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Fabric Batch #017: Texture

Indiesew Fabric Batch | Texture

A few weeks ago, Leslie from  Threadbear and I traveled to LA together for an overnight trip. I was excited to reconnect and show her what the LA Fashion District and  overstock fabric were all about. When I source fabric in LA, I typically travel alone, in one day. But having another apparel sewist and pattern designer on my sourcing trip was an incredible asset. And this fabric batch, Texture, . . .

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Top Eight Fabrics for Handmade Shirts

Indiesew | Top Eight Fabrics for Button Up Shirts

One of the reasons I love sewing button-up shirts and shirtdresses is that there are so many choices for fabric. You can use a crisp cotton shirting for a traditional look. Choose a drapey rayon crepe for dressed-up attire. Or go with linen for a casual look. Structured or flowy, the fabric you choose for your handmade shirts and shirtdresses will have a big impact on the final garment. Below is . . .

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Fabric Files: Linen

Indiesew | Fabric Files: Linen

We're back with another installment of Fabric Files ! This week we're talking about the literal OG of fabric: linen . In this post, we'll talk about where linen came originated, how it's made, and what makes it so irresistibly charming to so many sewists.   Linen Defined Linen is “bast" fiber made from the flax plant. “Bast” simply means that the plant fiber is collected from the inner bark . . .

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Fabric Files: Rib Knit

Indiesew Blog | Fabric Files: Rib Knit

I’m excited to share today’s  Fabric Files post because I’ve been obsessed with  rib knit fabrics for several months now. For years I've resisted stocking rib knits because I was worried about how well they would wash and wear. I didn't own any rib knit garments and the substrate just seemed sort of flimsy and weird to me. But after sewing one garment in a rayon rib knit and seeing how well it . . .

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Fabric Files: Double Cloth

Indiesew Fabric Files | Double Cloth

Today’s  Fabric Files post is long overdue, considering that we’ve been consistently stocking  double cloth in the Indiesew Fabric Shop since its inception. I sing this fabric’s praises on Instagram all the time, but it’s clear there’s still a bit of confusion about double cloth among the sewing community. I constantly hear questions like, “Is it the same as double gauze?”, “How does it wash and . . .

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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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Fabric Files: Chambray

Indiesew Fabric Files | Chambray

Chambray fabric is a hot commodity these days and the trend doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. One look at this soft, versatile apparel fabric and it's clear why chambray is such a people pleaser. In this installment of Fabric Files  we’ll discover why chambray is so highly regarded and how to sew with it. Plus, I’ll be unveiling four brand new chambray fabrics now available in the . . .

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Fabric Files: Wool Melton

Indiesew Fabric Files | Wool Melton Coating Fabric

The Fabric Files are back! The Indiesew blog schedule was packed full these past few months and our Fabric Files series  has taken a back seat. But I’m so excited to bring it back for Coat Month !  I’ve found that coating fabrics are perhaps the most mysterious of all substrates. This installment of fabric files will focus on wool melton as a great option for tailored, handmade outerwear. Wool . . .

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