Wednesday Weekly #82

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Wednesday Weekly #82

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 OK.There are still so many questions that need to be answered, but first, we have to ask them, and that is what Fashion Revolution week is all about. Encouraging an open discussion about the fashion industry to get answers to our questions.

Wednesday Weekly #82

News (clockwise from top left)

In The Folds released the Collins Top (I’ve already made one and I love it!).

Grainline Studio released expansion packs for the Lark Tee, including a dress expansion and a cardigan expansion.

Sew Over It released the Eve Dress, a new printed pattern.

Tessuti released Bella, a woven long sleeved dress.


Fashion Revolution

Community Events

It’s fashion revolution week! Find out how you can join in on Instagram by visiting In The Folds.  For more information about this week and how we can make changes in the fast fashion industry, visit the Fashion Revolution Website.



I love these tencel Chi-town Chinos from Dandelion Drift.

A beautiful floral Alex dress from The Petite Passions.

This Reeta Shirtdress from Life in a Mads House is awesome.

How pretty is the tassel zip on this Acton Dress from Stitch Study.

Lori’s off-the-shoulder Mimi G top is amazing.

Amanda is looking chic in her latest dress. 

This Kelly Anorak by Rage against the Sewing Machine is incredible.

Hey June’s Lodo dress is my favorite version I’ve seen so far!

Pattern and Branch made the Jutland Pants for herself and they look soooo comfy.

This York Cape from Sewn By Elizabeth is super pretty.



I love looking at the same pattern made in many fabrics, don’t you? What a difference the fabric can make! Check out this Linden comparison from Hello Holli for Imagine Gnats!

Linden Comparison

About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

8 Comments on “Wednesday Weekly #82”

  1. I’m really enjoying Fashion Revolution week – because like you say, it’s freeing me up to ask questions instead of just feeling overwhelmingly guilty! That said, I’m trying to reconcile what I want to sew (knits and rayons) with what might be more sustainable (wovens that last longer? all organic? fabric made in higher-income countries?) It’s not easy to figure out the “right” thing to do!

  2. Thanks for linking to my pants, Helen! I really appreciate it. It’s so much fun to look at everyone’s makes, especially since some of the people I “know” through Instagram, but haven’t looked at their blogs. It’s great to see a broader view of their sewing practice. Also, I have the same thoughts that you were mentioning in your first paragraph. No answers, but I have begun to think about those things just a bit.

  3. Thank you for posting all these great links again Helen! I always love spending time clicking through all the makes – the patterns and fabrics they used to make them 🙂 Have you investigated Trends patterns in the UK? She has some beautiful, unique and creative designs that I think you would love.

  4. Thanks for sharing my Reeta dress, Helen! <3

    Fashion Revolution Week is a somber and interesting time; I don't really buy clothes anymore, but I obviously have to buy fabric. I think it's important to recognize that, while sewing for ourselves allows us to remove one link in the supply chain (and that's easy to pat ourselves on the back about), we still have to be aware of where our fabric comes from and the cost of it–both human and environmental. Certainly not a pleasant or easy topic, but an important one.

    1. I agree, and the more we as makers emphasize the need for ethical fabrics and textiles, the more the fabric stores we love will stock them and find out more information for us. We are fortunate to have great relationships with our small business materials suppliers, so we have a unique opportunity to connect with them about these issues and make change faster!

  5. thank you for featuring my coat and your super kind words! 🙂 i’ve worn it almost every day since i finished it so am fully embracing the fashion rev mind set, making key pieces and moving far away from horrible horrible fast fashion.

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