Chocolate & a FREE Reversible Beanie Pattern

Here’s a tip for all you cozy fabric lovers:  grab some of this chocolate brown french terry today! With this softer than soft chocolate french terry, I made a Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns for myself.  (Oh, and I just noticed the Tallinn Sweater is the featured pattern of the month over at Hey June, so it's 15% off using the code "Tallinn15" !!)  It’s very stylish, and discreet for ...

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A velvet dress for the holidays

It's always hard to find a good dress for the holidays. You want it to be stylish, but not too avant garde. Comfortable but not frumpy. This year I took matters into my own hands and made the best holiday dress ever. Okay, so maybe it's not the best ever but I still think it is pretty darn great. I used Vogue 9253 - a kimono sleeve dress with a deep V-neck. ...

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All the Sparkle, None of the Stress

So, there I was, shopping the Cali Fabrics website, when I came across this pretty gem: “Black and Sparkling Silver Striped Sweater Knit”. My inner dialogue, as the person who would be wearing the sweater, went something like this: “Ohmygoshilovesparkles! Festive! Holidays! Yasssssss! Sweater knit, yummy, cozy, classy, let’s do it!” And then the rest of my inner dialogue, as the person who would be sewing the sweater, went, “Uuugggghhh. ...

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A 1940’s Embroidered California Poppy Blouse

Hello readers! I'm very happy to share this project! It's one that's been in my dreams for a while and now, it's finally become a reality. I love to take plain fabrics and transform them into something unique.  This blouse was just a simple white cotton lawn before I embroidered it.  Now, it's a bespoke beauty showcasing my love of our state flower -- the California Poppy. For this project, I used a ...

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Another TNT for winter!

Last post I blogged about a Jalie raglan and McCalls sleeveless cardi that I'd sewn with TNT (Tried'N'True) patterns. Well, I'm back today with another TNT Jalie pattern, in a gorgeous floral rayon french terry from Cali Fabrics! This time it's the Jalie hoodie, minus the hoodie and with a rectangular cowl instead! This is a very classic boxy hoodie pattern, which I've made before in beefier knits. In cotton french ...

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A Stretch Velvet Holiday Dress

When I told my Mom that I was making a stretch velvet dress for Christmas, she wasn't too sure about my creative decision. I assured her it would be a magical throwback to the '90s where velvet skater dresses reigned supreme. I made sure I didn't disappoint: I've had an itch to make something in stretch velvet ever since I saw Tami's awesome silver shirt and Becca's inspiration post on how to ...

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A Cozy Flannel for Fall

The Colette Negroni is my first foray into menswear and boy was it overdue! It is now a late birthday / early Christmas gift for my boyfriend who bought me my first (and current) sewing machine, drives me to draping class on Saturday mornings, helps me with fittings, allows me to indulge in spontaneous Joann trips for pattern hauls and sucks it up when he steps on pins in the ...

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Baby Wale Corduroy 3 Ways

It’s that time of year…corduroy time!  Now I’ve got to admit, corduroy is one of my oldest fabric loves!  I mean it’s so great to sew with; stable and pliable but soft and comfortable to wear.  Let me show you what I mean. After scouring the corduroy selection at CaliFabrics, I settled on some Brown Baby Wale Corduroy.  The first thing I sewed from this fabric was a Sandbridge Skirt (pattern ...

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A new spin on some classic TNT patterns

November was TNT month on the Sewcialists blog, so this fall I've been digging out some of my favourite Tried'n'True patterns and tweeking them for a new look! Fabric makes a huge difference with TNTs, and this year I wanted to include some new colours into my winter wardrobe. I've always worn quite bright, saturated colours, but when I made my last round of Cali Fabric projects, I fell in love ...

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