Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 14/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi Makers! There are so many awesome Spring/Summer patterns coming our way these days, I am like a kid in a candy shop! I am currently working on the Victory patterns Hannah dress and the Deer and Doe Lupin jacket to kick off the cooler months of spring sewing, but I am REALLY excited about making some simple tops and dresses soon too.  In fact, there is a little community event happening to encourage me to do just that! Check it out below 🙂  Happy sewing!! News (clockwise from top left) Colette released a new version of their free sorbetto tank, drafted from...

Continue Reading
Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 14/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Welcome to the second post in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! I am really excited to get started. If you haven't yet, you can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here.  How to choose the right size: The Blackwood is designed to fit close to the body without being tight. It fits great over shirts without too much bulk in the shoulders and arms, tank tops, and sleeveless dresses. The cardigan is designed to have an open front, so it will show off your lovely outfit underneath! Here is what one of my testers, Fleurine, had to say about it:...

Continue Reading
Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 13/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

I hope you all are as excited as I am to dive into this sewalong!  Whether you are new to sewing with knits or you just like the motivation that comes from sewing as a group, this sewalong is going to be packed full of inspiration, encouragement, and step-by-step photographs to keep you on track. I have plenty of alteration guidance planned, too, just in case you need to make some adjustments to the pattern before we get going. If you haven't already, you can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here! Check out these posts to get inspired and...

Continue Reading
Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 09/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi, Makers! Apologies for the late Wednesday Weekly, I was away on a little work retreat for the last few days so I am playing catch up on blog-related things. We had a great stay on Saltspring island here in BC. Check out this video I shot at the top of the mountain we climbed yesterday! I am so blessed to live in the Pacific North West, is is just such a gorgeous place. I hope you are all having a great week, too! Let's dive into what is happening in the indie sewing world, shall we? News (clockwise from...

Continue Reading
Tessuti Leni Top
Posted by Helen | 06/03/2017 | Into My Closet, Pattern News

I'm taking a break from the Blackwood Cardigan posts today! As much as I love making patterns and supporting fellow sewists as they tackle my designs, I also LOVE making other indie patterns and want to continue to share those makes, too. The blog will be busy with Blackwood sewalong posts in the next couple of weeks and I have lots of great tutorials planned. For those of you who aren’t interested in the Blackwood, that’s OK! The tutorials will be useful for other patterns and I will continue my weekly indie sewing posts and round-ups, too. That said, today...

Continue Reading
Blackwood Cardigan Inspiration

I’ll be the first to admit that my motivation for designing the Blackwood Cardigan was purely selfish. I really wanted a layering cardigan with extra long arms and a nice, open front. Too often I put on cardigans for some extra warmth but struggle to get my jacket on over top. I like the grandpa cardigan style sometimes, but it can make me feel a bit frumpy. I also prefer cardigans without added fabric in the front, so my carefully planned outfit doesn't get buried. Of course, pockets were also a must, and thus the Blackwood Cardigan design was born!...

Continue Reading