Show Some Flare A-Line Skirt pattern – POTM

A-line skirt pattern. Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets. Features: Flattering a-line shape Easy to sew – no darts! Lowered waist Set-in pockets – the easy way At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed. In sizes 34-50 inch hip Video tutorial Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt. As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including: … Continue reading

My Disco Party skirt – 30 minute skirt pattern

Sew this skirt and still be ready to go out in 30 minutes. Dance the night away in the quickest skirt ever.

Hubby came bundling in like a whirlwind like he usually does after work, dropping things everywhere.  As he crashed about and made his way to the shower he shouted out “How soon can you be ready to go out?” Er, what?  Where?  And who with?  Turns out the team at work had decided on an impromptu party night and were going into town to the monthly 80′s night for drinks and retro dancing.  And the bus was coming in an hour! Darn – you know the feeling of instant panic – I don’t have ANYTHING to wear!  At least not for an unplanned 80′s disco dancing night.  I fluttered through my wardrobe.  No, nothing would do. The 30 minute skirt pattern came to the rescue.  Could I really make something and still be ready to go out in an hour?  My … Continue reading

Easy Thanksgiving Apron pattern

An easy Thanksgiving apron, with a built in towel for wiping your hands. Would be pretty in a gingham!

Hi, I’m Ula from Lulu & Celeste. I like to share the projects, mainly sewing related, that I make for and with my two little girls over on my blog. When I’m not blogging or sewing I’m usually chasing the littles around the yard. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for a Thanksgiving apron. I like to make aprons because you can use some pretty fun fabrics and can easily change up the looks of them depending on the embellishments you use. This one is nice and easy and perfect for beginners. Fabric requirements: based on 42” wide fabric. See cut chart for exact measurements. There will be some fabric leftover. Fabric A (waistband/sash): 3/4 yard Fabric B (skirt): ¾ yard Fabric C (overskirt): one fat quarter Materials required: Fabric (see requirements above) Lightweight fusible interfacing Thread, needles, pin Washable marker, optional … Continue reading

The Wear Everywhere Skirt – free pattern

The perfect skirt to fill a gap in my wardrobe. Something I can wear everywhere and every day. Love the pleat in front to give plenty of room without too much flare.

Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions.  This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly.  A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere.  Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again. We’ve talked before about sewing ‘real clothes for real women‘- sewing the sort of clothes you wear everyday, rather than too many fancy-smancy dresses and jackets that you rarely wear.  You’ll get plenty of wear from this every-day skirt. I’ve made mine in a plain fabric so you can see the pleat detail … Continue reading

Cuddle Me Cardy – POTM

Love this really unusual pattern for a draped front cardigan, for stretch fabrics. PDF pattern.

If there is one thing I don’t get to wear very often here in the tropical weather of the Caribbean, it’s a cardigan or jacket.  But when I was running a few ideas past the pattern testing team, a cardy or jacket was a pretty popular idea now the cooler months were coming and so I knuckled down and got my thinking cap on. I don’t mind telling you, it took 7 different pattern designs and many trials and errors before I finally settled on this design that I hope will look flattering and wearable to most figure types. Features: Interesting vertical seaming Long loose sleeves to wear over the top of other things Optional ties at the waist High cosy collar at the back of the neck Can be worn loose and long, or cinched with a belt Not … Continue reading

Half circle wrap skirt pattern – the sewing

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

  If you’ve found this article, then hopefully you’ve already drafted your custom-fit wrap skirt pattern. If not, don’t worry, you aren’t far behind. You can go back to the pattern drafting post here or simply download these instructions which include the drafting and sewing all in one document for you to keep. Here’s the wrap skirt pattern we are going to sew. It has a front and back and a third panel which wraps over the front. Fitting is easy because it ties at the waist so even if you add or loose a few pounds, this skirt will still fit just fine.  You might just want to move the button. Features: Custom fit wrap skirt pattern Can be made in any size and length Nice and soft and flouncy Quick to sew How to cut out your fabric. … Continue reading

Sew a half circle wrap skirt – custom fit pattern

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

One of the most popular posts on the site was an early one I wrote a long time back now on how to draft your own custom fit straight skirt pattern.   It was followed up with a sew-a-long series of posts for beginners covering every step in detail from choosing fabric to inserting the invisible zipper and lining the skirt too. It’s been really successful and ladies have written to tell me how they were amazed that they made their own pattern and a skirt that actually fitted.  The beauty of your own custom pattern – once you’ve made the pattern once, you can use the same pattern over and over again to quickly sew up a whole wardrobe full of skirts without lots of fitting adjustments needed. So today, let’s do that again.  We’ll make ourselves a simple … Continue reading

How to sew a hem facing on a circle skirt

How to sew a wide hem on a circle skirt using a hem facing

I’ve got a project I’m working on that has been giving me a headache.  I’ve been itching to make a half-circle skirt but the hemline is just not turning out as I would like.  It really is impossible to sew a ‘regular’ hem when the bottom of the skirt is so curved.  Usually on a skirt I would turn in half an inch and press, and then turn up another inch, inch and a half or even two inches on the bottom of a regular skirt, and sew. But that’s not going to work on a circular hemline simply because the length of the hem around the outside is longer than the length of the fabric you are turning into, so it’s never going to lie flat. Now you can sew a teeny tiny hem, by pressing up tiny 1/8th … Continue reading

‘Give me a shrug’ Top pattern – POTM

Interesting top to sew with a built in collar that looks like you're wearing a shrug over the top.

Did you notice the black top I was wearing when I modeled the Flirty Skirty pattern a while back?  It had my pattern testing team calling out for me to make a pattern just like it.  Their wish is my command! So here is the Pattern of the Month for September – the Give Me A Shrug Top. Features: Made with knit fabric Wrap around collar that pleats under the arms and forms a back yoke 3 sleeve lengths 7 sizes from 31-46 inch bust Lined over the bust Wear the collar turned up or laid flat Flattering square cut neckline Includes a short video just to help with the pleating, the rest is easy Pattern rating – Intermediate My own versions I made several versions during my development of this pattern using various different fabrics and sizing.  I think … Continue reading

Easy to make knit dress from Gosia

Easy to make knit dress tutorial

Gosia was our blogging winner in the Make It Yours Contest, and is here today with a guest post to introduce herself to you, and show off her unique style. * * * * * * * Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! I’m Gosia of As I Sew  and Ambrodust Clothing, here to guide you through the creation of a super cute and easy to make knit dress. We’re going to start with a basic design, and later I’ll have some tips on what other styles of dresses you can use it for. This is a great project for a beginner who is familiar with sewing knits and understands a bit about altering a pattern. Here we go! This is the dress we’ll be working on: What you need: Knit fabric (I used about 2 yards of light jersey) Tank top … Continue reading

Color Block Dress blog tour – your dresses

Color block dress from So Sew Easy, love every version.

To help promote the release of my Color Block Dress pattern last month, I asked a few other sewing bloggers if they would be interested in giving the pattern a try and reviewing it on their site.  I admit, I was a little nervous as I’d not done something like this before.  What would they think of the pattern?  Would it fit?  How would they review it – love it or hate it? Turns out I had nothing to worry about, except now I’ve seen all of the new designs and their fabric choices, I feel the need to sew up some more variations for my own wardrobe.  Check out the inspiration below.  Please drop over to visit each of these lovely ladies and maybe leave them a comment about their dress. Lisa from Mabey She Made It Wow, love this look.  Lisa … Continue reading

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