Best Friend Travel Dresses

I love Califabric's Double Brushed Polyester! It is an unbelievably soft fabric, and has a lovely drape for a maxi dress. Califabrics has so many lovely prints which would all be suitable for a this type of dress. My best friend and I live in different cities, so we try to get together each year for some girl time. This year we choose New Orleans as our meet up, and what ...

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3 Tips for Sewing for a Fashion Forward Child

Full Disclosure: I still feel some type of way writing this post, or even admitting such a thing happened, and even though I have MAJOR FEELS about it, I can't deny that is has indeed happened ...my daughter turned SIX!  And with 6 came a new sense of self awareness, independence and strong opinions. Admittedly, I'm not surprised that her already strong spirit has intensified, I just wasn't quite ready ...

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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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Sparkling in the Storm

Hey Sewists, how are you doing?  I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring. Here in Chicago we just finished digging ourselves out of nearly 2 feet of snow just in time for it to warm up and melt.  Now it is raining and we are flooding. Before the snow completely melted we had an ice dam form on our roof and cause water to leak into my ...

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Not-So-Prickly Cactus Pajamas

When you live in the desert, it makes sense to have cactus-inspired clothing. Even though I'm a swamp/New Orleans girl at heart, I couldn't say no to this adorable cactus double-brushed poly spandex knit! Although it bears little prickly friends, this fabric is legit the most comfortable you'll ever put on your body. Double brushed poly spandex is "brushed" on both sides to make for a super-soft texture. The good news ...

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Wool Boucle in a New Silhouette

Or, as my fiance likes to call it, the "magic eye" coatigan haha You know one of the things I love most about sewing? I've all but completely stopped paying attention to fashion "guidelines" and trends! I've canceled my fashion magazine subscriptions and now, I get most of my inspiration from fabric, pattern releases, other sewists, and the odd fashion blogger. I make and wear only what I really want, regardless ...

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Adding a Dusting of Pink to a Neutral Wardrobe

Hello again, friends! Has anyone else been reevaluating their wardrobe lately? Particularly now we've started a new year? I definitely have and I'm rather pleased with this latest addition. For the last year or two, I've focused a lot of my sewing efforts on basic pieces in neutral colors. It's great because I always reach for a handmade item first when dressing. But, that focus has been a stark contrast to ...

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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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All the Sparkle, None of the Stress

So, there I was, shopping the Cali Fabrics website, when I came across this pretty gem: “Black and Sparkling Silver Striped Sweater Knit”. My inner dialogue, as the person who would be wearing the sweater, went something like this: “Ohmygoshilovesparkles! Festive! Holidays! Yasssssss! Sweater knit, yummy, cozy, classy, let’s do it!” And then the rest of my inner dialogue, as the person who would be sewing the sweater, went, “Uuugggghhh. ...

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A new spin on some classic TNT patterns

November was TNT month on the Sewcialists blog, so this fall I've been digging out some of my favourite Tried'n'True patterns and tweeking them for a new look! Fabric makes a huge difference with TNTs, and this year I wanted to include some new colours into my winter wardrobe. I've always worn quite bright, saturated colours, but when I made my last round of Cali Fabric projects, I fell in love ...

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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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A Sweater for Not-Quite Sweater Weather

So, for my last post, I made a trapeze garment for summer. Apparently, I thought I needed one for Fall too haha. I knew when I picked this fabric, I didn't want to default to a boyfriend cardigan (especially since I made a grey one of those earlier this year). What I did want was something cozy, layerable, up-to-date, and a design that would work with the drape I knew the fabric ...

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Floral French Terry Kyoto Sweater

Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz and I am so excited to be sharing my first make as part of the Califabrics Blogger team! French Terry is probably my favorite fabric – and with fall finally showing itself here in Northern Virginia, it was the perfect excuse to sew up a Kyoto Sweater in a beautiful French Terry. The Kyoto Sweater from Papercut Patterns is a ruffle sleeve ...

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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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My Top Wardrobe-Sewing Tip (Without sewing a single stitch!)

If you've ever sewn for yourself, chances are this scenario has played out a time or two: You fabric shop willy-nilly. Any color, any print, any weight - anything goes! Never mind the season, your coloring, or the rest of your wardrobe. You impulse buy that pattern because - duh! - it's on sale.  You put two and two together - OOOH THIS'LL BE GREAT! - until it's not. That color right against ...

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