2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit

Bodice and full bust adjustment, sewing the perfect fit from So Sew Easy

So far this year I’ve been sewing mostly with knit fabrics because I took the wonderful course from Craftsy – Sewing with Knits (review here with exclusive discount code and free course GIVEAWAY).  Fitting a knit garment is a lot easier than a woven garment because the fabric stretches easily and accommodates any dodgy fitting issues.  But now I think it is time in my sewing learning curve to move it up a notch (sewing pun intended), and take my fitting issues more seriously.  So I have enrolled in my next sewing adventure – Sew the Perfect Fit. When I looked back at some of the recent patterns I had tried, I found that I had commented on a lot of them that I found it hard to pick the right pattern size, and then still had to make a … Continue reading

Craftsy Sewing with Knits review, DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

Today a very special offer for So Sew Easy readers as part of my Craftsy Sewing with Knits review and wrap up. Before we get to the good stuff, I’d love to talk you through why I decided to take the course and what I made.  This is the cowl neck dress that started it all and nearly had me throwing my sewing machine out of the window.  I don’t like to look up close at this dress – the stitching is bad, very bad.  And the hem, well it kept getting shorter and shorter as the machine ate the fabric over and over and I had to cut more and more off. In the end, I gave up and left the hemline unfinished!  I decided I needed help with knit fabrics… So I signed up for the Craftsy Sewing with Knits … Continue reading

Wrap front dress /tunic – sewing with knits

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

As you know, I’ve been taking the Sewing with Knits online video class from Craftsy.  And I’ve just completed the final project – a Wrap Front Dress.  In fact, this pattern is so adaptable and I’m so confident now in my stretch sewing, that I decided to try a few variations of my own to suit my own style, and this is the result. The dress pattern is free with the course, and is quick and easy to sew.  But I always have to go that one step further, and so I made the following alterations Cut the bodice in a larger size across the front and in depth Crossed over a wider area Narrowed the shoulders and added a little pleat in the front shoulder seam Left off the sleeves Cut it to tunic length Gave it a slightly … Continue reading

Craftsy Summer Sale – up to 75% off courses

Yay – Craftsy are holding their annual Summer Mega Sale.  Typically we are all outdoors doing other things in the Summer, but you can take advantage of the sales prices now and start the courses whenever you like – when the evenings start to get darker. My personal recommendations: Sewing with Knits Sew the Perfect Fit Pant Fitting Techniques The Couture Dress And on my wishlist – Sewing Texture Design your own Handbag The Ultimate T-shirt Pattern Drafting from Ready To Wear Fast Track Fitting And don’t forget that Craftsy also offer excellent quilting course, cake decorating and baking, and a range of new Fine Art classes too. The sale runs 17th to 21st July, and a different selection of classes will be on sale every day so remember to check back more than once. And did you know that … Continue reading

Essential sewing tools for beginners

Essential Sewing Tools. My list of favorite tools in my sewing kit and recommendation for those beginning to sew, from So Sew Easy.

It was clear from my recent sewing survey that although there are a lot of experienced sewists that visit this site – many of you are new to sewing, just starting out, looking to improve or even don’t sew yet but want to learn.  So here is my list of essential sewing tools and my good-to-have favorites that might be helpful to those starting out. My essential sewing tools 1 – Fabric Scissors – never use your good fabric shears for anything other than fabric, interfacing, etc.  Warn your children they will be grounded, your husband that he will be divorced, and write on the blades with a permanent marker.  Having good fabric scissors is essential.  You might be cutting through several layers of fabric at once and still have a nice smooth cut. 2 – Seam Ripper – sounds worse and more violent than it … Continue reading

FREE Patterns and free Craftsy classes

I wanted to share today some of the great Free Patterns and Free Craft Training available online. You know I am a Craftsy fan, so I thought it would be useful to put together a list of links to all of the best of the FREE STUFF on Craftsy – and here it is….free patterns and free Craftsy classes. (Note – since I wrote this post Craftsy has changed their leaderboard system to a Pinterest style system where you can see ALL the free patterns in one place.) The FREE SEWING PATTERNS Board – the current top 20 most popular free sewing pattern downloads on Crafty.  From dresses, to tops, t-shirts, bags, accessories and more.  And I can see two of my own patterns on this leaderboard today – if you haven’t downloaded them yet, go ahead and do it … Continue reading

Custom Clothing Labels from Clothing Labels 4U

Custom Clothing Labels

I’m happy to welcome and introduce a new site sponsor for the upcoming month. Welcome to the team at Clothing Labels 4U. Let me introduce you to their range of custom clothing labels. Custom Woven and Custom Printed Clothing Labels!! Offering Hang Tags, Iron on labels and More – All at affordable prices! Low mins and FREE Samples available ! I was delighted to hear from Lisa at Clothing Labels 4U because it’s something I had been considering for some time.  You might know that I make and sell fabric purses in my Etsy store.  I’ve noticed that more and more sellers on Etsy are going upmarket and professional and including beautiful custom labels on their bags, accessories and handmade clothing.  So not to be left out, I think I might get some too.   How often have you bought … Continue reading

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!