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. The pattern choice , design and fabrics

    Fabric, design, pattern JustSewHelen.com #SimplicityTurns90 #SummerSewingChallenge #SimplicityByMe

    Having finally made the decision to enter the #SummerSewingChallenge by SimplicityNewlook & with 16 days until the closing date, only 4 of which I could spend sewing, I narrowed down my choice to the Best Dressmakers category.  I thought that my husband, although supportive, would be working and not free for fittings if I chose the men's/boys shirt category.  Similarly, our boy/girl grand twins are ideal models for the children’s wear but I didn’t think we’d be seeing them over the next 10 days. I don’t fulfil the beginner requirements which left the ladies dress - & I don’t wear dresses!!

  2. 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.