Self drafted pink linen pants! // Handmade by Closet Case Pattens
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Last Breath of Summer: My Pink Linen Pants

I'm still trying to get all the garments I made this year photographed before the cold sets in here in Montreal. Thankfully we got some pictures of these simple but awesome linen pants while it was still warm out. I'm pretty obsessed with the cropped, wide leg pant trend happening right now; it looks great on everyone and it's a welcome alternative to the skinny legs I'm generally wearing. I decided I needed an elastic waisted version of this silhouette after spending a weekend with Kelly and pining over her easy, slouchy wardrobe. She made some similar pants in an oatmeal...

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The Refashioners 2017 // Refashioned blazer // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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The Refashioners: Men’s Blazer to Sleeveless Coat

Sometimes you say yes to things you really should have said no to, and sometimes you say yes to things you want to say yes to, but then freak out because you have no earthly idea how you're going to pull said thing off. Such was my reaction a couple of weeks ago when all the glorious Refashioner projects starting hitting the interweb and I hadn't even thrifted a blazer. If you've missed it, Portia of Makery has once again challenged us to make use of some of the clothes languishing in thrift store obscurity. This year the challenge was suits,...

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The Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit in peach lace // handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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More Harriet Bras!

I was going through my photo library this week and realized I totally forgot to blog about some of the Harriet bras I made in a bra-making spree this spring. Since these get worn at least once a week I figured it was appropriate to talk about how much I love them. The Harriet Bra from Cloth Habit is hands down my favourite bra pattern ever. I talked about my fitting process in this post, and now that I have that taken care of, I know I can bang a few of these out anytime the fancy strikes me. One...

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White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Shirt/Tunic
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The Perfect Outfit: White Ginger Jeans + Denim Kalle Tunic

They said it couldn't be done, and frankly, I'm just astonished as everyone who doubted me: it is an absolute miracle that I was actually able to take pictures of these jeans after all they've been through this summer. For all of you afraid of white denim out there,  I'm here to tell you: if I can make them last this long without permanent stains, SO CAN YOU. I'm kind of embarrassed it's taken me this long to document these Ginger Jeans. I made them back in April at my Pintuck & Purl workshop in New Hampshire and have been wearing...

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Hadley Top + Morgan Jeans // Closet Case Patterns
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Hadley Top from Grainline Studio in White Linen

Next up in my series, "A million things I have sewn and not yet blogged": the Hadley Top by Grainline Studio! This summer I realized I had hardly any tank tops. I don't have issues with my arms (those babies gotta breathe!) but for some reason, I just hadn't gotten around to sewing very many. Has anyone else discovered one of those weird unexplainable wardrobe black holes? I got so frustrated trying to pair separates on warmer days and needed to do something about it, stat. While I was wondering if I should finally jump on the Willow train, Grainline...

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Introducing the Maker Journal

A few weeks ago I mentioned switching up our weekly Sunday blog post format. For the past few years, I've been scouring the sewing web for all my favourite projects, tutorials and news which I then I share in a round-up post. I would keep up with my blog roll regardless of this round-up since our community is at the foundation of why I sew and why I started making patterns, but I needed a bit of a change. Sometimes just making a few tweaks to something is all you need to do to get excited about it again. Essentially,...

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Dior Haute Couture // Christian Dior, Couturier Du Reve at Les Arts Decoratifs // Closet Case Patterns
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Dior Haute Couture: a Magical Fashion Exhibit in Paris

Perhaps the most memorable thing that happened on my recent trip to France was the Dior Haute Couture exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It was honestly one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in a museum  and is far and away the most impressive fashion exhibit I've had the opportunity to see. I was covered in goosebumps for most of it, eyes gaping open, face pressed against display glass, constantly setting off the alarm that was tripped if you got too close to the garments that weren't enclosed. First of all, the exhibit was MASSIVE....

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A New Sophie Swimsuit for my Trip to France

Bonjour mes amis! If you happened to catch any of my (sorry) countless instagram stories over the past few weeks, you may have noticed I was in the land of rosé at lunch, rosé at dinner, and cheese after every meal.  I had a lot of questions about what we were up to while I was away, so I thought I'd fill you in on on the details before talking about my new Sophie Swimsuit. I met Guillaume in 2013 through Tinder, never knowing we'd still be together four years later, and I'd be living a ridiculous French fantasy in his...

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