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Five Tips for Sewing Your First Shirt

Indiesew | Willamette | Shirt Month | Five Tips for Sewing your First Shirt

Between making them for my son, husband, and myself, I’d say sewing shirts is one of my favorite projects. So it was such a pleasure to write up this post for Shirt Month —and, finally find the shirt for me. Read on for my new favorite, the Willamette , plus five tips for sewing your first shirt!         I’ve tried a handful of collared shirts over the last year but none of them were quite what I . . .

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How to Hem a Shirt with Bias Tape

Indiesew Tutorials | How to Hem a Shirt with Bias Tape

One of my very favorite ways to finish a button-up shirt or shirtdress is with a bias-bound hem. We thought  #shirtmonth was a great time to bring you this tutorial! My mother was the person who taught me this trick; for curved hems this is her go-to process. And while she typically makes her own contrast bias tape, I always lean towards the store-bought variety. Either way, the finished result . . .

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When and How to Block Fuse Interfacing

Indiesew.com | When and How to Block Fuse Interfacing

It's week two of  Shirt Month 2019 and we're so excited to see how many of you are participating in the  #shirtmonth event on Instagram. It seems that nearly all of us have a  button-up shirt or  shirtdress on our to-sew lists this year! Today I wanted to bring you a tutorial on block fusing interfacing. Over the past few years, I have found this technique to be incredibly useful in shirt-making, . . .

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Outfitting the Apparel Sewist Pt 3: Supplies

Indiesew Blog | What Supplies to Get Someone Who Sews

Today is the last day of our Outfitting the Apparel Sewist series! Today's post is all about the consumable items that you'll need to get started sewing: thread, needles, interfacing, etc.  You can check out the entire series here: Part 1: Machines Part 2: Tools Part 3: Supplies (today!) Bonus Archived Post: Five Best Irons for Garment Sewers While the exact supplies required will vary for each . . .

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Outfitting the Apparel Sewist Pt 2: Tools

Indiesew Outfitting the Sewist | Sewing Supplies for Beginners

We're back today with Part 2 of our Outfitting the Sewist blog series! You can check out the entire series here: Part 1: Machines Part 2: Tools (today!) Part 3: Supplies Bonus Archived Post: Five Best Irons for Garment Sewers Today, we're talking about the small tools you'll need to get started on your sewing hobby. There are a ton of options on the market for scissors, pins, and tailors chalk. . . .

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Outfitting the Apparel Sewist Pt 1: Machines

Indiesew | What to Buy for Someone Who Sews

Over the years, we've had lots of people approach us who want to start sewing, but have no idea where to start. For those of us who have been sewing for years, it's easy to see why. A sewing hobby requires a lot of stuff . If you're completely new to sewing, it can be daunting to know what's necessary to buy and what isn't. That's why we're writing an Outfitting the Sewist blog series. This . . .

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How to Sew the Kila Tank (Video Tutorial)

Indiesew.com Video Tutorial | How to Sew the Kila Tank

As promised, today we're showing you the step-by-step process of sewing the  Kila Tank in video format! See how quick and easy it is to sew this basic design.  In the video, we mention using a product called  Heat N Bond Soft Stretch (Lite/Sewable Version) . For two tank tops, you'll likely use a full roll, but it is worth every penny. In my experience, I've achieved a much neater result using . . .

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How to Sew an Archer Shirt Dress

Indiesew Tutorial | How to Sew an Archer Shirt Dress with Drawstring Waist

When I shared  this Archer Shirt Dress on the blog a few weeks ago, we got lots of requests for a tutorial on how to achieve the same look. So on this last day of Shirt Month , we’ve got it ready for you! Here’s how to sew an Archer Shirt Dress with a drawstring waist.   Lengthen the Archer First, you’ll need to modify your pattern pieces to add length to the Archer Button Up . I added an extra . . .

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