Kalle Shirt + Dress Sewalong Schedule

Hey y’all! We have a sewalong planned for our latest pattern, the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress. There are lots of

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 136

Happy Sunday makers! I’ve spent the weekend slowly going through my many closets, sorting everything into sell/donate/keep piles in preparation

Introducing the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress pattern

In honour of the joyful early days of spring, I’d like to introduce you to the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress pattern, our latest

Sewing Baby Clothes with Sprout Patterns and Brindelle & Twig

Pretty much everyone I know is having babies right now. While I am one giant question mark on the to

Pattern Refresh: The Sallie Jumpsuit

As I mentioned last week, we recently reshot a few older patterns (along with our new spring pattern coming next

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 135

Spring has FINALY arrived in Montreal and to celebrate G and I walked around all afternoon today, drinking coffee, stopping

Pattern Refresh: The Carolyn Pajamas

This Tuesday was one of the most fun days I’ve had since starting this business. We shot our new pattern

Turning the Sophie Bikini Top into a Foam Cupped Bra

One of the most common questions we get about our patterns is whether or not it is possible to use

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 134

Happy Sunday makers! We’ve been super busy this week in the studio; Alexis and I have been trading off on the sewing

BLACK & WHITE IMPROV WEDGE FREE MOTION QUILT

Making stuff has started to feel like a real addiction. I’m not exactly slapping at veins looking for a good

Our favourite Ebony Tees & Dresses

We’ve been seeing so many wonderful Ebony Tees on Instagram since we launched the pattern in January! Here are some

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 133

Happy Sunday makers! I’ve been busy sewing up new samples of our Sallie Jumpsuit and Carolyn Pajamas for an upcoming

UPCOMING GINGER JEANS WORKSHOPS

This spring I’m excited about a few upcoming Ginger Jean workshops. These are always super fun for my students and

The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio in Kaufman Metallic Linen

Heavens alive I love a shift dress, especially when they boast cool details or an interesting architectural silhouette. The latest

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 132

It’s been a crazy weekend. I used up some air miles to come for a short weekend trip to visit

Styling & Colour Palette in my Wardrobe // Lessons From the Curated Closet

Last week I talked in depth about how I’ve recently refined and analyzed my personal style using the book The Curated

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 130

Happy Sunday makers! I spent a glorious weekend doing some personal sewing in the studio. I got organized and wrote

Refining My Personal Style // Lessons From the Curated Closet

I’ve mentioned the book The Curated Closet a few times on the blog now. Based on the wonderful Into Mind

Chambray & Shibori Print Tamarack Jacket

Oh the unblogged personal projects I have to share! During a month or so of relative downtime (ie. not making

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 129

Happy Sunday makers! Hope you’re also enjoying scarily unseasonal weather like I am in Maryland right now (here for a

Introducing the Mid-Rise Ginger Jeans Pattern!

When we started working on our new jeans-making workshop, I wanted to offer a fun jeans pattern option, especially since

Last Chance to Save 15% on Our New Jean-Making Workshop

Just dropping in to let you know you have until midnight EST to get 15% off our new online workshop,

How to Sew a 3D Neck Binding for Knit Fabrics

When I first made my scuba knit Ebony dress, I wanted to create a neck binding with some heft. I

Updating Our Back Catalog with New Pattern Samples & Photography

One of the things I was most excited about with our website makeover was the opportunity to reshoot some of our

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 128

Happy Sunday makers! I’m still recovering from an EPIC day cutting denim for our wicked awesome upcoming kits (next Monday,

Refreshing Our Brand

Thank you deeply for the enthusiastic response to our new website design! We’ve been working on it for months and

Rebranded! A Big Facelift for Closet Case Patterns

Ah! Today is a big day for us. I feel like I just built a new house and am inviting

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 127

Happy Sunday makers. It was my birthday this week. Normally I don’t make much of a fuss, but it’s been

HOW TO BLEND BETWEEN VIEWS FOR THE EBONY TEE

Today I want to share a couple of really simple pattern mods you can make to the Ebony Tee. It’s

MY FAVOURITE EBONY TEE DRESS IN FLORAL SCUBA

This here is my personal favourite Ebony Tee. I have about 5 or 6 I’ve been wearing in constant rotation

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 126

It’s been a very difficult and emotional week for many of us, and I have been really struggling with how

KNIT FABRIC OPTIONS FOR THE EBONY TEE

One of my favourite things about making clothing (either for myself or for shop samples) is obsessing over fabric. I’ve

INTRODUCING THE EBONY TEE PATTERN!

Whoop! Our first new sewing pattern of 2017 is officially here. Meet Ebony, our take on a simple, chic knit tee.

A LIBERTY PRINT BOYLSTON BRA

I have piles and piles of new handmade things to show you, but the light and weather have confounded me

ANNOUNCING THE PRESALE FOR OUR LATEST ONLINE WORKSHOP: SEW YOUR DREAM JEANS!

Today is a little thrilling for me because I am bringing you something really personal and thisclose to my heart,

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 125

Happy (end of) Sunday makers! This weekend I laid fairly low, preparing for a big announcement tomorrow (although if you’re

NEW YEAR, NEW BRA // A RED LACE WATSON BRA

Few things bum me out as much as the current state of my bra drawer; it’s more depressing (and only

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 124

Happy 2017 makers! I hope you’re enjoying a restful weekend after the madness of the holidays. I’ve been catching up

END OF YEAR SURVEY (WITH A GIVEAWAY!)

Happy 2017 everyone! I hope you are having as much fun as I am planning the year to come. We

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I love end of year lists. My partner likes to tease me about how I am constantly categorizing and ranking

A YEAR IN REVIEW

I always feel reflective this time of year. It’s kind of mandatory when you own a business; it’s important to

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 123

Happy Sunday! I am currently laid up in bed with cramps and trying to make the best of it, hence

HOW TO SEW LEATHER & FAUX LEATHER

If you caught my post earlier this week, you may have spotted my Clare Coat with leather sleeves (aka the

A SPECIAL CLARE COAT (WITH LEATHER SLEEVES & AN EXPOSED ZIPPER!)

Full disclosure: I am about to talk about one of the most favourite things I’ve ever made, but have to

A Holiday Gift Guide for Sewists & Knitters

It’s already December. The time, WHERE DOES IT GO? I’ve been gearing up for the holidays and had so much

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 122

I just spent a very fun weekend in Hamilton, Ontario teaching a Ginger workshop at the awesome Needlework studio; this is a

THE CHIC SWEATSHIRT // TALVIKKI SWEATER BY NAMED

I‘ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my wardrobe the last few months. Since the fire in my

KELLY ANORAK ROUND-UP

To finish off our Kelly Anorak related posts, I thought I’d share some of the beautiful versions we’ve been seeing

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 112

I realized this week that I failed t o post this roundup two Sundays in a row. It’s been an intense

OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVER SALE!

It’s that time of year again! Keena is giving you her best Backstreet Boys pose to celebrate our annual Black

FREE DOWNLOADABLE! 33 BACK POCKET DESIGNS

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I’m excited to finally share this nifty free downloadable we’ve been working for the last

UNDERLINING THE KELLY ANORAK FOR ADDED WARMTH

I‘ve had a number of requests for tips on how to add a lining to the Kelly Anorak, so much

A WIND AND WATERPROOF KELLY ANORAK (AKA LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD)

Since I brought home Harry, I find myself outside a lot more often. I mean, that was kind of the

HOW TO SEW A ZIPPER PLACKET FOR THE KELLY ANORAK

I really think that as far as jackets go, the Kelly Anorak is a totally approachable project even for a more

HOW TO SEW GUSSETED POCKETS FOR THE KELLY ANORAK

When I started working on the Kelly Anorak pattern I knew right away I wanted, big, deep, roomy pockets. I take

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 111

Happy Sunday my makers! It’s been an interesting week. I got invited to Parliament Hill (the seat of Canada’s federal

SEWING FLAT FELL SEAMS

One of my favourite things about designing patterns is thinking about the best way to finish things; pretty guts are very

FITTING FOR THE KELLY ANORAK + FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT

Today let’s talk fitting for your Kelly Anorak. I think for most of you, the pattern won’t need any modification.

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 110

Happy Halloween everyone! I spent the better part of this weekend throwing together a quick costume for Guillaume and I.

HOW TO INSTALL METAL GROMMETS

Hot on the heels of my snap buttons tutorial, today I’ll be showing you how to install grommets. The Kelly

HOW TO INSTALL SNAP BUTTONS

Snap buttons are one of those things I always assumed were much harder to work with than they actually are. I

KELLY ANORAK BLOG POSTS

Hey everyone! Just thought I’d give you a rundown of the blog posts I have planned for our new Kelly Anorak

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 109

Happy Sunday makers! I’m just on the tail end of a New England trip, enjoying the colours despite the massive

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 108

Happy Sunday makers! It’s rainy and overcast today so we’re staying inside while G makes boeuf bourguignon and I click

FABRIC CHOICES FOR THE KELLY ANORAK

Today I want to talk fabric for your Kelly Anorak. There are lots of options, so it’s really up to

HARDWARE KITS FOR KELLY ANORAK NOW IN STOCK!

Whee! Our long awaited shipment came in yesterday from our supplier and I’m happy to say that our hardware kits

KELLY ANORAK PATTERN // STYLING INSPIRATION

The Kelly Anorak was so much fun to design since a good jacket is the sum of its details (something I

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 107

Happy Sunday makers! It’s been such a busy, happy week around the studio and I’m thrilled by the response to our new

OUR NEW FALL PATTERN // MEET THE KELLY ANORAK

I live for pattern launch day, especially when it’s for a pattern I love as much as this one. I’d

COLETTE MYRTLE DRESS // OBSERVER FABRIC TOUR

You know how you have those patterns on your must make list, but then you keep adding things to said

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 106

Happy Sunday makers! I hope you’re enjoying the cooling temperatures as much as I am. I love wearing big sweaters

INDIGO SHIBORI DYEING TECHNIQUES // TUTORIAL

This week my craft practice took a dive off the deep end… into a big vat of indigo dye. I’ve

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 105

Happy weekend makers! I’ve been working my tail off all week and snuck off to Vermont for a short weekend

AN ANIMAL PRINT WREN DRESS

I managed to make quite a few things this summer despite my workload and travelling schedule. Most of them have

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 104

Happy Sunday makers! I’m currently waiting to go home after a weekend Ginger workshop at one of my favourite studios,

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 103

Happy Sunday makers! After a weird mini heatwave, Montreal seems to be finally cooling down, which gives me a little

SOPHIE SWIMSUIT PATTERN… BY SOPHIE!

I can’t lie, I have been waiting with breath that is well past bated and on its way to desperate for

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 102

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying these last weeks of summer… I’ve been (over) planning for a weekend camping

13 SEWING TOOLS TO SPLURGE ON

I was recently talking about reaching “Peak Sewing Supplies” on Instagram. Over the years I’ve slowly accumulated a pretty well

THE REFASHIONERS // DECONSTRUCTED+RECONSTRUCTED LEVI 501s

I was so happy when Portia asked me to participate in The Refashioners challenge this year; my contribution is on

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 101

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m back from my weeklong trip out to the west coast to visit friends. I brought my

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 100

I just realized I’ve written ONE HUNDRED of these weekly posts! Feels like I should mark or celebrate it somehow

SUMMER STAPLE // SELF DRAFTED LINEN SHIRT DRESS

The nice thing about having a bunch of blocks and half drafted patterns sitting around (you have no idea how

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 99

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re had a wonderful weekend. Mine has been filled with birthday parties, brunches and naps

LONG LINE SOPHIE SWIMSUIT TOP // BONUS DOWNLOAD!

Happy August everyone! Summer may be halfway over but there’s still plenty of time to make yourself a swimsuit if

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 98

H appy Sunday everyone. I am currently sitting in my home studio, one of the few rooms in my apartment that

CAFTAN CULT // SUMMER LIVING IN VINTAGE SIMPLICITY 5315

You know how magazines always write those “20 Things you Absolutely Must Have in Your Closet to Qualify as a Human Woman

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 97

Happy Sunday everyone! Alexis here, I’m pleased to meet you all! I’ve been helping Heather “behind the scenes” for a few months

HANNAH DRESS BY VICTORY PATTERNS

Do you ever get so ridiculously jazzed by a new pattern that you basically push everything else off your sewing table in

SOPHIE SWIMSUITS ON INSTAGRAM

We love love love seeing what you guys get up to on Instagram, and seeing all the Sophie swimsuits cropping

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 96

Happy Sunday everyone! I am currently on vacation in Europe for a ten day jaunt. We’re visiting Guillaume’s family in the

FITTING A BALCONETTE BRA CUP FOR THE SOPHIE SWIMSUIT // WITH AMY OF CLOTH HABIT

Today I have a super special bra guru to share some fitting wisdom with you; Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit,

LAST WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 95

Hey guys! I totally hoped to have my weekly wrap-up out yesterday but I was kept pretty busy with our

GOLDEN HOUR GINGER JEANS (PLUS SOME TEACHING WISDOM I’VE LEARNED)

I wasn’t sure if I should share this recent make. I mean, at this point I’ve sewn, photographed and blogged

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS VOL. 94

After the craziness of the last few months getting ready to launch the new pattern, I’ve been trying to take

THE PERFECT OUTFIT: INARI TEE + BRUME SKIRT

I was doing laundry the other day and realized that because of the sewing bender I’ve been on, I have

SOPHIE SWIMSUIT DOWNLOADABLE

Hey guys – one last Sophie related post for the time being…. one of you delightful creatures (thanks Rebecca!) suggested

SOURCING SWIMSUIT FABRIC & SUPPLIES

Howdy everyone! Today I am going to help you track down all the various bits and bobs for your Sophie

SOPHIE SWIMSUIT // STYLING INSPIRATION

I‘ve been Pinterest hoarding inspiration images for the Sophie Swimsuit for over a year. It’s kind of astounding how many

CHOOSING A SIZE AND INCREASING THE CUP SIZE FOR YOUR SOPHIE SWIMSUIT

Thank you so very much for the truly awesome response to our new pattern, The Sophie Swimsuit! The studio is