Strathcona Sweater from Good Night Day // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Knitting, Sewing Projects

More Chunky Knit Sweaters: the Strathcona from Good Night Day

You may have noticed I have a thing for chunky knits these days. I find them extremely satisfying to knit (especially because it only takes a few days as opposed to say, a few years) and I love the texture. Something about those big, exaggerated stitches is very visually satisfying. Like my last chunky knitting project, this sweater is a pattern from the latest collection by Good Night Day. From what I can gather, most of the sweater patterns in the ebook are more or less the same from...

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Carolyn Pajamas in Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Coziest PJS Ever: Carolyn Pajamas in Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel

Guys. I know I am basically a broken record around this time every year, but this winter feels particularly brutal. I don't know if it's the unpredictable and discombobulating weather changes (it's a crapshoot between full blizzard or foot deep slush puddles every other week), the endless run of grey, overcast days or just the simple fact that I am single for the first winter in many winters, but I have been struggling. Whether it's a Vitamin D deficiency or just a mild case of the winter blues, I am doing everything in my power to get through this trying season with...

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Sewing Tutorials

How to KonMari your Sewing Space

Hey guys, Amy here. January is inevitably a time of organization. Tidying, cleaning, resetting bad habits, resolutions! The new year always calls for a fresh start but it seems that with the advent of Marie Kondo's new show on Netflix, Tidying Up, 2019 is really determined to be the YEAR OF TINY BOXES!! We here in the studio are not immune to the zeitgeist and when Alexis and I did the last major tidy up we were extra diligent in making sure everything had a home it could go back to. While I'm not sure a bunch of needles...

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Crushed velvet wrap dress // vintage Butterick 5119 // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Dripping in Crushed Velvet // The Ultimate Holiday Wrap Dress

Our Sew Frosting challenge may be long over but I still have one very special dress to share with you. You might not think of a gold maxi-length crushed velvet wrap dress as a wardrobe staple, but given the number of occasions I found to wear it over the holidays, I would beg to differ. I think it's important to have at least one show-stopping number to pull out for those special nights, something that makes the memories a bit more precious because you felt so good about what you were wearing. The story of this velvet gown started at...

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Trefann Sweater from Good Night Day // Hand knit by Closet Case Patterns using Malabrigo Rasta yarn in Ochre
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Knitting

Chunky Sweaters For the Win: Trefann Sweater by Good Night Day

Remember when I talked about how long it takes me to knit every damn thing? MAJOR EXCEPTION: chunky knits! Gimme those hot dog knitting needles! I've grown addicted to not only the speed with which these projects zip by, but the phyiscal act istelf. I enjoy the visceral feeling of knitting with big needles more than the fine ones; it's somehow more meditative and happy-making for my hands. While I've experimented with some chunky guys in the past (both Wool and the Gang patterns you can see here and here) my true appreciation for the joys of bulky...

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Skiff hat pattern from Brooklyn Tweed // Hand knit by Closet Case Patterns
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Knitting

Warmin’ the Noggin: Skiff Hat from Brooklyn Tweed

I am the most flip-floppy knitter. I get so excited to start a project that I inevitably spend a bunch of money on wool and supplies, begin enthusiastically start working on it and then... *crickets* Honestly, this happens every. single. time. With the exception of super bulky knit sweaters, two of which I'll be showing you soon, anything even slightly refined (ie. anything that isn't knit on sewing needles the size of hot dogs) is no doubt going to take over a year of constant start and stopping. I am especially bad about taking notes so when I go back to a...

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DIY Ironing Board // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Tutorials

DIY Ironing Board & Mobile Pressing Station

Hey all, Amy here. So we have been busy, busy, bees around the studio getting everything prepped for our latest sewing workshop video shoot! Last week I was tasked with making another ironing board we could use on camera(Heather made a bigger one using this same technique when they moved into the studio). We thought we would show you the simple steps because having the ability to make an inexpensive, custom size ironing board for whatever your sewing set-up might be is one of those easy things that makes a huge difference. For one thing, you can use an...

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Winter Outfits // Winter Layering // Closet Case Patterns
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Knitting, Our Sewing Patterns, Outfit Styling

Surviving Winter: Layering for Warmth

Hi all, Amy here. Thus far in Montreal, 2019 has been, in a word, cold. Heather showed you how to make the warmest coat ever last week on the blog, but what happens when you have to take off your coat and you're STILL COLD?! Enter: layers. We have been brainstorming ways to stretch our Closet Case me mades into the 5th season (deep winter) and in an effort to not just throw a bunch of RTW at you makers we also included some beautiful knitting patterns! If you too are in a cold place at the moment,...

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