Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 04/10/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy October, makers! We have been having the most gorgeous weather here in Vancouver the past week, so I am taking advantage of the sunshine and going for walks in the crisp, autumn air. I've been on a bit of sewing hiatus while I focus on finishing up my next pattern (exciting!!), but once that is on my plate I have plans to batch sew a bunch of basics for winter. I'm talkin' Rumi tanks, Plaintain tees, Watson undies, and Hudsons. Since I am working from home these days, I am focusing on replacing my old RTW loungewear with nice handmade items...

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Carolyn Pajama Shorts
Posted by Helen | 02/10/2017 | Into My Closet

Every once in a while a fabric pops up in my inbox that causes me to abandon all other project plans and make something completely unexpected. This banana print was that fabric. I snatched it up from Blackbird Fabrics to make the ultimate summer PJ's! For the PJ shorts, I used the Carolyn Pajama shorts pattern, which I have made before in flannel. I love this pattern because it has all the nice details of classic PJs, while still being quick to sew up. It especially nice in a lightweight cotton like this banana fabric. For the PJ top, I used...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 27/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers! First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who snapped up my patterns during the sale last week, I really appreciate it! Please take advantage of the sewalongs that are available and get in touch with me if you have any questions! You can reach me at hello@helenscloset.ca.  If you are looking for knits for your Blackwood Cardigan, keep your eyes open for the new Blackbird Fabrics sweater knits that are coming soon! I've seen the samples and they are really beautiful. It feels like September just FLEW by, but I am looking forward to October...

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Cuff thumbholes

So many of you have picked up the Blackwood Cardigan since its release last march and I am so pleased with the response to it over the past 6 months. I'm glad you love this simple, sleek style as much as I do and I am happy to have provided the community with a well-loved pattern that will stand the test of time.  In celebration of Blackwood Cardigan Week here on the blog, I am sharing some simple Blackwood Cardigan hacks that you can easily do to switch things up a bit. On Tuesday I shared a tutorial for making...

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Blackwood Cardigan
Posted by Helen | 21/09/2017 | Pattern News

It is absolutely humbling to see the hundreds of Blackwoods out there in the world now, and I never tire of getting tagged in new posts on Instagram! You can look at the #blackwoodcardigan hashtag to see so many great versions and get inspired by fabric choice, alterations, and some seriously great styling. Today I want to highlight a few of my favourite Blackwoods that I have seen out there so far! Side note: Caroline and I talked on the Love to Sew Podcast about asking permission before sharing makes from others, and I decided to adopt this practice moving forward...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 20/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers! This week I am working hard on my next pattern as well as some upcoming fall projects! I will be participating in the Refashioners 2017, so I've got a suit jacket that looks like it's been through hell on my sewing table, ripped to pieces and spilling interfacing guts everywhere. I'm also fulfilling my denim jacket dreams by making the Hampton Jacket from Alina Design Co. I can't wait to finish these up so I can get them on the blog! What are you working on for fall? News (clockwise from top left) Liesl + Co. released the...

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