Taking Flight in Flowers

One of the rare occasions when I stand in front of my me-made wardrobe and complain that I have ‘nothing to wear’ is when I’m getting ready to spend the day on an airplane.  I have some upcoming trips this fall so I decided to make an outfit for airplane travel with part of my Cali & Co. fabric allowance. I’ll be flying economy, since I spend too much money ...

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Stop and Sew the Roses

I should begin my post about sewing up this olive floral stretch sateen by letting you know that I don’t like florals.  I mean, I appreciate them from an aesthetic standpoint, like when Cali Fabrics gets a beautiful group of designer stretch sateen in stock, but I know I won’t like the way I look and feel wearing florals.  So I say “ooh that’s pretty” and move on.  And yet, ...

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Covered in Canvas

I was beyond excited when I saw that Ron had listed Carhartt canvas in some 20 (20!!) colors on the Cali Fabrics site.  If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Carhartt is known for high-quality, premium-yet-affordable workwear in sturdy fabrics like denim and duck (aka, canvas). You may have seen their recent feature in Threads magazine, with a tutorial for the Detroit cuff. I knew this would be fantastic quality ...

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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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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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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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80’s Vintage

I recently pulled this pattern out of my stash with the intention of finally sewing it.  It was purchased last year on Etsy, when I was going thru a backless-or-interesting-back-detail dress phase.  This See and Sew 5636 is from 1987, and while I like the back, the front was going to be a surprise, since there was only the line drawing to go off of! This pattern is a fabric hog, ...

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