A Winning Outfit for the Races (on the Cali Fabrics blog)

When I received an invitation to a company “Day at the Races” I knew I’d want to sew up a special outfit. I had spotted this Robert Kaufman London Calling horses print a while back, and it was a perfect pairing for our Chocolate Chip Skirt pattern for women. Topped with navy rayon challis blouse (and a fascinator of course), the outfit was a win! Come see details on the Cali Fabrics blog.

Sewn with Aloha (on the Cali Fabrics blog)

I’ve mentioned before how much I love sewing the designer fabrics I find at Cali Fabrics, and how I like to see if I can sleuth out how the designer originally used it. The Tori Richard designer shirtings were easy – anyone who loves Aloha shirts the way my husband does is familiar with the brand, which has been making quality Hawaiian-style shirts in Honolulu since the 1950’s.

I used the Wardrobe By Me Men’s Tropical Shirt pattern (afflink) for its similarity to the Tori Richard styles and it was a great sew! See my whole post over at the Cali Fabrics blog.

Comfortably Cosplaying in Stretch Broadcloth (on the Cali Fabrics blog)

Maddy was home from college for winter break and you know that means she hit me up for another new cosplay outfit! 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 Fabrics for some solid wovens and was thrilled to find STRETCH broadcloth! Come on over to the Cali Fabrics blog to see more, including modeled pics of the full cosplay!

A little tidbit that didn’t make the Cali post … the gold faux leather shoulder stripes were repurposed from a cosmetic bag found at Target. Desperate times call for desperate measures! Do you ever get creative with your fabric sources?

Naughty or Nice? Getting Two Looks from One Pattern (over on the Cali Fabrics blog)

Two different looks from the Chocolate Chip Skirt pattern today on the Cali Fabrics blog! More pics and info about these very different fabrics waiting for you over there.

See you there – https://califabrics.blog/naughty-or-nice-getting-two-looks-from-one-pattern/!


Adding a Faux Button Placket to Your Sterling Leggings

Today we’re blogging over at Cali & Co. with more of their truly awesome fabric!  You may recognize this gorgeous and breezy lawn from our Fair and Square Tiers pattern hack post, but now we’ve paired it with the most beautiful turquoise knit Sterling Leggings.  We thought it would be fun to embellish them a bit with a faux button placket, and we’re going to show you how too!

The Sterling Shorties and Leggings pattern is a staple pattern for any girls’ wardrobe, covering sizes 12-18 months all the way through 9/10.  They include a plain, single, and double ruffle hem options for both the shorts and pants, and they can easily be added to skirt patterns for built in shorts using this tutorial.  For our faux placket tutorial, we’re making the single ruffle pants version, but you can add the faux placket to the other legging hem options too.

To get started you will need to cut two plackets and two pieces of interfacing using the measurements below.

First, fuse the interfacing to the center of the wrong side of the placket strips following the interfacing manufacturer’s instructions.

Fold the placket in half with right sides together, matching the short ends’ raw edges.

Sew along the longer sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn it right side out and press using a pressing cloth.  Now taking one of your Sterling pant legs, place it right side up and locate the center point at the bottom.  Place your placket here matching raw edges and center points.  I used wonder tape to help keep my placket in place, but you can also pin it in place.

Stitch around your placket using a slightly longer stitch length.  We don’t really need this placket to stretch, so using a straight stitch is ok.  If you can reduce your presser foot’s pressure, go ahead and do that as well.

Now finish your pants according to the pattern’s instructions, and when you’re done, add the buttons (keep in mind that buttons are recommended for children 3 and over).  I used simple 3/4″ buttons, and I really like how the black pops against this lovely and bright turquoise fabric.  I placed my first button 3/4″ from the top of the placket, and the remaining buttons 1.5″ beneath each other, centered on the placket.

I also added the single ruffle because how cute is that?  I love it, and the contrasting black thread helps highlight the placket and rolled hem don’t you think?  This is such a fun and simple way to really add some pop to your leggings.

To see more cute outfit pics and read all about today’s fabric, hop on over to Cali & Co.’s blog to take a look.  When you’re ready to buy some fabric for yourself, come on back and use our affiliate link to take $5 off of your first purchase over $25 at Cali Fabrics!

London Calling La Tulipe – Sewing with Cotton Lawn (on the Cali Fabrics blog)

We are blogging about sewing with cotton lawn (and swoon! crochet lace trim) over on the Cali Fabrics blog – come see the beautiful La Tulipe Dress Gina made with Robert Kaufman’s London Calling cotton lawn in Swirling Leaves and Flowers in pink and orange! (affiliate link with a coupon discount for you) She’ll tell you all about her experience sewing this gorgeous dress with these materials.


Come to the Cali Fabrics blog to see more! Also save $5 off your $25 purchase at Cali Fabrics when you buy through our affiliate link!

5 Knits for Kids – New York Minute Dress and Sterling Leggings Patterns (on Cali Fabrics blog)

We are blogging about some gorgeous knits today over at Cali & Co.! Come learn about the 5 amazing and different knits we chose and how Gina sewed them into two very different outfits with our fabulous New York Minute Dress and Sterling Leggings patterns! Also, read to the bottom of this post to save $5 on your CaliFabrics order too!

Here’s a peek at outfit #1 – New York Minute dress featuring the hood, kangaroo pocket, and long sleeves options in Gray Snakeskin Brushed Jersey Knit and Sterling Leggings in Hot Pink Premium Cotton Lycra Jersey.

And a little look at #2 – New York Minute dress with “ribbed” hems, inset pockets, and short sleeves options in a fascinating “Liverpool” fabric along with Sterling Leggings were made using Black Grunge Double Brushed Poly Spandex (“DBP”). There has been so much talk about these fabrics lately!

To tie this second outfit together, an infinity scarf using this luxuriously soft Charcoal Heather Lightweight Rib Knit.

Many more photos, as well as tips and tricks for sewing all of these knits over at our Cali & Co. post.

When you’re ready to order some of these for yourself, come back here and save on your purchase! We’ll earn a discount on our Cali Fabrics too when you use our affiliate link. Click here to get $5 off  off your first purchase over $25 at Cali Fabrics!

Back to School Sewing for Girls (on the Cali & Co Blog)

Blogging about Back to School sewing for girls today over at Cali & Co. Learn about this darling chambray Potato Chip Skirt and Garnet Tee, made with yesterday’s tutorial on sewing a neckband on a tee (instead of the collar included in the Garnet pattern).





See the post here: https://blog.califabrics.com/2016/08/13/a-skirt-tee-for-back-to-school/

Don’t miss entering the $100 CaliFabrics giveaway while you are there- $100 goes a long way at CaliFabrics!


The final part in the Back to School sewing trilogy coming up soon!




Sewing with Apparel Fabrics (on the Cali & Co Blog)

I am blogging today over at Cali & Co. Come find out how my experiment with our free-to-Facebook-Group-members Open Back Top pattern, Cuddle fur, and slippery satin went! While you are there, don’t miss their $100 giveaway celebrating their newly launched blog.

Hello Hoodie, Potato Chip Pants, Potato Chip Skirt, Garnet Tee and (backwards) Open Back Top patterns!