Learning to sew with knit fabrics – offer

Learn to sew with knit and stretch fabrics. Exclusive discounts off all the knits classes on Craftsy.

Did you take advantage of the Craftsy pattern drafting class offers?  I hope you got all the classes you were interested in and are starting to build up a great library of sewing resources. If you missed it, some of those classes are still on special, so its not too late to make some savings on the pattern drafting classes too. I love to bargain hard with suppliers to try to get you all discounts and specials or prizes for giveaways.  This month, I’ve been working on one of our favorite sewing sites, Craftsy and have come up with a very special exclusive deal I think you will LOVE. I asked the members of our sewing chat group to vote on what classes they were most interested in taking next and reported this list to the Craftsy team, to see what offers … Continue reading

The Perfect for Work Dress pattern – free

Just what I've been looking for. Free pattern for a work dress that looks smart but fun.

You might have noticed that I lost some weight this year.  35lbs !  Yay.  Gradually it had crept on over the last 3 years and now it’s gone again.  So to celebrate, I wanted to make something figure-hugging, a new dress I knew my husband would love.  Something for work and formal occasions, but which could also be a date-night dress too. The Perfect for Work Dress fits the bill perfectly and yes, hubby loves it!  When I modeled it the first time, he suggested we go out to dinner tonight and show it off – he’s a good guy!  It’s the sort of smart dress I used to wear when I had an office job – oh a gazillion years ago now. It’s easy to sew, comfy to wear.  You don’t have to make yours as figure-hugging as mine. … Continue reading

Sew a pretty summer sundress pattern

I love the fact this dress is reversible. The v back is so cool for summer, and would make a nice date night dress too. And the pattern is free - can't beat that!

Summer is here!  Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress.  It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt.  Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible!  The front and the back are the same. The free clothing pattern for July comes to you a little early this month because I’m taking part in the 30 days of Sundresses series over at Melly Sews.  Melly is gathering up all of your favorite bloggers to share their summer sundress tutorials during June, and there’s a giveaway each week too.  Drop over to enter her giveaway here. If I can get the time, I’ll try to do a bonus extra pattern in July too – no promises! Features of the Empire of the Sun-Dress Cross-over … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers striped maxi skirt pattern

Free sewing pattern for this diagonal striped maxi skirt. Of course it doesn't have to be striped but it looks great either way!

In our sewing chat group, sometimes we chat about seeing clothes and thinking  “I could make that!”  I carry around a notebook and make a quick sketch – my book is nearly full.  Others sneak around the mall taking pictures of strangers in clothes they’d like to make for themselves!  (Mary, you know who I’m talking about!)  One skirt in particular was in my book and also featured on the chat group recently – a maxi skirt with stripes that go across the skirt in diagonals. This is just like the Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern I made a little while back, and I love this so much, a skirt in the same fashion is ideal. Obviously I’m not suggesting you wear them both together or you’ll look a little odd and give people a migraine. Features of the Moved … Continue reading

Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

The most downloaded pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. It came second in the Craftsy best pattern award for 2014 and at the time of writing has been downloaded more than 52,000 times!  If I had a dollar for each one….. So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind.  Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing!  I bought this amazing ITY knit print from Fabric Mart (sadly now sold out) and it’s just perfect for island life.  But I wanted to make just a few changes: Maxi dress rather than knee length Enough room to walk properly in the longer skirt Loose flutter sleeves We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt.  If you take a straight skirt which is hip width … Continue reading

Free skirt pattern – The Flouncy Bouncy Skirt

This skirt goes straight to the top of my summer sewing list! The cotton jersay is great, but I LOVE the drape in the ITY knit version.

I’ve had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you’ll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity. It’s fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don’t need to extra volume there.  Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline. What’s great about it? Quick and easy to sew Comfy elastic waist Fitted in waist and hips Lots of flare and fun Uses a stretch fabric for fit and comfort In hip sizes 34 to 50 inches You will need: Stretch knit fabric with a good drape and a non-directional pattern 3/4 inch elastic, enough for your waist … Continue reading

How and where to use Knit Stay Tape

Everything you need to know about Knit Stay Tape - its a miracle.! I'll be using this on all my knit and stretch projects from now on.

You may have seen an earlier video I made some time back now about using Knit Stay tape when sewing double needle hems on stretch fabrics. This video was really more about the double needle than it was about the stay tape.  It’s here in case you missed it. Then Anja got in touch about it and asked: “About the stabilizing tape you use with twin needle and some other places. Could it be possible you will make a video (or that you have one) where you will show and tell about the stabilizing tape. For example when you use the tape and where you are putting it on the clothes? I would like to see how far from the edge you are putting it.Is it on both the front and the back piece or just one of the pieces?” … Continue reading

Sew a pretty lace jacket

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup. Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

Do you remember the free Sew A So Simple Shrug pattern that came out at the start of this year. I’ve worn that thing to death! But already its getting a little warmer here in Cayman and although sometimes you need a little cover up in the evenings, not something very heavy. And I do like to wear a nice dress when we go out for dinner, which is almost always outdoors, or sometimes in a restaurant with overly aggressive air-conditioning. So I needed something light but pretty to wear with a nice dress. Ta dah – I already had the perfect pattern for it, I just needed to use a lighter fabric. This stretch lace is perfect. You will need: Stretch lace - 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 … Continue reading

Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors?  That’s especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so its no wonder everyone has the same pieces.  So I set out to make myself a dress.  Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job! I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so!  I’m very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers Tunic – POTM

Single layer shingle tunic top pattern. Love how this looks in stripes but there are some fun color blog versions here to check out too.

Thanks to Sharon who suggested this style of top based on one she owns and loves. This Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern has 4 layers, tiers or ‘shingles’ and is so versatile. Make it in a fun and funky stripes, or on-trend with color blocking with a different fabric in each tier or just comfy and casual in a solid color.  What about an ombre version with the tiers going from light to dark?  Features: Comfortable relaxed fit in a knit fabric 3 different sleeve lengths Versatile mix and match for the layers Sizes 29 to 45 inch bust Only one layer, no lining layer How about extending and making a dress! By request this time, the pattern is now all black and white to save on colored inks while printing.  I’d love to hear your feedback on whether you … Continue reading

Free crossover top pattern – with a difference!

Great beginner video tutorial on pattern hacking. How to take a basic t-shirt pattern and create this top, knowing it will fit you.

As you know, every month I like to offer up a new free sewing pattern. But so many people have been asking me recently about how I make the patterns, how they can make their own, and how they can adjust patterns to fit them better or slightly change the style, that I thought a change was in order for this month. So the free pattern for February is one you already have, and might already have downloaded and sewn.  What?  Stay with me, because we are going to do something very interesting this month that will change one pattern into something completely different. Why learn more about sewing patterns? Understanding how a pattern works, how it is created and can be manipulated is a really important skill for sewing your own clothes. It helps you take a simple pattern … Continue reading

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