Tracing Burda Patterns the EASY Way

How to trace off Burda pattern, vintage patterns and multi-size patterns the EASY way - by So Sew Easy.

In my earlier sewing survey, I’ve had several readers ask me about Burda Patterns and particularly about tracing Burda patterns from the magazine and still staying sane.  If you are British or European you will probably be very familiar with the Burda Style monthly sewing patterns magazine and the maze of patterns all printed on top of each other in all of the different sizes.  There are other magazines and some pattern books that do exactly the same.   Or perhaps you have a vintage pattern that you don’t want to cut, or one you might want to make in several different sizes. So how do you best trace out your own pattern from the many on the same page, and still keep the page intact for future use? I’ve tried many different ways, including some which have been unsuccessful – especially my Bad Karma dress, … Continue reading

Sewing with Knits – bubblegum pink velour shorts

Sewing with Knits - bubblegum pink stretch velour yoga shorts from So Sew Easy.

I threatened that I would make these bubblegum pink stretch velour shorts in an earlier post. And I did. And I love them too. I’m not embarrassed to say so. Everyone should have some pink shorts. Even if you only wear them at home…. So this was my latest project from the Craftsy Sewing with Knits course. I had learned so much and done so well with earlier projects for the fleece hoodie and the scoop neck and v-neck t-shirts that I got sidetracked and went onto other knit projects – this time with great success.  But I’m back on the course and keen to learn more. This time the project was for pants.  You could either chose shorts, cropped pants or full length yoga style pants.  Well full length warm pants are rarely needed here in Cayman but I … Continue reading

Our new sponsor – Sew Pretty Sew Free

Welcome to Anshu at Sew Pretty Sew Free and thank you so much for being my sponsor of the month. Sew Pretty Sew Free is a perfect compliment to the free patterns on offer here at So Sew Easy.  Anshu scours the web to bring you her favorite free sewing patterns and tutorials and posts regularly with her latest finds. Anshu has a great eye for color and style and posts some of her own creations too such as this maxi-dress refashion. Check out the following directories which are a simple to use roundup of all of the posts on her site in a particular subject – something for everyone here: Free Dress Patterns Sewing For boys Sew for Home And she has a collection of both beautiful and interesting boards on Pinterest.  You can find Sew Pretty Sew Free on Facebook too, where you can find the … Continue reading

For Mothers Day

Buy your Mother (or yourself) some fabric or sewing goodies for Mothers Day this year.  Or give her a gift of your time and make her a perfect fitting skirt using the Pencil Skirt Sloper Pattern tutorial.  Hancocks sent me this code to use on Mothers Day – enjoy!

Focus on Knits – with Girl Charlee

If you have downloaded the Summer Drape Top pattern, you might be looking for the perfect knit fabric, or even several for a casual wardrobe this summer. I want to recommend to you one of my favorite online fabric shops, and one where I have personally bought some really great knit fabrics at a great price. Introducing – Girl Charlee. If you are looking for good quality and fashionable knits at a very reasonable price, then I recommend taking a look.  There are a huge number of solids in the most fashionable colors, pastels, brights, etc  And the range of stripes, spots, chevrons and prints will knock your socks off. Here’s what Heather has to say about why you should buy at Girl Charlee. Within Girl Charlee Fabrics you are going to find the best selection of the most unique knit fabrics that you will not … Continue reading

Are you on the (sewing) map ?

I came across this fun project from Another Sewing Scientist – a shareable Google map where you can enter your details and see if any other keen sewers live near to you. See the Map the Sewintist Project.     I can see all across the blogging world that sewing meet-ups are really popular.  I would love to take part in a sewing meet-up – maybe meet in a large fabric shop, encourage each other to spend far too much on fabric for our ever growing stash, and then drink wine and gently caress our new purchases while cooing and giggling, and talking about sewing (and stuff). However I think this is unlikely – I am the only registered member in my entire COUNTRY.  So my meet up with local sewers will be rather lonely.  Just me then – at … Continue reading

All Craftsy courses up to 60% off !

I’ve just logged into Craftsy this morning to post a project and I found that  ALL of their courses are on sale at just $19.99.  Some normally sell for $49.99, so that is a huge 60% off. I’ve signed up for the Couture Dress class here.  I want to learn more about making and fitting a muslin, making changes to patterns to get a better fit and style, and about how to make the inside of my sewing look as good as the outside, lining dresses etc. This is what it promises – and the reviews of this class are outstanding.

Scoop neck t-shirt

So Sew Easy - Sewing with Knits - T-Shirt

Another lesson and another garment completed in the Sewing With Knits course.  This time the scoop neck t-shirt. Again my fabric shop only had a limited choice in knit fabrics, so I got this rather dubious piece of green lycra knit from the remnants bin for a few dollars.  Enough for a t-shirt and a skirt so this was ideal for making my first test t-shirt.  Remembering how my sewing machine ate the fabric on this Cowl Neck Knit Dress, I wasn’t too confident about using any ‘good’ material for my first try – and of course I needed to check sizing too. The course is excellent and the t-shirt pattern is included in the course.  I was supposed to add clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, but couldn’t get any right away, so I went with a piece … Continue reading

Free Nursing Cover Offer

I have a friend in the US who has recently had a baby and I wanted to send her a gift, something that she could actually use, but just wasn’t sure what to get and was worried about the cost for me to send it overseas from here in the Cayman Islands. Then a great offer came my way that immediately solved my problem – and I knew she is going to love it!  And you might just love it too – because I’ve got a great offer for you to get one of these great nursing covers for FREE.

FREE Dress patterns listing

So Sew Easy - huge list of free dress patterns with photos and links

Featuring a list of free dress sewing patterns and tutorials, all with photos and links. Much of my early sewing has been thrifty – most of my fabric comes from the remnant and clearance bin at my local fabric shop, and many of the patterns have been self drafted or free patterns from the internet.  It’s a great way to start out when you are learning and don’t want to invest too much in something that might turn out not quite as you are hoping ! So here you go with a big listing of FREE DRESS PATTERNS.  At the time of publishing – 65 in all, but I will continue to add to the page as I find more.  Hover over the picture to see the title – right click and open in a new tab to go to … Continue reading