Beginner Books and Tools for Sewing // Closet Case Patterns
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The Best Tools & Books for the Beginner Sewist

Amy here! Sewing can seem like a daunting hobby; expensive equipment, endless pattern and fabric options and a million tool and notions that everyone will insist is a "must have". However, you don't need to spend a fortune to get started. If you look at the gourmet cooking craze of the last decade or so, any experienced chef will tell you: all you really need is fire, a sharp knife and a cast iron frying pan. THAT'S IT. Sewing is pretty much the same. You need a quality sewing machine, sharp scissors and a hot iron. Other than that?...

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Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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My Zadie Jumpsuit

Sometimes a sewing pattern really connects; you'll start seeing it all over your instagram feed, and even if you weren't planning on making it yourself, enough cute versions popping up that you eventually find yourself jumping on the bandwagon. Such was the case with the Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory. Is it just me, or has The Jumpsuit supplanted The Dress as the no muss-no fuss option when you don't want to think too much about you're going to wear? I love me some separates, but there is something so easy about a great jumpsuit, and Zadie is a...

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How to Sew Bias Binding: Two Methods

Our new Rome Collection was designed to be beginner friendly. No fancy finishes, tricky zippers or fiddly construction to stress out new stitchers. The Cielo top includes a neckline facing that we encourage beginners to try first, as it provides a professional-looking clean finish with no special skills required. However, we also include instructions and a pattern piece for bias binding. Bias binding gives a lovely, minimal looking seam finish along a neckline (you can use it along armholes as well!) without the fuss of a facing flapping around. It's one of those "basic" skills you should...

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Sewist Spotlight

Sewist Spotlight: Meet Grace

Grace is one of our pattern testers. Whenever we open her feedback we know we are going to get THE GOODS. Not only does she send photos and videos, but she also always goes above and beyond with her notes and careful sewing. She is a Technical Designer in the fashion industry in NYC for a manufacturer of RTW sportswear, so it shouldn't be surprising she knows how to put together a garment. With 30 years of experience sewing clothes, we thought we would pick her brain for some insider tips for the home sewist from an...

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How to Buy Your First Sewing Machine // Tips from Closet Case Patterns
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How to Buy Your First Sewing Machine

Hi all! Amy Here! As many of you might know, earlier this summer we released a beginner sewing course . It has been so fun and gratifying to see new sewists approach our patterns and use our instructions to make their first garments! Everyone reading this knows how empowering and exciting your first sewing experiences can be and hopefully are merely the start of a lifelong journey of sewing. So in that spirit, we will be spending some time on the blog this summer addressing the beginner sewist, the tools and tips that some of us might take...

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Heather’s Capsule Rome Collection

Hey y'all! Heather here to share my own personal capsule wardobe from our Rome Collection. When we're developing patterns, I try to make everything in my size before things go to testing so I can go over the instructions one last time AND make sure everything is working, both in terms of proportion and style and actual wearability. A lot of times we'll draft something and fall in love during the sample making process, only to find issues once the garment is actually worn in real life. Maybe a pocket isn't as functional as we'd like, or a...

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The Rome Collection // Pattern Tester Roundup
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The Rome Collection: Tester Round-up!

Hello! Amy here. So, I know we've said this before, but I'll say it again. We have the best testers. They are so generous with their time and comments and praise, and obviously, we couldn't do this without them. We have never tested three patterns at the same time and so we didn't realize just how much feedback we were going to get! There's a lot. So without further ado I present: gorgeous testers!

FIORE SKIRT

The Fiore skirt has three views. No pockets, or a wrap skirt with one pocket or a button front and two patch pockets.

CIELO TOP...

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Fabric Ideas for the Rome Collection // Closet Case Patterns
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Fabric Suggestions for the Rome Collection

Hiya! Amy here. One of the most fun tasks we encountered when we were putting together the samples for the Rome Collection was thinking about fabric. We worked with three different fabric sources to put together the capsule wardrobe of dreams and we got to do it twice, since we had two models! We used mainly solid linens from We Are the Fabric Store as well as Blackbird Fabrics for maximum mix and match ability. The only prints we used were the Moonstone Collection from Atelier Brunette. Here is...

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