A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money

clothing care tips

We all spend a lot of time spend a lot of time and money on our clothes and this is particularly true if you’ve learned to sew your own garments.  I was thinking the other day that we sewists may not pay as much attention to how we care for our clothes after we’ve made them as we do when we’re making them.  I know I’m certainly guilting of this, so I thought we’d share some clothing care tips from a new contributor to the blog. A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money Clothing, especially your career wardrobe, is an expensive investment, and taking proper care of your clothing can save you considerable money over time, not to mention the time and frustration of having to repair or replace garments unnecessarily. Excessive cleaning of clothing wears it … Continue reading

Home-Made Buttons: Three Easy Techniques

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When you’re looking for just the right buttons for your latest clothing project, as jewelry components or as trimmings for your scrapbooks, there’s nothing like the DIY approach for that perfect finishing touch. Homemade buttons are easy and fun. Once you’ve made your first batch, you’ll never want to use store-bought buttons again! Home-Made Buttons from Rustic Wood You can make wooden buttons very simply, either from a length of dowel or from a natural tree-branch. Using a branch will give you lots of interesting natural variation in the shape and color of your buttons, but you need to be quite choosy in selecting your material. Choose a hardwood such as oak; softwoods are too fragile. Use the straightest branch you can find — this will give you the most even buttons. Only use seasoned wood that’s had time to … Continue reading

A New Workout Wardrobe: My New Year Resolution

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Hang on….before you roll your eyes and pass the page, hear me out. Every year, I mark in my agenda a list of things I would like to do and sadly, at the end of every year, I usually see that more than half are not accomplished.  At the top of my list of things that never seems to get accomplished is “Exercise more, lose weight and get rid of the clothes you do not wear”.  Why is that, I wonder? If someone phoned me right now and said let’s go to the gym, I would find that I HATE MY CURRENT WORKOUT CLOTHES.  This is not because they are ugly clothes, but because they are all the wrong size.  I’m ashamed to admit that I purchased the wrong size on purpose — in a smaller size, of course– because I … Continue reading

How to Make Old Clothes Look New and Stylish

Make Old Clothes Look New

When you open your closet and stare at your clothes, does boredom sweep over you? Are you tired of looking at the same old pants, skirts, and tops? Before you go out and blow a paycheck on a new wardrobe, why not consider recycling what you already have? With a few clever changes you can give your old tired clothes a new life. Here are some ideas: Make old clothes look new: Put new buttons on old blouses There’s no quicker way to revamp the look of a blouse than to change its buttons. Pick a blouse from your closet and take it with you to your local fabric store. Go to the button section, and hold different buttons over the current ones. See what a difference a button can make? Pick out some interesting ones and have your tailor … Continue reading

Explaining Useful Notions to a Teenager

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My daughter asked me a funny question the other day.  “Mother, you keep using that word ‘notions’, so what is a notion anyway??”  Unfortunately, I can’t quite replicate the teenage tone that blends mild sarcasm with a whiff of indifference.  I think there was a little sideways shake of the head too, but I usually try to ignore that..  I’m sure those with teenage daughters will know what I mean.  I thought, well, this might be a good topic for a quick article. When I began to do some research, I started to understand why my daughter might not instantly understand the term.  After all, when I checked the definition of the word in Dictionary.com, the meaning I was referring to was way down at the bottom and number six on the list of potential meanings of the word: notions, … Continue reading

Easy Gloves Pattern for Your Winter Comfort

easy gloves pattern

Making a pair of fleece winter gloves is not just a matter of tracing your hand on a piece of paper or drawing straight onto the fabric.  Believe me, I have actually tried this before and it makes for very uncomfortable gloves… To save you this exercise in trial and error, here’s an easy gloves pattern and tutorial for a pair of fleece gloves that can be made as a last-minute present or for yourself. The bit you must be careful with is cutting the fabric the right way.  I suggest that you fold the fabric in half so you have the right sides for each hand.  (I was watching a movie while making the first pair of these gloves and it wasn’t until I was about to start sewing that I realized my mistakes.  Fleece does indeed have a right and … Continue reading

How to Salvage Damaged Clothing: Tips and Tricks

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Getting rid of clothing may be hard to do when the garment is fairly new or it’s an article of clothing you really like.  Sometimes it takes time and luck to find clothing that looks fantastic on you and fits well so you may really want to avoid throwing it away. With a little creativity and some basic sewing knowledge, you can salvage damaged clothing and even enhance the way your clothes look.  Use these sewing tips to get you started and back into the clothes you’d rather not throw away. Small Holes Sometimes a small hole in an article of clothing can suddenly appear without you ever knowing how, or why, it got there.  Often, a tiny hole in a garment is barely visible, but a hole barely there is still a hole that can detract from the appearance … Continue reading

Inexpensive Sewing Projects to Practice Your Skills

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Sewing is one of the most immediately useful crafts to learn. It can save the crafter money in household expenses and provide extra income from the production of marketable goods that can be manufactured and sold from home. It’s also a very versatile skill that can meet a variety of needs to adapt to changes in circumstances and market opportunities. However, as with most skills, it takes practice to gain competency and comfort with the endeavor. New sewers can become frustrated if they expect too much from themselves too soon instead of enjoying a more relaxed, natural progression rate. One potential hindrance to this practice phase can be cost of materials. While a sewing machine and other tools used are a one-time expense for the beginner to accommodate, materials are consumed with each use and cannot be easily restored or … Continue reading

Tips for Sewing with Small Children in the House

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The reality for most is that, with small children in the house, it is very difficult to complete any task, other than the most basic one – and often that is beyond reach. Small children are synonymous with interruptions, distractions and interferences (as well as being absolutely adorable) and the best tip that I could give anyone planning to sew with children around would be: don’t bother! However, for those who need a regular “fix” of sewing, knitting or any other craft activity, there are some ways to minimize the frustration inherent to any activity that does not centre on the children. The ideal situation would be to sew when small children were either asleep or being fully cared for by another adult, or a much older child. Whether you can structure your day so that the childrenís sleep time … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the Team at So Sew Easy

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Wow!  It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by so quickly.  I really wanted to thank all our readers and supporters who have followed and contributed to So Sew Easy over the year and wish you all the happiest of holidays from our family to yours. As many of our readers know, I live in Singapore which is pretty much on the equator.  It’s always hot and usually very humid.  I made the Christmas picture very “winter”-themed just to remind us of the cold and snow many parts of the world experience this time of year. Singapore is a modern and a very commercial city.  Much of Christmas is dedicated to shopping.  I’ve included a couple of pictures of Singapore during Christmas below so you can get the idea of what it’s like here.  Thankfully, we’ve done all the … Continue reading

Quick Tips For Sewing Difficult Fabrics

Sewing Difficult Fabrics

Knowing good basic sewing skills always comes in handy.  But sometimes, challenging fabrics can still be too much to handle.  Indeed, what may seem like simple tasks of folding and cutting a fabric can become frustrating –not to mention the difficulties that will be encountered when we start running our sewing machines through these uncooperative fabrics. Generally, when dealing with challenging fabrics, there are some things we can do to immediately improve the situation. Adjusting your machine’s thread tension up and down until you identify the best setting for the particular fabric can do wonders.  Speeding up as well as slowing down the sewing may make your sewing machine run smoothly over the fabric.  You may just have to experiment a little.  Simply making sure that the fabric is free of dust or any adhesive residue may also make it cooperate better with your … Continue reading