Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 17/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Welcome back to the sewalong! In case you missed it, we have already gone over choosing a size and assembling your PDF pattern. Today, we will be talking about grading between sizes. You can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here. The sizing for the Blackwood Cardigan is US letter sizes XS - XXL.  Each size spans a wider size range than numbered sizing (2, 4, 6, etc), so you may find you fall between sizes. Because the Blackwood Cardigan is designed for knit fabrics with quite a bit of stretch, we’ve got some wiggle room. It is also designed...

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Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Posted by Helen | 16/03/2017 | Indie Darling

In light of the new #sewtogetherforsummer shirtdress challenge, I thought I would put together a little ‘Indie, Darling’ roundup post to provide some options to choose from! Personally, I am torn between the Named Reeta and the McCalls 6696, both of which I have been dying to try. Maybe I will have time to make both!! I know McCalls isn’t indie, but the 6696 seems to have a special place in the hearts of indie sewists and I want to see what all the fuss is about! Let me know your favourite in the comments below and be sure to...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 15/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

I am a big fan of PDF patterns.  Not just because I offer them, but because I prefer them as a home sewist myself.  I almost always go for the PDF over the printed pattern.  I know I'm not alone here, but I also know some people are on the fence or just hate taping (I get it!). Maybe you haven't tried one yet, or you’re wondering how PDF patterns even work!  There are lots of benefits to PDF patterns, and once you get the hang of assembling them, you can have your next sewing project printed, cut, taped and...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 14/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi Makers! There are so many awesome Spring/Summer patterns coming our way these days, I am like a kid in a candy shop! I am currently working on the Victory patterns Hannah dress and the Deer and Doe Lupin jacket to kick off the cooler months of spring sewing, but I am REALLY excited about making some simple tops and dresses soon too.  In fact, there is a little community event happening to encourage me to do just that! Check it out below 🙂  Happy sewing!! News (clockwise from top left) Colette released a new version of their free sorbetto tank, drafted from...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 14/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Welcome to the second post in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! I am really excited to get started. If you haven't yet, you can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here.  How to choose the right size: The Blackwood is designed to fit close to the body without being tight. It fits great over shirts without too much bulk in the shoulders and arms, tank tops, and sleeveless dresses. The cardigan is designed to have an open front, so it will show off your lovely outfit underneath! Here is what one of my testers, Fleurine, had to say about it:...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 13/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

I hope you all are as excited as I am to dive into this sewalong!  Whether you are new to sewing with knits or you just like the motivation that comes from sewing as a group, this sewalong is going to be packed full of inspiration, encouragement, and step-by-step photographs to keep you on track. I have plenty of alteration guidance planned, too, just in case you need to make some adjustments to the pattern before we get going. If you haven't already, you can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here! Check out these posts to get inspired and...

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