• Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns

World’s Ugliest Bag – latest sewing fail and GIVEAWAY

World's ugliest bag! Don't fall victim to sewing failures - take a class for God's Sake!

Oh dear. Oh deary deary me. (In my best British accent.) Just what happened here then Miss?  The sewing police had better not be reading this or I’ll be prosecuted for sure.  Thrown in sewing and fabric jail for such an epic failure. The charges: Woeful waste of fabric Wasting precious sewing time without due care for the consequences Failure to stop when I could tell it wasn’t ‘right’ Sewing without due care and attention Failure to properly execute a muslin Sewing while intoxicated?  I got cleared on this charge, which is almost a shame because I could have used it as an excuse. Inspiration had struck while I was asleep.  It often does.  In this dream, it was just an ordinary day at the grocery store, but I was carrying the bag of my dreams!  I can see it … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top

Easy pattern rating? Kiss my behind Butterick B5353

Butterick B5353 pattern review. For one true to sizing, and far too small for me!

I had desired this dress from afar for a long long time – the Butterick B5353.  The model looks so cool, sophisticated…and the dress so slimming and flattering.  I felt as my sewing skills had come on some way in these last few months that it was time to tackle this pattern that had been sitting in my stash. The pattern rating is easy – yay – should have this done in no time.  I also threw a little caution to the wind. EVERY SINGLE pattern I have made up to date I have made according to the pattern envelope sizing and I have found when I cut them that they were always huge and needed a lot of alteration.  So I had no hesitation in reading that apparently according to the sizing a size 36 bust needed a size … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top

Knit crossover top from Lekala patterns

Lekala patterns review

Has anyone out there ever bought a pattern from Lekala patterns?  Nicole Lekala has a range of 386 patterns on her Craftsy page at the time of writing and is often adding more.  But what makes Lekala patterns unique is the promise to draft you a completely personalised pattern based on your own measurements.  This was too good an offer to pass up on so I thought I would give it a try. I picked this pattern to try out - obviously because it was free so there was nothing to lose!  Its a cross-over front top with long sleeves designed for knit fabrics.  So how would it fit?  I sent in my measurements and the pattern came back quickly in PDF to print and piece together.   What do you get? Lekala patterns include a line drawing of the design, and … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top

What the hell is THIS ? (Burda 113 06/2012)

I was naughty and it was therefore my own fault that I got caught.  There is no one else to blame but me and karma came my way and kicked me in the ass.  I stole.  Plain and simple.  And I won’t do it again – promise. It’s just that I wanted to sew a nice dress, and I didn’t have the right pattern.  Burda magazine isn’t available here (although I have now signed up for an international subscription), and my fabric shop doesn’t sell patterns apart from a few things for kids.  And I had this fabric just calling out to be made into a dress.  All these are excuses of course – I still stole.  :-( While doing a search for a Burda magazine subscription to send from overseas, I actually came across a place where I could download a … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies

My DIY Duct Tape Dress Form

Duct tape dress form - the finished body double. So Sew Easy

How to make a Duct Tape Dress Form – and how NOT to ! You might have seen these before. At some point or another, all sewers need to fit clothes so that they look flattering and are comfortable. But if there is just you, fitting and pinning alterations on yourself while you are wearing what needs adjustment is just plain difficult and sometimes near impossible.  This is why all keen sewers love a dress-form – a mannequin with their own measurements (as near as possible) so that the clothes can be made on the model and fitted to the person who will be wearing them. Sadly my budget does not extend to importing a dress-form so I decided to try to make my own body double using duct tape, newspaper and expanding foam.   How to make a duct tape dress … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Eva Knit Dress – Free pattern

So Sew Easy - Eva knit dress

I found this great site for free patterns – Your Style Rocks.  There are only a few patterns but they are awesome!  I was immediately drawn to the Eva dress.  Their photo on the dress form looks so slimming and sophisticated that I had to make it.  Except mine didn’t come out quite like that. It is described as a classy and elegant dress with a beautiful cowl neck.  I chose to make it in a plain black, although with the design across the front being in different pieces, I think this would look great as a color blocked dress. I used a light-weight slinky knit from my local store and I think this is mostly where I went wrong with this pattern.  My fabric is simply too light and thin to have the smooth draping called for to make this look … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress

Fleece hoodie ! Why?

Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean?  Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80′s.  Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie?  To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress.   The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics.  My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue.  It’s … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top

The YIKES wrap blouse – aka my Porn Blouse

So Sew Easy: Free pattern, Wrap blouse failure

Sometimes free just isn’t worth it.  This was one of those days.  I found this site which has a LOT of free patterns.  But only illustrations of the garment and the barest of instructions on how to make it.  But hey, it’s free. So I downloaded the wrap front blouse pattern, pieced it together and cut my fabric.  I don’t know what the fabric is.  It’s from the remnant bin again and cost $7.50 for a big piece – enough for a dress and a blouse.  Its also very slinky and drapey so it seemed to be a good choice for this project.   It was my first time with darts and I wasn’t sure how to exactly transfer the darts to my fabric so I kind of did my best to mark them with pins, line them up and … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

The Blue Bag – a mess of glue and bling

Random bling bag

I’ve been making a new skirt. It’s in a lovely slinky-drapey navy fabric, but it’s not finished yet because it needs a zipper and I’ve been struggling to insert one without a proper zipper foot – so all zipper projects are still on hold.  But it’s all cut out and ready and I have some fabric left over. I’m a sucker for matching accessories – I made the Molly bag to match my Paper Bag Skirts.  So I decided to make a new handbag to go with this navy skirt.  But I only had a little fabric left over and looked around for a pattern that would only use a small amount – and I came across the Buttercup bag – perfect. The pattern is free to download with great instructions and the bag was ready in no time.  I … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

My first real limitations

I am heady with excitement as I head back to my sewing machine for my next project.  The ‘Cute dress !’ comment about my Nancy dress leaves me salivating for more new clothes courtesy of the remnants bin. I read all over the web about making clothes from your existing ready to wear favorites.  I actually have a really well fitting simple a-line skirt which I had made to measure during a trip to Vietnam (I am such a lucky girl) so I tried to give this one a go.  I pinned out the skirt, drew around carefully and made my pattern pieces.  I checked the measurements, everything was good. Ah, then I ran into my first difficutly – this skirt needs a zipper.  I rummaged around in the box the borrowed sewing machine came in, found nothing, called my … Continue reading