DIY Sewing Storage Chest
Posted by Helen | 09/12/2016 | A Handmade Tale

I come from a family of makers. This has always been a point of pride for me and something that has given me many joyful experiences in my life. I recently posted about my sisters handmade wedding, which showcased the hard work and talent of not only my family, but my new extended family, too!  More and more people are taking an interest in handmade practices and developing skills in things like sewing, woodworking, food preserving, you name it!  It makes me so happy to see this and to know that other children are going to have great experiences like...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 07/12/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi there, makers! I would like to start this week's round-up with an addendum from last week.  I made a mistake in the weekly #61, and I feel terrible about it!  I shared the latest line of patterns from Capitol Chic and said I was "not intrigued by the Gimlet dress", which is the opposite of true.  I am incredibly intrigued by it (how could you not be - that neckline!).  The error has been fixed now. My hope is that most of you saw it for the mistake it was, because I try to make sure this roundup is...

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Papercut Patterns Sway Dress
Posted by Helen | 05/12/2016 | Into My Closet

Ahhh, the holiday dress. You want something festive that still allows you to eat ALL THE THINGS.  Enter, the Papercut Patterns Sway dress.   This dress offers a nice fit in the shoulders, a high or low neck (because it is reversible) and room underneath for several 30 pound turkeys. Sew it up in record time for that last minute party, too, can you ask for anything more?   I chose this lovely printed poly from Blackbird Fabrics for my Sway, because it was obviously destined to be a party frock.  It has these lovely gold details that sparkle and shine...

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sales
Posted by Helen | 03/12/2016 | Industry Chat

It’s always nice when something is on sale, isn’t it? That is, of course, if you haven't bought it already. Hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday craziness, I'd love to have an open discussion about sales. I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and would love to hear your thoughts!  As a new pattern designer, I wonder whether putting my product on sale is an appropriate way to promote new business. Is it a slap in the face to the people who have kindly paid full price for the pattern before the sale? I...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 30/11/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy end of the month, makers! I can't believe how quickly November flew by, can you?  It has been a great month and I am already beginning to reflect back on this year as a whole, too. Does anyone else like thinking about new years resolutions early? Since organizing my stash, I have been pondering a good ratio of stash-busting projects to refashions (I have a lot of thrifted items waiting to be altered) to completely new makes. I think sticking to a ratio will help me use my fabric collection more efficiently, while still allowing myself new fabric and...

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Trello Fabric Stash
Posted by Helen | 28/11/2016 | Sewing Plans

Does your fabric stash ever bring you more anxiety than joy?  This happens to me more than I would care to admit. I LOVE textiles and have a definite problem with over-buying. Lately, I have been trying to use things immediately after purchase to get in the habit of buying for whatever project is next.  However, this doesn't solve the issue of my stash from the past (almost a good pun in there). I also may have gone a little crazy on Black Friday, so I’ve got a pile of lovely fabrics coming my way from Blackbird Fabrics. I've taken...

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