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THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 127

Happy Sunday makers. It was my birthday this week. Normally I don't make much of a fuss, but it's been an intense month and I decided this week to deal with my feelings of anxiety and helplessness about everything that is happening in the world by contributing to some worthy causes instead of treating myself to something special (my annual tradition). In that spirit, I'm making a donation to the ACLU and to the victims of the tragic shooting at a Quebec City mosque last Sunday night. I attended a huge vigil on Monday and was deeply moved to see so many of my...

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Closet Case Patterns, Tutorials

HOW TO BLEND BETWEEN VIEWS FOR THE EBONY TEE

Today I want to share a couple of really simple pattern mods you can make to the Ebony Tee. It's relatively easy to blend between the two views, so you can mix and match the different lengths and sleeves to your heart's content. I also wanted to mention that we have updated the long sleeve pattern piece for View A & B. I think we've notified most of our customers by this point, but I thought I'd mention it here just in case you missed the news. Basically there was a grading error on the long sleeve that I didn't catch...

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Ebony Tee pattern //Raglan sleeve swing dress pattern in scuba knit // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns, Sewing Projects

MY FAVOURITE EBONY TEE DRESS IN FLORAL SCUBA

This here is my personal favourite Ebony Tee. I have about 5 or 6 I've been wearing in constant rotation (and two more waiting to get sewn up) but this one is super special. It's just the perfect mix of fabric and pattern for me, and I am so happy I talked myself in to buying this beautiful digital print scuba when I found it. I've been really paring down the crazy prints in my wardrobe, but the scale of the floral and black background of this fabric is just so sophisticated. I couldn't resist. I brought it home and it...

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Sewing Blogs

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 126

It's been a very difficult and emotional week for many of us, and I have been really struggling with how to talk about it. My business is not a soap box (and I have no intention of that changing), but there is still a real person with strong principles at the helm, and I am occasionally at a loss as to how to reconcile the two. I guess I will leave it at this; in this confusing period of our history, I hope that we can continue to speak to each other with the respect and kindness we did before politics dominated...

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Closet Case Patterns, Fabric Files

KNIT FABRIC OPTIONS FOR THE EBONY TEE

One of my favourite things about making clothing (either for myself or for shop samples) is obsessing over fabric. I've started creating physical inspiration boards for each new pattern, and at any given time there are dozens of swatches pinned to each one as I narrow down what we're going to use for the final shoot. At the time we made our final Ebony samples, I was still convinced it was ideally made up in lighter weight, drapey knits, so that's mostly what we used. However, over the last few months I've discovered it works in a variety of weights;...

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Closet Case Patterns

INTRODUCING THE EBONY TEE PATTERN!

Whoop! Our first new sewing pattern of 2017 is officially here. Meet Ebony, our take on a simple, chic knit tee. If you're anything like me, comfort is one of the biggest factors when you get dressed in the morning. I'm kind of obsessed with finding the perfect comfy everyday uniform, and since I work for myself, I've found it can be way too easy to just fall in the grungy yoga pants and hoodie trap. The secret is: drape yourself in fluid knits.  Our new Ebony Tee hits the sweet spot between comfortable, chic and cozy, and for real, it's basically all I've...

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Sewing Projects

A LIBERTY PRINT BOYLSTON BRA

I have piles and piles of new handmade things to show you, but the light and weather have confounded me at every turn (no shivering for me out in 2 feet of snow, thank you). Thankfully bras are easy to throw on the dress form, even if it is overcast out and you're starting to actually worry about Vitamin D deficiency. Apparently this is a real thing I need to get myself checked for, since the only bit of skin exposed to the sun lately is whatever is not concealed by my big parka hood (are you tired of...

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Blog Biz, Tutorials

ANNOUNCING THE PRESALE FOR OUR LATEST ONLINE WORKSHOP: SEW YOUR DREAM JEANS!

Today is a little thrilling for me because I am bringing you something really personal and thisclose to my heart, something that sums up and captures a rather singular obsession I’ve had over the last few years: how to sew the ultimate pair of jeans. I'm happy to announce the presale of our latest online course; the Sew Your Dream Jeans Workshop amasses nearly everything I’ve learned about making jeans since launching the Ginger Jeans pattern. Until the workshop launches on Monday, February 20th, you can enjoy advance pricing of 15% off while we put the finishing touches on the course...

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