McCall’s M6074 – the One to Four hours dress

So Sew Easy - M6074 one hour dress.

I’d been itching to try this pattern for a while and eventually got round to it.  It’s a very simple pattern with just 4 pattern pieces, well 2 really if you consider that each one is a mirror image of the other.  Two for the front, left and right side and the same for the back. And a small piece as a casing for the elastic which creates the gather under the bust. According to the measurements on the pattern envelope, I was a size 14.  Dresses normally come out too large, but I’d rather take in than find I’ve cut too small and ruined the fabric.  So I used this black and white ‘nests’ ITY knit from FabricMart.  And although this is described by McCalls as a one hour dress – it did take me a lot longer. The dress was … Continue reading

Making zipper pouches – on sale until 24th March at PinkEPromise

I’ve been making more of the great zipper pouches.  I started these originally following the FREE online video course from Craftsy – Bag Making Basics – Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch.  These are super quick and easy to make, and I’ve made a ton of them.  I sell them in my Etsy shop – Print or Plain, and in local gift shops here on the island.  They sell REALLY well to the tourists.  I think because they are so bright and colorful and fit in with island lifestyles.  Soft and comfy to carry, big enough for the essentials but not too bulky and obvious.  I use one everyday and so do all my friends since I’ve been making these.   Plus from 20th March I also have them on a 4 day sale at PinkEPromise.  Usual price $12.99, but on … Continue reading

V-neck T-shirt and A-line Skirt

So Sew Easy - V-neck T-shirt and A-Line skirtzx

What is it with the use of the alphabet to describe clothing shapes?  It was only when I was thinking of a title for this post that I realised what I had made. A V-neck T-shirt and an A-line Skirt.  I just suddenly thought that was really funny!  Anyway, moving on… You may have recently seen my scoop neck t-shirts.  Love these so much, great casual t-shirts for everyday where.  The next item in my Sewing With Knits course is the V-neck T-shirt.  The neckline is a little more tricky to sew because to make it look good, you have to line up the V part of the neckline with the V part of the body of the shirt.  But the instructions are excellent.  Having a video tutorial with the instructor talking you through it is so much easier than trying to … Continue reading

Is all fashion just copying?

I watched this very interesting video – a presentation by Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture.  In it is discussed the lack of copyright on fashion and apparel and how trends are just everyone copying from one another at the same time until everything looks like a variation on the same theme.  (She puts it much better.)  For example, peplums coming ‘back into fashion’.  Black and white seems to be predicted as popular for this year. Also discussed is the collaboration between fashion designers and large retail stores to bring those expensive fashions into the reach of us regular folks.  And how they realise that having their designs copied makes little to no impact on their sales because the customers who buy the copies could NEVER afford to buy the originals anyway. She shares her perspective on how the lack of copyright protection means that designers are forever striving to … Continue reading

Navy pleated skirt – free pattern and tutorial

So Sew Easy - Navy pleat skirt

I’d been held up previously by not having a zipper foot so my sewing options were limited.  But I’m pleased to say my prized foot is in hand and ready to sew – and I made use of it right away with this Navy Pleated Skirt. It’s made from a free tutorial here at Grosgrain Fabulous.  The tutorial gives full info on sizing and drawing up your pattern and how to sew. She recommends a stiffer fabric like a linen or cotton twill to hold the pleats and stiffen the waistband, but I fancied a lighter version and this was made with yet another fabric remnant – a soft and drapey navy blue something.  It makes the skirt very light and cool to wear and gives it a softer appearance than the one featured in the tutorial.  I also made … Continue reading

Cute Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas

So Sew Easy - Cute Spring and Easter Sewing Project Ideas

My Valentines Sewing Projects post was so popular, so I have really enjoyed putting together some of my favorite Spring and Easter sewing projects for you – these are SO cute  and there are bunnies everywhere! Hover over the thumbnail to see the title, right click and open in a new tab to go to the page, while leaving this list open. If you have any other projects to add – or even some new ones of you own, do post a link in the comments section below.  

Are you on the (sewing) map ?

I came across this fun project from Another Sewing Scientist – a shareable Google map where you can enter your details and see if any other keen sewers live near to you. See the Map the Sewintist Project.     I can see all across the blogging world that sewing meet-ups are really popular.  I would love to take part in a sewing meet-up – maybe meet in a large fabric shop, encourage each other to spend far too much on fabric for our ever growing stash, and then drink wine and gently caress our new purchases while cooing and giggling, and talking about sewing (and stuff). However I think this is unlikely – I am the only registered member in my entire COUNTRY.  So my meet up with local sewers will be rather lonely.  Just me then – at … Continue reading

Sew your own lace underwear – tutorial and free pattern

So Sew Easy - make your own undies

If you have already visited my previous posts then you are all ready and set to start sewing you own underwear.  Not got the free panties pattern yet? Download the pattern from this post – Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies And take a look here for how to put your pattern together (important) – Making up the pattern Once you are all set, you will need the following materials: Stretch lace with a finished edge on both sides – recommended 4 to 6.5 inches wide with a good amount of stretch  (recommended suppliers Deb’s Lace and Trims and Sew Sassy) Matching regular thread Piece of cotton jersey – new or recycled Sewing machine Recommended – Overcasting foot An overcasting foot is recommended for sewing with stretch lace to get a really nice narrow finished seam and edge … Continue reading

Eva Knit Dress – Free pattern

So Sew Easy - Eva knit dress

I found this great site for free patterns – Your Style Rocks.  There are only a few patterns but they are awesome!  I was immediately drawn to the Eva dress.  Their photo on the dress form looks so slimming and sophisticated that I had to make it.  Except mine didn’t come out quite like that. It is described as a classy and elegant dress with a beautiful cowl neck.  I chose to make it in a plain black, although with the design across the front being in different pieces, I think this would look great as a color blocked dress. I used a light-weight slinky knit from my local store and I think this is mostly where I went wrong with this pattern.  My fabric is simply too light and thin to have the smooth draping called for to make this look … Continue reading

Moms Make Money – advice for bloggers

So Sew easy - Make Money Blogging

If you have been following my sewing blog, you might have come across my earlier posts where we all discussed advertising and sponsorship for blogs – *  1 – What do you think of sponsorship and advertising on blogs ? – poll *  2 – My blog earnings update and Blog Money Making Download I’ve had so many people sign up for my Blogging Advice Newsletter, that it seems a shame to not have a permanent record of everything I have been sending out.  So I set up a new website – Moms Make Money. You don’t have to be a Mom or even a woman to benefit – anyone with a blog or website who is interested in finding new readers, increasing traffic, getting readers to interact with the posts and maybe making a little money from blogging – can make great improvements. It’s … Continue reading