Transitioning to Fall

  Hey, Sewists!  Now that I knocked the last bit of summer sewing off my list, I am ready for fall.  Fall is my absolute favorite season because of the wool textures.  Plaids, houndstooth, herringbone, you name it when it comes to wool and I want it.  It is still a bit too warm around here for wool just yet, so I am easing into it by making some pieces that will ...

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Blank Canvas

Okay, so this post may be a little misleading because you can't actually buy this exact fabric from Cali Fabrics.  But you can make it yourself, just like I did! This Willow tank started out life as this yummy double gauze that you can get from Cali Fabrics.  And guys, I am not joking when I say this is yummy.  It is soft and fluffy and everything double gauze should be. I wanted to ...

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Kid-Approved Mini Capsule Wardrobe

Can you believe these four cute looks are really only three garments? This mini "buh-bye-summer-hello-fall" capsule wardrobe is made with versatile fabrics and fun reversible patterns. The tee is one I made earlier, so by sewing only two more items - the Reversible Hoodie Vest Pattern and the So Flippin' Cute Skirt from Tie Dye Diva Patterns, I got multiple kid-approved looks while only sewing two things. Mom for the ...

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A little chambray dress

I was so indecisive on what to make with this lovely dark gray cotton chambray!  I was going to make shorts, but then realized that shorts weather was quickly leaving us here in the US.  Then I thought about a fitted button up, and then a casual button up before finally deciding on this simple shift dress: The great thing about chambray is that it makes the perfect styling base for ...

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An Eyelet and Entredeux ESP Dress

Hi Readers! I absolutely LOVE using heirloom techniques to add interesting details to everyday clothing.  Yes, they take extra time, but they really add that extra little bit of casual couture that makes your clothing stand out.  For this dress, I used my TNT pattern -- the Decades of Style ESP Dress and some lovely cotton eyelet (or broderie anglaise). The fabric for this dress started out white.  I chose this lovely ...

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A Blue and White Summer Caftan

Look, friends!  Color!  Haha Contrary to what one might think scrolling through my past posts for Cali Fabrics, I love color and am a particular sucker for blue and white prints.  For me, it’s a combination that’s easily wearable year-round, can be dressed up or down, and evokes memories of east-coast summers.  So, I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine how quickly this print jumped in my cart!  Isn’t it amazing?!  ...

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3 Summer-Approved Wovens

Happy first weeks of Summer, Cali&Co Readers! Time to stock your wardrobe with garments to help you beat the heat in style. And this year, I'm all about the wovens! Here's a sampling of what I'm sewing with, and my takeaways. Enjoy! Tencel Chambray What is it? It's a stable, lightweight fabric that sews up as easily as standard chambray, but added Tencel fibers adds drape, wrinkle resistance, and a softer hand. ...

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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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A Casual 1920’s Dress in Chambray

Hi, readers! I've been a fan of 1920's fashion nearly my entire life, but it's only been the last five or six years that I have really gotten into actually sewing and wearing styles from that era.  All of my 20's garments thus far have been essentially costumes for themed events, but this time, I've made one that I'll actually wear in everyday life! In walks the Decades of Style 1920's Isabella ...

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Sewing for Tweens – Fabric Choices

After a little break in which I had a baby, I'm excited to be back to talk about sewing for tweens!  I have 2 kids in this age category, and 3 that have gone through it, so you might say I have a little experience!  In this post I'm going to share with you my experience on fabric to use in sewing for tweens. Choosing fabric for tweens boils down to what ...

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A Vintage Plaid Shirtdress (Vogue 9000)

Hi, Readers! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring!  As it's right around the corner, I figured it was time to start sewing some new dresses for warmer weather.  For me, that means cotton dresses that I can throw a cardi or a light jacket over and head out looking polished.  I love the retro simplicity and structure of a shirtdress, even if I don't like ironing them ...

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A Year-Round Staple: The OCBD

Hello again friends!  I'm so excited to share this new shirt with you!  It feels like it's been ages since I've sewn with cotton, but for all the silk tops I've made recently, a classic oxford cloth button-down is still one of the items that feels the most 'me'.  Maybe because they've been a staple in my closet for so long.  They feel a bit like old friends.  I wear them ...

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Come for the fabric, stay for the pugs….

Hey Everybody!! I'm back with a Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress. Now before we get too far into this post, I realize that I haven't really styled this dress with Fall appropriate shoes and accessories. My only excuse is that I am still out at the lake (I live part time in Calgary and part time at White Lake), and I was naive to how chilly it would be when ...

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Novelty Cotton Madness

I absolutely adore cotton fabric.  The more whimsical it is the more I love it.  It takes me back to my childhood...sigh.  I digress :-)  now that I'm an old lady - I like cotton because it feels good.  Need I say more?  So when Simplicity's Project Runway line featured several tunic looks with variable lengths I jumped in feet first.  I've already made 5....Yes 5 of these tops.  I'll ...

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A 1950’s Yellow Shirtwaist Dress (Simplicity 1459)

Hello there, readers! I'm super excited to share this dress with you.  It's one that I've dreamed about for a while and I'm so happy to see it come to fruition.  It's even more delightful than I expected with little vintage details that turn what could have been a plain dress into an interesting frock. This dress was inspired by one of my favorite films -- Brooklyn.  The film takes place in the ...

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A Skirt & Tee for Back to School

Adventures in apparel fabric, part deux! I wrote about the adorable Cuddle fur vest last time; let’s talk about the rest of the girl’s outfit - this darling skirt and top. The skirt is our Potato Chip Skirt pattern, made in the lined view. It has a flat front, elastic back, and POCKETS! I used this gorgeous Robert Kaufman chambray, lined with the same poly satin designer lining with crowns that ...

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