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The Sew Simple Leggings pattern

Sew Simple Leggings pattern. Designed using measurements from real women.

A new pattern is released into the shop today, part of the Sew What You Wear range.  I’ll bet you lounge around in leggings and the like much more than you wear a silk blouse or a posh dress. If you’ve been following So Sew Easy for a while, you may remember that some time ago I featured a tutorial, measuring video and spread sheet for drafting your own custom fit leggings pattern.  That is still available for you to use for free.  But if you don’t fancy drafting your own pattern, I’ve now made this multi-sized pattern available for download. What’s special about it? If you ever get fed up with the sizing on commercial sewing patterns or on the ready to wear clothes available to you, you might already be aware that the measurements used often don’t seem … Continue reading

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New pattern release – Straight leg knit pants pattern

Classic straight leg knit pants sewing pattern and video tutorial. Video shows you how to fit too!

I’m delighted to announce the release of my latest sewing pattern – the Classic Straight Leg Knit Pants pattern. An easy to sew and versatile pattern.  Great for beginners.  Sew a comfy and relaxed pair of pants  – dress them up or down depending on your fabric choices.  Fitted and shaped around the body, hips, and thighs with a straight leg falling from the hips, but taper them in from the knee if you prefer.  Great for work or make them in some funky fabric for relaxing.  Lightly gathered to a comfortable elastic waist for those days you need a little extra give.  Plenty of length in the leg and height in the rise for taller women, but easily adapted to shorter lengths too – the video will show you how to get a great fit. Great pattern for some … Continue reading

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Leggings Pattern and tutorial

How to draft your own custom leggings pattern and sew leggings from So Sew Easy. Once the pattern is done, the sewing is so quick and easy, I'll be making lots of these in all sorts of fabrics!

In many parts of the world Autumn or Fall is here and Winter is on the way.  It’s time to think about wrapping up warm and adding an extra layer.  When I’m not in shorts, I’m in leggings.  So enjoy this free tutorial for a custom leggings pattern.   (There’s no sensible or glamorous way to model leggings on the internet, so I thought I might as well make a complete fool of myself and have some fun.  I can’t remember the number of times I fell off this log after setting the timer and running ! These wobbly photos are the best of the lot.)   Surely everyone love leggings.  Wear them under short dresses or tunics, wear them to the gym and for exercising, lounge around at home and even sleep in them.  Wear them long and ankle … Continue reading

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Sewing with Knits – bubblegum pink velour shorts

Sewing with Knits - bubblegum pink stretch velour yoga shorts from So Sew Easy.

I threatened that I would make these bubblegum pink stretch velour shorts in an earlier post. And I did. And I love them too. I’m not embarrassed to say so. Everyone should have some pink shorts. Even if you only wear them at home…. So this was my latest project from the Craftsy Sewing with Knits course. I had learned so much and done so well with earlier projects for the fleece hoodie and the scoop neck and v-neck t-shirts that I got sidetracked and went onto other knit projects – this time with great success.  But I’m back on the course and keen to learn more. This time the project was for pants.  You could either chose shorts, cropped pants or full length yoga style pants.  Well full length warm pants are rarely needed here in Cayman but I … Continue reading

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Copying my favorite pants for work

So Sew Easy: Copying RTW Pants

I’ve got these great white linen wide-leg pants.  They are old now, and a little worn, but SO comfy.  Nice and loose with a drawstring waist, they are great for the hot weather here and good to keep off the mosquitoes when eating out in the evening.  In fact they are so comfy that I wanted some just like them to wear to work – except smarter.   So I made an attempt to copy them.  There are several tutorials on the internet about how to copy RTW to make your own patterns, and these loose straight leg trousers weren’t too difficult.  Once I had them all laid out flat, the only difficulty was the crotch area, trying to get this flat to get the shape just right.  I never realised until now how different the front and back of the leg … Continue reading

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I drafted and made my own leggings

Rear view !

You can’t turn a street corner without seeing someone in leggings at the moment, and they are everywhere because: leggings are comfortable leggings are versatile they can be worn dressed up or down they can be modest under clothing or figure hugging on their own leggings are perfect for lounging leggings are ideal for exercising they can be plain, fun or funky and lots more reasons I had looked all around for a good way of drafting my own leggings pattern, but when I came across this tutorial video from Cal Patch I knew I had found it ! Starting with a few simple measurements taken on myself and a blank sheet of paper, in just a few minutes I had a custom made-to-measure personal leggings pattern.  And there is only two pieces so they sew up in super quick … Continue reading

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Pant Fitting Techniques – Part 3

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I’ve been following the Pants Fitting Techniques course with Craftsy.  As a new sewer, I have a lot of trouble with fit and pants must be the ultimate fitting problem – hence the course.  Here are my first two attempts: Pants Fitting 1   and     Pants Fitting 2 For this third attempt, I tried to vary the back length because I found that if I lifted up the back center waistband, a lot of the excess fabric in the back leg seemed to disappear. I removed 1/2 inch from the top center of the back waist, tapering to nil at the side seams. Then I scooped out the back crotch curve 1/2 inch to make it more of a U shape than an oval to compensate for removing length at the top. I cut in the center at … Continue reading

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Pants Fitting Techniques – Part 2

Pants front version 2

Having made my first test piece for these trousers, I had a better idea of what alterations I needed to make to my pattern pieces.  I re-watched the videos from the Pants Fitting Course on Craftsy, and got to work with my pens and waxed paper.  I made a lot of small alterations, here is what I can recall: Swayback adjustment – removed 1/2 inch from the top of the center back waistband. Drew out the pattern for the full legs, tapering to a smaller size from the crotch downwards. Took in the princess seam on the middle top of the front legs 1/4 inch on each side, to replicate a dart, about 5 inches long. Removed 1/4 inch from the front crotch seam at the waist, tapering to nothing at crotch curved part. Cut waistband a smaller size to … Continue reading

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

Pants Fitting Techniques – Part 1

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I recently enrolled in a course with Craftsy.  Pant Fitting Techniques – how to get a good fit on trousers that you make from a supplied Vogue pattern.  It was a new course so there weren’t many reviews to go on, and no finished student projects, but pattern fitting is an area where I am very interested to learn more. A pattern comes with the course for a pair of slim fit trousers with a princess seam down the front of the leg.  The idea behind this pattern is that there are now 4 seams you can adjust instead of the regular two only at the sides, and by having so many places you can adjust you will be able to get a great fit.  I’ve never sewn real trousers before so this seemed ideal.   As I am overseas, … Continue reading