Kate Top by Tessuti Patterns - Sewing by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 08/12/2015 | My Makes

Sometimes it’s fun to make summer clothes in the winter, just so you can dream of those warm days when you’ll be wearing them again!  It can be difficult to resist all the summer indie patterns from Australia, and I totally caved when I saw the new Kate Top from Tessuti patterns.       I’ve been wanting to get a basic tank top pattern for a while, and I eventually went for the Kate because it has both high and low neckline options, and I love the way the bottom of the tank is finished with the side split...

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Granger Bag Sewalong by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 07/12/2015 | Granger Book Bag

Day three already!  Today is exciting because our bags are really going to take shape with these steps.  You will need your pins, scissors, iron, sewing machine, and measuring tape for today.  I also recommend having a well lit space to work, because the tab portion of the next steps requires a good light source. Lets get going! First, take your outer bag and fold it in half, right sides together.  Pin along both sides and sew using a 5/8" (1.5cm) seam allowance. Start at the middle seam to make sure that lines up perfectly.  Once sewn, trim your seam allowance...

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10 Handmade Holiday Gifts
Posted by Helen | 05/12/2015 | Sewing Inspiration

It's that time of year, folks!  The time when you make a list of all the handmade gifts you want to give to your friends and family and then look at the calendar and realize the two just don't line up!  With only 3 weeks to go, it may not be possible to make a dress or knit a sweater for everyone on your list, but there are lots of simple handmade gift ideas out there!  Quality handmade gifts that you would actually want to get on christmas, I swear.  I'm focused on sewing and sewing notion based gifts here, since, well,...

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Bethioua Sweater by Elle Puls - Made by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 04/12/2015 | My Makes

I am really excited about the Indie Sew winter collection this year!  It is the first bundle I’ve purchased from them and I am super stoked  to make all three pieces.  First up we have the Bethioua sweater from Elle Puls. This sweater features a raglan batwing sleeve and a very cool back yoke detail.  I love the drapey fit of this sweater, making it perfect for thinner knits.  The fabric is slightly see-through, but in these shots I actually can’t see my tank top underneath so... yay!       When I was cutting out the Bethioua I had...

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Granger Bag Sewalong by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 03/12/2015 | Granger Book Bag

All ready for day two of the Granger Bag sewalong?  If you are making view A of the bag, today is going to be nice and easy for you.  We will be using our magnetic snaps, so make sure you have these handy.  You will also need pins, an iron, a measuring tape or guage, and your sewing machine. Lets get started! To follow along in your instruction booklet, today we will be covering steps 1 - 15.  We are going to start with laying down our outer bag pieces to make sure we've got them straight. Flip the tops onto...

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Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 02/12/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy first Wednesday of the Holiday season!  I don't know about you all, but my calendar is already jammed full of awesome holiday events and family time, I am so looking forward to it!  I'm going to try my best to stay on top of the sewing this month, my biggest undertaking being the new Clare Coat from Closet Case Files.  It arrived in the mail and OMG the pattern is gorgeous, I can't wait! News Rachel is hosting a Christmas #sewphotohop!  Head on over to her blog to get the details.   Jenny from Cashmerette has released a new pattern!...

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