Discovering a New Fabric Love

Hello, friends!  I told you I’d be back with another knit item!  And I’m rather in love with this one too :)  Now, if I had to guess, I would assume that many of you are familiar with the wonders of French terry.  Am I right?  It has been popping up so often in the sewing community over the last year or two, but being the wovens-loving girl that I ...

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creating in the gap plaid tunic

Plaid Tunic

    So this is probably the last time this dress will be on my body...not because I don't like it...but because once my daughter saw it and told me she loved it... well... I gave it to her as soon as I took it off. Gotta keep your photographer happy right!? I'm always thrilled when my girls like something that I've made, it's so flattering! So what's up with me and rayon ...

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Palm Print Off-Shoulder Dress

Happy belated new years Cali Blog Squad readers! I'm excited to share my first - and what I already predict to be - my favorite make for the year. This is the Butterick 6052 off-shoulder maxi dress made up in White Palms on Navy Rayon Challis Print and partially lined with Black Cotton Lawn. Let's start with the fabric. This challis print is currently sold out, but keep an eye out for this ...

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Fading Back To Black

Greetings Everyone! I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time transitioning to fall.  I probably pulled out at least 20 different sewing patterns and went through my entire fabric stash praying for inspiration.  So I decided that whatever I make will have to be black. I wanted something that draped nicely, with an airy flow  I found the perfect Rayon Challis at Cali fabrics.  My plan was to make ...

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Fun with Rayon and Suede

  I've always love the look of suede skirts for fall, but haven't ever found one that suited me. I like skirts that are full and long, not tight, short, and covered with buttons. I love circle skirts and ever since I started sewing last year, I've had this skirt in mind. I read a lot of tutorials and none of them made sense to me. In case circle skirts confuse you ...

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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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Lounging in Luxury – Carolyn Pyjamas

Well hello there Califabrics blog followers! How are you? What are you thinking of the new Califabrics blog so far? Pretty sweet right? Such a great group of sewists, if I do say so myself. Ha! Anyway, I'm back with another pyjama themed post. I seem to be all about the lounge wear lately. When I spotted this beautiful rayon voile, I knew it was destined to become another pair of ...

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Hermes Inspired Print Dress

Hello Everyone! I am super excited to be here and cannot wait to meet each and every one of you.  I decided I would make a simple dress for my debut post.   Clean lines, no frills,no buttons or beads.  I wanted something that would make a statement.  My fabric choice needed to be light and airy yet exotic and expensive looking.  I choice a scrumptious Leopard Print Rayon Challis you ...

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The Katie Kimono

Hey Everybody! How are you all doing out there? I'm doing well, but I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit nervous as I write this. I mean, I'm blogging on someone else's blog, and not just anyone's blog, a fabric store's blog! Eeeeep! How cool is this? Anyway, I better get on with it, before the boss catches me gossiping by the water cooler. When I was shopping on the CaliFabrics ...

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15 Tips for Sewing with Rayon Challis

Rayon Challis is seriously my dream fabric! There's something about it that feels so special and luxurious to me! So, when dreaming up my latest summer maxi, I knew it would be made from this wonderful fabric! Rayon Challis is 100% rayon. It's super lightweight with wonderful drape, and even though it's man-made, it's done so with natural fibers making it perfect for a summer dress! But, because of these wonderful ...

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A Floral Arum

Hello sewing world! I'm super excited to be here to share my first sewing project with the Cali & Co. family! Lately I've been having a rayon love affair - I never realized just how comfortable and breathable it is! Where have you been all of my life?! Why did I not know about you growing up in the sweltering summers of New Orleans and for the past 7 years in ...

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