Comfort and style at work!

Grid Adeline for Anne

Meet my sister, Anne! She is a conference planner for a governance non-profit that regularly hosts heads of state, politicians and dignitaries, along with lead researchers from around the world. When it’s time for an event, she needs to be able to set up chairs and tables and lug around equipment… and then look elegant and professional as the guests arrive!

We’ve been working on her wardrobe for years (she knits amazing things for me in return), but I have to say, I think this latest make is my favourite!

Grid Adeline for Anne

This is the Style Arc Adeline Dress, sewn in a minimal-and-modern Liverpool knit from Cali Fabrics. Liverpool is my favourite fabric for dresses that need some structure but also more drape than a ponte! It’s so easy to work with that I even put in a sneaky back zipper! This print is sold out, but how amazing would a work dress be in this diamond print, a floral, or this pink plaid?

Grid Adeline for Anne

Adeline is a great pattern, with the perfect v-neck and lovely wide facings at the hem and neckline. It runs up to size 30, and looks great on everyone I’ve seen make it!

Grid Adeline for Anne

Oh, and it had POCKETS! Which hide a button hole that lets Anne thread her Insulin pump through from the inside so that she can access the pump controls easily through the day.

What’s your ideal fabric for day to day? How do you blend comfort and style for work and play?

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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