• Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress

How a sewing pattern is born

The process of designing and publishing a sewing pattern from concept to release.

Over the last few months I’ve had several readers write and ask about how I design and produce my sewing patterns.  I thought it might be interesting to see how a pattern is developed right from the early stages of first idea through to pattern development, testing and the production of the samples.  So here goes – from conception to birth of a sewing pattern. Stage 1 – inspiration and conception How does a pattern design start?  For me, it often comes from considering what I personally want to wear or make.  A LOT of time and materials go into developing a pattern and if it wasn’t something I was personally interested in, I would quickly loose interest. Inspiration can come from several sources.  Obviously for a lot of crafters, inspiration comes from Pinterest.  That’s why we collect all of … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Opens

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Open 1st April 2014 to 30th May 2014. Have you downloaded the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag pattern? While it’s entirely optional, you might like to consider entering your completed bag into the ‘Make it Yours’ sewing contest – there are prizes to be won! All you need to do is sew the bag using the pattern supplied, but give it your own touches.  Change the size, add pockets, embellishments, a strap, hardware, handles, embroidery, decorations – anything which sets your bag apart from the rest and makes it your own design. Then submit a photo of your completed bag along with a few personal details to So Sew Easy before 30th May 2014 (link to the form later in this document).  All bags submitted by 30th May will be showcased on the site and … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

‘Make it Yours’ One Piece Clutch Bag Pattern and SEWING CONTEST

'Make it Yours' clutch bag. Free pattern with ideas for how to customise the bag to make it yours.

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse.  Pattern available in two slightly different sizes.  Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag.  Add internal pockets or a strap.  It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern! The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today.  Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag! Features: Uses just one pattern piece Super quick to sew Simple design Two sizes Magnetic snap closure Make it yours – add your own design features Bag sizing - The small … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top

Spring Mug Rug with template

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on bigger project recently, designing and testing sewing patterns which is a lengthy process.  So I wanted something fun to sew, something seasonal, something not clothes!  It’s feeling very much like Spring is here so I rummaged through my cottons and found some bright Spring colors and got to work on a simple mug rug. Well, I’m not sure you could call it a mug rug unless its for the whole family to use. It’s maybe more of a place mat.  Or maybe its just decorative.  I’ve not really decided yet, but it was fun to sew, so much so that I made a second so now hubby and I can have matching ones.  I’ve been using them as place mats when we eat our dinner out on the patio in the evening. … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

50 Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas

50 Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas and projects. Chicks, bunnies, flowers, eggs and more.

I LOVE this time of year.  In Cayman its not so easy to identify the seasons.  It’s just warm, warmer, hot and blistering.  We don’t get snow or even much rain, but we all love the Spring.  The winter breezes die down, the skies clear, the seas start to shine that crystal Caribbean blue and the bougainvillea turn the sides of the road to row upon row of bushes covered in multi-colored gems. Spring is in the air and Easter is on the way.  Time to celebrate new beginnings, a fresh start, lambs frolicking in the fields and our gardens bursting into bloom. If you’ve been stuck in the doldrums with your sewing, break out of it with some bright Spring sewing ideas.  It’s the perfect time of year to sew something colorful, sew for gifts and for children or … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

How to sew a French Seam

How to sew a French Seam. Ideal for light weight or sheer fabrics.

It seems there is more ways than one to sew a French Seam. Continuing on in my quest to learn more about the various types of seam finishes and getting a nice neat result on the inside of my projects, I’ve been reading several tutorials and books on the French Seam.  While the end result often looks the same, there are a few variations and I’ve cut it down to what I think is the best/easiest way. Where and why to use a French Seam The French Seam is a two-step process that encloses the raw edges of the fabric within the seam itself to leave a neat and finished seam on both the inside and the outside.  Although it could be used on most fabrics, you fill find it most commonly used on very fine, sheer or delicate fabrics … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Do you wear what you sew and sew what you wear?

Do you sew what you wear and wear what you sew? Interesting thoughts on how we should spend our sewing time.

A reader mentioned recently that my sewing patterns tend to be for warm weather and casual clothes. Hmm, looking back, that’s probably right.  It’s easy to explain.  I design clothes and sewing patterns that I want to wear, and here in the Cayman Islands, we rarely have call for either cool weather clothes or formal clothes. There have been several blog posts in the last 6 months about building a wardrobe of basics and classics, and sewing what you actually will wear.  So do I sew what I wear?  It’s an interesting question and quite different from asking ‘do you wear what you sew’? So I took a brief survey of three things: what’s in my wardrobe? of that, what did I make? what did I wear for 2 weeks? The results were probably not much of a surprise to … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Sewing for Charity – MJ’s Tote bags for Cancer

Sewing for Charity - sew hand-made tote bags for breast cancer patients.

If you follow along on the So Sew Easy Facebook Page, then you may have already seen a few mentions about this opportunity to put your sewing time to good use.  Linda G shared a blog post with me from MJ, from MJ’s Lost Cause, and several readers have already been sewing and sending their tote bags. So what’s it all about?  MJ explains on her site about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago.  At the time of her diagnosis she was given a bag which contained her literature and information, but also a journal, and some small comforts.  That handmade tote bag meant a lot to her at the time, and she encourages us to help her pass on the same. “ I want you to help me make and distribute at least 100 hand-made tote bags. … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Reversible Apron Pattern – I’ve got you covered !

Reversible apron pattern. Sew looking forward to making this apron!

Wrapping up my sewing for the kitchen series comes the ultimate in stylish kitchen wear.  This full reversible apron pattern will keep you and your clothes protected while still being stylish enough that you’ll be happy to open the door to your dinner guests.  Get a splash on it while cooking?  No problem – it’s fully reversible so simply wipe then switch it around to the clean side for a quick change. I let the fabric choices speak for themselves in this apron.  Not everyone wants to be decked out in frills and frou-frou while cooking so this apron has a sleeker styling that’s more flattering and practical. Features: Not too frou-frou, sleek and practical Elastic at the neckline for a comfortable fit Fully reversible, mix and match your fabrics Patch pocket – have one, two or none, its up … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns

Hot Pan or Skillet Handle Cover – kitchen sewing series

10 minute sewing project! Make these easy handle covers for your hot pans. Great for scraps.

These hot skillet handle covers were the first thing I’ve ever made for my kitchen and its an essential.  I cook like I live – always on full, thinking I can get it done in half the time.  Not only does it mean my food is often burnt on the outside and raw in the middle, (my poor husband) but it also means the handles of my pans often get really hot.  I used to try to pick them up with the tea-towel but we cook with gas and all to often the towel would touch the flame and oops – something else burnt.  So I made these nifty pan handle covers and you can too! Materials: This project is a great scrap buster.  You will need: Outer fabric – 5.5 inches by 7 inches Lining fabric – 5.5 inches … Continue reading