Fergus Cosplay

Hey everyone! Michelle from Falafel and the Bee here. Today I am sharing one of the cosplay costumes I am making for the local ComicCon coming up. We are all going as the family from the movie Brave. My older daughter's Merida costume is already done (you can see it here). I made it with some wonderfully thick and drapey Teal Midweight Stretch Ponte De Roma. My husband, of course, is ...

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The Little Mermaid Inspired Yoga Set

Let me start this post off by saying that yes, I am 33, and yes, I still want to play dress-up. But running around town in a full-on princess dress just doesn't cut it in "civilized" society unless you're under the age of 6. Not fair! But thankfully, sewing has given me the freedom to still throw in some fun (some may say childish) ideas when I make clothes for myself. I started ...

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Pantone Color of the Year-Greenery

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors.  This year's color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive.  I'm a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes.  My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color. I used this ...

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creating in the gap plaid tunic

Plaid Tunic

    So this is probably the last time this dress will be on my body...not because I don't like it...but because once my daughter saw it and told me she loved it... well... I gave it to her as soon as I took it off. Gotta keep your photographer happy right!? I'm always thrilled when my girls like something that I've made, it's so flattering! So what's up with me and rayon ...

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New Year, new… workout gear!

I don’t often make New Year’s Resolutions, but for once I was ahead of the game and made my resolutions for 2017 last year! My one and only resolution was to take part in a minimum of one ParkRun a month throughout 2017, and naturally that means I absolutely needed new workout gear! I usually struggle to find workout gear that isn’t extortionately priced, so making my own was the next logical step. I got ...

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A Vintage Plaid Shirtdress (Vogue 9000)

Hi, Readers! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring!  As it's right around the corner, I figured it was time to start sewing some new dresses for warmer weather.  For me, that means cotton dresses that I can throw a cardi or a light jacket over and head out looking polished.  I love the retro simplicity and structure of a shirtdress, even if I don't like ironing them ...

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How to fake the perfect neck binding.

Hello lovelies!! Truth be told, I've avoided sewing knits because I'm not a very big fan of knit binding. I'm such a perfectionist, and because I don't have a coverstitch machine (yet) it bothers me when my seams and stitches are not  symmetrical, that is, until I figured out how to fake it! It really was the most exciting thing I've stumbled upon. A few months ago, I sewed up a knit ...

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The Discerning Fabric Chooser

The tagline for the Cali Fabrics blog is “A Sewing Blog for the Fabric Obsessed” and you may have noticed those of us who contribute to the blog are very serious about our fabric choices…even the plain white boring fabrics! Last time I showed you some cuter than cute baby sweaters, and today I’ve got some more cute baby clothes for you…just not quite as exciting.  I’ve been sewing for my ...

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Palm Print Off-Shoulder Dress

Happy belated new years Cali Blog Squad readers! I'm excited to share my first - and what I already predict to be - my favorite make for the year. This is the Butterick 6052 off-shoulder maxi dress made up in White Palms on Navy Rayon Challis Print and partially lined with Black Cotton Lawn. Let's start with the fabric. This challis print is currently sold out, but keep an eye out for this ...

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Flutter Sleeve Tee

I've been a bit absent around here lately, and it's because I'm expecting!  I've had an absolute hell of a first trimester, and was sick all day and all night for about 10 weeks straight.  The past couple weeks have really been looking up, though, and I'm starting to feel a lot more like myself, and a lot more like sewing! As I've talked about before, I HATE throwing away my ...

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