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A HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR SEWISTS & KNITTERS


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It’s already December. The time, WHERE DOES IT GO? I’ve been gearing up for the holidays and had so much fun making this list of great gifts to give or receive if you enjoy sewing and knitting. Some are things I’ve discovered this year, and others are things I would love to own… Best of all, nothing is over $65!

  1. The Modern Natural Dyer – my favourite DIY book this year
  2. Wonder clips – so much better than regular pins
  3. Sashiko thread and sashiko needles – perfect for simple embroidery
  4. Magnetic pin cushion bracelet – the best sewing jewelry
  5. Mini anvil – for installing denim rivets and buttons!
  6. In the Company of Women – get inspired by lady makers
  7. Pattern hooks – the best way to organize PDF patterns
  8.  Craft hole punch – use this to make holes for the hooks above (much less $$ than the professional kind!)
  9. Industrial snap/grommet setter – my absolute favourite purchase this year
  10. The Curated Closet – purge your wardrobe and find your style for 2017!
  11. Handmade bias tape – when you’re just too lazy to make it yourself
  12. Sock blockers – for better instagram photos
  13. Kai scissors – the most comfortable shears I’ve ever used
  14. Knitted Cable Sourcebook – a wonderful resource for your craft library
  15. Fringe Supply Co Field Bag
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Tamarack jacket by Grainline Studio

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 122


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Tamarack jacket progress…

I just spent a very fun weekend in Hamilton, Ontario teaching a Ginger workshop at the awesome Needlework studio; this is a city after my own heart. It reminds me of my blue collar hometown but with much better coffee and local shopping. I splurged on a Fringe Association bag at the local knitting shop, some stretch laces at the brick and mortar Bramakers Supply, along with some gorgeous metallic linen for a holiday Farrow dress at Needlework. It was a very good time.

Here’s what you’ve been up to:

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Speaking of Fringe Association… Karen’s wardrobe planning is insane and inspirational.

The chicest swimsuit ever made.

Erica in this jumpsuit!

A pretty floral Basel dress from Allie J.

John Galanos patterns for McCalls? SWOON.

Julia made a LEATHER JACKET.

Another fun jacket, this one from Dixie DIY in a metallic fabric.

Drapey knit goodness from Blogless Anna.

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I wrote a long piece for Seamwork this month on the history of the colour black in fashion. This one really had me nerding out on research!

The beauty routine of Jim Morrison (priceless).

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Talvikki sweater patten by Named // Closet Case Patterns blog

THE CHIC SWEATSHIRT // TALVIKKI SWEATER BY NAMED


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Talvikki sweater patten by Named // Closet Case Patterns blog

I‘ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my wardrobe the last few months. Since the fire in my building happened, I’ve sorted through and gotten rid of approximately 30% of my clothing, and I’ve discovered I really like having a smaller wardrobe; it’s so much easier to get dressed! G and I are moving in together this spring, so I will likely have to sort through everything again as I decide what I want to bring to our new home. Moving is always a reckoning for me. What is worth packing in a box, putting on a truck, and unpacking somewhere else? What person do I want to bring with me to this new life together?

It’s worthy of a longer post, but what it all means is that I have been truly grappling with what I want to wear, what I am missing in my wardrobe, what clothing makes me feel best. I’ve been working through the wonderful book The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees (of the indispensable style blog Into Mind), and it’s made me realize how much my style has changed over the last few years. I find myself drawn like a bee to clean, modern shapes and silhouettes, and a pattern that will get my blood racing is no longer the vintage inspired party dress I gravitated towards when I first started sewing, but more likely an interesting separate with clever style lines or details. Enter the Talvikki sweater by Named.

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I really loved the latest Named collection (the consistant style lines and details throughout were so conceptual and beautiful) and the Talvikki sweater was the stand out winner for me.

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Kelly Anorak jacket pattern // Closet Case Patterns

KELLY ANORAK ROUND-UP


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To finish off our Kelly Anorak related posts, I thought I’d share some of the beautiful versions we’ve been seeing on blogs and instagram. I’m just constantly in awe of how creative everyone is. You are all unique snowflakes – need proof? Each one of these is so clearly stamped by the person who made it. So many fabric choices I never considered worked out so well (see if you can spot the Kellys made from shower curtains and wool suiting)…. Of course, I was absolutely verklempt to see the super chic black version by the pattern’s namesake, Kelly of Cut Cut Sew. I love how softly reflective her fabric is – it looks like sandwashed silk.

Here are some more favourites using our Kelly Anorak pattern:

Don’t be shy to show us what you’re working on. Keep me in the loop by tagging your Kelly with #kellyanorak on Instagram!

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THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // VOL. 112


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Bota Bota, a spa on a boat

I realized this week that I failed t o post this roundup two Sundays in a row. It’s been an intense month with lots of behind the scenes shenanigans, and I 100% spaced on this big part of my end of week routine. Ah well, it happens. I recovered from my shenanigan filled month with a day trip to my favourite Montreal spa (a classic Scandinavian style place on an ACTUAL BOAT) followed by a few afternoons sewing up non-Closet Case related things. Basically lots of self care after not taking very good care of myself lately; discovering the hot yoga place up my street might actually have saved my life (and my back!)

I hope my American friends had a great Thanksgiving holiday, and hope everyone else is sewing up a storm and enjoying all the Black Friday deals (our sale is over at midnight tonight; use the code THANKSGIVER at checkout to get 20% off all our patterns). Since I missed a few weeks, today’s round-up is rather epic. Prepared to be inspired!

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Nice to see a Ralph Pink pattern made up – I love this maxi dress from Rachel.

Sasha is my maker hero; this quilted knit dress is absolutely spectacular.

Capital Chic just released new designs; I recently bought a crazy floral scuba knit that I might need to make using the Sangria pattern.

Helen’s silk blend Kelly Anorak is AH_MAZ_ING.

A charming Sashiko embroidered dress from Ping.

A luxe brocade jacket from Sew Sin City.

I love love love the way Allie used rick rack for a piping detail on her Carolyn Pajamas.

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OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVER SALE!


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It’s that time of year again! Keena is giving you her best Backstreet Boys pose to celebrate our annual Black Friday Sale, or as we prefer to call it, THANKSGIVER! I love Thanksgiving (even if our Canadian version was last month). I am one of those sentimental and earnest dorks who make everyone say what they are grateful for whenever I host Thanksgiving dinner, and always at the top of my list is the incredibly smart, funny, supportive, creative and in general awesome community I am lucky enough to serve.  Seeing the beautiful things you make everyday brings me more joy than turkey dinner with all the trimmings. In thanks, from today until midnight on Sunday (eastern standard time), please take 20% off all our PDF and print patterns using the discount code THANKSGIVER.

Please note:

  • In order to enter the discount code, you must use our pink checkout button and not the “Checkout with Paypal” button. You will still be able to pay with Paypal at a later step.
  • Our hardware kits, pattern bundles and wholesale patterns are not included in the sale.
  • We will be unable to manually apply your discount once the sale has been completed, so please be sure to enter the code THANKSGIVER at checkout!

Shop our Thanksgiver sale! 

Annnddddd….. we’re not the only ones hosting a Black Friday sale. Craftsy is offering all of their online video classes for $17.99 (along with kits and supplies at 70% off)! No better time to learn couture dressmaking with Susan Khalje, discover solo fitting techniquesor learn how to sew your own bras.

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Free Downloadable! 33 Back Pocket Designs & Templates // Closet Case Patterns

FREE DOWNLOADABLE! 33 BACK POCKET DESIGNS


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Free Downloadable! 33 Back Pocket Designs & Templates // Closet Case Patterns

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I’m excited to finally share this nifty free downloadable we’ve been working for the last few months. Over the years I’ve done a lot of hunting, researching and people/butt watching, trying to find interesting designs for the back pockets of my Morgan and Ginger Jeans. I thought I’d gather all those ideas up into one package for you; next time you’re making a pair of jeans you can just print out one of our templates and use it to topstitch some fun back pockets! This PDF includes 33 back pocket design templates, along with instructions for transferring the design to your denim.

This downloadable is only available to our newsletter subscribers, so if you’re not yet getting our bi-monthly updates, you can sign up here and you’ll receive an email with your download link shortly (if you’re already on our email list we’ll be sending out a message tomorrow with a link to the file). We’ll be working hard to bring you an engaging and inspiring little dose of sewing mojo to your inbox over the coming year, and I’m excited to start shining a light on some of the exciting makers out there in our community. Of course, we also offer special discounts and sneak peeks (including a heads up on our upcoming Black Friday sale!) so sign up now to stay in the loop.

Hoping this gets your jean-making gears turning!

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Underlining the Kelly Anorak jacket pattern with cotton flannel for warmth // Closet Case Patterns

UNDERLINING THE KELLY ANORAK FOR ADDED WARMTH


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Underlining the Kelly Anorak jacket pattern with cotton flannel for warmth // Closet Case Patterns

I‘ve had a number of requests for tips on how to add a lining to the Kelly Anorak, so much so that we are going to work on a lining expansion pack for the spring. In the meantime, I realized that a fairly simple way to add a layer of warmth to this coat is by underlining it with cotton flannel, like I did with my recent red nylon Kelly. In this post I will explain how you can do the same.

INTERLINING VS UNDERLINING

When you underline a fabric, you are essentially  layering two fabrics together and sewing them as if they were one layer of fabric; this is often done to add body to thinner fabrics. Typical underlining fabrics are cotton muslin, organza and flannel. Interlining is slightly different; rather than adding structure, you are adding an additional layer for warmth, and can use lambs wool, Thinsulate, fleece or flannel. Technically what I did with my red Kelly qualifies as both, since I used the nylon and flannel together to create a warm inter layer, but for the sake of this blog post I will just refer to  it as underlining.

UNDERLINING THE KELLY ANORAK

To underline your own Kelly, you’ll need to cut the back, sleeves, hood, front coat and front yoke from your underlining fabric. I suggest using a cotton flannel, but you may want to switch to something smoother at the sleeves; in my case I used a satin backed flannel fabric called Kasha, to make getting my coat on and off a little easier. You may want to widen the sleeves slightly since they do become a little more slender with the additional layer of fabric.

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