Choosing a Size and Grading for our Mitchell Trousers

If you’re excited to make our Mitchell Trousers, you may have some questions about choosing a size, grading between sizes, and trouser fitting, so let’s try to answer any burning questions you may have! Understanding the Fit of the Mitchell…

The Design Story of the Mitchell Trousers

We are so excited by your response to our latest pattern: The Mitchell Trousers. Inspired by the work and style of Joni Mitchell, these trousers contain all kinds of special details with super clear instructions for a very satisfying sew.…

Introducing the Mitchell Trousers!

After consecutive lingerie and swim pattern launches this year, it feels SO GOOD to finally introduce some new woven clothing patterns back into the CCP family! We couldn’t be happier to add the Mitchell Trousers to our roster, destined to…

Heather’s Half Square Triangle Quilt

Y’all, I am SO embarrassed about how long it has taken me to talk about the project I’m going to show you today… my life is very hectic these days and it’s not always easy to find time to write,…

Choosing the Best Dress Form for Sewing Clothes

If you’ve been sewing for any length of time, you may be asking yourself whether or not a dress form is something you should invest in. When I first started sewing, I quickly realized having a dress form made a…

How to Sew in Elastic Two Ways

Our latest pattern, the Faye swimsuit, uses rubber swim elastic at the waist and leg openings. We use two different methods for sewing in elastic: the clean finish and the turned finish. The clean finish at the waist (and neckline…


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