The Lace Tee (+ Tips & Tricks for sewing yours!)

About a month ago, I blogged a list of my favorite lace garments (complete with fabric and pattern suggestions to make them!). I even scratched my "must-sew-something-with-lace" itch with an off-shoulder lace top. But I just couldn't get the idea of a plum medallion lace tee shirt out of my head. This was *not* your grandma's curtain lace. It was bold, fresh, and modern in it's geometric design. Perfect for a transitional lace garment ...

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How to Make Solids Pop – M6883 & Wanted Tee

My favorite way to start a project is to purchase a fabric in a print or color I like, then look up inspiration using similar fabrics. This time, I started with Navy Blue Midweight Stretch Ponte De Roma Solid and set off to find dress styles that could work for the office. I fell for the way the contrast piping elevated these otherwise basic silhouettes, and after looking up several tutorials such as this ...

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Discovering a New Fabric Love

Hello, friends!  I told you I’d be back with another knit item!  And I’m rather in love with this one too :)  Now, if I had to guess, I would assume that many of you are familiar with the wonders of French terry.  Am I right?  It has been popping up so often in the sewing community over the last year or two, but being the wovens-loving girl that I ...

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Adventures in stretch

Somewhat unintentionally, I've made 2 sportswear projects in a row! I'm not very sporty but I do like being active and I like trying different kinds of exercise. I recently did some online yoga videos and found I was really enjoying it, so I wanted to make something loose and stretchy to wear while on the mat. I ordered this slub jersey and this aztec stretch lace from the Cali Fabrics ...

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Sewing Lingerie

Hello Califabrics blog readers (and anyone else who's stumbled upon this blog)! How are you doing today? I'm back with a post about underthings. Woo hoo! I have a lot of me-made items in my closet, in fact, I pretty much wear exclusively me-mades now, but one thing I am lacking in, is underthings. I've made a few bras here and there, and I have a couple of pairs of undies, but ...

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Beyond Leggings: Double Brushed Poly Inspiration

It seems like just yesterday a certain-legging-company burst onto the scene, tempting us to abandon real pants, and introducing us to the super soft world of double brushed poly. And while I'm a HUGE fan of cozy fabrics (like this one!!) - I do not subscribe to the "leggings are pants" philosophy. So my challenge for me became "How can I wear head-to-toe-knit without looking like I'm wearing pajamas?" Here's what I came ...

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Hi, I’m Maria

Hi there! I’m Maria, founder of Maria Rose Sews. I started my business to create beautiful, quality clothes and fabric goods for people to use in their everyday lives. In addition to starting my own business, I also work freelance so I’m always sewing something new and unique. My sewing career started in college when I got a job in the costume shop of a dance theatre. After my first year, ...

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Summer Time

Hey guys! Is it starting to warm up where you live? It sure is here in New Mexico! My summer wardrobe is lacking a bit though, so what do I do when that happens? I sew a new outfit of course :) I wanted a wide leg pant in a light weight fabric to wear on cooler nights this summer. I found this Midnight crepe fabric that turned out to be ...

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Dude Sewing – Men’s Pyjama Pants

Hey Everybody! What brings you over to these parts? Fabric shopping? Or maybe fabric stalking? I stalk online fabric stores fairly regularly on a daily basis, and I could easily waste away hours just browsing fabrics and dreaming up sewing projects. But I will admit that sometimes I feel overwhelmed with choice, and my to sew list gets so long, that I have a hard time staying on track. I'd like ...

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Handmade and distressed Morgan Jeans

Not Your Boyfriend’s Jeans: Distressing Denim

Ah jeans...one of the most ubiquitous articles of clothing in modern American culture, yet one that makes most sewists break out in a cold sweat.  After all, jeans are HARD, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that no, jeans are not hard and they may be one of the most satisfying things you ever make! I was among the large majority of sewists who are scared to death of jeans until the ...

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Embracing the Cozy

Well, hello there again!  I’ve missed you!  You may have noticed (or not, ha!) I’ve been absent for a while. Long story short, I injured my right leg and it is taking far too long to recover, which has kept me out of my sewing room.  So frustrating!  It’s also meant far too much time stuck on the couch.  Well, if you’ve followed along with what I tend to make, ...

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Modern Denim

Oh my gosh!  I made a denim jacket and best of all I am completely smitten with it!!  Before I keep gushing about my latest creation let's start with some basics. For this jacket, I used 2.5 yards of Dark Blue Designer Waxed Denim.  I had not sewn with waxed denim previously, so I was curious to how this fabric would sew up and hold up.  Before I started, I ...

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