This Week in Sewing Blogs // Vol. 128

Montreal Cutting Studio // Closet Core Patterns

Happy Sunday makers! I’m still recovering from an EPIC day cutting denim for our wicked awesome upcoming kits (next Monday, mark your calendars, and get on our newsletter if you want first dibs). Alexis and I headed up to the fabric district to spend the entire day in an old school cutting studio. Rather than have our denim delivered to my third floor walk-up studio and then cut by hand (I was having anxiety nightmares about it), my friend Christopher at Globetex put me in touch with a company that does cutting for local designers. Essentially, clothing companies send over their patterns to be cut before sending them to manufacturers to stitch together. Rather than cutting a single layer of fabric like we do, they stack layer and upon layer of fabric together; I saw fine embroidered chiffon in layers of five, with more stable cottons being cut at over a hundred layers at time! They use a big saw to cut all the pieces out, and mark darts with a drill.  It was a little mind blowing, to be honest, and they all thought my total ignorance of how the “real” fashion industry worked to be utterly hilarious. We got everything done in one day instead of the week or so it would have taken us here, so I’m really happy for the experience

Here’s what you’ve been up to.


I finally finished my quilt this week and have been scheming up my next one. Totally smitten with this simple denim quilt, and had an eye party drooling over all the masterpieces at the Tokyo Quilt Festival.

Love these comfy basics from Very Purple Person.

All the hell yas for Sallie’s wax print halter dress.

Sparkle heaven in this silver Archer from Jolies Bobines and this glorious circle skirt from Lady Sewsalot.

Lladybird took her flawless Kelly Anorak to Egypt! And this Kelly from  Ginger Stitch is beautifully made.

Kelli made the absolute perfect robe.

I have pants on the brain lately. I love the silhouette of this wide-legged tweed pair from Vivat Veritas, and am so happy Poppy Kettle finally nailed fitting hers.


I talked about coatmaking on the Maker Style Podcast last month, and loved this interview with Amy of Cloth Habit.


Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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