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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Flowers, Stripes and Sisters

Love is gentle, love is kind... love is sharing your favourite fabric, and sewing for someone else! In this case, my big sis, Anne. She's a fantastic knitter, and in return for her supplying me with hand knits, I keep her supplied with a custom wardrobe. (In fact, she's wearing jeans I made her last summer!) The beloved fabric is the Ivory and Navy Stripe Floral Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit from Cali ...

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Novelty Cotton Madness

I absolutely adore cotton fabric.  The more whimsical it is the more I love it.  It takes me back to my childhood...sigh.  I digress :-)  now that I'm an old lady - I like cotton because it feels good.  Need I say more?  So when Simplicity's Project Runway line featured several tunic looks with variable lengths I jumped in feet first.  I've already made 5....Yes 5 of these tops.  I'll ...

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Coral Leopard, Two Ways

Which came first? The mini or the ruffle? In other words... which came first, and then was changed into the other because I wasn't happy? Both versions have their merits... But after taking pictures of one, I went home and altered it to make the other! Maybe this will clarify things... Frumpy much? I always think that an outfit that NEEDS a belt to "work" visually is not a good outfit. Sure, ...

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The Cotton Netting Fabric Experiment

For my first Cali & Co. Blog Sewing Project, I was challenged to find fabric that I didn’t already have in my stash! Seriously.  I eventually chose this white cotton netting. It’s available in a few different colors – yellow, burgundy, purple, dark green, but I tend to buy green and purple often (my style icon is apparently the Riddler), so I went with white for a change.  I decided ...

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Work, work!

  It seems like every summer I get inspired to make a dress that is pure icing.  It's impractical, I won't wear it a lot, and it takes a lot of time and energy to get right.  The heat, the fabric (my god the fabric), and my new-found desire to be a Schuyler Sister all got together and decided that I needed a new impractical dress in my wardrobe.       The result? Well, ...

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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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Back to School for Boys: Sturdy Pants and a Zip Hoodie

I went to buy camouflage fabric the other day … but couldn’t find it. Ba dum bum. Of course, I did find it at Cali Fabrics, and incorporated two different camo fabrics into these sturdy back-to-school basics for boys: a zip-up hoodie and pull-on pants. The jacket is my Hello Hoodie pattern with the hooded view, contrast side panels and sleeves, and of course, pockets. I used two colors of fleece and ...

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Katie Lee: Penny Raglan

Penny Raglan in Bamboo Jersey

If you've ever read my blog, it should be no surprise that I love bamboo jersey.  In fact, it's probably my favorite knit fabric to work with.  And that means I'm always on the lookout for good quality bamboo jersey at reasonable prices because let me tell you, that stuff can get expensive! I've purchased bamboo jersey from a number of places at varying prices, but I never thought to look for it ...

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80’s Vintage

I recently pulled this pattern out of my stash with the intention of finally sewing it.  It was purchased last year on Etsy, when I was going thru a backless-or-interesting-back-detail dress phase.  This See and Sew 5636 is from 1987, and while I like the back, the front was going to be a surprise, since there was only the line drawing to go off of! This pattern is a fabric hog, ...

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The Katie Kimono

Hey Everybody! How are you all doing out there? I'm doing well, but I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit nervous as I write this. I mean, I'm blogging on someone else's blog, and not just anyone's blog, a fabric store's blog! Eeeeep! How cool is this? Anyway, I better get on with it, before the boss catches me gossiping by the water cooler. When I was shopping on the CaliFabrics ...

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A Skirt & Tee for Back to School

Adventures in apparel fabric, part deux! I wrote about the adorable Cuddle fur vest last time; let’s talk about the rest of the girl’s outfit - this darling skirt and top. The skirt is our Potato Chip Skirt pattern, made in the lined view. It has a flat front, elastic back, and POCKETS! I used this gorgeous Robert Kaufman chambray, lined with the same poly satin designer lining with crowns that ...

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“Orange You Glad?” Skirt

For my first Cali Fabrics project, I chose a gorgeous orange embroidered eyelet. I immediately gravitated toward this fabric because of its gorgeous color, but once I received it, I became even more enamored with its overall design. I like that the eyelet openings are relatively small, meaning that I didn’t have to worry as much about underlining. Plus, the embroidery ensures that the design is visually interesting! Since the fabric ...

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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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Brushed Poly for Everyone!

So, there's this fabric on the website that I kept coming back to.  I'd add it to my cart and then walk away for a couple hours and then look at it again.  I thought on it for a couple of days actually. I loved the fabric but I didn't have a plan for it so I kept humming and hawing over it.  Eventually, I decided to just jump in and ...

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Paint Daub Jersey Maxi

Does anything scream "SUMMER!" louder than a maxi dress? Particularly in a bold, bright print like this paint daub rayon jersey from Cali Fabrics. I knew this fabric wanted to be a maxi as soon as I saw it online, and in person it doesn't disappoint. It's my favourite type of squishy, medium-weight rayon knit - heavy enough to be fully opaque and drape nicely over bumps and lumps, and resilient ...

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Sewing Apparel Fabrics -Don’t Fear the Cuddle!

You should see how much quilting cotton I own. Shelves and shelves. It’s easy to find and to sew, doesn't shift around or stretch when you don’t want it to, and it doesn't require any special sewing tools. Because most my sewing patterns at Tie Dye Diva Patterns are for children’s clothing and designed for beginning seamstresses on up, I recommend, and use, quilting cottons for many of my patterns. ...

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Asymmetrical Fashion Trip

How about a visit to New York, London, Paris or Rome?  All you have to do is wear this tunic and you're there.  I didn't even have to leave my back yard. The fabric is a cotton jersey knit and it's super cool and comfortable.  You can find it here.  I wore this outfit to work and everybody was asking "where did you find that top?"  I swear I get so much ...

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