More free patterns

So Sew Easy: FREE sewing patterns

I might be dragging behind everyone else, but I’ve just come across a new website with lots of free sewing patterns.  Although the site isn’t actually new – it’s just ‘newly found’ by me.   It’s even called Free Sewing.  I must be a dunce to have missed this one.  There are links to lots of user submitted patterns and tutorials. Enjoy – and if you find any patterns you make up, why not post a comment below with a link to your finished item. Authored by: So Sew Easy  

I drafted and made my own leggings

You can’t turn a street corner without seeing someone in leggings at the moment, and they are everywhere because: leggings are comfortable leggings are versatile they can be worn dressed up or down they can be modest under clothing or figure hugging on their own leggings are perfect for lounging leggings are ideal for exercising they can be plain, fun or funky and lots more reasons I had looked all around for a good way of drafting my own leggings pattern, but when I came across this tutorial video from Cal Patch I knew I had found it ! Starting with a few simple measurements taken on myself and a blank sheet of paper, in just a few minutes I had a custom made-to-measure personal leggings pattern.  And there is only two pieces so they sew up in super quick … Continue reading

$100 of Robert Kaufman fabrics giveaway

Did you participate in the quilt block of the month course with Craftsy during 2012? I was new to sewing and you all know I LOVE Craftsy, so I did join up and watch several of the videos to learn more about quilting. At the time I decided quilting wasn’t for me just yet – it seems to require a degree of accuracy in measuring, cutting and sewing that as a complete beginner I wasn’t yet achieving  But as soon as the 2013 course came out, I signed up again. A quilt is something I will certainly try this year.   The Quilt Block of the Month course is running for FREE again in 2013. I could tell you all about it, but it’s easier to let the course speak for itself: “The Craftsy Block of the Month is back and … Continue reading

A Gazillion Free sewing patterns

OK, not a gazillion right now, but who knows how many we could find if we acted together ! Read on to find out how to join the Pinterest Free Sewing Patterns Group Board and find 1000’s of free patterns. I was looking through my Pinterest boards of Free Sewing Patterns: Dresses Tops and blouses Shirts, shorts and pants when I started to search for other boards on free sewing patterns.  I found a LOT of them. Clearly it’s a subject a lot of people are interested in and like to pin and share. Which got me to thinking – wouldn’t it be great to have a central repository of the best of the internet’s free sewing patterns all in one place, where everyone could add something they found.  Then we could all just refer to the once place to … Continue reading

Free Pattern Giveaway

Love patterns? Of course you do.  Love FREE patterns?  How can that not make your day. Well today to celebrate her birthday and blog anniversary, Anna is giving away a pattern from Deer and Doe on her blog. I certainly recommend you pop on over to her blog and take a look though her interesting style in clothing and her beautiful creations, and enter the giveaway while you are there. Happy birthday Anna.  The giveaway closes on 12th Jan.  

Resolution 2013 – Be More Giving to Others

I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the blog reviews of 2012, and everyone’s plans for 2013.  I subscribe mostly to sewing blogs, so this is what I have mostly been looking through – completed items and planned items for the coming year.  Well,  I am too new to sewing and to blogging to do much of a review, so I thought instead I would share my non-sewing plans for 2013. Late in 2012 I was feeling low as a result of my illness and I felt in need of a pick me up.  So I browsed online and came across Kiva.  I could tell you all about what they do, but it’s best to get it from their own ‘mouths’. “We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of … Continue reading

Craftsy courses on Christmas SALE

Yay – just when you thought this time of year couldn’t be any better with Christmas on the way and everyone so excited – Craftsy announce a SALE so you can treat yourself and any other crafty person you know.  (You might notice that during this time the banners on my site will all change to show the sale.) From 22nd to 24th December all the courses will be on SALE from $9.99 to $24.99 each.  Bargain and perfect timing for last minute gift ideas.  What I love about these courses is not only that the instrcutors are highly expereienced professionals in their field, but the videos are there for life.  You watch them when you want, as often as you want and the teaching platform allows students to upload completed or work-in-progress projects, talk with each other and ask … Continue reading

So dull I really can’t be bothered

I had an email to tell me that the new Spring 2013 patterns were now on the site for Simplicity.  I was keen to take a look because I’ve recently bought a lot of patterns from Simplicity that I liked and I was sure (worried !) that I would find a lot more in the new collection. Oh dear – so DULL.  In fact so dull I can’t really be bothered to post about any of them.  Maybe its the styling or the fabrics?  Or all those shapeless clothes, round necklines and silly hemlines.  Maybe its just the presentation on the website.  They really don’t seem to try very hard.  I would like to see some nice photos of the finished result, big clear line drawings on the first page etc.  Something other than just a picture of the front … Continue reading

I like to ride my bicycle !

[Note – this post has been edited to remove all of the photos, as Google told me I am not allowed to use copyrighted material and these pattern photos belong to McCalls.  Sorry Google.  So the post is still here, but the photos are removed.  Somehow, it’s just not so interesting or fun anymore.] I had an email to let me know that the new McCalls Spring patterns had been released so I popped over to take a look and was rather bemused.  Why were all the ladies changing tyres, carrying bicycles or looking like they had just fallen off one?  And in the most inappropriate cycling garb. She doesn’t look happy and I’m not surprised as she is made to stand on one leg in very high heels while balancing a somewhat heavy bicycle.  No doubt going through her … Continue reading

Vogue 8724 – animal print knit dress

Vogue 8724

This was such a quick and easy pattern – I recommend Vogue 8724 for all new sewists. What I liked about this pattern and the finished dress: Custom fit – different pieces for different cup sizes.  I used a B cup. Princess seams in back for great shaping and easy to make fit adjustments. Cross over front with not too low neckline. Skirt with small front pleats to add comfort but not volume. Quick and easy to make Knit fabric makes for an easy fit According to the pattern envelope, I should have been a size 16, but experience shows that I am never the size on the envelope – always at least 1 or 2 sizes down.  So I cut a straight size 14 which was the largest size on my pattern. My material is a lycra ITY knit … Continue reading

The Blue Bag – a mess of glue and bling

Random bling bag

I’ve been making a new skirt. It’s in a lovely slinky-drapey navy fabric, but it’s not finished yet because it needs a zipper and I’ve been struggling to insert one without a proper zipper foot – so all zipper projects are still on hold.  But it’s all cut out and ready and I have some fabric left over. I’m a sucker for matching accessories – I made the Molly bag to match my Paper Bag Skirts.  So I decided to make a new handbag to go with this navy skirt.  But I only had a little fabric left over and looked around for a pattern that would only use a small amount – and I came across the Buttercup bag – perfect. The pattern is free to download with great instructions and the bag was ready in no time.  I … Continue reading