Our Current Studio Set-up

Growing a business is challenging for a lot of reasons, and one of the things I’ve struggled with the most

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I love end of year lists. My partner likes to tease me about how I am constantly categorizing and ranking

A YEAR IN REVIEW

I always feel reflective this time of year. It’s kind of mandatory when you own a business; it’s important to

BEING INTERVIEWED FOR THE SEAMWORK RADIO PODCAST

Last fall, Sarai Mitnick was in Montreal on holiday and we had a chance to finally meet. She brought her

SURVEY RESULTS // WOMENS SIZE CHART DATA: AN INFOGRAPHIC

You may remember that I did a quick sizing survey a few weeks ago. I had a few questions about

JUST MAKE IT ALREADY! HOW TO BOOST YOUR SEWING CONFIDENCE 

I’ve been thinking about sewing and confidence for the past few months, and have written and re-written this post in

2015: YEAR IN REVIEW

I‘m sitting in our cozy airbnb in Lille and taking stock of the past year. This was the first vacation

WEST COAST FABRIC SHOPS (…. AND THE FINAL LEG OF MY TRIP)

A  large part of my trip out west last month revolved around sewing people, to a somewhat hilarious degree. I

MAKE BOSS: TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING TO FULL-TIME CREATIVE

Last year I quit my job to become a full-time sewing person. It was crazy, exhilarating and scary, and also

UNDERSTANDING THE FABRIC INDUSTRY

Thank you everyone for being such good sports with yesterday’s April Fools prank. I hope no one got busted looking

SERGER HELP

Consumer Reporter Heather has been hot on the trail of a new serger and I thought I’d get your input,

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE ECONOMICS OF BLOGGING

I‘ve been thinking a lot in the past year about blogging, about making money, about the value of our time,

WHAT MY BUSINESS HAS TAUGHT ME THIS YEAR

Hello friends. As the year winds itself down, I’ve been feeling unsurprisingly reflective. The last 12 months have rewired my

(YET ANOTHER) 2014 IN REVIEW

It’s that time of year again. We take stock, look back, plan for tomorrow. It’s been a pretty exciting/scary/busy time

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR SEWING NERDS

I can’t believe it’s almost Santa time! I have a child-like love for the holiday and while I believe the

LET’S TALK IRONS

If you’ve been sewing for a while, or even if you haven’t, you know that a good iron is almost

FABRIC SHOPPING IN MONTREAL

I realized yesterday that I really take fabric shopping in Montreal for granted. We are New York’s grubby, bilingual, lazy

AN IRON EMERGENCY

Last night I dropped my iron for the last time. It was a mid-priced Rowenta and it was the victim

MORE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: WHAT I SHOOT WITH

Last week I talked about how I’ve been editing and organizing photos. I thought it might be a good idea

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: EDITING & FORMATTING BLOG PHOTOS

Hey y’all. I think a few of us have been drinking from the same well since I’ve seen a few

THE REVAMPED CLOSET CASE FILES STUDIO

Hey y’all. If you follow me on instagram you probably noticed a flurry of photos last week while I was

VINTAGE PATTERN LOVE + GIVEAWAY

Happy weekend everyone. I am currently writing this post from my newly redecorated, sun-filled studio with a cup of tea.

ON TAKING A LEAP

Last Thursday, I jumped out of a plane. It remains to be seen whether or not the parachute is going

VINTAGE PATTERN RAGE

I initially started sewing so I could reproduce vintage clothing. I bought dozens and dozens of vintage patterns, and made

PATTERN PARCEL & THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

Hope everyone had a great weekend! If you’ve somehow managed to escape seeing a Pattern Parcel post in the last

FINAL THOUGHTS ON PATTERN TESTING

WOW. I am still reeling from the staggering response to my post on pattern testing yesterday. It’s funny; I wrote

ON PATTERN TESTING

There has been a debate raging (well, as raging as a bunch of kindhearted crafty folks can rage) about the

CLOSET CASE FILES ON SEAMSTRESS ERIN!

Hi pals. I’ve been so flustered and over-worked the last few weeks (the new pattern drops tomorrow!!!) that I utterly

LINEN OBSESSED

I‘m one of those people who get obsessed with new ideas and have a hard time thinking about anything else.

UPGRADING YOUR BLOG: MOVING TO CUSTOM URLS & NEW PLATFORMS FROM BLOGGER

Hi guys! As you may have noticed,  I recently redesigned my blog and moved to WordPress from Blogger. I thought

ICONS

Thank you for the thoughtful responses to the post I wrote about my personal style evolution last week. It’s clear

MEDITATIONS ON DEFINING STYLE

This is going to be an intensely personal post. You’ve been warned… The great Wardrobe Architect series on the Coletterie

MY NEW LOVER MAN

Say hello to my new lover. HELLO LOVER. Did you think I was going to inundate you with photos of

SO LONG, 2013.

It was a very good year, one I was actually a little sad to say goodbye to. I found my

A WEEKEND IN NEW YORK

Hi pals. This post is a couple of weeks belated, but I finally got around to organizing some photos and

WHAT’S DOING (2013/08)

Happy day everyone. I’m toying with starting a new blog feature. I generally only post when I have a new

CLOSET CASE STUDIO

Sweet mercy, the engines on my machines have been OH so busy churning out some lovelies I am not ready

NEW HOME & NEW BEGINNINGS

Hola amigas. I think I am experiencing a tidal wave of karmic goodwill after the break-in on New Year’s Eve.

IN PROGRESS

Guys, it’s so FREAKING COLD in Montreal right now. I forgot what it feels like to walk home late at

THANK YOU CRAIGSLIST

I use Google Alerts the way I use salt: liberally and on everything. Basically you can set up search criteria

Yo Yo Me // Chevron Dress

My friends, I need your sage advice. I have been (steadily, meticulously, patiently) working on a new dress. I am

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

Hello my friends. When I was in NYC a few weeks back I was lucky enough to squeeze in a

NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

After a truly whirlwind and frenetic weekend in (MOST AMAZING CITY EVER) New York I am ready to soak my

Vogue Paris Originals // Vintage Sewing Patterns

I know I am not alone in spending obscene amounts of time hunting vintage patterns down online. I have, do

Some thoughts on gaining weight & sewing

I just finished reading a great article in Elle about your body’s “natural” weight and how hard it can be

Second Dress Ever: Surprise 60s Magic // Vintage Simplicity 7245

I found this pattern thrift shopping and picked it up for a whopping $0.69. I don’t generally do an empire

OBSESSION IN GREEN – THE ATONEMENT DRESS

I love colour. Hard. When I was in Paris I was utterly disappointed by the “classic French” style. Yes, everyone

I’M S(CR)EWED

I originally started this blog as an incentive to stop buying shit. To learn how to sew, to be more

THE JEAN PAUL GAULTIER EXHIBIT AT LE MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS

I didn’t end up making it to NYC this summer, and thus (tragically) missed the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the

THE STINKY JEANS THAT BROKE THE CAMEL’S BACK

I was at work the other day and couldn’t get over how gross my new jeans smelled (bought at one