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

Your opinions are in and noted

Readers survey

When my husband came home from work and saw me sat at the computer wiping away tears, he thought something terrible had happened.  I had to explain that I was reading comments left on the readers survey and I had been really touched by some of the lovely things you said and it made me feel a bit weepy.  You are a wonderful bunch and you make this site a joy to write for. Thank you to everyone who completed responses in the Future of So Sew Easy survey.  There were more than 180 responses – thank you to each and every one of you that took a few minutes away from your sewing room to let me know exactly what you think. The results and feedback were anonymous so you were free to let me know what you really … Continue reading

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

Drafting ruffle sleeves for the Easy Breezy Blouse

How to draft the cutest of double ruffle sleeves

I am delighted today to be able to introduce to you Diya from the Hobby Harbor.  Diya is one of the pattern testers who sews and checks over every one of the paid-for patterns here, and helps me to make sure they all are a good fit for all sizes, and don’t suffer from mistakes and typos.  For the latest pattern, the Easy Breezy Blouse, she made some variations of her own to add in the cutest of ruffle sleeves and I invited her over to show you how she did it. * * * * * * * * * * Hello So-Sew-easy readers I am Diya, someone who eats , drinks and sleeps Sewing! Doesn’t make sense but its kind of true. I love to design garments and sew them for myself, friends and family, and I am … Continue reading

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

Easy Breezy Blouse Pattern

Easy Breezy Blouse with front gathers, bias facing, french seams and super cute!

Summer is coming, I can feel it!  Summer here can be overwhelmingly hot, and I love to wear light and loose clothing, and especially loose around the neck to keep me cool and feel the warm Caribbean breeze on my skin.  This light and breezy blouse pattern is perfect for the warmer weather. Make it in a very nice fabric for a special outdoor dinner, overlooking the sea.  Or just make it light and casual for everyday or even as a light and loose beach cover up.  As with so many clothes, it all depends on the fabric you choose. Features: Available in 5 sizes with bust from 34 to 46 inches (86-117cm) Wide relaxed collar Low cool neckline at the back Front gathers replace darts Slightly shaped but still a relaxed fit No closures needed Ideal for that special … Continue reading

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

Don’t forget to vote in the Make It Yours Contest

Vote now

  Voting has been open since 1st June for all of the amazing bags submitted.  Have you voted for your favorites yet? There are two categories: Blogger entries Readers entries Both selections are stocked full to the brim with inspirational bags that should give you plenty of ideas on how to use the free Clutch Bag pattern and really style it to ‘make it yours’.  Do drop over and vote in both categories and show your support to everyone who entered. Prizes for you, just for voting! There will be a chance to win prizes just for voting on your favourite bags. 2 sewing patterns of your choice from Seamingly Smitten Any 3 So Sew Easy sewing patterns of your choice $50 voucher to redeem for purse supplies of your choice from Purse Supplies R Us  (USA Mailing addresses only) $35 voucher to redeem … Continue reading

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

Make a mesh lingerie bag

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

I’m always keen to try new things so when I saw this ‘fabric’ I just had to give it a try.  Fabric that is far more air and holes than it is fabric.  I thought this was going to be a nightmare to sew, but I was wrong.  It’s easy! Where to buy mesh It’s not something you’ll find everywhere and might not be in your local fabric store.  You can find mesh fabric online at JoAnn, Fabric.com and Online Fabric Store. How to sew a mesh lingerie bag The size of your bag will be determined by the size of your zip, because the zip will go the full width of the bag.  My zip was 14 inches so I cut my mesh 15 inches wide and 22 inches long.  I’ll trim it later Cut a piece of mesh … Continue reading

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

Pleated Cosmetics Bag Pattern with Spoonflower fabric

Ingenious idea to make and line 3 cosmetics bags all from the same 1 yard of fabric. Can buy this on Spoonflower.

Today, a free pattern with a difference – there’s no pattern!  Well, and it’s not actually free.  Other than that – it’s a free pattern!  What on earth am I talking about?  Well, I’m not making any sense because I’m just over-the-top-super-excited.  You see, I made my own fabric and the fabric includes the pattern. Here it is. Ta dah! Looks a bit odd, right? My husband saw it and said, “Well, it looks a bit patchy!” Have you ever tried to design your own fabric?  It’s hard!  Very hard.  I’m still learning about fabric color theory in the Free Class on color theory for sewing and quilting.  I’m certainly no graphic designer, so I started out with some easier patterns in spots and stripes.  I learned how to make repeating patterns in Photoshop and used a pre-designed color palette … Continue reading

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

Reading glasses case using a Flex Frame

How to sew an easy glasses case using one of those flex frames that you pinch to open.

This week, something bad happened to my sunglasses.  Oops.  They were floating around in my bag while it was briefly raining and next time I took them out, the lense was broken.  That’s the second pair this month I’ve broken.  And don’t talk to me about reading glasses – even worse. I keep my best reading and sewing spectacles at home but my arms are no longer long enough to be able to read menus when I’m out and about, so I carry some small readers with me where ever I go, and they are always getting bumped about in my bag.  But I don’t want one of those big and bulky hard cases in my purse, so I decided to make myself some small padded glasses bags and these Flex Frames looked a really interesting option. Materials needed: Flex … Continue reading

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

Sew the perfect slip pocket for your bag

Sew the perfect slip pocket into your purse or bag pattern

I’m taking the Design Your Own Handbag Class on Craftsy at the moment and am picking up lots of tips about how to sew bags as well as how to design them.  One easy way to adapt any bag pattern is to add your own pockets to the design, and the slip pocket is the easiest way to add some extra storage and organisation space inside your bag. What is a slip pocket? A slip pocket is a basic open pocket, usually on the inside of a bag, where you can simply ‘slip’ something in easily.  It has no buttons, zips or closures and is the easiest pocket to sew.  It will be sewn onto the lining piece before the bag lining is assembled.  Let’s look at how we can make one. What makes the perfect slip pocket What features … Continue reading

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

The Future of So Sew Easy

Readers survey

Sometimes in life, we can all be carrying along quite normally when out of the blue, comes something that makes us stop and think.  For me, it was a Win on Wednesday giveaway that I ran back in April.  In order to qualify for entry, readers have to leave a comment on the Facebook post, and rather than get a lot of random comments, it’s fun to ask a question. The question was: “Just leave a comment below and let me know what sort of tutorials and patterns you would like to see on the site in the future. I’m keen to feature the kind of projects you are interested in.” It was the range of answers to that question that really surprised me.  To quote just a few: I would like to see some sewing ideas as teacher gifts. This … Continue reading

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

Waterfall top – free sewing pattern

The cutest summer top! Free pattern in any size.

I’m so excited to bring you the free sewing pattern this month for the Waterfall Top.  I LOVE this top so much that I think it really shows in my face in these photos.  Wearing it just makes me smile.  I’ve got a bright pink one and one in mint and white stripes too – sometimes a plain t-shirt just doesn’t cut it! Make a statement in the Waterfall Top! Features: Looks sexy but not revealing Instructions to fit any size Optional shoulder strap to cover your bra strap or leave it off Ruching down both sides, flatters the bust while disguising the tummy Stretchy, so its comfortable Flounce down one side, can be worn either way Ideal beach cover up Make it in something sparkly for the perfect party top Full sewing instructions Video tutorial too! Skill level: Beginner. … Continue reading

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

How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine

I was always worried I'd break the needle or the button, but not now I've seen this. I can do it!

I’m such a lazy sewer that I feel almost embarrassed to share what I did last week.  I had to sew on a couple of buttons and rather than get out a needle and thread and hand-sew them, I actually took the time to look at my machine manual and learn how to sew them by machine instead. In the end, I’m glad I did.  They took almost no time at all, looked much neater than I could have sewn by hand, and are probably much stronger too. I can tell you this is easy, because I did this video of me sewing on the very first ever machine sewn button.  Both the first one and the second one came out perfectly!  I was so worried I was either going to break the needle or break the button, but I … Continue reading