Leveling Up, A Happy Accident

How many of you pick a pattern, not paying close attention to the details, only to discover you’d be forced to learn a new sewing trick? What, just me? Haha When I picked this pattern, I did so based on the casual silhouette and the detail of the interesting back pleat. If you follow my blog as well, you may recall I used this pattern for my purple lyocell shirtdress. This ...

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3 Tips for Sewing DBP

I admit I have fallen deep down the double brushed poly rabbit hole.  This time around I have a new amazing dress to share.  This is the Cashmerette Appleton Wrap Dress.  This is the second time I have made this pattern. The first one was a couple years ago. I for the life of me cannot figure out what took me so long to make a second! This pattern is ...

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Can you wear rayon in the fall?

Can you wear rayon in the fall?  That became the question after I sewed this blouse from rayon challis fabric and wasn’t ready to stop wearing it just because summer had ended.  On the calendar anyway!   A blouse with perfect drape and flow requires just the right fabric, and rayon challis fits the bill perfectly.  And thankfully, CaliFabrics has a very large selection to choose from! This particular one is ...

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Playing with Pleather – The Freedom in Costume Sewing

It’s time for Halloween sewing! Costume sewing is a perfect way to get out of your comfort zone because you can always fall back on “well, it’s just a costume” that will only be worn for a short time and probably not closely inspected. And, for costumes, hot-glue is totally fair game if you find yourself in over your head or need to fix any boo-boos! My daughter and I got ...

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Double Brushed Poly Lesson 2

I think teenage Sarah would be so impressed with adult Sarah's wardrobe choices for fall/winter 2018.  I have been sharing on Instagram and my personal blog that I am working on a fall collection that is modern silhouettes with a 90s grunge flair. I named it the Smells Like Fall Spirit Collection (thanks Nirvana for the name inspiration).  This vest is the second completed piece of the collection. The pattern I ...

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Tween Fashion Inspiration

This sweet girl is all about fashion.  She started online window shopping for school clothes in July.  She loves to browse all the trendy websites and is constantly filling shopping carts with the latest looks.  Unfortunately, her tall, lanky frame doesn't work for a lot of ready-to-wear clothing.  She now knows that she can bring me her wish list and we can shop for fabric and patterns to recreate her ...

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Burnside Bibs in a Perfect Fall Linen

Linen is one of those fabrics I thoroughly enjoy sewing with and wearing.  Who am I kidding, it's one of those fabrics I will buy just to add to my stash!  Apparel linen is comfortable, wears well, and gets softer with each wash.  One of my favorite things about it is that it has that "crumpled" look, and it's ok, because linen is so wonderful that no one questions the ...

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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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Hey, that’s MY skirt you’re wearing!!!

This is the sad, sad tale of a skirt that wasn’t.  I mean, the skirt WAS, but it wasn’t mine!  When I planned my CaliFabrics order, I planned some things for my teenage daughters, and one very special outfit for me.  It was to be a special reward-myself-for-sewing-for-others kind of outfit.  I had a beautiful, flowy, silky to the touch, maxi skirt planned for this rayon chambray fabric.   The Sewaholic ...

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Double Leopard!

This is not an outfit for the faint of heart! But oh man, it's a fun one! One of the fun things about shopping at Cali Fabrics is that they sometimes carry designer fabrics, like this "7 For All Mankind" leopard twill. Right now they only have it in orange, but they have some great stretch twills from Hudson Jeans. How fabulous would a blazer or pant be in that vertical ...

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1 Pattern, 3 Fabrics – A comparison

Have you ever had trouble deciding which fabric to use for a pattern?  Often there are several options in the fabric recommendations section of a pattern.  All are suitable, so how to choose?  Sometimes I use personal preference, but this time I decided to make a t-shirt pattern with 3 different fabrics and share the results.  Keep in mind, all of these fabrics are recommended for this pattern, so the ...

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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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Back to the Basics – Chambray and Twill

When it comes to apparel fabric, there's nothing more fun than playing around with unique fabric prints and blends, but there's something to be said about those classic natural fabrics too, such as cotton twill and chambray.  As I slowly replace my worn-out ready-to-wear clothing with handmade items, I've been trying to utilize similar fabrics, and I'm having no problem finding what I need in Cali Fabric's impressive apparel fabric ...

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Custom-Fit Dress Shirt

Hello fellow fabric enthusiasts! This past month I've been working on a dress shirt for my husband. I made it as a birthday gift... and I was only one day late in finishing it! Because he is so tall, it's impossible to find shirts that fit him, so custom dress shirts are a go-to gift. This is the third shirt I've made for him and each time I start a new ...

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Baby Blue Eyes (and Dress!)

When a fabric is listed with the title “Robin’s Egg Blue” and that’s the exact color of your baby’s eyes, there’s no question as to whether or not you’re going to get that fabric!  And the icing on the cake is that this is some of the nicest jersey I’ve ever worked with.  Baby will definitely outgrow this dress before the fabric wears out, and I love it when I ...

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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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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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