Inspiration: How to wear Velvet

I was probably 4 the first the I (remember) wearing velvet. It was a dress, black velvet with a white lace peter pan collar, and I loved it. I mean, not wearing it, I was still a kid fidgeting in a formal dress. But I loved looking at it and petting it's soft, stiff texture. This happened a few times in my childhood, and it was always a shame to ...

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Softest Baby Sweaters

Warning…today’s post may give you a raging case of baby fever! With a new little one expected to arrive within a few months, I’ve been on a baby clothes sewing kick.   Since it will still be cold when baby arrives, the item I’ve probably had the most fun sewing is baby sweaters.  Combine tiny, cute sweater patterns with the softest fabric from Cali Fabrics, and you’ve totally got the ability ...

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Colorful Additions

Well hello there!  We received our first small snowfall of the season the day I decided to take photos.  It is awfully chilly here in Indiana right now.  My neighbor saw me out and actually told me it was too cold to be out taking pictures.  But I braved the cold just so I could share two new tops with you all. I have a probably some what unhealthy obsession with ...

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Modal Wrap Dress

I'm back, with more modal jersey! (Here's my last post.) This time I sewed Cashmerette's Appleton Wrap Dress. I've made it several times before: as a pattern tester in rayon knit, then in Japanese-inspired polyester ITY,  a maxi sleeveless version this summer, and one for my sister in rayon bird knit! This one is actually for my sister too - but we're almost the same size, so I'm modelling it today. As I mentioned ...

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Holiday Gold

Hi everyone! I'm Michelle and this is my very first post over here on the Cali fabrics blog. I am excited to share with you what I made for my 17 year old redheaded vintage-loving daughter (who we refer to as The Bee) with these amazing fabrics. I sewed up a Holiday dress for her using the Ginseng Pattern by Sew Chic Pattern Company, (who generously supplied me with the pattern) ...

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Cozy Modal Leggings for Fall

My favourite kind of projects are simple ones. Simple doesn't have to be boring! This time, I made two pairs of leggings in buttery soft modal jersey, and an oversized dolman tee in variegated rayon. They mix-and-match perfectly into my wardrobe, but for the purposes of this post, I've styled them together! Shall we begin with the leggings? Cali Fabrics carries a bunch of colours in this modal jersey, and owner Ron told ...

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The Rad Plaid Flannel Channel

For this round of projects for the Cali & Co. blog, I wanted to do some fall separates, easy pieces I knew I could add to my daily rotation and that would get a lot of practical wear.    I decided on a top and a skirt, both Megan Nielsen patterns.  The Axel skirt pattern I’d bought as soon as it was released but hadn’t sewn yet – I love a ...

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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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