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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Paint Daub Jersey Maxi

Does anything scream "SUMMER!" louder than a maxi dress? Particularly in a bold, bright print like this paint daub rayon jersey from Cali Fabrics. I knew this fabric wanted to be a maxi as soon as I saw it online, and in person it doesn't disappoint. It's my favourite type of squishy, medium-weight rayon knit - heavy enough to be fully opaque and drape nicely over bumps and lumps, and resilient ...

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Hi, I’m Gillian!

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at craftingarainbow.wordpress.com and I'm an editor over at the Curvy Sewing Collective. I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes  – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which ...

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