You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors? That’s especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so its no wonder everyone has the same pieces. So I set out to make myself a dress. Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job! I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so! I’m very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention … Continue reading
Classy, classic, elegant, refined. Not words you could use to describe every dress, but this twist front dress pattern really does suit those words. You’ll look a knockout in this dress, whether you choose a solid or a small print. Introducing the ‘In a Twist’ Dress pattern, Pattern of the Month for December. With a higher neckline in the front and a more dramatic lowered neckline at the back, this dress is a good-looker from every direction. Worried that it looks complicated to sew? The pattern testing team thought so too until they tried it! It’s deceptively easy and there is a video to take you through the sewing on this dress every step of the way. Features: Interesting twist detail at the waist Creates interest and diagonal lines across the center of the body to shape and create a waist … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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 free dress pattern this month is a super simple, easy dress pattern for the ‘Wear Everywhere Dress’. Made for knit fabrics with a moderate stretch, this dress has just two pattern pieces, the sleeves are already built in and its easy to fit to your shape. A perfect beginner sewing pattern. Plus – this dress is so versatile – dress it up, dress it down, dress it smart or casual. It all depends on your fabric choices and accessories. Features: Built in sleeves Learn how to sew an easy knit neckline facing for a neat finish No darts or zippers Unusual square shaped neckline Easy to fit to your shape Range of sizes, from 31 to 40 inch bust Super flattering Make it figure-hugging or figure-skimming. You decide. Versatile Full sewing instructions are downloaded with the pattern pieces Skill … Continue reading
Greetings, So Sew Easy readers! I’m Kat from Sew Chibi! Today, I’m here to share my seasonal sewing project with you: The Hikari (Light) Dress! I love pushing myself. I thought of what a little girl would adore to wear to make her feel like a real-life, fairy princess. I’ve sewn so many challenging things (including sewing with liquid); I constantly push myself to go where I haven’t seen others go yet. It didn’t take me long to settle upon sewing a dress with lights in it. Pretty tricky to figure out how to execute it until I had the means and the vision: battery operated LED lights and tunnels (channels) for the lights to run through to be dispersed throughout the dress. The key is the battery operated lights. The strands are not very long, just about … Continue reading
Party season is coming! It’s time to think about what you’ll wear for the holiday season this year. Want to wow them at the office party? Then you’ll need something ‘on-trend’ and with lace, one-shoulder and asymmetrical dresses all being in fashion, I’ve combined to create a free little black dress pattern that I think is a winner. (Excuse photos for this one – stormy weather this week and my hair just won’t lie flat!) Features: Lace, net, mesh or chiffon overlay Lined bodice, lined skirt optional Darted bodice, and straight skirt with small pleats or darts Invisible side zipper Overlay can hang lower than the inner skirt if you like Range of sizes Super flattering – sexy but not revealing Skill level: Intermediate. The instructions for this dress assume that you already have experience in sewing with non-stretch … Continue reading
I’m working on the next free pattern – I think you’ll love it! Do you have lots of parties to go to this year?