This week in sewing blogs // Vol. 74 // Closet Case Files
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Our first weekly wrap-up of the sewings-on in 2016! Hope you find something new to discover this week; most us us have been looking back at 2015 (myself included) but there were a few new gems as well.


Helen’s lace and wool Clare Coat is astonishingly  good. Wool lace! It’s a thing!

The Asaka Kimono was one of my favourite patterns last year. This floral version from Bimble + Pimble illustrates why.

Officially obsessed with this graphic vintage coat from Lily Safe & Co.

Roisin has a preternatural gift for uncovering the most covetable fabric. This striped border boat print is IT.

I was just thinking that I wanted to finally make the Arielle skirt from Tilly & the buttons and Dandelion Drift makes a very persuasive argument. Also how pretty are these photos?

I’ve been following Couture & Tricot’s couture denim jacket progress and we finally get the big reveal: magnificent.


Some terrific insight into the sewing industry last year, along with some predictions for 2016 from Abby Glassenberg over on Sew Mama Sew.

While you’re just making it already, listen to Did You Make That and stop ablogogising (I am so guilty of this. I’m going to try Karen!)


Possibly my favourite book from last year, I tried to savor On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee for as long as I possibly could; such an original, innovative, beautiful, thought-provoking read.

Gillian Anderson is the best. The absolute best.


Have you seen Instagram Husband? I died. “What are you doing in here? Taking a picture of all your stuff? Yeah, this is a good moment”. The truth hurts.


My new year’s resolution is to start being a  little more ambitious with my homecooking again. While G was in France things got pretty bleak in the kitchen. BUT! Yesterday I made the most deliciously amazing meat loaf ever from this recipe; its a little involved but the pay-off is totally worth it. I’ve been pretty obsessed withe the Serious Eats website in general, and can’t wait to get this Food Lab cookbook.

  • Thank you so much for linking up to my Couture Denim Jacket review, I feel quite honored! Hugs and Happy New Year!


    • I’ve been following your Couture Denim Jacket all along Teresa and it’s been quite a journey. I’m so in love with your jacket 🙂 I have it on my list to make a denim jacket this year – I have the material and pattern all ready to go which is I’ve been following your work so closely. You are definitely light years ahead of me in skill but it’s an honour to be able to watch a master at work.

      • I am very happy to know my work inspires and drives others to push forward and learn about fine sewing. It motivates me to continue sharing what I do and to pursuit perfection. It’s a never ending learning experience for me 🙂

  • Love the Instagram husband!

    • What about Instagram boyfriends? Poor Guillaume.

  • Thanks for including my Clare coat, Heather! Happy new year and happy sewing 🙂

  • Mariah

    Loved On Such a Full Sea– I read it over a year ago but I still think about it!

    • It took me a few chapters to get into the narration style but Oh, I loved it so.

  • Jo Dec

    Did you use marmite in the meatloaf? I’ve been trying to find it in montreal before but I couldn’t.
    That recipe looks very good!

    • I skipped it! It was still umami-good times with the anchovy and soy sauce though….

  • Grace

    I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your “this week in sewing blogs” posts!

    • Thank you so much Grace! That is very nice to hear 🙂

  • I loved On Such A Full Sea. I listened to the audiobook version (read by BD Wong in his ever so smooth voice) on a road trip that included Baltimore (the setting of the book for those of you who haven’t read it). I didn’t even realize it was set there until I drove by on I-95 and saw the smokestacks with “Baltimore” painted on them. But yeah, the use of the townspeople as narrator/greek chorus made it one of the most clever and enjoyable books I read last year. Glad you liked it too.