Design your dream dress with the Corset Academy

Julia Goncharik

An introduction to what you can learn with the Corset Academy     Have you ever wanted to create amazing Haute Couture evening or wedding dresses? But you never found any information about the secret technology behind their design and construction? My name is Tatiana and I know how you feel! That’s why I founded Corset Academy – online Haute Couture classes. Here you will receive the knowledge and skills required for the creation of wedding dresses, evening gowns and high class Haute Couture dresses. These skills and know-how’s will enable you to stand out among others. But remember that you should not focus only on one particular technique of corset garment production. There are plenty of varying techniques for the creation of wedding and evening dresses and I commit myself to teach you to use them. Please don’t forget … Continue reading

Learn to Sew a Circus Quiet Book (Part 2)

Page 2 in the Circus quiet book series. The high wire! I'm loving this series.

It’s Alicia here again, from Felt With Love Designs. A few months ago, I began the “Learn to Sew a Quiet Book” series with “What is a quiet book?” and continued last month with the first page in the series. Today, I have a full tutorial and free pattern for the second page! If you are interested in more options, check out the quiet book archive on Felt with Love Designs. Supplies you’ll need for your Circus Quiet Book page 2: The Pattern Craft Felt (full 9×12 sheet for the background and scraps of green, grey, yellow, red, and brown) Thread to match Scissors Freezer paper (optional – see my tutorial on using freezer paper to precisely cut your pattern) To sew the second page: Cut all of the pieces from felt. Sew an approximately three inch tall strip of brown along the bottom of the full sheet of felt (I used … Continue reading

Easter Chick Softie Pattern

So cute and ideal for a toddler easter egg hunt or a cute baby toy. Quick enough to run up a whole bunch of these easy Easter chick softies.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, and I’m ready to start sewing for Spring. This is a super cute, easy chick softie to sew and stuff in a kid’s basket! Just want to gift a Spring surprise? It would make a fun shirt applique or bean bag toy too. If you’re looking for more bird ideas, I sewed up a sweet hen & baby chicks softie toy, check it out in this post! These juggling balls would make a great Easter basket stuffer too. Supplies 1/4 yard woven cotton Small scraps for the tuft, eyes, nose, and wings Poly-fill or other stuffing Coordinating thread Embroidery floss, Wonder Under, & fusible fleece (all optional) Pinking shears The template – download below Steps 1. Cut out the tuft rectangle with pinking shears, cutting two slits down the top to create 3 pieces … Continue reading

Learn to Sew a Circus Quiet Book (Part 1)

Blown away! Love the idea of this circus quiet book. Love felt activity books anyway, but this circus series looks amazing.

Welcome! It’s Alicia here again, from Felt With Love Designs. Last month, I started the “Learn to Sew a Quiet Book” series with “What is a quiet book?” For the next few months, I will lead you through creating a few pages I have designed. Each post will contain a full tutorial and free pattern and the last post will end with details on binding options, care and maintenance, etc. I have designed all the pages around a circus theme, with simple activities, to introduce you to the art of building quiet books. If you are interested in more options, check out our quiet book archive. Supplies: The Pattern Felt (full 9×12 sheet for the background and scraps of green, yellow, red, and black) Thread to match Scissors Freezer paper (optional – see my tutorial on using freezer paper to precisely cut your pattern) … Continue reading

My second attempt at a bra – fitting

Review of the Craftsy Class on Bra Making, Construction and Fit. Adding lace and working on the perfect fit.

So I made a bra from following along with the Bra Making: Construction and Fitting Class on Craftsy.  It looked amazing and I was SO happy with how it came together.  But no matter what it looks like, it only really works if it actually fits.  Did it fit?  No.  Sadly not.  It was actually a pretty good fit in most places, but the cups were far too small and I had some top overspill as well as feeling constrained.  It felt like my boobs were being pushed flat. [Read part 1 of my class review and more about my first bra sewing experience here.] The neckline edge of the cups was also too tight.  I almost always have this in store bras too and think I must be fuller in the upper chest than ‘average’ which is probably why … Continue reading

Where to buy Bra-Making Supplies

Big list if suppliers for bra making and lingerie, fabrics, patterns and other materials

(Image credit – all images from Bra Makers Supply)   I recently posted about my first ever bra I’ve sewn following after watching the Bra Making class on Craftsy – you can read about it here if you missed it. Both here and on Facebook, people asked about where they could buy these specialist supplies, in the US and elsewhere because you don’t often find everything you need in your local sewing shop. I can’t get what I need here on Cayman at all – well, my local shop does sell bra underwires but only in one size , and it’s not mine. They also sell replacement hooks and things for bra repair but not really all the supplies you need if you are going to sew your own from scratch. So enjoy my extensive online research and hopefully somewhere … Continue reading

Things to sew for your pets – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Sewing projects for pets. Lots of both fun and practical ideas here for animal lovers.

14th Jan is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! As you might know, I’m a cat lover.  I have 3 cats, all black and all a little bit crazy in their own way.  Oliver, my 3-legged cat, is often the unintended star of my sewing videos and especially is very fond of quilting. I’m such a sucker for an animal sob-story. Oliver was near to death as a kitten when I found him and hand-reared him back to health at the resort where I worked, only for him to then loose a leg in an accident on the road and he had to come and live with us permanently. His vet bills cost more than my car! Oliver’s full name is Oliver Twist because as a starving kitten he was always asking for more. Panther is a huge black cat who … Continue reading

Sewing Bras – Construction and Fit

Learn how to sew a bra, and make it fit you perfectly. Surprisingly easy!

New Year – new resolutions. Do you have any sewing resolutions for this year? I have two – I want to learn how to use my new serger and I want to learn how to sew bras, and make one that actually fits and that I would want to wear (and be seen in!) Now let’s be honest about my sewing – an accurate fit has never been super important to me. Most of us wear ready to wear clothes and get used to how a standard fit we buy off the rack rarely fits us properly as a custom tailored garment would fit. So I’m not too worried about getting the perfect fit when I sew – I’m still new, I forgive myself. But when it comes to a bra, getting it to actually fit is a bit more … Continue reading

White Winter Girl’s Stole Pattern and Tips for Working with Faux Fur

White Winter Girl's Stole and Tips for Working with Faux Fur {{Friends Stitched Together for So Sew Easy}}

Every month, my son’s school has a dress-up day and for December the theme was “Narnia”. My nieces go to the school as well, so I ended up making costumes for the Green Witch, Susan, Peter, the White Witch, and Aslan (you can see them all here). I made a fur stole for the White Witch costume and have a pattern to share with you, as well as some tips for working with faux fur. My niece is six, but this would work for a younger girl by shortening the scarf pieces and for an older girl by lengthening and widening them. You will need: The pattern: Stole Pattern 1/2 yard of faux fur (you will only use half, but you need the length) or another appropriate fabric such as minky or velvet 1/2 yard lining fabric 3″ of cord/ribbon/elastic … Continue reading

Sewing for babies – baby shower gifts to sew

Sewing for babies. Lots of great stuff her for the new arrival, great baby shower gifts to sew.

I’m delighted that the sewing for babies projects I did on the site this year have been so popular.  All 3 friends have now delivered and so my miniature sewing is over for now at least.  Several people have written and suggested I list them all in one easy to find place, so here it is.  I’ve also added on a few of my favorites from other bloggers and listed my Pinterest board too.  Just so you’ll never run out of ideas. If you are expecting a new arrival to your family, or to a friend, or having a grand child, then these make handy baby shower gifts.  Everyone loves something handmade for baby. It shows such a lot of thought and care, and can be personalised too.  So book mark this page because Spring will soon be here and … Continue reading

Piggie Pacifier Clip tutorial

Cute idea for a Piggie pacifier clip holder. These are so simple, great baby gift.

Oink! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, I’m sharing a quick and easy pig pacifier clip tutorial today. My son never took to a pacifier very well but I know when he carries things around, the last place I want them to end up is left in a shopping cart or on the floor! The felt piggie adds a special touch and could be swapped out for any other animal face. I never pass up a chance to add an animal when sewing for babies — if you’re looking for more ideas, check out my list of Free Softie Patterns + Matching Kids’ Books. I want to be clear – use caution when sewing things for little ones! If safety is a concern, you could alternately use velcro for both closures instead of sewing and using the KAM snaps. Make sure … Continue reading

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