Brushstroke Branches

A while back, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow was handing out challenges and I put up my hand, shouting " Me! Me! Give me a sewing challenge!". My challenge....silk. I thought sewing silk would be quite the challenge...slippery, slinky fabric trying to run away from me with every stitch.... but it seems that the real challenge was finding some nice silk to purchase... After checking out my local store... with no ...

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Coppelia Cardi – Two Ways

Hello again! I'm excited to be back with two makes for this month's post - the Coppelia Cardigan from Papercut Patterns made up in two ways for layering goodness all year long! I squeezed the first version, a cropped wrap with long waist ties, out of about a yard of leftover bamboo knit from my Santa Fe top as a wearable muslin. The fabric is sold out now but I could definitely use a version ...

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Fading Back To Black

Greetings Everyone! I don't know about you but I'm having a hard time transitioning to fall.  I probably pulled out at least 20 different sewing patterns and went through my entire fabric stash praying for inspiration.  So I decided that whatever I make will have to be black. I wanted something that draped nicely, with an airy flow  I found the perfect Rayon Challis at Cali fabrics.  My plan was to make ...

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Wear Camo Like a Fashionista

When I first looked into adding camo prints into my wardrobe, I thought to myself "how hard could it be?? Here's a medium scale print full of neutral colors. What WON'T it pair well with?" I coo'd when it arrived. This beautiful, mid weight, stretch twill, perfect for a pair of Fall skinnies! https://www.instagram.com/p/BKjNr5rD0bA/?taken-by=beccaduvalphoto I immediately threw it on the floor with the rest of my "must-sew this season" apparel fabrics, eager to ...

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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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Serging the night away…Marianne Dress

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got a new toy that you’d wanted for ages? Once you got it you were too scared to play with it, right? You were afraid of messing it up. Well folks, that is EXACTLY how I felt about my new serger. When I got my sewing machine I said, “If I stay with this sewing thing for longer than six months, I’ll ...

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Dressing Merry Men

    Fall is finally here!  I love this time of year.  The weather is just perfect for me.  I love tall boots and scarves.  I think the leaves changing colors is gorgeous.  This is also one of my busiest sewing times of the year.  In the fall, my husband and I go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival with our friends and we host a Halloween Murder Mystery party. This means I pretty ...

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Katie KC Suiting

Another look at suiting

I think many apparel sewists (including me until recently), tend to overlook suiting fabric because we're not actually making a suit.  But suiting fabric can be so much more! As my projects have started to branch out, I find myself frequently looking for fabrics that (1) have the weight and opacity of bottomweights, (2) have more drape and fluidity than your typical twill or denim, (3) come in a variety of solid ...

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Cropped Jacket in Striped Jersey

For this project, I wanted to create a chic layering piece for fall. Something that would go with everything, and have the comfort of a sweater but with a bit more polish! The fabric is Cali Fabric's Heavyweight Black and Off-White Striped Stretch Jersey. It is exactly what the description says: a beefy jersey with 4-way stretch. It's got quite a stiff hand with little drape, and it's more stretchy than a ...

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Katie KC Camo

Army Inspired — My Camo Pants

Almost as soon as I finished my first pair of Pattern Emporium Ladies Harem Pants (for which I happened to use a rayon crepe from Cali Fabrics), I knew that I needed a second pair, this time in camo.  Camo fabric, combined with this pattern, would make my ultimate pair of army-inspired casual comfy pants. And sure enough, Cali Fabrics had just what I needed!  For these pants, I passed by the ...

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An Autumn Coat in Selvedge Denim

My sewing plans for fall can be summed up in a word - denim. Califabrics has so many awesome denim fabrics and I bought them all!! (Evil laugh) In keeping with this theme, I decided to make a denim coat for my next Cali&Co project – but not a traditional short ‘jean jacket’. I wanted to use the Claremont Coat pattern by Decades of Style. If you aren't familiar with ...

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(Very) Small Yardage Sewing

One of the things I struggled with when I first started sewing was the ever-growing stash of scraps.  Too large to throw away (what if I can use it??) and too small to really make anything with.  Over the years, I've discovered that making undies is the perfect use of left-over scraps (or projects that didn't go quite right)!   All of the pairs here were made with the left-overs from another ...

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A classic pencil skirt in black and ivory bouclé

I seem to be following a theme with my recent makes.  Staple pattern, silk fabric, black and ivory design... check, check, and check.  The upside to this theme is that it means I’m working on a coordinating handmade wardrobe. Yay! Oh yeah, and one more tick box – it's another long-wanted item that I'm thrilled to finally add to my closet! :) As soon as I saw this fabric on the ...

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Tee for Two

As I was doing my daughters back to school shopping I ran into 2 different t-shirts that I just loved! And I knew I could easily recreate the look. And who doesn't love being able to sew clothes for their kids that is both trendy and well made? The first one I found at Children's Place and I loved the chiffon ruffle attached to the top. I used the Swiss Army Tee ...

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A classic trench coat, or ‘the coat that nearly wasn’t’

In hindsight, making a complicated pattern that needed to be significantly altered to fit my 5ft 3” frame, in a language I don’t actually speak probably wasn’t the smartest choice of first projects for the Cali Fabrics blogger team, but that gamble seems to have paid off and I am so pleased to be able to show you my (finally) finished Autumn/Fall trench coat! For my first make, I wanted to make ...

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Santa Fe Top with Lace Insets

A little over a year ago, I was defeated by a slippery, white bamboo knit not at all unlike the fabric I used for this version of the Hey June Santa Fe top. When the pattern first launched and I saw one tester's beautiful version in knit and lace, I thought it was time to try and redeem myself. I used this Winter White Bamboo Stretch Jersey Knit and White Embroidered Eyelash Lace. The knit is smooth ...

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Sewing for Fall

Are you sewing for fall yet?  It's hard to think about it when the weather tops out over 100, but just think how glad you'll be to pull on a new cardigan on the first chilly evening of fall. To set the right example of sewing ahead, I sewed up 3 garments for fall, using some amazing fabrics from Cali Fabrics.  Since I didn't choose the easiest fabrics to work with, ...

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Hermes Inspired Print Dress

Hello Everyone! I am super excited to be here and cannot wait to meet each and every one of you.  I decided I would make a simple dress for my debut post.   Clean lines, no frills,no buttons or beads.  I wanted something that would make a statement.  My fabric choice needed to be light and airy yet exotic and expensive looking.  I choice a scrumptious Leopard Print Rayon Challis you ...

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