Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 20/06/2016 | Into My Closet

Don’t you just love summer rain?  The smell of a dry heat extinguished, you can practically hear the plants breath a sigh of relief.   I like to walk in the rain, no umbrella, just feeling the rain on my skin and taking in that feeling of release.  For this summer stroll I wore my new Driftless Cardigan, a wonderful pattern from Grainline Studio.   This is my second time making the Driftless, and this time I took my time with the front band so it is much improved!  This design involves hand-stitching the front band, enclosing the seam where the...

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Winslow Culottes View C by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 16/06/2016 | Into My Closet

I know what you are thinking…’what is up with the culottes trend?’  I gave this length of culottes the side-eye for quite some time before giving them a try.  The trend is everywhere on fashion sites and pinterest, showing the cropped pant styled every which way.  I had such a love/hate relationship with this style, but after much internal debate, I took a deep breath, reminded myself of the phrase ‘don’t knock it till you try it’, and made my first pair of culottes!  Now, I am pretty much a culotte evangelist, spreading the word and bringing other former culotte...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 15/06/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

I'd like to say thanks for all the outpouring of support and encouragement on my 1 year blogging anniversary yesterday.  You are all such amazing, creative, people and it means to much to me that you are in my life!  It is truly inspiring to have you all as my cheerleaders, and to receive so much help with my creative endeavors and sewing goals.  Ok, I'm getting teary eyed - lets get on to the news! News In The Folds released a free pattern via Peppermint Magazine, the Jersey Dress.  It looks so comfy I can’t wait to make like 100...

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Posted by Helen | 14/06/2016 | My Sewing Story

This blog has completely changed my life.  Over the past year I feel I have grown so much, made hundreds of new friends all over the world, and discovered what it feels like to be passionate about something.  Like, really, really passionate.   I’ve had many hobbies and interests over the years, and I enjoy doing a lot of different creative things. I play guitar, I cook, and I like to draw and paint to name a few.  With all of these pursuits, I have wished I could be better.  I wish I had the time, energy, and motivation to...

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Posted by Helen | 13/06/2016 | Into My Closet

Nothing beats the heat like a gorgeous, flowy dress, right?  This is by far my new favourite thing to throw on.  Comfortable and chic, who could ask for more?  This is the Papercut Patterns Sway Dress, a gift to me from my sister.  Thanks, Tracy!   The Sway dress has been a popular pattern in the indie sewing scene for some time now.  I am always swooning over new versions of this dress, and I am so happy to finally have my own!  I made view A and I added the pockets, because, well, pockets!  I also made the waist tie...

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Winslow Culottes View B by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 09/06/2016 | Into My Closet

Like many other Vancouverites, I ride my bike to work.  It’s a quick 15 minute ride, and there is an awesome bike route close to my apartment!  I ride alongside loads of other cyclists and there is a huge range of cycle style out there.  From full spandex body suits to high heeled shoes, anything goes when it comes to biking attire in this city.  I like to ride in my work clothes so I don’t have to change when I arrive.  Sometimes I change my shoes, but other than that, I like to be ready to go.  My upcoming...

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