Wednesday Weekly #83
Posted by Helen | 03/05/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Welcome to May, makers! I am bringing all my me-mades to the front of my closet so I can see all my options in the morning. Like most sewists, I have items that do not get worn very often and this exercise is good for determining if they should stay.  Not everything you make will be a success, and it can be hard to part with items that you laboured over. The reward for that effort is a better understanding of your style preferences and, of course, increased sewing skills! This month, try to wear your me-mades, but also try...

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Alder Shirtdress
Posted by Helen | 01/05/2017 | Into My Closet

Are you participating in the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge? We are all making shirtdresses to wear during the warm summer months. You can use any shirtdress pattern and any fabric - check out the contest details here. I love shirtdresses and my favorite TNT shirtdress pattern is the Alder Shirtdress from Grainline Studio. I have made the ruffle bottomed version twice before with different results from two different fabrics. The red version below is made from a super soft and floaty rayon print, while the octopus version on the right is made from a crisp cotton lawn.   This time, I wanted...

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Spring/Summer sewing 2017
Posted by Helen | 28/04/2017 | Sewing Inspiration

Are you guys ready for Spring and Summer!? I have been thinking a lot about what I want to sew this season and I have to admit, I'm still in the overwhelmed by options and inspiration phase. You know, when you are seriously considering making 20 things in three months?  It's an exciting time, but let's be honest, eventually, we need to narrow it down a bit. I've broken down my inspiration into several sections, and I hope to make one or two things from each area so I can have a bit of everything! I hope you enjoy these inspiration pics, you...

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Wednesday Weekly #82
Posted by Helen | 26/04/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Fashion Revolution week, makers! I am taking some time this week to think about my fashion habits and their impact on the world. How can I improve my sewing practice to waste less and recycle more? Where is the balance between having fun with clothes and style and a minimalist wardrobe of practical, functional pieces?  Can I truly participate in slow fashion at the rate I sew and produce garments? While making your own clothes is a great step forward, where does the fabric come from? With all these questions comes some strong feelings of guilt and shame, and that is...

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Wednesday Weekly #81
Posted by Helen | 19/04/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing long weekend for Easter!  I spent a sunny afternoon replanting my container garden wearing shorts. SHORTS! It was so nice and now I have all the necessary herbs for summer cooking and mojito making. I know it snowed in the colder parts of Canada this week, so to those of you who have not yet seen the light of Spring, hang in there!!  It is coming soon, promise.  In the meantime, here is some spring sewing inspiration to distract you :). News (clockwise from top left) Closet Case Files...

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Cascade Duffle Vest
Posted by Helen | 18/04/2017 | Into My Closet

This post has been on my ‘to blog’ list for so long!!  I finished this make back in January, and I was feeling that it was too cold-weather specific for this time of year, but then I realized it is so perfect for Easter! I literally look like an easter egg in it, so how could I not share? I got the idea in my head that I wanted a puffy vest for the cooler months, but I’m not crazy about the sportier, nylon versions out there.  I wanted a wool one with lots of ‘puff’ and great pockets, those...

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