Rope Basket Purse Tutorial: The Perfect Summer Bag!

You may remember the gorgeous rope basket bag I was carrying in my last me-made outfit post, and as promised,

More summer wardrobe staples: Ogden Cami + Flint Pants

Before I leave on vacation for a few weeks (much, much needed although Alexis is on duty if you need

Kelly Anorak Lining Pattern Expansion Update

Hi y’all. Just a quick message to let you know that after some customer feedback this week, we have updated

Summer Sewing! The Flint Pants from Megan Nielsen

Have you ever experienced sewing fate? You know when you have a very specific vision in mind for something you’d

The Value of Switching it Up (Your Input Needed!)

Hi, you. I feel like it’s been a while since we had a real conversation. I surprised myself when I

Tips For Sewing a V Neckline // Charlie Caftan

Today we are wrapping up posts on our Charlie Caftan pattern with this tutorial on sewing a V neckline with

Pattern Adjustments for the Charlie Caftan

Generally we would have written a post on pattern adjustments a little earlier, but since we bumped up the tutorial

Finishing the Center Panel // Charlie Caftan

Last week we walked you through sewing the inset panel of your Charlie Caftan; today we’ll focus on beautifully finishing

Sewing the Inset Center Panel // Charlie Caftan

When I started working on our Charlie Caftan, I was conscious of designing something simple and gratifying to sew, with

Fabric Options for the Charlie Caftan Pattern

Hey there! Today I want to talk fabric for our new Charlie Caftan Pattern. Thankfully you have a lot of

The Charlie Caftan Pattern: Inspiration & Styling

Hello caftan lovers! I never knew there were so many of you out there, but judging  by the smash success

Welcome Summer with our Charlie Caftan Pattern!

I am reaaaallly excited about this one. We are going through a serious heat wave in Montreal right now, when

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 140

Happy Sunday makers! It’s been a little bananas around here this week. We launch our new pattern tomorrow (so. excited.)

Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern Roundup

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is now complete (you can see all the posts in the

Sewing the Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Sewalong

We’ve finally reached the end of our Kalle Sewalong! If you’d like to see all the posts in one place,

Sewing a Band Collar // Kalle Sewalong

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is drawing to a close. Later this week we will cover

Traditional Method for Sewing a Shirt Collar // Closet Case Patterns

Yesterday I showed you a slightly unconventional method for sewing a collar for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress. While this is

An Alternative Method for Sewing A Shirt Collar // Kalle Sewalong

We’re rounding the finish line in our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress sewalong! Over the next couple of days, I am going

SOPHIE SWIMSUIT WORKSHOP ON SALE!

Just a quick post with some fun news… It’s finally June, and we’re sure you’re starting to plan your summer

Sewing Super Sharp Collar Points // Kalle Sewalong

This week we are talking about installing the collar for our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress. I am going to show you

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 139

Sorry for the short hiatus on our weekly round-up posts. I was on the West Coast for two weeks on

Sewing the Hem Facing for View A // Kalle Sewalong

Earlier this week we covered sewing finishing our curvy hems with bias tape. For the cropped variation of the Kalle

Finishing Curved Hem with Bias Tape & Sewing Side Seams // Kalle Sewalong

Ready for the next step in our Kalle Shirtdress sewalong? Last week we used the Burrito Method to neatly encase

Sewing a Shirt Yoke – the Burrito Method // Kalle Sewalong

Today we are going to actually see our Kalle shirt & Shirtdresses coming together. Next week we’ll be focusing on sewing

Sewing a Curved Shirt Patch Pocket // Kalle Sewalong

Last week we covered how to sew a standard placket, hidden placket and tunic or popover placket for our Kalle

Sewing a Tunic or Popover Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Today’s post is all about installing a tunic or popover placket in your Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress (or any shirt

How to Sew A Hidden Button Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Placket Week continues! One of the things you guys suggested for the Kalle Shirtdress pattern was some more advanced shirt-making

Sewing a Standard Button Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Today is the first day we actually start sewing our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdresses! This sewalong is skipping the cutting

This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 138

Happy Sunday makers! We’ve been a little crazed in the studio this week; after launching our Kelly Lining expansion and

Choosing a Size + Pattern Modifications + Full Bust Adjustment // Kalle Sewalong

Hello all! Today’s post is all about choosing the right size and making any needed pattern modifications before you cut

Kelly Anorak Hardware Kits + New Kelly Lining Pattern Expansion now in the shop!

You ask, we listen. We designed our bestselling Kelly Anorak to resemble some of the RTW anoraks we were inspired

Choosing Shirtmaking Fabric // Kalle Sewalong

The first step with any great sewing project is choosing the perfect fabric. Thankfully our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress works

Shirtdress Inspiration & Styling // Kalle Sewalong

Welcome to the first day of the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress Sewalong! We’ll be covering construction of the Kalle pattern

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 137

Happy Sunday makers! I’ve been sewing like crazy since I know once I move next month I probably won’t have much time

A White Lace Harriet Bra

Holy grail, attained. Stick a fork in me Jerry, I AM DONE. I found my perfect everyday underwire bra pattern

Our Current Studio Set-up

Growing a business is challenging for a lot of reasons, and one of the things I’ve struggled with the most

Toaster Sweater + Black Ginger Jeans

I’ve been doing a relatively large amount of personal sewing over the last few months given how much sample making

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