Sewing Clothes with Quilting Cottons – Part 2

I hope you got to take look at the clothes I made with quilting cottons in Part 1 of this post and learned which patterns are best to pair with them. Now let's get to my top 5 tips for sewing with quilting cottons, interspersed with pics of these two adorable sets I made for sisters! Tip #1: Prewash. Many sewists don’t prewash their fabric. I think this is partly because ...

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Sewing Clothes with Quilting Cottons – Part 1

Quilting cottons are inexpensive as fabric goes, come in a huge variety of fun prints and colorful solids, and are very easy to sew. Don’t let the “quilting” part fool you - you can sew clothes with quilting cottons too! With some thoughtful pattern selection, you can have great results using quilting cottons for clothing. Obviously, don’t choose a pattern that needs stretch, because quilting cotton has none. Also, it has ...

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The Fabric Rebel in Me

I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to seasons and fabric. I probably should start sewing with all the heavier-weight fabrics that keep us warm as the weather cools down, but right now I find myself gravitating towards gorgeous, breezy cotton lawns and bright, candy colored spandex knits. Cali & Co. does not disappoint with their selection either! I had some pretty tough choices to make, but I'm ...

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Kid-Approved Mini Capsule Wardrobe

Can you believe these four cute looks are really only three garments? This mini "buh-bye-summer-hello-fall" capsule wardrobe is made with versatile fabrics and fun reversible patterns. The tee is one I made earlier, so by sewing only two more items - the Reversible Hoodie Vest Pattern and the So Flippin' Cute Skirt from Tie Dye Diva Patterns, I got multiple kid-approved looks while only sewing two things. Mom for the ...

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Pantone Color of the Year-Greenery

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors.  This year's color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive.  I'm a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes.  My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color. I used this ...

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Preppy Plaid Larkspur Dress

Fall/Winter sewing to me means time to break out the plaid.  Cali Fabrics has a huge selection to choose from and I couldn't help myself and grabbed a handful to play with. For this project I used this Mid-weight Black Watch Plaid.  It was thick and perfect for this structured dress.  This Tartan Wool Suiting or this Tartan Wool Blend are similar prints and would look great in this style dress ...

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Halloween Costumes with Cali Fabrics

Halloween is just around the corner and if you're anything like me your costumes are still just a thought in the back of your mind.  I'm usually a last minute girl and I rarely, rarely sew my kids costumes.  If it can be done in under an hour- then I'll jump right on it!  This year my daughter wanted to be a leopard and Cali Fabrics was our first stop.  ...

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