Clare Coat pattern with vintage fabric // Closet Case Files

MAKER SPOTLIGHT // KATHRYN’S CLARE COAT


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A special treat for you today; I am pumped to show you a super creative Clare Coat that graced my inbox recently. Kathryn was kind enough to send me photos of her finished coat and I practically squealed (that’s a bald faced lie; I actually squealed, for real). She doesn’t have a blog but she did give me permission to show you guys this magic.

I love this make so much; she used vintage fabric she’s been hanging onto for a few years, and I am completely smitten with all the personal, creative touches. Such a good example of using a pattern as a blueprint or starting point for true sartorial self expression.

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In her words: “Hola! Kathryn from Edmonton here, with some pictures of my completed Clare for you. I did a ‘frankenclare’ as you can see. I adjusted the length for my short self, used contrast fabric for the collar and welt pockets, and threw in some cuffs too with my last scraps of contrast fabric. I also added a hang tie to the CF of the coat, to keep things nice and straight on the hanger. The lining has a thermal interlining with Kasha lining, which wound up being heavier and stiffer than the outer shell, so I wound up tacking the layers together at the side seam to make all the layers play nice. Also, I ran out of main fabric, so as you can see, the facings are a light blue denim.

Those are the personalized touches I added. Otherwise, I followed your sewalong exactly, which is new territory for me, as I usually go rogue on instructions. Everything came together beautifully, and I learned a few new tricks.

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Cross Country Coat pattern by Wool & the Gang // Closet Case Files

KNITTED // CROSS COUNTRY COAT BY WOOL & THE GANG


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Cross Country Coat pattern by Wool & the Gang // Closet Case Files

Or, how I handknit the hugest sweater of all time by making it 30% too big. Warning: the following post contains scenes of extremely oversized knits, knitting without swatching, and country house eye candy. Reader discretion is advised.

Marking my return back to “serious” knitting (read: not an infinity cowl or ribbed scarf) I thought it would be best to dip my toe in with something easy and fast. I fell in love with the Cross Country Coat when I was browsing the Wool & the Gang patterns. It’s simple and boxy but I liked the shape and figured it would be perfect for wearing around the house and using as a transitional coat in between fall and winter. But because I was feeling cocky (read: lazy and stupid) I didn’t swatch. I have no good answer for you. Sometimes you have to spend a small fortune on wool to learn a very important lesson. As a result, I basically made a Cross Country House Coat. Witness me in all my blanket-as -a-sweater glory:

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James Jacket // Wool and the Gang // Closet Case Files

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // vol. 76


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James Jacket // Wool and the Gang // Closet Case Files

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m currently in Vermont visiting a friend and knitting up a storm in her beautiful farmhouse, aka my all-time life fantasy. Thank you so much for your input last week on puppy training; Harry comes home in a week so I’m near frantic trying to get my house/heart/brain ready for the responsibility. I hope you’re having a lovely day wherever you are!

ADMIRE

This sequin sweatshirt from Amanda just became a necessary wardrobe luxury.

Love this simple vintage jacket from Made by Meg.

This very pretty Liberty Granville shirt by Sew Pomona reminded me I wanted to tackle this pattern this spring.

Everything A Challenging Sew makes turns me into a drooling dummy; this gorgeous jacket is no exception.

Mainely Dad did what Nick and Schmidt failed to do on New Girl: make the ultimate swuit. This sweatsuit suit is EVERYTHING.

Speaking swuits…. I need to make contrast Hudson pants like Suzy, stat.

This outfit from Sallie Oh is basically how I want to look every day it’s even remotely chilly.

Did Maimu make the ultimate Ginger jeans ever? Perhaps. Perhaps.

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A little Courreges pattern history for you…..

Adored this post from While She Naps this week: “Craft is art gone productive. It’s art you can stand on or drink tea from or lie underneath. Craft is art you can stir lentil soup with.”

A great essay on the power of knitting.

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A great hanging loop tutorial from Clio this week….

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Ginger Jeans Sewing Workshop // May 8 & 9, 2015 @ the workroom, Toronto ON

*SOLD OUT* UPCOMING GINGER JEANS CLASS AT THE WORKROOM IN TORONTO


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Ginger Jeans Sewing Workshop // May 8 & 9, 2015 @ the workroom, Toronto ON

Update: All of our spots have been filled! I’ll be posting about future classes in the next few weeks.

Want to learn how to make jeans with a little more support and structure than the DIY route? I’m teaching a few Ginger workshops this year and the first one to be confirmed is at the workroom in Toronto on May 8th and 9th. You can look forward to two action packed days of sewing, along with some reassuring hand holding, a lot of cheerleading, and a good jeans fitting in a beautiful, spacious room with a group of other rad sewing folks.

Spots are limited and the last class we hosted sold out in 3 days, so I would recommend booking your space now! Karyn is the owner of the workroom and made the glorious Gingers you see above in our last class; you can read more about that experience on her blog.

Register for the workshop here!

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Wool and the Gang James Jacket // Closet Case Files

WHEN KNITTING TAKES OVER YOUR LIFE


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When Knitting Takes Over Your Life // Closet Case Files

If you’ve been following me on instagram, you may have noticed there is a WHOLE lot of knitting spam happening lately. I’m not exactly sure how this happened, but when I scroll through  my feed these days, at least half of the snapshots from my daily life involve a cup of tea and some knitting needles (the puppy spam will start in a few weeks when Harry gets home, but until then, #allwoolallthetime).

I taught myself to knit back in the early aughts (thank you Bust magazine, thank you Stitch n’ Bitch). I even made myself a sweater in those halcyon days, and while I’ve knit something at least every year since, nine out of ten times it’s a simple and lazy project like a cowl or a Christmas present scarf. I’ve tried starting a couple of new sweater projects since I started blogging, but both are currently moldering in their project bags. The Brooklyn Tweed sweater from last year is the victim of scratchy, ugly wool I finally renounced this fall (RIP itchy charcoal snoozefest), and the lovely silk and merino project from the year before that is a huge billowy beast on 3.5mm needles that is simply too much stockinette at too small a scale.

But a change is in the air, and how! I’ve been on a knitting bender! If knitting was booze I’d be passed out in an alley with my pockets turned inside out. I’d smell like rum with trembling hands and bloodshot eyes. As it is, I’m just more annoying at parties (everyone loves someone sitting and knitting instead of mingling!) and less prone to cuddling because it means more dropped stitches (men just love being supplanted by in-progress sweaters).

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This week in Sewing Blogs vol. 76 // Closet Case Files

THIS WEEK IN SEWING BLOGS // vol. 76


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This week in Sewing Blogs vol. 76 // Closet Case Files

Happy Sunday! I’ve been knitting up a freaking storm. I finished my first sock and I’m not even close to experiencing Second Sock Syndrome – so excited to get another one on the needles now that I understand how sock knitting works (aka Practical Magic). I’m also forcing myself to finish up my Wool and the Gang James Jacket, which has been languishing since before I left on holidays. I kind of hate mega chunky knitting right now after finding my groove with my little pin-thin sock needles but it’s a very cool little pattern and I’m happy I un UFO-ed it. I also got invited to my friend’s Vermont farmhouse next weekend, solely so we can knit for 16 hours a day by the fire and talk about wool. It might as well be Disneyland. I’m officially hooked on knitting. It only took 12 years.

Here’s what you’ve been making.

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Adore this matching bra and garter set from Madalynne. I am the worst at making pretty matching underwear and wish I had the patience for this kind of sewing.

I just discovered Allie J’s blog and her vintage inspired wedding dress is SPECTACULAR.

I always get so excited when Sophie posts a new project. These tropicana print culottes are bananas.

I love seeing new interpretations of older patterns; Suzy Bee’s Macaron is awesome.

A fun “His Girl Friday” inspired jumpsuit from the Three Dresses Project.

I want to rip this shirt right off of Morgan’s  back, but in a non-threatening, friendly way. That’s possible right?

Jeans in an evening!

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PATTERN SHOP UPDATES


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Hey guys! I just wanted to give you a few quick updates on some changes to our pattern shop and the way we are delivering your digital downloads.

Long story short, the app we were using to host your PDF files is going out of business which has been EXTREMELY convenient (can you pick up the heavy sarcasm here?) Rather than losing all of your files, we have spent the last few days migrating the download data to a new app called Send Owl. If you have purchased a PDF from us in the last year or so, chances are you will be getting an email from Send Owl with a new download link. If you’ve purchased more than one pattern, you’ll receive an email with a link for each particular file.

Everyone who places a new order should now be able to access their files when they are logged into their account in our shop, along with the download links you can typically access after checkout and via email.

Your old download links should still be working; you have until March 31st to download your files from the Downtown App server, but after that you’ll have to use your Send Owl links. Hopefully that’s clear! With thousands of orders it’s been a little challenging to get the migration right so hopefully you don’t run into any problems. Of course, best case practice with digital files is to download them immediately and save them to a safe space. With our new app, you can even save directly to Dropbox which means your files stay safe pretty much forever.

NEW PATTERN BUNDLES

One last thing….. our jean making resources are stacking up and I wanted to be able to offer discounts when you purchase more than one at a time.

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