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Fabric Files: Chambray

Indiesew Fabric Files | Chambray

Chambray fabric is a hot commodity these days and the trend doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. One look at this soft, versatile apparel fabric and it's clear why chambray is such a people pleaser. In this installment of Fabric Files  we’ll discover why chambray is so highly regarded and how to sew with it. Plus, I’ll be unveiling four brand new chambray fabrics now available in the . . .

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Fabric Files: Wool Melton

Indiesew Fabric Files | Wool Melton Coating Fabric

The Fabric Files are back! The Indiesew blog schedule was packed full these past few months and our Fabric Files series  has taken a back seat. But I’m so excited to bring it back for Coat Month !  I’ve found that coating fabrics are perhaps the most mysterious of all substrates. This installment of fabric files will focus on wool melton as a great option for tailored, handmade outerwear. Wool . . .

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Fabric Files: Silk

Indiesew Fabric Files | Silk

For too long I avoided buying silk fabric, even though the prints and textures were exactly what I was looking for. This soft, drapey, lightweight fabric terrified me. I felt too inexperienced and, to be honest, not mature enough for silk. It was expensive and it seemed hard to sew with. I spill food on a lot of things I wear and I assumed silk could only be dry-cleaned. So in my head, a silk . . .

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Fabric Files: French Terry

The Indiesew Fabric Files | French Terry Knit Fabric

It’s time for another installment of Fabric Files  and this month we’re taking a deep dive into a knit fabric that everyone loves. And while hot summer weather doesn’t exactly jive with a thick, cozy fabric, French Terry needs to be discussed. This substrate is the bee’s knees. Come September, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  Though sometimes hard to source, French Terry is the king of . . .

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Fabric Files: Crepe

Writing these fabric files posts has been a crash course in fabric 101. Before starting Indiesew, admittedly I knew only if a fabric was a knit or a woven. And back then I referred to all knit fabrics as jersey. I had no idea what words like slub , hand , or weft  meant. I didn’t know a thing about how fiber breakdown of a certain fabric would affect how comfortable or durable a garment would be. . . .

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Fabric Files: Jersey

Fabric Files: Jersey |

Today’s fabric files post is one I’ve been itching to write for weeks now. Jersey is a ubiquitous fabric in the sewing world. Most sewists likely have a few yards sitting in their stash right now. It’s easy to shop for and relatively easy to sew with. Plus, sewing with jersey results in comfortable garments that wash and wear well. Jersey is easy. Plain and simple. Let’s see why.     Jersey . . .

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Fabric Files: Rayon Challis

Fabric Files: Rayon Challis |

In today's Fabric Files post, I'm talking about my favorite woven apparel fabric. My rayon challis addiction started back when I did most of my shopping at Target. In my early 20's flowy, rayon challis sundresses were my jam. I don't buy clothing from Target anymore, but my love for this lightweight fabric has only strengthened. It's such a great fabric to wear. If you've never heard of rayon . . .

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Fabric Files: Ponte

The Fabric Files: Ponte |

About a year ago I started sewing more knit garments than woven. I found them easy to sew up with my serger and, in general, more wearable in my every day wardrobe. I knew little about fabric stretch percentages or fiber breakdowns. I simply bought clearance fabric and found out after sewing the garment if it was appropriate. Trial and error, baby. Through this experimentation I discovered a . . .

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