3 (More!) Summer-Approved Wovens

Hey Cali & Co Readers! Earlier this summer I shared 3 of my favorite woven fabrics to sew for summer - but the season is long (especially with two kids under 5 in tow) and my summer-woven-sewing continues! Here are three more fabrics to try. And for those of you thinking "Becca, it's almost Fall!" - rest assured! The lightweight nature of these fabrics make them perfect for layering, too. Enjoy! 1: Cotton ...

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A little chambray dress

I was so indecisive on what to make with this lovely dark gray cotton chambray!  I was going to make shorts, but then realized that shorts weather was quickly leaving us here in the US.  Then I thought about a fitted button up, and then a casual button up before finally deciding on this simple shift dress: The great thing about chambray is that it makes the perfect styling base for ...

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My Voile Zinnia & Sewing Tips for Longer (Looking!) Legs

I'm what you might call a "jeans and t-shirt" kind of girl. I don't wear skirts, and DEFINITELY don't wear dresses. I've told myself many lies as to why this is - mostly relating to my body and how it "looks weird" in skirts, I'm "too rectangle-shaped" or "too short" for skirts. All of which became very inconvenient when I started preaching custom tailoring and seeing the brave women of ...

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An Eyelet and Entredeux ESP Dress

Hi Readers! I absolutely LOVE using heirloom techniques to add interesting details to everyday clothing.  Yes, they take extra time, but they really add that extra little bit of casual couture that makes your clothing stand out.  For this dress, I used my TNT pattern -- the Decades of Style ESP Dress and some lovely cotton eyelet (or broderie anglaise). The fabric for this dress started out white.  I chose this lovely ...

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I’ve Never Been So Comfortable

I'm back with my next post for the Cali Fabrics blog and today I want to talk to you all about this incredibly soft organic cotton and bamboo French Terry I ordered recently. Guys. It is so soft. Like stroking a chinchilla, it's that soft. It is a really beautiful lavender-grey tone. The knit is a lightweight French Terry. It's a little too heavy for t-shirts (unless you need thicker layers, ...

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So you think you want to sew swimwear?

I spent much of this summer (and last summer too) sewing swimwear!  From never having sewn a swimsuit before, to being considered somewhat of an expert, I learned just about everything there is to know!  And I want to share some some vital things I learned with you before you start.  Because sewing your own swimwear is a very, very rewarding (and even addicting!) thing to do. Tan and mustard vintage ...

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Linen Ninni Culottes

They might be granny pants…

Okay, so calling these granny pants may be a little harsh, but I must admit that my first thought when I put them on was that they reminded me of just the sort of thing my grandma would have worn back in the day! Don't get me wrong, though, I kind of think I might love these.  They are comfortable and easy to wear and surprisingly on trend! These are the Named ...

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Pink Giraffe Swimwear

I have a habit. A swimwear sewing (or at the very least, a swim-fabric-hoarding) habit. And I have Cali Fabric to blame thank. I lived in San Francisco a few summers ago, and my maiden voyage to their bricks-and-mortar shop, The Fabric Outlet, was just in time for a super swim fabric sale. Table upon table of nylon lycra yardage lined the entryway. I'd not sewn a single stitch of the ...

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Welt Pockets and Bias Binding

Welt pockets and bias binding add a crisp, finished look to this summer dress. I used a favorite tank top of mine to make a general pattern, then made it roomier by adding width to the sides and a box pleat in the center front. I used a rayon chambray for the body of the dress and a striped chambray for the pockets and bias binding. The rayon chambray is especially drapey and would also ...

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