Im Heather Lou, a Montreal based designer, blogger & sewist. An interior designer by trade, a fashion lover since I began making clothes for Barbie when I was wee, an enthusiastic home cook, a ...
Im Heather Lou, a Montreal based designer, blogger & sewist. An interior designer by trade, a fashion lover since I began making clothes for Barbie when I was wee, an enthusiastic home cook, a voracious reader, a woman in love with her Bernina.
I started sewing in earnest a few years ago when I realized my relationship with shopping was financially, environmentally and ethically unsound. I was sick of being in debt, and sick of being enslaved to the fast fashion cycle. Learning to sew changed my life in so many ways. Its become an outlet that fulfills me on almost every level, and the community I have discovered online has facilitated not only the evolution of my skills as a sewist & designer, but fostered deep, meaningful relationships with like-minded people around the world. I taught myself to design and grade patterns, and in the summer of 2013, I released The Bombshell Swimsuit. I had no greater plan at the time; I simply wanted to share a swimsuit I had drafted for myself and thought other women would appreciate because of its sexy but modest vintage silhouette.
The response was overwhelming. Thousands of Bombshells later, and I have much bigger plans for the future. You can expect a number of Closet Case releases each year, all designed to fill holes I see in the pattern market. This site will be a destination for classic designs with a modern and fashion-forward edge, beautifully designed and drafted patterns that are the necessary luxuries you didnt realize your wardrobe was missing.
If you'd like to know more about me, please check out my blog, Closet Case Files (http://closetcasefiles.com). It will continue to be the place where I share my personal makes and meditations on sewing and fashion.