Looking back at So Sew Easy, I posted my first blog post 1 year ago today – 28 Nov 2012. So today is my first blogging birthday. In fact, I started out with a site on Blogger, then remembered what had happened to my first Blogger account when Google decided to randomly delete it, and I set up with WordPress. Want to be reminded of how bad my sewing and photography was 1 year ago? Here is my first ever sewing project and my first blog photo – not exactly rocking it ! Although my sewing has improved – I still need to work on the photos! Looking back, I can’t believe how much I have learned over the last year, and how much I found the time to sew, although that did trail off a little towards the end … Continue reading
I’m so excited to be here today! It’s so fun to sew for the holidays! My name is Heather and nickname Heather Feather. I blog about my creative “flights” over at Feathers Flights. I have a two year old son, a baby girl on the way, and am married to a man in law school . I love sewing and decided to make a holiday activity for my son to give him something fun to do as I get busier with holidays. I came up with a felt gingerbread house that he can put felt candy on. It teaches him shapes, and I don’t have to worry about him eating tons of candy! I set up the house to for pictures, and my son couldn’t wait to play with it! You can see his hand sneaking in! Would you like to … Continue reading
Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer from Ellison Lane and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I love Christmas and as soon as Halloween is over I am itching to turn on holiday music! I try to hold out until Thanksgiving but sometimes I have to give in early. Joy is definitely the word that embodies the holidays for me. Joy on my children’s faces, joy in the time spent with family and friends and joy in the blessings I’ve been given. It’s always fun to work on new holiday projects each year and a pillow is the perfect way to add something fresh to your holiday decor. This one comes together quickly and is super easy to customize! 16″ x 16″ finished Christmas pillow Materials: 1 Fat Quarter of Green Printed Fabric 1 Fat Quarter of Red Printed Fabric … Continue reading
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest blogging over here at So Sew Easy for the Seasonal Sewing Series. I am Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy. I blog about sewing, baking, book reviews, and general crafty stuff. I love to sew, especially for them. It’s also my creative outlet. One of my favorite things to sew is machine applique. I love to draw out images and create them in applique. Today, I’ve brought you two fun little appliques that you can make from one basic pattern. You can have Thanksgiving and Christmas covered with both. Turkey & Snowman Applique Tutorial Materials Several scraps of fabric including white, black, brown, red, orange, plus feather and scarf scraps Heat n Bond Lite – Lite will not gum up your needle. Microtex Sharp sewing machine needles – Schmetz – 80/12 or 70/10 … Continue reading
Patricia has been writing to me recently about the Summer Drape Top. She was keen to make it for her Daughter in Law who is expecting a baby, as part of her maternity wardrobe. We decided to keep the top and armholes the same, and angle out the bottom a little to give some ‘room for expansion’. And this is the pretty result – her daughter in law looks delighted with her new top and I think I would be too. As we’ve been chatting all about sewing, I’ve also been learning about Patricia’s interesting history – she was born in the cupboard under the stairs in Liverpool during an air-raid, one of 12 children! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely photo.
Wow – I was blown away ! Thank you so much to the 88 people who have completed my sewing survey so far. I am happy that so many people take an active interest in the site and took the time to write such encouraging and positive comments. Thank you all. Here is a summary of the sewing survey results:
I’ve been here a little while now, and I’ve had a few comments and emails asking about where I live and what life is like here in the Cayman Islands. There is an About Me page you can take a look at, and you can see my silly profile photo over there on the right. But what about the detail – the nitty gritty – my dirty little secrets? Read on… I am British, but I left the UK 6 1/2 years ago to live in Thailand. I was there a year and now have lived in the Cayman Islands for the last 5 1/2 years. I have three cats. Panther who has mental health issues and grooms himself until he is bald, Oliver Twist who only has three legs and Scruffy who came to us completely bald but is … Continue reading
I watched this very interesting video – a presentation by Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture. In it is discussed the lack of copyright on fashion and apparel and how trends are just everyone copying from one another at the same time until everything looks like a variation on the same theme. (She puts it much better.) For example, peplums coming ‘back into fashion’. Black and white seems to be predicted as popular for this year. Also discussed is the collaboration between fashion designers and large retail stores to bring those expensive fashions into the reach of us regular folks. And how they realise that having their designs copied makes little to no impact on their sales because the customers who buy the copies could NEVER afford to buy the originals anyway. She shares her perspective on how the lack of copyright protection means that designers are forever striving to … Continue reading
My Valentines Sewing Projects post was so popular, so I have really enjoyed putting together some of my favorite Spring and Easter sewing projects for you – these are SO cute and there are bunnies everywhere! Hover over the thumbnail to see the title, right click and open in a new tab to go to the page, while leaving this list open. If you have any other projects to add – or even some new ones of you own, do post a link in the comments section below.
If you have already visited my previous posts then you are all ready and set to start sewing you own underwear. Not got the free panties pattern yet? Download the pattern from this post – Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies And take a look here for how to put your pattern together (important) – Making up the pattern Once you are all set, you will need the following materials: Stretch lace with a finished edge on both sides – recommended 4 to 6.5 inches wide with a good amount of stretch (recommended suppliers Deb’s Lace and Trims and Sew Sassy) Matching regular thread Piece of cotton jersey – new or recycled Sewing machine Recommended – Overcasting foot An overcasting foot is recommended for sewing with stretch lace to get a really nice narrow finished seam and edge … Continue reading