Patricia Bravo is one of my favorite designers and her fabric is of the highest quality. Art Gallery fabrics feel like silk and have vibrant beautiful colors. Take a look at some of the fantastic collections available at Fashionable Fabrics.
Art Gallery fabrics are so versatile, from home decor to apparel to my favorite... handbags! Patricia Bravo has a wonderful gallery for inspiration on her website.
Style Stitches is another amazing book by Amy Butler. It includes 12 patterns and instruction to make 26 different bags. This book is a spiral bound hardcover book with gorgeous color photos. This book explodes with inspiration! Patricia Bravo fabrics and Amy Butler's Sewing Patterns make a perfect pair!
Here are a few more patterns paired with some Art Gallery Fabrics to help get you started on the endless beautiful possibilities.
If that's not enough! Abby Lane Quilts has released a paperback book, Blooming Possibilities, with color photos and templates to make bags, totes, clutches, hats and flowers.
Until next time, Thank you for reading and we hope this inspires you to make something beautiful.
Tonia & Dennis
It looks like Christmas here at Fashionable Fabrics. We have three new Christmas collections in stock so, we are having a Christmas in July Sale! All Christmas fabric is on sale for $7.50 a yard until July 31, 2010.
The Holidays will be here before we know it! I prefer to live in the moment and enjoy the summer months. The Voile fabric is perfect to make light airy apparel for hot summer days. I can't wait to make the Summer Time Top by Favorite Things with this lovely fabric.
Another great collection worth mentioning is Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket. This retro inspired collection would make adorable aprons and accessories for the kitchen or even a cute sundress.
Check out the adorable new sewing patterns by Retro Mae a perfect pattern to use with the Early Bird Collection.
Until next time, Thank you for reading and we hope you found something inspiring.
Tonia & Dennis
We would like to wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you are a mom or celebrating with your own mom! Make your mom something this Mother's Day or make yourself something special.
The new Willow Collection from Alexander Henry Fabrics would make a nice apron and oven mit. Or how about making her a bouquet of fabric flowers?
If you are a new mother, Simple Pleasures by Henry Glass Fabrics, is a beautiful collection of sweet prints for the nursery and baby items.
We now carry Riley Blake Designs fabrics. Riley Blake's newest fabric collection is Summer Song. We also have velvet ric rac in stock and pom pom fring on the way.
We now carry a new designer, Ellen Crimi-Trent and her new collection Bird Talk.
We have many new Sewing patterns
And Cotton Novelty Prints for boys and girls.
These are just a few of the new items available at Fashionable Fabrics. Come take a look and save 10% on all orders over $35 from now until Mother's Day.
We have been hard at work building our Blog, updating , and setting up our Facebook page. To kick things off we are starting our first free Giveaway of a fat quarter bundle from Bird Talk. There are two ways to enter this giveway, follow our Facebook Page (just click the Like button when viewing our facebook page) or , or do both for a double entry. The winner will be selected from our list of followers at random on Mother's Day (May 9th) and will be announced in our next newsletter.
We are having a lot of fun working on our blog, so far we have a few sewing pattern reviews, an introduction to how this all started and some neat pictures of our fabric shop. We hope you enjoy it, please leave a comment if you do :)
Happy Mother's Day and God Bless,
Tonia & Dennis
I have a confession to make: This is the first time I have ever sewn clothing. Quilting is actually what brought me into the world of sewing, and that is what I've always been comfortable with. My friend Tonia brought me into the world of Fashionable Fabrics and inspired me to try something out of my comfort zone.
I looked at two different tunic patterns. One pattern had instructions that looked like a foreign language to me. I chose the Amy Butler Liverpool Tunic sewing pattern because there were clear illustrations and I felt that for the most part, I could understand the terminology.
I was very intimidated at first, but I just took it one step at a time. Everything went smoothly until I got to the collar. Thanks to my neighbor, Charlene, who ripped seams for me, pinned and read the instructions with me over and over, we finally got that collar on after about an hour and a half!
I thought the hardest part of the whole process would be attaching the sleeves. Grandma Pat showed me how to pin on the first one, and the second one was no problem at all. I can do sleeves! Everything was put together, and on Saturday night I planned to do the button holes and hem the dress. Then after a miserable hour of trying to learn the fine art of "button holing"(and failing), I was ready to throw in the towel. But mom came to the rescue and did those button holes beautifully. I hemmed the dress Sunday morning and wore it to church!
I felt as bright as an Easter egg that Sunday, and in fact, one lady a church said my dress reminded her of a robin's egg. My friends were very impressed that I had made the dress, and I have to say, I felt very good that I had made it, too!
I would definitely make this pattern again. I plan on helping my friend Beth make hers in the near future. It was definitely challenging for me, being a beginner. It took me about 12 hours total. But if I can do it, anyone can! If you are an experienced seamstress, you could probably crank this one out in an afternoon.
Here are my grades for this pattern:
Clarity of Instructions: A
Helpful Diagrams: A
Overall Satisfaction: A
The fabric I used was Delilah Wheels by Clothwork Fabrics, $6.50/yd.
The Liverpool Tunic is very versatile. There are 4 different lengths (shirt, tunic, short dress, long dress) and 4 different sleeve styles (short, elbow length, 3/4, and long) The one that I made (below) was the short dress length with elbow length sleeves.
Easter is coming, it's just a week away! But the good news is, you have time to make the Little Guy Ties! Ditch those boring store bought ties and make something special for your little guy and your big guy.!
I found this pattern to be extremely quick and easy, it took me only about a half hour! There is little to no hand stitching, depending on the tie you make. There are many variations for the tie, including a toddler bowtie.
The tie that my son is wearing (below) was the "Classic Guy Tie", 4-10 years made with Heart to Heart Black and White by Alexander Henry Fabrics. The first tie I made, I used the interfacing and it was too stiff. So the tie you see in the picture has no interfacing and it turned out just perfect.
Be sure to place your order by Wednesday March 31st to get your order by Good Friday.
The "Classic Guy Tie" using Zebra by Timeless Treasures
Welcome to Fashionable Fabrics!
My name is Tonia and I would like to share with you a little bit about who we are.....
We are a small home-based business with big hopes and dreams for our little fabric boutique. My long time dream has been to own and run a fabric business. The dream finally became reality this past summer. After purchasing the site, we had a lot of work to do to get the site 'renovated' and up to date. My husband Dennis, worked extremely long nights on all the technical aspects of the site. He was able to make the site faster, with better images, optimized, organized, configured.... You name it, he did it! He is amazing with computers and I could not run this business without him! We make a great team.
Dennis is the brains behind the operation and I'm all about the beauty. It was fun redesigning the site and purchasing new fabrics. Perhaps, the most challenging aspect of running this business is choosing and limiting which fabrics to purchase. I love so many, it is hard to choose at times. I'm thankful for my patient reps.
Speaking of redesigning, take a look at my redesigned sewing studio!
My handy dandy dad transformed a bare single car garage into a beautiful sewing room! He is amazing with carpentry. My dad and I create very much in the same manner, the only difference is the medium. We both cut things and put them back together to make beautiful and functional items.
I'm so blessed by my incredible, supportive family. The website has also given me the blessing of meeting many new and wonderful people. I've enjoyed creating relationships with my sales reps, designers, manufactures, but most of all with the customers, YOU!
We want Fashionable Fabrics to be your favorite fabric site to visit. One of our goals is to keep our prices low so that you reap the benefits. We offer quick shipping with no extra shipping or handling charges. It is also our goal to offer a large selection of fabrics and patterns so that you are sure to find something you love. We are always open to requests and suggestions.
Thank you for visiting our site and blog and I look forward to serving your sewing needs.
Hello, My name is Tonia and I am the proud new owner of Fashionable Fabrics! First, I would like to thank Leslee for this incredible opportunity to take ownership of such a wonderful site. I was a previous customer that valued Leslee’s low prices and wonderful selection of beautiful and unique fabrics. Leslee always took care of her customer’s needs. She valued our comments and feedback, had fast deliveries and great customer service. I plan to expand on what Leslee created and offer the same great service and low prices.
Like most of you, I am a sewer/ quilter/ crafter. I have a passion for fabric and this opportunity is a dream come true! I’m excited to pour my creative talents into making this site an enjoyable place to find the most unique fabric and patterns at the lowest prices available. I plan on using your feedback to make this your favorite site to shop!
Thank you for the privilege of serving your sewing needs!