Kalle Shirt/Tunic in Ikat fabric // handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Ikat Goodness: My Latest Kalle

I was editing some photos last week and realized I had imported the pics of this make and then totally forgot to schedule a post on the blog. Sometimes that happens because I'm not so excited about the finished object, but this black ikat Kalle tunic is 100% awesome and 100% deserving of a little discussion. I'm sorry, poor neglected Kalle. You are still loved. What often happens with our patterns...

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DIY Reusable Produce Bags // Closet Case Patterns
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Zero Waste Reusable Produce Bags // Sewing Tutorial

Hey guys, Amy here. I don't know where you are but let me tell you, here in Montreal IT IS SUMMER!!! And with all this hot weather comes the most beautiful produce of the season. All the peaches and tomatoes and greens are at their best, and farmer's markets are bursting at the ripe, ripe seams. We, of course, have our gorgeous totes to casually swan around with at the market  (read: actually a hectic sweaty mess) but are we going to put all this beautiful, local, organic produce in plastic bags?? Ewww. So ugly. So wasteful. I already have an...

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Fiona Sundress in Green Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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My Green Linen Fiona Sundress

I think I've officially become a linen monster. I sleep in linen sheets, I spend hours obsessing over linen colours at The Fabric Store, there are increasingly growing stacks of it in our stash, and almost everything I want to sew the moment the snow melts is you know, linen. Yes, it wrinkles like crazy. Yes, there is a breaking in period while you wait for it to turn from crisp and slightly stiff to soft and faded and cozy. But there is something so viscerally appealing and analog about the texture and feel of it that I have...

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Fiona Sundress in blue denim // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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My First Fiona Sundress (in Stonewashed Denim!)

Boy oh boy do I have some projects backed up! Sometimes I feel like I can never find time to sew for myself, but I've been on a relative tear this summer, sewing up a pretty great summer wardrobe. As always the problem is finding time to take photos, which was challenging up until a few weeks ago. It was as sweaty as a 70s discotheque up in here, not exactly conducive for taking some "Oh look how breezy I am!" snaps while red-faced and visibly perspiring. One day Amy and I actually resorted to working in our sports...

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How to sew darts // Sewing Tutorial // Closet Case Patterns
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How to Sew Darts // Fiona Sundress

Hey guys, Alexis here. Since Amy joined the studio at the beginning of this year, she has very graciously cut out close to a zillion samples for us. We are so lucky to have her around because cutting out pattern pieces can quickly become our least favourite thing to do when we are in a hurry to start sewing during a pattern's development, or when we have a photoshoot deadline looming. We had a big chuckle the other day when she was cutting out yet another Fiona Sundress for us and was marking the back skirt...

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Fitting a Princess Seam Dress // Closet Case Patterns
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Fitting Princess Seams // Fiona Sundress

Fitting! For many of you it's the scariest aspect of sewing your own clothes, and as always we want to make this part as fun and intuitive as possible, so we've created a great resource for you today.  Getting the fit right for our Fiona Sundress is probably high on your priority list if you're making one, so we have broken down the most common issues you'll encounter with fitting princess seams, along with explanations on how to diagnose and correct each issue. While this post uses Fiona as an example, it will also be helpful for all princess seamed bodices...

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Fabric Options // Fiona Sundress // Closet Case Patterns
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Fabric Suggestions for the Fiona Sundress

Hola! Today we're going to share some fabric options for the Fiona Sundress. Luckily there are lots of choices for this pattern; depending on the effect you want, you can use anything from a sturdy shirting to a heavier fabric like denim or corduroy. To help you on your way, we've chosen lovely fabrics in a few categories.

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Fiona Sundress Pattern - Pattern Tester Round-up // Closet Case Patterns
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Fiona Sundress Tester Round-up

Hey y'all! We expanded our tester group while we were working on our Fiona Sundress, and thought we'd share some of their makes with you. Whenever we release a pattern we always get lots of requests to see it made up on different figures, so this should give you a good idea of how it looks on a variety of sizes. Hopefully, you also get some ideas for fabric choices; we love how creative everyone was with their makes. Seeing a pattern interpreted in so many idiosyncratic ways is the best part of the process. Just FYI, we made...

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