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 … 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

Slouchy Sweater: Perfect beginner project for spring

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 every day 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. Full video tutorial It’s tried and tested! My … 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

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

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