Dixie DIY Bonnel Dress by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 04/09/2015 | Into My Closet

Ohhhhh man, this dress.  I was really stoked to make the Bonnel, after seeing so many cute ones pop up over the summer!  It is a relatively easy pattern with unique side-cut outs.  I am fairly happy with how mine turned out, but it was one of those projects where things go wrong at every turn!  I managed to make it through to the other side though, so I consider this dress conquered! Not every project can be a resounding success, and it is important to embrace the shortcomings in every endeavour as learning experiences.  I really struggled with this dress and it...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 02/09/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy September Everybody!  I don't know about you guys, but since it feels as though the summer came to a screeching halt here in Vancouver when the rainstorm started over the weekend. It was the biggest storm to hit Vancouver in the last decade, knocking out the lights for 400,000 people!  We were thankfully spared, but it did make me think about battery backups for sewing machines, although I guess it is a good opportunity to do some hand stitching by candlelight. News The second indie pattern bundle was released yesterday for Sewing Indie Month.  It is such a steal at $25 - $38,...

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Fall Sewing Plans by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 29/08/2015 | Sewing Plans

Fall might be my favourite season for fashion.  Sure, it doesn't have the relief of Spring or the bright colours of Summer, but it certainly makes up for it with cozy fabrics and rich hues.  I love wearing tights, boots, and scarves too so that helps.  I have so many sewing plans for this autumn season, including a couple of entries into Sewing Indie Month.   I've already set aside many fabrics for this adventure, but I just received Blackbird Fabrics fall fabric lineup in my inbox this weekend - I might have to make some adjustments!  As usual, it's...

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Unicorn Culottes by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 28/08/2015 | Into My Closet

I have been fortunate in my life to have been encouraged to read.  My parents read tons of books to my sister and I when we were little and my dad liked to do silly voices for all the characters to make us laugh and scream in delight.  Reading transports you into a world of creativity, encouraging you to imagine things beyond your reality and experience emotions and scenarios outside your comfort zone.  Books can teach you to be brave, empathetic, optimistic, and humble.  They can help you cope with sadness, anger, and disappointment.  I wouldn’t be the person I...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 26/08/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday folks!  I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer - I can't believe how fast it has gone by!  I think the fact that I've been non-stop sewing might be contributing to my lack of awareness, but I have no regrets! News I shared a sneak peak of my first pdf pattern design, the Granger Book Bag, on Instagram this week.  I am so excited to release this at the end of November, it will be perfect for holiday gifts!  Over the next couple of months I will be sharing tutorial content to help prep the skills...

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Romper by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 21/08/2015 | Into My Closet

I’m jumping on board the romper train here with this self drafted number.  I have steered clear of this trend in the past for the most part; rompers can be comically unflattering and difficult to pee in (seriously, it’s weird to have to take off your whole outfit to go to the bathroom). I found a hippy style version in a thrift store with wide legs and a less fitted waist, it was a nice change from the drop-waist versions I have tried in the past so I used it as inspiration for this design.  Bonus TMI - you can...

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