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Sewist Spotlight

Sewist Spotlight: Mia

I can't remember exactly when we started paying attention to what Mia @sewnorth was cooking up in her sewing room but I do remember screaming across the studio at Alexis, "Bike reflector jeans!!" For a relative beginner sewist, there isn't much Mia hasn't swung at sewing wise, from re-working the Morgan jeans pattern for her bike riding man, figuring out how to make her Jenny overalls bib detachable and all kinds of ambitious pattern drafting and refashioning. She shares her makes from her Minneapolis home and has...

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Fashion Sewing & Wardrobe, Our Sewing Patterns

Hacking Ideas for our Kalle Shirtdress

This May, I am on a personal quest to bust my stash and also to remake all my favourite patterns. So in that spirit, we will be sharing hacks/mods/adaptations and fun versions of our patterns in a series of blog posts with the theme of "Re-made May". Today's focus is on our Kalle Shirt Shirtdress; not only is it one of our bestselling patterns, but it also seems to be one of the most re-made as well. Almost everyone featured here prefaced their Kalle posts by saying, "this is my 5th Kalle". 

Herein, I have gathered...

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Our Sewing Patterns, Sewing Tutorials

Pattern Hacks for the Jasika Blazer

We are all about a good hack over here. Maxing out on the possibilities of a pattern is not only economical (two for the price of one!!) it also builds your skill sets as a sewist and potential pattern drafter. If you can dream it up and sew it, chances are someone already did! The Jasika Blazer and its accompanying Speed Tailoring Course can be merely a jumping off point for whatever kind of jacket you would like to make. Once you have got a handle on the basics of tailoring...

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How to Convert a Dart to Princess Seam // Closet Case Patterns
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Fitting, Sewing Tutorials

Converting Darts to a Princess Seam for the Jasika Blazer

Hello all! Celine here. I am the in-house pattern maker for Closet Case Patterns and I am here to share a pattern-making tutorial with you. We spent a lot of time in the studio discussing how to make our Jasika Blazer work for larger busts, and while we do have C & D cup options for the pattern, princess seams are one of the best ways to fit a large bust. You might also choose to add princess seams for purely aesthetic reasons - either way, I'm going to walk you through it in this tutorial. If...

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Our Sewing Patterns

Blazers of Glory!!

Wow: most uttered word in the studio over the past two months, bar none. We have been so utterly bowled over by the incredible sewing we've been seeing from those participating in the Blazer of Glory challenge, and every day brought a new image of a blazer in progress that knocked our socks off. I was honestly quite nervous about releasing a more advanced pattern like our Jasika Blazer but I was so reassured to discover how many of you are keen to take on a new challenge. I'm not sure how we could get more ambitious after...

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Our Sewing Patterns, Sewing Projects

A Jasika Blazer for ME!

All this talk about our Jasika Blazer this year and I realized I haven't shared a personal make yet! I was in a blazer making fury last year; a few are in various stages of completion, and two are in permanent rotation (although thankfully I also fit in the samples we made, so luckily I get to wear those too). Today I'm sharing a beautiful brown check Jasika I've worn almost weekly since the fall; it's got a tweedy, "let's walk through the misty moors with the hounds" vibe I've quite enjoyed. Read more

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Blazer of Glory Challenge Final Week: Buttons, Buttonholes, Topstitching!

If you are all caught up on the challenge, WOW! You made a blazer! Congratulations! This is truly some finish line bits and pieces this last week. Buttons, buttonholes and topstitching is the last step. If you are looking to up your buttonhole game we have a tutorial here or here you can take a look at; and PRACTICE ON A SCRAP! You'll be fine. Once you have all your finishing done share that #BlazerofGlory with us using the hashtag. We will be choosing the winner at random (no favourites we promise) because this week's...

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Beatrice Dress Form Review // Closet Case Patterns
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The Best Personal Dress Form EVER: Reviewing the Beatrice Dress Form

Sometimes it feels like we're swimming in dress forms at the studio. We have our professional Alvanon form; this was a MAJOR investment for us a few years ago (I think it cost close to $5K including shipping and duties) and it's what we use to test all of our samples since we use it as the basis for our block. The Alvanon is an industry form, and all their forms are based on standardized measurement data so it gives us a good "universal" base to start with; we'll be adding a second Alvanon form once we start...

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