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Ballard Sewalong: Part 1

Ballard Sewing Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs | Part 1: Preparing to Sew

Have you checked out The Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs ? It's Indiesew's newest exclusive pattern and it has totally rocked our socks off. This knit 3/4 sleeve top is casual in the front, and a total party in the back with a peek-a-boo design. With cuffed sleeves, a banded waist and a knit bound neckline , the Ballard is the perfect wearable top for fall. In fact, I've already made two! We . . .

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Introducing the Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs

Introducing the Indiesew Exclusive Pattern | Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs

It’s not an everyday occurrence here at the Indiesew HQ that we get to unveil something we’ve been working on for weeks. Steve and I are constantly dreaming up our next big project, scheduling tasks into the long-term horizon. We’re both overly ambitious, but it’s still just the two of us behind Indiesew.com (plus a TON of awesome supporters!). So our big dreams often take a bit of time to come . . .

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Tips for Sewing Crisp Curved Seams

Tips for Sewing Crisp Curved Seams | Indiesew.com Blog

Ah, curved seams. It’s a sewing technique that nearly every garment sewing pattern requires. That’s because anything with a neck hole, armholes or high-low hem requires that you sew a curved seam. A curved seam can be incredibly frustrating, or it can be the one element of your handmade clothing that makes you beam with pride. Today, I’m showing you a few simple simple tricks that can make nearly . . .

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The Year of Free Sewing Patterns Giveaway

The Year of Free Sewing Patterns Giveaway | Indiesew.com

Update: This giveaway has now ended. The next Year of Free Sewing Patterns giveaway will take place in October 2015. Stay tuned!  Do you ever wonder just how long it would take to transition your closet and drawers to a 100% handmade wardrobe? Would you be able to weed out your paper thin t-shirts made overseas and replace them with the home-sewn variety in a matter of months? Could you replace . . .

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Letter vs A4 Paper: Are you using the right size?

Letter vs A4 Paper: Are you using the right size? | Indiesew.com

For long-time sewists, especially those who are veterans in the digital pattern arena, you probably don’t think twice before you print your PDF pattern. And when a trim line or two don’t show up you probably chock it up to poor pattern drafting or printer issues. Yet, you carry on with your sewing project, and likely it turns out just as beautifully as you expected. Yes, I was one of you. I was . . .

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How We Wear It: Ravenna Top by Straight Stitch Designs

How We Wear It: The Ravenna Top by Straight Stitch Designs | Indiesew.com

When I first met Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs through pattern testing, I was blown away by her eye for design. She is a styling mom and blogger with an infectious passion for sewing. And now, she's entering the world of women's sewing pattern design! Today I’m showing you how I wear her very first pattern, The Ravenna Top . We can assure that you’ve never seen a pattern quite like this. . . .

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Fall Selfish Sewing Week: My Dress Alterations

Indiesew.com + Selfish Sewing Week | My Dress Alterations

Selfish Sewing Week wrapped up last Sunday but I still have yet to show you my last selfish sewing project, and by far my favorite. I told you all that I’d be making alterations to my too-big My Dress last Monday. I was planning on having photos of the newly-fitted, cobalt blue beauty up on the blog mid last week. Yep, that was the plan. Of course, it didn’t go that way. But after a busy weekend . . .

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Fall Selfish Sewing Week: Scarves and Cowls

Selfish Sewing Week and Indiesew | Scarves and Cowls

It’s been a productive, crazy week, folks. Yes, a fair amount of selfish sewing has taken place, but so has a lot of errand running, standing in line at the post office, and taking photos far too late into the night. TGIF. And I can tell it’s going to be a wonderful weekend. What Selfish Sewing projects were completed this week? Well, there was a lot of scarf and cowl sewing time, as promised. . . .

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