DIY Off The Shoulder Top V9242

Nothing makes me happier right now!  I've finally dusted off my machine, gone through my fabric stash and decided on a few patterns to start off with.  I'm in the mood to revamp my wardrobe & even give some clothes away so I can make room for more.  In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and in the midst of Hurricane Irma, sewing is on the brain!  I think watching all ...

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Pantone Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe!

I'm so excited! I've been planning this little capsule for weeks now, and it's been really satisfying to pull it all together! First off, the colours: This is Pantone's Fall 2017 colour palette for New York. I've done a lot of thinking on my own blog about colour palettes, and, well, these are definitely not my colours! I usually wear jewel tones and always prefer cool colours. That just makes this a ...

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Vogue 9275 using Cali Fabrics made by Inside The Hem.

1 pattern + 3 fabrics = 1 great outfit

Hi, everyone! It's Lindsey from Inside the Hem here to talk about my latest make for the Cali Fabrics' blog! Almost as soon as I saw Vogue 9275, released just a few weeks ago, I knew it was going to be a fall wardrobe staple. I just love those "wardrobe" or "lifestyle" patterns that include multiple garments in one envelope. This particular pattern comes with a whopping 5 patterns: 2 tops, 2 ...

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Taking Flight in Flowers

One of the rare occasions when I stand in front of my me-made wardrobe and complain that I have ‘nothing to wear’ is when I’m getting ready to spend the day on an airplane.  I have some upcoming trips this fall so I decided to make an outfit for airplane travel with part of my Cali & Co. fabric allowance. I’ll be flying economy, since I spend too much money ...

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Summer, Don’t Go!

Hey, Fabric Lovers!  How are you doing?  I am enjoying the last fleeting days of summer.  Even though fall is my favorite season and I have a ton of fall sewing plans, the sunning warm summer days are fading fast. I haven't done much sewing this summer since we moved to Chicago. I have been too busy repainting rooms and unpacking boxes.  My new sewing studio isn't even all the ...

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Ready for Fall

It's definitely getting cooler here in Canada... as I type this, I'm sitting under a wool blanket and quilt! That means it's time to put away the sundresses and cosy up in layers. This fall, I decided to use my Cali fabrics to add some trendy colours from the Fall Pantone Palette to my fall wardrobe. I haven't worn this dusty pink or soft burgundy for years, but suddenly they feel ...

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I have spent any spare moment sewing as I find such joy in the ability to make clothes that suit my style and needs! You will always find me gravitating towards feminine styles with floral prints and beautiful solids.

Hi, I’m Lara!

Hi everyone, I'm Lara! I am the blogger behind Handmade by Lara Liz. I stumbled upon sewing in the summer of 2016. Since then, I've been blow away by the community that exists in the sewing world and started Handmade by Lara Liz in November of 2016. Outside of sewing, I am a certified public accountant and live in Arlington, Virginia with my husband (and resident blog photographer) Nathan. I am rather ...

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Cosy Brushed Poly for Fall!

You know, a year ago I hadn't even heard of double brushed poly... but now I'm a convert! It's a polyester knit (not unlike ITY in weight) that has been combed on each side to give it a soft, micro-fleece-esque texture. Like all polyester fabrics, it comes in an huge variety of colours and and prints, and Cali Fabrics carries a great supply,  including dots, florals, solids and the cutest ...

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Stop and Sew the Roses

I should begin my post about sewing up this olive floral stretch sateen by letting you know that I don’t like florals.  I mean, I appreciate them from an aesthetic standpoint, like when Cali Fabrics gets a beautiful group of designer stretch sateen in stock, but I know I won’t like the way I look and feel wearing florals.  So I say “ooh that’s pretty” and move on.  And yet, ...

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Blank Canvas

Okay, so this post may be a little misleading because you can't actually buy this exact fabric from Cali Fabrics.  But you can make it yourself, just like I did! This Willow tank started out life as this yummy double gauze that you can get from Cali Fabrics.  And guys, I am not joking when I say this is yummy.  It is soft and fluffy and everything double gauze should be. I wanted to ...

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Fall means French Terry!

As soon as the nights start to get the tiniest bit of a chill to them I start to get itching for fall.  Fall is by far my favorite season and easily my favorite season to sew for.  I love cozy sweaters, fun hoodies, and comfy joggers.  It also means it's totally acceptable to wear soft french terry everyday! Cali Fabrics has a great selection of french terry and I immediately ...

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Kid-Approved Mini Capsule Wardrobe

Can you believe these four cute looks are really only three garments? This mini "buh-bye-summer-hello-fall" capsule wardrobe is made with versatile fabrics and fun reversible patterns. The tee is one I made earlier, so by sewing only two more items - the Reversible Hoodie Vest Pattern and the So Flippin' Cute Skirt from Tie Dye Diva Patterns, I got multiple kid-approved looks while only sewing two things. Mom for the ...

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