Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 18/01/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi Makers!  I hope your week is in full swing! I am having a great one myself, and I am reminded this week of how fortunate we all are to pursue this act of sewing and have this amazing community of supportive individuals to share it with! I had such a great weekend full of sunshine and good times, including a wander on the frozen lake by my apartment and a super fun tapestry weaving class. More tapestry coming soon, I promise - I am soooooo hooked!  As you can tell I am all smiles today, let's see what you...

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Colette Wren Dress
Posted by Helen | 16/01/2017 | Into My Closet

I have a confession to make: I have never made a Colette pattern, not until now that is.  Arguably, this isn't 100% accurate since I have made several Seamwork patterns, but I think of them as being separate pattern companies with very different aesthetics. The Colette look has always made me a little jealous, actually! I am not a very feminine dresser, but when I see that kind of style executed so beautifully, It makes me wish I was! I adore the vintage inspired look on others, but have never felt comfortable in it myself.  When the Wren dress came...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 11/01/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers! I have a new segment in the Wednesday Weekly this week! I am sharing some of the amazing community events that are happening, so you can stay up to date on deadlines, dates, and join in! If you are running an online sewing community event that you think the Wednesday Weekly readers would like to know about, you can drop me a line anytime to give me a heads up. There is always so much going on in this little sewing world of ours, it can be hard to keep up! Pattern News (clockwise from top left)...

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Grainline Studio Archer Button-up
Posted by Helen | 09/01/2017 | Into My Closet

I love that this shirt gets two animal descriptors. ‘Mammoth Buffalo’ sounds like a pretty sweet combination to me! For those of you who are thinking “what the heck is a mammoth buffalo?”, let me explain.  The fabric used for this Grainline Studio Archer Button-up is a mammoth flannel, the thickest, coziest, flannel you can get! The checkered red and black style is called Buffalo plaid, and you can read more about the Scottish origins of this print here. I have been wanting a shirt like this for so long!  There are so many ready-to-wear versions out here that could...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 04/01/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy first Wednesday of the new year, makers! I hope you are all full of excitement and sewjo for new projects and experiences. It has been so nice to take a week off and make some plans for 2017 while spending time with friends and family. I have quite a list of things (I always go a bit overboard with the whole resolution thing), but one thing I am trying this year is I am writing myself a letter. It includes my resolutions, but also communicates my desires for change and my feelings about where I am at in my...

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Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas
Posted by Helen | 02/01/2017 | Into My Closet

Happy New Year, everyone!  I've got a special post to share today, one of my favourite makes from 2016! Attending Camp Workroom Social was just the push I needed to finally make the Carolyn Pajamas I have been planning for the past year. I had the pattern and fabrics for a while, but I am typically more of a knit loungewear person, so I didn’t have a ton of motivation to get going on these ‘fancy’ pajamas. Luckily, CWS decided to have a pajama party as a part of our fun-filled weekend, and that was just the motivation I was looking...

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