Blackwood Cardigan Split Hem

I have been wanting to make this hack since the Blackwood Cardigan was released last spring, so I am so glad that I've finally had the chance to do it! This is a simple hack for the cardigan that can actually shave off some construction time and give you a very different result with little alterations. Here are the basic principles of this pattern hack: Leave off the bottom band extend the fronts, back, and front band Leave slits at the sides Leave off the pockets (optional)    You shouldn't need any more fabric than the required amounts already stipulated...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 13/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hello, makers! I hope you are all having a great week and are enjoying the last days of summer! I can feel the weather cooling down now here in Vancouver and I have just finished two new Blackwood Cardigans for those early layering days when you can get chilled by the shade or the wind. I love the crisp, cool air these days and I am getting all those familiar 'back to school' feelings that are vestiges of youth. It's nice to take advantage of those feelings and make some fall/winter goals for yourself! I just completed my first goal of the...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 06/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

It is a particularly happy Wednesday today, makers! Today marks the 100th Wednesday Weekly roundup! Its been just about 2 years since I started the Wednesday weekly back in 2o15 (you can check out the very first one here). My goal from the beginning was to create a news resource for the sewing community where you can find out about pattern releases, community events, and, of course, admire each other's makes! I have always tried my best to share new blogs that I find so we can all continue to expand our networks and connect with each other. I also love...

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Shibori Indigo Dyeing
Posted by Helen | 04/09/2017 | A Handmade Tale

This summer I had the pleasure of dyeing some fabric with friends using a shibori method and indigo dye. I took loads of photos and I have had this post planned for some time now, but it took some time to get the pics edited. I wanted to share the methods we used and the results we got from them in case you try indigo dyeing in the future! We had so much fun (and worked our butts off) dyeing 4 pieces of fabric each! There wasn't much information online for dyeing large pieces of fabric and it comes with its own...

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Wednesday Weekly #99
Posted by Helen | 30/08/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday! This week I am feeling super jazzed about the podcast and my upcoming pattern projects! I am also totally feeling like I am ready for some cooler fall weather and I'm planning my fall and winter sewing! Are you starting to think about your next makes? I think I want to focus on some sewing challenges this season. It will likely mean fewer items sewn, but tackling more complex projects like jeans, a raincoat, and maybe even a few bras! I can't wait to get started. News (clockwise from top left) Jennifer Lauren Handmade released the Mayberry Dress....

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Posted by Helen | 29/08/2017 | Into My Closet

When I first heard that the Sewcialist August challenge was to pay tribute to a fellow sewist, I knew that I wanted to join in! Trouble is, I follow so many sewists who inspire me every day and I was really dragging my butt deciding. Finally, Caroline and I interviewed Katie from What Katie Sews for the Love to Sew podcast and I knew exactly who I should pick - duh - Katie! Katie always chooses the coolest fabrics, pairs patterns and textiles together so beautifully, and totally pulls of her effortless, modern, boxy style. We loved chatting with Katie and after...

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