This Week in Sewing Blogs // VOL. 112

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 Core 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. Prepare to be inspired!


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.

I’m about to place a big order for merino jersey – love these maxi cardigans from True Bias. Kelly also made a classic black coat from Christine Haynes’ new pattern; so chic!

I never considered using a wool coating for the Kelly Anorak; Jasika made it work!

Cashmerette released a new knit dress; I love Gillian’s simple striped version.

Couture & Tricot is one of my favourite blogs for admiring beautiful details; check out how immaculate this jacket and these pants are.

A cozy gingham cape from Jolies Bobines.

I absolutely love Megan Nielsen’s new dress pattern – what a clever design to utilize your random fabric scraps!

I’m planning my own Tamarack this winter (I am perpetually cold it seems) and absolutely adore this floral version from We The Sewing.


I love Zadie Smith. Here’s why.

I’m currently wrapped up in Brice Springsteen’s memoir, Born To Run; it’s great to pop off a few chapters each night before going to sleep. I’m really appreciating getting such an in depth backstory on the soundtrack to my youth.


If you love pop culture and laughing at pop culture, Who Weekly is the podcast of your dreams. I am also totally in love with Jonathan Goldstein’s new podcast for Gimlet, Heavyweight; so many feelings!


Last night I saw Night of the Hunter for the first time; what a profoundly beautiful, weird, scary, funny movie. Seriously one of the best I’ve ever seen; track it down and watch in on a cold night.

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