Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ruby Star Rising by Melody Miller for Kokka Japan is in house!

The Newest collection from Kokka Japan, Ruby Star Rising by Melody Miller has just arrived! Check it out:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays from Fabricworm

Happy Holidays to all of our favorite sewists!

Wishing the Warmest and Coziest Holiday Season.


The fabricworm girls,

Cynthia, Andrea, Arleen, Bree and Belen (not pictured)

Psst..... Don't miss our biggest sale of the year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Match Made In Heaven

Echino Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant is such a stunning and unique print. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out a way to show it off without taking anything away from the gorgeous pattern. Amy Butler's Anna Tunic pattern turned out to be the perfect match. It is as if the two were made for each other because the pattern is able to maintain the entire print so none of the fabulous design gets lost. I just love how this print takes a very simple dress pattern and makes it into something really gorgeous and interesting.

Amy Butler Anna Tunic Pattern

Amy Butler Anna Tunic Pattern

Echino by Etsuko Furuya Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant
Echino by Etsuko Furuya Fall 2010 Bird Border Eggplant

Here is Arleen, looking lovely as usual, modeling the dress.
Just belting the dress creates pleats down the front.
I did end up making a couple of changes to the pattern. Since the Echino is a linen/cotton blend, I opted out of lining the dress. I didn't want the dress, especially with the gathering under the yoke, to look too bulky.

The pattern uses the lining to finish the underarm edges so I had to do a little improvising. I made bias tape with some of the extra fabric. Before attaching the yoke, I cut a 1 1/2" strip, folded it in half and sewed it on to the right side of the dress. I then flipped it over the raw edge and sewed it in place. That was it - a fast and easy way to finish the arms.

The last change I made was to use a cotton solid for the lining of the yoke rather than the Echino. The little pop of color is super cute. I also used turquoise thread in my bobbin rather than brown thread to keep the stitching as subtle as possible.

Enjoy and have fun sewing!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Here is a fast and easy stocking pattern, just in time for the holidays. It is a great way to make a really special gift with some of the fun holiday fabrics available now.

1/2 yd Robert Kaufman Holiday Trees Celebration (exterior)
1/4 yd Caleb Gray Mod Squares Holiday (cuff)
1/2 yd Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids Snow (lining)
20" x 30" piece of Warm and Natural batting
6 " ribbon for hanging loop
Coordinating thread


Print out the stocking pattern. For the exterior body pieces, lay the fabric wrong side up and fold one side over 13 inches. Lay the pattern piece on top. Cut out the pattern with your rotary cutter or trace and cut out with scissors. Repeat for the batting and lining.

If you'd like to print out the tutorial instructions, one of our fellow Fabricworms has generously taken the time to create a PDF to follow along with. Thanks so much, Miriam!

To assemble the body of the stocking, put the two exterior body pieces right sides together. Gently smooth the batting to the wrong sides of the exterior fabric. The batting clings to the fabric, which makes things easier for keeping the pieces together. As you can see in the picture below, you will have a layer of batting, two layers of fabric (right sides together) and then another layer of batting. Pin in place. Sew the four layers together with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Trim the batting from the seam allowance at the top of the stocking and along the toe and ankle to help reduce bulk. Turn right side out and press. Looking pretty cute already!

Sew the lining pieces together. Do not turn the lining right side out. Leave it just the way you sewed it. Place lining inside body of the stocking.

To make the cuff, cut out a rectangle 16" x 9" of the cuff fabric and cut a piece of batting
16" x 4 1/2". Place batting along one edge of the wrong side of the cuff fabric.

Fold the fabric and batting in half. Sew up the short side with 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the batting in the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Press seams open.

Fold cuff over so the batting is covered. Mark center of raw edge of the cuff opposite from the seam with a pen or by making a small notch in the fabric.

Place the cuff inside the body of the stocking, aligning the raw edges of cuff with the raw edges of the body. Match the cuff seam with the back body seam and the front seam with the mark you made on the cuff. If the cuff is a little wider than the top of the stocking, simply increase the seam allowance on the cuff to make it the same width as the top of the stocking.

Cut a 6" piece of ribbon and fold in half. Place the ribbon between the lining and the cuff along the back body seam of the stocking. Align the raw edges of the ribbon and the body. The loop of the ribbon should be facing into the body of the stocking.

If the pattern on the cuff is one way, double check to make sure that the pattern will be facing the right direction once it is sewn on and flipped over.

Sew cuff on with 1/2" seam allowance.

Fold cuff over and you are all done!

And another example for good measure!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
The Fabricworm Team

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winner of the Ann Kelle Giveaway Announced!!

Congratulations to: Cherie Godbey

Cherie, please send us your address to send your goodies out!



Fabricworm and Ann Kelle

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale @

Here we go Fabricworms! It's major sale time this Thanksgiving! We've got Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and everything inbetween sale offerings! **For Black Friday:** 15% off Entire Purchase of $75.00 or more with coupon code "bf15off". Sale lasts from Friday 11/26, 6am to 12am Midnight PST . **Saturday through Monday:** Spend $50 or more and get 10% off with coupon code "cm10off". **For Cyber Monday ONLY:** The first 20 customers to spend $100 or more get free Aprons! Sale begins Monday at 6am PST and ends Monday 11/29, at 11:59 pm PST.

Head over to Fabricworm to take advantage of this huge sale! Have a Wonderful Holiday!
The Fabricworm Team

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ann Kelle Giveaway! Don't miss this one...

Hi Fabricworms,

We hope you had a relaxing weekend, or sewed your heart out!

Fabric Designer Kelle Boyd, better known as "Ann Kelle" has kindly offered up a bundle of her fabrics totaling 2.5 yards.

All you have to do is:

2. subscribe to the Ann Kelle blog:
3. After you've done this, just return to this Fabricworm Blog post to leave a comment letting us know if you've: 
1. liked "Ann Kelle" on Facebook and/or 
2. subscribed to the "Ann Kelle" blog

Giveaway ends on Friday, November 26th at Midnight.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Party Ensemble featuring Innocent Crush!

Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line is pretty fabulous. The color scheme is sophisticated, modern and incredibly versatile. Looking at the prints just made me want to sew a holiday party dress and jacket.

Here is the lovely Arleen, modeling the jacket and dress. A Modern Day Alice in Wonderland I think!

The home decorator weight cottons are perfect for outerwear. It is thicker and has a great sturdy weight for a jacket. Turn of Events Blush lined with Maybe Sixpence voile made for a really beautiful combination. Of course, I think you could pair any of her prints and have it look amazing.

Jacket Exterior, Turn of Events Blush
Jacket Lining, Maybe Sixpence
Amy Butler's Sandlewood Jacket pattern is really a terrific jacket pattern that is very user-friendly. The instructions are clear and she includes a lot of well-labeled diagrams. It is a nice pattern to try if you are interested in slightly more advanced garment construction. The back pieces have a curve to them and back darts, making the jacket fitted and sophisticated. The pattern included instructions for a fabric tie but this jacket would look fabulous closed with big buttons or a skinny belt.

I have two comments/tips for this pattern:

First, the bottom hem is a little tricky. The jacket widens at the bottom so when you turn over the bottom to hem, you end up with a little extra bulk that you have to ease into the hem. It looks fine from the outside but it does create a few wrinkles on the inside.

Second, the pattern doesn't call for you to under stitch or top stitch around the front and collar but I think it is a nice addition to make the jacket look a little more finished.


Evening Empire Dress Fabric, Mixed Signals, Striking
 I have been itching to try the voile for garment sewing since I first felt it and the Mixed Signals Striking was a fun print to try out. The print itself is modern and a little funky. The silkiness of the fabric itself and the way it drapes makes it pretty awesome to work with.

Anna Maria Horner's Evening Empire Dress pattern was the perfect choice for the dress. The bodice has a very cool triangle detail that also creates a really lovely shape for the bust. The empire style makes constructing the body of the dress very quick and easy. The dress is lined, which is great, especially if you are sewing with the voile, which is a little shear. Anna Maria's patterns are very well done and her instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I have two comments/tips about this pattern:

First, the pattern calls for you to machine sew the lining to the invisible zipper. For some reason this really scared me, but I pushed through the fear, gave it a shot and it worked out perfectly. I just started at the bottom of the zipper and sewed up to the top of the dress. It looks awesome.

Second, the pattern calls for you to gather the lining the same way you gather the exterior fabric for the body of the dress. This dress is lined with Black Kona Cotton Solid Pepper, which is a little thicker than the voile. I felt that having two layers of gathers under the bust just added too much unnecessary bulk. When I make this dress again, I will reduce the width of the lining so it is more fitted and won't cause any extra bulk.

Good luck and happy sewing!
The Fabricworm Girls

Friday, November 12, 2010

Interview with Dan Stiles and a Giveaway @ RyanWalshQuilts!

Hey Fabricworms! I wanted to do a quick post to let you all know that Ryan Walsh, of has posted an interview with Dan Stiles about his new fabric line "Marine" for Birch Organic Fabrics, our very own Organic Collection, and we are offering a giveaway along with it. So be sure to head over there now!

Cute Patchwork Whale Pillow displayed at our Quilt Market Booth!

Have a Swell Weekend! And be sure to check out our Sale! 10% off all custom Fabricworm bundles, 1/2 yard and fat quarters through Monday 11/15!
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