Are You Afraid of the Dart?

When I first started sewing garments, I found darts intimidating. You want me to do what? But soon, I realized that darts are magical – they can transform a one dimensional material into a three dimensional blouse, skirt or more. How amazing is that? Even though I’ve sewn many a dart in my time, it is always good to brush up on basic skills – this tutorial from Sew Can She is a great one for that. Or, if you haven’t sewn darts before, this is a great place to start!

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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.

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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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