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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Metamorphic Dress fabric shot

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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The New York Minute Sew Along Starts Today!

Her stern face!  She's serious about her cute animals in tea cups!!! Just popping in to let you all know about this sew along and the freaking awesome prizes!  It's the New York Minute Dress from Tie Dye Diva, and pattern shops Cali Fabrics, Imagine Gnats, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics have each donated $50 gift …

London Calling Cotton Lawn – ‘ello Love!

I just had to share this post I wrote with Tie Dye Diva Patterns for Cali Fabrics.  I love this dress, and it just might be the first dress I don’t let her wear unless it’s a special occasion!  I don’t want this one getting stained immediately 😉

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Hi everyone! It’s Gina here for Tie Dye Diva patterns. Today I want to share with you a beautiful dress that I made for my girl and wish I had for myself instead!

As I was perusing Cali Fabrics the other day, because I never stop shopping for fabric, I was thrilled to see that they had Robert Kaufman’s London Calling cotton lawns in a variety of prints. When my eyes landed on the Swirling Leaves and Flowers in pink and orange print, I immediately pictured it as a vintage tea dress and had to have it!

One of my favorite vintage-inspired patterns for girls is the La Tulipe Dress pattern from Tie Dye Diva patterns. The sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice, and circle skirt are classic features in a tea dress, but it’s the tulip sleeves that add a delicate charm that make it perfect for a young girl…

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The Mandrake Dress

Sew Like My Mom is on a roll!  Before she even released the Plum Dolman pattern she was drafting this girls' dress, and it's incredibly cute.  The Mandrake Dress releases today, and it's fast and so perfect as a staple dress for my girls. This is another knit dress that is available in sizes 12 …

The Loli Dress

One of my favorite things about summer are sundresses.  Not like it's anywhere near summer, but you bet I'm already sewing some up!  I especially couldn't wait after seeing the Loli Dress by Bobkin Designs in One Thimble magazine issue 14 (*afflink), I just fell in love with the feminine design and retro hemline, and …