Business Lady with a Sharpie Twist

I recently received a copy of the new extended size range of the Liesl & Co Rush Hour dress for review on the Curvy Sewing Collective. It's a classic princess-seamed sheath dress or peplum top which is just perfect for a business look. That's one of my favourite silhouettes, but I prefer it in a knit! Luckily, I'd just received my order from Cali Fabrics (Oh happy day!), and I ...

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If you wore the trend the first time around, can you wear it again?

Have you heard the rule going around that if you wore a trend the first time, you shouldn't wear it when it comes back in style? Well, I'm tossing out that fashion rule, just like "horizontal stripes make you look fat" and "no white after Labor Day". Let's wear whatever we want! I just couldn't resist this neon pink Liverpool knit from Cali Fabrics! I'm an 80's baby, so neon ...

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The Perfect Shirt

You guys, I did it!  I sewed the perfect shirt!!!  It's pretty, comfortable, not too difficult to sew, and looks so professional! The fabric I used is some very awesome shirting from CaliFabrics.  It’s super soft shirting, lightweight but not transparent, so no undershirt required. The particular koi shirting fabric I used can be found here, and they have a whole bunch more shirtings in stock, from more by “Tori Richards” like ...

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Fabulous Rainbow (or any) Armwarmers Tutorial

You need rainbow arms and I'm here to help you get them! Here's a step-by-step tutorial for making some awesome armwarmers with knit fabric. OK, you don't actually have to use rainbow fabric but it's really cool if you do and Cali has the fabric pictured in this tutorial available here: Rainbow Stripe Jersey Knit. You really just need any knit fabric with at least 25% stretch and some measurements. To create ...

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Stripes for the whole family

The modal jersey stripe fabric excels above all other stripe fabric, or so you might think if you saw my family!  But it's true that this fabric is one of the best quality fabrics we've ever found, sewn with, and worn.  Let me show you how I used this fabric for the whole family! For myself, I sewed a t-shirt using the navy on off-white horizontal pencil stripe stretch modal jersey.  ...

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Maternity Shorts for the Active Lady

Guess what?... I'm pregnant! And you know what that means: tons of adorable maternity outfits... if only. Actually it turns out that growing a little person is actually pretty uncomfortable, so some new stretchy shorts were a must! Because I'm staying active and the majority of my pregnancy will be during the hot and humid Texas summer, I'm pretty much living in these shorts. I decided to give Cali Fabric's double brushed poly ...

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Summer Beachwear…with or without the beach!

By Sarah Connell, from Sewing with Sarah One of my favorite things to do as a sewist is to take a fabric designed for one thing, and make it into something entirely different. When I saw the Tori Richards Striped Shirting on the site a few weeks back, I was desperate to order a few yards and dive into a shirt-making frenzy, with a popular pattern like the Grainline Archer Shirt Dress ...

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The quest for the perfect t-shirt fabric

As summer approaches, I knew I needed a new batch of t-shirts.  I'm forever on the quest to find the perfect fabric for those slouchy tees I love so much.  I grabbed six different knit substrates from the site and got to work! I debated on which pattern to use for this comparison and settled on the Love Notions Classic Tee.  It is full of options, comes in sizes XS-XXXL, and ...

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Sewing with Stretch Cotton Sateen

Have you ever sewn with stretch cotton sateen fabric before? It's often listed as a suitable fabric for making a variety of pants, dress, and jacket patterns, but I've just never really selected it for myself. I think I had this preconceived notion that it might be too fancy for this stay-at-home mom to get much wear out of, but I just couldn't ignore this beautiful vintage inspired print when ...

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Revisiting a Classic

Hey! Today, I am sharing a jacket that is inspired by a previous make of mine. Way back in 2011 I made another version of this same Simplicity 2223 (now OOP) pattern. It was made in a similar shade of green twill. It was and still is one of my most favorite pieces. It got a lot of wears and now 8 years later, it is faded and too small.  ...

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Baby Friendly Fabrics

Often I get asked which fabrics I like to use for baby clothes.  Since I seem to have a lot of experience with babies and making baby clothes, this is one area where I have some definite experience and recommendations.   I love to use knit fabrics for baby clothes and gifts.  It’s soft, stretchy and there are no hard edges to poke or scratch that delicate skin.  Since there are ...

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The Hand Embroidered Dragon Dress

Several months ago I started this project and now, about six months later -- IT'S FINISHED! Have you ever had a project that you "worked" on for so long and then when it's finally in the "completed" pile, you are so satisfied with yourself that you can't stop looking at it or admiring it while you're wearing it? Well.... that's me. Also, when I say "worked" on ...

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Spring-Ready Skirt

Hello, Cali Fabric fans! I don't know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting spring. The calendar may say it is spring, but I am waiting for the green to come back in my life. That may be why I have been gravitating towards green fabrics as of late. This skirt is no exception to that. The fabric is a solid forest green midweight cotton twill. It has a pretty ...

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Twinning is Winning

Did I get you yesterday with my April Fool's joke? Maybe a little? It's time to show you what I really made with that lovely soft sweater knit! I didn't lie when I said this hot pink heathered sweaterknit was super soft, drapey, and my favorite color! And I really love how the heathered black tones down the brightness. As stated on the Cali Fabrics website, it's a fairly loosely woven ...

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Sewing is a Waste of Time

When I got this squishy, soft sweater knit in the mail from Cali, I knew it had to be made into something  special. It’s PINK which is my favorite color, drapey, and super cozy. I really couldn't wait to wear it so I just took my 2 yards and made this great no-sew rectangle which is about 72” x 60”.  Easy to take it sporty with tennies and no-show socks. But also versatile, ...

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Comfort and style at work!

Meet my sister, Anne! She is a conference planner for a governance non-profit that regularly hosts heads of state, politicians and dignitaries, along with lead researchers from around the world. When it's time for an event, she needs to be able to set up chairs and tables and lug around equipment... and then look elegant and professional as the guests arrive! We've been working on her wardrobe for years (she ...

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Easy Bedroom Curtains

Curtains are a great way to update any room, and with this simple curtain construction method, my bedroom was transformed in just a couple of hours! When I moved in, my windows had old mini blinds which were outdated and seem to always be dusty. I knew I wanted a nice sheer fabric that would let in a lot of light but would obscure the view since my bedroom windows face ...

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5 Tips for Sewing Sweater Knits

This winter has felt long and especially cold. Full disclosure, I live in Northern California, where “cold” is somewhere between 45-60 degrees. I am fully aware that this makes me a complete and utter cold weather wimp and garners no sympathy from anyone who has to contend with ACTUAL winter. Regardless, I’ve been living in sweaters this “chilly” season. Since spring doesn’t seem to be upon us yet, I thought ...

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The Draped Cowl Neckline in Recycled Polyester and ITY Knit Fabrics

Necklines play such an important role in a garment since they're front and center, yet I find myself sewing the same one over and over when it comes to my knit clothing (I'm talking about you neckband). I can't remember ever having sewn a draped cowl neckline before, so I think it finally deserves some attention in my wardrobe. This neckline has a put-together look that can be casual, professional, ...

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