Charlie Caftan in wool // Closet Case Patterns
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Fashion Sewing & Wardrobe

Fall Sewing Plans

Fall makes me want to sew everything. I always feel a little underwhelmed by my options when the cooler weather comes,  and I like adding a few new pieces to make getting dressed every morning feel like less of a chore. While I make a project list every season, this time around I've been a little more thoughtful about what will give me the most bang for my buck and time. This means lots of basics and a few workhorse pieces that will help me build lots of outfits to keep warm. Since moving out of my studio, I've had to...

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Waterproof Kelly Anorak // Waterproof raincoat pattern // handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Projects

Team Closet Case Patterns and our New Kelly Anoraks

It occurred to me recently that my studio manager Alexis has been with me for almost two years and has yet to make a physical appearance here on the blog. She's quite camera shy but since we have two beautiful new Kelly Anoraks to show you I decided it was time to aim the lens her way and tell you a little bit about our work together. I honestly don't know what I would do without Alex. She's in the office  4-5 days a week depending on how much we've got going on, and takes care of customer service, shipping...

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Sleeve Pattern Expansion for Kalle Shirtdress Pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns

Our New Pattern Expansion: Add Sleeves to the Kalle Shirtdress!

Our new pattern expansion for the Kalle Shirtdress is now available in our shop, and I'm super happy to offer it to you since so many of you have asked us how to add long sleeves to this pattern. I wear my Kalles pretty much nonstop, but when the temperatures start dropping I tend to neglect all of my short sleeved tops because #forevercold. Our new sleeve expansion makes Kalle appropriate all year long and will help chase away that winter chill. I originally planned on drafting a traditional armscye for the sleeve, but that would have required you to print and/or tape together...

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Kalle Shirtdress in blue tencel // sewing pattern by Closet Case Patterns
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A Kalle Shirtdress pattern in Blue Tencel

I just realized this week I totally failed to post about this Kalle shirtdress I made in the spring. I've had photos edited and waiting to go, but just plum forgot. Which is weird because this was easily one of my most worn items this summer; it got packed on every trip and was generally the garment I reached for most when it was so hot and sticky I just wanted to live inside my freezer drawer. I don't have nearly enough Kalles in my life, odd considering it's one of my favourite patterns and in the end, we've sewn god...

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Self drafted pink linen pants! // Handmade by Closet Case Pattens
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Sewing Projects

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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