Behind a Fashion Trend

fashion trend

I dare say that the dress you are planning to sew for your next project is dictated by a fashion trend, which influences the way we look more than any of us can even start to imagine. Any fashion trend reflects the society we live in, as it is inspired by our arts, beliefs, customs, laws, wars and even by how some individuals dress up.  As such, fashion changes as our lifestyle evolves because it has to fit our evolving taste and our changing society. Nowadays, a fashion cycle begins when fashion designers create a new style for the season and come up with their new collection, which is then introduced to the public through fashion shows and design centers. It’s also common practice to let celebrities, considered as fashion icons, wear the new dresses for maximum exposure. Produced only … Continue reading

The Irresistible Allure of a Vintage Sewing Machine

vintage sewing machine

There’s always been something quite special about creating clothes with a good ole’ vintage sewing machine. Perhaps it’s the idea that you’re partaking in a fragment of history…or maybe it’s the fact that your vintage sewing machine was originally owned by your great grandmother and has been passed down to your grandmother, your mother and now to you! Indeed, when you sew with a vintage sewing machine, you’re definitely linking up with a piece of history…and using this equipment from the past somehow nurtures the soul. You see, you’re not only connecting with people who have used the machine before but also with those who have manufactured it with honor and pride. Vintage Sewing Machines Are a Dime A Dozen When I say vintage, I refer to sewing machines that are at least forty years old…and if you are not … Continue reading

Amazing Eco-Friendly Fabric Innovations

Eco Friendly Fabric

As humans become more aware of the harmful impact our daily living activities sometimes have on our environment, we are frequently encouraged to use non-polluting materials.  Different kinds of eco-friendly fabric and textiles are now being developed and those who are ecologically aware are keeping watch of these innovative and sustainable fabrics. Indeed, those who adhere to “green living” tend to stay away from traditional cotton or polyester, the production of which can be deemed environmentally harmful.  Cotton uses a huge amount of water and chemicals to grow and polyester comes from non-renewable petrochemicals.  And as scientists try to find more ways to minimize our carbon footprint, amazing discoveries and innovations in cloth production have also emerged.  These new “green” super textiles may be the fabrics of the future. First, however, let’s have a quick look at what might be considered more … Continue reading

And the winner is…

fabric contest winner

This week we were delighted to announce the winner of our recent $50 fabric giveaway sponsored by Smuggler’s Daughter. Eva C from Fair Lawn NJ, USA will receive the $50 gift certificate directly from Susan at Smuggler’s Daughter. We had a huge turnout for this contest and we really want to thank everyone for their participation.  In total, we received 4446 entries which is almost exactly 4X the participation we had the last time we ran this free fabric giveaway contest only a year or so ago.  This is a real sign of how quickly the So Sew Easy community is growing. Please stay tuned, we have another exciting giveaway starting shortly!  

Our Perfect Work Dress Featured in the Toronto Star!

perfect work dress

We were so delighted to see the recent article in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, featuring our Perfect for Work Dress free sewing pattern.  You can read the full article HERE. The Toronto Star article tells the story of Tyler Hamilton, a Toronto, Canada-based reporter –and man– who decided to sew a dress for his wife.  She had dared him to do it, but never imagined he’s succeed.  We’re proud to say that with the help of our free Perfect for Work Dress pattern and tutorial, Tyler really created something fantastic for his wife.  Doesn’t she look great!? So Sew Easy has a huge audience in Canada, which represents our third largest market after the US and the UK.  We’re read by almost 40,000 followers each month in Canada and we’re so happy that this reporter is one of them. … Continue reading

Sew Your Blues Away! – How Sewing Fights Depression

Sewing Fight Depression

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. It is also found out that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to men. The thing is –anyone can get depression and that includes you and me. Indeed, people around the globe can get depressed regardless of their socioeconomic standing or age. This is not exactly a very encouraging piece of news but it is also a fact that we can combat depression and one of the ways in doing so is to take up a craft like sewing.  You can literally Sew Your Blues Away! Many studies indicate that sewing is good for both our mental and physical wellbeing.  Just to reiterate, aside from the obvious benefits of sewing like having an up to date and well-fitting wardrobe or getting … Continue reading

The Colors of Spring 2016 – Tell Us What You Think!

colors of spring

You are probably planning to welcome the spring season with a new project for your home or loved one, but before you go out and buy that fabric, it is perhaps helpful to know what the experts think are the colors of spring 2016.  You can also tell us what you think in the survey at the bottom of the article. Every year, Pantone, a company that is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a proprietary color space for the printing and manufacture of paint, fabric, and plastics, declares what they call as the “Color of the Year”. They choose the year’s color by holding two secret meetings in a European city with representatives of color standards groups from various countries a year before. This group attends sessions where they discuss and debate what they think … Continue reading

Making 1000 dresses- The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope

Little dress

I am very privileged to share with you a cause that is close to my heart –sewing for charity.  We’ve written about this topic in the past and most recently in our article called Sewing for Charity, Anyone?, but we’ve just been made aware of a story that is truly inspiring.  We’re glad to be able to share this journey of hope with you all. Some people sew and others feel the need to tell the story.  The latter is the case with Vicki Vasilopoulos, an independent film maker whose first film “Men of the Cloth” is an acclaimed portrait of three Italian master tailors in the twilight of their career.  The film was partly funded through PayPal contributions and crowd funding and has gone onto premiere at the largest documentary festival in America and been seen all over the world.  Vicki’s latest work tells … Continue reading

10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

buying sewing machine

For me, buying a sewing machine, is a big decision.   I know it is the same for most of us.  If I buy well, hopefully the new machine will be lifelong investment and even something I can give to my daughter eventually.  However, I also know that if I choose badly, the new machine may be nothing but trouble and something soon discarded.  And who can afford to waste many that way these days?   What-is-more, once I get accustomed to using a machine, it’s a real disappointment when things go wrong and this can set me back days or even weeks on my sewing projects.  Hence we should be extra careful when buying a new one.   Here are few things you need to consider before buying a sewing machine. 1. Choose your features: The type of machine you buy should depend … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

The Sewing Revolution

Sewing Revolution

Sewing back then When ready-to-wear clothes were not yet popularly available, generations of women learned how to sew for home and hearth.  And they usually started stitching when they were still at their mother’s knees.  Others learned sewing from their home-economics and 4-H club teachers, but unfortunately this practice has been done away with some years ago.  And during the height of the feminist movement in the 70’s, many women stayed away from the sewing machine as an act of protest.  While we certainly don’t support any of the negative stereotypes, you have to ask how a skill that makes you more independent and self-sufficient should be seen as a negative.. photo credit: 1957 Simplicity Fashion Layout, with Singer & TV Star Gisèle MacKenzie, Sew for Spring in Rainbow Colors (2 pages, full color) via photopin (license) Sewing in the 1990’s It … Continue reading