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Monarch Jacket Tester Roundup

Indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

I feel extremely lucky to have some of the best pattern testers around. For the Monarch Jacket , ten lovely ladies helped us test this design. They helped us perfect the fit, fix a grading issue, caught my typos, and overall improved the quality of this pattern by leaps and bounds. I couldn't release a pattern without their help. Below are photos of seven tester versions. After these were sewn . . .

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Monarch Jacket Styling Ideas

Indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket Style Inspiration

On Monday we launched the  Monarch Jacket and I'm feeling pretty over-the-moon that so many of you are drawn to this design! My design aesthetic is simple and comfortable, with a nod to the 70's. And with this sewing pattern I feel like I'm starting to build more  a collection of sewing patterns that mix and match well together. I hope you do too! Today we wanted to give you a peek at the images . . .

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Introducing the Monarch Jacket

Indiesew.com | Introducing the Monarch Jacket Sewing Pattern by Allie Olson

My fifth sewing pattern is finally here! The  Monarch Jacket  sewing pattern has been in the works for a very long time, and I am over the moon to finally see so many months of hard work materialize! Monarch’s origin story is a bit funny. Last spring, I saw a woman walking on a Boulder sidewalk wearing a pair of wide-leg cropped pants and a knit raglan jacket with contrast sleeves (like the navy . . .

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Five Tips to Styling Your Latest Make

indiesew.com | Five Tips for Styling  your Latest Make | Montana Shirt by Itch to Stich

We’ve all been there—you finish your latest make and, with excitement, throw it on. You immediately feel “oh so fancy” and couldn’t be more proud of your new me-made essential. A few weeks go by and you realize you haven’t worn it since. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN!?  For me, every time I wear something I create—like this buttonup—I want it to feel special. But no shirt can hold up under that much . . .

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Introducing the 2019 Indiesew Contributor Team!

Indiesew.com | 2019 Contributor Team

Today, we're super excited to take a quick break from Shirt Month to introduce you to the 2019 Indiesew Contributor Team! A few weeks ago, we introduced the 2019 Indiesew Blogger Team , and we're over the moon to introduce nine more women we'll be working with this year. You might be wondering how the Contributor Team and the Blogger Team differ. Our Blogger Team is exclusively sewing bloggers, . . .

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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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Meet the 2019 Indiesew Blogger Team!

Indiesew | Introducing the 2019 Blogger Team

We are so excited to finally reveal the 2019 Indiesew Blogger Team! We sent out our  2019 Collaborator Application on the second day of the year and it's taken nearly a month to comb through hundreds of applicants - the longest it ever has. Thank you to everyone who spent time applying. We were absolutely blown away by the quality of content we saw in our collaborator application. Never before . . .

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Apply to be a 2019 Indiesew Collaborator!

Indiesew.com | 2019 Indiesew Collaborator Application

UPDATE: The 2019 Collaborator application is now closed. Thank you for your interest! Happy new year sewists! 2018 was a great year for Indiesew, it feels like we're finally operating in a flow state, with daily processes in place, an incredible staff, and wonderful sewists to collaborate with.  Each of these things make our work days so much easier. One of my favorite programs we run year after . . .

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