So this is probably the last time this dress will be on my body...not because I don't like it...but because once my daughter saw it and told me she loved it... well... I gave it to her as soon as I took it off. Gotta keep your photographer happy right!? I'm always thrilled … Continue reading Plaid Tunic
I don’t often make New Year’s Resolutions, but for once I was ahead of the game and made my resolutions for 2017 last year! My one and only resolution was to take part in a minimum of one ParkRun a month throughout 2017, and naturally that means I absolutely needed new workout gear! I usually struggle to find workout … Continue reading New Year, new… workout gear!
Hi, Readers! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring! As it's right around the corner, I figured it was time to start sewing some new dresses for warmer weather. For me, that means cotton dresses that I can throw a cardi or a light jacket over and head out looking polished. I … Continue reading A Vintage Plaid Shirtdress (Vogue 9000)
Hello lovelies!! Truth be told, I've avoided sewing knits because I'm not a very big fan of knit binding. I'm such a perfectionist, and because I don't have a coverstitch machine (yet) it bothers me when my seams and stitches are not symmetrical, that is, until I figured out how to fake it! It really … Continue reading How to fake the perfect neck binding.
The tagline for the Cali Fabrics blog is “A Sewing Blog for the Fabric Obsessed” and you may have noticed those of us who contribute to the blog are very serious about our fabric choices…even the plain white boring fabrics! Last time I showed you some cuter than cute baby sweaters, and today I’ve got … Continue reading The Discerning Fabric Chooser
Happy belated new years Cali Blog Squad readers! I'm excited to share my first - and what I already predict to be - my favorite make for the year. This is the Butterick 6052 off-shoulder maxi dress made up in White Palms on Navy Rayon Challis Print and partially lined with Black Cotton Lawn. Let's … Continue reading Palm Print Off-Shoulder Dress
I've been a bit absent around here lately, and it's because I'm expecting! I've had an absolute hell of a first trimester, and was sick all day and all night for about 10 weeks straight. The past couple weeks have really been looking up, though, and I'm starting to feel a lot more like myself, … Continue reading Flutter Sleeve Tee
Here in Central Virginia, January is just the start of our winter weather. It's usually reliable for at least one big snowfall, and months of looks-like-Springtime-until-you're-repeatedly-smacked-with-freezing-temps-and-accumulationless-precipitation. In other words: It's sweater weather. And when I saw the Cali Fabric stock of sweater knits, I knew I needed to make my own to see me through … Continue reading Sewing Sweater Knit: Tips for your Coziest Seasonal Projects!
I was probably 4 the first the I (remember) wearing velvet. It was a dress, black velvet with a white lace peter pan collar, and I loved it. I mean, not wearing it, I was still a kid fidgeting in a formal dress. But I loved looking at it and petting it's soft, stiff texture. … Continue reading Inspiration: How to wear Velvet
When setting out to make a costume for an event, be sure to plan your entire design around a tiny piece a fabric that you found in your grandmother’s stash. Bonus points if it is falling apart and tremendously difficult to sew with. Don’t even think about using a ready-made pattern! Why make it easy … Continue reading Recreating Lady Sybil’s Harem Pants or How Not to Make a 1920s Costume