Copying my favorite pants for work

So Sew Easy: Copying RTW Pants

I’ve got these great white linen wide-leg pants.  They are old now, and a little worn, but SO comfy.  Nice and loose with a drawstring waist, they are great for the hot weather here and good to keep off the mosquitoes when eating out in the evening.  In fact they are so comfy that I wanted some just like them to wear to work – except smarter.   So I made an attempt to copy them.  There are several tutorials on the internet about how to copy RTW to make your own patterns, and these loose straight leg trousers weren’t too difficult.  Once I had them all laid out flat, the only difficulty was the crotch area, trying to get this flat to get the shape just right.  I never realised until now how different the front and back of the leg … Continue reading

Perfect Fit Sew It Yourself T-Shirts

So Sew Easy - I sewed my own t-shirts

So happy!  My Sewing with Knits course is really paying off.  Following the success of my first trial scoop neck t-shirt, I bought some simple cotton jersey in black and white and sewed another couple of simple scoop neck t-shirts.  They are EXACTLY as I want them.  I prefer my t-shirts quite fitted and don’t want them too long so they finish at my widest part.  And the neckline isn’t too high, but isn’t too low to be revealing either.  Just right. And with the pattern and the tips from the course, the necklines are so easy and sit nice and flat.   These are now my everyday staples – comfy, cool, cotton, easy to wear, easy to wash, wear anywhere t-shirts. The pattern also includes a long sleeved option, or a v-neck too.   Everyone here in the Cayman … Continue reading

Scoop neck t-shirt

So Sew Easy - Sewing with Knits - T-Shirt

Another lesson and another garment completed in the Sewing With Knits course.  This time the scoop neck t-shirt. Again my fabric shop only had a limited choice in knit fabrics, so I got this rather dubious piece of green lycra knit from the remnants bin for a few dollars.  Enough for a t-shirt and a skirt so this was ideal for making my first test t-shirt.  Remembering how my sewing machine ate the fabric on this Cowl Neck Knit Dress, I wasn’t too confident about using any ‘good’ material for my first try – and of course I needed to check sizing too. The course is excellent and the t-shirt pattern is included in the course.  I was supposed to add clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, but couldn’t get any right away, so I went with a piece … Continue reading

Free Nursing Cover Offer

I have a friend in the US who has recently had a baby and I wanted to send her a gift, something that she could actually use, but just wasn’t sure what to get and was worried about the cost for me to send it overseas from here in the Cayman Islands. Then a great offer came my way that immediately solved my problem – and I knew she is going to love it!  And you might just love it too – because I’ve got a great offer for you to get one of these great nursing covers for FREE.

FREE Dress patterns listing

So Sew Easy - huge list of free dress patterns with photos and links

Featuring a list of free dress sewing patterns and tutorials, all with photos and links. Much of my early sewing has been thrifty – most of my fabric comes from the remnant and clearance bin at my local fabric shop, and many of the patterns have been self drafted or free patterns from the internet.  It’s a great way to start out when you are learning and don’t want to invest too much in something that might turn out not quite as you are hoping ! So here you go with a big listing of FREE DRESS PATTERNS.  At the time of publishing – 65 in all, but I will continue to add to the page as I find more.  Hover over the picture to see the title – right click and open in a new tab to go to … Continue reading

Fleece hoodie ! Why?

Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean?  Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80’s.  Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie?  To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress.   The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics.  My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue.  It’s … Continue reading

Double layer chiffon blouse – free pattern and tutorial

So Sew Easy: Chiffon blouse, free pattern and tutorial

Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post – Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse.  Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige.  I’ve made the blouse again in a different fabric – this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins.  Swanky!  Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share. Read on for your free blouse pattern. This tutorial is ideal is you want to make a simple blouse using a sheer fabric like a chiffon or a lace, with a lining. It includes full step by step instructions on how to make your own version of this blouse in your own size.  It can also be used to make a single layer version if you are using a fabric which is not sheer. This is a … Continue reading

IPAD 2 Giveaway from Mom Powered Media

IPAD 2 giveaway

I know how you all love prizes, and I’ve had so many entries to my giveaways, thank you.  I’ve teamed up again with some great bloggers to offer you the chance to win an IPAD 2.  Find the entry form below the break.  If you don’t see the Rafflecopter – just refresh the page and it should appear, or click on the link to open it in a new page.  Good luck. It’s a MPM Birthday Celebration Event

Cute Valentines Sewing Ideas

So Sew Easy - Valentines sewing projects. A collection of cute, hearts, pink, lovesy sewing projects

If you love pink, red, love and heart motifs, you’ll love this little catalogue of cute sewing projects I put together to celebrate Valentines Day.  Of course, everyday is the best day to show someone that you love them. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too.  And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!  

Cowl neck knit dress- free pattern

So Sew Easy - Knit dress, free pattern

After my last project – the Porn Blouse – I decided to return to using knit fabrics – easier to fit.  Ah ha, yes, but not necessarily easier to sew. I found this great FREE pattern submitted by a member on Burda. Although the lady in question is considerably smaller than me, I downloaded the pattern and upgraded it to my size as best I could by letting it out at the sides, bust and hip, but trying to keep the shoulder width only a little larger.  I also made it a few inches longer – I’m probably twice her age!   Another remnant bin find this week – a grey knit fabric.  It’s quite firm and thick so I hoped it could be close-fitting but hide a few of the lumps and bumps – I don’t like to show … Continue reading

The BEST Online Fabric Shops

So Sew Easy: Directory of Online Fabric Shops

I know that many of you (us) have an addiction.  A fabric addiction.  We have to feed it regularly with new pieces and sometimes keep the extent of our ‘problem’ a secret from family and friends.  Admit it – how many time have you tiptoed into the house with some new fabric hidden under your coat! Well, I don’t mean to be an enabler, but I put together this Directory of Online Fabric Shops and thought I would share with you all.  To visit a featured shop, right-click on the shop name and open in a new tab or window. If you have any other favorite online fabric shops you would like to add, just drop me a comment.  If you are one of the featured shops and would like to provide a paragraph about your shop, or a graphic, … Continue reading