‘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

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

Drafting ruffle sleeves for the Easy Breezy Blouse

How to draft the cutest of double ruffle sleeves

I am delighted today to be able to introduce to you Diya from the Hobby Harbor.  Diya is one of the pattern testers who sews and checks over every one of the paid-for patterns here, and helps me to make sure they all are a good fit for all sizes, and don’t suffer from mistakes and typos.  For the latest pattern, the Easy Breezy Blouse, she made some variations of her own to add in the cutest of ruffle sleeves and I invited her over to show you how she did it. * * * * * * * * * * Hello So-Sew-easy readers I am Diya, someone who eats , drinks and sleeps Sewing! Doesn’t make sense but its kind of true. I love to design garments and sew them for myself, friends and family, and I am … Continue reading

Easy Breezy Blouse Pattern

Easy Breezy Blouse with front gathers, bias facing, french seams and super cute!

Summer is coming, I can feel it!  Summer here can be overwhelmingly hot, and I love to wear light and loose clothing, and especially loose around the neck to keep me cool and feel the warm Caribbean breeze on my skin.  This light and breezy blouse pattern is perfect for the warmer weather. Make it in a very nice fabric for a special outdoor dinner, overlooking the sea.  Or just make it light and casual for everyday or even as a light and loose beach cover up.  As with so many clothes, it all depends on the fabric you choose. Features: Available in 5 sizes with bust from 34 to 46 inches (86-117cm) Wide relaxed collar Low cool neckline at the back Front gathers replace darts Slightly shaped but still a relaxed fit No closures needed Ideal for that special … Continue reading

Waterfall top – free sewing pattern

The cutest summer top! Free pattern in any size.

I’m so excited to bring you the free sewing pattern this month for the Waterfall Top.  I LOVE this top so much that I think it really shows in my face in these photos.  Wearing it just makes me smile.  I’ve got a bright pink one and one in mint and white stripes too – sometimes a plain t-shirt just doesn’t cut it! Make a statement in the Waterfall Top! Features: Looks sexy but not revealing Instructions to fit any size Optional shoulder strap to cover your bra strap or leave it off Ruching down both sides, flatters the bust while disguising the tummy Stretchy, so its comfortable Flounce down one side, can be worn either way Ideal beach cover up Make it in something sparkly for the perfect party top Full sewing instructions Video tutorial too! Skill level: Beginner. … Continue reading

On a Roll T-shirt – free sewing pattern

Free t-shirt sewing pattern with video tutorial.

It’s time for a wardrobe basic and a shirt you’ll want to sew time and time again.  Out with the ball gowns, and in with the real clothes for real women!  This is one where you can sew what you actually wear everyday. The free sewing pattern for this month is the On a Roll T-Shirt. Features: 3 sleeve lengths No difficult to sew neck bindings No darts or zippers Roll-over wide neck Easy to fit to your shape Range of sizes, from 31 to 46 inch bust Versatile – cosy and casual for the daytime, or make it slinky and draping for a night out Full sewing instructions are downloaded with the pattern pieces Video tutorial too! Apologies for the wrinkly looking photos!  My regular hubby/photographer was unavailable so the self-timer had to do.  And it didn’t tell me … Continue reading

Cowl Neck Top Pattern – great wardrobe builder

Cowl Neck Top sewing pattern. Sleeveless, or 3 different sleeve lengths. Got to make at least 5 of these!

  Introducing the Cowl Neck Top Pattern.  What is it about a cowl neck that we all love?  As one of my pattern testers said when I was talking about my various plans for this pattern, “You had me at cowl neck….”  I think this style is just universally flattering for all figure types and shapes. It can look both casual and dressy, flirty or formal, sexy or sassy! This Cowl Neck Top comes with plenty of options to suit every taste and every occasion.  Make it sleeveless in something slinky for a night on the town, or try one of the three different sleeve lengths is a soft jersey for something cozy and casual. Available in 7 sizes with bust ranging from 31 to 46 inches. You can take a sneak peak at how to sew the sleeveless version … Continue reading

Gathered front top pattern – free sewing pattern

Free sewing pattern. Gathered front top pattern with princess seams front and back and gathering on one side.

New Year, new you they say!  I’ve just taken up Yoga and wanted to sew some simple exercise wear, and in so doing not only did I create a great fitted top for wearing to the gym, but also a great top to wear everyday.  Make it a size smaller for a fitted finish for exercise wear, as the red version above, or make the next size up for a looser fit for wearing to work – see the print version below.  Looks great under a jacket.   Enjoy this free gathered front top pattern. Easy to sew sleeveless top with princess seams front and back and a gathered front bodice on one side.  Front panel is reversible so you can choose to have the gathers on either side, or make one of each!  Sewn using an easy turn and sew … Continue reading

New pattern release – Slouchy Sweater

Slouchy Sweater sewing pattern from So Sew Easy,

  I’m delighted to announce the release of my latest sewing pattern – the Slouchy Sweater. An easy and quick to sew versatile pattern.  Great for beginners.  Sew a comfy and relaxed top – dress it up or down depending on your fabric choices.  Fitted and shaped around the body and hips, with a loose fit around the bust and shoulders, and low open armholes.  The wider shoulders are a flattering look and help to balance out a larger bust or hips.  Great for relaxing at home, but smart enough to wear everyday too. Looks good in solids, prints and stripes too. Available in 5 sizes and 2 lengths.  Full video tutorial included as well as the photo step by step instructions. For stretch knit fabrics only, and sweater type knits. It’s tried and tested! My lovely pattern testing group … Continue reading

The Julia Top from Seemingly Smitten

Julia top, pattern review. Easy breezy blouse.

When Jenny from Seemingly Smitten invited me to sew her Julia Top I admit I was a bit unsure.  I think I might be stuck in a fashion time-warp and have always worn lower necklines and more fitted clothes – such a hussy!  At least I gave up the 80′s shoulder pads. How would I get on with the much more relaxed and modern Julia Top? The pattern comes as a PDF including easy to follow instructions.  The top is available in sizes XS-XXL.  I picked a medium based on my bust measurement.  However my waist and hips were larger than the medium size but I needn’t have worried – the top is very generous in those areas.  If you sew the Julia Top – use your bust measurement and don’t worry about the others. There are sleeve length options … Continue reading

Gathered front top – Butterick B5495

Butterick B5495 - fast and easy gathered front blouse pattern. Quick to sew, great fit. A Winner!

I found a winner!  By now you might be tired of hearing about me raving on and on about my sewing projects with knit fabrics, but with fitting so damn difficult without any help, knits always give me the best results. And in Butterick B5495 I have found my first go-to repeatable pattern I think.     This pattern is described as “Loose fitting tops with front drape gathered into loop, dropped shoulders, seam details and stitched hems.”  Although described as loose-fitting, in the illustration I think it looks rather more fitted, and it was when I made it up with very nice shaping to match the body.  I always image loose-fitting to describe more of a straight up and down tunic, and this one is so much better. I only had 1 yard of my intended fabric and couldn’t … Continue reading

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