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Indiesew's 10 Most Popular Patterns in 2017

Indiesew's Top Ten Most Popular Patterns in 2017

It's my favorite time of year! At the end of each calendar year we throw a bunch of data into an excel spreadsheet to find out what resonated with you all throughout the year. My favorite countdown list to put together is this one: The Top 10 Most Popular Patterns in 2017. But before we get into that, here are a few highlights from 2017: Our revenue grew by over 40% from 2016! Major happy dance . . .

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Demystifying Fabric Weight

Indiesew.com | Demystifying Fabric Weight

It wasn’t until we opened the Indiesew Fabric Shop , that I started to understand the intricacies of textiles. I knew of a few broad categories of fabric (chambrays, lawns, and those I referred to as simply rayons), but I didn’t understand how all of the different characteristics of fabric work together to create a wearable textile. Perhaps the most mysterious of those characteristics was fabric . . .

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Indiesew's First Charity Sample Sale is Live!

Indiesew.com | First Charity Sample Sale is Live!

Did you know that we sew a sample of every single sewing pattern you see in the Indiesew Pattern Shop ? We do this to test the pattern instructions and drafting, create a cohesive shopping experience, and make sure the design is in line with our brand aesthetic. It’s our version of quality control.   Roughly ten passionate sewists help us with this enormous task. They’re some of the most skilled . . .

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The Five Best Irons for Garment Sewers

Indiesew.com | Five Best Irons for Garment Sewing

My hunt for a good iron has been a long one. Garment sewers have peculiar needs in an iron. We need something that can be kept on for hours at a time without burning out components. Steam pressure and control is of paramount importance. And longevity is key. I haven't yet found the perfect iron that embodies all of these traits, but I have found a handful of irons that are close. For me, these . . .

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Highlands Wrap Dress Updates

Indiesew.com | Highlands Wrap Dress Updates

The Highlands Wrap Dress  sewing pattern launched in April with our 2017 Spring/Summer Collection  and the response has been overwhelming! This design is near and dear to my heart because it’s the perfect embodiment of my favorite 70's-inspired silhouette. And I’m giddy every time I see one of you sew your own.  The most common feedback we’re getting? Many of you are loving the fit of the bodice . . .

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2017 Spring/Summer Collection: Blog Tour Roundup

Indiesew 2017 Spring/Summer Collection | Blog Tour Roundup

So it turns out that the 2017 Spring/Summer Collection  and the coordinating fabric batch is, without a doubt, your favorite yet. Here’s a little secret: it's ours too. Thank you so much for the support you've shown this seasonal bundle! We were lucky enough to have ten amazing sewing bloggers and pattern designers join us for this collection’s blog tour. Their posts showed just how versatile . . .

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2016 Fall/Winter Collection: Blog Tour Roundup

Indiesew.com | 2016 Fall/Winter Collection Blog Tour Roundup

As I write this blog post a steady amount of snow is falling from the sky. I’m finally reminded that is nearly full-on winter, despite the warm fall weather we’ve been having. I’m also reminded that I need some new warm clothes, stat.  I curated the 2016 Fall/Winter Collection  with the idea that it could be sewn up into two different capsule wardrobes: a lightweight fall ensemble in autumn tones . . .

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Check out the Lonetree Testers!

Lonetree Jacket and Vest | Tester Photos

The Lonetree Jacket and Vest  simply wouldn’t exist without the help of some amazing women. Our lovely testers spent many hours proofreading, sewing, and offering excellent feedback for my first solo design. I’m always a little embarrassed by the typos I overlook before I send it to them, and inevitably there are some drafting changes that need to be made. But I cannot imagine releasing a pattern . . .

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