Doubled Brushed Poly 101

  Are you ready for some fun?  With this top, I know I am.  This print is so playful that it is hard not to be happy when wearing it.  The fabric is a Floral and Polka Dot Double Brushed Poly.  There isn't much left, so grab some before it is gone. For this top, I used one of my favorite TNT patterns, the Dixie DIY - Summer Concert Tee.  This pattern ...

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Tips For Sewing With Jersey Knit (And A Few Free Patterns)

I love sewing with knits! They are primarily what I use for most of my projects. They're soft and comfortable which makes for great clothing in my opinion. Here are a few tips that, in my experience, are useful when it comes to sewing with Jersey knit. 1. Spray starch makes it easier to work with light weight Jersey knits.  Lightweight Jersey knits are often drapey, and consequently, a little more tricky to cut out and to ...

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12 Things I Learned While Sewing My First Denim Projects

    Hello again, friends! Today, I have a post for you on a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of many sewists. (Cue scary music haha) The funny thing is, there's nothing scary about denim at all. It's a fabric many of us practically live in and it isn't difficult to sew! It is just cotton, after all. The fiber most of us start with, and often turn back to ...

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A Good Case of Stripes

I love finding designer fabrics on Cali Fabrics! When the designer is named, it's fun to use some Google-fu to find how the designer used the fabric and let that inspire me. When I found this playful zebra-printed stretch twill fabric from Hudson Jeans, it was easy to find the designer's make by searching "Hudson Jeans zebra" and I found they used it for ... whadda ya know, jeans! It's a ...

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8 Tips For Sewing With Lace

There are so many uses for lace in sewing. Accents, trims, overlays, even entire lace garments! I’m kind of lace obsessed, and I use it on so many things. I often hear that lace can be intimidating though. How are you supposed to work with it? It has all those holes and it's a super thin fabric. Well, here are a few tips that I’ve learned that may be useful ...

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Getting Touchy Feely with Your Fabric

One of my absolute favorite things about fabric shopping is getting all touchy feely with it.  I really love texture, so my hands are all over the bolts, pulling out just enough fabric to get a good feel for its texture and drape.  This is impossible online for obvious reasons (although you can always order a swatch if you're patient enough!).  CaliFabrics does an excellent job though when it comes ...

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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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Flipping for Two-Tone Sequins

Hi sewing friends! Lisa here from Tie Dye Diva patterns talking to you about the gorgeous color-changing sequin fabric known as two-tone, reversible, or flip sequins (or mermaid sequins as my daughter likes to call them!) If you “pet” them one way (and you will), they are one color, but brush them the other direction, they are a different color on the other side! You’re probably seen them in stores ...

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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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Classical Ballet Tutu

Happy (late) Halloween, ya'll! My house has been abuzz these past couple of weeks, not only because I decided to wait until the bewitching hour to start my Halloween costume (doesn't that seem to happen each year?) but also because I'm MOVING TO AUSTIN! You heard that right, folks, I'm becoming a Texan. I love to treat myself to an elaborate Halloween costume when I can and this year I decided ...

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Tips for Sewing Character Inspired Outfits

Hi guys! So this year, instead of sewing for Halloween, I've sewn for Disney Dapper Day! Dapper Day is just a few days after Halloween and so I wanted to use my time and creative juices wisely. Dapper Day is NOT a costume event, instead it's where guests celebrate sophisticated style drawing inspiration from the 1950's  feel of Disneyland. I love vintage style clothing, and welcomed the opportunity to sew something ...

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My Voile Zinnia & Sewing Tips for Longer (Looking!) Legs

I'm what you might call a "jeans and t-shirt" kind of girl. I don't wear skirts, and DEFINITELY don't wear dresses. I've told myself many lies as to why this is - mostly relating to my body and how it "looks weird" in skirts, I'm "too rectangle-shaped" or "too short" for skirts. All of which became very inconvenient when I started preaching custom tailoring and seeing the brave women of ...

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Welt Pockets and Bias Binding

Welt pockets and bias binding add a crisp, finished look to this summer dress. I used a favorite tank top of mine to make a general pattern, then made it roomier by adding width to the sides and a box pleat in the center front. I used a rayon chambray for the body of the dress and a striped chambray for the pockets and bias binding. The rayon chambray is especially drapey and would also ...

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The Lenox Shirtdress in Ranchero Rayon Chambray

Hi Readers! I don't know about you, but I've been on the hunt for the Holy Grail of shirtdresses for a long time!  I've been searching for something classic, comfortable, well fitting with a myriad of options to customize and I think I've found it with the Cashmerette Lenox.  This pattern certainly went together easily and I had no alterations to make.  A great fit out of the envelope is always ...

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5 Fabric Scrooge Tips

Today I've got some tips for you on how to get the most garments from your cuts of fabric.  If there was a hall of fame for the least amount of fabric wasted, you just might find me there!  In fact I've even got a series over at Skirt Fixation about classy ways to use fabric scraps.  Intervention may be necessary soon... From 2 yards of Desert Camouflage fabric, I made a tween ...

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Tips for Ponte

Office Appropriate Sheaths + Tips for Caring for Ponte

My fellow office dwellers all know that the holy grail of office attire is a combination of comfort and professionalism.  I think a great ponte dress is the perfect fit! For this dress I chose Cali Fabric's Seafoam Green Ponte de Roma and paired it with Pauline Alice's Aldaia Dress. This fabric has a beautiful rich color, which I love for spring and summer.  The seafoam green is new for me, but is a color ...

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The Lace Tee (+ Tips & Tricks for sewing yours!)

About a month ago, I blogged a list of my favorite lace garments (complete with fabric and pattern suggestions to make them!). I even scratched my "must-sew-something-with-lace" itch with an off-shoulder lace top. But I just couldn't get the idea of a plum medallion lace tee shirt out of my head. This was *not* your grandma's curtain lace. It was bold, fresh, and modern in it's geometric design. Perfect for a transitional lace garment ...

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How to fake the perfect neck binding.

Hello lovelies!! Truth be told, I've avoided sewing knits because I'm not a very big fan of knit binding. I'm such a perfectionist, and because I don't have a coverstitch machine (yet) it bothers me when my seams and stitches are not  symmetrical, that is, until I figured out how to fake it! It really was the most exciting thing I've stumbled upon. A few months ago, I sewed up a knit ...

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Sewing Sweater Knit: Tips for your Coziest Seasonal Projects!

Here in Central Virginia, January is just the start of our winter weather. It's usually reliable for at least one big snowfall, and months of looks-like-Springtime-until-you're-repeatedly-smacked-with-freezing-temps-and-accumulationless-precipitation. In other words: It's sweater weather. And when I saw the Cali Fabric stock of sweater knits, I knew I needed to make my own to see me through this season of whiplash weather. So that's exactly what I did! Along the way, I found a ...

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