Where to buy Bra-Making Supplies

Big list if suppliers for bra making and lingerie, fabrics, patterns and other materials

(Image credit – all images from Bra Makers Supply)   I recently posted about my first ever bra I’ve sewn following after watching the Bra Making class on Craftsy – you can read about it here if you missed it. Both here and on Facebook, people asked about where they could buy these specialist supplies, in the US and elsewhere because you don’t often find everything you need in your local sewing shop. I can’t get what I need here on Cayman at all – well, my local shop does sell bra underwires but only in one size , and it’s not mine. They also sell replacement hooks and things for bra repair but not really all the supplies you need if you are going to sew your own from scratch. So enjoy my extensive online research and hopefully somewhere … Continue reading

The last time I ask for your help

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The end of 2014 and the start of 2015 has been really busy with various awards of one type or another.  Every time, So Sew Easy has been successful in reaching the finals of the voting thanks entirely to the nominations you all send in. Ones that I can just think of recently off the top of my head include the Burda Top Sewing Blogger Awards (for which the results were never announced!), Craftsy Favorite Sewing Pattern (made the final 4 with the Wrap Dress), and The British Sewing Awards (made the final 4). You have always supported me with your time and effort and I’m very appreciative.  But the So Sew Easy site is quite small and new, doesn’t have that many followers and so when it comes to voting, naturally the ‘bigger’ sites with their thousands of followers … Continue reading

Fun and easy sewing projects for kids

30 + fun and easy sewing projects for kids of all ages. I'm going to teach my niece some of these.

Looking for fun and easy projects for teaching kids to sew?  In many parts of the world its the winter months, and not so much fun to go outdoors, so enjoy some indoor activities with the kids and share with them your love of sewing. If you are introducing a younger person to sewing, you’ll need bright projects that will attract their interest and keep their attention, while not taking days to complete or boredom will soon set in. If it’s something that they can use, show off or give as a gift at the end even better! So I’ve put together a few ideas for easy projects for kids of all ages, from simple lacing cards for the very young ones, to felt and hand-sewing projects, and those that require a bit more skill for tweens and teens. [Right … Continue reading

Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics. Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain … Continue reading

Check out this Ultimate Craft Bundle

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Wow, sometimes there are some deals that just seem too good to be true and when I read about this one and signed up and got my copy, well, it really IS true and I wanted to give you all the chance to get yours. $1200 worth of crafting and DIY content for just $34.95.  Sounds too good to be true right?  What’s the catch? This AMAZING bundle of crafting and DIY resources is only on sale from 21st-26th January and then it’s done, so if you think you might want it, jump in and get it now before the offer closes forever.  I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Here’s just a quick look, a taste of some of what is included:  Your choice of Craftsy class, from the following list: Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs Sewing Custom Roman Shades Scrapbooking … Continue reading

What is a Quiet Book?

Everything you need to know to get started in sewing quiet books, or activity books for kids

Quiet book … soft book … busy book … cloth book … They go by many names but the idea is the same. A quiet book (my favorite term) is a series of fabric “pages” containing quiet activities to entertain small children. If you’ve never seen one before, head over and browse my quiet book page archive (there are more examples at the end of this post as well.) Quiet books can be made for any age children. I have seen books for babies with fun, contrasting imagery as well as books for older children containing pieces and game boards for classics like hangman, checkers, and tic tac toe. The typical target age range for quiet books is about two to five, focusing on skills like matching, sorting, imaginative play, and getting dressed (zippers, ties, lacing, etc.) Some people design their pages to be … Continue reading

On Safari Skirt pattern

Cargo style skirt with yoke, pockets, belt lops, top stitching detail. Great in a denim too and ideal to shorten for a mini if you like.

“A tale of love and loss.”  I once owned a skirt.  I believed it to be the perfect skirt and I wore it everywhere.  I wore it for years – we were inseparable.  It was my more favorite-est ever skirt.  Then a couple of years ago I noticed it was looking a little thread-bare. The seams were starting to come away.  It didn’t help that despite my best intentions, I seemed to have ‘out-grown’ it a little and it really didn’t fit properly any more.  I couldn’t give it up though until one day after a particularly fine Sunday Brunch there was a rending sound as it/we tore apart for ever.  It couldn’t handle the stress of our relationship any more and we parted ways later that afternoon, never to see each other again.  But I never could forget my … Continue reading

Finished my 2nd quilt

Making my 2nd quilt. Cherie Jubilee from a ready made kit. Love the mix of vintage and modern fabrics.

I did it. And I love it. My second ever quilt is finished. My first one was just a jelly roll strips quilt, but this one was following a proper (beginner) quilting pattern, and I made proper blocks and sashing and I suppose you could say it’s my first ‘real’ quilt. When I made the first one, I said I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I actually really enjoyed the whole process (well almost all) this time around so I know I’ll certainly do it again. Having the ready designed quilting kit made life so much easier. I used this Cherie Jubilee from Fort Worth Fabric Studio – it’s a kit they put together themselves and includes the pattern and all the fabrics you need to make the quilt top and the binding. Makes it nice and easy when … Continue reading

How to sew steeply slanted or bias seams

How to sew bias and slanted seams so that your edges line up properly. I had no idea about this until I saw it laid out so clearly.

This is something you may not come across very often, but it’s good to know for the first time that you are called up on to sew a slanted seam. It might be when you are piecing strips for making bias tape or just in a pattern that has diagonal seam lines as part of the design. Let’s take a look at what I mean and the right and wrong way to sew these sort of seams. How to sew a slanted or bias seam Let’s start with a square of fabric – any size.  Then we’ll cut it roughly in half, but not parallel to the edges or directly across the diagonal but on a steep slant from one side to the other. Ok, so far so good.  We end up with two strange looking pieces with a slanted … Continue reading

What do you think of my sewing videos?

What do you think of sewing videos? Great idea? Terrible idea? Boring? Depends on who makes them..?

I recently was working on a skirt pattern.  It’s quite involved and it took me almost 3 days work to sew the skirt and along the way to make the tutorial video and take all the step by step photos.  Then I had to edit the video and turn the photos into a step by step tutorial. Except disaster – I had left my camera on macro and although things had looked sharp in the little screen, when I uploaded them to my computer, every single photo was blurry. Every single one – 3 days of work – grrrrr. It’s a busy time of year, I was struggling to find the time to do it all over again.  So that got me to thinking – did people really want step by step photo instructions these days, or did people prefer … Continue reading

How to sew an easy padded laptop bag

Padded Laptop Bag Tutorial. Nice and quick and easy but strong too.

Hi SoSewEasy reader! Happy to be here again, after my latest post about your #1 serger’s must have features. I’m Irene and I usually blog at Serger Pepper. Let’s start with a fact: this year I must have been a Good Girl, because Santa decided I deserved a new laptop ;) It is bigger than the old one (which, by the way, was perfect for cooking eggs above the keyboard, since it was getting hotter every single time I turned it on), so now I have an old laptop bag that is too short for it. When I started blogging about sewing, I decided that everything I was going to share, had to be something useful… this is why I’m showing you how to DIY an easy (but cute) padded laptop bag, that you can sew using your laptop (or maybe tablet) … Continue reading