The Romper You Didn’t Know You Needed

(And the fabric that makes it your go-to Summer wear!) A few months back I shared my first non-legging double brushed poly inspiration - a slinky, swishy, springtime skort. (Or, as grown-ups call them, "Culottes") https://www.pinterest.com/pin/139400550948845171/ The perfect drape and wrinkle-resistant nature of  DBP made it my go-to for other slinky-swishy Summer projects, like this Fenix Romper made in Cali Fabric's Navy Blue Double Brushed Poly. Y'all, I can't even begin to explain how much I've ...

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A Blue and White Summer Caftan

Look, friends!  Color!  Haha Contrary to what one might think scrolling through my past posts for Cali Fabrics, I love color and am a particular sucker for blue and white prints.  For me, it’s a combination that’s easily wearable year-round, can be dressed up or down, and evokes memories of east-coast summers.  So, I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine how quickly this print jumped in my cart!  Isn’t it amazing?!  ...

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3 Summer-Approved Wovens

Happy first weeks of Summer, Cali&Co Readers! Time to stock your wardrobe with garments to help you beat the heat in style. And this year, I'm all about the wovens! Here's a sampling of what I'm sewing with, and my takeaways. Enjoy! Tencel Chambray What is it? It's a stable, lightweight fabric that sews up as easily as standard chambray, but added Tencel fibers adds drape, wrinkle resistance, and a softer hand. ...

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The Making of a Wedding Dress pt. 1

Let me start this post with saying that I am not engaged - I just wanted to try making a very fancy dress that I might actually be able to wear someday. If I lived in the UK, I would have tackled an evening gown instead for the Dressmaker's Ball, but since I don't, I ended up with these lovelies on my cutting table. Meanwhile, the boyfriend has been helping ...

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A Jumpsuit for Summer!

I’ve been lusting after the gorgeous jumpsuits and rompers everyone has been wearing for the past year, but after trying on a few ready-to-wear versions I got discouraged. My top and bottom halves are completely different sizes – okay for separates but terrible for jumpsuits. I put my jumpsuit dreams on the shelf for a while until one day about a month ago I had a revelation – I sew! I ...

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More Tencel Denim! The Jalie Vanessa Pants

There must have been something in the water lately, because THREE Cali bloggers have projects with this tencel denim in June! I think it's neat that you'll get to see the same fabric used in different ways - and Cali has several other Tencel denims in stock now, including black and light blue.  You already saw my Winslow Culottes and now I'm back with the new Jalie Vanessa Fluid Pants. These ...

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Striped Ruffle Henley inspired by Loft

I don't know about you guys, but I love the style of Loft's clothes. Slightly more feminine than J. Crew, there's something about them that I'm drawn to. And, as a sewist, every time I fall in love with something I always think, "I can make that." So, I don't buy it and 9 times out of 10, I never make it either. That's mostly because I can never find ...

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Three Fabrics, One Pattern

One of the things I love most about sewing is you can totally change the look and feel of a piece of clothing depending on the fabric you choose. I decided to have a bit of an experiment with the True Bias Ogden Cami and some very different fabrics from Cali Fabrics. Let's take a look! 1. Silk Ogden Cami (AKA Dreamy Cami) 1 This was my first time working with real silk and ...

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