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Four Signs You Should Invest in a Serger

Four signs you should invest in a serger |

We hear it all the time from our customers. Do I really need a serger? Are they hard to thread? Can I get by with my sewing machine? My answers to those questions are yes, usually, and yes. When I started getting serious about sewing I was handed down a Pfaff sewing machine from my mother. The machine utterly hated me. It couldn’t wind a bobbin, the tension was always off and I had to rethread . . .

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How We Wear It: The Gillian Wrap Dress by Muse Patterns

How We Wear It: The Gillian Wrap Dress by Muse Patterns |

Many, many wrap dresses have popped up in my Pinterest feed for the past year or so. And I kept thinking that this elegant, flattering silhouette would not work for me. My personal style leans less towards elegant and more towards garments that are casual, comfortable, and non-fitted. In short, pajamas.   But then I sewed up the Gillian Wrap  by Muse Patterns and my preconceived notions of wrap . . .

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How To Sew French Seams

How to Sew French Seams |

The sun is shining and it's over 70 degrees here in Colorado. I've got flowy spring tops and dresses constantly on my mind. I thought today's tutorial would be a good one for those getting their handmade wardrobe ready for the warming weather. Because there's nothing better than a French seam in a handmade dress. Nothing.   What is a French Seam? A French seam is a double seam that encases the . . .

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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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Our Favorite Fit and Flare Sewing Patterns for Spring

Our favorite fit and flare sewing patterns for spring |

With the weather warming up in some of the US, we’ve got our spring wardrobe on the mind. Soon it’ll be time to pack away the wool jackets and sweaters and bring out the breezy blouses and sleeveless dresses. Not long, and we’ll be sewing up skirts and tank tops. My one goal for this spring? Sew a fit and flare dress, just for me.   What is fit and flare, you ask? Fit and flare is a new clothing . . .

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Announcing the Selfish Sewing Week Challenge Winners!

Announcing the Selfish Sewing Week Challenge Winners |

The Spring installment of Selfish Sewing Week has come to an end. And wow, was it a wild ride! Fifty-four of you entered your lovely selfish creations into the  Selfish Sewing Week Challenge  and over 500 of you voted for your favorites. The #selfishsewingweek hashtag blew up on Instagram with hundreds of you showing off what you made. Nearly 50 of you uploaded your projects to Kollabora's event . . .

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Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew DIY

Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew DIY |

I am delighted to be part of Selfish Sewing Week and wrapping up the week of Featured Bloggers on the Indiesew blog. I tend to be a very selfish sewist all year round so this is the perfect time to celebrate what I love doing most–sewing, of course!   I work as a freelance graphic designer and on days when I need to go to the office I want to be able to get dressed as quickly as possible. For me . . .

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Selfish Sewing Week Challenge Standings

Selfish Sewing Week Challenge Standings |

It's day six of Selfish Sewing Week (cue silent tears). I really do not want this event to end. But it's the weekend, which means there's still ample time to sew even more things for yourself! I anticipate the sewing inspiration to be off the charts the next two days. We've been quiet this week as the Indiesew blog has been taken over by some fabulous featured stitchers. It's been such a blast to . . .

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