Despite loving the style of sheath dresses, I tend to wear them only on business formal days because they’re so uncomfortable. Enter the Lodo dress - comfortable enough to wear any time of the day or night. The Lodo is a sheath dress made from a stable knit. It features subtle sleeves, a v-neck, and … Continue reading Work-Appropriate Secret Pajamas!: One dress, Three ways
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 … Continue reading Taking Flight in Flowers
Hey, Fabric Lovers! How are you doing? I am enjoying the last fleeting days of summer. Even though fall is my favorite season and I have a ton of fall sewing plans, the sunning warm summer days are fading fast. I haven't done much sewing this summer since we moved to Chicago. I have been … Continue reading Summer, Don’t Go!
It's definitely getting cooler here in Canada... as I type this, I'm sitting under a wool blanket and quilt! That means it's time to put away the sundresses and cosy up in layers. This fall, I decided to use my Cali fabrics to add some trendy colours from the Fall Pantone Palette to my fall … Continue reading Ready for Fall
Hi everyone, I'm Lara! I am the blogger behind Handmade by Lara Liz. I stumbled upon sewing in the summer of 2016. Since then, I've been blow away by the community that exists in the sewing world and started Handmade by Lara Liz in November of 2016. Outside of sewing, I am a certified public accountant … Continue reading Hi, I’m Lara!
You know, a year ago I hadn't even heard of double brushed poly... but now I'm a convert! It's a polyester knit (not unlike ITY in weight) that has been combed on each side to give it a soft, micro-fleece-esque texture. Like all polyester fabrics, it comes in an huge variety of colours and and … Continue reading Cosy Brushed Poly for Fall!
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 … Continue reading Stop and Sew the Roses
Hey Cali & Co Readers! Earlier this summer I shared 3 of my favorite woven fabrics to sew for summer - but the season is long (especially with two kids under 5 in tow) and my summer-woven-sewing continues! Here are three more fabrics to try. And for those of you thinking "Becca, it's almost Fall!" - … Continue reading 3 (More!) Summer-Approved Wovens
I'm what you might call a "jeans and t-shirt" kind of girl. I don't wear skirts, and DEFINITELY don't wear dresses. I've told myself many lies as to why this is - mostly relating to my body and how it "looks weird" in skirts, I'm "too rectangle-shaped" or "too short" for skirts. All of which … Continue reading My Voile Zinnia & Sewing Tips for Longer (Looking!) Legs
Okay, so calling these granny pants may be a little harsh, but I must admit that my first thought when I put them on was that they reminded me of just the sort of thing my grandma would have worn back in the day! Don't get me wrong, though, I kind of think I might … Continue reading They might be granny pants…