• Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Light up Princess Dress – Seasonal Sewing Series

Make this incredible light up dress for your little princess. At So Sew Easy.

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

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress

Sew A Skirt Series – sewing ebook launched

Sew a Skirt - beginners tutorial series. New sewing lesson e-book launched by So Sew Easy.

  I wrote a book!  Well, to be fair it was mostly already written and I made it into a book.  My Sew a Skirt – beginners tutorial series sewing ebook is launched and for sale on Amazon. It contains all of the lessons from the Sew A Skirt series together with the full instructions on how to draft your custom fit skirt pattern.  In the future, I hope to expand upon this basic skirt pattern to show other options for how it can be adapted to other styles and shapes while still keeping the custom fit.  So this book would be good to have and keep so you could refer to it later. And of course if you haven’t made your skirt yet – get this book and start sewing!   But I’m not asking you to pay for … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Finishing your skirt and Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy. Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more. Everything you need to learn to sew is here.

Welcome to Episode 11 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Finishing your skirt and the Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup   We are on the final small step – your skirt is very nearly finished.  If this is the first time you have sewn something for yourself, or sewn at all, then I am sure you must be very proud of your work.  Congratulations and well done for coming such a long way. Finishing your skirt There is very little still left to do. It will only take us a few minutes. Try on the skirt and take a look at the lining. You want your lining hemmed up neatly out of the way so that it won’t show below the outer hemline when you wear the skirt. Mark with a pin how … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top

Sewing an Invisible Hem – Sew A Skirt Series

Sewing an Invisible Hem. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 10 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Sewing an Invisible Hem   Our skirt is nearly finished.  For me, it’s been a marathon of not just sewing, but taking notes, taking photos and blogging too.  My new skirt is already finished so I know it’s been worth it!  I’m using the example of the skirt in the middle here during our Sew A Skirt series.   Sewing an Invisible Hem When it comes to hemming the skirt there are SO many options.  You can simply turn up the hem once, press then turn up again and sew around with a regular straight stitch. Or you could do a fancy hem finish with a hemming tape -from Stitch in my side. Or you could turn and hand stitch – from Megan … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress

Lining a Skirt with Zipper – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew a skirt lining with zipper. How to finish by machine with no hand sewing and no visible stitching on the inside. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 9 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Lining a Skirt with Zipper – part 2     If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts, zipper and the lining is attached at the waist.  Now it’s time to finish off the lining – and we are going to do it all by machine for a nice neat finish.  No hand sewing for us!   Lining a skirt with zipper If you haven’t yet added the lining to your skirt at the waist, do go back to Part 1 of the Lining a Skirt and do that first. Then… Turn the skirt right side out with the lining on the outside and turn over the … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies

Lining a skirt – Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew a skirt. Full skirt sewing instructions from pattern drafting, to darts, zipper, lining and finishing. From So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 8 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Neaten your seams and lining a skirt, part 1   If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts and zipper.  Now it’s time to make it look nice on the inside too. Let’s start with the seams.   Making nice neat seams Having neat seams on the inside of your skirt fulfills two functions. It looks nicer It stops the fabric from fraying and the seams from gradually coming open Our inside seams will be hidden by the skirt lining but that’s no excuse for not finishing them nicely.  We will want our seams to lie flat and not be too obvious from the outside so let’s … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

How to sew an invisible zipper – Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew an invisible zipper. Part of the Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 7 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  How to sew an invisible zipper   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Sewing darts perfectly All about zipper feet   How to Sew an Invisible Zipper Many new sewers are intimidated by the thought of sewing zippers and especially the invisible zipper.  But let me tell you a secret – the invisible zipper is the easiest one because no one will see if your stitches are a little bit wonky and it doesn’t go perfectly for … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

All about Zipper Feet – Sew A Skirt Series

Zipper feet explained - all about xipper feet and when you would use them. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 6 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  All about Zipper Feet   What do those Zipper Feet do? If you plan to sew any kind of woven garment you will usually need to include a closure of some sort to allow you to get it on and off.  Usually a dress or skirt will have a zipper. There are three basic types of sewing machine zipper foot. The standard fixed zipper foot that may have come as standard with your sewing machine.  (left) The adjustable zipper foot. (middle) An invisible zipper foot.  (right)   All zipper feet allow you to sew one side or the other and get your stitches up close to the teeth of the zipper.  You might sew on the outside rather than the center of … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

How to Sew Darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew darts perfectly. From the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 5 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to sew darts Let’s recap so far How are you enjoying the Sew A Skirt series so far?  If you are new to sewing you may already have learned a lot about fabric, measuring, patterns, and the preparations you need before even starting to put a needle to your skirt.   To recap the series so far – Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Today it’s time to start sewing.  And the first step is to sew the darts in all 3 pieces of your skirt, the front and the two back pieces.  If you have followed and drafted … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top

How to mark darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to mark darts. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy. I never thought of doing it this way - quick, easy and accurate!

Welcome to Episode 4 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to mark darts   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching   How to mark darts on your fabric accurately Many of the traditional sewing tutorials will tell you that you need to ‘thread trace’  pattern markings onto your fabric.  To do this, you sew directly through the pattern into the fabric to transfer the markings and then pull the pattern away leaving the marking stitches in place. Nah – sounds like too much hard work, I’m not a fan … Continue reading