Sienna Maker Jacket with Bernice Sorge // Pattern by Closet Case Patterns
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MONTREAL MAKER SERIES: MEET BERNICE SORGE

Hi! Amy here. This instalment of the Montreal Maker Series is super special to me. Bernice Sorge is the mother of my husband's best friend. She doesn't live in Montreal, but she was the very first person I thought of when we dreamed up this series! I have attended two weddings, a few birthdays and many summer nights on Bernice's beautiful property in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (about 100kms from Montreal). I have inherited one of her wild rose bushes and been blessed to hear her amazing slam poetry on said special occasions. I...

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Adjustments for One and Two Piece Sleeves

With the expansion of our size range with the Sienna Maker Jacket we have been talking a lot about fit around here. As the tester feedback rolled in we began to notice that one of the most common areas of adjustment was in the shoulder/ sleeve/ armscye region. We ended up making quite a few tweaks for the final product but as with all fitting issues what works for most people, won't work for ALL people. This is where we have to remind ourselves as pattern drafters and sewists that the whole reason we got...

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Sleeveless Sienna Maker Jacket for Reema // handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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MONTREAL MAKER SERIES: MEET REEMA SINGH

We are starting off the week with another installment in our Montreal Maker Series! This edition features the lovely and effervescent baker Reema Singh. We made her a Sienna Maker Jacket without sleeves (they would just get covered in chocolate!) and then took some shots of her in her adorable shop.  I've known Reema for years as THE local baker and maker of dense, delicious- not too sweet- cakes and cupcakes. Her shop Cocoa Locale has been at the same location for 15 years and though her...

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A Dart is just a suggestion! Learn how to manipulate darts to fit your body // Tutorial by Closet Case Patterns
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A Dart is Just a Suggestion: How to Make Darts Fit You (And Not the Other Way Around)

One of the things we've started quizzing our pattern testers about in more depth is dart placement. We always want to make sure the location, size and length of any darts we add to our patterns fit the greatest number of people (which is why we had everyone let us know what they thought of the dart we added to the extended sizing for our Sienna Maker Jacket). However, human bodies being the widely varying beauties they are, you may find you need to tweak them for your specific needs. Thankfully, we have a pro on staff to...

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Sienna Maker Jacket with Corri-Lynn Tetz // Pattern from Closet Case Patterns
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MONTREAL MAKER SERIES: MEET CORRI-LYNN

Today our Montreal Maker series continues, our opportunity to introduce you to some of the people who make our city such a creative nexus and exciting place to live and work. It also gives us the chance to show you how our Sienna Maker Jacket integrates into a variety of creative practices, and today our focus is on a gifted artist at work in their studio. Corri-Lynn Tetz is a painter and a long-time friend. Over the years we have spent a lot of time laughing, talking and dancing together (especially whenever this song comes on)....

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Sienna Maker Jacket: Tester Roundup!

Hey y'all! Today we're sharing some of our tester makes for our Sienna Maker Jacket. We know you love seeing patterns on a variety of figures so we've got a nice round-up for you here. Our testing process is key to what we do. We try to have at least two people in each size which helps give us a good idea of any fit issues. Typically we make a lot of tweaks after testing and Sienna was no exception. Each size range underwent a number of changes to the final pattern, from shoulder width to overall ease. We're...

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Montreal Maker Series: Meet Trudy Crane!

To celebrate the launch of our Sienna Maker Jacket, we wanted to try something a little different this time around. We are very lucky to live in one of the most creative cities in Canada; Montreal is literally bursting with makers of all kinds. When I first moved here in 2003 from my gritty, industrial hometown, it felt like everyone I met was making something. Attracted by the history, culture and cheap rent (a holdover from a decades-long recession after the sovereignty/separation referendum drove many long-time residents and businesses out of the province), it was the place to...

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Fabric and Supplies for the Sienna Maker Jacket

In case you missed it, our sewalong for our Sienna Maker Jacket is now live! We have a few additional posts we'll be sharing in the coming weeks, but if you need help with any particular step now, we have you covered. Today we want to talk about fabric and supplies for Sienna. We've had a lot of questions about fabric in particular, so hopefully, this will help you source what you're looking for!

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Fabric Suggestions // Sienna Maker Jacket // Closet Case Patterns Depending on what view you're making for...

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