The skirt pattern, ease and seam allowances – How to Sew A Skirt Series

Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy. All about laying out and cutting fabric, pattern matching and grain lines. Great beginners series.

Welcome to Episode 2 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subjects for today are:  Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about ease and seam allowances.     Drafting your custom fit skirt pattern I admit it – I’m a funny shape.  No hourglass figure for me – I’m a total rectangle. And this means I can’t get ready-to-wear skirts to fit me properly.  They are either far too loose in the hip if they fit at my waist, or fit at the hip and are far too big in the waist.  Many of us don’t conform to the standard body shape for regular clothing and patterns.  Especially as we get older, perhaps a little broader, and our body shape and proportion changes. So in this part of the Sew A Skirt, we will look at … Continue reading

How to choose fabric – How to Sew A Skirt series

How to choose fabric - part of the Sew A Skirt series on So Sew Easy

Welcome to Episode 1 in the How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  The subject for today is:  Overview, tools and equipment and how to choose fabric.   Overview Let’s have a look at the skirt we are going to make together.  It’s a simple skirt but flattering and versatile.  Can be made in a casual fabric for days off or a formal fabric for days at the office or even from a glamorous and glittery fabric for evenings out and special occasions.  Make it mini, knee-length, long or floor-length easily.   The basic straight skirt is a wardrobe essential and once you have your custom pattern you can make a whole series of these in different fabrics knowing that each one is going to fit you beautifully without any fiddling about. The skirt we will make in this sew-along … Continue reading

How to sew a skirt – a step by step sew-along

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Welcome to the So Sew Easy How to Sew A Skirt Sew-along series.  This new series will show you everything you need to know about how to draft and sew your own custom fit fully lined skirt.  From pattern making, to darts, to lining and hems, you can have a beautifully made skirt designed to fit you perfectly. We will be making these three skirts.  In fact they are all exactly the same skirt made from the same pattern and in the same way.  And I’ll show you exactly how to do it.     Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be showing you step by step how to make your own skirt from scratch. The topics we will cover are: Overview, tools and equipment and choosing your fabric Drafting your custom fit pattern, and all about … Continue reading

Essential sewing tools for beginners

Essential Sewing Tools. My list of favorite tools in my sewing kit and recommendation for those beginning to sew, from So Sew Easy.

It was clear from my recent sewing survey that although there are a lot of experienced sewists that visit this site – many of you are new to sewing, just starting out, looking to improve or even don’t sew yet but want to learn.  So here is my list of essential sewing tools and my good-to-have favorites that might be helpful to those starting out. My essential sewing tools 1 – Fabric Scissors – never use your good fabric shears for anything other than fabric, interfacing, etc.  Warn your children they will be grounded, your husband that he will be divorced, and write on the blades with a permanent marker.  Having good fabric scissors is essential.  You might be cutting through several layers of fabric at once and still have a nice smooth cut. 2 – Seam Ripper – sounds worse and more violent than it … Continue reading

FREE Patterns and free Craftsy classes

I wanted to share today some of the great Free Patterns and Free Craft Training available online. You know I am a Craftsy fan, so I thought it would be useful to put together a list of links to all of the best of the FREE STUFF on Craftsy – and here it is….free patterns and free Craftsy classes. (Note – since I wrote this post Craftsy has changed their leaderboard system to a Pinterest style system where you can see ALL the free patterns in one place.) The FREE SEWING PATTERNS Board – the current top 20 most popular free sewing pattern downloads on Crafty.  From dresses, to tops, t-shirts, bags, accessories and more.  And I can see two of my own patterns on this leaderboard today – if you haven’t downloaded them yet, go ahead and do it … Continue reading

An easy lined pencil skirt from my own pattern

Easy lined pencil skirt. using an embrodered eyelet fabric. From So Sew Easy.

Have you tried the free pencil skirt pattern yet?  I researched how to draft my own custom skirt pattern and wrote a tutorial – Draft your Own Pencil Skirt Sloper.  My first skirt was great and I wear it to work often.  But its dark and plain and I wanted something a little more Caribbean. Bring on the latest skirt from this pattern – a beautiful soft green eyelet with shimmery embroidery and gemstones! As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make one of these easy skirts.  In the previous version I had added a waistband, but this eyelet fabric had little holes so I knew it had to be lined.  I added a nude colored pongee lining and made it without a waistband.  Voila – an easy lined pencil skirt! Its not … Continue reading

Custom Clothing Labels from Clothing Labels 4U

Custom Clothing Labels

I’m happy to welcome and introduce a new site sponsor for the upcoming month. Welcome to the team at Clothing Labels 4U. Let me introduce you to their range of custom clothing labels. Custom Woven and Custom Printed Clothing Labels!! Offering Hang Tags, Iron on labels and More – All at affordable prices! Low mins and FREE Samples available ! I was delighted to hear from Lisa at Clothing Labels 4U because it’s something I had been considering for some time.  You might know that I make and sell fabric purses in my Etsy store.  I’ve noticed that more and more sellers on Etsy are going upmarket and professional and including beautiful custom labels on their bags, accessories and handmade clothing.  So not to be left out, I think I might get some too.   How often have you bought … Continue reading

Vogue V8390 – Very Easy Vogue wrap top

Sewing with Knits - Vogue V8390. Versatile wrap top.

I’ve been continuing to develop my love for Sewing with Knits as I’ve been taking the excellent Craftsy course online.  This week I made a Very Easy Vogue wrap over top from pattern Vogue V8390. It’s a wrap over top, with sleeve options.  And I used a really lovely soft chocolate brown knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  Although the fabric was only $5 a yard, its very nice quality, soft and thick with a good stretch and recovers beautifully with no rippling.  But because it is so lovely and thick, it really wasn’t a good choice for this top.  Not because of the fabric, but because the pattern was rather ‘over the top’. The pattern asks that you cut each side of the wrap over front twice, and sew them together, so you really end up with 4 layers of … Continue reading

Tracing Burda Patterns the EASY Way

How to trace off Burda pattern, vintage patterns and multi-size patterns the EASY way - by So Sew Easy.

In my earlier sewing survey, I’ve had several readers ask me about Burda Patterns and particularly about tracing Burda patterns from the magazine and still staying sane.  If you are British or European you will probably be very familiar with the Burda Style monthly sewing patterns magazine and the maze of patterns all printed on top of each other in all of the different sizes.  There are other magazines and some pattern books that do exactly the same.   Or perhaps you have a vintage pattern that you don’t want to cut, or one you might want to make in several different sizes. So how do you best trace out your own pattern from the many on the same page, and still keep the page intact for future use? I’ve tried many different ways, including some which have been unsuccessful – especially my Bad Karma dress, … Continue reading

Sewing Tutorials – everything you will ever need to know

Sewing Tutorials and Tips. A Pinterest Group Board where members share the best of the internet's sewing tutorials, by So Sew Easy.

There are a lot of sewing tips, tricks and tutorials on the internet and hidden away in some of the biggest, best and smallest sewing blogs out there.  When you want to find something, it’s not always easy to find the best tutorial for your problem.  But now we can join together and make the best of the internet’s sewing tutorials easy to find.   Introducing the latest Pinterest Group Board – Sewing Tutorials and Tips   If you love the Group Board for Free Sewing Patterns, then the Sewing Tutorials Board is for you.   What is a Pinterest Group Board? Pinterest has a great feature that allows us to collaborate, pin and share together – a group board – where several, or lots, of contributors can pin to a single board. So I set one up called FREE Sewing Patterns and I’ve invited lots … Continue reading

Easy Summer Dress Pattern – Part 2 – Construction

Easy Summer Dress. Free multi-size pattern and step by step photo tutorial from So Sew Easy.

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Easy Summer Dress Step by Step Tutorial.  Have you already printed your pattern and cut out your fabric?  If not, then take a step back to Part 1 and then join me here next for construction instructions. Step By Step Construction Equipment and materials: Essential Sewing machine and thread, sewing basics such as scissors Clear Elastic 3/8th inch wide Optional but useful Wash Away Wonder Tape Knit stay tape or Stitch Witchery Stretch or ball point needle Twin Stretch Needle Your dress is made up of just 4 main pieces, and will be super-quick to sew.  Follow through these step by step instructions and enjoy! Sewing your Easy Summer Dress