Double Leopard!

This is not an outfit for the faint of heart! But oh man, it's a fun one! One of the fun things about shopping at Cali Fabrics is that they sometimes carry designer fabrics, like this "7 For All Mankind" leopard twill. Right now they only have it in orange, but they have some great stretch twills from Hudson Jeans. How fabulous would a blazer or pant be in that vertical ...

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The Cat’s Pyjamas

Cute fabric.  Sometimes it's just too hard to resist! Do I "need" adorable cat fabric? No, but I sure do want it!!! Cali Fabrics always has a great selection of cute prints on Double Brushed Poly (DBP) fabrics, but when I saw these cats I couldn't resist! I'm a proud Crazy Cat Lady! See? Two cat-themed birthday cards I received recently, and leopard sandals that just happen to match my top! We have ...

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Sharing the Love of Sewing

Have you ever seen someone put on a custom-fit garment for the first time, and light up with excitement about how great they look? I think I'm hooked on that feeling. I've always sewed for my mom and sister as well as myself, but earlier this year I sewed for a cousin who lives far away... and she loved her dress so much that I offered to make dresses for her ...

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Krazy Kimono

Do you nickname your projects as you sew? I don't usually, but this one demanded to be called the Krazy Kimono! Partly from the fabric, and partly because it didn't come together as I planned! The problems started during construction. I lost the normal foot on my sewing machine and haven't bought another yet, so I sewed the whole thing on a walking foot... and I also only had universal needles, ...

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Sundress Season!

Summertime... and the sewin' is easy! Take a bold print knit and a tried'n'true pattern, and a few hours later, you too could have a sassy sundress! For this project, I used 2 yards of the Blue Watercolor Bohemian Stripe Liverpool knit - the colour jumped out at me and I just had to have it! Liverpool is a stable polyester knit, so it's perfect in slim dresses if you don't ...

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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 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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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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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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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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More Tencel Denim! The Jalie Vanessa Pants

There must have been something in the water lately, because THREE Cali bloggers have projects with this tencel denim in June! I think it's neat that you'll get to see the same fabric used in different ways - and Cali has several other Tencel denims in stock now, including black and light blue.  You already saw my Winslow Culottes and now I'm back with the new Jalie Vanessa Fluid Pants. These ...

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Stretch Lace Dress!

Before I started sewing, my favourite special occasion dress was black stretch lace over taupe lining. It felt elegant and chic, but so comfortable! For this Cali Fabric make, I decided to channel that dress but in a more daytime appropriate way. Cali has a great selection of lace - I was so tempted by this stripe and floral one! - but I chose this classic black stripe lace for a casual-but-classic look. But ...

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Modal Wrap Dress

I'm back, with more modal jersey! (Here's my last post.) This time I sewed Cashmerette's Appleton Wrap Dress. I've made it several times before: as a pattern tester in rayon knit, then in Japanese-inspired polyester ITY,  a maxi sleeveless version this summer, and one for my sister in rayon bird knit! This one is actually for my sister too - but we're almost the same size, so I'm modelling it today. As I mentioned ...

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Cozy Modal Leggings for Fall

My favourite kind of projects are simple ones. Simple doesn't have to be boring! This time, I made two pairs of leggings in buttery soft modal jersey, and an oversized dolman tee in variegated rayon. They mix-and-match perfectly into my wardrobe, but for the purposes of this post, I've styled them together! Shall we begin with the leggings? Cali Fabrics carries a bunch of colours in this modal jersey, and owner Ron told ...

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Cropped Jacket in Striped Jersey

For this project, I wanted to create a chic layering piece for fall. Something that would go with everything, and have the comfort of a sweater but with a bit more polish! The fabric is Cali Fabric's Heavyweight Black and Off-White Striped Stretch Jersey. It is exactly what the description says: a beefy jersey with 4-way stretch. It's got quite a stiff hand with little drape, and it's more stretchy than a ...

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Flowers, Stripes and Sisters

Love is gentle, love is kind... love is sharing your favourite fabric, and sewing for someone else! In this case, my big sis, Anne. She's a fantastic knitter, and in return for her supplying me with hand knits, I keep her supplied with a custom wardrobe. (In fact, she's wearing jeans I made her last summer!) The beloved fabric is the Ivory and Navy Stripe Floral Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit from Cali ...

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Coral Leopard, Two Ways

Which came first? The mini or the ruffle? In other words... which came first, and then was changed into the other because I wasn't happy? Both versions have their merits... But after taking pictures of one, I went home and altered it to make the other! Maybe this will clarify things... Frumpy much? I always think that an outfit that NEEDS a belt to "work" visually is not a good outfit. Sure, ...

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