My Disco Party skirt – 30 minute skirt pattern

Sew this skirt and still be ready to go out in 30 minutes. Dance the night away in the quickest skirt ever.

Hubby came bundling in like a whirlwind like he usually does after work, dropping things everywhere.  As he crashed about and made his way to the shower he shouted out “How soon can you be ready to go out?” Er, what?  Where?  And who with?  Turns out the team at work had decided on an impromptu party night and were going into town to the monthly 80′s night for drinks and retro dancing.  And the bus was coming in an hour! Darn – you know the feeling of instant panic – I don’t have ANYTHING to wear!  At least not for an unplanned 80′s disco dancing night.  I fluttered through my wardrobe.  No, nothing would do. The 30 minute skirt pattern came to the rescue.  Could I really make something and still be ready to go out in an hour?  My … Continue reading

The Wear Everywhere Skirt – free pattern

The perfect skirt to fill a gap in my wardrobe. Something I can wear everywhere and every day. Love the pleat in front to give plenty of room without too much flare.

Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions.  This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly.  A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere.  Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again. We’ve talked before about sewing ‘real clothes for real women‘- sewing the sort of clothes you wear everyday, rather than too many fancy-smancy dresses and jackets that you rarely wear.  You’ll get plenty of wear from this every-day skirt. I’ve made mine in a plain fabric so you can see the pleat detail … 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

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

The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

The Flirty Skirty pattern. 10 gored skirt, fitted in waist and hips and flaring at hemline. I'm in love!

Put some swing in your step and show a little leg – the Flirty Skirty is here.  With just one pattern piece, only 4 sheets to print, super fast sewing and a fabulous end result -you won’t be able to stop at just one of these skirts. Feeling flirty or girly? This light twirly skirt is just perfect! Close fitted in the waist and hips and then light and full of movement when you walk for a really flattering and comfortable look.  Drafted to hit just above the knee, so you can show a bit of leg in the flirty skirt! I’ve got lots of photos to share, because I just couldn’t stop swinging my hips, swishing about and twirling.  This skirt has got LOTS of movement.  In fact I don’t seem to have a photo of me standing still … Continue reading

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

How to sew a pretty and easy tiered and gathered skirt.

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric. Summer is here at last.  For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I … Continue reading

Cayman’s first ever sewing meet up

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If you follow a lot of other sewing blogs, you’ve probably seen the increasing number of sewing ‘meet ups’, where bloggers all meet up to say hello, swap unwanted patterns and fabrics and then shop for even more fabric together so they can encourage each other to overspend! Sounds like heaven.  Except here in Cayman, I’m rather a long way and usually two flights away from any of them. So what to do?  Make my own sewing meet up right here in Cayman! I was so delighted when Robin wrote to tell me that she would be visiting Grand Cayman with her husband Joe.  Robin was enjoying a Quilting Cruise that stopped off for the day in the Cayman Islands as part of its Caribbean route and so we arranged to meet up and spend some tourist time together. It … Continue reading

Light up Princess Dress

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

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