Indie Sewing News
Posted by Helen | 12/04/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday, makers!  It has been a very eventful week so far! The company I work for got acquired this week and our small team of 7 is joining forces with a team of 2000! I am very happy for new opportunities and experiences - big things lie ahead! Soon we will be moving offices and I will have a 'smart casual' dress code. No more yoga pants at work for me!  I usually dress very casual at work, so I may be in need of some more business appropriate blouses and trousers now - expect more of that on the blog...

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Christine Haynes Ellsworth Coat
Posted by Helen | 10/04/2017 | Into My Closet

I have always been totally smitten with making outerwear. Back in 2014 when I first fell down the rabbit hole of indie patterns, I was obsessed with the Minoru Jacket and decided to tackle it as my first big sewing project in years. It was a challenge, to say the least, but I felt so good after it was complete. I was ready to sew anything!  Jackets and coats do take more time and supplies than the average project, but in the end, you get to wear your make proudly and nobody will ever guess you made it. Making a...

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 05/04/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday! I am feeling much better this week and my sew-jo is back in full swing. I got it flowing again after cutting out my m6696 pattern that I have been meaning to sew for about two years. It felt so good to finally get going on this project and I am feeling the excitement for spring and summer sewing! I always get a little over ambitious at the start of the season so I am trying to focus on a few key items this time. Have you started to plan your spring/summer sewing? News (clockwise from top left) Orange Lingerie...

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Sewing a front band

Hi, makers! Welcome to the final post in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! Today we will be finishing up with the bands of the cardigan. In case you missed it, we have already covered sewing the pockets, stabilizing the shoulder seam, sewing the sleeve in flat, and attaching the cuffs. Before sewing the front band, we need to attach the bottom band. I just have the one picture for this step as it is pretty straight forward. Fold the band in half with wrong sides together, match up the notches with the side seams and you are good to go! I...

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Sewing knit cuffs

Today I have a little post on sewing knit cuffs. The Blackwood Cardigan has knit cuffs and it is my favourite finish for this style of garment. You get a nice, clean edge at the end of the sleeve, and the cuffs are double layered, adding warmth for your hands! This is the fourth sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! I hope your Blackwoods are coming along nicely so far.  Let's get started! Fold your cuffs in half matching notches and with right sides facing. Pin in place. Sew using a small zig-zag stitch. Press this seam open. Use...

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Sewing a sleeve in flat
Posted by Helen | 31/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

There are two ways to sew in a sleeve. You can use the classic set-in sleeve method where the sleeve is sewn first and then set into the armhole.  This is most common for woven garments. For knits, sewing a sleeve in flat works really well and is a faster way to complete this process. This is the third sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong.  Let's get started! You should be at the point where your shoulder seams are attached and your seams are pressed toward the back of the garment. Spread out your project so you get a...

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