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Sewing the Inset Center Panel // Charlie Caftan

When I started working on our Charlie Caftan, I was conscious of designing something simple and gratifying to sew, with enough design detail to keep things from getting boring. The inset center panel provides a little architectural interest and visually breaks things up. It's probably the most challenging step to sew for this pattern, and we've had a lot of requests from you to break the process down. I'm pushing this tutorial up in our Charlie post queue for those of you who've been waiting for it. If you've never sewn an inset corner before, the technique can be a...

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Sewing Inset corners // Charlie Caftan Center Panel // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns, Fabric Files

Fabric Options for the Charlie Caftan Pattern

Hey there! Today I want to talk fabric for our new Charlie Caftan Pattern. Thankfully you have a lot of options to choose from. The shorter versions (particularly the pleated view) hold up well with fabrics with a little body and substance. I love the mini in medium weight linen, double gauze and cottons like chambray and voile. I think the maxi looks best with a little drape and swish, so I recommend soft, fluid fabrics like silk (chiffon, charmeuse, noil or crepe will work), rayon challis and tencel. Cotton and linen can work as well, but I would...

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Caftan dress inspiration // Charlie Caftan Pattern & Kaftan Pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns, Wardrobe Planning

The Charlie Caftan Pattern: Inspiration & Styling

Hello caftan lovers! I never knew there were so many of you out there, but judging  by the smash success of our recent Charlie Caftan pattern, my dream of an international caftan cult is well on its way to reality. In many ways Charlie is one of our simplest patterns. For that reason, it seemed superfluous to do a sewalong - how many of you really need posts on hemming and sewing straight seams? That said, the center panel can be a bit of a challenge to sew if you've never inset anything with a sharp corner before. In addition...

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Charlie Caftan Pattern / Kaftan Pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Closet Case Patterns

Welcome Summer with our Charlie Caftan Pattern!

I am reaaaallly excited about this one. We are going through a serious heat wave in Montreal right now, when all you want to wear is loose, easy dresses that keep you covered and cool. The launch of our new design, the Charlie Caftan pattern, could not be better timed. The genesis of this pattern started last year when I made an enormous linen caftan for a trip to France. My mother in law and I wore our caftans all week long and tried to start a caftan cult of two. I'm hoping with the debut of Charlie, a  lot more...

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Kielo dress by Named Patterns // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing Blogs

This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 140

Happy Sunday makers! It's been a little bananas around here this week. We launch our new pattern tomorrow (so. excited.) so I've been trying to get all that ready while Alex is on vacation. I seriously have no idea how I did anything before she started working with me and have been a little crazed. In addition, I've been spending every spare moment at my new place overseeing the little kitchen reno we're doing and painting, painting, painting. I am 100% covered in paint while I type this. When it rains, it pours (paint). Here's what you've been up to... ADMIRE I...

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Closet Case Patterns, Sewalongs

Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern Roundup

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is now complete (you can see all the posts in the series here) and I thought you'd like to see some of the Kalles we've seen cropping up this spring. It's proven to be one of our most popular patterns, and as always, I just love seeing how you guys make our patterns utterly your own. Above: @altwtjs, Annessa, @thejaceyprojects, Randomly Happy THE CROPPED SHIRT THE TUNIC THE SHIRTDRESS

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Sewing Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Shirtdress pattern Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

Sewing the Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Sewalong

We've finally reached the end of our Kalle Sewalong! If you'd like to see all the posts in one place, check out our sewalong page where everything is organized in sequential order. Today we will be covering the installation of the arm cuffs, a post a few of you have requested over the past few weeks. It's easy to get a little confused here since we drafted the cuffs with an angle to match the angle of the shoulder seam (I hate when sleeve cuffs like this are rectangular and stick straight out) but sometimes people aren't sure what side goes...

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How to sew a band collar or stand collar // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewalongs, Tutorials

Sewing a Band Collar // Kalle Sewalong

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is drawing to a close. Later this week we will cover inserting the arm cuffs, but today we'll wrap up our series on sewing shirt collars by demonstrating how to sew a band collar (also known as a stand collar or collarless collar). Earlier in the sewalong I showed you two techniques for sewing a regular collar; the traditional method, and an easier alternative method with a different construction order. The technique I am going to demonstrate for the band collars is basically a mix of the two. To start with, cut out...

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