Cowl neck knit dress- free pattern

So Sew Easy - Knit dress, free pattern

After my last project – the Porn Blouse – I decided to return to using knit fabrics – easier to fit.  Ah ha, yes, but not necessarily easier to sew. I found this great FREE pattern submitted by a member on Burda. Although the lady in question is considerably smaller than me, I downloaded the pattern and upgraded it to my size as best I could by letting it out at the sides, bust and hip, but trying to keep the shoulder width only a little larger.  I also made it a few inches longer – I’m probably twice her age!   Another remnant bin find this week – a grey knit fabric.  It’s quite firm and thick so I hoped it could be close-fitting but hide a few of the lumps and bumps – I don’t like to show … 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

Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Gallery

So Sew Easy: Free sewing pattern, zipper pouch tutorial

I made bags – a LOT of bags!  I never knew it could be so easy after struggling along following some of the tutorials I had found online.  Suddenly once I found the right tutorial it was quick, easy and fun. Er em, here are a few of the bags I quickly made….. Of course Craftsy came to my rescue when I wanted to get it right – I might just be in love with Craftsy. And this was one of their FREE classes too.  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch.  I haven’t watched the Reversible Tote sections yet, I jumped straight in with the Zipper Pouch.   There are a total of 6 video lessons, running time a total of 75 minutes, with Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The Zipper Pouch is available in 4 sizes, with a free … Continue reading

More free patterns

So Sew Easy: FREE sewing patterns

I might be dragging behind everyone else, but I’ve just come across a new website with lots of free sewing patterns.  Although the site isn’t actually new – it’s just ‘newly found’ by me.   It’s even called Free Sewing.  I must be a dunce to have missed this one.  There are links to lots of user submitted patterns and tutorials. Enjoy – and if you find any patterns you make up, why not post a comment below with a link to your finished item. Authored by: So Sew Easy  

A Gazillion Free sewing patterns

OK, not a gazillion right now, but who knows how many we could find if we acted together ! Read on to find out how to join the Pinterest Free Sewing Patterns Group Board and find 1000’s of free patterns. I was looking through my Pinterest boards of Free Sewing Patterns: Dresses Tops and blouses Shirts, shorts and pants when I started to search for other boards on free sewing patterns.  I found a LOT of them. Clearly it’s a subject a lot of people are interested in and like to pin and share. Which got me to thinking – wouldn’t it be great to have a central repository of the best of the internet’s free sewing patterns all in one place, where everyone could add something they found.  Then we could all just refer to the once place to … Continue reading

The Blue Bag – a mess of glue and bling

Random bling bag

I’ve been making a new skirt. It’s in a lovely slinky-drapey navy fabric, but it’s not finished yet because it needs a zipper and I’ve been struggling to insert one without a proper zipper foot – so all zipper projects are still on hold.  But it’s all cut out and ready and I have some fabric left over. I’m a sucker for matching accessories – I made the Molly bag to match my Paper Bag Skirts.  So I decided to make a new handbag to go with this navy skirt.  But I only had a little fabric left over and looked around for a pattern that would only use a small amount – and I came across the Buttercup bag – perfect. The pattern is free to download with great instructions and the bag was ready in no time.  I … Continue reading

Is it a purse or a handbag?

You may have noticed from my writings that I am British.  Or maybe you didn’t.  I was born in the UK and lived there living a ‘normal’ life for many years.  Until my husband and I decided to get away from it all and lead the lives we should have lived when we were younger.  So we became scuba diving instructors and moved to Thailand – quite a departure from real estate and accountancy in grey England. We now live in Grand Cayman, in the Caribbean and have been here 5 1/2 years.  Naturally we now come into contact with very few Brits and very many Americans.  In order to make ourselves understood we have to modify our language – the boot of the car is now the trunk, a tap is now a faucet, the rubbish = trash, and … Continue reading

Paper Bag skirts

Clearly I was going to be at a great disadvantage in sewing my own clothes if I could not do zippers and with my zipper foot a long way off on the horizon, I scoured the internet for ideas for clothing that didn’t need either zippers, nor buttons (too advanced for me !) Most elasticated waist skirts are for little girls and simply look too frou frou for the more mature lady 🙂 but then I came across the paper bag skirt.  Not actually made of paper or bags but cinched in at the waist, top of paper bag style.  Perfect, no zipper needed. I found the very best example for ladies and a great tutorial here at The Sewing Dork. The example in this tutorial is a really eye-catching striped skirt but I settled for another brown remnant for … Continue reading

The ‘Nancy’ easy knit halter dress

Buoyed by the success of my first sewing project with the pink apron, I headed straight onwards and upwards and became (too ?) ambitious for my next project.  I wanted to make a dress.  The remnant bin this week produced a rather random print in blue and brown which I am never to sure about because this was the color of my old school uniform.  What’s more the fabric was stretchy and I had no idea what to do with it.  It cost about $5 and I bought some dark brown thread for 70c. I came across the Nancy dress pattern and thought – yes, its only rectangles, I can do this ! So I cut out my rectangles according to the pattern pieces and measurements, sewed them up (in like, 5 minutes) and tried on my new dress.  Er….. sack/shroud? … Continue reading