Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 09/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hi, Makers! Apologies for the late Wednesday Weekly, I was away on a little work retreat for the last few days so I am playing catch up on blog-related things. We had a great stay on Saltspring island here in BC. Check out this video I shot at the top of the mountain we climbed yesterday! I am so blessed to live in the Pacific North West, is is just such a gorgeous place. I hope you are all having a great week, too! Let's dive into what is happening in the indie sewing world, shall we? News (clockwise from...

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Tessuti Leni Top
Posted by Helen | 06/03/2017 | Into My Closet

I'm taking a break from the Blackwood Cardigan posts today! As much as I love making patterns and supporting fellow sewists as they tackle my designs, I also LOVE making other indie patterns and want to continue to share those makes, too. The blog will be busy with Blackwood sewalong posts in the next couple of weeks and I have lots of great tutorials planned. For those of you who aren’t interested in the Blackwood, that’s OK! The tutorials will be useful for other patterns and I will continue my weekly indie sewing posts and round-ups, too. That said, today...

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Blackwood Cardigan Inspiration

I’ll be the first to admit that my motivation for designing the Blackwood Cardigan was purely selfish. I really wanted a layering cardigan with extra long arms and a nice, open front. Too often I put on cardigans for some extra warmth but struggle to get my jacket on over top. I like the grandpa cardigan style sometimes, but it can make me feel a bit frumpy. I also prefer cardigans without added fabric in the front, so my carefully planned outfit doesn't get buried. Of course, pockets were also a must, and thus the Blackwood Cardigan design was born!...

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Blackwood Cardigan

Fabric can make all the difference in the final garment, so it is important to choose the right fabric for your desired results! I hope you are all excited to get sewing your Blackwood Cardigans. Today I will be comparing different fabric weights, answering from FAQ's, and recommending some online fabric shops where you can find great knits! Psssst: The Blackwood Cardigan is on sale for 20% for a little while longer! Grab your copy today for 20% off. What fabric weight should I choose? The Blackwood can be made in anything from a lightweight jersey to a spongy sweater...

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Posted by Helen | 01/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Helloooooo, Makers! What a crazy week it has been! I released my second garment pattern this week, the Blackwood Cardigan, which makes today a very exciting day because I get to include it in the roundup of new patterns! I had a VERY stressful weekend because my website was having technical difficulties in the middle of my trying to get the pattern out. I was freaking out about expectations and professionalism and honestly feeling pretty defeated. Thankfully, that is all in the past and I pushed through! Many of you managed to purchase the new pattern on Monday despite my...

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Blackwood Cardigan Tester Roundup

I was so fortunate to have a fantastic group of ladies test my latest pattern, the Blackwood Cardigan. Their versions turned out beautifully and their feedback was invaluable to the process. It is truly amazing to be able to rely on support from this community to help me achieve my goal of releasing another pattern!   The tester group was assembled from previous testers of the Winslow Culottes, people who had volunteered to test via comments or emails over the last 6 months, and a few friends I connected with in person at Camp Workroom Social! I owe this group...

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