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

Indiesew – the place to find great Indie Patterns

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  I was recently contacted by a website that I’d not found before, Indiesew.  We’ve been conspiring and working together in secret…. I’m so excited to finally reveal that some of my patterns are going to be featured on the site, starting soon with the Sew Simple Leggings. It’s great news for me because it means my patterns and site could soon be discovered by a whole new group of readers that might have not found me any other way.  So I might get some extra pattern sales, which will be great. (Image courtesy of Indiesew)   I wanted to just tell you a little about the site and recommend you take a look.  They are very different to the usual sites that sell sewing patterns and I love them for the following reasons: well, they agreed to stock some … Continue reading

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

Piece, Patch, Quilt – free beginners quilting class

Review of the free beginners quilting class; Piece, Patch, Quilt.

I bought some fabrics with the intention of starting a quilt. I’ve never made a quilt before because I usually sew clothes, but I’ve been so attracted to the bright colors and especially some of the really modern designs so I HAD to give it a go.  But then I got scared because the fabrics were so beautiful that I was afraid of making just one big mess and wasting or ruining the lot.  This is my new quilting stash. I bought: Benartex Bali Batik 5 Yards Bundle (Sea and Sky) Matching jelly roll in sea and sky Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box (not shown) Amy Butler Lark Fat Quarter Bundle (not shown) A bright colored jelly roll from JoAnn Craftsy to the rescue!  Did you know that Craftsy offer some great FREE quilting classes to get you started? Check … Continue reading

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

Pleated Cosmetics Bag Pattern with Spoonflower fabric

Ingenious idea to make and line 3 cosmetics bags all from the same 1 yard of fabric. Can buy this on Spoonflower.

Today, a free pattern with a difference – there’s no pattern!  Well, and it’s not actually free.  Other than that – it’s a free pattern!  What on earth am I talking about?  Well, I’m not making any sense because I’m just over-the-top-super-excited.  You see, I made my own fabric and the fabric includes the pattern. Here it is. Ta dah! Looks a bit odd, right? My husband saw it and said, “Well, it looks a bit patchy!” Have you ever tried to design your own fabric?  It’s hard!  Very hard.  I’m still learning about fabric color theory in the Free Class on color theory for sewing and quilting.  I’m certainly no graphic designer, so I started out with some easier patterns in spots and stripes.  I learned how to make repeating patterns in Photoshop and used a pre-designed color palette … Continue reading

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

Design your own Handbag – class review pt 3

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

I’m presently taking the Design your own Handbag class from Craftsy following my sad and tragic experiences with sewing the World’s Ugliest Bag.   This is the final post in the series.  If you are interested, you can also read Part 1 of my review, and Part 2. You can also get this class at 50% off . Class review – part 3    Lesson 7 – Handles and Straps One sure way to tell your handmade bag apart from something bought is the handle.  This lesson covers not only different types of handles and how to make them, but some really good tips on how to get a very nice finish on the handle and on the tabs used to attach them.  The lesson covers: making basic straps fabric covered cord handles (I’ll definitely be having a go at making these!) … Continue reading

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

Design your own Handbag – class review pt 2

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

I’m presently taking the Design your own Handbag class from Craftsy following my sad and tragic experiences with sewing the World’s Ugliest Bag.   Here’s what I’ve covered so far in the class.  If you are interested, you can also read Part 1 of my review. You can also get this class at 50% off . Class review – part 2 Lesson 3 – Reinforcing your Fabric. Bags go through a lot of wear and tear and being thrown around and if you spend a lot of time and effort making the bag of your dreams, you want it to look good and to last.  This lesson looks really in depth into how to make your bag strong, durable and looking good.  No one wants to carry a flimsy looking handbag! Covered are: woven versus non-woven interfacing fusible versus non-fusibles … Continue reading

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

Design your own Handbag – class review pt 1

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

Did you see the world’s ugliest bag I made?  Yep, that’s what still happens around here from time to time.  Most of my sewing disasters are hidden carefully away and never see the light of day, the outside world or the pages of the site.  I still blame it on my husband for what he did with the lime green paint!  (You’ll have to read the earlier post to find out.) It was the terrible waste of time and fabric on this bag that prompted me to sign up for the Craftsy Design your own Handbag class and I thought some of you may be interested to learn more about what the class covers and what I am learning. You can also get this class at 50% off – see below. Class review – part 1 Let’s start off right … Continue reading

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

Penelope is finished – dress form review

Padding out a dress form. part 3 of a 3 part series.

It’s been a while since I brought Penelope home, and she’s been sat there taunting me for a while.  I admit, I put on a few (quite a few) pounds over Christmas and New Year.  I really intended to loose them again before fitting out Penelope but well, its nearly the end of March and that hasn’t happened yet.  I can’t make the poor girl wait there all naked any longer. If you are new here, you might have missed the installments earlier this year.  In the first video, I looked at Penelope as she arrived from PGM, and talked through the features.  I admit, I was gushing and silly, all giggly and excited.  She was so beautiful! PART 1 - PGM Pro 601 dress form review – Introducing Penelope In the second video, I looked at the Fabulous Fit Padding … Continue reading

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

Sewing for Charity – MJ’s Tote bags for Cancer

Sewing for Charity - sew hand-made tote bags for breast cancer patients.

If you follow along on the So Sew Easy Facebook Page, then you may have already seen a few mentions about this opportunity to put your sewing time to good use.  Linda G shared a blog post with me from MJ, from MJ’s Lost Cause, and several readers have already been sewing and sending their tote bags. So what’s it all about?  MJ explains on her site about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago.  At the time of her diagnosis she was given a bag which contained her literature and information, but also a journal, and some small comforts.  That handmade tote bag meant a lot to her at the time, and she encourages us to help her pass on the same. “ I want you to help me make and distribute at least 100 hand-made tote bags. … Continue reading

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

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

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

How to download and print PDF sewing patterns

Tips and a video on how to download, open and print PDF sewing patterns.

As the readership here at So Sew Easy has been increasing, and I’ve got more and more pattern downloads every month, so the number of emails I get asking for advice on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns has also increased.  This also seems to coincide with the increase in mobile devices since Christmas, and so I thought it was about time I shared with you the best way to access the patterns, download and print them. Take a look at the video where I will go through a couple of examples of how to download patterns and open and unzip them, with examples from Facebook, Google Drive, Craftsy, Unzipping, Adobe Reader and printing. Examples used in this video: Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern – Facebook fan-only pattern Wear Everywhere dress – free pattern via Craftsy Where will you … Continue reading

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

Sewing Pattern of the Month Club launched

Save money and get to sew a lot! I'll be signing up at So Sew Easy to get a sewing pattern each month.

I asked a little while back what you all thought of a Sewing Pattern of the Month Club. Overall, comments were positive with quite a few saying they would be interested, so the So Sew Easy Pattern of the Month Club goes live today! How it works Every month during 2014, I’ll be releasing a new pattern into the range of paid-for sewing patterns.  There will be a variety of projects on offer and as usual, if you see a pattern you like, you can continue to buy any one of more of the sewing patterns individually.  You can find a list of the currently available patterns in the Pattern Shop. None of that will change. But if you would like several of the patterns, you might find it good value to sign up to the Pattern of the Month … Continue reading