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How to Sew a Highlands Wrap Blouse with Bell Sleeves


When I was hashing out the Highlands Wrap Dress  design with my patternmaker Dawn, I sewed up four quick blouse-length muslins. It was an easy way to test the changing fit of the bodice without wasting yards of fabric sewing the maxi-length dress. After staring at all those blouse-length muslins, Dawn and I both agreed that a Highlands Wrap Blouse was in order for both of us. And thus, this is . . .

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April/May 2017 Creations Prize Package + Announcing the March Winner

Indiesew | April/May 2017 Creations Giveaway

April was such a busy month around here, we nearly forgot to mention the Monthly Creations Giveaway ! So, to make up for our oversight, the next prize package will be for all creations uploaded in April and May and the prizes (yes, multiple prizes) are big this time. More on that below, but first let's announce our March winner! In March ninety sewing creations  were uploaded to Indiesew. It's so . . .

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Fabric Files: Tencel

Indiesew Fabric Files | Tencel

As different apparel fabrics become available to the sewing hobbyist it can be difficult to know how to approach them. I hear so many questions like: How do I keep modal knits from pilling in the wash, is there an easier way to cut from shifty silk crepe, and what in the heck is Tencel? Just a few years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find fibers like cupro and modal in fabric stores. But these new . . .

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Introducing the 2017 Spring/Summer Collection | Introducing the 2017 Spring/Summer Collection

The blog has been quiet for a few weeks now because we've been busily preparing behind the scenes for this very day. The 2017 Spring/Summer Collection  has been in the works for months. And now it's ready for you! This collection includes three new sewing patterns and two of our favorite tried and tested designs. It features five fabrics  (that are available at fabric stores across the country, . . .

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How We Wear It: Lonetree Jacket and Vest

How We Wear It: Lonetree Jacket and Vest by Allie Olson

A few weeks ago we wrapped up the 12-part  Lonetree Sewalong . I had intended to photograph my pink Lonetree Jacket and olive tencel Lonetree Vest right away. But life got really busy. I flew to Montana, completed testing on my next pattern, and prepped for an upcoming destination photoshoot. But nearly every day I've been wearing my Lonetree Jacket or Vest  thinking, "I really need to photograph . . .

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March 2017 Creations Prize Package + Announcing the February Winner

Indiesew | March Creations Giveaway

The first day of spring is right around the corner and it’s clear that many of you are gearing up for warm weather with lots of sewing! In February 95 creations  and reviews were uploaded to Indiesew! The February Creations Prize Package , no doubt, had something to do with that. The winning creation for February was… … Patti’s Hepburn Shorts ! She sewed the side zip option (there's also a . . .

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Lonetree Sewalong Pt 12: Final Finishes & Hem | Lonetree Sewalong Part 12

We made it to the final post of the Lonetree Sewalong! There are just a few final steps and your Lonetree Jacket or Vest  will be ready to thrown on and wear out. In this segment, we'll be hemming the Lonetree, topstitching the collar, and inserting our drawstring.  Just tuning in? Here’s the full Lonetree Sewalong schedule so that you can catch up. Feb 20 | Pt 1:  Gathering Your Supplies Feb 21 . . .

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Lonetree Sewalong Pt 11: Sewing the Zipper | Lonetree Sewalong Part 11

Just a few more steps, folks, and our Lonetree Jackets and Vests will be complete! Part 11 of the Lonetree Sewalong will cover the zipper insertion.  Just tuning in? Here’s the full Lonetree Sewalong schedule so that you can catch up. Feb 20 | Pt 1:  Gathering Your Supplies Feb 21 | Pt 2:  Cutting out the Pattern Feb 22 | Pt 3:  Applying Interfacing and Finishing Raw Edges Feb 23 | Pt 4:  Marking . . .

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