Craftsy Sewing with Knits review, DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

Today a very special offer for So Sew Easy readers as part of my Craftsy Sewing with Knits review and wrap up. Before we get to the good stuff, I’d love to talk you through why I decided to take the course and what I made.  This is the cowl neck dress that started it all and nearly had me throwing my sewing machine out of the window.  I don’t like to look up close at this dress – the stitching is bad, very bad.  And the hem, well it kept getting shorter and shorter as the machine ate the fabric over and over and I had to cut more and more off. In the end, I gave up and left the hemline unfinished!  I decided I needed help with knit fabrics… So I signed up for the Craftsy Sewing with Knits … Continue reading

Finishing your skirt and Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup

Sew a Skirt Tutorial series from So Sew Easy. Pattern drafting, choosing fabric, darts, zippers, lining, hemming and more. Everything you need to learn to sew is here.

Welcome to Episode 11 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Finishing your skirt and the Sew A Skirt Tutorial Series roundup   We are on the final small step – your skirt is very nearly finished.  If this is the first time you have sewn something for yourself, or sewn at all, then I am sure you must be very proud of your work.  Congratulations and well done for coming such a long way. Finishing your skirt There is very little still left to do. It will only take us a few minutes. Try on the skirt and take a look at the lining. You want your lining hemmed up neatly out of the way so that it won’t show below the outer hemline when you wear the skirt. Mark with a pin how … Continue reading

Sewing an Invisible Hem – Sew A Skirt Series

Sewing an Invisible Hem. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 10 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: Sewing an Invisible Hem   Our skirt is nearly finished.  For me, it’s been a marathon of not just sewing, but taking notes, taking photos and blogging too.  My new skirt is already finished so I know it’s been worth it!  I’m using the example of the skirt in the middle here during our Sew A Skirt series.   Sewing an Invisible Hem When it comes to hemming the skirt there are SO many options.  You can simply turn up the hem once, press then turn up again and sew around with a regular straight stitch. Or you could do a fancy hem finish with a hemming tape -from Stitch in my side. Or you could turn and hand stitch – from Megan … Continue reading

Wrap front dress /tunic – sewing with knits

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

As you know, I’ve been taking the Sewing with Knits online video class from Craftsy.  And I’ve just completed the final project – a Wrap Front Dress.  In fact, this pattern is so adaptable and I’m so confident now in my stretch sewing, that I decided to try a few variations of my own to suit my own style, and this is the result. The dress pattern is free with the course, and is quick and easy to sew.  But I always have to go that one step further, and so I made the following alterations Cut the bodice in a larger size across the front and in depth Crossed over a wider area Narrowed the shoulders and added a little pleat in the front shoulder seam Left off the sleeves Cut it to tunic length Gave it a slightly … Continue reading

Lining a Skirt with Zipper – Sew A Skirt Series

Sew a skirt lining with zipper. How to finish by machine with no hand sewing and no visible stitching on the inside. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 9 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Lining a Skirt with Zipper – part 2     If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts, zipper and the lining is attached at the waist.  Now it’s time to finish off the lining – and we are going to do it all by machine for a nice neat finish.  No hand sewing for us!   Lining a skirt with zipper If you haven’t yet added the lining to your skirt at the waist, do go back to Part 1 of the Lining a Skirt and do that first. Then… Turn the skirt right side out with the lining on the outside and turn over the … Continue reading

Lining a skirt – Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew a skirt. Full skirt sewing instructions from pattern drafting, to darts, zipper, lining and finishing. From So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 8 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Neaten your seams and lining a skirt, part 1   If you have been following along in the Sew A Skirt series, then you have your basic skirt shape finished complete with darts and zipper.  Now it’s time to make it look nice on the inside too. Let’s start with the seams.   Making nice neat seams Having neat seams on the inside of your skirt fulfills two functions. It looks nicer It stops the fabric from fraying and the seams from gradually coming open Our inside seams will be hidden by the skirt lining but that’s no excuse for not finishing them nicely.  We will want our seams to lie flat and not be too obvious from the outside so let’s … Continue reading

Craftsy Summer Sale – up to 75% off courses

Yay – Craftsy are holding their annual Summer Mega Sale.  Typically we are all outdoors doing other things in the Summer, but you can take advantage of the sales prices now and start the courses whenever you like – when the evenings start to get darker. My personal recommendations: Sewing with Knits Sew the Perfect Fit Pant Fitting Techniques The Couture Dress And on my wishlist – Sewing Texture Design your own Handbag The Ultimate T-shirt Pattern Drafting from Ready To Wear Fast Track Fitting And don’t forget that Craftsy also offer excellent quilting course, cake decorating and baking, and a range of new Fine Art classes too. The sale runs 17th to 21st July, and a different selection of classes will be on sale every day so remember to check back more than once. And did you know that … Continue reading

Twist Front Top – free t-shirt pattern

Twist front top, free t-shirt pattern from So Sew Easy. Multi-size free sewing pattern with step by step photo instructions.

The latest sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is a free t-shirt pattern for the Twist Front Top.  It’s a sexy halter top that can also be a dress if you’d like to extend it.  Designed for knit fabrics, this top crosses over at the front and the little keyhole at the front gives an interesting look while still actually being modest with full high coverage. The design is double thickness at the top front and back to give extra support if you need it, or for modesty if it turns chilly!  It can be worn with a strapless bra, or a halter neck bra if you use one of those clips to keep the straps closer together in front. You can also choose to change the design for a cross-over and then tie behind the neck halter style if … Continue reading

How to sew an invisible zipper – Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew an invisible zipper. Part of the Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 7 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  How to sew an invisible zipper   A quick recap of what we have completed so far in case you have missed a step and need to review : Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Sewing darts perfectly All about zipper feet   How to Sew an Invisible Zipper Many new sewers are intimidated by the thought of sewing zippers and especially the invisible zipper.  But let me tell you a secret – the invisible zipper is the easiest one because no one will see if your stitches are a little bit wonky and it doesn’t go perfectly for … Continue reading

All about Zipper Feet – Sew A Skirt Series

Zipper feet explained - all about xipper feet and when you would use them. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 6 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  All about Zipper Feet   What do those Zipper Feet do? If you plan to sew any kind of woven garment you will usually need to include a closure of some sort to allow you to get it on and off.  Usually a dress or skirt will have a zipper. There are three basic types of sewing machine zipper foot. The standard fixed zipper foot that may have come as standard with your sewing machine.  (left) The adjustable zipper foot. (middle) An invisible zipper foot.  (right)   All zipper feet allow you to sew one side or the other and get your stitches up close to the teeth of the zipper.  You might sew on the outside rather than the center of … Continue reading

How to Sew Darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

How to sew darts perfectly. From the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to Episode 5 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is: How to sew darts Let’s recap so far How are you enjoying the Sew A Skirt series so far?  If you are new to sewing you may already have learned a lot about fabric, measuring, patterns, and the preparations you need before even starting to put a needle to your skirt.   To recap the series so far – Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances Cutting your fabric and pattern matching Marking darts perfectly Today it’s time to start sewing.  And the first step is to sew the darts in all 3 pieces of your skirt, the front and the two back pieces.  If you have followed and drafted … Continue reading