Color block dress pattern – POTM

OMG. I just have to make this dress! It's like everything I want in one pattern.

I LOVE this dress!  I can assure you that I am not as slim as this dress makes me appear, but the design, shape, dark side panels and careful shaping to the center panel creates an illusion that makes the wearer look slimmer and smoother.  I’ve combined mine with a border print for the center panel but this dress also looks great in a solid too. This color block dress pattern is Pattern of the Month for August. Make this dress loose and figure skimming or really turn some heads with a figure hugging look and some vibrant colors. Looks best with a patterned or brighter central panel and darker side panels to emphasise your shape. Features: Scooped neckline with binding. Slightly A-Line skirt Center back seam for perfect fitting Princess seams front and back Use dark panels on the outside … Continue reading

The perfect Maxi Skirt pattern

How to make the perfect fitting maxi skirt without it being too flared or too tight.

If you’ve been reading sewing blogs for a while now, no doubt you will have come across tutorials for easy maxi skirts.  Basically, sew a tube of fabric, add in some elastic and you’re good to go.  I’ve read some really funny reviews recently of ladies who did just that and then had to hobble around with tiny little steps because these skirts didn’t have enough room to actually walk properly! Most of us take a stride which is much greater than the width of our hips. Making a tight fitted ‘wiggle’ skirt might be OK for knee length, but make it longer and it will be like a permanent sack race. photo credit: Steve Bowbrick via photopin cc There are basically two types of maxi skirt I think – a low volume skirt that is not gathered and basically … Continue reading

30 minute easy skirt pattern

I like this tutorial better than most others because it includes proper shaping between waist and hips, not just a tube.

  While I was learning to sew with stretch fabrics and taking the excellent Sewing with Knits class (see the class review here and 25% discount), I got lots of knit remnants to practice on, and one day I simply sewed up a tube, added a fold over waist and made a skirt.  It all took no more than 30 minutes from opening the door to my sewing room and leaving wearing my new skirt.  In truth, I never did wear it a lot because I’d made it rather too tight, the fabric was very thin and it showed a VPL in the rear.  But the theory was good. Today, I’m having another go and refining my sizing to make a skirt that is the same principle, a 30 minutes easy skirt, but this time with a more everyday fit. … Continue reading

The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

The Flirty Skirty pattern. 10 gored skirt, fitted in waist and hips and flaring at hemline. I'm in love!

Put some swing in your step and show a little leg – the Flirty Skirty is here.  With just one pattern piece, only 4 sheets to print, super fast sewing and a fabulous end result -you won’t be able to stop at just one of these skirts. Feeling flirty or girly? This light twirly skirt is just perfect! Close fitted in the waist and hips and then light and full of movement when you walk for a really flattering and comfortable look.  Drafted to hit just above the knee, so you can show a bit of leg in the flirty skirt! I’ve got lots of photos to share, because I just couldn’t stop swinging my hips, swishing about and twirling.  This skirt has got LOTS of movement.  In fact I don’t seem to have a photo of me standing still … Continue reading

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

How to sew a pretty and easy tiered and gathered skirt.

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric. Summer is here at last.  For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I … Continue reading

Two Become One – free t-shirt dress pattern

Free dress pattern. I love how this dress can be made to look like a t-shirt and skirt with belt, or how you can make it to look like a regular dress.

Need a comfy every day dress?  One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout?  Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently.  I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know).  Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.  Of course, you can also make it throughout in the same fabric so it looks more like an obvious dress if you like and I think that would look great too – I’d really … Continue reading

Drafting ruffle sleeves for the Easy Breezy Blouse

How to draft the cutest of double ruffle sleeves

I am delighted today to be able to introduce to you Diya from the Hobby Harbor.  Diya is one of the pattern testers who sews and checks over every one of the paid-for patterns here, and helps me to make sure they all are a good fit for all sizes, and don’t suffer from mistakes and typos.  For the latest pattern, the Easy Breezy Blouse, she made some variations of her own to add in the cutest of ruffle sleeves and I invited her over to show you how she did it. * * * * * * * * * * Hello So-Sew-easy readers I am Diya, someone who eats , drinks and sleeps Sewing! Doesn’t make sense but its kind of true. I love to design garments and sew them for myself, friends and family, and I am … Continue reading

Easy Breezy Blouse Pattern

Easy Breezy Blouse with front gathers, bias facing, french seams and super cute!

Summer is coming, I can feel it!  Summer here can be overwhelmingly hot, and I love to wear light and loose clothing, and especially loose around the neck to keep me cool and feel the warm Caribbean breeze on my skin.  This light and breezy blouse pattern is perfect for the warmer weather. Make it in a very nice fabric for a special outdoor dinner, overlooking the sea.  Or just make it light and casual for everyday or even as a light and loose beach cover up.  As with so many clothes, it all depends on the fabric you choose. Features: Available in 5 sizes with bust from 34 to 46 inches (86-117cm) Wide relaxed collar Low cool neckline at the back Front gathers replace darts Slightly shaped but still a relaxed fit No closures needed Ideal for that special … Continue reading

Waterfall top – free sewing pattern

The cutest summer top! Free pattern in any size.

I’m so excited to bring you the free sewing pattern this month for the Waterfall Top.  I LOVE this top so much that I think it really shows in my face in these photos.  Wearing it just makes me smile.  I’ve got a bright pink one and one in mint and white stripes too – sometimes a plain t-shirt just doesn’t cut it! Make a statement in the Waterfall Top! Features: Looks sexy but not revealing Instructions to fit any size Optional shoulder strap to cover your bra strap or leave it off Ruching down both sides, flatters the bust while disguising the tummy Stretchy, so its comfortable Flounce down one side, can be worn either way Ideal beach cover up Make it in something sparkly for the perfect party top Full sewing instructions Video tutorial too! Skill level: Beginner. … Continue reading

Do you speak Italian? Wear Everywhere Dress has been translated.

Wear Everywhere, easy knit dress pattern. Free pattern.

Do you speak Italian?  If so you might be delighted to learn that the instructions for the Wear Everywhere Dress have been translated for you. Nicoletta from Dinuvole Dicuori has translated the instructions into Italian using the same format as the English instructions, so if there is something you don’t understand, now you can read it in Italian – it might help. Please drop over and visit her site.  You can download the Italian version of the instructions from her HERE.  There is a link to the download at the bottom of the page. Anyone else out there speak a foreign language and would like to create a pattern translation to share from their own site, please let me know.  It’s great when we work as a team!

The Sew Simple Leggings pattern

Sew Simple Leggings pattern. Designed using measurements from real women.

A new pattern is released into the shop today, part of the Sew What You Wear range.  I’ll bet you lounge around in leggings and the like much more than you wear a silk blouse or a posh dress. If you’ve been following So Sew Easy for a while, you may remember that some time ago I featured a tutorial, measuring video and spread sheet for drafting your own custom fit leggings pattern.  That is still available for you to use for free.  But if you don’t fancy drafting your own pattern, I’ve now made this multi-sized pattern available for download. What’s special about it? If you ever get fed up with the sizing on commercial sewing patterns or on the ready to wear clothes available to you, you might already be aware that the measurements used often don’t seem … Continue reading