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

It’s a Wrap top – free pattern

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

I’ve had this pattern on my mind for a while now and at last, ‘It’s a Wrap!’ The Wrap Top is loosely based on the original Wrap Dress pattern that has been downloaded thousands of times and been the most popular pattern on the site so far.  This ‘It’s a Wrap’ top has taken some of the best elements of that dress and turned it into a blouse with a few variations that I think you’ll like. Features: Cross-over front bodice Loose and casual sleeves with a little flutter Pleats on one side to create soft draping across the front Can help to hide a prominent tummy Slightly shaped at the waist Close fitting in the hips Flattering look with no awkward ‘gaping’ Step by step photos and written instructions Video tutorial too Sizes from 32 to 44 inch bust This … Continue reading

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

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