New Class Collections – in-depth sewing learning

How to become a better sewer - take more in-depth classes with these new Class Collections. Learn more AND Save more at the same time! Sewing, quilting, cooking and more

I’ve come a long way since I started to learn to sew in the late summer of 2012.  I’ve tackled many different subjects, projects and ideas along the way – the range of possible topics in sewing is vast!  I’ve even tried a little quilting here and there, started out with my new serger and started drafting my own patterns. Do you feel sometimes it time to ‘specialise’?  Go more in-depth in a subject, beyond the basics and really get down to the nitty gritty, and become an expert? As you know, I’m a huge fan of Craftsy.  Living out here on a small island with no access to sewing lessons or lots of other sewers to turn to for advice, I’ve learned everything I know thanks to their awesome range of online classes which you can watch any time, … Continue reading

Sewing the Glenda Clutch Bag from Swoon Patterns

Video tutorial for how to sew the GLENDS Convertible Clutch bag from Swoon Patterns.

{Read all the way to the bottom – there’s a giveaway here too!} I gave myself a break from pattern drafting and sewed up someone else’s pattern this week. Makes a nice change to not have to make 3 or 4 draft versions while I make changes here and there until I’m happy with the final version. Pattern drafting is a long process – I did an article some time back now about the Carry All Bag and what goes on behind the scenes to get a bag from idea to published pattern. Hint- its a lot of work! Plus, by sewing other people’s patterns, I can often pick up new tips and tricks, discover new materials or new ways of doing things that I’d not considered before. This can only help in the development of my own patterns. This … Continue reading

What fabrics do you want to know more about?

Which fabric is which? What fabric would you want to see in your perfect swatch kit?

  I’ve just heard from Fabric Mart that the Knit Fabrics Swatch Kit has almost sold out again, down to single digits. By the time this goes live, it may well be out of stock again. I’m glad so many of you are taking advantage of this great offer and learning more about the different types of knit fabrics. Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Check out the earlier article and video about the Knit Fabric Swatch Kit. So what would you like to know more about next? Fabric Mart have offered to put together another kit to help you out with your online fabric buying, so you can get some samples of fabrics, feel the weight, the thickness, the drape etc and help you determine which fabrics will be just right for which project and pattern. If you could … Continue reading

Best fabric shops on Etsy

This page lists exclusive discounts to lots of Etsy fabric shops. I found some new favorites.

What makes a good online fabric shop?  Range of fabrics?  Designers stocked?  Style of designs?  Prices?  Good customer service?  Reasonable shipping? Fast response to enquiries?  Sales and discount codes?  All of the above and more? I’ve always been a big fan of Etsy, both for all the wonderful handcrafted goods, but also increasingly for their supplies.  There are so many awesome fabric sellers doing a good trade on Etsy these days that I wanted to pick out a few I recommend. I wrote to ALL the big fabric sellers on Etsy, told them all about the So Sew Easy site and invited them all to take part in this article, with a link to their store, a picture and a paragraph telling us all about them.  And would you know it – 90% of the fabric shops I contacted didn’t … Continue reading

1034D – Licenced to Serge

Not sure where to start? Feeling the fear? Check out these tips to get started with your new serger.

You must be wondering what happened to my serger I got for Christmas? Well, I’m embarrassed but I just never found the time! I enrolled in the Beginner Serging Class on Craftsy and then never found the time to watch it, and was afraid to make a start without knowing what I was doing. So while hubby was out an an event, I sat down with a big cup of coffee, my manual and my class and tried to put my fear aside. The lovely instructor in the class, Amy, is SUCH a sweetie and she gave me confidence that nothing terrible was going to happen if I just turned it on and pressed the pedal. She was right of course – it just worked. In fact it was absolutely fascinating to watch it work and then I just couldn’t … Continue reading

Must have features for your next sewing machine

A look at sewing machine features from basic, to must have to dream-like.

Unless you’ve been very lucky, most of us start out learning to sew on quite a basic machine.  It may have been a shared machine at school, an old machine from the 60′s your mother used to use when you were a child, or even a vintage treadle machine your grandmother used to use! All are great options when you are simply learning the basics. Every year new and improved sewing machines come to the market, but do we really need all these features, bells and whistles they offer and entice us with?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  Let’s take a look at some of them and tell me what you think are essentials: The basics – the MUST HAVE features Stitches – how many different types of stitches do we really need?  Think about your machine.  How many stitches does … Continue reading

Back in stock – the Knit Fabrics Swatch Kit

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

  It seems the Knit Fabric Swatch Kit from Fabric Mart was really popular because 100 of them went in next to no time! I’m so happy that so many of you got the kit and will be well on your way to picking the best knit fabrics for your projects in future. But some of you did miss out and emailed me about it and I’m pleased to say that I have persuaded Fabric Mart to make another batch. If you missed out the first time, they are now back in stock here – KNIT FABRIC SWATCH KIT The price is $4.99 or if you place an order for $50 or more at the same time, you can add the kit to your cart, then enter code SWATCH when you check out to see the $4.99 removed from your … Continue reading

My second attempt at a bra – fitting

Review of the Craftsy Class on Bra Making, Construction and Fit. Adding lace and working on the perfect fit.

So I made a bra from following along with the Bra Making: Construction and Fitting Class on Craftsy.  It looked amazing and I was SO happy with how it came together.  But no matter what it looks like, it only really works if it actually fits.  Did it fit?  No.  Sadly not.  It was actually a pretty good fit in most places, but the cups were far too small and I had some top overspill as well as feeling constrained.  It felt like my boobs were being pushed flat. [Read part 1 of my class review and more about my first bra sewing experience here.] The neckline edge of the cups was also too tight.  I almost always have this in store bras too and think I must be fuller in the upper chest than ‘average’ which is probably why … Continue reading

The results are in – Sewing Videos – Awesome or Evil

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

A little while back I asked your opinion about sewing videos. not just the ones I make, but in general. When you are sewing a project, whether its a bag, something for the home or an item of clothing, in what format do you like the instructions. Let’s take a look at the results: Well, first it was reassuring to see that no one picked the last option and said the videos were rubbish.  Phew, I wasn’t sure! It looks like most people would want at least the written instructions with step by step photos.  The majority wanted both, the written with photos and the video.  Comments were all lovely and so supportive.  Thank you everyone for your feedback.  It really helps me keep on track and plan out my content for the coming year. Due to the time constraints … Continue reading

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

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

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