Boho Chic Tunic free pattern plus tutorial

Boho Chic Tunic

The first time I made this Boho Chic Tunic pattern, I had just turned 15 years old.  Originally a dress, I decided to remake and share it with you.  For me, it represents freedom which is why I wanted you to have it. Long a ago, one time when my parents were not getting along, my father worked far from home and would only come every 3 months.  My mother was in charge of a household and 5 kids and a very small business, so you can imagine her day.  I wanted to go to a school party and my sister wanted to come with me.  Needless to say money for new outfits to go to school parties was not in the budget.  My mother always happy to help said “I can only give you 5 dollars, see what you … Continue reading

We’re sorry..

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Last week when we launched Faviola, the “housewife” summer dress, the design and free pattern were so popular that our server crashed.  We simply couldn’t keep up with the traffic unfortunately and we received a few emails from frustrated readers who couldn’t access the site or who experienced very slow response times.  For this, we sincerely apologize. The So Sew Easy website has grown considerably over the last few months –so much so that we grew out of our server.  We’re serving over 1 million pages of content to over 400,000 users each month.  Last week when launched the popular pattern, a large number of these users all wanted to view the article at the same time and our systems just couldn’t handle it. What we have done about it During the week this week, we DOUBLED the size of our server … Continue reading

So what is Boho Chic anyway?

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We’ve all heard it, seen it, worn it. It’s the fashion phenomenon which swept the globe at the turn of the century and it’s firmly taken hold in our society. The majority of women, from teenage girls to middle age moms, are rocking some sort of boho-chic these days. For the first time in goodness knows how long, women can wear clothes that are comfortable and beautiful at the same time, while the men try to to squeeze into their stretch jeans! More of the same! Let’s first get comfortable with the lingo, because the name speaks a thousand words. Boho is the shortened form of Bohemian. Bohemian is a wonderful word and an even more wonderful thing to be. It’s a French word derived from the term referring to gypsies, adventurous souls, artists and socially unconventional people, with an … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Dog: It’s a Dog’s Life Roundup

Sewing for your Dog

It’s a Dog’s Life Who loves you unconditionally? Who stares at you with those big brown eyes, hanging on your every word? Who eats whatever you make for them (well, most of the time)? Who is always the happiest to see you and is always game for a cuddle?  You’ve got it…we love our pooches! Every day they bring so much laughter and joy into our lives.  Indeed, for so many of us, they are our babies, our children, our be-all and end-all! And there’s nothing quite as delightful as seeing them decked out in new gear…sometimes it takes a little getting used to but soon they’re rocking it like Bow Wow. Sew Many Dogs.. Did you know that there are 78-80 million family dogs in the US alone?  Around 40% of all households in the US have a family dog. … Continue reading

Faviola, The “housewife” summer dress

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A couple of days ago, I went to a local store to buy a floor runner for a hallway.  After looking for a while, I finally decided on one and proceeded to bargain the price –a common practice here in Singapore before you agree on a price.  After much arguing, I actually decided not to buy the rug.  It wasn’t anything special and the price was indeed inflated.  When the salesman perceived I was backing away, he proceeded to use the old flattery tactic, but having grown up in Latin America I was immune to it. What did catch my attention though, and despite me wearing a rather obvious wedding band, he continued to use the word “miss”.  I corrected him and said “missus” –after all, I am married.  The man said but you do not look like a “housewife”.  I … Continue reading

Giveaway Winner Announced PLUS Special Discount Code

Giveaway winner

Once again, we are thrilled to announce the giveaway winner of the $100 shopping voucher from Wunderlabel.com! You may recall our post entitled Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!, where we introduced the idea of enhancing your professional profile with custom sewing labels. That post was followed by an intro to our fantastic new sponsor Wunderlabel.com, with their generous $100 giveaway! And the giveaway winner is.. Congratulations to Miry S from Vallejo, CA, USA!  Miry will receive an email with the prize from the sponsor and we wish her all the best with her future creative endeavors. Wunderlabel.com provides gorgeous custom clothing labels for everyone from school-sewing-moms to bespoke professional fashion designers. But that’s not the end of it, we’re also delighted to announce that Wunderlabel.com decided that everyone should be a winner this month. They’ve generously provided a coupon code, … Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothes

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All parents would agree that it’s a herculean task to maintain children’s clothes. All the chocolates and cookies that they snack on inevitably leave their mark on that pretty dress or handsome pair of pants, not to mention puddles of mud and dirt cakes. Moreover, the sensitive skin of the tiny tots may be affected by certain fabrics and textures. That’s why I’ve come up with a few simple tips to apply when selecting fabric for children’s clothes. Type of fabric: As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid synthetic fabric for children’s clothes because of it’s high level of chemical content, which could cause allergic reactions on their delicate skin. Try to use all natural fabric like cotton, wool and silk at all costs. For toddlers, organically grown natural fabric would be the best bet. We did a … Continue reading

Small Fringed Bag Tutorial

Small Fringed Bag

Small bags are really “in” at the moment and a small fringed bag like this one is particularly fun and easy to make. A small fringed bag for me represents freedom from the overwhelming amount of things I end up carrying around inside my normal bag.  I was in a restaurant recently and my bag fell off the chair and you can imagine all the things that spilled out onto the floor.  How embarrassing!  With a bag of this size, I will only be taking the essentials –which is fine for a night out or lunch with the girls. A small bag like this is really a key part of anyone’s wardrobe.  This pattern will give you the choice of making a clutch or to hang it over your shoulder so you have some flexibility. This is a self-lined small bag which means we’re using the same … Continue reading

Sewing Pajama Shorts for Men: Full Video Tutorial

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Hi Everyone, this is just to let you all know that we have added a full video tutorial for the Mens Pajama Shorts project from last week to our YouTube channel. Please check out the video and let me know what you think.  Any thumbs up on the video would be much appreciated!

Big Summer Sale! 50% off all Craftsy Classes – ends June 13

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Hi All,  well, it’s that time of year again –time for the BIG Craftsy Summer Sale.  For four days only, you can get any and all classes for 50% off, and that means sunny, inspired afternoons doing exactly what you love.   ALL of their classes are included so whether it’s sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, art, photography, knitting or more, there is sure to be a class on a subject you would be interested in learning more about. I’m actually about to embark on a major project to really upgrade the way we take and show photos on the site so I bought a couple of photography classes.  The course I bought Fundamentals of Photography is usually quite expensive –$234.99 but I saved a whopping $165 and got it for only $69.00 during this sale.  I had been wanting to get this … Continue reading

The Amazing Denim Fabric Story – Through the Years

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If I am allowed to look inside your wardrobe, I am almost sure that you have some garments made from denim fabric neatly folded inside. And if you had the chance to read our previous article about sewing denim, you should know that the word is actually derived from the French phrase “serge de Nimes”, which literally means serge fabric made in Nimes, France –where it was originally produced. Versatile and sturdy, denim fabric is a cotton twill textile characterized by a weft passing under two or more warp fibers, producing a diagonal ribbing on the reverse side of the fabric. Woven by using different colors for the warp and weft threads, denim fabric is characterized by having different colors on its surfaces. The best example for this is the indigo denim where the warp thread is dyed blue and the … Continue reading