Indie Sewing News
Posted by Helen | 22/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Hallelujah, it's spring!!!  There is nothing like the changing of the seasons to inspire reflection, planning, and inspiration for creativity!  I can't wait to dive into my stash of lightweight florals that I have ignored for the past 5 months.  What to make first!? I've got a million ideas and no plan at this point, but I think that is a good place to be.  What will be your first spring make? News (clockwise from top left) Sew Over It released the Kimono Jacket. Hey June released the Trevi top and dress and I am smitten!! Ohhhlulu is updating some...

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full bust adjustment no darts

Today is the second post in a 2 part series on doing full bust adjustments on patterns without any darts.  For the first post, we covered a quick and dirty 'cheater' method that works well for small full bust adjustments. Today, we will be covering how to do a proper slash and spread full bust adjustment, even when the pattern does not have any darts. This post is part of a sewalong for the Blackwood Cardigan. You can grab your copy of the Blackwood here. Do you need a full bust adjustment? The first thing we need to do is...

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full bust adjustment no darts

Today will be the first post in a 2 part series on doing full bust adjustments on patterns without any darts.  For the first post, we will be covering a quick and dirty method that works well for more forgiving pattern designs and stretchy knits. Works best for: A small Full Bust Adjustment, not a large one (learn the difference below) Pros: Easy, simple, fast Cons: Does not add length in the front (those with large busts may need extra length so the fabric doesn't lift up in the front) For the Blackwood Cardigan, this simple method works well. Because the...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 17/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Welcome back to the sewalong! In case you missed it, we have already gone over choosing a size and assembling your PDF pattern. Today, we will be talking about grading between sizes. You can grab your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan here. The sizing for the Blackwood Cardigan is US letter sizes XS - XXL.  Each size spans a wider size range than numbered sizing (2, 4, 6, etc), so you may find you fall between sizes. Because the Blackwood Cardigan is designed for knit fabrics with quite a bit of stretch, we’ve got some wiggle room. It is also designed...

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Best Indie Shirtdress Patterns
Posted by Helen | 16/03/2017 | Indie Darling

In light of the new #sewtogetherforsummer shirtdress challenge, I thought I would put together a little ‘Indie, Darling’ roundup post to provide some options to choose from! Personally, I am torn between the Named Reeta and the McCalls 6696, both of which I have been dying to try. Maybe I will have time to make both!! I know McCalls isn’t indie, but the 6696 seems to have a special place in the hearts of indie sewists and I want to see what all the fuss is about! Let me know your favourite in the comments below and be sure to...

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Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong
Posted by Helen | 15/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

I am a big fan of PDF patterns.  Not just because I offer them, but because I prefer them as a home sewist myself.  I almost always go for the PDF over the printed pattern.  I know I'm not alone here, but I also know some people are on the fence or just hate taping (I get it!). Maybe you haven't tried one yet, or you’re wondering how PDF patterns even work!  There are lots of benefits to PDF patterns, and once you get the hang of assembling them, you can have your next sewing project printed, cut, taped and...

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