Rope bowl purse tutorial // Sewing purse DIY // Closet Case Patterns
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Rope Basket Purse Tutorial: The Perfect Summer Bag!

You may remember the gorgeous rope basket bag I was carrying in my last me-made outfit post, and as promised, I'm super excited to share a tutorial with you to make your own! This DIY is brought to you from my friend Amy. She's a genius at crafting and sewing awesome stuff on a super frugal budget, and has an Etsy shop where she sells some of what she's making. She's been on a rope bowl kick for a while, and I basically begged her to write a tutorial for this bag after she showed it to me during one...

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Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen and Ogden Cami by True Bias // Closet Case Patterns
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More summer wardrobe staples: Ogden Cami + Flint Pants

Before I leave on vacation for a few weeks (much, much needed although Alexis is on duty if you need any help with anything while I'm gone) I thought I'd share a few more garments I made in a sewing frenzy this spring. I knew my sewing time would be non-existent once I moved into my new place (my typical "must always be doing something" mania was temporarily transferred to painting and decorating), so I went a little crazy and sewed a little capsule summer wardrobe before the move. It wasn't intentional, but everything feels super cohesive and works well with each...

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Kelly Anorak Lining Pattern Expansion Update

Hi y'all. Just a quick message to let you know that after some customer feedback this week, we have updated the pattern for our Kelly Lining Pattern expansion. If you have purchased this pattern you will receive an email explaining the changes; the download attempts for this file have been reset so you can download the updated files using your original link. The main changes were to the instructions. They have been edited for clarity and consistency, and we've fixed a few typos that created confusion in the construction (full list of errata can be found here). There is no...

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Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen in linen // Closet Case Patterns
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Summer Sewing! The Flint Pants from Megan Nielsen

Have you ever experienced sewing fate? You know when you have a very specific vision in mind for something you'd like to make, and then BOOM, a new pattern is released at almost the same moment you're having the idea, and it's more or less exactly what you had in mind? This is essentially what happened when Megan Nielsen released the Flint Pants this spring. Cropped wide legs pants are all the rage right now, and I was planning on drafting something for myself when Flint came along and saved me the trouble. I know there are a few similar styles...

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The Value of Switching it Up (Your Input Needed!)

Hi, you. I feel like it's been a while since we had a real conversation. I surprised myself when I realized we released three full patterns and two pattern expansions in the last five months, which would probably account for the slight touch of burn-out I'm getting over. All those patterns meant a lot of pattern related content on the blog, so I've been feeling like a tutorial machine, and more than a little embarrassed I haven't shared any of the many things I've personally made in the last few months. As you may know, I just moved into my...

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How to Sew a V Neckline // Charlie Caftan Pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Tips For Sewing a V Neckline // Charlie Caftan

Today we are wrapping up posts on our Charlie Caftan pattern with this tutorial on sewing a V neckline with woven fabrics. Sometimes this type of neckline can result in some gaping or rippling since the fabric is cut on the bias, and because there are a couple of layers of fabric that can shift around when dealing with the facing. Hopefully this post will help you create a lovely neckline on Charlie, or any other V necked shirts in your future. Before we begin, your front and back pieces should be sewn together along the shoulder seams at the...

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Pattern adjustments for the Charlie Caftan // Closet Case Patterns
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Pattern Adjustments for the Charlie Caftan

Generally we would have written a post on pattern adjustments a little earlier, but since we bumped up the tutorial for sewing the center panel for our Charlie Caftan, you can now enjoy this post slightly out of sync. Being a loosely fitting dress, Charlie is pretty easy to fit. The most likely adjustment you'll have to make is a full bust adjustment. If you have a larger bust and don't adjust the pattern, the center panel will sit higher on your chest than intended. You can either make a similar FBA to the one I explained for our Kalle...

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Charlie Caftan Finishing Center Panel // Closet Case Patterns
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Finishing the Center Panel // Charlie Caftan

Last week we walked you through sewing the inset panel of your Charlie Caftan; today we'll focus on beautifully finishing the panel on the inside of the dress. There are two methods for this step. If you're someone who enjoys hand-sewing, you'll start by pressing the seam allowances around the perimeter of your completed bodice panel inwards. Here, I pressed the small sides in first before folding the long sides inwards. You'll want to grade your seams too to reduce as much bulk as possible. Now take the other (non-interfaced) bodice panel piece, and fold in the edges along the 5/8"...

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