You Made It! The In-Style Suitcase

Thanks to Sherry R. who so kindly shared some pictures of two beautiful In-Style Suitcases she made. This bag, which resembles a miniature suitcase, measures 11 ¾” W x 8” H x 4” D. I love the combination of fabrics she used – click through to see the rest of the pictures.





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Keep a Clean, Mean, Sewing Machine!

It’s the New Year and everyone is talking about cleaning and reorganizing their sewing rooms. But what about your machine? Don’t forget about the him (or her, my machine is named Edith, after costume designer Edith Head). Keeping your machine cleaned and oiled will ensure that it will keep working hard for you. Our friend Heather at The Sewing Loft, shares a great tutorial on how to clean those machines.


Denim Sewing Tutorial

We use denim a lot in our patterns, whether it is our Crossroads Denim or using recycled denim from old jeans. We sometimes forget that sewing with denim can be intimidating for those who work mainly with light cottons. That is why I wanted to share this tutorial from Melly Sews with you on Tips to Sew Denim.

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Trench Coat Trends

Recently, during some Pinterest browsing (do you follow Indygo Junction??) I noticed a trend for coats and jackets with a shawl collar, which remind me of our Crossroads Trench pattern.

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How to Sew Sleeves

I ran across this great tutorial for sewing sleeves, which I want to share with you. Check it out over on The Sewing Directory. The tutorial is an excerpt from Merchant and Mills’ new book Elementary Sewing Skills.

sleevesWe work a lot with raglan sleeves – as you can see in our Retro Raglan Jacket.


A shirt sleeve hangs off the shoulder. We used this style sleeve in our Chinois Coat


A set-in sleeve is the classic style that sits on the top of your shoulder. We used this style in our Bell Sleeve Blouse.

setinsleeve What is your favorite style of sleeve to use? I find the raglan style to be the easiest to sew. I remember the first time I put in a sleeve. I worked very slowly and carefully on the first side and it went in without a hitch. Or so I thought. I had a lot of trouble with the second sleeve for some reason but finally got it in. When I looked at the garment with both sleeves in I expected to see the second sleeve looking a little wonky – however it looked great! The first sleeve however, was on completely upside down. Sigh.