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

Easy dress pattern for summer – and it’s free!

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

You asked – you got it.  The next free pattern from So Sew Easy is an easy dress pattern for a great summer dress with option to shorten for a top. Made in just a few simple steps, I’ll hold your hand all the way with this one and show you some tips and tricks along to way to help you sew beautifully with knit fabrics. Styling options – wear it strapless (it includes an elastic back so won’t fall), or with a center halter strap or two straps from the bust or sides.  You can also cut this off at hip length and wear it as a top too.  It’s up to you. Download your easy dress pattern The pattern is available to download for free from my design account with Craftsy.  If you don’t already have an account, you will need … Continue reading

Sewing with Knits – bubblegum pink velour shorts

Sewing with Knits - bubblegum pink stretch velour yoga shorts from So Sew Easy.

I threatened that I would make these bubblegum pink stretch velour shorts in an earlier post. And I did. And I love them too. I’m not embarrassed to say so. Everyone should have some pink shorts. Even if you only wear them at home…. So this was my latest project from the Craftsy Sewing with Knits course. I had learned so much and done so well with earlier projects for the fleece hoodie and the scoop neck and v-neck t-shirts that I got sidetracked and went onto other knit projects – this time with great success.  But I’m back on the course and keen to learn more. This time the project was for pants.  You could either chose shorts, cropped pants or full length yoga style pants.  Well full length warm pants are rarely needed here in Cayman but I … Continue reading

Our new sponsor – Sew Pretty Sew Free

Welcome to Anshu at Sew Pretty Sew Free and thank you so much for being my sponsor of the month. Sew Pretty Sew Free is a perfect compliment to the free patterns on offer here at So Sew Easy.  Anshu scours the web to bring you her favorite free sewing patterns and tutorials and posts regularly with her latest finds. Anshu has a great eye for color and style and posts some of her own creations too such as this maxi-dress refashion. Check out the following directories which are a simple to use roundup of all of the posts on her site in a particular subject – something for everyone here: Free Dress Patterns Sewing For boys Sew for Home And she has a collection of both beautiful and interesting boards on Pinterest.  You can find Sew Pretty Sew Free on Facebook too, where you can find the … Continue reading

Sewing survey results

Sewing survey results

Wow – I was blown away !  Thank you so much to the 88 people who have completed my sewing survey so far.  I am happy that so many people take an active interest in the site and took the time to write such encouraging and positive comments.  Thank you all. Here is a summary of the sewing survey results:

Buttercup Bag – the perfect bag pattern?

Buttercup bag in corduroy

One of the most popular free sewing patterns on the web is the Buttercup Bag by Made by Rae.  And for good reason. You can make a really cute bag using just a fat quarter of fabric, and some lining fabric. What is a fat quarter? A fat quarter is what you would get if you took a regular one yard cut of fabric and cut it in half both length-ways and width-ways to make 4 nearly square pieces.  Commonly used with pretty printed cotton fabrics for quilting and crafting, if the fabric is 44 inches wide and 36 inches long in a yard, then a fat quarter measures 22 inches by 18 inches.  It is an economical way to buy a more expensive fabric and perfect for making quilting patterns, or for small crafting items like this bag where the rest of the … Continue reading

Becky’s Summer Drape Top

Summer Drape Top

Becky kindly sent me over a photo of her Summer Drape Top. She says “I just took your survey and wrote about my results with your summer drape top.  (I had to enlarge the pattern.)  I was so frustrated in the beginning with the slippery (cheap) fabric but I’m glad I stuck with it.  I think I’ll make another one but longer as a summer nightgown.” I complimented here on the great gathers and she told me it was her first time doing gathers!   Way to go Becky.  It really does look great and I think a summer nightgown will be fab too. Anyone else want to share any of their projects made from one of my patterns or tutorials?  I was thinking of setting up a readers features page where you could add your own content, rather like a Pinterest … Continue reading

Why working at a desk is a pain in the back

This post brought to you by American Osteopathic Association. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been back to work full time for the last 4 weeks, and have about another 6 to go in my current temporary contract.  And until now I never realised how much sitting at a desk all day could be such a pain in the back.  I’m so used to pottering about at home and keeping on the move – but sitting has made me stiff, sore and grumpy.  And then coming home in the evening to sit at my sewing machine was not so welcoming either.

Easy pattern rating? Kiss my behind Butterick B5353

Butterick B5353 pattern review. For one true to sizing, and far too small for me!

I had desired this dress from afar for a long long time – the Butterick B5353.  The model looks so cool, sophisticated…and the dress so slimming and flattering.  I felt as my sewing skills had come on some way in these last few months that it was time to tackle this pattern that had been sitting in my stash. The pattern rating is easy – yay – should have this done in no time.  I also threw a little caution to the wind. EVERY SINGLE pattern I have made up to date I have made according to the pattern envelope sizing and I have found when I cut them that they were always huge and needed a lot of alteration.  So I had no hesitation in reading that apparently according to the sizing a size 36 bust needed a size … Continue reading

What can I give you next and how can I do better?

Answer my sewing survey

I LOVE my blog!  When I started to sew back in November last year, I had no idea what an absorbing hobby it would be, and where it would lead me – to this site at So Sew Easy and even onto my other site at Moms Make Money.  It still amazes me that so many of you (up to 5000 views a day) take the time to visit my site, and leave such lovely encouraging and helpful comments. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I must be doing something right – but we can all do better, all do more, and I want to make sure that this site isn’t about me. I want it to be a resource for anyone and everyone interested in sewing – rather like the popular Pinterest Free Patterns Board that now has over 780 … Continue reading

For Mothers Day

Buy your Mother (or yourself) some fabric or sewing goodies for Mothers Day this year.  Or give her a gift of your time and make her a perfect fitting skirt using the Pencil Skirt Sloper Pattern tutorial.  Hancocks sent me this code to use on Mothers Day – enjoy!