The Rad Plaid Flannel Channel

For this round of projects for the Cali & Co. blog, I wanted to do some fall separates, easy pieces I knew I could add to my daily rotation and that would get a lot of practical wear.    I decided on a top and a skirt, both Megan Nielsen patterns.  The Axel skirt pattern I’d bought as soon as it was released but hadn’t sewn yet – I love a ...

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Brushstroke Branches

A while back, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow was handing out challenges and I put up my hand, shouting " Me! Me! Give me a sewing challenge!". My challenge....silk. I thought sewing silk would be quite the challenge...slippery, slinky fabric trying to run away from me with every stitch.... but it seems that the real challenge was finding some nice silk to purchase... After checking out my local store... with no ...

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A Stripey Rayon Jersey Hemlock

The holidays are finally in full swing! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family, and fabric. ;-) I know most of you are probably bundled up in cozy sweaters but down here in Tucson we are still rocking the lighter garments. At least it's finally boot weather! And what better to go with jeans and boots than a spiffy striped top? When I first laid eyes on ...

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A Year-Round Staple: The OCBD

Hello again friends!  I'm so excited to share this new shirt with you!  It feels like it's been ages since I've sewn with cotton, but for all the silk tops I've made recently, a classic oxford cloth button-down is still one of the items that feels the most 'me'.  Maybe because they've been a staple in my closet for so long.  They feel a bit like old friends.  I wear them ...

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This TWILL be interesting!

Hello Lovely Readers! Welcome to my second post on the Cali & Co Blog! I've been doing a lot of "comfortable" sews recently, so I was itching for a challenge and decided my next sew would be something I've never sewn before, with fabric I've never used before.  I was browsing the site and came across this gorgeous Red, Black and Ivory Plaid Heavy Weight Loose Weave Poly Twill and I just had to have it! ...

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Coppelia Cardi – Two Ways

Hello again! I'm excited to be back with two makes for this month's post - the Coppelia Cardigan from Papercut Patterns made up in two ways for layering goodness all year long! I squeezed the first version, a cropped wrap with long waist ties, out of about a yard of leftover bamboo knit from my Santa Fe top as a wearable muslin. The fabric is sold out now but I could definitely use a version ...

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Sunday Uniform

I don't know about you, but over the past couple of years, I've developed a bit of a "Sunday Uniform."  In the summer, it's usually a sun dress (as it is most other days).  In the fall and winter, it switches to leggings and some sort of cozy top. I've spent the last week or so fighting off the stomach flu and a sinus infection, so I just couldn't bear the ...

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Fading Back To Black

Greetings Everyone! I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time transitioning to fall.  I probably pulled out at least 20 different sewing patterns and went through my entire fabric stash praying for inspiration.  So I decided that whatever I make will have to be black. I wanted something that draped nicely, with an airy flow  I found the perfect Rayon Challis at Cali fabrics.  My plan was to make ...

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