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  • Easy summer dress
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  • Twist Front Top
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrap front dress /tunic – sewing with knits

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

As you know, I’ve been taking the Sewing with Knits online video class from Craftsy.  And I’ve just completed the final project – a Wrap Front Dress.  In fact, this pattern is so adaptable and I’m so confident now in my stretch sewing, that I decided to try a few variations of my own to suit my own style, and this is the result. The dress pattern is free with the course, and is quick and easy to sew.  But I always have to go that one step further, and so I made the following alterations Cut the bodice in a larger size across the front and in depth Crossed over a wider area Narrowed the shoulders and added a little pleat in the front shoulder seam Left off the sleeves Cut it to tunic length Gave it a slightly … Continue reading

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

Twist Front Top – free t-shirt pattern

Twist front top, free t-shirt pattern from So Sew Easy. Multi-size free sewing pattern with step by step photo instructions.

The latest sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is a free t-shirt pattern for the Twist Front Top.  It’s a sexy halter top that can also be a dress if you’d like to extend it.  Designed for knit fabrics, this top crosses over at the front and the little keyhole at the front gives an interesting look while still actually being modest with full high coverage. The design is double thickness at the top front and back to give extra support if you need it, or for modesty if it turns chilly!  It can be worn with a strapless bra, or a halter neck bra if you use one of those clips to keep the straps closer together in front. You can also choose to change the design for a cross-over and then tie behind the neck halter style if … Continue reading

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

Vogue V8390 – Very Easy Vogue wrap top

Sewing with Knits - Vogue V8390. Versatile wrap top.

I’ve been continuing to develop my love for Sewing with Knits as I’ve been taking the excellent Craftsy course online.  This week I made a Very Easy Vogue wrap over top from pattern Vogue V8390. It’s a wrap over top, with sleeve options.  And I used a really lovely soft chocolate brown knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  Although the fabric was only $5 a yard, its very nice quality, soft and thick with a good stretch and recovers beautifully with no rippling.  But because it is so lovely and thick, it really wasn’t a good choice for this top.  Not because of the fabric, but because the pattern was rather ‘over the top’. The pattern asks that you cut each side of the wrap over front twice, and sew them together, so you really end up with 4 layers of … Continue reading

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

Knit crossover top from Lekala patterns

Lekala patterns review

Has anyone out there ever bought a pattern from Lekala patterns?  Nicole Lekala has a range of 386 patterns on her Craftsy page at the time of writing and is often adding more.  But what makes Lekala patterns unique is the promise to draft you a completely personalised pattern based on your own measurements.  This was too good an offer to pass up on so I thought I would give it a try. I picked this pattern to try out - obviously because it was free so there was nothing to lose!  Its a cross-over front top with long sleeves designed for knit fabrics.  So how would it fit?  I sent in my measurements and the pattern came back quickly in PDF to print and piece together.   What do you get? Lekala patterns include a line drawing of the design, and … Continue reading

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

Free sewing pattern – Summer Drape Top

Summer Drape Top. Free sewing pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

The latest release in my range of free sewing patterns and tutorials – the Summer Drape Top.   Designed for softly draping knit fabrics, this blouse is easy to make, flattering, cool and strappy, with tummy covering draping and a rounded hemline in the front.  And I’ve made it with wide enough straps that you should be able to wear a bra with only minimal straps peaking through at the back.  Or don’t wear a bra and let it all hang out this summer! The Summer Drape Top comes in a one-size fits most design.  The pattern is free to download and can be made from less than one yard of fabric.  Great for a beach cover up too, over a bikini top. This is a long post including lots of photos, all about how to print and piece your digital pattern, cut … Continue reading