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

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

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

V-neck T-shirt and A-line Skirt

So Sew Easy - V-neck T-shirt and A-Line skirtzx

What is it with the use of the alphabet to describe clothing shapes?  It was only when I was thinking of a title for this post that I realised what I had made. A V-neck T-shirt and an A-line Skirt.  I just suddenly thought that was really funny!  Anyway, moving on… You may have recently seen my scoop neck t-shirts.  Love these so much, great casual t-shirts for everyday where.  The next item in my Sewing With Knits course is the V-neck T-shirt.  The neckline is a little more tricky to sew because to make it look good, you have to line up the V part of the neckline with the V part of the body of the shirt.  But the instructions are excellent.  Having a video tutorial with the instructor talking you through it is so much easier than trying to … Continue reading

Perfect Fit Sew It Yourself T-Shirts

So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirts

So happy!  My Sewing with Knits course is really paying off.  Following the success of my first trial scoop neck t-shirt, I bought some simple cotton jersey in black and white and sewed another couple of simple scoop neck t-shirts.  They are EXACTLY as I want them.  I prefer my t-shirts quite fitted and don’t want them too long so they finish at my widest part.  And the neckline isn’t too high, but isn’t too low to be revealing either.  Just right. And with the pattern and the tips from the course, the necklines are so easy and sit nice and flat.   These are now my everyday staples – comfy, cool, cotton, easy to wear, easy to wash, wear anywhere t-shirts. The pattern also includes a long sleeved option, or a v-neck too.   Everyone here in the Cayman … Continue reading

Scoop neck t-shirt

So Sew Easy - Sewing with Knits - T-Shirt

Another lesson and another garment completed in the Sewing With Knits course.  This time the scoop neck t-shirt. Again my fabric shop only had a limited choice in knit fabrics, so I got this rather dubious piece of green lycra knit from the remnants bin for a few dollars.  Enough for a t-shirt and a skirt so this was ideal for making my first test t-shirt.  Remembering how my sewing machine ate the fabric on this Cowl Neck Knit Dress, I wasn’t too confident about using any ‘good’ material for my first try – and of course I needed to check sizing too. The course is excellent and the t-shirt pattern is included in the course.  I was supposed to add clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, but couldn’t get any right away, so I went with a piece … Continue reading

Fleece hoodie ! Why?

Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean?  Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80’s.  Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie?  To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress.   The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics.  My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue.  It’s … Continue reading

Double layer chiffon blouse – free pattern and tutorial

So Sew Easy: Chiffon blouse, free pattern and tutorial

Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post – Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse.  Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige.  I’ve made the blouse again in a different fabric – this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins.  Swanky!  Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share. Read on for your free blouse pattern. This tutorial is ideal is you want to make a simple blouse using a sheer fabric like a chiffon or a lace, with a lining. It includes full step by step instructions on how to make your own version of this blouse in your own size.  It can also be used to make a single layer version if you are using a fabric which is not sheer. This is a … Continue reading

The YIKES wrap blouse – aka my Porn Blouse

So Sew Easy: Free pattern, Wrap blouse failure

Sometimes free just isn’t worth it.  This was one of those days.  I found this site which has a LOT of free patterns.  But only illustrations of the garment and the barest of instructions on how to make it.  But hey, it’s free. So I downloaded the wrap front blouse pattern, pieced it together and cut my fabric.  I don’t know what the fabric is.  It’s from the remnant bin again and cost $7.50 for a big piece – enough for a dress and a blouse.  Its also very slinky and drapey so it seemed to be a good choice for this project.   It was my first time with darts and I wasn’t sure how to exactly transfer the darts to my fabric so I kind of did my best to mark them with pins, line them up and … Continue reading

Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse

So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

[UPDATED – the pattern and tutorial for this blouse is now available HERE.] My regular rummage in the remnants bin this week found a piece of chiffon.  It has a floral pattern and isn’t too big, but it was so light, and the remnants are priced by weight, so this cost just $1.25.  I’m sure it’s supposed to be for sheer curtains or something, but I wanted to give it a try to see what it would be like to sew with.  It’s not only sheer, it’s slippery ! I had seen a halter top on the Burda site, but I can’t get the magazine here, and didn’t fancy paying to download the pattern for something that looked so simple.  So I had a go at drafting something myself.  I wanted it to be very simple (because that’s all I … Continue reading