Ah jeans...one of the most ubiquitous articles of clothing in modern American culture, yet one that makes most sewists break out in a cold sweat. After all, jeans are HARD, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that no, jeans are not hard and they may be one of the most satisfying things you ever make! … Continue reading Not Your Boyfriend’s Jeans: Distressing Denim
Oh my gosh! I made a denim jacket and best of all I am completely smitten with it!! Before I keep gushing about my latest creation let's start with some basics. For this jacket, I used 2.5 yards of Dark Blue Designer Waxed Denim. I had not sewn with waxed denim previously, so I was … Continue reading Modern Denim
Hello, readers! I've been steadily working on filling out holes in my wardrobe and a denim jacket was at the top of my list. It's such a steady workhorse for casual looks and gives you that needed warmth for crisp spring days. This was a fun project that looks much more difficult than it is. … Continue reading A Denim Jacket with a Western Twist (Butterick 6390)
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 … Continue reading Covered in Canvas
Hi everyone! I'm Michelle and this is my very first post over here on the Cali fabrics blog. I am excited to share with you what I made for my 17 year old redheaded vintage-loving daughter (who we refer to as The Bee) with these amazing fabrics. I sewed up a Holiday dress for her … Continue reading Holiday Gold
Recently I sewed 2 pairs of jeans for my boys using some awesome denim from Cali Fabrics. As a first time sewist of jeans I learned quite a bit, and I thought I’d share some tips and tricks to help fellow jean makers. Use the right tools: You don’t have to go out and buy … Continue reading So you think you want to sew jeans?
Hello Lovely Readers! Welcome to my second post on the Cali & Co Blog! I've been doing a lot of "comfortable" sews recently, so I was itching for a challenge and decided my next sew would be something I've never sewn before, with fabric I've never used before. I was browsing the site and came across this gorgeous Red, … Continue reading This TWILL be interesting!
When I first looked into adding camo prints into my wardrobe, I thought to myself "how hard could it be?? Here's a medium scale print full of neutral colors. What WON'T it pair well with?" I coo'd when it arrived. This beautiful, mid weight, stretch twill, perfect for a pair of Fall skinnies! https://www.instagram.com/p/BKjNr5rD0bA/?taken-by=beccaduvalphoto I … Continue reading Wear Camo Like a Fashionista
The humidity has finally broken in Charleston and it's beginning to feel like fall! I sewed up the perfect outfit for a walk in the park to enjoy the cooler temps and see the leaves changing colors. Watch our video to see my outfit in action and hear the fabric details! https://youtu.be/o057VNlWzNs
Almost as soon as I finished my first pair of Pattern Emporium Ladies Harem Pants (for which I happened to use a rayon crepe from Cali Fabrics), I knew that I needed a second pair, this time in camo. Camo fabric, combined with this pattern, would make my ultimate pair of army-inspired casual comfy pants. And … Continue reading Army Inspired — My Camo Pants