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The Perfect for Work Dress pattern – free

Just what I've been looking for. Free pattern for a work dress that looks smart but fun.

You might have noticed that I lost some weight this year.  35lbs !  Yay.  Gradually it had crept on over the last 3 years and now it’s gone again.  So to celebrate, I wanted to make something figure-hugging, a new dress I knew my husband would love.  Something for work and formal occasions, but which could also be a date-night dress too. The Perfect for Work Dress fits the bill perfectly and yes, hubby loves it!  When I modeled it the first time, he suggested we go out to dinner tonight and show it off – he’s a good guy!  It’s the sort of smart dress I used to wear when I had an office job – oh a gazillion years ago now. It’s easy to sew, comfy to wear.  You don’t have to make yours as figure-hugging as mine. … Continue reading

Variation on the Tech or Tablet Tote Bag pattern

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I love to make clothes for my kids and for myself but I also greatly enjoy  making bags. The multi-purpose tech bag is a great pattern that I truly love. I have already made two – one for the tablet and another one for my netbook (it fits the multi-tech bag size!). When I was testing the multi-purpose tech bag I had to use smaller grommets than those required because I couldn’t find any bigger. As a consequence, I had to use two grommets instead of one and also make two straps narrower than the regular one. This resulted in an alternative way to make this bag and to close it. Today I am sharing with you a simple tutorial on how to make these modifications. Materials needed: Two small grommets. These will be used instead of the Large round grommet … Continue reading

Fold over clutch bag pattern

Fold Over Clutch Bag Pattern - denim and cotton fabrics combined to create stylish unique clutch

Whats not to love about a simple clutch? Perfect for holding keys, wallet and mobile they are so quick and easy to whip up you can easily make one per outfit. Have fun playing with different fabric combinations. The denim bag makes the most of various cotton scraps (including quite a few shirts) which have been pieced together. The shimmery evening fold over clutch is made up with curtain fabric. This has been hand embroidered to embellish the existing pattern and tie the colours in. How about using quilting cotton? Simple to whip up, perfect to accompany your summer dresses. They take less than an hour, and are so easy to customize too. To make a fold over clutch bag you will need: Two pieces of lining fabric 11 by 9″ Two pieces of your bottom fabric choice 5  by 9″ Two pieces … Continue reading

Selling what you sew – how to price your work

Sewing to sell. How to price your work. Several different methods discussed and a handy worksheet to give you a range of selling prices.

Handy Calculator below that will give you guidelines on pricing your work to sell. –>  We’ve mentioned previously at a few articles about sewing to sell, or selling what you sew, either online in marketplaces like Etsy, or locally at craft fairs. For example, How to get traffic to your Etsy Shop. In the sewing chat group, people often post pictures of what they’ve made and make enquiries about what to sell it for.  Or just ask for general advice on how to price to sell, based on cost of materials used etc.  Too often the likely selling price is no more than the cost of the materials, so you don’t make a profit, or even get compensated for your time. Sadly some people just don’t recognise the value of ‘hand-made’ goods these days so you can’t always achieve the price you need. … Continue reading

Sew a pretty summer sundress pattern

I love the fact this dress is reversible. The v back is so cool for summer, and would make a nice date night dress too. And the pattern is free - can't beat that!

Summer is here!  Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress.  It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt.  Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible!  The front and the back are the same. The free clothing pattern for July comes to you a little early this month because I’m taking part in the 30 days of Sundresses series over at Melly Sews.  Melly is gathering up all of your favorite bloggers to share their summer sundress tutorials during June, and there’s a giveaway each week too.  Drop over to enter her giveaway here. If I can get the time, I’ll try to do a bonus extra pattern in July too – no promises! Features of the Empire of the Sun-Dress Cross-over … Continue reading

Best sewing books as recommended by our readers

The Best Sewing Books as recommended by the So Sew Easy readers. Lots of great reference and inspiration here.

I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of sewing books at our local second-hand bookstore that supports our Humane Society.  It got me to wondering, do people still buy sewing books or do we all now look for our answers online.  So I asked our readers here in the sewing chat group… “Do you buy sewing books still, or just use the internet to look things up? Do you have any favorite books you refer to often and would recommend – and why? Is it for beginners, intermediate or advanced? Thanks.” I was pleasantly surprised at all of the answers, and even photos of book shelves full of sewing books.  It turns out that many of us still love our sewing books and some (you know who you are) have accumulated quite a library of books that are … Continue reading

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

How, when and why to clip seam allowances

Serger Pepper - Clip and notch seam allowances - how to easily sew perfect curves

If you have ever read instructions from a sewing pattern which included any curved seam, you’ve certainly been asked to “clip (or notch) seam allowances”. If they were your first steps in sewing, I bet you stopped a while to figure out what you had to do…  and maybe you’re still there, wondering what you needed to do and why? Go on reading my “how-to clip (and notch)” guide and never skip this important step again! When should you clip your seam allowances? When you’re sewing a concave curve (C-shaped valleys) or inside corners (think welt pockets, a zipper pocket slots, squared necklines…). On a garment, you’ll likely need to clip seam allowances on necklines, facing, armholes, hip pockets: mostly curved seams! Why do you need to clip? To allow fabric’s raw edge to stretch enough to lay flat, without … Continue reading

Pattern of the Month Club and Pattern Bundle Sale

2015 Pattern Collection Bundle Part 1 - 7 sewing patterns, 5 bags, 1 top and 1 skirt

About this time last year I launched the enormously popular Pattern of the Month Club, where members paid a single subscription and received all of the patterns for the year automatically sent to their inboxes as they were released. Lots of you have been asking when it will be launched for 2015 – well it’s not quite ready yet. I want to put together my final ideas for the patterns to work on for the rest of the year and then I’ll let you all know. We may end up with the 2015 Collection Part 1 and then Part 2.  Let’s see … In the meantime, we are 6 months into 2015 so its the perfect time to create a mid-year 2015 pattern bundle. Thank you everyone for your support.  By investing in a paid pattern, you help me keep … Continue reading

Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern – POTM

Love this tablet bag pattern.. Nice and padded, separate pocket for the tablet, stylish, and a big zipper pocket in back for charger, wallet, etc. This is going everywhere with me!

  Do you own an iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computer?  Then you’ll probably want to take it out and about with you and this bag has been especially designed with that in mind.  But even if you don’t have a techie item to carry, its a useful bag with some great pockets and features that you’ll love. Features of the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Fits a standard large size tablet or iPad Finished size, approx. 9 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, plus strap. Step by step video instructions Easy-sew zipper technique Step by step photo instructions Full video tutorial to show you how to make it every step of the way Skill level – confident beginner More about the Tech Tote The padded tech bag is designed for your tablet or reader, and … Continue reading

Things to sew for eating outdoors – National Picnic Week!

Things to sew for eating outdoors - National picnic week. Make eating out fun and summery.

For my Grandad Douglass, every picnic had to be perfect, more like an outdoor banquet. Plates, cutlery, a set table, a 3 course meal.. meats, salads, potatoes and of course, all the condiments. One day he hiked a 3 mile round trip for ‘salad cream,’ (an English delicacy), as he just couldn’t have his picnic without it.  I feel like I’ve been slipping recently, as I sit on a rock with my apple and a bag of chips! So what can I do about it? Start sewing of course!! With my Grandad in mind here I looked high and low and tried to find all things to sew for eating outdoors – for National Picnic Week which is 13th to 21st June! Wherever your are eating outdoors; in the shade of your homemade garden teepee, or out on the moors, on the forest floor, … Continue reading

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