Author Archives: Helen from H's Handcrafts

About Helen from H's Handcrafts

Despite only recently delving into the crafty world I am well and truly immersed! I love to craft, crochet knit and sew and try to wear my handmade creations as often as possible.

Feeling like a hot mess today but I just had to share these Monsal lounge pants, straight off the machine! I’ve been meaning to make this pattern for so long but didn’t want to spend previous sewing time making clothes that would never get worn out of the house. Then the whole lockdown /working from home situation happened and it was just the nudge I needed and I’m so pleased! I increaed the crotch depth, added length to the front and back crotch and shortened the legs by 3.5 inches! I then took another 1.5 inches of the cuffs! Apparently I have very short legs πŸ˜‚ Pattern is from a beginners guide to sewing with Knitted Fabrics by @thatwendyward Worn today with my @love.luton 2018 10k finishers tee 😁 . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay2020 #monsalloungepants #beginnersguidetoknittedfabrics #miymaker #loveluton #hotmess #lockdownlewks #lockdownrealness #wahwardrobe

H2T in P4P today! These are my first pair of SOS pants and I absolutely love them, can’t wait to make some more! Top is the Timeless tunic but with the top part of the bodice extended down to my hip measurement. It’s a really simple hack but completely changed the look of the top! . . . . . @patternsforpirates #p4pspiritmonth #allp4ptoday #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #p4psospants #p4ptimelesstunic #sospants #timelesstunic #p4p #patternsforpirates #

This clemence skirt was one of the first items I made for myself that still gets worn, probably because its one of the few garments that actually works in a quilting cotton! None of the other early makes are really very wearable due to poor fabric choice. I actually stopped wearing this for a long time because it was too big (due to poor measuring /cutting/Sewing) and so it sat really low on my hips rather than on my waist where I had intended it to fit. But as my sewing skills improved I decided, last summer, to try taking it in and I’m so pleased I did… Its now the skirt I had in my mind eyes when I first started sewing 5 years ago! Tee:stellan tee by @frenchnavynow_ Skirt:clemence skirt from love at first stitch by @tillybuttons . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #stellantee #frenchnavypatterns #frenchnavynow #frenchnavynowstellan #sewingclemence #sewingclΓ©mence #clemenceskirt #loveatfirststitch #tatb #tillyandthebuttons #sewyourselfsustainable #reducereuserecycle #sewingalterations

Finally, some colour 🧑🧑🧑 This top is a hacked version of the @colettepatterns sorbetto top with added waist darts and a gathered peplum. Trousers are the SOS pants by @patternsforpirates . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #sorbetto #sorbettotop #colettesorbetto #colettepatterns #colette #sospants #p4psospants #p4p #patternsforpirates #p4pspiritmonth

One thing I love about me made may is discovering new outfit combinations, and this one is definitely a winner! Ogden + Safiya = πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ Top: ogden cami by @truebias Trousers : safiya trousers from make it simple by @tillybuttons . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #ogdencami #sewingsafiya #makeitsimplebook #tillyandthebuttons #tatb #truebias #sewobsessed #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #fashionfeelsfabulous #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewcialist

I haven’t worn these trousers in ages, I know I wasn’t happy with them but when I pulled them out this morning I couldn’t for the life of me remember why… Until I sat down and remembered about the scissor mishap in the crotch πŸ™ˆ my badly patched up hole had started to fray and is a long way from fixable. Oh well, one of the benefits of lockdown is I can still wear them today and then maybe look at a better fix some time! That’s future Helen’s problem! Trousers :Capri pants from fashion with fabric the #gbsb book by @thriftystitcher Tshirt:Frankie tee from stretch book by @tillybuttons . . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #fashionwithfabric #sewingfrankie #stretch #stretchsewingbook #tatb #tillyandthebuttons #scissormishap

Keeping cool and comfy whilst sewing up another batch of facemasks today. Jumpsuit: Roberts collection by @marillawalker Head band is also me made, no pattern . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #robertscollection #robertscollectionjumpsuit #bigcommunitysew #keepcalmandsewon #coolandcomfy #diyheadband #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday

My favourite Kinder cardigan with a nice cup of tea! Cardigan: Kinder cardigan from a beginners guide to sewing with Knitted Fabrics by @thatwendyward Trousers: jumpsuit trousers from the #gbsb book Fashion with Fabric by @thriftystitcher . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #sewshownseated #sewnshownseated #sewobsessed #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewsewsew #seamstresslife #diydressmaker #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #kindercardigan #sewingwithknits #fashionwithfabric #kindercardi

I *always* wear tights with a dress, but lockdown is doing strange things to us all! Here I am on day 21 of me made may in a dress and no tights! Dress is a mashup of the @sewoveritlondon Penny dress bodice extended to be dress length with the Dana dress patch pockets and tie . . . . . #b36w30h39 #measurementsmovement #memademay #mmmay #memademay2020 #mmmay2020 #memademay20 #mmmay20 #ithaspockets #soishowoff #soipennydress #soidanadress #patternhack #patternmash #patternmashup