Is all fashion just copying?

I watched this very interesting video – a presentation by Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture.  In it is discussed the lack of copyright on fashion and apparel and how trends are just everyone copying from one another at the same time until everything looks like a variation on the same theme.  (She puts it much better.)  For example, peplums coming ‘back into fashion’.  Black and white seems to be predicted as popular for this year. Also discussed is the collaboration between fashion designers and large retail stores to bring those expensive fashions into the reach of us regular folks.  And how they realise that having their designs copied makes little to no impact on their sales because the customers who buy the copies could NEVER afford to buy the originals anyway. She shares her perspective on how the lack of copyright protection means that designers are forever striving to … Continue reading

Navy pleated skirt – free pattern and tutorial

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

I’d been held up previously by not having a zipper foot so my sewing options were limited.  But I’m pleased to say my prized foot is in hand and ready to sew – and I made use of it right away with this Navy Pleated Skirt. It’s made from a free tutorial here at Grosgrain Fabulous.  The tutorial gives full info on sizing and drawing up your pattern and how to sew. She recommends a stiffer fabric like a linen or cotton twill to hold the pleats and stiffen the waistband, but I fancied a lighter version and this was made with yet another fabric remnant – a soft and drapey navy blue something.  It makes the skirt very light and cool to wear and gives it a softer appearance than the one featured in the tutorial.  I also made … Continue reading

Cute Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas

So Sew Easy - Cute Spring and Easter Sewing Project Ideas

My Valentines Sewing Projects post was so popular, so I have really enjoyed putting together some of my favorite Spring and Easter sewing projects for you – these are SO cute  and there are bunnies everywhere! Hover over the thumbnail to see the title, right click and open in a new tab to go to the page, while leaving this list open. If you have any other projects to add – or even some new ones of you own, do post a link in the comments section below.  

Are you on the (sewing) map ?

I came across this fun project from Another Sewing Scientist – a shareable Google map where you can enter your details and see if any other keen sewers live near to you. See the Map the Sewintist Project.     I can see all across the blogging world that sewing meet-ups are really popular.  I would love to take part in a sewing meet-up – maybe meet in a large fabric shop, encourage each other to spend far too much on fabric for our ever growing stash, and then drink wine and gently caress our new purchases while cooing and giggling, and talking about sewing (and stuff). However I think this is unlikely – I am the only registered member in my entire COUNTRY.  So my meet up with local sewers will be rather lonely.  Just me then – at … 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

Eva Knit Dress – Free pattern

So Sew Easy - Eva knit dress

I found this great site for free patterns – Your Style Rocks.  There are only a few patterns but they are awesome!  I was immediately drawn to the Eva dress.  Their photo on the dress form looks so slimming and sophisticated that I had to make it.  Except mine didn’t come out quite like that. It is described as a classy and elegant dress with a beautiful cowl neck.  I chose to make it in a plain black, although with the design across the front being in different pieces, I think this would look great as a color blocked dress. I used a light-weight slinky knit from my local store and I think this is mostly where I went wrong with this pattern.  My fabric is simply too light and thin to have the smooth draping called for to make this look … Continue reading

Moms Make Money – advice for bloggers

So Sew easy - Make Money Blogging

If you have been following my sewing blog, you might have come across my earlier posts where we all discussed advertising and sponsorship for blogs – *  1 – What do you think of sponsorship and advertising on blogs ? – poll *  2 – My blog earnings update and Blog Money Making Download I’ve had so many people sign up for my Blogging Advice Newsletter, that it seems a shame to not have a permanent record of everything I have been sending out.  So I set up a new website – Moms Make Money. You don’t have to be a Mom or even a woman to benefit – anyone with a blog or website who is interested in finding new readers, increasing traffic, getting readers to interact with the posts and maybe making a little money from blogging – can make great improvements. It’s … 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

All Craftsy courses up to 60% off !

I’ve just logged into Craftsy this morning to post a project and I found that  ALL of their courses are on sale at just $19.99.  Some normally sell for $49.99, so that is a huge 60% off. I’ve signed up for the Couture Dress class here.  I want to learn more about making and fitting a muslin, making changes to patterns to get a better fit and style, and about how to make the inside of my sewing look as good as the outside, lining dresses etc. This is what it promises – and the reviews of this class are outstanding.

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