Sewing with Swim Knit

Swimsuit season is my favorite! Not because I love strutting around in next to nothing but because I can't stop sewing swimwear! I'm excited to be here on the Cali Blog sharing my tips and tricks for sewing with nylon/lycra swim knit and to let you know it's not just for the swimming pool. My first tip is an important one. ALWAYS choose good quality fabric! Whether you're sewing your first ...

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The Perfect Summer Top

Chambray week has been amazing, am I right?!  So much inspiration to get you back to your machines and ready for spring.  Chambray is such a versatile fabric and this week has proven that! Make sure you head here to see all the gorgeous options in the shop. I'm crushing hard on the Robert Kaufman Greenwich Chambrays in the shop right now.  So many vibrant, beautiful colors and the weight and ...

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Statement Sleeve Sweater for Spring

Anyone else over the cold and dreaming of spring?  Our winter here in Utah was unseasonable warm through most of January and February and I think Mother Nature is making up for it with snow storms and cold temps for the last two weeks.  I'm so ready for sunshine and blossoms! To help beat those end of winter blues, I'm doing some transitional sewing with pieces that work well layered now ...

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A Cocoon Sweater Showdown- Carrie Cardigan vs. P4P Cocoon Cardigan

It's getting downright chilly here and I'm ready for it in my two new cozy sweaters.  While browsing the Cali site I was loving all the sweater knits in stock.  So many choices that I just had to grab a couple.  I started dreaming of oversized, snuggly cardigans and settled on two patterns to try.  The first is the Carrie Cardigan from Delia Creates.  I picked this absolutely amazing Blush ...

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Fall Trends: Embroidery and Prints

I love scouring fashion magazines and Pinterest as we head into a new season.  I've been loving the huge embroidery trend and knew I wanted to incorporate it into my daughters fall wardrobe (I'm hoping to add some to mine too- can't let her have all the fun!).  I hopped on Amazon and grabbed a bundle of embroidered flowers and then started brainstorming everything I was going to floral-fy!  Jackets, ...

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Fall means French Terry!

As soon as the nights start to get the tiniest bit of a chill to them I start to get itching for fall.  Fall is by far my favorite season and easily my favorite season to sew for.  I love cozy sweaters, fun hoodies, and comfy joggers.  It also means it's totally acceptable to wear soft french terry everyday! Cali Fabrics has a great selection of french terry and I immediately ...

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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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Love Notions Olympia

One of my favorite things about sewing is pattern testing.  I love watching the process as the designers perfect each pattern and the fun environment a group of testers creates.  I've made so many great relationships with designers and other testers that I can't help but sign up when the call comes. One of my favorite designers to test for is Tami at Love Notions patterns.  She is so thorough in ...

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Pantone Color of the Year-Greenery

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors.  This year's color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive.  I'm a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes.  My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color. I used this ...

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Preppy Plaid Larkspur Dress

Fall/Winter sewing to me means time to break out the plaid.  Cali Fabrics has a huge selection to choose from and I couldn't help myself and grabbed a handful to play with. For this project I used this Mid-weight Black Watch Plaid.  It was thick and perfect for this structured dress.  This Tartan Wool Suiting or this Tartan Wool Blend are similar prints and would look great in this style dress ...

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Halloween Costumes with Cali Fabrics

Halloween is just around the corner and if you're anything like me your costumes are still just a thought in the back of your mind.  I'm usually a last minute girl and I rarely, rarely sew my kids costumes.  If it can be done in under an hour- then I'll jump right on it!  This year my daughter wanted to be a leopard and Cali Fabrics was our first stop.  ...

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Cotton/Tencel Denim Joggers by SewSophieLynn

As a busy mom of five I get my fashion inspiration not from the pages of Vogue magazine but usually from the chic mom running errands or pushing the cart around the grocery store.  I live in comfy clothes but still like to look pulled together.  I've been dying for a pair of denim joggers for what seems like forever! Hallelujah!  The stars aligned and these beauties were born!  I love ...

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Hi, I’m Tami!

Hi, I'm Tami and I blog over at SewSophieLynn.  As a mom of five I’m constantly going, doing, and giving.  I love it but somewhere in there I lost a bit of ‘me’.  Creating is that outlet that lights a fire and gives me the energy and drive to get through the carpools, laundry, dishes, and just everyday life. I find myself again as each new project comes together. I started ...

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