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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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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30+ Tips for Sewing with Faux Fur

Cali Fabrics has a HUGE selection of faux fur!  There are over 100 faux furs in the Cali Fabrics shop!  To name a few, there's Black Mongolian Faux Fur, Rabbit Luxury Faux Fur, White Snow Leopard Faux Fur, or maybe you'd prefer Green Gorilla Faux Fur.  I had the opportunity to sew up some animal vests for some of my kids.  I learned quite a few things sewing with faux fur.  If ...

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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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Sewing with Sequins

Hey Sewists!  I am so excited to share my first project post with you all.  I knew I wanted to talk about working with sequins because they can be quite intimidating to some sewists.  I promise they really are not that scary!  I hope that I can inspire you to try making a garment with sequin fabric. My first thought was to use Simplicity 8016 view C, which is a loose ...

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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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