Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 04/01/2016 | Into My Closet

Woo hoo, first post of the new year!  I wanted to start this year off with a bang, so I decided to use some crazy stretch cotton I had in my stash to make some crazy pants!  This also coincides well with my new years goal of using more fabric from my stash instead of buying more #thestruggleisreal.  These are the Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It, a simple pattern that yields great results.  The pattern is just front and back pieces with a waistband facing and a side zip, making this a quick and fun sew.       I decided...

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Helen's Closet Sewing Projects 2015
Posted by Helen | 29/12/2015 | My Sewing Story

It seems like cheating to call this a full year in review, since I started this little blog in July of 2015, but I'm not one to pass up a chance for reflection.  Much like ready-to-wear, sometimes hand made garments don't end up being as beloved as you had hoped.  Others end up surprising you, getting washed every week and becoming staples in your wardrobe.  I think we can learn a lot from these pieces, about who we really and our true sense of self.  Of course it's not surprising that lounge wear gets a lot of time in the ring, but...

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Closet Case Files Clare Coat by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 22/12/2015 | Into My Closet

I could not be more excited to share my most recent make with you all!  It’s the star of this season’s indie pattern releases (IMHO), the Closet Case Files Clare Coat.  I was waiting for this pattern as soon as Heather announced she was working on a coat design.  All of her patterns that I have made so far fit me really well and they are all effortlessly chic, so I knew this one would be no exception.  It was also exciting to purchase one of her first paper pattern releases, and the physical pattern is absolutely gorgeous, with lovely watercolour...

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Granger Bag by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 17/12/2015 | Granger Bag Sewalong

Thanks again to everybody who signed up to receive the free Granger Book Bag Pattern!  I had a lot of fun making the pattern and doing the sewalong with you all. I made both views during the sewalong so I could demonstrate view A and view B.  If you are interested in seeing how this bag comes together, you can check out the sewalong here.  I made the floral version for myself, since I did not have a view A yet, and It seemed a fitting reward for meeting my goal of releasing a pattern and doing a sewalong!  I’m...

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Granger Bag Sewalong by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 17/12/2015 | Granger Bag Sewalong

Final day, woo hoo!!  Congrats on making it to the last step of the sewalong, I hope you all had fun making your bags so far!  Today is all about the bag strap, so grab your strap pieces, pins, sewing machine, iron, and strap slider and let's get started! If you are making your strap from fabric, place strap parts A and B together with right sides facing.  Your stitch guide boxes should be on the ends that are not lined up.  Pin and sew the two straps pieces together along the short end. Press the seam towards the longer side...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 16/12/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

Hello dear makers!  I hope everybody's holiday season is in full swing and you are getting a chance to wear all those party frocks you've been sewing up over the last few months!  It's fun to admire all the pretty sewing happening during the holidays, and get inspiration for the new year. Makes Mariah's Clare Coat turned out beautifully and it was the push I needed to get mine finished this evening!  I love the color she chose and her pattern reviews are always very thorough and honest. This Isla Trench coat from Julie is seriously awesome.  I need a spy jacket, right?...

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