• Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Sponsor Shout Out

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Just a quick post today to say a big thank you to some of the site sponsors that support my site and make all this possible.  These great people and companies sponsor my site in return for a button on the sidebar, and this means because of them, I can buy more fabric, spend more time sewing and blogging, and bring you more sewing patterns and content. Please take a moment to drop over and see why they are so awesome and give them your support in return. Seamingly Smitten Sewing Patterns The Smugglers Daughter Linnie Darling Fort Worth Fabric Studio Nekomata Textiles on Etsy Lemon Tree Fabrics Gray Rayne Fabrics on Etsy.   Fat Quarter Shop If you have a fabric store, selling sewing supplies, or even have a sewing blog you would like to promote, drop over to the … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Do you wear what you sew and sew what you wear?

Do you sew what you wear and wear what you sew? Interesting thoughts on how we should spend our sewing time.

A reader mentioned recently that my sewing patterns tend to be for warm weather and casual clothes. Hmm, looking back, that’s probably right.  It’s easy to explain.  I design clothes and sewing patterns that I want to wear, and here in the Cayman Islands, we rarely have call for either cool weather clothes or formal clothes. There have been several blog posts in the last 6 months about building a wardrobe of basics and classics, and sewing what you actually will wear.  So do I sew what I wear?  It’s an interesting question and quite different from asking ‘do you wear what you sew’? So I took a brief survey of three things: what’s in my wardrobe? of that, what did I make? what did I wear for 2 weeks? The results were probably not much of a surprise to … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Penelope is finished – dress form review

Padding out a dress form. part 3 of a 3 part series.

It’s been a while since I brought Penelope home, and she’s been sat there taunting me for a while.  I admit, I put on a few (quite a few) pounds over Christmas and New Year.  I really intended to loose them again before fitting out Penelope but well, its nearly the end of March and that hasn’t happened yet.  I can’t make the poor girl wait there all naked any longer. If you are new here, you might have missed the installments earlier this year.  In the first video, I looked at Penelope as she arrived from PGM, and talked through the features.  I admit, I was gushing and silly, all giggly and excited.  She was so beautiful! PART 1 - PGM Pro 601 dress form review – Introducing Penelope In the second video, I looked at the Fabulous Fit Padding … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Sewing for Charity – MJ’s Tote bags for Cancer

Sewing for Charity - sew hand-made tote bags for breast cancer patients.

If you follow along on the So Sew Easy Facebook Page, then you may have already seen a few mentions about this opportunity to put your sewing time to good use.  Linda G shared a blog post with me from MJ, from MJ’s Lost Cause, and several readers have already been sewing and sending their tote bags. So what’s it all about?  MJ explains on her site about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago.  At the time of her diagnosis she was given a bag which contained her literature and information, but also a journal, and some small comforts.  That handmade tote bag meant a lot to her at the time, and she encourages us to help her pass on the same. “ I want you to help me make and distribute at least 100 hand-made tote bags. … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Reversible Apron Pattern – I’ve got you covered !

Reversible apron pattern. Sew looking forward to making this apron!

Wrapping up my sewing for the kitchen series comes the ultimate in stylish kitchen wear.  This full reversible apron pattern will keep you and your clothes protected while still being stylish enough that you’ll be happy to open the door to your dinner guests.  Get a splash on it while cooking?  No problem – it’s fully reversible so simply wipe then switch it around to the clean side for a quick change. I let the fabric choices speak for themselves in this apron.  Not everyone wants to be decked out in frills and frou-frou while cooking so this apron has a sleeker styling that’s more flattering and practical. Features: Not too frou-frou, sleek and practical Elastic at the neckline for a comfortable fit Fully reversible, mix and match your fabrics Patch pocket – have one, two or none, its up … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top

Hot Pan or Skillet Handle Cover – kitchen sewing series

10 minute sewing project! Make these easy handle covers for your hot pans. Great for scraps.

These hot skillet handle covers were the first thing I’ve ever made for my kitchen and its an essential.  I cook like I live – always on full, thinking I can get it done in half the time.  Not only does it mean my food is often burnt on the outside and raw in the middle, (my poor husband) but it also means the handles of my pans often get really hot.  I used to try to pick them up with the tea-towel but we cook with gas and all to often the towel would touch the flame and oops – something else burnt.  So I made these nifty pan handle covers and you can too! Materials: This project is a great scrap buster.  You will need: Outer fabric – 5.5 inches by 7 inches Lining fabric – 5.5 inches … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

World’s Ugliest Bag – latest sewing fail and GIVEAWAY

World's ugliest bag! Don't fall victim to sewing failures - take a class for God's Sake!

Oh dear. Oh deary deary me. (In my best British accent.) Just what happened here then Miss?  The sewing police had better not be reading this or I’ll be prosecuted for sure.  Thrown in sewing and fabric jail for such an epic failure. The charges: Woeful waste of fabric Wasting precious sewing time without due care for the consequences Failure to stop when I could tell it wasn’t ‘right’ Sewing without due care and attention Failure to properly execute a muslin Sewing while intoxicated?  I got cleared on this charge, which is almost a shame because I could have used it as an excuse. Inspiration had struck while I was asleep.  It often does.  In this dream, it was just an ordinary day at the grocery store, but I was carrying the bag of my dreams!  I can see it … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns

Long Arm Oven Mitts pattern

A long arm oven mitts pattern - now I'll never burn my wrists again!

  With all of the recent posts on bias binding, and the potholders tutorial to get you started, this Long Arm Oven Mitts pattern is going to be a breeze!  I was happy to make up a matching pair and retire my old and very worn oven mitts for good.  But these aren’t your standard oven mitts (oven gloves if you are from the UK).  I get fed up with burning my wrists on the upper shelf when I take things out of the oven, so these are drafted extra long in the arm to make sure your wrists and arms are protected too. Features: Longer length to protect your wrists and arms Can be shortened for regular length too Quilted Insulating layer and batting for heat protection Full sewing instructions are downloaded with the pattern pieces Skill level: Beginner. Where … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

How to download and print PDF sewing patterns

Tips and a video on how to download, open and print PDF sewing patterns.

As the readership here at So Sew Easy has been increasing, and I’ve got more and more pattern downloads every month, so the number of emails I get asking for advice on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns has also increased.  This also seems to coincide with the increase in mobile devices since Christmas, and so I thought it was about time I shared with you the best way to access the patterns, download and print them. Take a look at the video where I will go through a couple of examples of how to download patterns and open and unzip them, with examples from Facebook, Google Drive, Craftsy, Unzipping, Adobe Reader and printing. Examples used in this video: Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern – Facebook fan-only pattern Wear Everywhere dress – free pattern via Craftsy Where will you … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress

Woven fabric pillow cover for my sewing chair

Woven fabric pillow made from weaving strips of folded fabric. Great scrap buster and so pretty too!

Both at the same time, a couple of my online sewing buddies discovered and shared with me a beautiful woven fabric basket, made entirely from carefully cut and folded fabric strips.  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs shared how she made some woven baskets from pre-cut strips and immediately we all said – we’ve got to do something with that idea! I’m mostly all about sewing clothes, and the technique didn’t really immediately lend itself to clothing, but an idea did spring to mind.  For some time, I’ve been meaning to sew a small cushion for my sewing chair.  When I sit for a while, with the one leg extended and hunched for hours over my sewing projects, I do get some back ache and wanted to sew a small pillow to go behind me as I sew. Immediately, this seemed … Continue reading