The History of The Trench Coat: A New Sewing Project

trench coat history

I’ve always wanted to do a project to sew my own trench coat.  I’ve loved trench coats since I was a teen and with autumn just around the corner, I think it would be a fun project the would result in a practical garment for the cool, wet weather that is on the way.  (Actually, I live in Singapore and it is never cool here but I’m planning to Japan in the fall and it’s likely going to be trench-coat-wearing weather then.) As I often do before a project, I wanted to research the trench coat history so I could better understand how and why they were made.  Below is what I learned.  If you’re interested in a pattern and project to sew your own trench coat, please let me know in the comments at the end of the article. … Continue reading

Do You Know When to Replace Your Old Sewing Machine?

Replace Your Old Sewing Machine

All sewing enthusiasts can agree, it’s very difficult to decide when to change or replace your old sewing machine. Imagine using that same sewing machine for decades, and all the memories that attach to it. What if you inherited the machine from your Mom or even your GrandMa? Wouldn’t that make the value of the sewing machine as even more priceless and difficult to replace? However, a certain time will come that you have to let go of that old sewing machine that you’ve had for decades because YOU JUST HAVE TO. Now, here are some tips to help you know and decide when to replace your old sewing machine. 1.  When you have to pay a huge amount over and over just for repairs You know it is time to replace your sewing machine when the total costs of repair … Continue reading

Top 5 Sewing Books for Beginners

top 5 sewing books for beginners

Everyone who is learning to sew or loves to sew already wants to learn new sewing tips and tricks and read guides directly from the experts themselves. Even though nowadays, there are already many videos about sewing with all the topics that a beginner needs to know including our own very popular YouTube channel, having a book about sewing sometimes feels like the easiest and best way to learn.  Some would still prefer physical books or sometimes e-books which they can browse at their own pace, refer to diagrams and illustrations and even annotate if a thought or question comes to mind. We’ve also received a lot of requests from readers for a list of what we thought were the best sewing books for beginners.  So we spent some time gathering up our favorite sewing books that would benefit not … Continue reading

Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running belt

Here’s a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling. I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That’s it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying … Continue reading

More Neckline Styles Than You’ll Ever Need

neckline styles

Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.  Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right neckline style for your garment; including body shape, bust size, décolleté line, shoulder size, neck length/thickness and face shape. Conventional wisdom might suggest that large breasted gals opt for higher necklines but this is actually a bad idea…the higher the neckline, the lower set it will make you lovely ladies appear so you should be going for medium cuts. Also, the wider the cut of the neckline, the broader your shoulders will appear –so you can offset a wide hip with the illusion of balance in … Continue reading

How to choose the correct sewing thread

choose correct sewing thread

Do you pick up just any matching thread that you come across and sew your fabric? Or do you examine the thread closely before using it for a project? If you are like me and sometimes pick up any thread lying on the stash, then it’s time to change the rule. The quality of the thread used has a direct bearing on the final outcome of your sewing project. To get the best possible outcome, you need to get a clear understanding of the various types of threads available and when to use them.  To help you with this important process, we’ve put together a short list of guidelines on how to choose the correct sewing thread. Types of thread Cotton thread: These are threads that are used for natural fabric like cotton. Most of the cotton thread has a lustrous … Continue reading

Ultimate Mother’s Day Sewing Roundup: Free & Fun

mothers day sewing roundup

Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate Mother’s Day every year as a way to honor the mothers in the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the overall contribution and influence of mother’s in our societies.  Mother’s Day is observed in over 40 countries around the world.  In the US the holiday is celebrated in May although the dates vary in other countries. In the US, Mother’s Day is a relatively modern holiday with the first official celebration being held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virgina after years of campaigning by a tenacious woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna began her efforts to recognize Mother’s Day in 1905 and by 1911, all US states observed the holiday. In celebration, we put together this fun and free Mothers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every mother would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to share … Continue reading

Sashiko Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Japanese Embroidery Cushion

sashiko quilting tutorial

Hello! I’m Rin from Sew in Love and owner of Hana Patterns. I’m back with another free sewing pattern for you, inspired by my Japanese heritage. You can make this embroidered pillow to add a touch of ethnic and bohemian style to your home. What’s Sashiko? Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery. It started out as a way to strengthen cotton and linen fabrics, but these days, we enjoy its repetitive patterns for decoration. Once you get started, sashiko embroidery is a really calming and relaxing activity. I love how my sashiko pillow enhances my other handmade pillows to bring a boho vibe to my living room (see my room tour here). Let’s get started! MATERIALS I’ve designed this sashiko embroidery pattern so it can be be adapted to any pillow size. But for your reference, my pillow is 50cm x … Continue reading

40+ Free Applique Patterns: Designs for All Occasions

free applique patterns

So what are appliqués anyway? Appliqués are shapes or letters with an adhesive on the backside so that they can be applied, using an iron, to everything from clothing, (think adorable initials on Children’s coats, for example) to pillows, to tablecloths. How to start? If you want to learn how to use these free applique patterns to make your own appliques, here’s a tutorial on the topic. Free Applique Patterns Roundup Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right-click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!

You’re invited to check out So Sew Easy on Instagram

so sew easy instagram

After much prodding from our readers, we recently expanded our social media sites to include Instagram.  I wanted to personally invite everyone to check out the So Sew Easy Instagram account and follow us over there.  As you know we have active social media communities on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Google+, but the recent growth and popularity of Instagram makes it hard to ignore these days. Generally, most people think Instagram is mainly for the younger audience, and we certainly welcome them, but I also think people of all age groups are really starting to enjoy the platform and it’s very visual format.  If you’re looking for a good way to connect with you teenager or granddaughter, you’ll find young people today pretty much live on Instagram. Instagram is actually owned by Facebook, so it integrates very well with … Continue reading

A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

skirt styles

The age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory. When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement. Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering! A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning … Continue reading