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?
I’ve been taking the Sew the Perfect Fit class from Craftsy. I decided that I was not going to allow 2013 to close without me tackling my biggest sewing challenge – picking the correct pattern size to start with and then getting it to fit correctly. I know from my sewing survey earlier this year that its something most sewists struggle with. If you missed them, here are the earlier posts that tell you all about the course and show my muslin and pattern alterations. Introduction – 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit Muslin Bodice Adjustment Bodice Pattern Adjustment Making a skirt muslin Altering sleeves, armholes and truing the pattern The Class Over 10 Lessons Just to recap if you’ve not seen the previous posts, these are the lessons: Introduction – a short lesson about … Continue reading
Following my post on the Simplicity Amazing Fit dress for the day of the wedding, this is the dress for day 3. I love the look of the line drawings of this dress on the pattern envelope but once made up I’m not sure it was quite right for me. Let’s take a look at Simplicity 2219. Day 3 of this swanky wedding was a fabulous brunch at my favorite restaurant, Luca on Seven Mile Beach here in Cayman. Brunch is a Sunday tradition in Cayman. It starts at 10:30-11:00 and is a perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, and you sit at big tables and eat for hours until you waddle off to sleep all afternoon. So I wanted something loose fitting that wouldn’t show up the brunch-belly. And with it’s empire line waist and the knit fabric, … Continue reading
I’m embarking upon an epic fitting exercise and learning to sew the perfect fit this year, following along with the Craftsy course of the same name and the lovely instructor Lynda Maynard. You can read Part 1 of the series at 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit, Part 2 at Muslin Bodice Adjustment, Part 3 in Bodice Pattern Adjustment and Part 4 in Making a Skirt Muslin. Today, altering sleeves, armholes and truing a pattern. Lesson 8 – Altering Sleeves Lesson 9 – Armholes Lesson 10 – Truing the pattern and final check. Well I had chosen the sleeveless dress pattern so although I closely watched lessons 8 and 9, I didn’t need to make any alterations to my dress for the sleeves. I sometimes have problems with very low armholes, and will now know how to deal with this should it come … Continue reading
The latest free sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is this cute wrap dress pattern. The front has a cross-over bodice with pleats, there’s a straight skirt and an optional elastic waist, with a matching tie belt. Only the bodice wraps over leaving you safe from embarrassing wardrobe malfunction that can happen with wrap skirts. Where can you get the wrap dress pattern ? Can I see some more pics before I decide? Of course you can. Here are some other views of the wrap dress. Features: Cross-over bodice Optional tie belt Waist seam with optional elastic waist Pleats on front bodice Separate sleeves Straight skirt Multi-sizes pattern from small to extra large Making up your pattern Your pattern is conveniently split into 4 pieces to make it more manageable. Each is labeled with a letter and number. … Continue reading