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

Fleece hoodie ! Why?

Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean?  Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80’s.  Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie?  To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress.   The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics.  My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue.  It’s … Continue reading

Cute Valentines Sewing Ideas

So Sew Easy - Valentines sewing projects. A collection of cute, hearts, pink, lovesy sewing projects

If you love pink, red, love and heart motifs, you’ll love this little catalogue of cute sewing projects I put together to celebrate Valentines Day.  Of course, everyday is the best day to show someone that you love them. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too.  And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!  

The BEST Online Fabric Shops

So Sew Easy: Directory of Online Fabric Shops

I know that many of you (us) have an addiction.  A fabric addiction.  We have to feed it regularly with new pieces and sometimes keep the extent of our ‘problem’ a secret from family and friends.  Admit it – how many time have you tiptoed into the house with some new fabric hidden under your coat! Well, I don’t mean to be an enabler, but I put together this Directory of Online Fabric Shops and thought I would share with you all.  To visit a featured shop, right-click on the shop name and open in a new tab or window. If you have any other favorite online fabric shops you would like to add, just drop me a comment.  If you are one of the featured shops and would like to provide a paragraph about your shop, or a graphic, … Continue reading

What do you think of sponsorship and advertising on blogs ? + poll

I read an interesting fact – well more than interesting – STAGGERING. Laurie at tipjunkie.com makes $12,000 plus a month from her blog simply from her Google Adsense advertising revenue alone.  What ?  How much ?  I nearly spat out my coffee.  No wonder she looks so happy. But it certainly got me to thinking?  I took a look at her site and the adverts and placement.  Now there are some things to consider – her ‘traffic’ being the most important.  According to Zombie Stat, tipjunkie.com gets an average of 69,000 unique visitors every day, and around 412,000 page views.  They estimate that the total income from the website probably amounts to $825 per day.  Wow.