Muslin Bodice Adjustment – Sew the Perfect Fit

Bodice and full bust adjustment, part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy

I’m embarking upon an epic fitting exercise and learning to sew the perfect fit this year, following along with the Craftsy course of the same name and the lovely instructor Lynda Maynard.  You can read Part 1 of the series at 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit.  Today, fitting the bust and bodice adjustment.     In the last post I talked about the mystery of pattern sizing.  According to my measurements I should have been anywhere from a size 14 to a 20 based on the pattern envelope, but with Lynda’s advice in the course, I picked a size 12, based on my high-bust measurement to get a good fit around the neckline, shoulders and chest and then was prepared to make other changes lower down to get the good fit. The lessons The next few lessons … Continue reading

Gathered front top – Butterick B5495

Butterick B5495 - fast and easy gathered front blouse pattern. Quick to sew, great fit. A Winner!

I found a winner!  By now you might be tired of hearing about me raving on and on about my sewing projects with knit fabrics, but with fitting so damn difficult without any help, knits always give me the best results. And in Butterick B5495 I have found my first go-to repeatable pattern I think.     This pattern is described as “Loose fitting tops with front drape gathered into loop, dropped shoulders, seam details and stitched hems.”  Although described as loose-fitting, in the illustration I think it looks rather more fitted, and it was when I made it up with very nice shaping to match the body.  I always image loose-fitting to describe more of a straight up and down tunic, and this one is so much better. I only had 1 yard of my intended fabric and couldn’t … Continue reading

2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit

Bodice and full bust adjustment, sewing the perfect fit from So Sew Easy

So far this year I’ve been sewing mostly with knit fabrics because I took the wonderful course from Craftsy – Sewing with Knits (review here with exclusive discount code and free course GIVEAWAY).  Fitting a knit garment is a lot easier than a woven garment because the fabric stretches easily and accommodates any dodgy fitting issues.  But now I think it is time in my sewing learning curve to move it up a notch (sewing pun intended), and take my fitting issues more seriously.  So I have enrolled in my next sewing adventure – Sew the Perfect Fit. When I looked back at some of the recent patterns I had tried, I found that I had commented on a lot of them that I found it hard to pick the right pattern size, and then still had to make a … Continue reading

Free Lingerie patterns, plus swimsuits and nightwear

Free lingerie sewing patterns plus swim suits and night wear. Features a photo of each - click the photo to go to the free sewing pattern. From So Sew Easy.

Enjoy this listing of Free Lingerie Patterns.  A good foundation makes a strong building and good foundation garments make a firm base for us to display our great fashions or handmade garments.  This list comprises some of my favorite free sewing patterns for lingerie, swim suits and night wear.   Right click and open in a new window to browse through all of these free patterns and tutorials, while keeping this page open.  And don’t forget to also visit the other free sewing patterns on the site, and some of these popular pages –>   Got any other free pattern favorites you don’t see featured on the site?  Or perhaps you have published some free patterns of your own.  Send me an email using the email icon at the top and I’ll be happy to include them on the site. … Continue reading

Guest Bloggers Needed on So Sew Easy

Guest bloggers needed. So Sew Easy is looking for guest sewing bloggers for the Seasonal Sewing Series being published in November, promoting sewing for the festive season.

Seasonal Sewing Series for November – guest bloggers needed Summer is in full swing, which means bloggers all over the world are planning for Christmas and the festive season! Image courtesy of artur84 /   So Sew Easy will be running a Seasonal Sewing Series during November promoting sewing for the festive season – and I’m looking for guest bloggers.  If you have a seasonal sewing project you can share with my readers, a tutorial, tip or pattern for the festive season, I’d love to know more. I’m looking for bloggers to share unique content, one blogger per day during November, and create a post for a festive sewing project such as festive home decor, a wearable or accessory for the party season, or projects for sewing gifts and stocking stuffers, or even stockings themselves!   To get the … Continue reading

Craftsy Sewing with Knits review, DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

Today a very special offer for So Sew Easy readers as part of my Craftsy Sewing with Knits review and wrap up. Before we get to the good stuff, I’d love to talk you through why I decided to take the course and what I made.  This is the cowl neck dress that started it all and nearly had me throwing my sewing machine out of the window.  I don’t like to look up close at this dress – the stitching is bad, very bad.  And the hem, well it kept getting shorter and shorter as the machine ate the fabric over and over and I had to cut more and more off. In the end, I gave up and left the hemline unfinished!  I decided I needed help with knit fabrics… So I signed up for the Craftsy Sewing with Knits … Continue reading

Finishing your skirt and Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy. Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more. Everything you need to learn to sew is here.

Welcome to Episode 11 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Finishing your skirt and the Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup   We are on the final small step – your skirt is very nearly finished.  If this is the first time you have sewn something for yourself, or sewn at all, then I am sure you must be very proud of your work.  Congratulations and well done for coming such a long way. Finishing your skirt There is very little still left to do. It will only take us a few minutes. Try on the skirt and take a look at the lining. You want your lining hemmed up neatly out of the way so that it won’t show below the outer hemline when you wear the skirt. Mark with a pin how … Continue reading

Sewing an Invisible Hem – Sew A Skirt Series

Sewing an Invisible Hem. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 10 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Sewing an Invisible Hem   Our skirt is nearly finished.  For me, it’s been a marathon of not just sewing, but taking notes, taking photos and blogging too.  My new skirt is already finished so I know it’s been worth it!  I’m using the example of the skirt in the middle here during our Sew A Skirt series.   Sewing an Invisible Hem When it comes to hemming the skirt there are SO many options.  You can simply turn up the hem once, press then turn up again and sew around with a regular straight stitch. Or you could do a fancy hem finish with a hemming tape -from Stitch in my side. Or you could turn and hand stitch – from Megan … Continue reading

Wrap front dress /tunic – sewing with knits

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

As you know, I’ve been taking the Sewing with Knits online video class from Craftsy.  And I’ve just completed the final project – a Wrap Front Dress.  In fact, this pattern is so adaptable and I’m so confident now in my stretch sewing, that I decided to try a few variations of my own to suit my own style, and this is the result. The dress pattern is free with the course, and is quick and easy to sew.  But I always have to go that one step further, and so I made the following alterations Cut the bodice in a larger size across the front and in depth Crossed over a wider area Narrowed the shoulders and added a little pleat in the front shoulder seam Left off the sleeves Cut it to tunic length Gave it a slightly … Continue reading

Lining a Skirt with Zipper – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew a skirt lining with zipper. How to finish by machine with no hand sewing and no visible stitching on the inside. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 9 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Lining a Skirt with Zipper – part 2     If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts, zipper and the lining is attached at the waist.  Now it’s time to finish off the lining – and we are going to do it all by machine for a nice neat finish.  No hand sewing for us!   Lining a skirt with zipper If you haven’t yet added the lining to your skirt at the waist, do go back to Part 1 of the Lining a Skirt and do that first. Then… Turn the skirt right side out with the lining on the outside and turn over the … Continue reading

Lining a skirt – Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew a skirt. Full skirt sewing instructions from pattern drafting, to darts, zipper, lining and finishing. From So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 8 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Neaten your seams and lining a skirt, part 1   If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts and zipper.  Now it’s time to make it look nice on the inside too. Let’s start with the seams.   Making nice neat seams Having neat seams on the inside of your skirt fulfills two functions. It looks nicer It stops the fabric from fraying and the seams from gradually coming open Our inside seams will be hidden by the skirt lining but that’s no excuse for not finishing them nicely.  We will want our seams to lie flat and not be too obvious from the outside so let’s … Continue reading