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 Fabrics. I’m obsessed with floral and stripe combinations – I can think of at least 7 tops and dresses I’ve sewn in similar fabrics! There’s something about the juxtaposition of graphic and organic shapes that makes my heart sing. In this case, the fabric is a very drapey, soft light-t0-medium weight rayon knit.

PicMonkey Collage

Both shirts are Cashmerette’s Concord Tee pattern, in a blended size 14/16 with the E/F cups. I LOVE the way this shirt fits! The pattern has a serious amount of shaping at the side and armscye, which results in a top that skims curves and isn’t tight or too baggy anywhere.

Since we are sisters and not twins, I did make a few on-the-fly adjustments for Anne. Her arms are narrower, and her hips slimmer, so I trimmed off a bit of fabric in both locations… I also shortened mine an inch for obvious reasons!

PicMonkey Collage detail

Here’s a close up of the fabric… I really like the tonal quality of the floral print. It combines several different reds, several different browns, and so on, which gives the print depth and means it’s twice as easy to find accessories or layering pieces that match! The background of cream and navy combines my favourite neutrals, and is softer than black and white would be. The floral colours are actually warmer than my usual colour palette, but I think that works in summer when I have a bit of a tan.

PicMonkey Collage solo

Everything is finished as I always do- serged band for the neckline, folded and coverstitched for the hem and sleeves. I know some people worry that just serging won’t make a strong enough garment, but I’ve constructed all my knits with a 4-thread serger for years, and never once had a problem. (Similarly, I know it’s popular to reinforce shoulder seams with clear elastic, but I’ve never had a problem there either!) For me, the beauty of knits is how easy they are to sew up, and how comfortable they are to wear. No need to get fancy or add extra steps!


Do you sew for your nearest and dearest? Who do you sew for the most?

Gillian is a teacher, cat lady, and colour-fanatic, and blogs at

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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5 thoughts on “Flowers, Stripes and Sisters”

    1. Thank you! I’m so sad this fabric sold out already – it’s such a perfect combo of my two favourite prints!

  1. These are both awesome! And how cool to be matching! I’m will you I serge all my knits together and I never bother with shoulder stabilization either. 🙂

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