Monthly Archives: April 2021

Did you see – @cashmerette have released their concord tshirt in their expanded size range ๐Ÿ‘€ I was one of the pattern testers for this and I have to say how refreshing it was to not need to faff around with an FBA! Here are a couple of pics from my pattern test (hence the lockdown hair๐Ÿ™ˆ) Pattern. AD. I received the concord tshirt pattern as part of a paid pattern test for Cashmerette. There was no obligation to post any pictures and all opinions I do share are my own. Fabric. Cotton Jersey from @fabworksmillshop #ConcordTShirt #Cashmerette #CashmerettePatterns #PatternTest #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #CurvySewing [Image description. Two photographs of Helen are shown side by side. In both pictures she is wearing a blue 3/4sleeve tshirt with a scoop neck. On the left, Helen is stood with her arms by her sides looking straight into the camera. On the right, Helen is looking to the side and head one arm raised to touch her hair.]

A mini mend today. I have to admit this would have been much easier if I had taken the trousers off before darning the hole but at the time it seemed like a good idea to just slide the mending macaron in and start right away ๐Ÿ™ˆ Well at least they are fixed rather than sitting forever in the mending pile! #VisibleMending #Mending #Darning #Darn #Mend #MendDay #MendingMonday #Mendspiration #MakeDoAndMend #MendingMatters #Mendsday [Image description. A tiny darn covering a hole in a pair of blue floral trousers]

I finally finished sanding my pot! I had to do it in short sittings as it really disagreed with my chronic fatigue but it was definitely worth it! The difference before and after Sanding is unbelievable (see my pretty a few weeks back for how it looked when I first made it) I don’t plan on painting this one as I love the white matt finish for this cute little make up pot. I love how it looks next to my fabric basket filled with reusable wipes. This was my first make from @thecraftbookclub book of the month: easy handmade pottery by @fallfordiy #shelfie #EasyHomemadePottery #TheCraftBookClub #FallForDIY #Clay #AirdryClay #CraftBook #sustainablesewing #mysustainablelife [Image description. A white semi circle pot filled with make up. It is placed on a dressing table beside a canvas fabric basket and some beauty products.]

This week on the sewing bee for the made-to-measure challenge the bees were making button down sundresses. My go-to pattern for this type of dress is the @sewoveritlondon penny dress. I’ve made 5 versions of the pattern so far and I love 4 of them… But this one just doesn’t really get worn. I think it is the combination of the fabric and pattern – I like them both individually but just not together! A little bit too ‘pretty’ for me! I’m currently thinking about hacking off the skirt but leaving some fabric at the centre front to make it into a tie waist top… What do you think ๐Ÿค” #pennyDress #SOIpennyDress #SewOverIt #PatternHack #YouCanHackIt #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes [Image description. Helen is smiling looking down at her dress. It is a blue button up sundress with a floral print]

I’m making a lounge wear set out of this lovely AGF Jersey,but whilst I still work on the top I couldn’t resist putting on these leggings as soon as I finished them. The fabric is so soft! Fabric AD @artgalleryfabrics jersey given to me by @minervadotcom in exchange for posting on their site. Pattern @patternsforpirates Peg legs #P4PPegLegs #PatternsForPirates #PegLegs #MinervaBrandAmbassador, #MinervaMakes #MinervaMakers #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes [Image description. Helen is sat on the floor. She is wearing a pair of pale blue leggings with a white geometric pattern on, and a cream cardigan. Begins her is a sofa with a colourful crochet blanket on.]

Making good progress on my Deren tee and this yarn is just amazing! ๐Ÿ˜ I love all the shades of blue with gorgeous flecks of browns, purples and greys. I have now joined the back and front uppers and am currently working down towards the bust darts. Pattern. Deren tee from embody by @jacquelinecieslak published by @pompommag Yarn. Nosferatu linen merino blend dyed by @feedthebobbin #DerenSweater #DerenTee #EmbodyCapsuleCollection #PomPomPress #JacquelineCieslak #EmbodyMAL #FeedTheBobbin #ZakamiYarn #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram [Image description. Helen is holding her knitting in front of the camera. It is stocking stitch in a variegated yarn in shades of blue]

I’ve been playing around with paper dolls this week trying out #mybodymodel3x3. My aim was to come up with a spring wardrobe that would inspire me to wear my 3 favourite dresses again as I seem to have got stuck in a loungewear rut. I decided to mix and match the 3 dresses with 3 pieces of knitwear (I *need* to be cozy),and 3 super comfortable layering pieces. By drawing out my existing clothes on my body model (a mini me sketch made to my exact measures by @mybodymodel) I could try out lots of different combinations without having to try them all on in real life! I settled on this set of 9 pieces which can create so many outfit combinations! 3 dresses: @sewoveritlondon Dana dress (top left), @fibremood Mira dress (middle), @helens__closet ashton top with gathered skirt (bottom right) 3 knitwear: rtw cardigan (top middle), @veerarain Anniversaire cardigan (middle left), @emilygreeneknits ginkgophyte tee (middle right) 3comfy layers : @patternsforpirates SOS pants (to right), @patternsforpirates Peg legs (bottom left), @patternsforpirates be bold bodysuit (bottom middle). Image description. Drawings of items of clothing spaced out in a 3×3 grid. #SewingPlanner #MyBodyModel #FashionSketching #BulletJournal #SketchAndSew #MyBodyModelStyle #SewingProcess #SewingSketch #FibreMood #FibreMoodMira #P4P #PatternsForPirates #SOSPants #P4PSOSPants #BeBoldBodySuit #P4PBeBoldBodysuit #P4PPegLegs #PegLegs #Ginkgophyte #EmilyGreeneKnits #AnniversaireCardi #AnniversaireCardigan #AshtonTop #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns #DanaDress #SOIDanaDress #SOIWorkToWeekend #SewOverIt

I’ve never heard it called a buffet dress before but it was great to see this newly-popular style on sewing bee this week. It’s certainly been a style that I’ve embraced over the last year despite thinking that I would never wear a dress like this – ruffles and big billowy skirts was not a style I ever thought I would wear but in fact I love it! This is my mira dress by fibre mood and the blue is my absolute favourite colour. Although you’ll normally catch me in blacks greys and navy, this bright shade makes me Super happy and I pulled it out of the wardrobe this morning in celebration of last nights sewing bee, although I did rapidly change my mind, realising it was far too cold! ๐Ÿฅถ Dress. Mira by @fibremood with lots of alterations to get the bodice and sleeve caps to fit Fabric. Viscose twill from @poundfabrics #gbsb #GreatBritishSewingBee #SewingBee @britishsewingbee #FibreMood #FibreMoodMagazine #FibreMoodMira #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #SewReshare #sewreworn [Image description. Helen is wearing a loose fitting blue dress with 3 tiers. She is holding the skirt out at the sides to demonstrate the volume of the dress.]

I have been playing with clay this afternoon and I have to say that it was a lot harder than I expected! Keep your fingers crossed for me that this little pot is still in one piece when it has finished drying! I know it looks a bit of a mess but I had fun and hourly a bit of sanding and a lick of paint will spruce it up a bit! I bought the easy handmade pottery book by @fallfordiy so that I can join in with April’s book of the month from @thecraftbookclub Image description. A white clay pot is on a table next to some clay sculpting tools and an open pretty book #EasyHomemadePottery #TheCraftBookClub #FallForDIY #Clay #AirdryClay #CraftBook

A week or so back Laura, @thespeckyseamstress, sent me some of these patches to have a go at machine embroidering. After a bit of messing around with different options I am so pleased with this result! I began by hooping up some tearaway stabiliser and then taped the patch on top. I used a universal needle (size 70) and regular sew all thread together with embroidery bobbin thread. These two fonts are built into my machine, I just played around with the size and spacing. I’m really excited to use this patch on my Heyday dungarees which I am currently cutting out after my toile fitting session over the weekend. AD. Laura gifted me the patch in exchange for feedback on using it for embroidery. There was no obligation to post. Image description. A tan faux leather patch. It had the words made by… Helen machine embroidered on it in black thread. #TheSpeckySeamstress #MachineEmbroidery#WavesAndWild #HeydayDungarees #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #FinishingTouches