This post has been a looooong time coming! I've wanted to share our new studio space with you for a while, but to be honest, my inner designer was always like, "It's not *quite* there yet... I think that corner needs more plants..."
many plants you guys -- it's become a real compulsion).
Well enough plants or no, welcome to the Closet Case Patterns studio. I don't think I could have possibly anticipated how much joy and peace this space was going to bring me every day, but walking in each morning still feels as good as our first day here. As...
I'm not sure exactly when I realized my weekend travel bag situation was completely untenable, but it slowly started to dawn on me that cramming everything I need for a few days away (too many clothes, dog stuff (they're worse than babies, I swear), knitting projects, an over-ambitious number of books and a stupid amount of skincare products) in multiple dirty canvas shopping bags is not really the vibe I want to go for. While I have lots of suitcases in various sizes, I was sorely missing a big, roomy duffle that could accommodate my over-packing tendencies.
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So, here we are well into spring and I am finally bringing you one of my favorite makes from 2017 (one I made nearly a year ago; I have no idea why it took me this long to get it up here on the blog, considering my ardent love for it). It is the chic-est of chic little black dresses, in one of my favourite fabrics, by one of my favourite designers. It's sculptural and a little weird, which makes it the perfect thing when you need something to wear something dressed up and "appropriate" but don't want to...
Hey y'all, Amy here. One of my favourite things to do in the depths of winter (when Spring seems far away but you are totally over your current wardrobe), is to peruse all the fashion week shows and get excited for new clothes! As I was scrolling through all the beautiful couture (couture week happens first of course) a trend started to emerge. At first I thought it was due to the fact that I have been a quilting a lot lately. Surely it was just my eye noticing the stars, pinwheels and other traditional quilt patterns poking out...
Hey everybody! We are happy to end our "No Fear New Jeans" month with a special post on sewing jeans buttonholes. Your buttonhole is one of the very last details to finish before you can take your Ginger
jeans out into the real world for a spin, and a surprising number of people feel complete panic at the thought of disfiguring their brand new pair of handmade pants with a potentially less-than-perfect buttonhole. The whole point of our jeans-making months was to encourage everyone to eliminate "fear" from their sewing vocabulary. So say it with...
We are wrapping up #nofearnewjeans
but as many of you intrepid sewists are still hard at work on your jeans, we thought this would be a good time to show you alternatives to installing your hardware by hand (which we also cover in depth here
, and in video form here
). An industrial hand press is of course, not a necessary sewing studio item. Many would argue that the good old frying pan and hammer method works well and takes up no room, and they would be right. That said, this baby can do a whole bunch...
You may have noticed things have been a little quiet for the past couple weeks here on the blog and our social media channels. While I often struggle with how much to share about my personal life, what I've been going through seems too huge to just gloss over and proceed with business as usual, although now that I'm back in the office and life has regained some of its usual rhythms, I am so grateful to have work to lose myself in.
In short, the past month has been the most emotional, intense, surreal, difficult period of my life. I...
It's such a bummer when your favourite jeans finally succumb to the fate of all pants and rip through the seat. Or the pocket. Or worst of all, the crotch! That bummer becomes a full-on tragedy when they are your favourite pair of handmade jeans. The horror! The hours of work! The perfect fit! Fear not fearless jeans sewists. We got you. After our inspiring interview with master denim repair master Indigo Proof,
we have a tutorial for you today that walks you through repairing jeans with nearly invisible mending. Hopefully by the time you're done, you can get...