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This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 134

Happy Sunday makers! We've been super busy this week in the studio; Alexis and I have been trading off on the sewing machines trying to get a bunch of new samples sewn for our photoshoot on Tuesday. Our  spring pattern release is only a few weeks away, and I have a long page of to-dos that are slowly getting checked off. Spring is also (finally!) on its way, and it's hard not to be optimistic and excited about the coming year when the sun is out and shining after such a long winter. I hope you're all finding time to dust...

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Improv wedge Free Motion Quilt // Black and white quilt // Closet Case Patterns
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BLACK & WHITE IMPROV WEDGE FREE MOTION QUILT

Making stuff has started to feel like a real addiction. I'm not exactly slapping at veins looking for a good place to stick my handsewing needles, but I definitely feel compelled to always have a few projects on the go, for those moments when my idle hands are twitching nervously by my sides. I've realized it's a good idea to break up garment sewing with different sorts of projects for a few reasons: one, a girl only needs so many clothes, and two, breaking up your routine with a new challenge is great for getting the creative blood moving.  If...

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Ebony Tee // Knit t-shirt and dress pattern // Closet Case Patterns
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Our favourite Ebony Tees & Dresses

We've been seeing so many wonderful Ebony Tees on Instagram since we launched the pattern in January! Here are some of our favourites. Clearly this pattern is made for a twirlin'... And graphic prints... In solids or stripes... Casual or dressed up... I'm feeling inspired to go make a few more, and am reminded I have yet to find a good day to document the 5 or 6 I've been wearing in near constant rotation. I'd love to see what you're making with this pattern, so if you share your make on Instagram, be sure to use the #ebonytee hashtag! GET THE EBONY TEE PATTERN

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Zadie Dress by Tilly & the Buttons
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This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 133

Happy Sunday makers! I've been busy sewing up new samples of our Sallie Jumpsuit and Carolyn Pajamas for an upcoming photoshoot, while Alexis has been documenting the construction of our upcoming pattern for a sewalong. There is a lot of thread on the floor. I've also been trying to squeeze in some personal sewing (that's my Zadie dress from Tilly up top), and I've managed to cut out quite a few things from my spring sewing plan. I hope you're finding time to make beautiful things for the coming warmth too. ADMIRE I absolutely love yellow but find its hard to...

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UPCOMING GINGER JEANS WORKSHOPS

This spring I'm excited about a few upcoming Ginger Jean workshops. These are always super fun for my students and I; nothing compares to learning a new skill in a supportive environment with other like-minded people. These workshops sell out quickly, although we still have a few spots left if you'd like to join us. I will be cutting back on my travel teaching next year (it's getting hard to leave so frequently with two dogs) so if you live near one of the following cities I hope to see you while I have the opportunity! PINTUCK & PURL Exeter, NH April 29 & 30 Reserve...

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Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio in Kaufman Metallic Linen

Heavens alive I love a shift dress, especially when they boast cool details or an interesting architectural silhouette. The latest pattern from Grainline boasts both, of course. A snappy a-line shape with deep, slanted pockets? Sign me up! While I had a few plans for the Farrow dress, everything flew out the window when I was at Needlework in Hamilton for a Ginger Jeans workshop. The ladies had made up the pattern in this delightful black and gold metallic Kaufman Essex linen and after squeezing myself into their size 6 sample I decided to make the exact same thing,...

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This week in sewing blogs vol. 132 // Closet Case Patterns
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This Week in Sewing Blogs // vol. 132

It's been a crazy weekend. I used up some air miles to come for a short weekend trip to visit my parents in Arizona, and in between hanging out at the pool and eating tacos I may have bought an apartment. It all happened rather quickly. I desperately needed to split up my home and work life (I wake up and go to bed in the middle of business headquarters)  and started looking for another apartment to rent, when it occurred to me after crunching a lot of numbers that it probably just made more sense to actually take the...

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Styling & Colour Palette // The Curated Closet // Closet Case Patterns
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Styling & Colour Palette in my Wardrobe // Lessons From the Curated Closet

Last week I talked in depth about how I've recently refined and analyzed my personal style using the book The Curated Closet. I've defined it as "cozy minimalist chic", and am trying to build a highly functional wardrobe that caters to my low-key lifestyle. The book is extremely thorough, and a big part of the process is figuring out a colour palette. I was happy to give this area some serious thought, since my relationship with colour has been all over the map over the last ten years. In my early twenties, I wore black almost exclusively. When I went back to...

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