Free Little Black Dress Pattern

Little Black Dress pattern - free sewing pattern for the perfect party dress from So Sew Easy.

Party season is coming!  It’s time to think about what you’ll wear for the holiday season this year.  Want to wow them at the office party?  Then you’ll need something ‘on-trend’ and with lace, one-shoulder and asymmetrical dresses all being in fashion, I’ve combined to create a free little black dress pattern that I think is a winner.   (Excuse photos for this one – stormy weather this week and my hair just won’t lie flat!) Features: Lace, net, mesh or chiffon overlay Lined bodice, lined skirt optional Darted bodice, and straight skirt with small pleats or darts Invisible side zipper Overlay can hang lower than the inner skirt if you like Range of sizes Super flattering – sexy but not revealing Skill level: Intermediate.  The instructions for this dress assume that you already have experience in sewing with non-stretch … Continue reading

Seasonal Sewing Series – running throughout November

Daily giveaways throughout November and a Grand Prize Draw to win a PGM dress form and a Juki Serger! Running at So Sew Easy during Nov 2013.

I’ve been working really hard in secret.  Working at midnight by candle-light, scurrying around, sending secret emails and talking to lots of new people.  And at last I’m glad the time has come when I can reveal what I’ve been working on.  A fabulous ‘Seasonal Sewing Series’ – sewing projects for the holiday season.     Starting today and through out the month of November until 27th, I’ll be inviting one of my favorite sewing bloggers to join us each day and share their ideas for Sewing for the Festive Season.  Whatever holidays you celebrate in December, family, home, sharing and giving are often a part of it.  Our sewing bloggers will be sharing some exciting projects for you to sew.  For gifts, the home, decor and more. November will be jam-packed with sewing tips and projects and I’ll be … Continue reading

The Julia Top from Seemingly Smitten

Julia top, pattern review. Easy breezy blouse.

When Jenny from Seemingly Smitten invited me to sew her Julia Top I admit I was a bit unsure.  I think I might be stuck in a fashion time-warp and have always worn lower necklines and more fitted clothes – such a hussy!  At least I gave up the 80’s shoulder pads. How would I get on with the much more relaxed and modern Julia Top? The pattern comes as a PDF including easy to follow instructions.  The top is available in sizes XS-XXL.  I picked a medium based on my bust measurement.  However my waist and hips were larger than the medium size but I needn’t have worried – the top is very generous in those areas.  If you sew the Julia Top – use your bust measurement and don’t worry about the others. There are sleeve length options … Continue reading

Staystitching – what is it and why do it?

Staystitching. What is it and why do it?

What is Staystitching? Staystitching is invisible in your finished project but is part of the hidden bones that give it shape and strength, and a neat symmetrical finish.  It is a row of stitching within the seam allowance on curved or angled cut edges.  It can typically be found on necklines, around the armhole and on bias grain lines such as a v-neck. Why do it? Staystitching helps to prevent cut edges from stretching during the construction process.  Without it, you may find one seam stretches more than another and they no longer match.  Or a neckline can stretch and gape, or not match its facing. As you work on your project, the weight of the fabric itself can pull on those curved and bias grain lines and cause stretching and distortion.  This is particularly true of heavy fabrics and … Continue reading

Pattern Testers Wanted

Pattern testers wanted at So Sew Easy

{EDIT – I’ve had an overwhelming response – thank you everyone.  Applications are now closed for the timebeing.} If you are a keen follower of So Sew Easy, you will have noticed by now that in addition to the free sewing patterns, I’ve just recently started to introduce some for-sale sewing patterns too.  I’d love to be able to bring out a new pattern each month – but on top of the free pattern I already offer – they are a lot of work!  So I’m looking for a little band of helpers – calling for pattern testers wanted! What I’m looking for Sewists of all levels from beginners to advanced Ladies in all sizes for pattern size/style testing Reliable people Anywhere in the world is OK What you’ll need You will need to have access to Your own sewing … Continue reading

Free Country Apron Pattern from Frocks and Frolics

Free Country Apron Sewing Pattern for So Sew Easy readers, from Frocks and Frolics

Welcome today to Marina of Frocks and Frolics.  She is writing today with a great offer for So Sew Easy readers.  Read on to find out more about what’s popular right now in her sewing classes and how to get her Country Apron Sewing Pattern for free! Welcome Marina:     Psst don’t tell anyone, but I let you in on a secret: people are already shopping for Christmas. Don’t tell me you already knew? Have you, or are you a December 24th panic buyer? I know it seems far too soon, the sun still shines, its warm outside but with my business head on I have to be thinking of patterns with titles like ‘Winter Warmers’, which doesn’t sound right. Soon enough though, we’ll all be enjoying those lazy Sunday afternoons, with the low setting sun, hot cocoa and … Continue reading

Sew A Skirt Series – sewing ebook launched

Sew a Skirt - beginners tutorial series. New sewing lesson e-book launched by So Sew Easy.

  I wrote a book!  Well, to be fair it was mostly already written and I made it into a book.  My Sew a Skirt – beginners tutorial series sewing ebook is launched and for sale on Craftsy. It contains all of the lessons from the Sew A Skirt series together with the full instructions on how to draft your custom fit skirt pattern.  In the future, I hope to expand upon this basic skirt pattern to show other options for how it can be adapted to other styles and shapes while still keeping the custom fit.  So this book would be good to have and keep so you could refer to it later. And of course if you haven’t made your skirt yet – get this book and start sewing!   But I’m not asking you to pay for … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sewing Projects

Thanksgiving sewing projects. Want to go turkey crazy? Sewing projects for fall and Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving is a great time of year for celebrating and sharing with others.  If you share your home, have guests over for dinner, or attend an event, then enjoy making one of these Thanksgiving Sewing Projects part of your décor or as a gift for the hostess.   There are lots of practical projects as well as fun projects such as felt food and some cute kids Thanksgiving clothing ideas.  Keep the kids entertained with the felt Thanksgiving dinner set, or wow your guests with these seasonal table settings.   Picking the right palette of colors to match the fall/autumn leaves is all you need to turn a regular table runner into a Thanksgiving setting. Why not make it reversible with Christmas fabric on the back?   Thanksgiving Sewing Projects     And don’t miss out on these … Continue reading

Leggings Pattern and tutorial

How to draft your own custom leggings pattern and sew leggings from So Sew Easy. Once the pattern is done, the sewing is so quick and easy, I'll be making lots of these in all sorts of fabrics!

In many parts of the world Autumn or Fall is here and Winter is on the way.  It’s time to think about wrapping up warm and adding an extra layer.  When I’m not in shorts, I’m in leggings.  So enjoy this free tutorial for a custom leggings pattern.   (There’s no sensible or glamorous way to model leggings on the internet, so I thought I might as well make a complete fool of myself and have some fun.  I can’t remember the number of times I fell off this log after setting the timer and running ! These wobbly photos are the best of the lot.)   Surely everyone love leggings.  Wear them under short dresses or tunics, wear them to the gym and for exercising, lounge around at home and even sleep in them.  Wear them long and ankle … Continue reading

Pressing Matters – why press seams as you sew?

Pressing matters - why, when and how to press seams and darts when you are sewing.

  You may have noticed that most sewing patterns include instructions along the way telling you to ‘Press’.  It may be as simple as the word Press, or there may be further instruction – press seams open, press dart down, press to one side.  Do you always press as you sew?  Is it really necessary? Is there a ‘correct’ way to do it?  Let’s take a look.   Why press as we sew? Sometimes there are a series of complicated construction steps involved in making a garment.  Seams can be tricky to all press at the end so are better pressed in the order they are sewn.  Often seams will meet or cross and if one seam isn’t correctly laid flat when it is over-sewn, it may be bulky or uncomfortable when worn or even cause puckering visible from the … Continue reading