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Wednesday Weekly #119

Happy Wednesday! I am happy to announce that Sam and I have booked a vacation at the end of March and I am starting my vacation sewing early!  It is also going to give me a jumpstart on summer sewing because we are going to Thailand! I can’t wait to get started with my me-made vacation plans. Any advice on dressing for Thailand? I am all ears!

Wednesday Weekly

News (clockwise from top left)

Rosy Pena released the Chloe sweatshirt.

Anna Rose Patterns released the Oscar Pants and Shorts.

Tilly and the Buttons released the Mila Dungarees.

Grainline Studio released the Yates Coat (insert delighted squeal here).

The second Issue of Sewn Magazine is now available for order.


Community Events

Lisa Kisch is organizing a giveaway on her YouTube channel! Check it out for a chance to win patterns from me and Heather Lou.


Sew for Victory has put out a call for sewing as self-care stories! Share your story on the Sew for Victory blog. Find out more here!



This velvet Nettie from Attack of the Seam Ripper.

Sew Wrong made an incredible Fur Coat.

Dandelion Drift made Ginger jeans AND Morgan jeans.

Henna Hamima made a quilted knit tunic.

Lori’s tweed moto jacket is amazing.

Sew Manju made a great head to toe look this week.

I love these lander pants from Heidi of Handmade Frenzy!

Super cute PJ’s from Lower Your Presser Foot.

Pins and Pinot shares photos of her Blackwood Cardigan on her travels!

I can’t get over how beautiful these photos of Saki Jane’s engagement dress are.

Check out this leather skirt from A Stitching Odyssey.

Made by Laquana made a great Appleton wrap dress.



Sophie Bach shares her Trello organization for patterns and fabric.


Love to Sew Podcast

This week we hear from Caz Adams, the sewing instructor behind UsefulBox in Sydney, Australia. Caz shares a moving story with us and we discuss sewing as therapy and a means to connect with others and with ourselves. She also shares tips for beginner sewists and potential sewing teachers out there!

Love to Sew

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.

26 Comments on “Wednesday Weekly #119”

  1. I went to Thailand a few years ago and it was so amazing – you’re going to love it. I did the mad dash of sewing beforehand, so good for you on getting a jump start! As far as advice, loose, lightweight clothing for sure. I did a lot of google searching on what to wear and got a little freaked out about having to be pretty conservative in a super hot and humid environment, but it really depends on where you are. If you’re in the beach areas, pretty much anything goes, but they are serious about being covered up when visiting temples. I had to buy a t-shirt once because my shawl covering my spaghetti straps wasn’t enough! Shoot me an email if you have any specific questions, I would be happy to give advice.

    1. Thank you, Laura! I definitley got scared reading stuff online too. We are mostly going to be down on Ko Samui and Ko Tao, so it sounds like I can get away with my ogden camis there. I will pack a sleeved shirt and pants for temples!

  2. Thailand is so awesome! I spent a few days in Phuket and it was great. I’d recommend a few voile caftans and some loose voile wide leg (elastic waist!) pants to layer. It IS quite hot, but as Laura said, you do need to cover up in the temples. You and Sam will have a blast

    1. Cotton voile is such a great suggestion! I am thinking of hacking the Winslow culottes into an elastic waisted pant for traveling :D

  3. Wheeeee, Thailand! I went in 2004, and ended up being there during the big tsunami (I was safe on the east coast) and I have to admit, I don’t remember a damn thing I wore that long ago! But clearly, Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’ is the one to ask – and also check out her Thai fabric shopping guide! ;)

    1. Thanks Gillian! Wow, that must have been crazy, even if you were on the opposite coast! I will for sure reach out to Meg about it, I have read her shopping guide already and have a whole day set aside for fabrics before the trip home.

    1. Thanks Meg! I totally bookmarked your post back when you wrote it for this moment! I am super pumped to check out these shops. I have a pile of linen and cotton with my name on it just waiting to be made into ‘art teacher chic’ wear :P

  4. I’m in Thailand writing this and I’d second all the advice above. I also find that my sensitive winter skin has had enough sunshine after two hours despite factor 50 sunscreen so have a coverup ready at all times. Or a length of fabric purchased following Meg‘s guide

  5. Congratulations on the Blackwood Cardigan winning one of the Best Patterns of 2017 spots on Pattern Review! Awesome!

  6. Thanks so much for including my Lander Pants in the roundup!! My sister is currently in Thailand and I’m pretty jealous. Everyone else’s advice seems to coordinate well with what she has to say about the temperatures

  7. I travel to Koh Samui regularly. Loose light clothing as it is hot and humid. Don’t wear good shoes as it is dusty underfoot, probably something easy you can wash under a tap.

    The food is amazing, the people are so friendly, you will enjoy your trip. My son and his family live there and I have so much change in the past 14 years with it becoming so much busier. Sawadi ka.

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