Low Back Ashton Top Hack
Posted by Helen | 06/08/2019 | Ashton Top Hacks

One of the simplest ways to hack a pattern is to adjust the neckline. A garment will take on a whole new look if you give it a v-neck vs a scoop neck vs a high neck. Not only can you adjust the front, but you can adjust the back, too! Today we are going to lower the back on the Ashton Top. I saw a woman wearing a similar style one day and I thought 'I need to do that with Ashton!' She looked so great in her linen cropped top and jeans. Summer outfit perfection. You can grab...

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Frayed Hem Ashton Top Hack
Posted by Helen | 05/08/2019 | Ashton Top Hacks

We are kicking off Ashton August with a very simple hack that gives the Ashton top a modern look. You may have tried the raw-hem jeans trend, but what about tops? Have you ever tried fraying a beautiful striped cotton or lightweight denim? The results can be really fun. This is a hack I actually made almost two years ago! Seriously, the Ashton Top has been a long time coming, and I have so many in my closet that I wear constantly. Since this is an early version, the neckline and fit is a little different than the final pattern....

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Ashton Top Hack
Posted by Helen | 04/08/2019 | Ashton Top Hacks

You know we love pattern hacking here at Helen's Closet. Our patterns are designed to be wearable garments that you will want to make again and again! They are excellent jumping-off points for so many designs and we love seeing you kick things up a notch with our pattern hacks. When you have a great base pattern like the Ashton Top you can create so many different looks. Nail the fit of the original pattern and then pattern hack to your heart's content! Ashton August is going to walk you through how to take this simple tank and make neck...

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Posted by Helen | 29/07/2019 | My Sewing Story

As you may already know, we are celebrating our three year anniversary this week! This is three years for Helen's Closet Patterns and four years since this little home on the web first began as a sewing blog. Psst: Today is the last day for the pattern sale! Grab a pattern for 20% off! I wanted to take a moment to look back on the last year in business. It is always good to make space for gratitude and acknowledge accomplishments, failures, and lessons learned along the way. One year ago today was just after our York Pinafore and Apron...

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Posted by Chloe | 26/07/2019 | Scrap Busting

Hi everyone! Chloe here. I am back again with another sustainable scrap-busting project for you- a sleep mask! Scrap-busting uses up those little bits of fabric that are left over from bigger projects; it helps us sewists to be more sustainable and have fun doing it! Click here if you want to catch up on previous sustainable scrap-busting posts. Sleep masks are wonderful for several reasons. First off, wearing one makes you feel like Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. They are also perfect for blocking light when you want to get a good night's sleep in summertime. I really...

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Posted by Chloe | 24/07/2019 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, Makers! This has been a really fun week for us at Helen's Closet. We released the Costa Tote, a free pattern for newsletter subscribers, and our yearly summer anniversary sale began! The past three years have been absolutely amazing, and we can't thank you enough for joining us on our sewing adventures. News (clockwise from top left) Helen's Closet released the Costa Tote! You can get this pattern for free simply by signing up for our newsletter. Wardrobe by Me released the Akinori Dress. Sew Liberated released the Estuary Skirt. Chalk and Notch released the Victory Tank. Athina...

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