Posted by Helen | 11/09/2015 | My Makes

From the moment I saw this dress I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me.  I absolutely adore shirtdresses and this one is so beautifully designed with its gathered sides and back.  It is the Alder dress from Grainline Studios, my first make from Jen’s collection and I am completely smitten.  The pattern was high quality, with easy to follow instructions and nice graphic design (something I always appreciate).  Side note, this is my 10th make on the blog!  The last 2 months have been incredibly fun, motivating and fulfilling, thanks for following along on my...

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Wednesday Weekly #6
Posted by Helen | 09/09/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

News Grainline Studios released their new pattern, the Lark Tee! Seamwork Magazine has put the Oslo sweater on sale this month for $1!  Grab yours before this offer ends. Sewaholic Patterns took new photos of their Crescent and Rae skirts and they look really lovely. Grainline Lark Tee,  Seamwork Oslo Sweater,  Sewaholic Crescent Skirt   Makes Laura Mae finished a 10 year work in progress dress this week, isn't that just the best feeling? I am dying over these crazy pants by Clio.  Crazy cut, crazy fabric, crazy awesome! Deer & Doe released three new patterns this month, and Camille has made them all!! The...

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Dixie DIY Bonnel Dress by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 04/09/2015 | My Makes

Ohhhhh man, this dress.  I was really stoked to make the Bonnel, after seeing so many cute ones pop up over the summer!  It is a relatively easy pattern with unique side-cut outs.  I am fairly happy with how mine turned out, but it was one of those projects where things go wrong at every turn!  I managed to make it through to the other side though, so I consider this dress conquered! Not every project can be a resounding success, and it is important to embrace the shortcomings in every endeavour as learning experiences.  I really struggled with this dress and it...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 02/09/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy September Everybody!  I don't know about you guys, but since it feels as though the summer came to a screeching halt here in Vancouver when the rainstorm started over the weekend. It was the biggest storm to hit Vancouver in the last decade, knocking out the lights for 400,000 people!  We were thankfully spared, but it did make me think about battery backups for sewing machines, although I guess it is a good opportunity to do some hand stitching by candlelight. News The second indie pattern bundle was released yesterday for Sewing Indie Month.  It is such a steal at $25 - $38,...

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Fall Sewing Plans by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 29/08/2015 | Sewing Inspiration

Fall might be my favourite season for fashion.  Sure, it doesn't have the relief of Spring or the bright colours of Summer, but it certainly makes up for it with cozy fabrics and rich hues.  I love wearing tights, boots, and scarves too so that helps.  I have so many sewing plans for this autumn season, including a couple of entries into Sewing Indie Month.   I've already set aside many fabrics for this adventure, but I just received Blackbird Fabrics fall fabric lineup in my inbox this weekend - I might have to make some adjustments!  As usual, it's...

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Unicorn Culottes by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 28/08/2015 | My Makes

I have been fortunate in my life to have been encouraged to read.  My parents read tons of books to my sister and I when we were little and my dad liked to do silly voices for all the characters to make us laugh and scream in delight.  Reading transports you into a world of creativity, encouraging you to imagine things beyond your reality and experience emotions and scenarios outside your comfort zone.  Books can teach you to be brave, empathetic, optimistic, and humble.  They can help you cope with sadness, anger, and disappointment.  I wouldn’t be the person I...

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