Charlie Caftan Pattern / Kaftan Pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns

Welcome Summer with our Charlie Caftan Pattern!

I am reaaaallly excited about this one. We are going through a serious heat wave in Montreal right now, when all you want to wear is loose, easy dresses that keep you covered and cool. The launch of our new design, the Charlie Caftan pattern, could not be better timed. The genesis of this pattern started last year when I made an enormous linen caftan for a trip to France. My mother in law and I wore our caftans all week long and tried to start a caftan cult of two. I'm hoping with the debut of Charlie, a  lot more...

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Kielo dress by Named Patterns // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Blogs

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 140

Happy Sunday makers! It's been a little bananas around here this week. We launch our new pattern tomorrow (so. excited.) so I've been trying to get all that ready while Alex is on vacation. I seriously have no idea how I did anything before she started working with me and have been a little crazed. In addition, I've been spending every spare moment at my new place overseeing the little kitchen reno we're doing and painting, painting, painting. I am 100% covered in paint while I type this. When it rains, it pours (paint). Here's what you've been up to... ADMIRE I...

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Closet Case Patterns, Sewalongs

Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern Roundup

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is now complete (you can see all the posts in the series here) and I thought you'd like to see some of the Kalles we've seen cropping up this spring. It's proven to be one of our most popular patterns, and as always, I just love seeing how you guys make our patterns utterly your own. Above: @altwtjs, Annessa, @thejaceyprojects, Randomly Happy THE CROPPED SHIRT THE TUNIC THE SHIRTDRESS

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Sewing Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Shirtdress pattern Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

Sewing the Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Sewalong

We've finally reached the end of our Kalle Sewalong! If you'd like to see all the posts in one place, check out our sewalong page where everything is organized in sequential order. Today we will be covering the installation of the arm cuffs, a post a few of you have requested over the past few weeks. It's easy to get a little confused here since we drafted the cuffs with an angle to match the angle of the shoulder seam (I hate when sleeve cuffs like this are rectangular and stick straight out) but sometimes people aren't sure what side goes...

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How to sew a band collar or stand collar // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

Sewing a Band Collar // Kalle Sewalong

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is drawing to a close. Later this week we will cover inserting the arm cuffs, but today we'll wrap up our series on sewing shirt collars by demonstrating how to sew a band collar (also known as a stand collar or collarless collar). Earlier in the sewalong I showed you two techniques for sewing a regular collar; the traditional method, and an easier alternative method with a different construction order. The technique I am going to demonstrate for the band collars is basically a mix of the two. To start with, cut out...

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Traditional method for sewing a shirt collar // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

Traditional Method for Sewing a Shirt Collar // Closet Case Patterns

Yesterday I showed you a slightly unconventional method for sewing a collar for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress. While this is my preferred construction technique for shirt-making, I thought I'd demonstrate the traditional method as well; you should try both and see what you prefer. To start with, you’ll need the collar stands and top and under collar cut out. Interface one of the collar stands and the top collar piece only. If you’d like to reduce bulk, you can trim the interfacing so it doesn’t extend into the seam allowance, but we didn’t do so in this example. Sew your collar pieces...

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How to sew a shirt collar // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

An Alternative Method for Sewing A Shirt Collar // Kalle Sewalong

We're rounding the finish line in our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress sewalong! Over the next couple of days, I am going to show you two methods for sewing a shirt collar, and then we'll be able to finish up next week with the band collar and cuffs. In this post I am going to further explain the order of construction for the collar we included in our instructions. I first encountered this method on the Four Square Walls blog, and I know I'm not alone in finding it much easier to sew than the traditional way (although I will show you that as well tomorrow, since you...

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Blog Biz

SOPHIE SWIMSUIT WORKSHOP ON SALE!

Just a quick post with some fun news... It's finally June, and we're sure you're starting to plan your summer sewing schedule. If a beautiful me-made swimsuit is at the top of that list, we're excited to offer you 20% off our Sophie Swimsuit workshop until June 19th. This online course walks you through the construction of our gorgeous Sophie Swimsuit Pattern from start to finish in eleven, in-depth video lessons, and includes the PDF pattern with enrollment. This pattern was one of our biggest labours of love. With five cup sizes for each size in our range, in addition to two major variations (a high...

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