September 20, 2013

It seems like in the last year that there have been a crazy amount of children’s independant pattern companies popping up over the internet.  Most of them just are not my style, so when I find one that strikes a cord with me I just have to share.  I had never heard of the Cali Faye Collection until a week ago, so I was thinking that maybe most of you hadn’t heard of them before either.  I was super excited when Sarah of Cali Faye agreed to not only do an interview, but also a giveaway for you all.  I find her patterns to be modern, unique, and real standouts in the world of children’s patterns on the market.

So, here is a little more about Sarah and her pattern company Cali Faye Collection (and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win – details at the bottom of the entry):

Tell us a little about you and your family.

My name is Sarah and I am the creator and designer for Cali Faye Collection.   
I have two children, two and five years old, one of which is Cali, which is the obvious influence behind the name Cali Faye Collection.  Together, with my husband, we make up a spontaneous, loud, funny, emotionally charged, creative, and overly enthusiastic clan. 
What is your design/sewing background and how did you get started with your business?
Once upon a time my grandmother handed me, at nearly 9 years old a needle and thread with two 2”x2” square scraps of fabric.  I can’t tell you how many square scraps and minutes, hours, days or months I connected 2×2’s until I finished my first quilt.  From that point, sewing, by hand or by machine became a very big part of my life.
Four years ago I started a children’s clothing line, like so many new mothers get inspired to do. Surprisingly, things were happening pretty quickly and I was in talks with major manufactures and distributers. 
But, once my husband got a job offer which would take us on a grand adventure to spend a few years in Singapore, we decided that it was best if we put the clothing line on hold and take advantage of this huge opportunity we were being handed. 
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that continuing with the clothing line from Singapore was pretty much impossible.  For almost a year I hadn’t touched my sewing machine.  Until one day I pulled out one of my old designs and decided that I needed to be a part of this community again.  If I wasn’t going to be on a clothing line I wanted to at least help other women get theirs. Pattern design is the least I can contribute to this amazingly wonderful world of creativity. 
Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
Inspiration comes from everywhere.  My Simply Chic Dress came to me in a dream.  I decided on my Racerback Flare Dress because I, myself, look freaking fabulous in anything racerback. The Haute Hippie Crop design was born out of the need to cover my daughters arms in the frigid temperatures of anything indoors, even though it’s in the low 90’s every day in Singapore.  Most of the time though my it’s just me sitting around and sketching until something comes out on paper and I can make it work.
Give us an abbreviated version of how an idea progresses into an actual pattern for your store.
Once I have an idea it must be sketched out.  The next part is the hardest.  I mentally go through what it would take for this item to be made.  There are so many aspects to a design that I take into account.  I’m a pretty good seamstress, but will this be easy for everyone?  Most people do not own a serger and a zig zag stitch isn’t always what its cracked up to be, so will this fall apart and frey?  How can I hide the raw edges?  The list goes on….
Afterwards, I work the math on each size…After all body measurements and clothing measurements are all built on ratios and comparisons. 
At that point I prepare the pattern in one size, usually a size 5 or 6.  I then build a rough draft of the garment.  Sometimes I build 5…6….7…10 rough drafts to get it just right. 
I then build the PDF versions of the pattern in all sizes and the tutorial.  Then I start testing.  On occasion I run through 5 or 6 of the sizes myself due to the insane amount of women I know with children.  At times I’ve been known to enlist the help of my testers abroad.  When I feel that it’s perfect I release it into the wild!
Which is your favorite of your designs and why?
I love them all, but if I had to choose one, it might just be my latest pattern, the Del Ray Bolero. I am absolutely obsessed with little crop top cover ups.  If I owed this in my size I’d never take it off. 
Where do you see your business going in the future?
In the near future I will be working on opening my own webpage, as opposed to using Etsy as the main venue.  I would love to offer freebies, and share what I know about the craft.  Besides that I am going to come out with patterns as often as I can manage and for as long as I can!

Sarah has graciously offered to give one of you her newest pattern – the Del Ray Bolero.  To enter to win just leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Cali Faye Collection pattern.  The contest closes at midnight Sunday night and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Thanks Sarah for doing this interview.  Can’t wait to see what pattern comes next!

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  • Reply Alicia September 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Love the Wednesday Dress!

  • Reply eva lo September 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Love all of them! I agree with you its a fantastic collection.
    I like the olivia top, its simple but beutiful

  • Reply Teresa September 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I had never heard of Cali Faye Collection before, but I love everything. I think my favorite would have to be the Huate Hippie Crop. Super cute patterns 🙂

  • Reply Sue September 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    These patterns are very cute! I like the Top Coat pattern but I really love the Del Ray Bolero. 🙂

  • Reply angela September 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The Marina Romper is just adorable! Thank you for introducing me to these patterns!

  • Reply Laura J. September 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I also had not heard of them until today, but they’ve got some very original stuff. Good prices too! That Raglan Hooded Coat is adorable!

  • Reply Sarah Cosper September 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Thank you for introducing us. I love love the Top coat.

  • Reply lisa g. September 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    thank you for featuring these patterns, i hadn’t heard of them but they are completely my style! i’ll definitely be buying some soon, i think my favorite is the haute hippe blazer. so cute!

  • Reply KellyLeaSews September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    These are all great, I really love the Marina romper! I will definitely come back to these, I love the style…as you said, most of the little girl patterns I see are just not my style. These are all simple and modern, love!

  • Reply Sara September 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    My favorite is definitely the haute hippie crop. And I think my 10-year-old would wear it if I made it in a fabric with skulls or something on it! Also love the voila blouse.

  • Reply Delicate Flower September 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I can’t decide on a favorite pattern. But the DrewB Blazer has my favorite set of modeling photos!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee September 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Holy crap! These are all so adorable!! I’m pretty sure I’ve made something similar to the Haute Hippe Crop and the Marina Romper for myself! I would totally be the best Auntie in the wold if I made these for my nieces!

  • Reply Sally Williams September 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Love these patterns! Like you, I’m not a fan of most independant childrens patterns, so thanks for sharing. The bolero is actually my favourite closely followed by the top coat, they are both the sort of thing my daughter loves

  • Reply Liz September 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I’m loving them all but the Haute Hippie crop has to be my favorite.

  • Reply phoeberl September 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Adorable, I love these patterns. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply mjb September 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    They’re all great! The voila blouse and racerback flare are awesome, but the bolero is really practical right now for fall layering.

  • Reply Jano September 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    The racerback flare dress is great and part of me loves the rompers although it would be hard for my daughter to love them as much as I do!.

  • Reply Kendra Leigh September 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I love that Voila blouse and the accompanying leggings! And a question for Sarah: do you think you’ll ever expand to include some boy patterns? I’m so happy to know about your patterns!

  • Reply Joolz September 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Simply chic is super cute! Thanks for spreading the word about indie kids pattern companies, Kelli!

  • Reply Renee // nearest the pin September 21, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Very hard to choose a favourite, but the Coco Topcoat is too cute!

  • Reply Shanna September 21, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Love that haute hippie crop! My daughter needs a blazer!

  • Reply Shanna September 21, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Love that haute hippie crop! My daughter needs a blazer!

  • Reply Cha-Cha September 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    The Haute Hippie Crop is beautiful. Wish it came in my size!

  • Reply Cha-Cha September 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    The Haute Hippie Crop is beautiful. Wish it came in my size!

  • Reply Aude September 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Love the Racerback Flare Dress !!!! Thanks for this, would love to try one of these beautiful pieces !

  • Reply Stephanie September 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I am so excited about this! I’m usually not so interested in children’s patterns, but my SIL is expecting, so of course all I want to do is sew and knit for this upcoming child. In fact, I’m going to look through your archives for some additional inspiration!

    I love the DrewB blazer – I would make it for a boy or a girl. It’s super cute.

  • Reply Evie Jones September 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    How have I missed these patterns? How? *slapping hand to forehead*
    I love them all, but if pushed would pick the Voila blouse. Gorgeous.

  • Reply Beverly September 21, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I love many of these, but I really like the Simply Chic dress!

  • Reply Mary S September 22, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I love the racerback dress but I think the papillon dress is competing to be my favourite!

  • Reply Nancy September 22, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    The haute hippie crop looks stylish but I can’t take my eyes off the romper, just love it and I can picture my little cutie pie wearing it too. Thanks for letting us know about this children’s pattern designer!

  • Reply Cori C September 22, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    I love so many of her patterns, but I would probably have to choose the racerback dress. Just like Sarah, I love the way racerbacks look on me, so naturally I’m drawn to them for my daughter as well!

  • Reply FimoeArames September 22, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I love Marina Romper! Gorgeous!

  • Reply becky September 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Love the racerback flare dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Lauren Frede September 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    The Simply Chic dress is my favorite. It is simple yet it makes a big statement.

  • Reply Lauren Frede September 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    The Simply Chic dress is my favorite. It is simple yet it makes a big statement.

  • Reply Kara Orr September 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    The Racerback dress is a staple but I love the Haute Hippie Crop for fall!

  • Reply daniKate designs September 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I love the Haute Hippie Crop and can’t wait to make one for my daughter

  • Reply Meg September 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    The Del Ray Bolero is great, but I think my favorite might be the Wednesday dress!

  • Reply RosaMaría September 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    love her patterns! my favorite is the Racerback Flare Dress,Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply sosoabricot September 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    The Wednesday Dress is my favorite ! Thanks for the giveaway !

  • Reply Mary September 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    They’re all adorable! Thanks for the introduction and giveaway. My favorite is the Coco Topcoat.

  • Reply Jessica September 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I love the Haute Hippie Crop pattern the best

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  • Reply Laura September 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I love the Wednesday dress!

  • Reply Winniel September 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I’ve got 4 of her patterns, & I love them all! If I were to choose one, it’ll be the Racerback! So versatile, & always pretty with any fabric! 😀

  • Reply Cathy October 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Has to be the Haute Hippy Top

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