comes from the package and then the large motif I stitched.  I like how these colors compliment the tweed of the skirt.  The hubby thinks I should have used different colors, but he isn’t wearing this, I am.  Right?
I feel like a boss with how well my invisible zipper went in. 

 I like this outfit.  It was fun to embellish both pieces.  Now I have something I can wear together as well as separates.  

Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!