Helen's Closet Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 06/04/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

Howdy makers!  It has been a very exciting week for me because I just got my very own Serger!  I went with the Juki MO654de and you can expect a full overview of the machine along with 2 cents about beginner sergers in the next week.  Needless to say it has already changed my sewing and I am really thrilled about all the possibilities moving forward.  I am one lucky girl to have gotten my Juki as a Birthday present from my parents - thank you both so much!!! Makes       I was so inspired by this project from Grosgrain...

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Sewing Patterns With 70's Flare - Indie, Darling by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 01/04/2016 | Indie Darling, Sewing Inspiration

Isn’t it fun when decades of fashion come back around?  I love the 70’s vibe that is so popular right now and I have been wanting to sew some 70’s inspired clothes.  Check out my inspiration board on Pinterest and take a look at these awesome indie patterns! Pants Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather - Intermediate These flares are rapidly becoming a favourite pattern in the indie sewing community, they have a great shape and are impeccably drafted.    Ginger Jeans Flares by Closet Case Files - Intermediate Since the success of the Gingers, Heather has released a flare expansion pack,...

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Helen's Closet Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 30/03/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

Apologies for skipping a Wednesday last week, I was sick with a cold and had to choose between finishing my Almada Robe so I could lounge around in it, or typing up the Wednesday Weekly. We all know what won that battle.  As a result, I have an extra jam-packed WW for you all, hope you enjoy! News Sew DIY released the Nita Wrap Skirt and it is definitely a must-make for this season.  Check out this awesome tester roundup for inspiration. Hey June released the Charleston Dress, you can view the pattern tester round-up here - what a chic look!...

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Seamwork Almada Robe by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 28/03/2016 | Into My Closet

I look forward to Seamwork magazine each month, particularly because of the two patterns that are provided with each subscription.  The magazine itself is free to read, so you if you haven't yet, you should check it out!  Each month, the magazine has a theme and the patterns go along with that theme.  As a subscriber, you get two credits to use on the current issue's patterns or any patterns from past issues.  Check out the pattern library here.  So far, I have made the Reno and Dakota swimsuit, Kenedy dress (not blogged yet), and this Almada Robe.     ...

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Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 21/03/2016 | Into My Closet

I've said it before and I will say it again - I love Grainline Studio Patterns.  For me, it is a combination of great patterns that go well together and build a very wearable wardrobe, unique design details, and impeccable drafting.  So far, I have made the Alder, Archer, Cascade, Lark, and now their latest pattern, the Driftless Cardigan.  I do intend to make them all, right down to the cute little Stowe bag. The Driftless is a light layering cardigan, perfect for any season.  It has a loose, casual fit and the option for button closures the front.  I...

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15 Best Indie Mini Skirt Sewing Patterns
Posted by Helen | 17/03/2016 | Indie Darling, Sewing Inspiration

This is the first post in a new series on the blog!  I am putting together some round-ups of favourite indie patterns to feature all the talented indie pattern designers out there right now. I hope you enjoy reading! When I am thinking of making something, I usually know that I want to make a certain type of garment, like a skirt or shirt or pair of pants.  I then go and research the patterns available on great sites like Indie Sew and The Fold Line.  It is so nice to see all the patterns in one place so I can...

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