Posted by Helen | 12/08/2015 | Wednesday Weekly

News In honour of indie pattern designers, Sewing Indie Month is back this September!  Today is the last day to grab the first bundle of patterns for as little as $3.80 per pattern!  I've got mine and am looking forward to bundle 2 as well.  In particular, I'm stoked for the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Ultimate Trousers, and Saltbox top. Makes I am in love with Kelli's Trapeze Dress in Black Linen. Her style is always so effortlessly beautiful. Simple shapes and breezy fabrics are the way to go in the summer heat! Lindsay made a Xerea Dress out of a gorgeous...

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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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