How to Sew Darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew darts perfectly. From the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 5 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to sew darts Let’s recap so far How are you enjoying the Sew A Skirt series so far?  If you are new to sewing you may already have learned a lot about fabric, measuring, patterns, and the preparations you need before even starting to put a needle to your skirt.   To recap the series so far – Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Today it’s time to start sewing.  And the first step is to sew the darts in all 3 pieces of your skirt, the front and the two back pieces.  If you have followed and drafted … Continue reading

How to mark darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to mark darts. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy. I never thought of doing it this way - quick, easy and accurate!

Welcome to Episode 4 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to mark darts   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching   How to mark darts on your fabric accurately Many of the traditional sewing tutorials will tell you that you need to ‘thread trace’  pattern markings onto your fabric.  To do this, you sew directly through the pattern into the fabric to transfer the markings and then pull the pattern away leaving the marking stitches in place. Nah – sounds like too much hard work, I’m not a fan … Continue reading

Another Reader’s Summer Drape Top

Patricia sews her daughter in law the summer drape top for her pregnancy.

Patricia has been writing to me recently about the Summer Drape Top. She was keen to make it for her Daughter in Law who is expecting a baby, as part of her maternity wardrobe. We decided to keep the top and armholes the same, and angle out the bottom a little to give some ‘room for expansion’. And this is the pretty result – her daughter in law looks delighted with her new top and I think I would be too. As we’ve been chatting all about sewing, I’ve also been learning about Patricia’s interesting history – she was born in the cupboard under the stairs in Liverpool during an air-raid, one of 12 children! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely photo.

Pattern matching and cutting fabric – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy. All about laying out and cutting fabric, pattern matching and grain lines. Great beginners series.

Welcome to Episode 3 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subjects for today are:  Cutting your fabric and pattern matching.   How to cut out your fabric Well let’s take a look at fabric.   You might have bought something plain without a design like the navy skirt, or you might have something with a border or scallop like the green skirt, or something with a large pattern like the floral skirt.  Each one will need a different approach for cutting your fabric.     Cutting our skirt will be very simple but I wanted to explain to you as much as possible so that you are well equipped for cutting more complicated patterns in future.   For cutting fabric There are some things to bear in mind that will apply to cutting out your fabric … Continue reading

The skirt pattern, ease and seam allowances – How to Sew A Skirt Series

Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy. All about laying out and cutting fabric, pattern matching and grain lines. Great beginners series.

Welcome to Episode 2 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subjects for today are:  Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances.     Drafting your custom fit skirt pattern I admit it – I’m a funny shape.  No hourglass figure for me – I’m a total rectangle. And this means I can’t get ready-to-wear skirts to fit me properly.  They are either far too loose in the hip if they fit at my waist, or fit at the hip and are far too big in the waist.  Many of us don’t conform to the standard body shape for regular clothing and patterns.  Especially as we get older, perhaps a little broader, and our body shape and proportion changes. So in this part of the Sew A Skirt, we will look at … Continue reading

How to choose fabric – How to Sew A Skirt series

How to choose fabric - part of the Sew A Skirt series on So Sew Easy

Welcome to Episode 1 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Overview, tools and equipment and how to choose fabric.   Overview Let’s have a look at the skirt we are going to make together.  It’s a simple skirt but flattering and versatile.  Can be made in a casual fabric for days off or a formal fabric for days at the office or even from a glamorous and glittery fabric for evenings out and special occasions.  Make it mini, knee-length, long or floor-length easily.   The basic straight skirt is a wardrobe essential and once you have your custom pattern you can make a whole series of these in different fabrics knowing that each one is going to fit you beautifully without any fiddling about. The skirt we will make in this sew-along … Continue reading

How to sew a skirt – a step by step sew-along

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to the So Sew Easy How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  This new series will show you everything you need to know about how to draft and sew your own custom fit fully lined skirt.  From pattern making, to darts, to lining and hems, you can have a beautifully made skirt designed to fit you perfectly. We will be making these three skirts.  In fact they are all exactly the same skirt made from the same pattern and in the same way.  And I’ll show you exactly how to do it.     Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be showing you step by step how to make your own skirt from scratch. The topics we will cover are: Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about … Continue reading

Essential sewing tools for beginners

Essential Sewing Tools. My list of favorite tools in my sewing kit and recommendation for those beginning to sew, from So Sew Easy.

It was clear from my recent sewing survey that although there are a lot of experienced sewists that visit this site – many of you are new to sewing, just starting out, looking to improve or even don’t sew yet but want to learn.  So here is my list of essential sewing tools and my good-to-have favorites that might be helpful to those starting out. My essential sewing tools 1 – Fabric Scissors – never use your good fabric shears for anything other than fabric, interfacing, etc.  Warn your children they will be grounded, your husband that he will be divorced, and write on the blades with a permanent marker.  Having good fabric scissors is essential.  You might be cutting through several layers of fabric at once and still have a nice smooth cut. 2 – Seam Ripper – sounds worse and more violent than it … Continue reading

FREE Patterns and free Craftsy classes

I wanted to share today some of the great Free Patterns and Free Craft Training available online. You know I am a Craftsy fan, so I thought it would be useful to put together a list of links to all of the best of the FREE STUFF on Craftsy – and here it is….free patterns and free Craftsy classes. (Note – since I wrote this post Craftsy has changed their leaderboard system to a Pinterest style system where you can see ALL the free patterns in one place.) The FREE SEWING PATTERNS Board – the current top 20 most popular free sewing pattern downloads on Crafty.  From dresses, to tops, t-shirts, bags, accessories and more.  And I can see two of my own patterns on this leaderboard today – if you haven’t downloaded them yet, go ahead and do it … Continue reading

An easy lined pencil skirt from my own pattern

Easy lined pencil skirt. using an embrodered eyelet fabric. From So Sew Easy.

Have you tried the free pencil skirt pattern yet?  I researched how to draft my own custom skirt pattern and wrote a tutorial – Draft your Own Pencil Skirt Sloper.  My first skirt was great and I wear it to work often.  But its dark and plain and I wanted something a little more Caribbean. Bring on the latest skirt from this pattern – a beautiful soft green eyelet with shimmery embroidery and gemstones! As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make one of these easy skirts.  In the previous version I had added a waistband, but this eyelet fabric had little holes so I knew it had to be lined.  I added a nude colored pongee lining and made it without a waistband.  Voila – an easy lined pencil skirt! Its not … Continue reading

Vogue V8390 – Very Easy Vogue wrap top

Sewing with Knits - Vogue V8390. Versatile wrap top.

I’ve been continuing to develop my love for Sewing with Knits as I’ve been taking the excellent Craftsy course online.  This week I made a Very Easy Vogue wrap over top from pattern Vogue V8390. It’s a wrap over top, with sleeve options.  And I used a really lovely soft chocolate brown knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  Although the fabric was only $5 a yard, its very nice quality, soft and thick with a good stretch and recovers beautifully with no rippling.  But because it is so lovely and thick, it really wasn’t a good choice for this top.  Not because of the fabric, but because the pattern was rather ‘over the top’. The pattern asks that you cut each side of the wrap over front twice, and sew them together, so you really end up with 4 layers of … Continue reading