How to make a muslin or toile // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Tutorials

How to Make a Muslin (the Couture Way!)

For the past few weeks we've been sharing couture sewing goodness with you, from hand seam finishes to an analysis of the haute couture shows. Today I want to talk to you about the critical building block of any couture garment: the muslin! I know muslin making is viewed with trepidation if not downright distaste by many sewists. When you're itching to get busy and start sewing, the last thing most people want to do is spend time sewing a test garment. I have to admit, I was firmly in this camp for many years, and did almost...

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Sewist Spotlight: Meet Sylvia // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewist Spotlight

Sewist Spotlight: Meet Sylvia!

I can't remember exactly when we first noticed Sylvia (@theravelout) in our Instagram feed. All I know is a fun, colourful version of Cielo would show up and I would say, "she's done it again!" about some little tweak or hack that made it all her own. Her blog www.theravelout.com shares great tips and ideas for making similar adjustments to your makes and I've often learned something from her shares, which is impressive since she only started sewing six years ago! This fellow Canadian finds time to squeeze in sewing despite...

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Fashion Sewing & Wardrobe

Notes from the Runway: Spring 2020 Haute Couture

We have been talking a lot about couture sewing on the blog of late. Inspired by a workshop and trip to Paris with Susan Khalje this past fall, Heather has been exploring the concept of applying couture sewing techniques to RTW patterns. We have covered what constitutes a couture garment, hand sewing techniques and more, but today we are looking up to the highest of couture heights: HAUTE COUTURE. Which literally means High Fashion. The end of January always brings us couture fashion week in Paris. Just when...

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Permanent hand stitches - Couture seam finishes & Hand stitches // Tutorial by Closet Case Patterns
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Couture Seam Finishes & Hand Stitches You Should Know

This month on the blog we've been talking about couture sewing. After Heather's couture sewing workshop and trip to Paris with Susan Khalje this fall, she has been trying her hand at a bunch of new techniques. Well... new to her. The funny thing about all of these incredibly revered and mysterious applications is that in reality, they are very basic. Most couture and bespoke tailoring techniques actually use some of our oldest and simplest skills, and most can be accomplished with nothing more than a hand sewing needle and spool of thread. In this post, we will...

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Blog Biz

Pattern Testers Needed for Our Extended Size Range!

We have ambitious plans this year to release twelve patterns in extended sizing (seven older patterns in addition to five new ones!) and are looking to expand our testing pool. Interested in pattern testing for us? Here's what we're looking for:
  • Intermediate sewists, or confident advanced-beginners. You should be familiar with using sewing patterns and feel comfortable executing basic skills like installing zippers, finishing necklines, setting in sleeves etc.
  • Sewists who fall in our 14-30 size range, with larger busts since we draft for a D cup. Full bust measurements 42-58", hips 45-61".
  • Able to take well-lit photos...

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Rachel Comey DIY Jumpsuit // pattern Vogue 1546 // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

A Post-Modern Rachel Comey Jumpsuit in Brown Silk

A thing you should know about me: I am obsessed with Rachel Comey. Hands down one of my favorite independent designers, her work is constantly inspiring. It's artful and unexpected, with cuts and proportions you don't see anywhere else (I highly suggest reading this profile or listening to this podcast to learn more about her). One of my favourite things to do in New York is wander around her Soho shop and lovingly fondle all the beauties and try on all the shoes, which is not nearly as stressful as you'd think given how friendly and welcoming...

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Inside my Couture Tour of Paris with Susan Khalje

If there's one thing I've realized over the course of my sewing career, it's that there is ALWAYS more to learn. Sewing engages the knowledge-hungry part of my brain and continually learning and improving is key to my creative process and progress. Earlier this week I shared the gown I made during a couture sewing workshop with Susan Khalje; that experience was so sewing consciousness-expanding that I talked myself into joining her annual couture of Paris in November. A big part of my design inspiration comes from travel (hence our Rome Collection). I love nothing...

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McCalls 7154 - Couture 1930's Evening Gown in 4 ply silk charmeuse // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Couture Sewing: 1930s Silk Evening Gown

Our focus this year is on quality, so I guess it's appropriate that I share some of my own projects exploring this theme. Discovering couture sewing was a big part of my process last year, which started when I flew to New Orlean last March for a couture sewing workshop with Susan Khalje (read our interview with her here!) This has been a bucket list dream for many years, and I can't tell you how excited I was when I finally committed to going. The workshop I chose was 6 full days, with the option to sew...

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