Project Street Style Fabric

Today's dose of happy is brought to you by the most fantastic parade of fabrics from CaliFabrics!  Recently I sewed up the entire Project Street Style collection of 7 patterns, all using gorgeous fabrics from CaliFabrics.  If you haven't seen the incredible, inspirational content coming out of Project Run & Play, you really must head over and check out Project Street Style...you won't regret it! First up, here's a look at ...

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Rayon Challis Circle Skirt

Apparently, this is what it looks like when dreams come true.  The other day my daughter told me she was shopping and saw a chiffon maxi circle skirt that she fell in love with.  I asked her why she didn’t buy it?  Because she sews also she had found a few deficits in the skirt that she just couldn’t live with.  1 - It wasn’t long enough (she’s 6’ tall ...

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The Perfect Shirt

You guys, I did it!  I sewed the perfect shirt!!!  It's pretty, comfortable, not too difficult to sew, and looks so professional! The fabric I used is some very awesome shirting from CaliFabrics.  It’s super soft shirting, lightweight but not transparent, so no undershirt required. The particular koi shirting fabric I used can be found here, and they have a whole bunch more shirtings in stock, from more by “Tori Richards” like ...

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Stripes for the whole family

The modal jersey stripe fabric excels above all other stripe fabric, or so you might think if you saw my family!  But it's true that this fabric is one of the best quality fabrics we've ever found, sewn with, and worn.  Let me show you how I used this fabric for the whole family! For myself, I sewed a t-shirt using the navy on off-white horizontal pencil stripe stretch modal jersey.  ...

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Baby Friendly Fabrics

Often I get asked which fabrics I like to use for baby clothes.  Since I seem to have a lot of experience with babies and making baby clothes, this is one area where I have some definite experience and recommendations.   I love to use knit fabrics for baby clothes and gifts.  It’s soft, stretchy and there are no hard edges to poke or scratch that delicate skin.  Since there are ...

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The 2-for-1 skirt

Have you ever liked BOTH sides of a fabric and had a hard time choosing which side to use for your final garment?   That happened to us with the indigo denim-look knit fabric.  (currently only available in brown)  The front is a very denim-looking fabric except that it’s knit.  And the back is a pretty silvery gray color.   So ultimately, we decided to use both sides by making the ...

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Stretch Twill for the Win

Let me tell you about a super amazing fabric; stretch twill!  If you’re looking for a comfortable woven fabric that will move with you and look great, you need to try stretch twill! Earlier this year, I grabbed the last yard of the charcoal stretch twill you see in these photos, but you’re in luck because CaliFabrics just stocked a WHOLE bunch of new stretch twill fabrics, including this one in ...

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French Terry vs. Stretch Sweatshirt Fleece

Today I’ve got another fabric comparison post for you!  Just like last time when I compared 3 different fabrics using the same pattern, this time I used the same pattern to compare 2 fabrics.  Both these fabrics are suitable and recommended for making this hoodie pattern, so it really comes down to personal preference.   The pattern I used is the Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns.  I made view C ...

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French Terry Sweatpants for Everyone!

Recently I must have been in a sweatpants sewing mood because (almost) everyone got sweatpants!  To me fall=french terry.  So everyone got french terry sweatpants!   First the boys got to choose and so they chose camouflage french terry fabric.  For some reason, my two youngest boys will only wear camouflage if given the choice.  Head to toe, full garb, camo all the time.  So whatever!   (Photographic proof over on ...

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Ponte Fabric: A Complete Guide

Today we're going to dig deep into a pile of ponte fabric...what a nice, soft, comfortable place to be!  Join me as we explore all the ins and outs of ponte.  And when you're ready to start your own project with ponte fabric, check out the great selection at CaliFabrics! Definition of ponte fabric: Officially named Ponte de Roma, ponte is a double knit fabric.  It’s very soft and sturdy fabric which ...

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Can you wear rayon in the fall?

Can you wear rayon in the fall?  That became the question after I sewed this blouse from rayon challis fabric and wasn’t ready to stop wearing it just because summer had ended.  On the calendar anyway!   A blouse with perfect drape and flow requires just the right fabric, and rayon challis fits the bill perfectly.  And thankfully, CaliFabrics has a very large selection to choose from! This particular one is ...

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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 ...

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1 Pattern, 3 Fabrics – A comparison

Have you ever had trouble deciding which fabric to use for a pattern?  Often there are several options in the fabric recommendations section of a pattern.  All are suitable, so how to choose?  Sometimes I use personal preference, but this time I decided to make a t-shirt pattern with 3 different fabrics and share the results.  Keep in mind, all of these fabrics are recommended for this pattern, so the ...

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Baby Blue Eyes (and Dress!)

When a fabric is listed with the title “Robin’s Egg Blue” and that’s the exact color of your baby’s eyes, there’s no question as to whether or not you’re going to get that fabric!  And the icing on the cake is that this is some of the nicest jersey I’ve ever worked with.  Baby will definitely outgrow this dress before the fabric wears out, and I love it when I ...

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Perfect Linen for Summer

One of the joys of sewing is to be able to make garments work for our body.  We sewists say that a lot, but this post is another example of how sewing for ourselves gives us power to make fashion choices that increase our self confidence.  In this instance, it was a pattern that I sewed and didn’t love the way it fit…so I tried it again and ended up ...

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When it Rains…

I had the brilliant idea to use oilcloth to sew rain jackets for my boys.  Brilliant because they love them, but sewing them was...the opposite of brilliant.  I’ve worked with laminated cotton before, so that wasn’t really the issue because I knew ahead of time what I was getting into.  But oilcloth is stiffer than laminated cotton, and really wasn’t meant for making garments.  So this post proves is can ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Project Run & Play!!!

There's something cool going on in the sewing community!  It's a children's sewing competition called Project Run & Play.  Project Run & Play is the Indie Sewing community's version of Project Runway...but for sewing children's apparel!  Each week, the designers compete to create their best outfit based on a theme. A panel of "celebrity" judges awards them a score in 4 categories, and then a reader's voting poll is opened. ...

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