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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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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