Eve: the any day, everywhere pleated blouse

pleated blouse

Many of you may remember the very popular project we published recently featuring Bali the Reversible Skirt.  When we were shooting the photos for this post, we chose to use a white pleated blouse to complement the skirt.  While the skirt was very well received and many of our members made the project, we ended up getting as many questions about the blouse the model was wearing as we did about the skirt! So this week I decided to make a pattern and project for this attractive pleated blouse. About the name: Eve, the any day blouse, why the name?  According to the Bible, Eve was the first mother.  As mothers go, once you are a mother, you will always be a mother.  So in the lead up to Mother’s Day, I wanted to share this blouse tutorial with you as … Continue reading

Tips For Sewing Denim

sewing denim

Denim is a very popular fabric these days and is synonymous with jeans. Today term “jeans” usually refers to a specific style of pants, called Blue Jeans.  These“rivet-reinforced” denim pants were invented by Jacob W. Davis, along with Levi Strauss & Co., in 1871.  We did a post a few months about highlighting this story of Levi Strauss, who perhaps more than any other individual or institution has done more to expand the role of denim in our society. Origins of Denim However, given this important American contribution to the success of denim, what most people don’t know today is that denim was actually invented in France.  In fact, the word “denim” comes from the French “de” which means from and “Nîmes” which is a wonderful town in the south of France where denim was invented during the Middle Ages.  So denim literally … Continue reading

Bali the Reversible Skirt

reversible skirt

I’ve had so much fun working with Batik fabric since my recent trip to Indonesia.  This is another in the series of projects featuring Batik.  If you missed any of the prior articles, please have a look at The Ancient Art of Batik Printing for an introduction to Batik as well as our first project, a Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric for more background and a neat beginner project.  Given that spring is well and truly on the way now, I thought it would be good to make a tropical-themed skirt for those warm summer evenings out.  I’ve used Batik fabric for both sides of this reversible skirt.  You can, of course, use other fabrics of similar weight and texture, but I like the exotic look of Batik. This is a very pretty reversible skirt, made out of cotton and silk … Continue reading

Peek-a-boo: a free easy t-shirt pattern

peek-a-boo t-shirt

“A t-shirt that doesn’t look like you are wearing a t-shirt”– I thought this was a strange request until I saw 3 more women asking for the same thing. One of these women send me a very long and emotional email about she struggled with her weight since she was a young girl, how she never have felt comfortable in her cloths, and how she hid for so many years under sweat pants and extra large hoodies.  Sarah, that is her name, wrote how she has a dog now and she is walking regularly, but that sometimes she lacks the courage to step outside because she doesn’t want to go back to the sweat pants and ugly t-shirts and that it is getting too hot for hoodies.  She said she needed a top to feel good in, but at the same time comfortable … Continue reading

Warm days and cool nights, a flared t-shirt for many seasons.

Flared t-shirt

Spring is the time to dress comfortably and in layers.  A flared t-shirt is the one of those pieces of clothing we can just throw on with a pair of jeans, leggings, capri pants or if the top is long enough, it can also be a short mod-style dress.  Perfect for a quick run to the supermarket or picking up the kids!  This is an incredibly easy pattern and I have added two sleeves lengths to give you some flexibility.  If you want to, you can even eliminate the sleeves entirely and it becomes yet another top. I am using a fabric from my stash, because I am determined to reduce the amount of fabric in my sewing room.  I realize it is spring after all and that you would want to see some flowers.  I am not a flowery … Continue reading

Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

Somthing sweet(1)

This Valentine’s Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial.  This dress comes with a warning!  Be careful.  You may struggle to keep your lover’s hands off you when wearing this.. This is an intermediate level project.  It will take some time to make, but once its done, you’ll be happy to spend time in it!  It is comfortable, but sexy and is a very flattering design.  I have designed it on a bias and simplified the construction as much as possible.  I have made it specially for the curvy girl in mind.  The smallest size will accommodate a bust and hips between 43″ and 45″.  I have not used fusible interfacing because I did not want any more support, and my fabric did not need it.  You … Continue reading

The Graffiti dress – free pattern

Free sewing pattern for this easy summer dress. Love the circle skirt and the v-neckline at the back.

Another free pattern for you today. Another quick and simple to sew dress pattern that looks good on lots of different body shapes. I know many of you will be feeling the chill as you are approaching winter, but that also means many are feeling things warming up and summer approaches for the other half of the world. Here in Cayman it’s always summer so a sassy dress to show off my tan is appropriate every month of the year. Features of the Graffiti dress: Sleeveless with narrow shoulders to show off your tan Slightly cut in arm holes front and back Scoop neckline at the front and interesting V in the back Option for a contrast waist band Full circle skirt with ‘choose your own length’ pattern Full video tutorial including fitting tips Available to fit bust 29-41 inches and … Continue reading

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults. From the traditional elf and santa hats, to all sorts of fun and keep-warm ideas.

Hi! Alicia from Felt With Love Designs here again to share some fun (and warm!) Christmas-y hats to sew this winter. Christmas is coming soon. Get in the spirit with some of these cheery free patterns! Elf hats seem to be the most popular DIY but I think I am going to whip up a few of those adorable Santa hats this year. If you’re looking for a few more free patterns to help you bundle up, check out the collection of free winter wear sewing patterns too! And, after you’re done sewing up your gear, our twelve days of Christmas felt finger puppets make a quick and festive project to entertain the little ones (or sew them as ornaments to give as gifts!) Free patterns for Christmas hats you can sew

Types of Bra Patterns you can sew

A look at the various different types of bra patterns and styles you can sew for yourself, and where to buy them.

Did you see my earlier article about sewing your own bras and underwear?  We’ll be running a series of interesting articles on this subject and I’d encourage you to give it a try – honestly bras are a lot easier than you might think!  Here’s our earlier introductory article in case you missed it. What you need to sew a bra… Types of Bra Patterns There are quite a few bra patterns available to the home sewist. In this post, we’ll look at different types of patterns. We’ll also look at which pattern you might want to choose for yourself. Underwired or Non-Underwired The first two categories are similar to what you’ll find in Ready-to-Wear – either underwired, or non-underwired. Let’s look at the non-underwired category first. Non- Underwired Bra Patterns Non-underwired bras are often called soft-cup bras or bralettes because they … Continue reading

Brief Encounter Dress – Free easy dress pattern

Free dress pattern. Modest knit dress with sleeves and circle skirt. Full video tutorial to show you how to make it too. Perfect for work?

I’m delighted to offer you another free and easy dress pattern this month.  With the summer here, I’ve been really enjoying wearing some cute dresses both during the day and in the evening.  All too soon the temperature will drop below 80 as winter approaches and I’ll need my fleece and joggers (only kidding…) I like the combination in this dress of a fitted bodice and then a longer length circle skirt.  Of course you can make this up a lot of different ways too: Make it as shown Make it without sleeves Color block – with different but complimentary bodice and skirt fabrics With a short flirty skirt – skater style I’m trying to find a couple of knits that are opposites to each other, and if I’m lucky to find what I’m looking for, I’ll probably make at … Continue reading

Free sewing pattern – Boho Kimono Dress Pattern

Free sewing pattern and tutorial - A Free People inspired kimono dress!

Hello everyone, I’m Rin. I’m visiting today from my sewing blog, Sew in Love. I’m very excited to share this sewing tutorial for a boho kimono dress here at So-Sew-Easy! The inspiration for this dress came from a maxi dress I saw at Free People. I was looking for a bohemian, comfortable dress with a high waistline to accommodate my growing pregnant belly. I’m quite pleased with the result, and I have been wearing the dress now at 8 months pregnant, so it’s definitely comfortable! I’m sure I’ll continue to wear it post pregnancy as well. Let’s get started. To sew your Kimono Dress Pattern, you will need: 2 yards or 1.8 metres minimum of fabric: I suggest something with a slight drape, such as rayon Elastic (1/5” or 5mm wide) Instructions: This video tutorial takes you step by step, … Continue reading