10 Tips for Sewing Your Own Wedding Dress

sewing your own wedding dress

Choosing the Pattern and Design that Suits Your Body Type Let’s be real. All bride-to-be’s see this beautiful dress with such a sophisticated design and we imagine we can wear it for the big day. But no! Wedding dresses are really pretty, but not everybody can wear all designs that we see. So if you are going to make your own wedding dress, consider your body type. A tight-hugging wedding dress might not look good on you, so you can opt for another design that flatters your shape and in which you can easily move around and not have trouble dancing during your wedding party. For more tips to make your style match your figure, please check out the linked post. Be Realistic: The Simpler, the Better If you are going to make your own wedding dress, choose a simple … Continue reading

Sewing Elastic Types: Which One to Use in Your Project

sewing elastic

If you are not sure what elastic to use on your sewing project, we are here to help! Today, we are here to teach you the different types of elastics for sewing and when to use them. Can you imagine your life as a sewer, sewing your favorite projects without elastics? How about making yoga pants or maternity pants without elastic waistband?  Think about those swimsuits, surgical garments, socks or gowns without an ability to stretch. Elastic gives us comfort, fantastic fit and provides room for the stretch-ability of our clothes. What is Elastic? Elastic is a stretchy and narrow fabric made with a flexible substance. It is manufactured by weaving, knitting or braiding together strands of rubber, latex or other pliable material that can be stretched and return to its original shape. Because of the different types available, it … Continue reading

How to hem a skirt – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 3

hem a skirt

This is the third part of our Easy Pleated Skirt sew-along. This article will show you how to hem a skirt and make a blind hem by hand. As well as how to iron the pleats on this skirt. You will need the first and second parts of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time. If you missed the first two parts you can click the links to our previous articles below. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I love pleats!  They are slimming and make the illusion … Continue reading

Shorts for Women and Girls: Huge New Roundup

shorts for women

Get Ready for Summer! Summer is coming and nothing prepares you better for summer than having the right shorts to wear for those hot days and warm nights. We put together a huge new collection of free shorts for women and girls sewing patterns and projects that will almost certainly have a fit and style that is right for you. You can find a style that is short or long.  Tight or loose.  Simple or relatively complicated.  I’m confident you’ll find something right here. I hope you enjoy and happy summer! Need More Warm Weather Sewing Ideas? If you’re still not satisfied with this selection of free Mother’s Day sewing ideas, please check out our selections from previous years where you’ll find many more terrific options. Shorts for Women & Girls Sewing Roundup Hover over the picture to show the … Continue reading

7 Types of Scissors for Sewing That You Must Have

Different Types of Scissors

Are you wondering why there are so many scissors of various sizes and sharps at your local craft or sewing store? Do you ask yourself which ones you really need and which ones you can live without?  Is buying an expensive pair a good choice or is having lots of cheaper ones a better option? I have made a list of my most-loved scissors that were part of my sewing journey for many, many years.  Here are the seven types of scissors that every sewist must have.  I’ve tried to order them in order of relative importance to the sewing task. We re-posted a contributor article recently that talked about how to sharpen scissors.  The topic sparked a lot of comment and even controversy so I thought it would be useful to write a bit more about sewing scissors and … Continue reading

Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running belt

Here’s a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling. I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That’s it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying … Continue reading

Sewing the skirt lining – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 2

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We will be continuing with sewing the skirt lining, the second part of our Easy Pleated Skirt Pattern sew-along.  You will need the first part of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time.  You can download the FREE pattern below if you missed it but you will still need the instructions from Part 1. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I have received a few questions and on why and should you add a lining to a skirt.  I am going to be straight with you, ultimately it’s your … Continue reading

“Learn to Quilt” Craftsy Class on Sale Only $10!

Get “Learn to Quilt” for only $10!  Save 75%. I just wanted to bring to your attention a special little Memorial Day sale that Craftsy just announced.  There are only a couple of sewing-rated classes on sale now, but I think one may really interest you if you’ve ever wanted to “Learn to Quilt“.  You can now save 75% on this class but only for this Memorial Day weekend. This class is rated 5-star and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with over 2 hours across 7 full HD instructional videos by Amy Gibson.  Go ahead and watch the free intro video linked below before you buy.  I think you’ll really like her presentation style as much as I do. As everyone knows, Craftsy sales do come around pretty often, but you’ll probably never find any classes at more than … Continue reading

Easy pleated skirt pattern, FREE sew-along: Part 1

easy pleated skirt pattern

I have a new, easy pleated skirt pattern to share with you that will help streamline your figure and look great.  This A-line shaped skirt style is so easy to sew that you’ll want to make a few skirts and they should last you for many years. Warning:  This is a sew along where you will learn how to handle this pattern to fit it to any waist size, how to shorten and lengthen the skirt.  Therefore, sizes are limited. Made of linen, cotton, light wool or other fabrics with a bit of body, this skirt will give you an effortless classy and elegant look.  This skirt has three pleats in the front and three in the back.  Lately, I have had a few requests and since there are a few that relate to each other I thought a sew-along showing … Continue reading

More Neckline Styles Than You’ll Ever Need

neckline styles

Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.  Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right neckline style for your garment; including body shape, bust size, décolleté line, shoulder size, neck length/thickness and face shape. Conventional wisdom might suggest that large breasted gals opt for higher necklines but this is actually a bad idea…the higher the neckline, the lower set it will make you lovely ladies appear so you should be going for medium cuts. Also, the wider the cut of the neckline, the broader your shoulders will appear –so you can offset a wide hip with the illusion of balance in … Continue reading

How to choose the correct sewing thread

choose correct sewing thread

Do you pick up just any matching thread that you come across and sew your fabric? Or do you examine the thread closely before using it for a project? If you are like me and sometimes pick up any thread lying on the stash, then it’s time to change the rule. The quality of the thread used has a direct bearing on the final outcome of your sewing project. To get the best possible outcome, you need to get a clear understanding of the various types of threads available and when to use them.  To help you with this important process, we’ve put together a short list of guidelines on how to choose the correct sewing thread. Types of thread Cotton thread: These are threads that are used for natural fabric like cotton. Most of the cotton thread has a lustrous … Continue reading