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Coat Month: Interfacing Basics for Tailored Coats

Indiesew Coat Month | Interfacing Basics for Tailored Coats

You've decided to make your first coat, but you're not sure where to start. Making a coat is more than just following the pattern instructions on how to construct the coat, but also knowing which areas need extra support and shaping.  There's nothing sadder looking than a floppy collar or lapel that won't lie flat.  When I made my first coat, my eyes were opened to the world of tailoring.  I like . . .

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Coat Month: How to Create a Coat Muslin

Indiesew Tutorials | How to Sew a Coat Muslin

Sewing your own outerwear can be extremely satisfying, but it often requires a larger investment in time and supplies than your average garment. And it can be a total bummer when you've spent a good chunk of time and money on a garment that just doesn't fit well. For handmade outerwear, sewing a muslin is a crucial step in the process. A muslin (i.e. a test garment sewn out of inexpensive fabric) . . .

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How to Take Better Care of Your Handmade Clothes

Indiesew.com | How to Take Better Care of Your Handmade Garments

Last week, I pulled my favorite Beatrix  blouse out of the dryer and instantly started muttering four letter words. My lovely rayon shirt had inadvertently made a trip through a hot tumble dry cycle, when I’d normally line dry it. Now my beloved top is easily an inch or two shorter than before and my heart is a little bit broken. Most handmade garments require a serious time commitment to sew. . . .

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How to Sew Partial Plackets The Easy Way

Indiesew Sewing Tutorials | How to Sew Partial Plackets

The trouble I have with sewing partial plackets lies entirely in my inaccurate pressing skills. On most plackets, tiny little seam allowances must be tucked and ironed arrow straight for a placket to look finished and professional. If a placket ends in a fancy diamond shape with even fancier topstitching, I’m basically a goner. And if I’m working with anything other than a stable cotton, the . . .

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Quick and Easy Stripe Matching with Knits

Indiesew Sewing Tutorials | Quick and Easy Stripe Matching with Knit Fabrics

I'm a self-proclaimed non-perfectionist. I don't necessarily think perfectionism is a good or bad trait, I just have never possessed it. My sloppy handwriting, erroneous use of commas, and the state of my living room tell this story. But that doesn't mean I don't value attention to detail. And the older I get, I certainly enjoy doing things the right way. But if there's a small error here or . . .

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Four Tips for Serging Bulky Knit Fabrics

Indiesew.com | Four Tips for Serging Bulky Knit Fabrics

At my family’s sewing reunion this summer, my sister ran into a sewing hurdle I couldn’t begin to help her with. She’s an experienced sewist, especially when it comes to knits, but serging the seams of her Lane Raglan  just wasn’t working. She was using a lovely, soft French terry  she purchased from The Fabric Store on our first trip to LA together. It was a thick knit fabric with a lovely . . .

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How to Shorten a Zipper

Indiesew Tutorials | How to Shorten a Zipper

My first experience sewing on a zipper was at a Modern Domestic  class I took in 2008. We were tackling piped pillow covers with an invisible zip closure. I was still very much a beginner sewist, but the class sounded fun in a naïve, I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-getting-into sort of way. It turned out to be one of my favorite sewing classes I’ve ever taken. In that class our instructor gave stellar . . .

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Two Ways to Hem the Laurelhurst Cardigan

Indiesew Sewing Tutorials | How to Hem the Laurelhurst Cardigan

When I first started sewing with knits, I was perplexed by how to hem these stretchy garments. In fact, for a long time, I steered clear of knit garments that didn’t have banded hems, simply because I couldn’t figure out how to achieve a crisp hem with stretchy fabric. But over time and with a lot of practice, I found a few methods for hemming knit garments that work well for me. When I decided . . .

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