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How to Gather Knits: Floss Method

Indiesew.com Blog | How to Gather Knits with Dental Floss

So, I’m on a roll here folks. I'm sewing up knits like its my job. And yes, I suppose it actually is my job. Regardless, I’m learning a ton of new techniques to make this formerly scary, stretchy fabric as easy as sewing with wovens. A little patience and a lot of practice is all it takes. I promise. Last week I published How to Bind a Knit Neckline and wow! did you all go to town pinning images . . .

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How We Wear It: Caroline Dress by Mouse House Creations

Indiesew Blog | How We Wear It: The Caroline Dress by Mouse House Creations

It's been a few weeks since I sewed up the Ladies' Caroline Dress by Mouse House Creations , and yet I cannot stop thinking about this dress. Maybe it's the shockingly bright red cotton, the sweet waist full of gathers, or those flattering princess seams. Regardless, this is one pattern that will be sewn again and again. The Caroline Dress (or Peplum!) is fully lined with an invisible zipper. And . . .

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How to Bind A Knit Neckline

Indiesew.com Blog | How to Bind a Knit Neckline

Knit patterns are the new craze in the indie sewing world. Knits are generally comfier and more practical for everyday life than woven garments. They stretch, so sizing is less of an issue. But because of that stretch, they can be downright daunting to a newbie sewist. I’ve been there, I know that feeling. For a long time, sewing with knits was strictly off limits. But sewing with knits doesn't . . .

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How We Wear It: Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY

Indiesew.com Blog | Summer Concert Tee Pattern by Dixie DIY

It’s certainly summer in these parts. Hot, muggy days and afternoon thunderstorms almost have us thinking it’s July. Or worse, August. But alas, we are thankful for the reprieve from spring snowstorms and freezing cold nights. We’re thankful because summer means bike rides, drinks on rooftop patios, and most importantly, outdoor live music. Enter the Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY . This pattern . . .

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Sneak Peek: The Foxglove Pattern by Selvage Designs

Indiesew.com | Sneak Peek: Foxglove Tank by Selvage Designs

To be honest, the most rewarding thing about launching Indiesew has been meeting awesome people. Hundreds of emails and countless phone calls have resulted in some solid connections with people I can truly call my friends. Lauren Dahl from Baste + Gather is no exception. In fact, Lauren and I completely connected from our first phone call. Kindred spirits, I tell you. I’d like to move to Salt . . .

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How We Wear It: The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline

Indiesew.com Blog | How We Wear It: The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline

Welcome to Indiesew’s new blog series, How We Wear It , where we hope to offer some wardrobe inspiration for your handmade clothing. Every item we sell in the Indiesew shop will eventually be accompanied by one of these style posts so that you can envision how your new clothing will transition well into the four seasons. We know how empowering it can be to sew our own clothing, but sometimes . . .

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How to Use Bias Tape

Indiesew.com blog | How to Use Bias Tape

Once, a very long time ago, I decided to take the sleeves off a beloved dress to make it more summer-appropriate. I was new to garment sewing and had never heard of bias tape or binding. In my mind, a double rolled hem around that armhole seemed practical. I set to work on those armholes with my trusty steam iron by my side. Disaster ensued. Not only is a double rolled hem next to impossible to . . .

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How to Use a Digital Sewing Pattern

Indiesew.com Blog| How to Use a Digital Sewing Pattern

So what is a digital sewing pattern, you ask? And just exactly how do you use one? Don’t worry, we needed some guidance at first, too. In fact, in our initial Indiesew research we found that this question came up quite often. Digital patterns are a semi-recent phenomenon. If the extent of your sewing pattern experience was watching your grandmother perusing the pattern section at her local fabric . . .

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