Helen

Indie Sewing News
12 04 2017

Happy Wednesday, makers!  It has been a very eventful week so far! The company I work for got acquired this week and our small team of 7 is joining forces with a...

Christine Haynes Ellsworth Coat
10 04 2017

I have always been totally smitten with making outerwear. Back in 2014 when I first fell down the rabbit hole of indie patterns, I was obsessed with the Minoru Jacket...

Wednesday Weekly
05 04 2017

Happy Wednesday! I am feeling much better this week and my sew-jo is back in full swing. I got it flowing again after cutting out my m6696 pattern that I...

Sewing a front band
03 04 2017

Hi, makers! Welcome to the final post in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! Today we will be finishing up with the bands of the cardigan. In case you missed it, we...

Sewing knit cuffs
02 04 2017

Today I have a little post on sewing knit cuffs. The Blackwood Cardigan has knit cuffs and it is my favourite finish for this style of garment. You get a...

Sewing a sleeve in flat
31 03 2017

There are two ways to sew in a sleeve. You can use the classic set-in sleeve method where the sleeve is sewn first and then set into the armhole.  This...

Stabilizing a knit shoulder seam
30 03 2017

Stabilizing the shoulder seams in your knit projects can make a big difference in the longevity of your handmade garments. Shoulder seams are prone to stretching and sagging as time...

Wednesday Weekly
29 03 2017

Happy Wednesday!  I have been a little under the weather for the past week, so I have not been sewing much. I always start to feel bad when I haven't...

How to sew a knit patch pocket
28 03 2017

Doing fiddly work with knit fabrics can be challenging. Often knits will shift and wobble or struggle to hold a press - not to mention those wavy seams! The pockets...

Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
27 03 2017

Are you ready to cut out your Blackwoods today?  I am so excited about the fabric I got for the sewalong, it is a speckled grey terry and it is...

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Tour
25 03 2017

I’m very excited to share a special post with you all today! I jumped at the chance to join in the Style Maker Fabrics spring tour when Michelle asked me...

How to do a narrow or broad shoulder adjustment
25 03 2017

Today is the fourth installment in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong!  We are going to wrap up the adjustments portion of the process today with narrow and broad shoulder adjustments.  Tomorrow we...

how to do a full bicep adjustment
24 03 2017

Today is the third installment in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! In case you missed the first few posts, we have covered how to grade between sizes, how to do a quick 'cheater'...

Indie Sewing News
22 03 2017

Hallelujah, it's spring!!!  There is nothing like the changing of the seasons to inspire reflection, planning, and inspiration for creativity!  I can't wait to dive into my stash of lightweight...

full bust adjustment no darts
21 03 2017

Today is the second post in a 2 part series on doing full bust adjustments on patterns without any darts.  For the first post, we covered a quick and dirty...