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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How to Perfectly Match Pockets

What's better than a handmade, designer-fabric Hawaiian shirt? How about two handmade, designer-fabric Hawaiian shirts? This time around I will show you how to perfectly match the fabric on the pocket to make it nearly invisible. There's a pocket on there! My husband loved and wore the first Hawaiian shirt I made him with Tori Richard designer shirting so much I made him a second one from the same pattern but a ...

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A Simple Curved Hem

The weather is finally cooling here in Atlanta and I’m reminded that I don’t actually have a lot of cool weather running gear. Obviously, as someone who sews, this was something I knew I could, and should, rectify immediately. So, I pulled out my go-to sweatshirt pattern, Hey June’s Tallinn Sweater and set to work designing what I think may be a new favorite sweatshirt. You may notice that I’ve already ...

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Fabulous Rainbow (or any) Armwarmers Tutorial

You need rainbow arms and I'm here to help you get them! Here's a step-by-step tutorial for making some awesome armwarmers with knit fabric. OK, you don't actually have to use rainbow fabric but it's really cool if you do and Cali has the fabric pictured in this tutorial available here: Rainbow Stripe Jersey Knit. You really just need any knit fabric with at least 25% stretch and some measurements. To create ...

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J.Crew-Inspired Fulton Sweater Blazer

Hello friends!  I have something a bit different to share with you today! As sewists, I’m sure we’re all inspired by rtw (ready-to-wear) from time to time and happily modify amazing patterns to suit our vision. While I don’t do this too often, I’m certainly no exception. And admittedly, as much as I love drooling over the high-end runway designs, when it comes to actually making something, shops such as J.Crew ...

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Comfortably Cosplaying in Stretch Broadcloth

My daughter was home from college for Winter break and you know that means she had another cosplay challenge for me! This one was for the character "Pidge" from Voltron. As soon as I saw the fitted, military-style jacket, I thought, too bad it will be stiff and uncomfortable! Then I hit up Cali for some solid wovens and was thrilled to find STRETCH broadcloth! I never even dreamt I would ...

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Revisiting Old Favorites

The evolution of the sewing blogging community has been an interesting thing to witness. I myself have been blogging about sewing (off and on) since 2011(!). In those early days, the phrase TnT, which stands for tried-and-true, was used quite a bit. Many of us made it a habit to use the same patterns over and again in a variety of colors or fabrics. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? ...

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Leveling Up, A Happy Accident

How many of you pick a pattern, not paying close attention to the details, only to discover you’d be forced to learn a new sewing trick? What, just me? Haha When I picked this pattern, I did so based on the casual silhouette and the detail of the interesting back pleat. If you follow my blog as well, you may recall I used this pattern for my purple lyocell shirtdress. This ...

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12 Things I Learned While Sewing My First Denim Projects

    Hello again, friends! Today, I have a post for you on a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of many sewists. (Cue scary music haha) The funny thing is, there's nothing scary about denim at all. It's a fabric many of us practically live in and it isn't difficult to sew! It is just cotton, after all. The fiber most of us start with, and often turn back to ...

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A Good Case of Stripes

I love finding designer fabrics on Cali Fabrics! When the designer is named, it's fun to use some Google-fu to find how the designer used the fabric and let that inspire me. When I found this playful zebra-printed stretch twill fabric from Hudson Jeans, it was easy to find the designer's make by searching "Hudson Jeans zebra" and I found they used it for ... whadda ya know, jeans! It's a ...

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Flipping for Two-Tone Sequins

Hi sewing friends! Lisa here from Tie Dye Diva patterns talking to you about the gorgeous color-changing sequin fabric known as two-tone, reversible, or flip sequins (or mermaid sequins as my daughter likes to call them!) If you “pet” them one way (and you will), they are one color, but brush them the other direction, they are a different color on the other side! You’re probably seen them in stores ...

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A Cozy Flannel for Fall

The Colette Negroni is my first foray into menswear and boy was it overdue! It is now a late birthday / early Christmas gift for my boyfriend who bought me my first (and current) sewing machine, drives me to draping class on Saturday mornings, helps me with fittings, allows me to indulge in spontaneous Joann trips for pattern hauls and sucks it up when he steps on pins in the ...

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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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The Making of a Wedding Dress pt. 1

Let me start this post with saying that I am not engaged - I just wanted to try making a very fancy dress that I might actually be able to wear someday. If I lived in the UK, I would have tackled an evening gown instead for the Dressmaker's Ball, but since I don't, I ended up with these lovelies on my cutting table. Meanwhile, the boyfriend has been helping ...

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The Spring/Summer Wanted Tee

This shirt may look familiar because I made a winter version in ponte for my last post. I wondered for a while if this is worth its own post, but this tee has become an instant go-to due to the pattern and the fabric, so the answer is yes! The pattern is the Wanted Tee by Vanessa Pouzet, a close-fitting tee with a square neckline and 3/4 sleeves. I need to ...

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Sewing Lingerie

Hello Califabrics blog readers (and anyone else who's stumbled upon this blog)! How are you doing today? I'm back with a post about underthings. Woo hoo! I have a lot of me-made items in my closet, in fact, I pretty much wear exclusively me-mades now, but one thing I am lacking in, is underthings. I've made a few bras here and there, and I have a couple of pairs of undies, but ...

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Slubbed Knit + Oslo Cardigan = Match Made in Heaven

Hot cocoa. Twinkling lights. Thick fuzzy socks. Cozy cardigans. Winter is a wonderful time to hunker down with a good movie or book and get all snuggled up on the couch. It's also a wonderful time to make and show off those cold-weather sewing projects! I have a couple of RTW (ready-to-wear) cardigans I use at work, but they're so thin and boring. Sigh. I have always been on the hunt for ...

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