Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 27/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers! First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who snapped up my patterns during the sale last week, I really appreciate it! Please take advantage of the sewalongs that are available and get in touch with me if you have any questions! You can reach me at hello@helenscloset.ca.  If you are looking for knits for your Blackwood Cardigan, keep your eyes open for the new Blackbird Fabrics sweater knits that are coming soon! I've seen the samples and they are really beautiful. It feels like September just FLEW by, but I am looking forward to October...

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Cuff thumbholes

So many of you have picked up the Blackwood Cardigan since its release last march and I am so pleased with the response to it over the past 6 months. I'm glad you love this simple, sleek style as much as I do and I am happy to have provided the community with a well-loved pattern that will stand the test of time.  In celebration of Blackwood Cardigan Week here on the blog, I am sharing some simple Blackwood Cardigan hacks that you can easily do to switch things up a bit. On Tuesday I shared a tutorial for making...

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Blackwood Cardigan
Posted by Helen | 21/09/2017 | Pattern News

It is absolutely humbling to see the hundreds of Blackwoods out there in the world now, and I never tire of getting tagged in new posts on Instagram! You can look at the #blackwoodcardigan hashtag to see so many great versions and get inspired by fabric choice, alterations, and some seriously great styling. Today I want to highlight a few of my favourite Blackwoods that I have seen out there so far! Side note: Caroline and I talked on the Love to Sew Podcast about asking permission before sharing makes from others, and I decided to adopt this practice moving forward...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 20/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers! This week I am working hard on my next pattern as well as some upcoming fall projects! I will be participating in the Refashioners 2017, so I've got a suit jacket that looks like it's been through hell on my sewing table, ripped to pieces and spilling interfacing guts everywhere. I'm also fulfilling my denim jacket dreams by making the Hampton Jacket from Alina Design Co. I can't wait to finish these up so I can get them on the blog! What are you working on for fall? News (clockwise from top left) Liesl + Co. released the...

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Blackwood Cardigan Split Hem

I have been wanting to make this hack since the Blackwood Cardigan was released last spring, so I am so glad that I've finally had the chance to do it! This is a simple hack for the cardigan that can actually shave off some construction time and give you a very different result with little alterations. Here are the basic principles of this pattern hack: Leave off the bottom band extend the fronts, back, and front band Leave slits at the sides Leave off the pockets (optional)    You shouldn't need any more fabric than the required amounts already stipulated...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 13/09/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hello, makers! I hope you are all having a great week and are enjoying the last days of summer! I can feel the weather cooling down now here in Vancouver and I have just finished two new Blackwood Cardigans for those early layering days when you can get chilled by the shade or the wind. I love the crisp, cool air these days and I am getting all those familiar 'back to school' feelings that are vestiges of youth. It's nice to take advantage of those feelings and make some fall/winter goals for yourself! I just completed my first goal of the...

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