Revisiting Old Favorites

The evolution of the sewing blogging community has been an interesting thing to witness. I myself have been blogging about sewing (off and on) since 2011(!). In those early days, the phrase TnT, which stands for tried-and-true, was used quite a bit. Many of us made it a habit to use the same patterns over and again in a variety of colors or fabrics. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? ...

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Tori Richard Cotton Lawn – A tale of lobsters

It seems that as the weather gets colder and summer really comes to end (I'm clinging to it folks!) I feel compelled to sew a final garment in a lightweight cotton lawn fabric.  I really didn't need my annual tradition as an excuse this year because this cotton lawn isn't just any cotton lawn, it's a Tori Richard cotton lawn.  Ok I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the name, ...

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Leveling Up, A Happy Accident

How many of you pick a pattern, not paying close attention to the details, only to discover you’d be forced to learn a new sewing trick? What, just me? Haha When I picked this pattern, I did so based on the casual silhouette and the detail of the interesting back pleat. If you follow my blog as well, you may recall I used this pattern for my purple lyocell shirtdress. This ...

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Back to the Basics – Chambray and Twill

When it comes to apparel fabric, there's nothing more fun than playing around with unique fabric prints and blends, but there's something to be said about those classic natural fabrics too, such as cotton twill and chambray.  As I slowly replace my worn-out ready-to-wear clothing with handmade items, I've been trying to utilize similar fabrics, and I'm having no problem finding what I need in Cali Fabric's impressive apparel fabric ...

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Naughty or Nice? Getting Two Looks from One Pattern

A pattern with simple lines is such a versatile tool for wardrobe building. Change the fabric, and you change the look. When it's a pattern you know fits you well or that you have spent time adjusting to your perfect custom fit, it's great to be able to sew it over and over without looking like 'that lady who always wears that same skirt'. Here are two different looks from a ...

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A Red Gingham 1940’s Dress

Hi Readers! Have you ever dreamed about a dress and then found that it turned out exactly as you imagined it would once you've sewn it?  That's me with dress.  Since last summer I thought that this 1940 dress pattern (Vogue 8811) would look wonderful with a big gingham print.  Once I saw this 1" Kaufman Carolina Gingham pop up on the Cali site, I knew it was going to be ...

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Making Basics

I know Chambray Week is over but I couldn't resist sharing this polka dot chambray Gemma tank that I made to beef up my basic work wardrobe. This chambray is a lightweight rayon, which was perfect for this Gemma Tank.  While this pattern works nicely in a stiffer fabric like voile, lawn or even quilting cotton, I really like it in something drapier like rayon. Sadly this rayon chambray is sold out, ...

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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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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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A Tale of Two Chambrays

Hey, chambray fans!  I am so excited to be participating in Chambray Week!  There are some great bloggers lined up this week and I feel lucky to be included.  I was instantly drawn to this gray and white striped chambray and this rust red midweight chambray. I made plans to make three garments: a dress and shorts out of the red, and for the gray and white striped piece a shawl ...

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Chambray Tops for Summer

I was so excited at the Chambray Week theme because it’s exactly what my summer wardrobe needed – two new chambray tops to wear with white jeans. Now only if Summer would show up sooner – the winter cold seems to not be going away! I am totally a top and jeans kind of girl – so when I was brainstorming for Chambray week – I kept getting drawn to Chambray ...

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Chambray Lander Pants

Chambray Week!—My Lander Pants

Welcome to Chambray Week on the Cali & Co blog!  I'm thrilled to be kicking off the week, particularly because I am really happy with how my project turned out! Most chambray is pretty lightweight, which makes it great for tops and dresses, but not the best for pants.  So when I saw that Ron had stocked this bottomweight chambray in the perfect shade of chambray blue, I snapped up a couple of ...

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Transitional dressing with a Kalle Shirt dress

The time between March and May is difficult dressing season. Waking up in the morning, it's freezing but by lunchtime you feel ready to don a summer dress! A shirt dress is the perfect solution - easy to throw a cardigan over but still cool and casual. You may remember this isn't my first love affair with a shirtdress; last year I made the Alex Shirt dress from orange chambray. Though I ...

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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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Bicycle Shower Curtain

Isn't this bicycle print lawn just the cutest? I love everything bicycle so I had to have some. Turns out that after moving to my new house in Austin, I also needed a shower curtain for my tub-style shower. This was a quick and simple sewing project that takes only a couple of hours, but made a huge difference to my bathroom. I paired the bicycles with a white lawn to ...

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A 1940’s Embroidered California Poppy Blouse

Hello readers! I'm very happy to share this project! It's one that's been in my dreams for a while and now, it's finally become a reality. I love to take plain fabrics and transform them into something unique.  This blouse was just a simple white cotton lawn before I embroidered it.  Now, it's a bespoke beauty showcasing my love of our state flower -- the California Poppy. For this project, I used a ...

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A Victorian Mourning Blouse

Hello readers! I've been doing some historical sewing lately and I'm happy to share this late-Victorian lace blouse.  It was an easy project and a versatile piece for my growing historical wardrobe. As I mentioned in my last post, I made this blouse (plus underpinnings and skirt) along with an outfit for my husband.  It was quite an undertaking sewing all of that in a short period of time and I definitely ...

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Chambray Shirting Love

I have finally reached a point where instead of making the latest, greatest, shiniest thing, I'm making wardrobe staples to replace the ill-fitting RTW (Ready-To-Wear) clothes in my closet. It might sound boring to some but I find some of the greatest satisfaction in making clothes I will wear the heck out of and not just for special occasions. Enter the Sewaholic Granville Shirt: I LOVE this pattern to make shirts ...

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The Fabric Rebel in Me

I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to seasons and fabric. I probably should start sewing with all the heavier-weight fabrics that keep us warm as the weather cools down, but right now I find myself gravitating towards gorgeous, breezy cotton lawns and bright, candy colored spandex knits. Cali & Co. does not disappoint with their selection either! I had some pretty tough choices to make, but I'm ...

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