Back to the Basics – Chambray and Twill

When it comes to apparel fabric, there's nothing more fun than playing around with unique fabric prints and blends, but there's something to be said about those classic natural fabrics too, such as cotton twill and chambray.  As I slowly replace my worn-out ready-to-wear clothing with handmade items, I've been trying to utilize similar fabrics, and I'm having no problem finding what I need in Cali Fabric's impressive apparel fabric ...

Read More

Mommy & Me Chambray

Hooray for Chambray!  It’s one of my favorite fabrics, and I’m so delighted with all the talented chambray creations this week!  Now I’ve got so many ideas on what to make with all the chambray in my stash.  And if I ever run out, CaliFabrics has a beautiful collection. Feeling patriotic, I jumped on the new star chambray fabric.  My daughter has outgrown all her dresses from last summer.  With that ...

Read More

A Tale of Two Chambrays

Hey, chambray fans!  I am so excited to be participating in Chambray Week!  There are some great bloggers lined up this week and I feel lucky to be included.  I was instantly drawn to this gray and white striped chambray and this rust red midweight chambray. I made plans to make three garments: a dress and shorts out of the red, and for the gray and white striped piece a shawl ...

Read More

Chambray Tops for Summer

I was so excited at the Chambray Week theme because it’s exactly what my summer wardrobe needed – two new chambray tops to wear with white jeans. Now only if Summer would show up sooner – the winter cold seems to not be going away! I am totally a top and jeans kind of girl – so when I was brainstorming for Chambray week – I kept getting drawn to Chambray ...

Read More
Chambray Lander Pants

Chambray Week!—My Lander Pants

Welcome to Chambray Week on the Cali & Co blog!  I'm thrilled to be kicking off the week, particularly because I am really happy with how my project turned out! Most chambray is pretty lightweight, which makes it great for tops and dresses, but not the best for pants.  So when I saw that Ron had stocked this bottomweight chambray in the perfect shade of chambray blue, I snapped up a couple of ...

Read More

Chambray Week Introduction

Welcome to chambray week.  Sit back with your tray tables in their upright and locked positions and enjoy the ride!  You're in for a treat!  6 amazing bloggers have worked their magic with chambray fabric from CaliFabrics and have some inspiration for you. Classic Blue Cotton Chambray   First of all, we need to make sure we're all on the same page about chambray. Chambray fabric is a woven fabric. It has colored ...

Read More

Chambray Shirting Love

I have finally reached a point where instead of making the latest, greatest, shiniest thing, I'm making wardrobe staples to replace the ill-fitting RTW (Ready-To-Wear) clothes in my closet. It might sound boring to some but I find some of the greatest satisfaction in making clothes I will wear the heck out of and not just for special occasions. Enter the Sewaholic Granville Shirt: I LOVE this pattern to make shirts ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

The Lenox Shirtdress in Ranchero Rayon Chambray

Hi Readers! I don't know about you, but I've been on the hunt for the Holy Grail of shirtdresses for a long time!  I've been searching for something classic, comfortable, well fitting with a myriad of options to customize and I think I've found it with the Cashmerette Lenox.  This pattern certainly went together easily and I had no alterations to make.  A great fit out of the envelope is always ...

Read More

A Casual 1920’s Dress in Chambray

Hi, readers! I've been a fan of 1920's fashion nearly my entire life, but it's only been the last five or six years that I have really gotten into actually sewing and wearing styles from that era.  All of my 20's garments thus far have been essentially costumes for themed events, but this time, I've made one that I'll actually wear in everyday life! In walks the Decades of Style 1920's Isabella ...

Read More

A 1950’s Red Chambray Pleated Dress (Vogue 8973)

Hello, readers! I'm happy to share this 1950 Vintage Vogue pleated dress with you!  I chose this gorgeous red dotted lightweight chambray for this project, which worked well with the numerous tucks and pleats that make up this dress.  I love this style, which is a little bit late 1940's and a little bit New Look -- all of which somehow seems contemporary while staying true the year of it's design. The ...

Read More

A Magical Spring Ensemble

Hi! I’m Cass (@CraftyProfessor on Instagram) and this is my first blog post for Cali Fabrics, so I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself.  I have always been crafty, and I have always sewn, but it was only about three years ago that I really started sewing and using patterns.  Prior to that, I had made lots of pillow cases, curtains, duvet covers, and dresses out of thrifted ...

Read More

Summer Beachwear…with or without the beach!

By Sarah Connell, from Sewing with Sarah One of my favorite things to do as a sewist is to take a fabric designed for one thing, and make it into something entirely different. When I saw the Tori Richards Striped Shirting on the site a few weeks back, I was desperate to order a few yards and dive into a shirt-making frenzy, with a popular pattern like the Grainline Archer Shirt Dress ...

Read More

Hey, that’s MY skirt you’re wearing!!!

This is the sad, sad tale of a skirt that wasn’t.  I mean, the skirt WAS, but it wasn’t mine!  When I planned my CaliFabrics order, I planned some things for my teenage daughters, and one very special outfit for me.  It was to be a special reward-myself-for-sewing-for-others kind of outfit.  I had a beautiful, flowy, silky to the touch, maxi skirt planned for this rayon chambray fabric.   The Sewaholic ...

Read More

Custom-Fit Dress Shirt

Hello fellow fabric enthusiasts! This past month I've been working on a dress shirt for my husband. I made it as a birthday gift... and I was only one day late in finishing it! Because he is so tall, it's impossible to find shirts that fit him, so custom dress shirts are a go-to gift. This is the third shirt I've made for him and each time I start a new ...

Read More

The “I don’t know what to wear” Outfit

Hey friends! I’m Kendra, from the blog MiekoMade. I’m coming at you today to share my absolute ride-or-die, “I don’t know what to wear” outfit formula. I’ve attended a great many events with my wonderful significant other, who is absolutely terrible at discerning an expected dress code, and stressed out about what to wear for hours/days/weeks before hand. So in the interest of my sanity and relationship, I’ve figured out an ...

Read More

Naughty or Nice? Getting Two Looks from One Pattern

A pattern with simple lines is such a versatile tool for wardrobe building. Change the fabric, and you change the look. When it's a pattern you know fits you well or that you have spent time adjusting to your perfect custom fit, it's great to be able to sew it over and over without looking like 'that lady who always wears that same skirt'. Here are two different looks from a ...

Read More
Follow on Feedly