Author Archives: Amanda Carestio

Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection

Welcome to the Tea House Dress Sew Along! We hand picked this pattern for a number of reasons: it’s modern yet timeless, comfortable yet chic and looks amazing in just about every fabric we’ve seen it sewn up in.  And … Continue reading

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6 Fall Sewing Must-Haves with Allie Olson

We hope the August/September installment of Clothes Minded got you in the mood for fall sewing – it worked for us (and we’ll be sharing our plans later this month)! In that installment, IndieSew.com’s Allie Olson shared her tips for … Continue reading

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Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

There are many reasons that sewing with a serger is faster than a sewing machine. First, the motor typically runs faster and produces more stitches in the same amount of time, usually about 50% to 60% more stitches per minute. … Continue reading

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DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

We’re concluding our exploration of fabric dyeing and painting techniques with a look at plastic bag painting. This is the perfect technique if you’re going for that perfectly imperfect painterly style. Plus, this technique has applications options for a wide … Continue reading

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All Things Fall (sewing!) with the August/September issue of Sew News

Get your fall sewjo working with the August/September issue of Sew News! This issue is all kinds of awesome – here are a few of my favorite things from this packed issue! My favorite thing in this issue – maybe one … Continue reading

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DIY Textiles: Painted Brushstrokes Tips

We’re continuing our focus on DIY Textiles today with a tutorial for creating bold brushstrokes. We love the high-end, painterly look this technique gives fabric and simple designs, such as this basic a-line skirt – plus, it’s totally one of … Continue reading

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Fabric Dyeing: Flour Resist Technique – Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t seen the new issue yet, you’re in for a trio of terrific DIY textile techniques, perfect for summer experiments (aka, getting messy in the pursuit of creative happiness). DIY textiles or altered fabrics add an extra handmade … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Planning Tips from Rachel Pinheiro

We have been inspired by all the handmade wardrobe planning tips from our favorite sewing designers and bloggers this year, and this issue’s installment – from Rachel Pinheiro – was no exception. By Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro (Read … Continue reading

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Summer Fabric Series: Tips for Sewing with Sheers

It’s summertime, so bring on all the silky, drapey, flowy fabric goodness. Silk, crepe de chine, chiffon, lawn, voile – these fabrics are among our faves, but they can be intimidating and tricky to work with. This week, we continue … Continue reading

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Shorts Sewing Pattern Roundup: Our Top Picks

Whether you’re super into shorts or not, in some climates, they’re a must for summer. Shorts are perfect for testing pants patterns (and many patterns include them as an option), they don’t often require a large amount of fabric and … Continue reading

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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Gauze Fabric

We’re focusing on fun summer fabrics all month long! Gauze is one of our favorite summer fabrics to sew. From swaddle cloths for babies to fashionable garments, accessories and quilts, double gauze fabric is a delight to use and wear. It … Continue reading

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Favorite Woven T-shirt Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!

We spent May reviewing some of our favorite knit t-shirt patterns but we also wanted to give some love to our other summer favorite, woven t-shirts. From boxy to fitted and basic to interesting details, these are some of our top … Continue reading

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June Sew Along Preview: BurdaStyle Cap-Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124

If your summer sewing plans don’t feature a wrap blouse, get on board! Wrap styles are flattering, comfortable and easy to wear for a variety of body shapes. This month’s sew along features the Cap Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124, a … Continue reading

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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Cork Fabric

Join us this month on the Sew News blog as we get geared up for summer sewing with tips for sewing a variety of fun fabrics, from cork to double gauze. First up, we’re talking all things cork. An eco-friendly alternative … Continue reading

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New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At It’s Best!

It’s MeMadeMay and our sewing lists are growing, friends! Look the pages of the June/July issue of Sew News for tips, techniques, insights, inspiration and more to sew the perfect summer wardrobe. There’s so much to love in this issue … Continue reading

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Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease

Sewing with Knits: Understanding Negative Ease   Understanding knits and how to sew them to fit is a complex topic, so here’s some fitting wisdom on how knits differ from wovens with regards to fit.

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T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing

T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing Pattern: Inari Tee, Named Clothing Fabric: NOSH Organic Jersey Size: 12 Any Adjustments: The T-shirt is designed to be cropped so I added 2” at the hem for a longer length.

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