How to mark darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to mark darts. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy. I never thought of doing it this way - quick, easy and accurate!

Welcome to Episode 4 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to mark darts   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching   How to mark darts on your fabric accurately Many of the traditional sewing tutorials will tell you that you need to ‘thread trace’  pattern markings onto your fabric.  To do this, you sew directly through the pattern into the fabric to transfer the markings and then pull the pattern away leaving the marking stitches in place. Nah – sounds like too much hard work, I’m not a fan … Continue reading

Pattern matching and cutting fabric – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy. All about laying out and cutting fabric, pattern matching and grain lines. Great beginners series.

Welcome to Episode 3 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subjects for today are:  Cutting your fabric and pattern matching.   How to cut out your fabric Well let’s take a look at fabric.   You might have bought something plain without a design like the navy skirt, or you might have something with a border or scallop like the green skirt, or something with a large pattern like the floral skirt.  Each one will need a different approach for cutting your fabric.     Cutting our skirt will be very simple but I wanted to explain to you as much as possible so that you are well equipped for cutting more complicated patterns in future.   For cutting fabric There are some things to bear in mind that will apply to cutting out your fabric … Continue reading

How to choose fabric – How to Sew A Skirt series

How to choose fabric - part of the Sew A Skirt series on So Sew Easy

Welcome to Episode 1 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Overview, tools and equipment and how to choose fabric.   Overview Let’s have a look at the skirt we are going to make together.  It’s a simple skirt but flattering and versatile.  Can be made in a casual fabric for days off or a formal fabric for days at the office or even from a glamorous and glittery fabric for evenings out and special occasions.  Make it mini, knee-length, long or floor-length easily.   The basic straight skirt is a wardrobe essential and once you have your custom pattern you can make a whole series of these in different fabrics knowing that each one is going to fit you beautifully without any fiddling about. The skirt we will make in this sew-along … 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

20 Tips for Etsy Success – and Giveaway

Did you know I had an alter-ego?  There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities.  The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew.  I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products.  And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international.  You might say that I am an Etsy success story.  So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job,  I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products.  And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading