Pencil Skirt by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 07/08/2015 | Into My Closet

What better print for a rainy summer day in Vancouver than a blue and green watercolour-esque floral?  I have to admit that is was exciting to don my tights and rain boots for a day, but I was happy when the sun came back too. This pencil is a shortened version of the pencil skirt pattern in Gertie’s new Book for Better Sewing.   I love the longer version of this skirt as well, but I cut up an old dress to make this so there wasn’t quite enough fabric.  Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of the dress before...

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Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 31/07/2015 | Into My Closet

Since the heat wave hit Vancouver, I’ve been feeling a lack of loose fitting tank tops in my wardrobe. The kind of shirts that feel like you're not wearing a shirt, and are easy to throw on with any shorts.  This is a pattern I designed for myself for just this purpose.  I love the shorter length and the way it flows away from the body.  It also has nice thick, comfortable straps and a higher neckline, which is ideal for me because my chest burns easily in the sun.     I’m calling this the flutter top, here is...

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Hornby Island
Posted by Helen | 29/07/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

How's the week treating you lovely folks?  I hope the weather is a nice where you are as it is in Vancouver!  Sam and I are gearing up to go on holiday next week to Hornby island here in BC.  It is a cherished family vacation spot that I have been going to every summer for the last 20 years. I like to think of it as a second new year of sorts, I get all inspired to make positive changes and i'll get loads of time to process all my ideas for the blog. Here's a shot from a past...

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Gertie's Sultry Sheath by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 24/07/2015 | Into My Closet

If you don't already have Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and you are at all interested in vintage silhouettes, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.  I was gifted this book a few years back and it has the most beautiful vintage inspired patterns in it.  When I have those moments where I don't feel like sewing I always pick up this book and read a few chapters of Gertie's enthusiastic instructions and tips for sewing with vintage techniques.  It is all I need to get excited to sew again!  I have admittedly only made two of the...

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Sewaholic Granville Shirt by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 17/07/2015 | Into My Closet

Button up shirts have always intimidated me.  I think its because they have to fit so nicely from top to bottom, not like a skirt or dress that can flare out and away from the body.  There's also the added intimidation factor from the collar and those buttons!  One day I will look at a pattern with buttons and not think "oh no...", perhaps that day will come when I have a more modern machine that can do buttonholes nice and smoothly, no problem.  I love my machine, but my buttonhole attachment is a little wonky.  Sometimes it makes beautiful buttonholes...and sometimes...

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Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
Posted by Helen | 10/07/2015 | Into My Closet

Hello summer people!  Sam and I recently got back from a small road trip to visit family in the west Kootenays of British Columbia.  We had a blast on our journey and I was able to snap some shots of my first Sewaholic Hollyburn!    I have always been taken with this skirt, but it wasn't until I saw Rochelle's Arrows Hollyburn that I knew I had to make one.  Luckily the little sewing shop near my house, Spool of Thread, carries the Cotton and Steel fabrics and I was able to get the arrows fabric in blue! The arrows angle...

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