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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 I; nothing compares to learning a new skill in a supportive environment with other like-minded people. These workshops sell out quickly, although we still have a few spots left if you'd like to join us. I will be cutting back on my travel teaching next year (it's getting hard to leave so frequently with two dogs) so if you live near one of the following cities I hope to see you while I have the opportunity! PINTUCK & PURL Exeter, NH April 29 & 30 Reserve...

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Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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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 pattern from Grainline boasts both, of course. A snappy a-line shape with deep, slanted pockets? Sign me up! While I had a few plans for the Farrow dress, everything flew out the window when I was at Needlework in Hamilton for a Ginger Jeans workshop. The ladies had made up the pattern in this delightful black and gold metallic Kaufman Essex linen and after squeezing myself into their size 6 sample I decided to make the exact same thing,...

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This week in sewing blogs vol. 132 // Closet Case Patterns
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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 my parents in Arizona, and in between hanging out at the pool and eating tacos I may have bought an apartment. It all happened rather quickly. I desperately needed to split up my home and work life (I wake up and go to bed in the middle of business headquarters)  and started looking for another apartment to rent, when it occurred to me after crunching a lot of numbers that it probably just made more sense to actually take the...

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Styling & Colour Palette // The Curated Closet // Closet Case Patterns
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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 Closet. I've defined it as "cozy minimalist chic", and am trying to build a highly functional wardrobe that caters to my low-key lifestyle. The book is extremely thorough, and a big part of the process is figuring out a colour palette. I was happy to give this area some serious thought, since my relationship with colour has been all over the map over the last ten years. In my early twenties, I wore black almost exclusively. When I went back to...

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Vogue V1501 // Closet Case Patterns
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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 up a spring sewing plan after doing my personal style analysis, and got a few projects cut out and ready to go. I've learned its best to cut in bulk since its my least favourite part of the process; if I have a few projects ready to sew, I'm far more likely to find small blocks of time to work on them during the week. Here's what you've been up to. ADMIRE Cute overalls from Meg; I have a dream pair in my head I...

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Refining my Personal Style // The Curated Closet // Closet Case Patterns
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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 style blog by Anuschka Rees (which was one of the inspirations behind the Wardrobe Architect series on the Colette blog a few years ago), it promises something elusive: that with some thought and analysis it is possible to dig down and actually figure out a definable personal style. The idea that I could somehow figure this out was extremely appealing, since I've often had a hard time defining what my personal style actually is  (as far back as 2014 I've wrestled...

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Quilted Tamarack Jacket with Shibori print lining // Closet Case Patterns
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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 a million samples for future patterns and working a regular, normal amount of hours per week) I went to town on my stash and always looming "to make" list and sewed so many things. As I've been working my way through the book A Curated Closet, I've been thinking a lot more intelligently and thoughtfully about the sorts of things I want to add to my wardrobe. Which reminds me: I really need to get around to sharing some of my personal conclusions...

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Gutermann topstitching thread // Closet Case Patterns
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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 workshop, natch). I am so grateful to feel real sun on my face, but then I immediately feel guilty for enjoying global warming. Life is full of contradictions. This week was a little crazy. We've been in denim kit packing franticness (we're hoping to have everything out the door by next week), and right in the middle of it I somehow caught food poisoning. I ended up curled in the fetal position for 24 hours, praying the whole time I wasn't actually dying....

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