Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress pattern sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns, Sewalongs

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 fun details and construction methods we use in this design so I thought it was worthy of exploring them in more depth. I know sewalongs can get really tedious for those of you who aren't making the pattern, but I'm hoping you'll find something useful since we'll be showing a variety of shirtmaking techniques that you can use for future sewing. The schedule is as follows (this is tentative but I'll do my best to stick to it): WEEK ONE -...

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Sewing Blogs

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 for my upcoming move. I'm only keeping a fraction of most of my stuff; I'm ready for a fresh start and am planning on haunting barn and estate sales this summer. I'm also kicking myself for a huge sewing boner this weekend. I wore my fresh off the machine Rachel Comey tencel dress out on Friday and the zipper broke. I had to cut myself out of it when I was a little tipsy and cut a big hole near the...

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Closet Case Patterns

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 print and PDF release. This is easily our most requested pattern; after I posted this self drafted dress on the blog last summer we would get emails and messages daily asking about it. Kalle is one of my favourite designs ever, hands down. It started out as an easy breezy dress inspired by something I love to wear: men's button down shirts. Mixing the loose, body skimming silhouette of an oversized shirt with kimono sleeves and arm cuffs modernized the style,...

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Sprout patterns baby clothes // Brindelle and Twig Pattern + Spoonfloower print // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

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 baby or not to baby issue, one thing I do know is that making clothes for these plump nuggets is pretty fun, especially when you can have a field day customizing them with fun prints. I've heard a lot about Spoonflower and their sister company Sprout Patterns, where they print indie patterns directly on the fabric along with the print of your choice; it eliminates the step of printing and cutting out your paper pattern first. I wanted to make some gifts for a...

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Sallie Maxi Dress Pattern // Womens dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns

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 week). I'm trying to make all of our shop imagery a little more consistent, so now that I've seriously upgraded our studio photography, I figured it was time to freshen up our Sallie Dress & Jumpsuit pattern. This pattern has become a real workhorse for me in the warmer months. I easily wear them once or twice a week from the spring into the fall because they hit that sweet spot of being stupidly comfortable while also looking chic and...

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Sewing Blogs

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 for brunch and shopping for backsplash tile. I had my first meeting with my contractor yesterday for the small kitchen renovation I'll be doing before I move into my new place, so now I'm trying to figure out how to make this dream kitchen a reality on my minuscule budget. If anyone has a good source for pretty brass cabinet hardware I'm all ears. I'm also on a bit of a bramaking tear now that I nailed the fit on...

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Closet Case Patterns

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 along with some new samples of older designs, and it was kind of magical. Since I made the decision to stop modelling our patterns, I've found I love playing photographer and being behind the lens, figuring out how to best capture our designs so you can see how they look from every angle. This spring I invested in a new Canon 6D camera (I've been borrowing Guillaume's work camera for the past year, always haunted by the idea of breaking it)...

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Sophie Bra pattern hack // Sophie Swimsuit pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

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 our Sophie Swimsuit to make a bra. The answer is 100% yes, and I have a very pretty example here to prove it. If you have the pattern, you are only a very few simple modifications away from making your own Sophie bra. I've had plans for this hack for a while and have been slowly collecting notions for it. I wanted to make a romantic tone-on-tone light blush number using some of the leftover yardage from our original swim kits...

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