Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas // Closet Case Patterns
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Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello! Amy here. As the holidays are quickly approaching I always have the same panicked response: "QUICK! Buy all the things!" This is ridiculous. As a generally very frugal person who favours me-made garments over RTW, thrift store finds and lovingly framing my kids' paintings, why would I start compulsively online shopping just because it's the beginning of December?! While shiny new things are lovely and often appreciated (stay tuned next week for our annual Sewist Gift Guide), this year I'd also like to give presents that align more with my rest-of-the-year-aesthetic: resourceful, handmade, unique and made with love. In...

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Our Annual Thanksgiver Sale is On!

Time once again for our biggest sale of the year! Our small team is so grateful for your continued support, and we hope this gives you an opportunity to stock up on that pattern or online course you've had your eye on. Save 20% on almost everything in our shop, including patterns, our Jasika Tailoring Kit and Maker & Sewist Necklaces! Better yet, save 30% when you purchase one of our online courses (all of which include patterns with enrollment!) The discount code...

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Lining the Sienna Maker Jacket // Closet Case Patterns
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Ideas for Lining the Sienna Maker Jacket

Amy and Celine are tag-teaming this, so hi from both of us! When we were planning the Sienna Maker Jacket it was really important to us that it be an accessible project. After all the layers and tailoring involved in our Jasika Blazer, we wanted to create a relatively quick sew without too many steps to intimidate beginner or intermediate sewists. That said, as soon as we launched we got a lot of questions about adding a lining! While Sienna is specifically designed as a light layer without a lining, you...

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Sewist Spotlight

Sewist Spotlight: Meet Monserratt (aka Monsie!)

Maybe introductions aren't necessary for our sewist of note this month since many of you may have met Monserratt aka Monsie (@monserrattl on instagram) already! Not only was she one of the models for our Sienna Maker Jacket, but she pops into our studio every now and then to dole out a round of her amazing hugs, share her infectious smile and sometimes to help us sew up samples when we're in the weeds. That's what she was up to when she came in last (in her maker jacket no less!) so we thought we...

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Sienna Maker Jacket with Removable Lining // Closet Case Patterns
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Amy’s Sienna Maker Jacket (with a Removable Lining!)

Hey y'all! Amy here. When we were planning the blog content and samples for the Sienna Maker Jacket launch and we were all choosing our fabric / views / mods for our own versions I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I have an old army surplus jacket that has a fuzzy removable lining and it was something I have been wanting to try construction wise. This jacket won't get me all the way through our Montreal winter but the addition of a little warmth certainly can stretch it into December! Heather and I...

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Sienna Maker Jacket with Susan Moss // Pattern by Closet Case Patterns
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Montreal Maker Series: Meet Susan Moss

Hello there, Amy here. For the last installment of the Montreal Maker Series (in honour of our Sienna Maker Jacket), we are catching up with local hero and concert photography master Susan Moss. I met my husband 15 years ago at the local watering hole (a beloved dive bar) where Susan was a waitress at the time. Although I hardly feel like the title "waitress" did her justice. She would be carrying five pitchers, slinging popcorn and taking orders in two languages at the same time. She knew all the local's names (and which...

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Sienna Maker Jacket with Bernice Sorge // Pattern by Closet Case Patterns
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MONTREAL MAKER SERIES: MEET BERNICE SORGE

Hi! Amy here. This instalment of the Montreal Maker Series is super special to me. Bernice Sorge is the mother of my husband's best friend. She doesn't live in Montreal, but she was the very first person I thought of when we dreamed up this series! I have attended two weddings, a few birthdays and many summer nights on Bernice's beautiful property in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (about 100kms from Montreal). I have inherited one of her wild rose bushes and been blessed to hear her amazing slam poetry on said special occasions. I...

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Adjustments for One and Two Piece Sleeves

With the expansion of our size range with the Sienna Maker Jacket we have been talking a lot about fit around here. As the tester feedback rolled in we began to notice that one of the most common areas of adjustment was in the shoulder/ sleeve/ armscye region. We ended up making quite a few tweaks for the final product but as with all fitting issues what works for most people, won't work for ALL people. This is where we have to remind ourselves as pattern drafters and sewists that the whole reason we got...

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