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

Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies

So Sew Easy - sew your own undies

Undies, underwear, unmentionables, pants, panties, knickers, bloomers, drawers, briefs, etc.  Whatever you call them, we all need them and wear them – but not many of us have ever tried to sew our own – until NOW !  And I’ve made a free pattern so you can all make your own to show off. Spurred on by my success with the Sewing with Knits course, I’ve been itching to try some new stretch fabrics.  You know me, always trying to run before I can walk.  So I bought some rather nice stretch lace which has a finished edge on both sides and I had a go at making my own. It took a while to get it right, but I’ve made a pattern which you can use too – and it’s in size extra small through to large.   All … 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