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

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

Tracing Burda Patterns the EASY Way

How to trace off Burda pattern, vintage patterns and multi-size patterns the EASY way - by So Sew Easy.

In my earlier sewing survey, I’ve had several readers ask me about Burda Patterns and particularly about tracing Burda patterns from the magazine and still staying sane.  If you are British or European you will probably be very familiar with the Burda Style monthly sewing patterns magazine and the maze of patterns all printed on top of each other in all of the different sizes.  There are other magazines and some pattern books that do exactly the same.   Or perhaps you have a vintage pattern that you don’t want to cut, or one you might want to make in several different sizes. So how do you best trace out your own pattern from the many on the same page, and still keep the page intact for future use? I’ve tried many different ways, including some which have been unsuccessful – especially my Bad Karma dress, … Continue reading

Sewing Tutorials – everything you will ever need to know

Sewing Tutorials and Tips. A Pinterest Group Board where members share the best of the internet's sewing tutorials, by So Sew Easy.

There are a lot of sewing tips, tricks and tutorials on the internet and hidden away in some of the biggest, best and smallest sewing blogs out there.  When you want to find something, it’s not always easy to find the best tutorial for your problem.  But now we can join together and make the best of the internet’s sewing tutorials easy to find.   Introducing the latest Pinterest Group Board – Sewing Tutorials and Tips   If you love the Group Board for Free Sewing Patterns, then the Sewing Tutorials Board is for you.   What is a Pinterest Group Board? Pinterest has a great feature that allows us to collaborate, pin and share together – a group board – where several, or lots, of contributors can pin to a single board. So I set one up called FREE Sewing Patterns and I’ve invited lots … Continue reading

Easy dress pattern for summer – and it’s free!

Easy Summer Dress. Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

You asked – you got it.  The next free pattern from So Sew Easy is an easy dress pattern for a great summer dress with option to shorten for a top. Made in just a few simple steps, I’ll hold your hand all the way with this one and show you some tips and tricks along to way to help you sew beautifully with knit fabrics. Styling options – wear it strapless (it includes an elastic back so won’t fall), or with a center halter strap or two straps from the bust or sides.  You can also cut this off at hip length and wear it as a top too.  It’s up to you. Download your easy dress pattern The pattern is available to download for free from my design account with Craftsy.  If you don’t already have an account, you will need … Continue reading

What can I give you next and how can I do better?

Answer my sewing survey

I LOVE my blog!  When I started to sew back in November last year, I had no idea what an absorbing hobby it would be, and where it would lead me – to this site at So Sew Easy and even onto my other site at Moms Make Money.  It still amazes me that so many of you (up to 5000 views a day) take the time to visit my site, and leave such lovely encouraging and helpful comments. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I must be doing something right – but we can all do better, all do more, and I want to make sure that this site isn’t about me. I want it to be a resource for anyone and everyone interested in sewing – rather like the popular Pinterest Free Patterns Board that now has over 780 … Continue reading

My DIY Duct Tape Dress Form

Duct tape dress form - the finished body double. So Sew Easy

How to make a Duct Tape Dress Form – and how NOT to ! You might have seen these before. At some point or another, all sewers need to fit clothes so that they look flattering and are comfortable. But if there is just you, fitting and pinning alterations on yourself while you are wearing what needs adjustment is just plain difficult and sometimes near impossible.  This is why all keen sewers love a dress-form – a mannequin with their own measurements (as near as possible) so that the clothes can be made on the model and fitted to the person who will be wearing them. Sadly my budget does not extend to importing a dress-form so I decided to try to make my own body double using duct tape, newspaper and expanding foam.   How to make a duct tape dress … Continue reading

Sexy 30 minute easy skirt tutorial

So Sew Easy - 30 minutes to a sexy skirt. Step by step tutorial on how to make this yourself.

I simply cannot believe this was SO EASY!  If you want an easy to make and easy to wear skirt that’s flattering, and so cheap to make then read on because this post is for YOU.   Want a really easy skirt pattern? See this skirt above?  It took just minutes to make and I assure you anyone can do it.  Too tight for you?  Too short?  Too long?  You can make this skirt just how you like it, then you can make another and another, and all before breakfast.  Read on…. This skirt is just two tubes of stretchy knit fabric and can be made in minutes, adjusted to your own particular style in terms of how snug or lose you want it, how long or short you want it, and can even be worn in different lengths with the same … Continue reading

Making a pencil skirt sloper and the resulting skirt

So Sew Easy - drawing your own pencil skirt sloper pattern. It's so easy - spreadsheet provided.

Why design your own pencil skirt sloper pattern? Have you EVER owned a pencil skirt that fit you properly?  I find the ready to wear either gape in the waist, or are too tight across the hip or thigh or the darts aren’t right.  I guess perhaps my waist to hip ratio does not match the ideal hourglass figure.  Neither is my widest point in the regular hip – I am a true pear with my thighs wider than my hips but with a very square waist to hips too. Now that I can sew (a little) I thought it was about time I tried to rectify this with my own pencil skirt.  But buying a pattern would not solve the problems and would require so many alterations and it’s so difficult to fit on myself without any help.  So drafting my own pattern from scratch … Continue reading

Sew your own lace underwear – tutorial and free pattern

So Sew Easy - make your own undies

If you have already visited my previous posts then you are all ready and set to start sewing you own underwear.  Not got the free panties pattern yet? Download the pattern from this post – Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies And take a look here for how to put your pattern together (important) – Making up the pattern Once you are all set, you will need the following materials: Stretch lace with a finished edge on both sides – recommended 4 to 6.5 inches wide with a good amount of stretch  (recommended suppliers Deb’s Lace and Trims and Sew Sassy) Matching regular thread Piece of cotton jersey – new or recycled Sewing machine Recommended – Overcasting foot An overcasting foot is recommended for sewing with stretch lace to get a really nice narrow finished seam and edge … Continue reading

Free undies pattern – making up the pattern

So Sew Easy - free underwear pattern

In my earlier post, I gave you the pieces to download for the free pattern to make your own undies.  If you missed if, take a look here (Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies) and download your two pattern pieces. The pattern pieces are for the liner, and for the two ends of the piece you are going to cut.  You need to lengthen the pattern to the correct size according to the table of sizes.  In order to do this you simply have to add a plain piece of paper in between the two ends, tape into place, draw your lines and cut. Here is how: 1.  Get a measuring tape and measure around your hips to see what size you need.  Measure your high hips near where the top of your hip bones are  – where … Continue reading