Two new patterns from Helen's Closet
The Ashton top and Donovan skirt are the perfect combo for
The Ashton top is an all-season wardrobe staple that is easy to sew and style! Wear it during cooler months with jeans and a cardigan or pair it with shorts for summer. The Ashton has bust darts and a signature A-line shape. View A is a hip-length top and view B is a crop top, both ideal for pairing with high-waisted pants or skirts. Finish the neck and arms with an all-in-one facing or bias binding and the hem is finished using a beautiful facing. It can be made in a wide variety of woven fabrics such as light to medium-weight cotton or linen for a structured look. Silk crêpe de chine, Tencel twill, or rayon challis will result in an Ashton having more drape. Drapier fabrics work better for tucking into skirts or trousers whereas stiffer fabrics showcase Ashton’s A-line shape. The Ashton has been designed for advanced beginners and makes a great stash-buster! It also comes in a really good range of sizes from 0-30 (US).
The Donovan Skirt is a sewing pattern for beginner and will teach you a variety of sewing techniques and result in a beautiful everyday garment. This classic elastic waist skirt has the perfect amount of fullness and works in many different fabrics. It has roomy pockets, an optional drawstring, and two views. View A is a midi-length with a modern side slit and view B is a summery above-the-knee length. Sew in light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch such as cotton (lawn, poplin, seersucker, shirting), linen, silk crepe de chine, poly crepe, and rayon/viscose challis or poplin work well. Structured fabrics will have more dramatic volume and drapier fabrics will have more fluid movement. It comes in a good range of sizes from 0-30 (US).