Wednesday Weekly #20


Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly, everyone!  I took a bit of a hiatus over the holidays, but the weekly is back in full force and I am excited to share some of the amazing first sewing projects of the year with you!  Kudos to everyone for all the makes over the Holidays too, I saw some gorgeous party frocks and lovely handmade gifts, not to mention all the awesome 2015 recap posts, I love it.

Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet

News

Voting is open for the best sewing blogs of 2015 over on Madalynne!  I enjoy this contest because I often get to discover new blogs in the process. If you need a candidate for best new blogger or best up-and-coming, consider yours truly *shameful self promotion*.

If you haven’t shared your top 5 makes of 2015, you can still join in the fun.  Head over to Crafting a Rainbow for more details.

It’s the beginning of the month and that means it’s Seamwork Magazine Time!  I love getting this magazine in my inbox, and the patterns that come with it :)  This months issue includes two activewear patterns and some great body positive articles to start the new year off right.

Gillian is continuing the Better Pictures Project this month with Katie from What Katie Sews.  Katie takes awesome indoor photos, something that I cannot seam to figure out how to do.  I look forward to this challenge and learning more from Katie.  You can also check out Katie’s photoshop editing tips over on her blog this week.

 

Makes

Camille’s Elisalex dress by By Hand London is stunning, the silhouette really looks amazing on her.

I became even more obsessed with the Asaka Kimono when I saw Amanda’s version.  I am curious to know how often this dress gets worn by those who have made it. I’m so tempted to make it but I’m not sure I’d ever wear it, except for around the house. Any insight?

Carolyn’s village print on her dress for Cassie is simply gorgeous.

I love the cut and colour of this top over on Blogless Anna.  I think relaxed fit tops are going to be my jam in 2016 :)

Debbie’s vintage Vogue coat is amazing.  I love the cut and dramatic length.

I definitely thought about making a glittery party dress for new years, but I got lazy and ate cookie instead.  Luckily Lily made a fantastic one so I can swoon over hers instead.

 

Resources

Tessuti shows us how to unpick the right way.  I remember when I learned that I had been doing it wrong all along – mind blown!

Rachel explains how to adjust cup sizes on princess seams.

Carmen shows us an unorthodox way to cover snap buttons with fabric.

Michelle demonstrates flatlocking on a serger.

Linda did a detailed post on her preferred method for side seam pockets.

 

Inspiration

If you haven’t already, check out Heather post on boosting your sewing confidence.  This year is going to be all about saying YES I CAN to sewing, right guys?  Right.

If you need any inspiration for sewing projects for the new year, check out Rochelle New’s #2016makenine on Instagram.   It is so cool to see what everyone has planned in the new year and get excited to sew, check out mine below. :)

 

Helen (Helen's Closet)
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6 Comments

gilliancrafts
Reply January 6, 2016

Oh, thanks for the double mention! I love round up posts - looking forward to sitting down and clicking through all the links later! :)

    Helen
    Reply January 6, 2016

    You're very welcome! Thanks for the awesome posts, I am loving the better pictures project :)

Lieke // A Bouquet of Buttons
Reply January 7, 2016

Thanks you so much for including me in this list <3

    Helen
    Reply January 7, 2016

    my pleasure! That dress is so awesome, I love the colour <3

Heather
Reply January 10, 2016

I can't wait to see you make Gingers! You're gonna love them!

    Helen
    Reply January 11, 2016

    Im really stoked (and scared, lol). I'm in need of some new jeans soon so it won't be long!

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