Sweater knit for cold winter days

While most of the Cali Fabrics staff may be pretty comfortable with their warm California winters, the rest of us have been suffering through an insanely cold winter!  But luckily, our Cali Fabrics friends haven't forgotten us tundra-dwellers -- they still have a great stock of heavy sweater knit fabrics for all the cozy sweaters we could need. Take Exhibit 1 -- this lovely and cozy Named Talvikki Sweater! I used this ...

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Slubbed Knit + Oslo Cardigan = Match Made in Heaven

Hot cocoa. Twinkling lights. Thick fuzzy socks. Cozy cardigans. Winter is a wonderful time to hunker down with a good movie or book and get all snuggled up on the couch. It's also a wonderful time to make and show off those cold-weather sewing projects! I have a couple of RTW (ready-to-wear) cardigans I use at work, but they're so thin and boring. Sigh. I have always been on the hunt for ...

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Preppy Plaid Larkspur Dress

Fall/Winter sewing to me means time to break out the plaid.  Cali Fabrics has a huge selection to choose from and I couldn't help myself and grabbed a handful to play with. For this project I used this Mid-weight Black Watch Plaid.  It was thick and perfect for this structured dress.  This Tartan Wool Suiting or this Tartan Wool Blend are similar prints and would look great in this style dress ...

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A Stripey Rayon Jersey Hemlock

The holidays are finally in full swing! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family, and fabric. ;-) I know most of you are probably bundled up in cozy sweaters but down here in Tucson we are still rocking the lighter garments. At least it's finally boot weather! And what better to go with jeans and boots than a spiffy striped top? When I first laid eyes on ...

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This TWILL be interesting!

Hello Lovely Readers! Welcome to my second post on the Cali & Co Blog! I've been doing a lot of "comfortable" sews recently, so I was itching for a challenge and decided my next sew would be something I've never sewn before, with fabric I've never used before.  I was browsing the site and came across this gorgeous Red, Black and Ivory Plaid Heavy Weight Loose Weave Poly Twill and I just had to have it! ...

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Sunday Uniform

I don't know about you, but over the past couple of years, I've developed a bit of a "Sunday Uniform."  In the summer, it's usually a sun dress (as it is most other days).  In the fall and winter, it switches to leggings and some sort of cozy top. I've spent the last week or so fighting off the stomach flu and a sinus infection, so I just couldn't bear the ...

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Halloween Costumes with Cali Fabrics

Halloween is just around the corner and if you're anything like me your costumes are still just a thought in the back of your mind.  I'm usually a last minute girl and I rarely, rarely sew my kids costumes.  If it can be done in under an hour- then I'll jump right on it!  This year my daughter wanted to be a leopard and Cali Fabrics was our first stop.  ...

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An Autumn Coat in Selvedge Denim

My sewing plans for fall can be summed up in a word - denim. Califabrics has so many awesome denim fabrics and I bought them all!! (Evil laugh) In keeping with this theme, I decided to make a denim coat for my next Cali&Co project – but not a traditional short ‘jean jacket’. I wanted to use the Claremont Coat pattern by Decades of Style. If you aren't familiar with ...

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A Fall Catarina Camisole Hack

Do you feel it? The sweltering nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter... that must mean fall is coming! Maybe fall is already here for you northern U.S. (or European or whatever other country you're from!) folks, but down here in southern Arizona it comes gradually and hits us full-on in November. Wait, make that December. Sigh. So whereas fall-appropriate clothing usually consists of cozy thick cardigans, knit beanies, and ...

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DIY Floral Print Pencil Skirt

Hello Sew Family! I can't tell you how long I've wanted a floral print pencil skirt.  The journey to this skirt has been a long one, but rewarding nonetheless. Now, I have to be honest, finding the right floral print fabric was tough!  Although I really admire those that can rock such a statement piece, such a vibrant fabric is not my first choice in fabric selection...  But then I came across ...

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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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Cotton/Tencel Denim Joggers by SewSophieLynn

As a busy mom of five I get my fashion inspiration not from the pages of Vogue magazine but usually from the chic mom running errands or pushing the cart around the grocery store.  I live in comfy clothes but still like to look pulled together.  I've been dying for a pair of denim joggers for what seems like forever! Hallelujah!  The stars aligned and these beauties were born!  I love ...

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Tami Meyer

Hello! I'm Tami Meyer and I'm the designer behind Love Notions Sewing Patterns. I've been sewing since I was 10 but my business was born shortly after my daughter, Mallory. What started out as a necessity from cloth diapering blossomed into a full-scale custom clothing boutique. After 10 years of running that I made the leap into offering my original designs in PDF format for the home sewist. Again, the business took off and today ...

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About Becca

Hey there, reader! I'm Becca - Lifestyle Photographer, Wanna-be Fashionista, & Sew-blogger Enthusiast behind Free Notion. I live in Richmond, Virginia, where I frequent Target with a 3 year old super hero escort, bike the city hunting Pokemon with my kindergartner, and end each day, wine-in-hand, watching sub-par movies with my personal foot-warmer husband. I chronicle my DIY addiction on instagram, share the "highlight reel" on my blog, but spend most of ...

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Hello!

I'm Ashley. I blog over at craftsanctuary.com, mostly about sewing, but occasionally about knitting, travel, and other crafty business.  I am a Chicago transplant by way of New York, and I still have dreams about walking through the garment district after work. I started sewing when I was a little girl.  I was that weird kid that flipped through a catalogue looking for a birthday present, and said “Can I have a sewing ...

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