For this month's Sewist Spotlight we are turning our eye to Blanca B. We have been stalking @BlakandBlanca for a while on instagram. Her casual elegance, gorgeous bright home, and supportive enthusiasm (particularly during this #BlazerofGlory challenge) caught our eye. Once we connected with her and learned more, it all made sense. This lovely lady was a commercial interior designer and her sunny home in leafy Southern CT is the perfect backdrop to her glamorous me-mades. We just can't get enough of her effortless style, always totally put together, but wicked cool....
Hi everybody, Alexis here! You know, before I started sewing and had the opportunity to join the team here at Closet Case Patterns, I was studying classical trumpet. I have spent a lot of time in the back of an orchestra playing really loud. It is always a blast, literally! When it comes time to perform a concert there is usually a dress code for the performers. For the gentlemen, it's easy, they always know what to wear. They usually have a set of suits or tuxes they can cycle through. Hopefully these get dropped off at the dry...
Hello all! Exciting developments are happening behind the scenes here at Closet Case studio. This year we are starting work on expanding our size range. We are still in research and planning mode as we figure out exactly what that will look like, and one of the most important steps at this stage is to survey our community so we can best serve your needs.
We are looking for folks size 12 and up (hips greater than 42" please) to fill out our detailed survey here
. The survey asks for a variety of body measurements in addition to some questions about...
Ok, ok, ok, hear me out. I have heard through the grapevine (instagram) that some of you are scared of bagging the lining. The fact that it is its whole own verb (what even is bagging?) might make it seem tricky or confusing. But let me tell you, it is a miracle of construction and you are going to nail this!! And once you do, you will be hooked! You'll just be running around bagging anything you can get your hands on! New skills are intimidating, but the second you acquire them, you will wonder why you ever waited....
When we first cooked up the idea of the #BlazerofGlory
challenge for our Jasika Blazer
Heather mentioned that we should interview some actual real-life tailors to get everyone inspired. I believe the next words out of my mouth were, "CAN IT BE PATRICK GRANT??!!" You see, over the Christmas season I had gotten all caught up with the GBSB (The Great British Sewing Bee) and came back from vacation with a whole new set of skills, an appreciation for the full panoply of British accents, and maybe, just a wee crush on the judge Read more
If you are following along with this challenge by now you are probably starting to see a beautifully structured vest! This is the week we turn that bad boy into a blazer! Time to get the iron hot, bust out all your pressing tools, cause we are going to set in some sleeves! You probably tried this when you put together your muslin, but sleeves are tricky! That said, if you take your time, let your pieces rest between steps, and keep our favourite mantra in your head ("sometimes good is good enough") then you should be fine! If you...
Hello! Alexis here. I'm here today with a quick tutorial to show you how to make your own sleeve heads and shoulder pads for our Jasika Blazer
(or any tailored jacket for that matter!) If you're having trouble sourcing high-quality shoulder pads and sleeveheads or simply enjoy DIYing as much as possible, we have a free pattern for you. This pattern can be downloaded in print at home format in our sewing resource library
, which is exclusive to our newsletter subscribers. You can gain access by signing up to our newsletter in the following link.
We are rollin' rollin' rollin' along with our Blazer of Glory challenge and this week is a big one! Not only will you be fully assembling your jacket body (which means assembling the back and sewing the side and shoulder seams) but you will also be sewing your collars and lapel. This will likely be one of the most time-intensive weeks since sewing the lapel is probably the trickiest part of the entire construction process. This is a week to take your time and carefully read the instructions or re-watch the relevant lessons in our online tailoring workshop