Beyond Leggings: Double Brushed Poly Inspiration

It seems like just yesterday a certain-legging-company burst onto the scene, tempting us to abandon real pants, and introducing us to the super soft world of double brushed poly. And while I'm a HUGE fan of cozy fabrics (like this one!!) - I do not subscribe to the "leggings are pants" philosophy. So my challenge for me became "How can I wear head-to-toe-knit without looking like I'm wearing pajamas?" Here's what I came ...

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Brushed modal jumpsuit

  I've been gravitating towards all the beautiful woven fabrics in the Cali Fabrics shop lately, but I just couldn't resist a comfy knit jumpsuit for this project. I used some of the lovely brushed modal jersey knit for this jumpsuit.  It has a beautiful drape and weight and completely opaque -- definitely a plus! This jumpsuit is a piece that percolated in my head for quite a while before I finally got ...

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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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Not So Prickly Cactus Dress

Hey, Sewists!  I have been a busy bee sewing away this month.  I hope you have been sewing this month too.  This time around I am sharing another new summer dress.  Dresses are pretty much my summer uniform and this one fits in so well. First, let me just talk about this fabric!  I used the cactus print double brushed poly in navy.  Unfortunately, this colorway is not available, but there ...

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Best Friend Travel Dresses

I love Califabric's Double Brushed Polyester! It is an unbelievably soft fabric, and has a lovely drape for a maxi dress. Califabrics has so many lovely prints which would all be suitable for a this type of dress. My best friend and I live in different cities, so we try to get together each year for some girl time. This year we choose New Orleans as our meet up, and what ...

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Not-So-Prickly Cactus Pajamas

When you live in the desert, it makes sense to have cactus-inspired clothing. Even though I'm a swamp/New Orleans girl at heart, I couldn't say no to this adorable cactus double-brushed poly spandex knit! Although it bears little prickly friends, this fabric is legit the most comfortable you'll ever put on your body. Double brushed poly spandex is "brushed" on both sides to make for a super-soft texture. The good news ...

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New Year, New Favorite Fabric: Modal!

Happy New Year everyone!  One of my reSEWlutions this year is to try new things.  And of course that includes new fabrics I've never tried before! I hold Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Patterns responsible for this new fabric obsession of mine.  When she updated the Union St. Tee pattern, she updated the fabric recommendations to include modal, bamboo, triblend, cotton/poly and rayon blends.  Since I’d worked with everything on ...

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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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If at 1st you don’t succeed…

My daughter has a beautiful hourglass figure which I have absolutely no clue how to fit since I have no figure (or if you’re being kind) am more of a rectangle!  I sew so much for my other children, but recently decided it was time to get it right on fit for my oldest child. First I had my daughter try on several shirts I sewed for myself to gauge the ...

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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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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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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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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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Summer Sewing with Tencel Denim

The weather is turning hot, hot, hot and my wardrobe needed some serious help!  I've been wanting to make the Oceanside Pants from Blank Slate Patterns for ages.  They are a breezy, relaxed fit drawstring waist pant or short that look amazing in lightweight fabrics such as linen or chambray.  I snatched up this perfect lightweight indigo tencel denim and it was exactly the look I wanted. Several of us Cali ...

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Sewing Lingerie

Hello Califabrics blog readers (and anyone else who's stumbled upon this blog)! How are you doing today? I'm back with a post about underthings. Woo hoo! I have a lot of me-made items in my closet, in fact, I pretty much wear exclusively me-mades now, but one thing I am lacking in, is underthings. I've made a few bras here and there, and I have a couple of pairs of undies, but ...

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Summer Time

Hey guys! Is it starting to warm up where you live? It sure is here in New Mexico! My summer wardrobe is lacking a bit though, so what do I do when that happens? I sew a new outfit of course :) I wanted a wide leg pant in a light weight fabric to wear on cooler nights this summer. I found this Midnight crepe fabric that turned out to be ...

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5 Cozy Knits for Kids

Hi all, it's Gina here for Tie Dye Diva patterns. One of my favorite things about sewing with apparel fabric is the variety of knits available. It seems like every day (well not really, but you know what I mean!) there's some type of knit fabric on the market I've never heard of and I need to touch them, pick them up, see how they drape, test their stretch, fall ...

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3 Tips for Sewing for a Fashion Forward Child

Full Disclosure: I still feel some type of way writing this post, or even admitting such a thing happened, and even though I have MAJOR FEELS about it, I can't deny that is has indeed happened ...my daughter turned SIX!  And with 6 came a new sense of self awareness, independence and strong opinions. Admittedly, I'm not surprised that her already strong spirit has intensified, I just wasn't quite ready ...

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