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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free class about Color Theory and Block of the Month

Free class about color theory, and how it applies to fabrics, sewing and quilting. I need to learn more about this!

If there is one thing I find frustrating about sewing, its fabric!  Really!  I buy things I like, solids, print and patterns, but then when I look through my (several) boxes of fabrics, I’m never sure which to put together.  I love to sew bags, and I’d like to sew more for the home, but usually I never actually start – paralyzed by my inability to put the right fabric with the right project, or just to put the right co-ordinating fabrics together. Do those two prints work together?  Which solid should I use as contrast/binding/piping/straps?  Even, what color zipper would work in this bag? I’ve looked at various sites about color theory, mainly as it relates to art or photography and usually never come out of it any the wiser.  Then this year, Craftsy introduced their Block of the … Continue reading

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

Fabulous Fit Dress Form Padding for Penelope

Padding out a dress form to match your size and shape using the Fabulous Fit Dress Form Padding System

Did you meet Penelope my new dress form?   I’m so excited to be having some help with fitting my clothes this year, and in designing my sewing patterns.  But Penelope is young and perky and needs to put on 20 years and 20lbs in order to be a perfect body double for fitting and so I have the Fabulous Fit Dress Form Padding System to make that happen. Before we go any further, I have to give an extra special thank you to Stephanie and Tom who smuggled this big box of foamy boobs and bums through customs for me in their luggage on their last visit to Cayman.  I had my fingers crossed the whole way that they wouldn’t have their luggage searched and have to explain what all these boobs and bums were for (and pay the … Continue reading

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

$1 a yard for premium linen – offer from Fabrics Store

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Do you sew with linen?  I admit that some of my favorite summer clothes here in the heat of the Cayman Islands are linen.  I have some beautiful long loose pants, and a couple of skirts.  My husband really loves a light linen shirt for the evenings.  But I’ve never sewn with it – crazy right!  So when Fabrics-Store.com got in touch about their offer of $1 a yard for premium linen, wow, I was interested to learn more. And I did learn so much more.  In my ignorance I thought that linen was, well, just linen.  But of course not, any more than all cotton is quilting cotton.  There are so many different types, weights and qualities of linens that I had no idea about, so I am really glad to have my eyes opened by such a specialist … Continue reading

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

PGM Pro 601 dress form review – Introducing Penelope

Video review of the PGM Pro 601 ladies dress form

  I want to introduce you to my newest best friend. This is Penelope.  Penelope started out life as a PGM Pro 601 Dress Form, but she is soon destined to become me.  I’m sure the poor girl has mixed feelings about this.  At the moment, she is young, firm, perky even, with her high bust, slim hips and pert rounded behind.  But soon she is to gain 20 years, about 20 pounds and loose that hourglass figure.  It happens to us all I told her, but I swear I could hear her quietly sobbing… I first came across Penelope when I started my research into a dress form.  Do you remember that I even tried to make my own?  Initial results in my Duct Tape Dress Form were great, but over enthusiastic filling with expanding foam resulted in a … Continue reading

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

Crafty bonuses for Christmas

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Giving handmade gifts? Use the super cute gift tag below from Craftsy on your gifts this year and let your friends and family know their gift was handmade with love! I’m giving all my friends handmade bags and key fobs this year.  I know they all appreciate the time and effort that goes into a handmade gift and some have even put in requests for what fabrics and sizes etc.  It’s great that I know I am giving them exactly what they want and will use. And to make it even more special, I’ll be using these cute gift tags from Craftsy – perfect for your handmade gifts.  Pop on over and print yours! Craftsy: Handmade with Love Gift Tag   Save up to 50% on Craftsy Classes! Save up to 50% on Craftsy Classes 12/21-12/24 From December 21st through … Continue reading