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Wednesday Weekly #101

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 season, which was sewing my first ever pair of jeans. I can’t wait to share more about this process on the blog and I could not be happier to have finally tackled this long-time goal of mine. Do you have a big sewing goal this season?

News (clockwise from top left)

True Bias released her first paper pattern, the Lander Pants and Shorts.

Itch to Stitch released the North Point Trousers.

Cashmerette released a sleeve expansion pack for the Upton Dress.

Sew Over It released the Phoebe Dress.

Pauline Alice released the Faura Top and Dress.

Named Clothing released their fall collection, Earth Science.



literary sewing circle

Melanie from Following The Thread is hosting a Literary Sewing Circle! You can join in by reading the books each month an optionally making a garment inspired by the book. You can also join in the discussion about the book each month on her blog. Hear all about this week on the Clothes Making Mavens podcast!


Join in the Sewcialists by voting on the next themes this week!



Sophie Bach made a gorgeous Pavot coat.

This gingham dress from Minimal Extravaganz is stunning.

I am obsessed with this maxi dress from Amy Nicole Studio!

Kadiddlehpper made a great blouse and fab jeans.

How stunning is this white swiss dot dress from Threaded!?

Gingerthread Girl made a fantastic Rosa shirtdress.

I love these Lander Shorts from Dandelion Drift.

Carolyn made a seriously cool paneled dress.

This simple Brumby skirt from Sew Busy Lizzy is awesome.

I am swooning over the light in these photos from Pech & Schwefel! Isn’t her coat just amazing?

Bombazine has done it again with this stunning Oval Coat.

Jolie Bobbins is killing it with these high waisted trousers.



Melly Sews shares how to match prints and plaids.



I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Christine Haynes this week with Caroline on the Love to Sew Podcast. Christine is a real inspiration to me in my business and my life. I loved chatting with her – don’t miss this episode!

Christine Haynes



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.

10 Comments on “Wednesday Weekly #101”

  1. Oh my goodness thanks so much for the link! What an honor!! Also- I too had the seasonal goal of sewing my first pair of jeans this fall. I just started mine and it’s going well so far. A little ambitious but I’m also making my husband a pair for our “cotton” anniversary lol. Can’t wait to see your yours turned out!

  2. Hi Helen. Thanks so much for the shout out to the Clothes Making Mavens podcast, and Melanie’s Literary Sewing Circle. I’m really excited to join two of my favourite pastimes — sewing and reading — and share my excitement with people who feel the same way. I’ve already finished the book!

  3. Really love the podcast, Helen! Great interview with Christine! It feels so good to have a good sewing podcast back on the scene, I especially love the insight into the lives of the famous sewers.

  4. Thanks for sharing the Literary Sewing Circle! I appreciate it 🙂 I hope everyone feels welcome to drop in on it as you can.

    Also really enjoyed the interview with Christine Haynes which I just listened to — she is inspiring, isn’t she?

  5. Your podcast this week was so much fun to listen to! I’ve been a fan of Christine’s patterns almost since I returned to sewing 3 years ago and listening to her laugh filled my heart with joy. She’s come through a very difficult period with such bounce and verve! She really does have the best laugh ever 🙂 and in combination with yours and Caroline’s who would want to miss that??

  6. I need to catch up on the podcast! Congratulations on your first jeans. You feel like such a boss after your first pair; I’m looking forward to reading about your experience and seeing your pics! Those Lander pants are so cute with the button fly!

    1. Derp, I forgot to mention my big plans for fall are some Doctor Who cosplays for me and my husband, possibly my daughter (I have some cool fabric that would make a sweet Dalek, but I may run out of time!!!).

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