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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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