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

Back in stock – the Knit Fabrics Swatch Kit

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Sorry – this knit fabric swatch kit is currently out of stock.  Fabric Mart are working on cutting another batch and I will remove this notice when its ready for purchase.  Pin or bookmark this page and check back.     It seems the Knit Fabric Swatch Kit from Fabric Mart was really popular because 100 of them went in next to no time! I’m so happy that so many of you got the kit and will be well on your way to picking the best knit fabrics for your projects in future. But some of you did miss out and emailed me about it and I’m pleased to say that I have persuaded Fabric Mart to make another batch. If you missed out the first time, they are now back in stock here – KNIT FABRIC SWATCH KIT The … Continue reading

Free shrug pattern – Sew A So Simple Shrug

Free sewing pattern for an easy shrug. 1 pattern piece, 3 seams and its done!

The free sewing pattern for January is the Sew A So Simple Shrug – try saying that quickly!  It’s a bit of a tongue-twister.  But honestly, that’s the most difficult part right there. The free shrug pattern looks pretty funky when you look at the pattern.  It’s just one piece and hard to make out what it’s going to become.  But the sewing is really quick and easy and you’ll be carrying this one around with you as Winter turns to Spring. (Soon I hope…) You will need: Stretch knit fabric – 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 yard.) More needed for pattern matching. thread the pattern download To Sew your Free Shrug Pattern It will take me longer to write about how to sew this pattern than … Continue reading

Twist Front Dress Pattern – POTM

Love this twist on the front of this dress. Flattering and yet its easy to sew. (Video)

Classy, classic, elegant, refined.  Not words you could use to describe every dress, but this twist front dress pattern really does suit those words.  You’ll look a knockout in this dress, whether you choose a solid or a small print.  Introducing the ‘In a Twist’ Dress pattern, Pattern of the Month for December. With a higher neckline in the front and a more dramatic lowered neckline at the back, this dress is a good-looker from every direction.  Worried that it looks complicated to sew?  The pattern testing team thought so too until they tried it!  It’s deceptively easy and there is a video to take you through the sewing on this dress every step of the way. Features: Interesting twist detail at the waist Creates interest and diagonal lines across the center of the body to shape and create a waist … Continue reading

How to shop for knit fabrics online

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Sorry – this knit fabric swatch kit is currently out of stock.  Fabric Mart are working on cutting another batch and I will remove this notice when its ready for purchase.  Pin or bookmark this page and check back. Do you ever shop for fabrics online?  What about shopping for knit and stretch fabrics?  Are you confident in where and how to shop for knit fabrics online, and how to make sure you are using the right kind of fabric for your project? I came to sewing only recently so naturally when I wanted to sew clothes,  I wanted to emulate the types of clothes already in my wardrobe, and these days most of them are stretch in some way or another.  I think some of that has to do with the expanding nature of my body in the last … Continue reading

Color block skirt – free skirt pattern

Free skirt pattern. Love this color block skirt with the fade away panels on the side that make me look instantly slimmer!

The free pattern for December is nice and simple – none of us have time for complicated sewing this time of year!  So here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect.  Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print! Features: Easy to sew Princess-style seams front and back Video tutorial Knit fabric for comfort and fit Sewn-in elastic waist Sizes 34-50 hip just 4 pages to print for the pattern – nice Works well with a ponte knit Want more of a dramatic tapered look to the center panel and skirt? The standard … Continue reading

My Disco Party skirt – 30 minute skirt pattern

Sew this skirt and still be ready to go out in 30 minutes. Dance the night away in the quickest skirt ever.

Hubby came bundling in like a whirlwind like he usually does after work, dropping things everywhere.  As he crashed about and made his way to the shower he shouted out “How soon can you be ready to go out?” Er, what?  Where?  And who with?  Turns out the team at work had decided on an impromptu party night and were going into town to the monthly 80′s night for drinks and retro dancing.  And the bus was coming in an hour! Darn – you know the feeling of instant panic – I don’t have ANYTHING to wear!  At least not for an unplanned 80′s disco dancing night.  I fluttered through my wardrobe.  No, nothing would do. The 30 minute skirt pattern came to the rescue.  Could I really make something and still be ready to go out in an hour?  My … Continue reading

Cuddle Me Cardy – POTM

Love this really unusual pattern for a draped front cardigan, for stretch fabrics. PDF pattern.

If there is one thing I don’t get to wear very often here in the tropical weather of the Caribbean, it’s a cardigan or jacket.  But when I was running a few ideas past the pattern testing team, a cardy or jacket was a pretty popular idea now the cooler months were coming and so I knuckled down and got my thinking cap on. I don’t mind telling you, it took 7 different pattern designs and many trials and errors before I finally settled on this design that I hope will look flattering and wearable to most figure types. Features: Interesting vertical seaming Long loose sleeves to wear over the top of other things Optional ties at the waist High cosy collar at the back of the neck Can be worn loose and long, or cinched with a belt Not … Continue reading

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