Scoop neck t-shirt

So Sew Easy - Sewing with Knits - T-Shirt

Another lesson and another garment completed in the Sewing With Knits course.  This time the scoop neck t-shirt. Again my fabric shop only had a limited choice in knit fabrics, so I got this rather dubious piece of green lycra knit from the remnants bin for a few dollars.  Enough for a t-shirt and a skirt so this was ideal for making my first test t-shirt.  Remembering how my sewing machine ate the fabric on this Cowl Neck Knit Dress, I wasn’t too confident about using any ‘good’ material for my first try – and of course I needed to check sizing too. The course is excellent and the t-shirt pattern is included in the course.  I was supposed to add clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, but couldn’t get any right away, so I went with a piece … Continue reading

FREE Dress patterns listing

So Sew Easy - huge list of free dress patterns with photos and links

Featuring a list of free dress sewing patterns and tutorials, all with photos and links. Much of my early sewing has been thrifty – most of my fabric comes from the remnant and clearance bin at my local fabric shop, and many of the patterns have been self drafted or free patterns from the internet.  It’s a great way to start out when you are learning and don’t want to invest too much in something that might turn out not quite as you are hoping ! So here you go with a big listing of FREE DRESS PATTERNS.  At the time of publishing – 65 in all, but I will continue to add to the page as I find more.  Hover over the picture to see the title – right click and open in a new tab to go to … Continue reading

Fleece hoodie ! Why?

Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean?  Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80’s.  Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie?  To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress.   The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics.  My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue.  It’s … Continue reading

Double layer chiffon blouse – free pattern and tutorial

So Sew Easy: Chiffon blouse, free pattern and tutorial

Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post – Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse.  Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige.  I’ve made the blouse again in a different fabric – this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins.  Swanky!  Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share. Read on for your free blouse pattern. This tutorial is ideal is you want to make a simple blouse using a sheer fabric like a chiffon or a lace, with a lining. It includes full step by step instructions on how to make your own version of this blouse in your own size.  It can also be used to make a single layer version if you are using a fabric which is not sheer. This is a … Continue reading

Cute Valentines Sewing Ideas

So Sew Easy - Valentines sewing projects. A collection of cute, hearts, pink, lovesy sewing projects

If you love pink, red, love and heart motifs, you’ll love this little catalogue of cute sewing projects I put together to celebrate Valentines Day.  Of course, everyday is the best day to show someone that you love them. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too.  And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!  

Cowl neck knit dress- free pattern

So Sew Easy - Knit dress, free pattern

After my last project – the Porn Blouse – I decided to return to using knit fabrics – easier to fit.  Ah ha, yes, but not necessarily easier to sew. I found this great FREE pattern submitted by a member on Burda. Although the lady in question is considerably smaller than me, I downloaded the pattern and upgraded it to my size as best I could by letting it out at the sides, bust and hip, but trying to keep the shoulder width only a little larger.  I also made it a few inches longer – I’m probably twice her age!   Another remnant bin find this week – a grey knit fabric.  It’s quite firm and thick so I hoped it could be close-fitting but hide a few of the lumps and bumps – I don’t like to show … Continue reading

The BEST Online Fabric Shops

So Sew Easy: Directory of Online Fabric Shops

I know that many of you (us) have an addiction.  A fabric addiction.  We have to feed it regularly with new pieces and sometimes keep the extent of our ‘problem’ a secret from family and friends.  Admit it – how many time have you tiptoed into the house with some new fabric hidden under your coat! Well, I don’t mean to be an enabler, but I put together this Directory of Online Fabric Shops and thought I would share with you all.  To visit a featured shop, right-click on the shop name and open in a new tab or window. If you have any other favorite online fabric shops you would like to add, just drop me a comment.  If you are one of the featured shops and would like to provide a paragraph about your shop, or a graphic, … Continue reading

The YIKES wrap blouse – aka my Porn Blouse

So Sew Easy: Free pattern, Wrap blouse failure

Sometimes free just isn’t worth it.  This was one of those days.  I found this site which has a LOT of free patterns.  But only illustrations of the garment and the barest of instructions on how to make it.  But hey, it’s free. So I downloaded the wrap front blouse pattern, pieced it together and cut my fabric.  I don’t know what the fabric is.  It’s from the remnant bin again and cost $7.50 for a big piece – enough for a dress and a blouse.  Its also very slinky and drapey so it seemed to be a good choice for this project.   It was my first time with darts and I wasn’t sure how to exactly transfer the darts to my fabric so I kind of did my best to mark them with pins, line them up and … Continue reading

Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse

So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

[UPDATED – the pattern and tutorial for this blouse is now available HERE.] My regular rummage in the remnants bin this week found a piece of chiffon.  It has a floral pattern and isn’t too big, but it was so light, and the remnants are priced by weight, so this cost just $1.25.  I’m sure it’s supposed to be for sheer curtains or something, but I wanted to give it a try to see what it would be like to sew with.  It’s not only sheer, it’s slippery ! I had seen a halter top on the Burda site, but I can’t get the magazine here, and didn’t fancy paying to download the pattern for something that looked so simple.  So I had a go at drafting something myself.  I wanted it to be very simple (because that’s all I … Continue reading

FREE Video Course – Sewing Machine Feet

Sewing Machine Feet

At last – thank goodness.  Someone to tell me what all those presser feet do and give a really detailed instruction on how, why and when to use them. I was lucky to buy a machine that came with a lot of accessories, but I confess, as a new sewer, not only did I not recognise what these feet were called or what they did,  I had no idea when or how to use them.  But at last I feel I am about to go from complete novice sewer to perhaps beginner level with my sewing now that I have these strange and mysterious things explained. And it’s down to Craftsy again – have I told you how much I LOVE Craftsy – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice 😉     Craftsy says: “You’ll learn … Continue reading

So Sew Easy is moving to a new RSS Email system

Hi to all readers, and especially to those that follow this blog via RSS emails and may be reading this post in an email. The WordPress RSS email does not always send my posts correctly and the layout goes all wonky and the photos sometimes don’t display.  So while the blog and the followers list is quite new, I’ve decided to move away from the WordPress auto-email to the same system with Mail Chimp which seems to do a much better job from my testing and allows me to customise the layout. If you are happy with the RSS emails you receive, then you don’t have to do anything – you will stay on the list and still receive them.  But if you want to ‘upgrade’  then unsubscribe from this email and go to the site at So Sew Easy … Continue reading