Our New Pfaff Sewing Machines - Pfaff Performance Icon |Closet Case Patterns
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Studio & Supplies

How to Get Started Sewing: It’s a Make it Work Moment!

Hey y'all, Amy here. In these crazy times, we just keep saying how grateful we all are at Closet Case to have a hobby. I've found there is only so much news and distracting tv you can engage in before you start to feel a little less than human. Enter: the haptic senses. These are the things you do with your hands and mind that connect you to the physical world (cooking, gardening, woodworking or in our case, sewing) that take you out of the matrix and allow you to focus in on the thing you are working on...

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Easy Crafts for Kids // Closet Case Patterns
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DIY Projects, Other

Easy Crafts for Kids: The Jewelry Store!

Hey all! Amy here. As you may or may not know I have two little boys. One is 4 and the other is 7. We have officially been off school and daycare for going on...does anyone know what day it is? Honestly, does it matter? It feels like about a month and some of those days feel like at least a solid week. Here in Montreal, the news has begun to slow down though and as the public places we can go with our kids shrinks to abandoned industrial areas (I'm only half kidding) I am struggling to find...

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Sewing Cielo and Pietra in Knits // Closet Case Patterns
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Cielo Top & Dress, Pietra Pants & Shorts

A Flash Dance Inspired Sweatsuit: Sewing Cielo and Pietra in Knits!

As some of you may or may not know, I was a dancer. I use the past tense because let's be honest, it's not exactly something you "never lose" like riding a bike or making the perfect omelette. I think it's safe to say my days on pointe are behind me. That said, I will always be someone that gravitates towards dance-wear. That's because I know something that non-dancers might not realize, it's all secret pajamas. Since the point of most dance clothes is to move and stretch and keep you warm before you strip down to tights, it...

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Cielo Top & Dress, Pattern Hacking

Hacking the Cielo Top & Dress

Almost immediately after our Rome Collection launched in the spring we started seeing the makes trickle in. For what was a fairly beginner pattern we were surprised to see that almost every other top or dress had some little pattern tweak to it. Whether it was the length, the fabric choices, or the sleeves, it seemed this was a pattern that was destined to be customized. With the release of our extended size range this week we wanted to drop some inspirational photos to get your wheels turning if you are gearing up to make Cielo too!...

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Cielo Top & Dress, Fitting Tips & Tricks, Sienna Maker Jacket

How to Do a Small Bust Adjustment

When we first introduced our Rome Collection in sizes 0-20, we added C and D cup options to Cielo in PDF format to make it as easy as possible for you to do what we call in the biz a "full bust adjustment".  Since we just launched extended sizing for the Rome collection (drafted for a curvier shape with a D cup base as we explained here), we realized it would be a good idea to show how to do it the other way around!

A "small bust adjustment" is basically the exact...

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Cielo Top & Dress, Fiore Skirt, News & Updates, Pietra Pants & Shorts

Our Rome Collection is now available in sizes 14-30!

As we begin rolling out older patterns in extended sizing, we're excited to announce that we now have three more patterns in our new size range! Our Fiore Skirt, Cielo Top & Dress and Pietra Pants & Shorts are now available in sizes 14-30 as a PDF digital download. These are some of our bestselling patterns, and they mix and match effortlessly to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. With spring fast approaching, we know you'll enjoy adding these quick and easy-to-sew garments to your closet. For the...

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Sewing Tutorials

The Hows and Whys of Underlining Fabric Explained

In our post on sewing a proper muslin, I mentioned underlining a few times and want to revisit the subject today. Underlining fabric is often a misunderstood concept, so I'd like to explain exactly what underlining is and what it does for your sewing projects (spoiler alert: a LOT). Sewing jargon can be confusing, so it's not unusual to be mystified about the difference between lining, underlining and interlining. A traditional lining is likely something you've sewn before. It is a layer between the main fabric and your skin that hides construction, creates a smooth surface to skim over...

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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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