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Wednesday Weekly #55

Wow! What a week in the sewing world! There have been so many awesome pattern releases it is hard to keep up!  This week, I hosted a little sewathon with Caroline from Blackbird Fabrics, and we made a bunch of wardrobe basics together!  It was so much fun and I am loving having more layering pieces to grab and go.  She also showed me how to make my own undies and I am completely obsessed now. They are so much more comfortable than store bought undies! Once again, I am wondering why I waited so long to give it a try.  

I was having some website issues yesterday, so apologies for the late WW! 

Wednesday Weekly Helen's Closet


The latest issue of Seamwork is out offering two new dress patterns!  The Winona and the Arden are both glamourous options for cooler weather.

Sew House Seven released the Toaster Sweaters.

Closet Case Files released the Kelly Anorak.  Words cannot express how excited I am to make this pattern!

Jennifer Lauren Vintage released the Ivy pinafore dress.

Blank Slate Patterns released the Auberley dress.

Orange Lingerie is now offering the popular boylston bra pattern in DDD to J cups.

October marks the end of the Refashioners 2016, and the beginning of slow fashion October! Read more about it on the Fringe Association.

There is a brand new podcast available for those moments when you can’t be sewing, or perhaps you’d like to listen while you sew.  The Maker Style podcast launched this week with 4 episodes! I’ve devoured them all and am excited to hear more.



This Decades of Style Object d’Art Dress from Sew for Victory is blowing my mind.

A lovely pop of colour on this Charleston dress from Sew Haligonian.

I love the simplicity of this men’s shirt refashion from Trash to Couture.

A beautiful Ogden cami from Sew Bon.

This Inari Tee and pencil skirt combo from Sewing Like Mad is amazing.

I am stunned by this dress from Peneloping this week.  I love this Cotton + Steel fabric! I’m currently working with it as well, can’t wait to share my project!



Three ways to sew a curved hem from Megan Nielsen and a narrow curved hem tutorial from Itch to Stitch.

Sew This Pattern shares ideas on how to store PDF patterns.

Melly Sews demonstrates adding a ruffle to any garment.



I am losing it over these embroidered wooden backpacks by Merve Burma.

Wooden backpacks by Merve Burma.

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.

7 Comments on “Wednesday Weekly #55”

  1. I LOVE the Kelly Anorak. This is the pattern I’ve been waiting for. Unfortunately it will have to wait until spring… It’s already snowing in Calgary today!

      1. I think Heather is actually going to come up with a lined pattern as well! I think it will look amazing winterized 🙂 How was the fit? I am thinking that with lining I may have to go up a size to make sure I can still wear a sweater under

  2. Ooo, what fabric did you use for your undies? I just picked up some “eat them all” cotton-lycra print – I couldn’t resist! Ideally I’d find some washable merino, since I have some Icebreaker I love, although they don’t make the one style that fits me anymore. It looks like Fabrics Etc carries merino, but I haven’t checked out the store yet.

    1. I would love to make some out of Merino, too! I bet that would be amazing. I just used scraps from my projects, so they were made from bamboo jersey and I inserted a black cotton gusset. I like that I can use the scraps from shirts to make the undies 🙂

      1. The bamboo would be really soft! I’ll have to check my scraps bin. 🙂 I just gave in and did a merino order from New Zealand. I’m super excited. Cardigans, tees, and undies, here I come!

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