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Lesley’s Jumpsuit

A client came into the shop last week needing an outfit for a work event. Lesley does not like her legs and was set against a dress but was armed with photographs of jumpsuits. We put our heads together to come up with the design details she was looking for and voila! Totally custom made jumpsuit for Lesley. Fits her perfectly and looks great!

I am totally hopping on the jumpsuit bandwagon this spring! Jumpsuits are flattering to the figure and well….fun!!

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Heart-Felt Page Markers

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Here in beautiful Southern Ontario we have been getting hammered by snow. IMG_2433

Big snow, small snow, wet snow, fluffy snow and it’s been wreaking havock on the roads and highways and much to my chagrin I took a snow day on Wednesday.

As a small business owner this never gives you a YAY I get a day off kind of feeling, it’s more of an opportunity to stress a bit over the work you are not getting done while you are sitting at home.

So I occupied some of my time by making these adorable heart-felt page markers to sell at the shop! They’re simply adorable and make a nice little gift for the book lover in your life! It’s just two pieces of felt with the corners sewn together. I used a blanket stitch.

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Pinterest Yarn Letter Win

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This is not a wearable DIY but it is a pretty cool one. I had some beautiful new signage made for the Case Clothed new location, unfortunately the weather here has been so crummy and cold and snowy that it will be awhile before they get mounted.

I needed to come up with a way for people to notice my new location without taping tacky computer printed sheets of paper to the windows. Then I remembered seeing this pin on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go. Cardboard letters wrapped in yarn! Simple enough….right?

It took forever! I don’t know if I picked the three most difficult letters to wind but it was time consuming. The materials cost me about $20, I used cardboard for letters instead of wood (mainly because I couldn’t actually find wood letters to cover).

In the end I’m happy with the results and they look fabulous in the shop.

Workshops!

Stay tuned for more great workshops coming up in March including Chalkboard Lettering with Nella Casson, Seed Paper Gift Tags and many more to come! Have a DIY workshop suggestion? We’d love to hear it!

Envelope Pillow

Date: February 22, 2014  12-3pmIMG_0503-1024x682
Cost: $60 – cash/cheque/etransfer (preferably before the day)
Level: Beginner
Objective: Learn (or relearn!) your sewing machine – Make a simple project in order to flex your sew muscle!
Materials required: 1 metre of your chosen fabric, co-ordinating thread.

Learn how to sew while making an attractive envelope pillow! No experience is necessary for this class. We will walk you through all the basic sewing techniques and put you at ease with your sewing machine. You will learn basic machine stitches, how to thread the machine, sew straight lines and cut fabric. This class is a great confidence builder to get you on your sewing way! We will provide the pillow form.

There are five spots per workshop. We need at least 3 people to run the class!!

*Hint: This is a good project for re-using fabric around your house!

To sign up call 613-476-0269 or email at caseclothedpec@gmail.com or message me on facebook!

If you have your own sewing machine – great! – if not there are some available to use at the shop.

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Fabric Bunting Banner Workshopimages
Date: March 1, 2014  12-3pm
Cost: $60 – cash/cheque/etransfer (preferably before the day)
Level: Beginner
Objective: Learn (or relearn!) your sewing machine – Make a simple project in order to flex your sew muscle!
Materials required: 2 metres of 1/2 inch wide double fold bias tape and 3 – 1/2 metres of your chosen fabric, co-ordinating thread.

Learn how to sew while making a simple fabric bunting banner! No experience is necessary for this class. We will walk you through all the basic sewing techniques and put you at ease with your sewing machine. You will learn basic machine stitches, how to thread the machine, sew straight lines and cut fabric. This class is a great confidence builder to get you on your sewing way!

There are five spots per workshop. We need at least 3 people to run the class!!

*Hint: This is a good project for re-using fabric around your house!

To sign up call 613-476-0269 or email at caseclothedpec@gmail.com or message me on facebook!

If you have your own sewing machine – great! – if not there are some available to use at the shop.

The Fabulous New Case Clothed!!

2014 marks a milestone in my entrepreneurial life. I relocated my shop. It had to be done. My old space was merely 200 square feet and was beginning to feel more like a hovel than a professional business.

I did lose a couple nights sleep over the move, I’d heard so many times that relocating a business is a risky thing to do. I figured that since I’d managed to get through to the three year landmark of staying alive as a small business it could be done.

The fun part was the renovating!! 66 Main St. was formerly a tiny taco restaurant. This colour…

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The only thing I really really wanted in my new space was a barn board wall. Since barn board is all the rage right now and quite expensive I improvised with natural pine and picked out a nice stain to get the desired effect.

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Here are some more before and afters!

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FYI Fave DIY

There is nothing like the feeling of being able to wear something you made with your own two hands to show off to the world and I, like millions of others, love a good fashion DIY.  The purpose of this section of my blog is to test out some of these clothing-making do it yourself instructions to see what the results will be.  If I have any suggestions or alterations I’ll plug them in here too. Maybe throw in a craft project or two and some general mending/repair tutorials. I’ll choose my favourite DIY’s from Pinterest as well as other blogs on the web to try so if you see one you really like suggestions are always welcome. Happy DIYing!

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