CaliFaye's Back To Basics


e've been having the most random weather lately. In one day it'll go from 60 and sunny to snowing. Adelle keeps asking me if it's Summer yet and my mind has been overflowing with landscaping ideas. I am ready for Summer!
CaliFaye just released their basics pattern line and I was lucky enough to be a tester. I got to try out the tank and the drop waist skirt. She's made a couple changes to the patterns since testing them so there are a few tweaks but the ideas are the same.
These pieces sewed up nicely. Perfect for a person who's just starting to explore handmade wears you really get a chance to learn some basics. The tank used bias binding for the armhole and neckline and as for the skirt it has an invisible zip. I used a very stretchy Bengaline so the zipper wasn't really necessary for my fabric, but if you used a cotton or challis you'd need it.
I think for a piece to be considered a basic it has to be able to incorporate well with pieces you already own. Since the silhouettes are so simple you can really go crazy with fabric choices or embellishments.
I rarely wear skirts, especially skirts that can easily be blown by the wind. If I did this skirt over I'd make it longer, just for that reason. And perhaps not periwinkle. I feel like a little kid in it. I think if I would have done it in a dark plum, or charcoal grey it'd be more up my alley. I did have fun playing with embroidery stitches and adding a little character to the hem. It made it feel that much more summery.
To be honest I'll probably get way more wear out of the shirt! I love the little bird pattern and the drape on this shirt is amazing! When I tested the pattern I did not chance the length of the shirt. I know that she has since added 2" to the length and after sewing one up with the improved pattern I'm much happier with the length!
 Here's a picture of my second one showing off my custom made tag. I used a shimmery textured polyester I got for super cheap at Hancock Fabrics. I wore it immediately after I hemmed it! Check out that handmade bias tape!
These are great basics for a summer wardrobe, especially that tank top! I mean who couldn't use another flowy tank? Try them out and check out the rest of the collection!


  1. I love the bird tank top! Looks like the perfect summer staple in my book!

  2. I love that tank top! The shimmery material for your second versions looks awesome.