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

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

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