Just Sew Helen's Sewing Diary

Hello & welcome to my Sewing Diary 🪡 a place to share my sewing plans & dressmaking, pattern & fabric reviews and pattern & fabric pairing inspiration, with snippets of tools, gadgets & notions that I use or desire.

You can also find me over on Minerva as a Minerva Brand Ambassador.

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  1. Entering the challenge #SimplicityTurns90 JustSewHelen.com

    Before we went on our summer family holiday I came across the Summer Challenge that SimplicityNewlook is hosting to mark 90 years of Simplicity Sewing Patterns. I briefly read the details and decided that I wouldn't have enough time to make something due to being away for a couple of weeks.

    The prize, however, really interested me & kept popping into my thoughts. It would be nice to win sewing patterns and other bits & bobs but the part that grabbed my attention the most was the winner being invited to become a VIP Simplicity Blogger - I could really see myself fulfilling this role given the opportunity.  I have done dressmaking since a young girl and although my niche is now bereavement gifts incorporating embroidery & applique, I do still make clothes for myself.  This website in its current format will also enable me to pursue the role. 

  2. The Inspiration behind JustSewHelen.com

    Welcome to my first blog on Just Sew Helen!

    If you’ve found my About page you’ll already know a little bit about my background but, in a nutshell, I’m a midwife by day and I love to sew. I’m married with 2 boys, 2 step children (now adults) and 5 step grandchildren. And, like many people, I’ve also had a run of bad times that have really been the inspiration for developing my business.

    I wanted to incorporate my life time love of sewing and it was also a passion of my mum, who sadly died in 2015 from Ovarian Cancer.