Sewist Spotlight // Meet Duane // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewist Spotlight: Meet Duane!

When we were first introduced to Duane (@mainelymenswear) via instagram he had just posted his version of the Sienna Maker Jacket and we had to check the hashtag a few times to realize that it was in fact our pattern he was modeling (or at least a version of it!) He had tricked out all the details, made it in wool and lined it with a quilted satin, but indeed the bones of this were in fact our dear Sienna. We had brainstormed ideas for hacking Sienna for men,...

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Couture Sewing instructor Susan Khalje // Interview by Closet Case Patterns
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Discovering Couture Sewing with Susan Khalje

Earlier this week I talked about our word of the year: Quality. The longer I sew, the more I come to value this idea in all my sewing projects (and life in general). Approaching your sewing projects with an intention of quality ensures you are making beautiful garments that will last for years to come, and that feel as good to wear as they do to create. A large reason this has become such a focus for me of late is due to my discovery of couture sewing, and for that I have Susan Khalje to thank....

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How to Add Piping to Jacket Lining // Closet Case Patterns
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Reflections for 2020: Quality is Queen

One of my New Year rituals is to choose a word I want to focus on for the year to come. I find this exercise helps channel my focus, and provides a helpful framework for planning and thinking about what we want to achieve. For us this year, that word is Quality. It’s the word that came up again and again when Amy and I were brainstorming the kinds of things we wanted to talk about this year on the blog, it’s the theme that is guiding my own personal goals for the year, and I’m hoping it’s something that...

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Our New Pfaff Sewing Machines | Closet Case Patterns
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Year in Review: See Ya Later 2019!

Another year has come and gone almost faster than we could blink, and before we bring 2019 to a close, we thought we would take a quick look back at what we got up to.

WINTER

The beginning of 2019 started in one of the coldest winters we've ever had (not that a year ever starts another way in Quebec) and a lot of the projects Heather made were cozy, warm ones. Her amazing Oslo coat made out of the most covetable Pendleton wool and lined in Thinsulate has started its second...

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Sienna Maker Jacket by Ali // Closet Case Patterns
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Ali’s Sienna Maker Jacket

Hey all, Ali here! I am the CCP shipping and customer support coordinator, and not only is this my first Closet Case blog post, but it's all about my first wearable garment! I am still getting used to the creation of a 3D garment, and the control that this craft gives to its maker, as well as the attention to detail that is required for the basic principles of sewing. Dressing myself has always brought joy and has come naturally as my armor as well as my primary form of self-expression. Sewing is an exciting journey for me because...

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Heather's Sienna Maker Jacket with embroidered yoke // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Heather’s Embroidered Sienna Maker Jacket!

In the studio we've been laughing about the neverending Sienna Maker Jacket content... it feels like we've discussed and explored this pattern way more than most (just see our Montreal Maker series here for proof) and we're not quite done yet. Alex shared her glorious upcycled denim version earlier this week, and today I'd like to talk about my latest take on Sienna, one that involved hours upon hours of hand embroidery. I've yet to make myself a cropped Sienna (I'm planning to make a classic denim version with a cozy shearling lining in the spring) but...

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Sienna Maker Jacket made from up-cycled denim, handmade by Alexis // Closet Case Patterns
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Alexis Makes a Sienna Maker Jacket in Upcycled Patchwork Denim!

Hello sewists, Alexis here, ready to show you all the details of my very own Sienna Maker Jacket, guts included! In the studio this fall we had a bit of an ongoing joke about how many maker jackets a person could possibly sew. We actually started developing this pattern well over a year ago and there were, of course, many muslins sewn up while we tweaked the design before sending Sienna off for testing. With the three different views, and our new extended size range, this meant we had a lot of samples to sew for our photoshoot, as...

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Our Holiday Gift Guide for Sewists // Closet Case Patterns
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Our Sewist & Maker Holiday Gift Guide

Last week we shared our ideas for handmade gifts that you can make for others with stuff you might already have laying around. Today we are sharing some of our favourite items we've spotted over the last year that we would LOVE to find under the tree with our name on them. Whether these are gifts for a sewist or maker in your life, or some ideas you would like to forward to Santa for yourself, we have you covered. From books to tools to some fun little extras, giving someone anything that sparks creativity or makes their...

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