Prepare for Winter with a Warm, Snuggly Jaipuri Razai 

Jaipuri Razai

My husband came in the house a few weeks ago and declared rather matter-of-factly that we were going to India at the end a January.  The daughter of a long-time business associate of his was getting married and we had been invited to the wedding.  I know the family too and they are wonderful people, so I was delighted to attend. If you’ve never been to an Indian wedding and have the chance to do so, you should definitely go.  The Indians take weddings pretty seriously and they are usually three-day (or longer) affairs that involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of guests from the extended family and friends as well as marching bands, grooms riding live elephants, henna “tattoos” for the ladies and many other customs and rituals that are hard to describe. Knowing that we were going to be in northern India … Continue reading

What’s that small pop-up on my screen? Introducing push messaging.

After several months of using a new technology called “push messaging” over on our sister site at Sewing4free.com, we decided a few weeks ago to enable the feature and offer it to our readers on So Sew Easy.  Many readers may have already noticed it or even signed up.  Our readers at Sewing4free.com seem to really love it and the take-up rate has been very high.  Initial numbers seem to indicate that So Sew Easy readers are going to really appreciate it as well. So what is push messaging anyway, you might ask?  Push messaging is a new technology that lets us send a very short message to your computer when we publish something new like a new free pattern or a giveaway offer.  It’s something like an SMS message with a link to the page or article.  (We only typically do … Continue reading

Faux fur scarf to complement your winter outfit

fur scarf

I have been traveling recently, so this is a short and sweet tutorial on how to make a cool and practical faux fur scarf to fight off the winter cold.  This scarf will not only keep you warm this winter, but it will also be a stylish and trendy addition to your wardrobe all the way through to spring. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the statement of the season is a furry “something” hanging from your body or handbag.  I am a practical person, but I do like trends.  They can be fun to follow and if you can make them yourself, you’ll save a bundle and only pay a fraction of the price of buying something trendy in a store. Fur is everywhere this season.  It shows a very feminine touch without being … Continue reading

New $500 Shopping Spree Giveaway from Fabric.com- Bigger and Better in 2017!

Our friends at Amazon.com subsidiary, Fabric.com, have stepped up again to kick off 2017 with an even bigger and better giveaway.  They were so impressed by the support our readers gave for their $250 Shopping Spree Giveaway that ran late last year, that they have DOUBLED the giveaway prize and are now offering a $500 shopping spree to the lucky winner! A little about our sponsor For those who don’t know, Fabric.com is the world’s leading online fabric store.  Founded in 1993, Fabric.com focuses on bringing you a wide range of cotton print, home décor and apparel fabrics along with crafts and notions.  At any time their warehouse holds millions of yards of fabric.  Whether your needs run from denim to silk, linen to faux fur, velvet to shirtings, or anywhere in between, you’re sure to find what you need.  Remember, because … Continue reading

Body Shape: Tips to Make Your Style Match Your Figure

Body Shape

Do you find fashion unforgiving? Perhaps clothes look great on hangers but don’t suit your figure. The trick to always looking fabulous is to make your style match your physique rather than the other way around. You can’t make clothes look flattering if it’s designed with a different body shape in mind, no matter how hard you try. Select garments that complement your proportions, and you can’t go wrong. Hourglass body shape (triangles contrasting) — Hourglass-shaped figures have a narrow waist, and the bust and hips are a similar size. Classic hourglass figures look amazing in ’50s-style dresses with nipped-in waists. Wide belts emphasize curves, and pencil skirts draw attention to shapely hips. Fitted clothes that glide over the body are flattering, and skinny jeans can look great with a loose top. However, avoid teaming baggy bottoms with a tunic … Continue reading

A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money

clothing care tips

We all spend a lot of time spend a lot of time and money on our clothes and this is particularly true if you’ve learned to sew your own garments.  I was thinking the other day that we sewists may not pay as much attention to how we care for our clothes after we’ve made them as we do when we’re making them.  I know I’m certainly guilting of this, so I thought we’d share some clothing care tips from a new contributor to the blog. A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money Clothing, especially your career wardrobe, is an expensive investment, and taking proper care of your clothing can save you considerable money over time, not to mention the time and frustration of having to repair or replace garments unnecessarily. Excessive cleaning of clothing wears it … Continue reading

Home-Made Buttons: Three Easy Techniques

home-made buttons

When you’re looking for just the right buttons for your latest clothing project, as jewelry components or as trimmings for your scrapbooks, there’s nothing like the DIY approach for that perfect finishing touch. Homemade buttons are easy and fun. Once you’ve made your first batch, you’ll never want to use store-bought buttons again! Home-Made Buttons from Rustic Wood You can make wooden buttons very simply, either from a length of dowel or from a natural tree-branch. Using a branch will give you lots of interesting natural variation in the shape and color of your buttons, but you need to be quite choosy in selecting your material. Choose a hardwood such as oak; softwoods are too fragile. Use the straightest branch you can find — this will give you the most even buttons. Only use seasoned wood that’s had time to … Continue reading

A New Workout Wardrobe: My New Year Resolution

workout wardrobe

Hang on….before you roll your eyes and pass the page, hear me out. Every year, I mark in my agenda a list of things I would like to do and sadly, at the end of every year, I usually see that more than half are not accomplished.  At the top of my list of things that never seems to get accomplished is “Exercise more, lose weight and get rid of the clothes you do not wear”.  Why is that, I wonder? If someone phoned me right now and said let’s go to the gym, I would find that I HATE MY CURRENT WORKOUT CLOTHES.  This is not because they are ugly clothes, but because they are all the wrong size.  I’m ashamed to admit that I purchased the wrong size on purpose — in a smaller size, of course– because I … Continue reading

How to Make Old Clothes Look New and Stylish

Make Old Clothes Look New

When you open your closet and stare at your clothes, does boredom sweep over you? Are you tired of looking at the same old pants, skirts, and tops? Before you go out and blow a paycheck on a new wardrobe, why not consider recycling what you already have? With a few clever changes you can give your old tired clothes a new life. Here are some ideas: Make old clothes look new: Put new buttons on old blouses There’s no quicker way to revamp the look of a blouse than to change its buttons. Pick a blouse from your closet and take it with you to your local fabric store. Go to the button section, and hold different buttons over the current ones. See what a difference a button can make? Pick out some interesting ones and have your tailor … Continue reading

Explaining Useful Notions to a Teenager

useful notions

My daughter asked me a funny question the other day.  “Mother, you keep using that word ‘notions’, so what is a notion anyway??”  Unfortunately, I can’t quite replicate the teenage tone that blends mild sarcasm with a whiff of indifference.  I think there was a little sideways shake of the head too, but I usually try to ignore that..  I’m sure those with teenage daughters will know what I mean.  I thought, well, this might be a good topic for a quick article. When I began to do some research, I started to understand why my daughter might not instantly understand the term.  After all, when I checked the definition of the word in Dictionary.com, the meaning I was referring to was way down at the bottom and number six on the list of potential meanings of the word: notions, … Continue reading

Easy Gloves Pattern for Your Winter Comfort

easy gloves pattern

Making a pair of fleece winter gloves is not just a matter of tracing your hand on a piece of paper or drawing straight onto the fabric.  Believe me, I have actually tried this before and it makes for very uncomfortable gloves… To save you this exercise in trial and error, here’s an easy gloves pattern and tutorial for a pair of fleece gloves that can be made as a last-minute present or for yourself. The bit you must be careful with is cutting the fabric the right way.  I suggest that you fold the fabric in half so you have the right sides for each hand.  (I was watching a movie while making the first pair of these gloves and it wasn’t until I was about to start sewing that I realized my mistakes.  Fleece does indeed have a right and … Continue reading