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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Fancy Sweatshirt Trend

Have you seen the fancy sweatshirt trend?  Or maybe you’ve heard it called the dressed up sweatshirt?  Well, I’m officially on that train.  As a mom at home with my 8 kids, looking pulled together while still being comfortable are about as high as my priorities get! For this dressed up sweatshirt, I used the most elegant flocked scrollwork on white floral lace for an overlay on the softest gray french ...

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Fabric Suggestions for a Child Capsule Wardrobe

Recently I sewed a 16 piece capsule wardrobe for my baby in her next size.  In my last post, I showed you the bubble skirt I made from "earth" floral London Calling lawn fabric.  That fabric inspired and became the theme of much of the rest of the wardrobe. First of all, I picked a color scheme.  Based on the floral pattern, I chose chocolate brown and two blues. After I had ...

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Lovely Lawn for Spring

Are you ever surprised by a fabric crush?  While scrolling through the CaliFabrics new fabric selection, I came across this Earth Floral London Calling Cotton Lawn by Robert Kaufman, and somehow it just spoke to me!  What did it say, you ask?  “Buy me and use me everywhere!”  Who am I to disobey the siren song of fabric? For my older daughter, I sewed the Apple Picking Dress pattern by Oliver ...

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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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Chocolate & a FREE Reversible Beanie Pattern

Here’s a tip for all you cozy fabric lovers:  grab some of this chocolate brown french terry today! With this softer than soft chocolate french terry, I made a Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns for myself.  (Oh, and I just noticed the Tallinn Sweater is the featured pattern of the month over at Hey June, so it's 15% off using the code "Tallinn15" !!)  It’s very stylish, and discreet for ...

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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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Mommy & Me French Terry

Today is the snuggle-y-est post ever written!  When you combine the softest french terry ever, and the squishiest baby, you’ve got enough snuggles to go around! Now I really must start with an apology.  This particular french terry fabric has sold out.  Twice.  It’s really, really, really that good!  But you can grab some of this floral french terry, which is just as pretty, or this chocolate french terry, which is ...

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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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