Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 21/10/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

I hope you can forgive the absence of the weekly last Wednesday, Sam and I decided to take a short trip down to Seattle for a few days and as much as I wanted to post about all the great things in the blogosphere, I overestimated the time I would have pre-vacation to throw it together.  I’ll have some pictures of the trip to share with you on Friday, but for now, here’s what’s going on in the sewing world! News So many pattern releases in the last 2 weeks!   Colette patterns just dropped the Wren dress, a knit...

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FREE Granger Book Bag PDF Pattern by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 19/10/2015 | Into My Closet

One of the things I wanted to focus on with my first pattern design, the Granger Book Bag, is making it appealing to both men and women.  I have a close male sewing buddy, and there simply isn't the variety of patterns available for men that there is for women.  Thread Theory does a fantastic job filling this gap, and I am currently hard at work on my first Negroni, an impressive pattern from by Colette Patterns.  The Granger Book Bag is a simple and stylish messenger bag, designed for everybody!   Update! The Granger Bag Pattern is now released and...

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Helen's Closet Sewaholic Minoru Jacket
Posted by Helen | 16/10/2015 | Into My Closet

For the past two summers, Abby from While She Naps has interviewed sewing bloggers for her series, The Pattern That Changed My Life.  It is inspiring to read about people's experiences with sewing patterns and creative turning points. When I think about my sewing journey so far, I can trace my indie sewing obsession back to my first indie pattern, the Minoru Jacket.  It had honestly not occurred to me that I could make something as complex and stylish as the Minoru, having only used beginner patterns from the big 4 pattern companies in the past.  I can't recall how I stumbled upon the...

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Sutton Blouse by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 09/10/2015 | Into My Closet

I love a good loose-fitting blouse for everyday work wear.  Something I can put on with my skinny jeans that will look professional enough without being constricting or fussy.  The Sutton Blouse is perfect for this in every way.  I knew from looking at the pattern drawings and the many MANY makes out there that I would like it...but I really really like it. First of all, my experience with True Bias patterns so far has been really positive.  I printed out the hudson pant and the sutton blouse on my printer and cut and taped them up without any...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 07/10/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

It's the tenth Wednesday Weekly!  When I started this blog back in June of this year, I knew I wanted to do a weekly sewing blog roundup to help share the many makes that inspire me to keep sewing, and as a way to give something back to this amazing community.   Thanks to everyone for reading, following, liking, and commenting on my posts so far, it truly has been a wonderful experience becoming a sewcialist!   News: The voting polls are open for Sewing Indie Month!  You can go to this page to see all the categories and entries.  Click...

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FREE Granger Book Bag PDF Pattern by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 05/10/2015 | Pattern News

A few weeks ago I announced the upcoming release of the Granger Book Bag PDF Pattern.  This pattern is FREE and you can download it here. You will receive updates about the Granger Book Bag and ideas and inspiration for your own Granger.  The pattern is scheduled to be released on November 23rd, and I will be doing a sewalong in December so you can make a Granger as a Holiday gift. [mc4wp_form] In my last post I made Granger Bag view B with it's messenger bag style flap.  This week I made view A.  Both bags have the same interior structure,...

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