Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Free Bow Collar Tutorial from Marte of Compagnie M!


Hello Fabricworms!

Today's guest blogger is Marte, the owner of Compagnie M. sewing patterns and all around creative gal. Enjoy!


Hi, I’m Marte and I adore special details in sewing patterns; that’s why I started my own pattern brand: Compagnie M. Whenever I make a design, I try to add my signature style. Pockets and collars are my favorite details to play with.




Today I’m sharing two things: first of all, I’ve written a tutorial on how to make a bow collar that fits on any dress pattern with a regular front neckline. You can find the tutorial and the free pattern pieces at the end of this blog post.



Secondly, I started designing a new dress pattern while taking pictures of the collar and the good news is I’m sharing it for free on my website! So hop over to Compagnie M. if you wish to sew this absolutely adorable dress. The free Judith dress pattern is available for girls from 1 – 10yo, includes a version with or without seam allowance, and is accompanied with detailed step-by-step photo instructions. Hooray!




For my Judith dress I got the opportunity to try the brand new Charley Harper fabric, Western birds in perch rose. I think you can officially state that I entered a pink stage and obviously my girls (I have twins) don’t mind at all. I did add a touch of mustard yellow. Just enough so the bow can attract attention.
**Western Birds will be released in April!**

But just when you think this is it, you discover that the back is rather special too. I had never tried an open back before but I love how it turned out. Nore didn’t want to put her cardigan on after the photo shoot. Can I blame her?





In combination with a pleated skirt, the Judith is the perfect party dress! The twirl proves that right? But did you know that my patterns are interchangeable? So you might as well add the gathered skirt from the Lotta dress or the (half) circular skirt from the Ileana dress. They all fit. Check my blog post for more mix & match options. They seem endless!




Now let's talk about the tutorial. If you like my bow collar, you can use the tutorial below on a dress, blouse, t-shirt or maybe even a sweater. Please be sure to share your creation with me by using the hashtag: #compagniembowcollar. I'd love to see what you've made!

Supplies:
Cut the pattern pieces as indicated on the pattern.

Fold the bow collar pattern piece in half (on the fold line) and place it on top of the bodice front. Match the center front lines. The upper corners (A on the drawing) match with the neckline.

Cut away the yellow part from the bow collar piece. This is the result.



Fold the collar in half on the fold line. Right sides together. Sew both side seams at 1cm (3/8 in) from the edge.



Turn right sides out, press and clip the corners.





Press the extra bow piece like bias tape.



Fold in half and topstitch both sides 2mm from the edge.



Place the bias tape in the middle of the neckline as shown below.



Pin the collar on top of it.



Baste stitch within the seam allowance to the keep the bow and bias tape in place.



Fold the tape around the collar to make a bow. Baste stitch the top of the tape again within the seam allowance.



Now finish the dress following the instructions of the pattern. When you’re ready, add a blind stitch to the lower corners of the bow to keep it in place.

I hope you like both my bow tutorial and the new Judith dress pattern. Enjoy sewing!


Have a wonderful week!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fabricworm Giveaway: TWO YARDS of Trans-Pacific Knit


Hello, Fabricworms! If you haven't heard yet, Birch Fabrics' latest collection, Trans-Pacific, has been released! Not only is it available for all our fabricworms out there, but it is also this week's giveaway. We will be giving away TWO YARDS of Trans-Pacific Knit fabric to one lucky winner! Enter to win now!


Take a commuter’s view of the Pacific Ocean off of Highway 1 with “Trans-Pacific” by Jay-Cyn Designs. We’ve got retro California covered from muscle cars to commuter city scapes. City and Country folk alike join in on the hustle and the bustle of city life in Trans-Pacific.


Use the Gleam widget below to enter the giveaway.


This giveaway ends on Sunday 3/26 @11 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.

-The Fabricworm Team

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fabricworm Giveaway: Fat Quarter Bundle of Birch Fabrics' Trans-Pacific


Hello, Fabricworms! It's been quite a while since we've had a giveaway and it's about time for a fantastic one! As many of you know, Birch Organic Fabrics is about to release their latest collection, Trans-Pacific, later this month. To celebrate its release, we will be giving away a free fat quarter bundle before the collection has even released! Say it ain't so! Enter into the giveaway for a chance to win! 


Take a commuter’s view of the Pacific Ocean off of Highway 1 with “Trans-Pacific” by Jay-Cyn Designs. We’ve got retro California covered from muscle cars to commuter city scapes. City and Country folk alike join in on the hustle and the bustle of city life in Trans-Pacific.


Use the Gleam widget below to enter the giveaway.




This giveaway ends on Sunday 3/12 @11 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.

-The Fabricworm Team

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Instagram Giveaway with SuzyQuilts!


Hello, Fabricworms! To celebrate the New Year, we have teamed up with our favorite quilter, Suzy Quilts, to bring you a truly wonderful prize. Visit our Instagram for a chance to win a Stars Hollow Quilt Kit from us AND a one of a kind framed Mini Quilt from Suzy! Good luck!


Instagram Giveaway!


This giveaway ends on Friday, January 2nd at 3PM EST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after on Instagram.

-The Fabricworm Team

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We hope that you all had as great a holiday weekend as we did! Now that we are well rested, we are back in the swing of things and already cutting your orders and responding to your inquiries. We do have another little sale to entice you since some, well hopefully lots, of you have gift certificates to use!!
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This beauty sold out in a jiff the first time around so we went ahead and re-stocked them for anyone who missed out! Get yours now!!
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Check out our Coming Soon section as we have added quite a few fun new collections for you to ogle. Don't forget to put your email in the for the prints you love so you can be contacted as soon as it arrives!
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Thanks for reading our newsletter, and don't forget to post your projects using #fabricworm when you display your new projects on Instagram and Facebook. We love to see what our Fabricworms have been busy doing!
Have a fabulous week! 
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Friday, December 23, 2016


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You still have a few hours left to redeem the 20% off coupon code!! It even counts towards Gift Certificates!

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For any of you last minute shoppers, now is the time to check some fabric lovers off your list with the gift of a Girt Certificate to Fabricworm.com!!

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Welcome the the jungle! Tropical Paradise by Josephine Kimberling features bold botanicals, leafy foliage and an animal print in two fresh and trendy color palettes. Inspired by the flora & fauna of the tropical rainforest, this collection is perfect for your next sewing project.



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Sidewalk is an ode to school days, riding the bus, and walking to school. I have fond and vivid memories from my childhood of traveling home from school, past well-manicured lawns and through woods on warm afternoons when I could take my time and day dream a bit. I think my own kids could use a little more free-range time in their day, you know? Cut grass, warm sunshine, and chasing grasshoppers. -Rae Hoekstra



Rae Hoekstra is a very talented lady with great sewing patterns and wisdom to share. Below are a couple of her FREE knit pattern tutorials that will have you stitching up your very own leggings and tee using Sidewalk!


Just Hatched Baby Leggings

Short-Sleeved Flashback Tee

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Inspired by traditional floral and fauna illustration, Perch sings a song of soft hues and the delicate treasures of nature while Foxtail Fern welcomes you into the world beyond the brush to a whimsical retreat of celebrating creatures and lush forest finds. Together they work harmoniously in subject and color to create that little something special that we love from Rae Ritchie.



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Alexander Henry's large, beautiful prints always pack a punch of color and design. Check out their latest Indochine collection:



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Cactus is prickly but it sure is popular and thanks to Shannon Fabrics, we now have an adorable cactus print on soft Embrace Double Gauze. You can easily pair it with the Solid Silver for a summer blanket for baby!



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The Dimple Dot and Solid Minky colors below are back! And speaking of back... Minky makes for great blanket backing. Try the Charcoal with the cactus double gauze above for a cozy, cool weather baby blanket!



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New Custom Bundles are here and the color ranges are beautiful! Check them out and see what one will go in your next quilt!


Curious Garden

Garden Light

Gone Fishing

Short N' Sweet

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