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Article: Sew Your Own Linen Garments — C&V Patterns & Fabric

Cedar & Vine Pattern Linen Tee

Sew Your Own Linen Garments — C&V Patterns & Fabric

With Cedar & Vine, one of our goals is restoring our connection to clothing. 

Turning back the dial and slowing things down to reconsider what brings us joy. Sharing our love of sewing, pattern making, and knowledge from years of production experience, checks that box of “things that bring us joy” - and we hope that this project and the fulfillment that comes with it brings you much joy too!

Illustrated Cedar & Vine Team

As a women-led team of designers and makers, we know that finding clothing that fits our ever-evolving bodies isn’t as simple as picking a number on a size chart. That’s why we are so excited to be offering some of our patterns in an accessible way to the sewing community and anyone who has a desire to learn this treasured and practical skill.

Why sew with us?

  • Learn the production sewing techniques we use in our own studio.
  • We've sewn these styles in our own studio for years — tested by hundreds of customers.
  • Inclusive size range (2X-Small the 4X-Large that can be easily altered to accommodate any fit customizations you may need.
  • Versatile styles that you can use again and again. Most of our styles can be easily modified/lengthened/shortened, giving you endless sewing variations.
  • Each pattern includes a fully illustrated workbook with all the information you will need to complete your project. This includes a project checklist, sizing info, pattern printing, assembly, cutting layouts, and detailed sewing instructions with diagrams.
  • Our PDF sewing patterns are available for instant download. You will have the option to download files for printing at home and/or at a print shop.

Sew Your Own Wardrobe Staples

Each Pattern Includes A Workbook

Our fully illustrated and detailed, PDF workbooks will guide you through every step. From calculating how much fabric you need, determining your size, cutting out your pattern pieces to sewing your garment.

A Glimpse Inside

Cedar & Vine workbook page 1
Cedar & Vine workbook page 2
Cedar & Vine workbook page 3

Frequently Asked Questions || Sewing Patterns

What is included in the digital download?

Our digital pattern download includes files for printing both at home and/or at a print shop. The pattern comes in our entire size range; 2XSmall - 4XLarge.

Included with the purchase is a fully illustrated PDF workbook with all the information you will need to complete your project. This includes a project checklist, sizing info, pattern printing, assembly, cutting layouts, and step-by-step sewing instructions with detailed diagrams.

What fabrics are most suitable for these styles?

Non-stretch woven fabrics in a mid-weight are most ideal for this style. Of course we always recommend natural fibres such as linen, cotton, and hemp. Some heavier fabrics may work, but can potentially become a little bulky and end up too structured. Light and/or shifty materials may result in a more delicate drape, but will be more challenging to sew and may need interfacing on some areas - we would only recommend light, shifty fabrics for more advanced sewers.

What tools are required?

All our styles can be completed on a basic domestic sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch. If you have a serger you may choose to finish your seams that way as well. Both methods are outlined in the detailed step-by-step sewing guide included with the purchase.

Can you customize my pattern?

Unfortunately we do not offer customizations on our digital pattern downloads. Preparing our patterns to be used for domestic use and PDF download requires many hours of formatting and prep.

You are welcome to resize, modify, or alter the digital patterns to suit your personal preferences and/or measurements if you are between sizes.

Is the digital download refundable?

Due to the nature of digital products, we do not offer refunds or exchanges for digital patterns. All sales are final.

Need Fabric?

The very same linen fabric that we use for our own garment production. Shop our curated collection of colorways. 

Sold by the 1/2 meter.

  • Fiber Content: 100% Linen
  • Midweight: 240gsm
  • Material Width: 51-53 inches
  • Oeko-Tex Certified

We recommend washing and drying your linen fabric before using it for any sewing projects.

All linen will undergo shrinkage the first time it is washed. Not only will this ensure that your garment (or project) will fit properly after it is laundered, it often makes the fabric softer and nicer to work with as well. Give the fabric a quick press after washing to smooth it out before laying down your pattern pieces and cutting them out. You may want to zigzag or serge the raw edge before laundering, to prevent excessive fraying.

If fabric is pre-washed before creating your project, it makes caring for your linen easy! You can machine wash in cold or warm water with gentle detergent. Tumble drying on a low setting helps soften the linen further.

Rolls of linen fabric.

Remember that sewing is a skill that is not learned overnight. It takes time and patience. Like all things that take time; it is so worth it! Remember to enjoy the process and celebrate each win.

Xx, Jo

We can't wait to see your C&V sews!

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