Lilly Shift Dress pattern – POTM

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

There is a certain designer store which is really popular here in Cayman, full of simple shift dresses in fun tropical prints – with exotic price tags to match!  As much as I admired the style, they simply weren’t within my budget. So as people who love to sew, what do we do about that?  We make our own designer dresses! Sometimes a simple shift is all you need to look elegant.  Pick the right fabrics and trims, change up the length, and you can create a wardrobe of your own designer dresses in every possible style to suit your lifestyle.  Check out designer fabrics and trims for inspiration, and recreate the designer look for yourself at a fraction of the cost. Mix and match your shoes and jewelry and take this dress from beach, to shopping, to work, to … Continue reading

Design your dream dress with the Corset Academy

Julia Goncharik

An introduction to what you can learn with the Corset Academy     Have you ever wanted to create amazing Haute Couture evening or wedding dresses? But you never found any information about the secret technology behind their design and construction? My name is Tatiana and I know how you feel! That’s why I founded Corset Academy – online Haute Couture classes. Here you will receive the knowledge and skills required for the creation of wedding dresses, evening gowns and high class Haute Couture dresses. These skills and know-how’s will enable you to stand out among others. But remember that you should not focus only on one particular technique of corset garment production. There are plenty of varying techniques for the creation of wedding and evening dresses and I commit myself to teach you to use them. Please don’t forget … Continue reading

The Perfect for Work Dress pattern – free

Just what I've been looking for. Free pattern for a work dress that looks smart but fun.

You might have noticed that I lost some weight this year.  35lbs !  Yay.  Gradually it had crept on over the last 3 years and now it’s gone again.  So to celebrate, I wanted to make something figure-hugging, a new dress I knew my husband would love.  Something for work and formal occasions, but which could also be a date-night dress too. The Perfect for Work Dress fits the bill perfectly and yes, hubby loves it!  When I modeled it the first time, he suggested we go out to dinner tonight and show it off – he’s a good guy!  It’s the sort of smart dress I used to wear when I had an office job – oh a gazillion years ago now. It’s easy to sew, comfy to wear.  You don’t have to make yours as figure-hugging as mine. … Continue reading

Sew a pretty summer sundress pattern

I love the fact this dress is reversible. The v back is so cool for summer, and would make a nice date night dress too. And the pattern is free - can't beat that!

Summer is here!  Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress.  It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt.  Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible!  The front and the back are the same. The free clothing pattern for July comes to you a little early this month because I’m taking part in the 30 days of Sundresses series over at Melly Sews.  Melly is gathering up all of your favorite bloggers to share their summer sundress tutorials during June, and there’s a giveaway each week too.  Drop over to enter her giveaway here. If I can get the time, I’ll try to do a bonus extra pattern in July too – no promises! Features of the Empire of the Sun-Dress Cross-over … Continue reading

15 Cutest Free Dress Patterns for Little Girls

15 Cutest Free Girls Dress Patterns

Though I do sew quite a lot for myself and for the little man in my life, to me nothing beats sewing dresses for little girls… These dresses usually take little time to sew, take little fabric and the result is sooo sweet! So, with summer approaching fast – or at least supposed to approach any day now, it’s still cold over here in the Netherlands – I selected the fifteen cutest free dress patterns for little girls. Some of the patterns listed below are full on pdf patterns, such as the Popover Dress by Oliver+S, others, such as the Vintage Heirloom Dress and the Simple Ruffled Sundress, are tutorials, so no pattern pieces are included. However, the tutorials clearly explain what to do and how to create your pattern pieces, so no need to stay away from them. Some … Continue reading

Burda patterns without all the crazy tracing

New Burda Style Flagship Kits - 51 sewing patterns as a single download. Great value for money.

This week I made a sewing first for me – I sewed with chiffon!  Just a simple light and boxy throw-over cover-up style for wearing over my swimsuit or a plain cami.  It’s from a pattern from the Burda Style May Flagship Kit. When I first started out in sewing, I used to be a subscriber to the Burda monthly sewing pattern magazine.  I think the Europe and UK version is monthly, the US version is quarterly.  It’s very trendy, has interesting patterns and styles you won’t find anywhere else and is fun to read. What’s NOT so much fun is the way the patterns are delivered.  There is a large sheet in the center of the magazine that you pull out and that sheet has ALL of the pattern pieces on it for all of the patterns, all laid … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers striped maxi skirt pattern

Free sewing pattern for this diagonal striped maxi skirt. Of course it doesn't have to be striped but it looks great either way!

In our sewing chat group, sometimes we chat about seeing clothes and thinking  “I could make that!”  I carry around a notebook and make a quick sketch – my book is nearly full.  Others sneak around the mall taking pictures of strangers in clothes they’d like to make for themselves!  (Mary, you know who I’m talking about!)  One skirt in particular was in my book and also featured on the chat group recently – a maxi skirt with stripes that go across the skirt in diagonals. This is just like the Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern I made a little while back, and I love this so much, a skirt in the same fashion is ideal. Obviously I’m not suggesting you wear them both together or you’ll look a little odd and give people a migraine. Features of the Moved … Continue reading

Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

The most downloaded pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. It came second in the Craftsy best pattern award for 2014 and at the time of writing has been downloaded more than 52,000 times!  If I had a dollar for each one….. So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind.  Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing!  I bought this amazing ITY knit print from Fabric Mart (sadly now sold out) and it’s just perfect for island life.  But I wanted to make just a few changes: Maxi dress rather than knee length Enough room to walk properly in the longer skirt Loose flutter sleeves We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt.  If you take a straight skirt which is hip width … Continue reading

How to draft your own facings

This shows you how to create your own one or two piece facings. How to make a sleeved dress sleeveless or how to make a facing intead of a lining.

Have you ever wanted to change up a favorite pattern, to make a dress or top without the usual sleeves, or maybe skip the collar this time?  Or maybe you have a dress pattern that has a full lining and you just want to replace it with a one-piece facing instead.  Take a tried and true pattern and design your own facings so you can finish neck and armholes neatly! To begin with, you will need your pattern pieces, paper, and a pen or pencil. Take the bodice front pattern piece and trace around the neck, shoulder and armhole, and a couple of inches down the side seam. Keep in mind any seam allowances that may need to be added – the Haven Acres Blouse pattern that I’m using has no seam allowance at the neck edge, as it is bound with bias … Continue reading

Free skirt pattern – The Flouncy Bouncy Skirt

This skirt goes straight to the top of my summer sewing list! The cotton jersay is great, but I LOVE the drape in the ITY knit version.

I’ve had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you’ll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity. It’s fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don’t need to extra volume there.  Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline. What’s great about it? Quick and easy to sew Comfy elastic waist Fitted in waist and hips Lots of flare and fun Uses a stretch fabric for fit and comfort In hip sizes 34 to 50 inches You will need: Stretch knit fabric with a good drape and a non-directional pattern 3/4 inch elastic, enough for your waist … Continue reading

Simple Summer Pleated Skirt pattern

Free pattern, tutorial and video for how to make an easy pleated skirt for summer. Even has optional pockets!

I’ve had a couple of nice lightweight cotton fabrics in my stash since last summer, meaning to make myself a couple more skirts.  I’ve got quite a few patterns I’ve designed I could choose from now, but one of the skirts has a border print and I wanted to make sure I had a pattern that would work just as well with a border print as with the floral.  So I designed another skirt pattern. This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer.  Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics.  I think you’ll like it! Features of the Summer Pleated Skirt Pattern Quick and quite easy to sew Cool and casual fit Pleats front and back, no darts Optional side seam pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!) Pick your own skirt length Ideal for use with … Continue reading

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