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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Body Confidence

Let me tell you, there is nothing that makes you feel like a million bucks more than a great bodycon dress! I've used the heavyweight 4-way stretch knit before and it is still one of my favorite fabrics from Cali Fabrics.  This time I went with the black and tan colorway and I couldn't be happier with my dress! This fabric is pretty much perfect for a form-fitting knit dress.  It's nice ...

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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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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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Twist on a Basic

Hey, Cali Fabrics Fans!  I have another new piece to share with you all.  I made a view A of Simplicity 8089.  For my version, I used the Lagoon Midweight Stretch Ponte De Roma which is a great teal color that was missing from my fall wardrobe.  The idea for this top came from Pinterest.  I saw a similar top for sale from one of those overseas companies that sell garments for super ...

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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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Mrs. Peacock, in the Library, with the Candlestick?: The Ultimate Pencil Skirt

Comfortable work wear is something that I always struggle with. I want to look polished and put together, but still be able to shelve books, sit down, and not want to change half way through a shift. A few months ago I tried on a ponte pencil skirt from a ready-to-wear shop and thought -- this is it! Ponte pencil skirts look just as polished as other pencil skirts but have ...

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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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Pantone Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe!

I'm so excited! I've been planning this little capsule for weeks now, and it's been really satisfying to pull it all together! First off, the colours: This is Pantone's Fall 2017 colour palette for New York. I've done a lot of thinking on my own blog about colour palettes, and, well, these are definitely not my colours! I usually wear jewel tones and always prefer cool colours. That just makes this a ...

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Vogue 9275 using Cali Fabrics made by Inside The Hem.

1 pattern + 3 fabrics = 1 great outfit

Hi, everyone! It's Lindsey from Inside the Hem here to talk about my latest make for the Cali Fabrics' blog! Almost as soon as I saw Vogue 9275, released just a few weeks ago, I knew it was going to be a fall wardrobe staple. I just love those "wardrobe" or "lifestyle" patterns that include multiple garments in one envelope. This particular pattern comes with a whopping 5 patterns: 2 tops, 2 ...

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Taking Flight in Flowers

One of the rare occasions when I stand in front of my me-made wardrobe and complain that I have ‘nothing to wear’ is when I’m getting ready to spend the day on an airplane.  I have some upcoming trips this fall so I decided to make an outfit for airplane travel with part of my Cali & Co. fabric allowance. I’ll be flying economy, since I spend too much money ...

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Ready for Fall

It's definitely getting cooler here in Canada... as I type this, I'm sitting under a wool blanket and quilt! That means it's time to put away the sundresses and cosy up in layers. This fall, I decided to use my Cali fabrics to add some trendy colours from the Fall Pantone Palette to my fall wardrobe. I haven't worn this dusty pink or soft burgundy for years, but suddenly they feel ...

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