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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The “I don’t know what to wear” outfit

Hey friends! I’m Kendra, from the blog MiekoMade. I’m coming at you today to share my absolute ride-or-die, “I don’t know what to wear” outfit formula. I’ve attended a great many events with my wonderful significant other, who is absolutely terrible at discerning an expected dress code, and stressed out about what to wear for hours/days/weeks before hand. So in the interest of my sanity and relationship, I’ve figured out an ...

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The Cat’s Pyjamas

Cute fabric.  Sometimes it's just too hard to resist! Do I "need" adorable cat fabric? No, but I sure do want it!!! Cali Fabrics always has a great selection of cute prints on Double Brushed Poly (DBP) fabrics, but when I saw these cats I couldn't resist! I'm a proud Crazy Cat Lady! See? Two cat-themed birthday cards I received recently, and leopard sandals that just happen to match my top! We have ...

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Sewing with Swim Knit

Swimsuit season is my favorite! Not because I love strutting around in next to nothing but because I can't stop sewing swimwear! I'm excited to be here on the Cali Blog sharing my tips and tricks for sewing with nylon/lycra swim knit and to let you know it's not just for the swimming pool. My first tip is an important one. ALWAYS choose good quality fabric! Whether you're sewing your first ...

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Making a ‘screen accurate’ costume for Comic Con

'Tis the season for attending Comic Cons! If you're looking for some quick and easy tips for creating your own cosplay look, here are my suggestions. For my cosplay, I chose one of the handmaids from Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, recently reimagined by Hulu. If you're wondering why I look unhappy in these shots, it's because I'm mimicking the style of the show! Before you begin, you need to decide just ...

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Naughty or Nice? Getting Two Looks from One Pattern

A pattern with simple lines is such a versatile tool for wardrobe building. Change the fabric, and you change the look. When it's a pattern you know fits you well or that you have spent time adjusting to your perfect custom fit, it's great to be able to sew it over and over without looking like 'that lady who always wears that same skirt'. Here are two different looks from a ...

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Sharing the Love of Sewing

Have you ever seen someone put on a custom-fit garment for the first time, and light up with excitement about how great they look? I think I'm hooked on that feeling. I've always sewed for my mom and sister as well as myself, but earlier this year I sewed for a cousin who lives far away... and she loved her dress so much that I offered to make dresses for her ...

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Krazy Kimono

Do you nickname your projects as you sew? I don't usually, but this one demanded to be called the Krazy Kimono! Partly from the fabric, and partly because it didn't come together as I planned! The problems started during construction. I lost the normal foot on my sewing machine and haven't bought another yet, so I sewed the whole thing on a walking foot... and I also only had universal needles, ...

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Perfect Linen for Summer

One of the joys of sewing is to be able to make garments work for our body.  We sewists say that a lot, but this post is another example of how sewing for ourselves gives us power to make fashion choices that increase our self confidence.  In this instance, it was a pattern that I sewed and didn’t love the way it fit…so I tried it again and ended up ...

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When it Rains…

I had the brilliant idea to use oilcloth to sew rain jackets for my boys.  Brilliant because they love them, but sewing them was...the opposite of brilliant.  I’ve worked with laminated cotton before, so that wasn’t really the issue because I knew ahead of time what I was getting into.  But oilcloth is stiffer than laminated cotton, and really wasn’t meant for making garments.  So this post proves is can ...

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Colette Aster in Tencel

Hey, Cali Fabrics Fans!  I am so excited to share one of my latest makes with you all.  I made the Colette Patterns Aster top.  I made version 2 with the pleats at the shoulders. This pattern has been on my to make list since the pattern came out because those pleats are such a cool detail. I used a Lightweight Indigo Tencel Denim, which unfortunately is no longer available. However this Dark ...

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Chambray Week Introduction

Welcome to chambray week.  Sit back with your tray tables in their upright and locked positions and enjoy the ride!  You're in for a treat!  6 amazing bloggers have worked their magic with chambray fabric from CaliFabrics and have some inspiration for you. Classic Blue Cotton Chambray   First of all, we need to make sure we're all on the same page about chambray. Chambray fabric is a woven fabric. It has colored ...

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Project Run & Play!!!

There's something cool going on in the sewing community!  It's a children's sewing competition called Project Run & Play.  Project Run & Play is the Indie Sewing community's version of Project Runway...but for sewing children's apparel!  Each week, the designers compete to create their best outfit based on a theme. A panel of "celebrity" judges awards them a score in 4 categories, and then a reader's voting poll is opened. ...

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Double Trouble | Rockford Raglans times 2!

Am I the only one that can’t stop making cozy knits over the winter? Despite having to wear business casual during the week all week at work, I can’t wait for the weekend to put on comfy raglans, sweatshirts and tees. We’re getting a glimmer of Spring here in Northern Virginia, but it’s still chilly enough to wear cozy things. There are so many raglan patterns out there - and most ...

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Fancy Sweatshirt Trend

Have you seen the fancy sweatshirt trend?  Or maybe you’ve heard it called the dressed up sweatshirt?  Well, I’m officially on that train.  As a mom at home with my 8 kids, looking pulled together while still being comfortable are about as high as my priorities get! For this dressed up sweatshirt, I used the most elegant flocked scrollwork on white floral lace for an overlay on the softest gray french ...

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Fabric Suggestions for a Child Capsule Wardrobe

Recently I sewed a 16 piece capsule wardrobe for my baby in her next size.  In my last post, I showed you the bubble skirt I made from "earth" floral London Calling lawn fabric.  That fabric inspired and became the theme of much of the rest of the wardrobe. First of all, I picked a color scheme.  Based on the floral pattern, I chose chocolate brown and two blues. After I had ...

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Shirt Dress Hack

Hey Makers!  Happy New Year!  I don't know about you but I have a lot of big sewing plans this year.  I want to do more pattern hacking and drafting.  First up for pattern hacking is this version of McCall's 7351.  This pattern is originally a fit and flare shirt dress style.  I knew I wanted to keep bodice portion the same but change the skirt to make it more ...

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New Year, New Favorite Fabric: Modal!

Happy New Year everyone!  One of my reSEWlutions this year is to try new things.  And of course that includes new fabrics I've never tried before! I hold Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Patterns responsible for this new fabric obsession of mine.  When she updated the Union St. Tee pattern, she updated the fabric recommendations to include modal, bamboo, triblend, cotton/poly and rayon blends.  Since I’d worked with everything on ...

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Another TNT for winter!

Last post I blogged about a Jalie raglan and McCalls sleeveless cardi that I'd sewn with TNT (Tried'N'True) patterns. Well, I'm back today with another TNT Jalie pattern, in a gorgeous floral rayon french terry from Cali Fabrics! This time it's the Jalie hoodie, minus the hoodie and with a rectangular cowl instead! This is a very classic boxy hoodie pattern, which I've made before in beefier knits. In cotton french ...

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