The Aspen Pullover

It's that time!  I can finally dig into my French terry and sweater knit stash.  I've been staring at this fabric sitting on my shelves for what seems like ages.  I have A LOT of French terry because it's another one of those fabrics that I can't pass up on when I find the good …

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Burnside Bibs in a Beautiful Cotton/Linen Blend

I finally jumped onto the overalls bandwagon!  This fabric made me do it, I totally don't regret it, and I love how perfect they are for the fall season.  If you're interested in reading about the pattern details and this lovely rustic cotton/linen fabric, then head over to Cali & Co.'s blog.  The pattern is …

This is Not Your Typical Kids’ Fabric

I’m blogging over at Cali today with this really cute, big girl butterfly rayon gauze!  This fabric is so perfect and airy for the warmer weather, and I love that it’s also in a sweet print my girl loves!

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Typically when I think of fabric for children’s clothing I tend to gravitate towards the ones that are low maintenance yet can stand up to some pretty tough play.  Or maybe I’ll select fancy fabric for those special occasion outfits that are only worn a handful of times because I don’t want them to get ruined.  Well, I think I may have found a fabric that falls smack dab in the middle:  rayon gauze.  I mean it comes wrinkled on purpose!

My daughter has long ditched her dresses in favor of leggings and t-shirts, so when she recently asked me to sew her the Tip Top Dress from Petit a Petit Patterns, I was all over that with a swiftness.  I browsed Cali Fabrics not only looking for kid friendly prints, but also non-traditional fabric substrates that are low maintenance yet make a big statement.  If she wants a dress…

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Getting Touchy Feely with Your Fabric

Today I’m blogging over at Cali Fabrics using this very lovely rayon gauze and Tencel denim to make myself the reversible Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated!  I love her patterns and sewing philosophy, so I was happy to finally sew up one of her dresses.  Plus you already know how much I love Cali Fabrics 😉

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One of my absolute favorite things about fabric shopping is getting all touchy feely with it.  I really love texture, so my hands are all over the bolts, pulling out just enough fabric to get a good feel for its texture and drape.  This is impossible online for obvious reasons (although you can always order a swatch if you’re patient enough!).  CaliFabrics does an excellent job though when it comes to photographing and describing their fabric, so I knew I’d be happy with my choices!

Now this was the first time I was selecting fabric to make myself something reversible.  The land of reversible clothing is one I’ve traveled to many times with my girls; there’s just something about wearing two dresses at once that makes them giddy.  For myself though, reversible clothing always seemed a bit odd.  Why wouldn’t I just want to sew two dresses instead of getting…

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