Sewing for Fall

Are you sewing for fall yet?  It's hard to think about it when the weather tops out over 100, but just think how glad you'll be to pull on a new cardigan on the first chilly evening of fall. To set the right example of sewing ahead, I sewed up 3 garments for fall, using some amazing fabrics from Cali Fabrics.  Since I didn't choose the easiest fabrics to work with, ...

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Flowers, Stripes and Sisters

Love is gentle, love is kind... love is sharing your favourite fabric, and sewing for someone else! In this case, my big sis, Anne. She's a fantastic knitter, and in return for her supplying me with hand knits, I keep her supplied with a custom wardrobe. (In fact, she's wearing jeans I made her last summer!) The beloved fabric is the Ivory and Navy Stripe Floral Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit from Cali ...

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A Very Twirly Knit Dress + Super Easy Way to Hem a Circle Skirt.

Hello Readers! Today I get to share with you my first post as a Cali Fabrics contributor! I primarily sew for my daughter who I affectionately refer to as #thespiritedone, (she has a love for life unlike any I've ever known, so it was just fitting).  When I came across this beautiful Floral Rayon Stretch Jersey Knit, I envisioned instantly a Riley and Brooklyn pattern mashup for her; both PDF patterns from Made for Mermaids. What I adore ...

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Coral Leopard, Two Ways

Which came first? The mini or the ruffle? In other words... which came first, and then was changed into the other because I wasn't happy? Both versions have their merits... But after taking pictures of one, I went home and altered it to make the other! Maybe this will clarify things... Frumpy much? I always think that an outfit that NEEDS a belt to "work" visually is not a good outfit. Sure, ...

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The Cotton Netting Fabric Experiment

For my first Cali & Co. Blog Sewing Project, I was challenged to find fabric that I didn’t already have in my stash! Seriously.  I eventually chose this white cotton netting. It’s available in a few different colors – yellow, burgundy, purple, dark green, but I tend to buy green and purple often (my style icon is apparently the Riddler), so I went with white for a change.  I decided ...

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Work, work!

  It seems like every summer I get inspired to make a dress that is pure icing.  It's impractical, I won't wear it a lot, and it takes a lot of time and energy to get right.  The heat, the fabric (my god the fabric), and my new-found desire to be a Schuyler Sister all got together and decided that I needed a new impractical dress in my wardrobe.       The result? Well, ...

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Back to School for Boys: Sturdy Pants and a Zip Hoodie

I went to buy camouflage fabric the other day … but couldn’t find it. Ba dum bum. Of course, I did find it at Cali Fabrics, and incorporated two different camo fabrics into these sturdy back-to-school basics for boys: a zip-up hoodie and pull-on pants. The jacket is my Hello Hoodie pattern with the hooded view, contrast side panels and sleeves, and of course, pockets. I used two colors of fleece and ...

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Katie Lee: Penny Raglan

Penny Raglan in Bamboo Jersey

If you've ever read my blog, it should be no surprise that I love bamboo jersey.  In fact, it's probably my favorite knit fabric to work with.  And that means I'm always on the lookout for good quality bamboo jersey at reasonable prices because let me tell you, that stuff can get expensive! I've purchased bamboo jersey from a number of places at varying prices, but I never thought to look for it ...

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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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Brushed Poly for Everyone!

So, there's this fabric on the website that I kept coming back to.  I'd add it to my cart and then walk away for a couple hours and then look at it again.  I thought on it for a couple of days actually. I loved the fabric but I didn't have a plan for it so I kept humming and hawing over it.  Eventually, I decided to just jump in and ...

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Paint Daub Jersey Maxi

Does anything scream "SUMMER!" louder than a maxi dress? Particularly in a bold, bright print like this paint daub rayon jersey from Cali Fabrics. I knew this fabric wanted to be a maxi as soon as I saw it online, and in person it doesn't disappoint. It's my favourite type of squishy, medium-weight rayon knit - heavy enough to be fully opaque and drape nicely over bumps and lumps, and resilient ...

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Asymmetrical Fashion Trip

How about a visit to New York, London, Paris or Rome?  All you have to do is wear this tunic and you're there.  I didn't even have to leave my back yard. The fabric is a cotton jersey knit and it's super cool and comfortable.  You can find it here.  I wore this outfit to work and everybody was asking "where did you find that top?"  I swear I get so much ...

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