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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Hudson Pants by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 02/10/2015 | Into My Closet

Is anyone else thrilled about how popular elastic waisted pants have become recently?  You simply can’t get more comfortable than loose pants, except for maybe leggings...or no pants!  I think the styling of looser pants has been taken to new heights in the past year, and I am all for this casual look.         For my pants *cough* secret pyjamas *cough*, I used a rayon fabric with just a hint of stretch.  The pants are based on the Hudson Pant by True Bias.  I followed Kelli’s instructions for making a woven version, since the original pattern is...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 30/09/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

News: Sewaholic released FIVE new patterns this week, all designed for an active lifestyle.  I am so impressed with all of these designs, they really push the boundaries of home sewing and offer a challenge for even the most experienced sewers.  Although they are more detailed, with Tasia’s excellent instructions I’m sure beginners could tackle these makes too.  I am particularly taken with the Pacific leggings and the Dunbar top.     Makes: Is there anything cheerier than Gingham?  It always makes me smile, and Jane’s top is no exception. I love Yetunde’s Peplum top, the silhouette it creates is...

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