How to sew a jeans waistband // Sewing tutorial // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Tutorials

How to Sew a Jeans Waistband // Alternative Method

Hey guys, Alexis here! It goes without saying that here at the studio we sew a lot of jeans. Between samples for photoshoots, the many half-finished demonstrations for Heather's teaching, and the excitement of making a few me-made pairs to test out this year's batch of Cone Mills denim kits, our hands and the pristine "IKEA white" surfaces of our brand new office space are quite often stained indigo blue. While we never grow tired of sewing up Gingers or Morgans around here, it's easy to get stuck in a "set" way of doing things. One of...

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Ginger Jeans // Closet Case Patterns
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Ginger Jean Inspiration

I was flabbergasted to realize this week that our hashtag #gingerjeans has almost 9000 hits on Instagram! It is an absolute treasure trove if you're looking for inspiration for your own pair, so I thought I would share some of my favorite Ginger Jeans from the last few months. Jeans might be considered "basic" but the way you guys make them your own never ceases to astonish me.

PARTY JEANS

Indigo is probably the go-to choice for most pairs, but I love seeing fun prints and colours used to make the ultimate party jeans.

BACK POCKET MAGIC

I have seen some truly inspired back pocket...

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Choosing the right size when making jeans // Closet Case Patterns
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Fitting, Sewing Tutorials

How to Choose Your Size When Making Jeans

Hands down one of the biggest questions we get day in and day out is what size people should choose when they're making jeans for the first time. Since it feels like an important project, people really want to get it right. In this post I'm hoping I can help explain choosing your size with a little more clarity for our jeans patterns.

SIZE CHART VS. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

With all our patterns, we provide a size chart and a finished measurement chart. The finished measurement chart generally shows waist, hip, rise and inseam measurements for the final jeans. It will give you...

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Ruminating

Tailoring Custom Jeans with Ben Viapiana

To kick off No Fear New Jeans Month, I want to introduce you to one of the denim magicians who inspires me the most. I'm not sure when I first discovered Ben Viapiana on Instagram, but I know when it happened I fell in a major 'gram hole admiring his beautiful work. A fellow Canadian, Ben is a bespoke denim tailor working out of Toronto, where he relocated from Thailand last year. All of his jeans and jackets are made to order, and his customers can pick out everything from the rivets and thread, to specifying...

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Introducing No Fear Jeans Month // Closet Case Patterns
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Blog Biz

Introducing No Fear Jeans Month

Today is the first day of February, the second month of 2018, and the day before my 37th birthday. It's a day that marks my deepest wish to get those of you who are willing aboard our Choo Choo to Jeanstown. This month we are going to focus exclusively on jeans-making here on the blog. We've got interviews with some of my favorite professional jeans technicians, new tutorials, and lots of inspiration to get your indigo juices flowing (I deeply apologize for whatever visual that conjured up). I'm calling it No Fear Jeans Month because I think it is crucial to...

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Gold Party Pants! Gold Metallic Sasha Trousers // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

My Party Pants: Gold Metallic Sasha Trousers

Can I sell you on the power of party pants? Party pants are the rock star of your closet; they are shiny, or metallic, or covered in a loud print. They get noticed right away and will make you feel invincible. They may even attract a few groupies, lured in by the magnetic pull of your pant's tractor beam. Party pants are my favourite kind of pants. These party pants have been literally years in the making. Way back on my first fabric buying experience in New York (was it 2012? Or 2013?) I found this beautiful gold metallic stretch twill....

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Red silk Kielo Wrap dress by Named Patterns // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Lady in Red: My Silk Kielo Wrap Dress

I'm super embarrassed about how long it has taken me to document some of my favourite sewing projects from last year. I made a few incredible things that I hung in our sample closet intending to photograph, and then just got busy and forgot about. When I finally got my act together this month, it was like discovering a whole new wardrobe. This red silk Kielo wrap dress from Named is one of those "oh man I forgot how much I love this!" makes. I love the idea of a red dress (maybe it's nostalgia for this song?) but...

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The Kelly Anorak was so much fun to design since a good jacket is the sum of its details (something I talked about in greater depth on Instagram last week here and here). Like usual, this pattern had an extensive secret Pinterest board, but the real genesis for me came from really paying attention to what stylish women were wearing on the street, and trying to find that balance between chic and utilitarian, practical and covetable.
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Sewalongs

Our Kelly Anorak Sewalong is Now Live!

Hey y'all! We pride ourselves on giving you all the resources you need to achieve absolute sewing success, so I'm super stoked to announce we now have a full, in-depth sewalong online for our Kelly Anorak. This sewalong will walk you through sewing the original pattern in addition to lining it using our lining expansion pack. This is one of the patterns we get the most questions about, so I'm hoping that this sewalong will answer every question you could possibly have about the assembly of this wear-anywhere jacket. Read more