Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajama Shorts by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 11/01/2016 | My Makes

Since Gillian and Katie are encouraging us to up our indoor photoshoot game this month, I figured what better project to shoot than pajamas!  These are the Carolyn Pajama Shorts from Closet Case Files, paired with my Grainline Studio Lark tee for a seriously comfortable getup.  I have never been pleased with my past attempts at indoor photos but with Katie's tips I was able to make some progress.       To take these pics, I had to push my dining room table/sewing table out of the way.  We have a serious lack of clear walls in our small apartment so it was tricky to find...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 06/01/2016 | Wednesday Weekly

Welcome back to the Wednesday Weekly, everyone!  I took a bit of a hiatus over the holidays, but the weekly is back in full force and I am excited to share some of the amazing first sewing projects of the year with you!  Kudos to everyone for all the makes over the Holidays too, I saw some gorgeous party frocks and lovely handmade gifts, not to mention all the awesome 2015 recap posts, I love it. News Voting is open for the best sewing blogs of 2015 over on Madalynne!  I enjoy this contest because I often get to discover new...

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

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 | My Makes

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 Book Bag

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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