Sewing Tutorials

McCall’s 7975 Sweater

Buuurrrrr it's C O L D outside. Sweater time is here and now. McCalls 7975 sweater is up at bat paired with a super soft light weight rayon/polyester/lycra 3x2 rib knit in a dark navy to sooth the shivers. Check out the style of this awesome pattern. Lots of comfortable ease in this pull over [...]

Savannah Knit Top

You know that feeling you get when you come across THE pattern that just fits and feel fabulous in every way? That's how I feel about Style Arc's Savannah knit top pattern. Style Arc - Savannah Knit Top Style Arc is a very cool pattern company out of Australia. Their designs are so comfy and [...]

McCall’s 6996 Jacket

Whew, it's chilly outside, but when the sun comes out it warms up too much for a coat. I need a quick light weight long sleeved layer that looks like part of my outfit. Enter McCall's 6996 jacket. I chose to make view A in a size LARGE. I had on hand a stretchy lycra [...]

Newport Sweater

Another "Itch to Stitch" has hit me. Their Newport sweater/top called my name and I had to answer. Such a great design that can be sewn with sweater knits to lighter jersey fabrics. I chose to go the sweater route with a navy rayon/polyester/lycra/3x2 single brushed rib knit. Now that's a mouthful. Two different sleeve [...]

Discoverer T-Shirt

Now you know I love a great T-Shirt. Ellie & Mac has designed a super cute one with lots of style. The "Discoverer" has so many options go with this pattern from various sleeve lengths to hem bands if you choose. Oh... and my favorite is the super cool color block design. Some homework first: [...]

McCall’s 7912 Jacket

I took my sweet puppy outside this morning and shiver me timbers it was chilly! The dog days of summer are over. I had my arms wrapped around me shivering hoping she would hurry up and do her business quickly because I was COLD. Time to get those sweaters and jackets out. McCall's 7912 is [...]

Fayma Lightness Tunic

You know how I like to go searching for new independent pattern companies to find nicely designed garments? Well, Fayma Patterns was one I came across that I wanted to dig deeper into. This is not your typical "see a pattern, purchase it and be done" companies. NO NO NO. Fayma is a computer generated [...]

Butterick 4230 TOP

Looking for an easy stretchy top with a little style around the collar? Maybe show a little shoulder but not too much? Well then this is the pattern for you. BUT! sewer beware! This cute "little" number is very small and close fitting to the point I wouldn't even go by the size listed. It [...]

Butterick 6801 Top

Since cooler weather is just around the corner, I've been trying out some long sleeve shirt patterns. This one I was "drawn" to because I envisioned a "draw string" across the V neck like shoe laces. Also, I just love the tucks that are made on each side of the front on view D. Sew.... [...]

Uvita Top tutorial

I had another "Itch to Stitch", so I checked out their patterns for a knit top and found this cute little number, Utiva. It's a simple drop shoulder top designed for knits, which I just happened to have on hand. Itch to Stitch is an independent pattern company that has some super cute designs in [...]

Simplicity 8366 Top

Inspiration is everywhere. Also, they say copying is the best form of flattery. I was so inspired by "Carmen829" on PR (Pattern Review) of her make of Simplicity 8366 that I not only had to make the pattern, but I made the pattern out of white linen like she did. This top is SO EASY [...]

Simplicity 8529 Sweater

There are firsts for everything in life; first breath, first kiss, first love. This is one of my "firsts" first time EVER to sew a sweater. I have never sewn with any loose knit/sweater knit fabrics before, and to tell you the truth, I didn't have a lot of confidence. I picked out Simplicity 8529 [...]

Butterick 6254 Coat Tutorial

Cooler weather is on its way towards my neck of the woods, so I figured why not prepare ahead of time. I had been looking at some gorgeous outfits made with Ankara African Dutch Wax fabrics that just blew me away. Now being fair skinned and uber blond, I wondered how such rich colorways would [...]

Love Notions Rhapsody Blouse

I'm in the mood for love! This wonderful independent pattern company, LOVE NOTIONS, designed one of my favorite top patterns for woven fabrics named RHAPSODY, and I wanted to share this sew-along with you because that's what love is all about... sharing and caring. Love Notions Rhapsody What an amazing pattern this is with so [...]

Butterick 6628 Top

Oh I love a fashionable top with a twist. The Butterick 6638 offers twists, turns, frills, and more! Designed for s-t-r-e-t-c-h knits, I made the decision to use a not-so-stretchy knit... hummm... what's wrong with this picture. Anyway, with a little forethought I said "why not". I purchased a silky fabric that has a lot [...]

Simplicity 4223 Top

I was having a hard time finding a unique summer "tank top" or "pull-over" that was designed for woven fabric, perfect for jeans or dressed up, and was easy wash and wear. Hummmm.... Simplicity 4223 was the ticket!!! Grant it, it's an older pattern but never out of style. I love the "off-side" neckline button [...]

Noa Button-down Shirt Tutorial

I was looking for a traditional button-down shirt to sew using linen or cotton. Something that would go great with jeans or even layered. I found this on-line linen store,, that have great prices on beautiful linen and they also have a grand selection of patterns that are perfectly paired for linen fabrics. I [...]

Sabalito Top Tutorial

I was struck thinking it's half-way into AUGUST (where did the time go?), and it's time to start looking at fall clothes. SEW....I was perusing different independent pattern companies for ideas. I got an Itch to Stitch the Sabalito top. The Sabalito is such a cute little "topper" that's perfect for layering. With the three-fourth's [...]

Fringe Top Tutorial

Chalk & Notch is a great indie pattern company that keeps coming up with hit after hit after hit in style. I put together their FRINGE dress & blouse... well... I made the blouse... view B. Chalk & Notch FRINGE Now view B comes with a somewhat scalloped neckline without a button up front. I [...]

Sacha Shirt Tutorial

It's been a long time coming, but the Sacha Shirt from Style Arc has finally made it to the blog. YAY! This collared button-down has tons of interest with its three quarter length slit sleeves. Its long length hemline is perfect to be paired with a cute pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Like most [...]

Jolene Shirt/Dress tutorial

Are you Ready to Sew? I certainly have become a BIG FAN of Ready to Sew patterns to include this beautiful shirt/dress they named JOLENE. Ready to Sew - Jolene Shirt/Dress The Jolene shirt/dress has two different types of collars, hem lines, and sleeve designs too choose from. You can choose a very statement piece [...]

New Look 6648 Top Tutorial

Let's take a New Look at 6648; a beautiful top which was designed in 2006. What a great pattern that has four different options for a super stylish top. This top's main feature is the ruching around the hip area. I think this top has a bit of Asian flair with the super cool Kimono [...]

Butterick 4009 Top Tutorial

Now here's a blast from the past way back in 1995 folks ... Butterick's 4009 Ellen Tracy/Linda Allard take on a coordinate outfit which includes pants, long sleeved blouse and the STRIKINGLY GORGEOUS TOP!!!! When I was perusing through some vintage patterns, my eyes became fixed on this beauty. I was under the sewing trance. [...]

Yanaka Jacket

Yanaka Jacket Oliver + S and Liesl + Co is a great indie pattern company that has many interesting designs. This one especially caught my eye; the Yanaka Jacket. This super cute short open front jacket is perfectly paired with almost anything. Liesl + Co gave this pattern a unique styling with a stand-up collar [...]

New Look 6435

New Look 6435 Mandarin Jacket Sew... I worked on this older pattern from New Look, 6435, and was quite surprised how well it turned out. I just love this style jacket and wanted something not too formal, but dressy and different for an evening out to dinner. I purchased a nice stretch cotton sateen from [...]

Kwik Sew 4160 Tutorial

Summer time, summer time. It's time to get that summer time wardrobe in check. I was looking for something breezy and cute to pair with jeans or shorts, but I didn't want the typical tank top or T-shirt. I perused through my stash of patterns and came across this...Kwik Sew 4160 is a flattering top [...]

Jily Tank Top Tutorial

Ready to Sew? Why yes I am! Ready to Sew is amazing me with some really cool, contemporary designs to include this one; the Jily Tank Top. Jily Tank Top - Ready to Sew Sew...Here we GO! The Jily is super comfortable and its construction conceals most of the seam allowances. Designed for a woven [...]

Jude Tutorial

Jude Summer Blouse by Ready to Sew "Hey Jude! Don't be afraid. You were made to go out and get her." Quoted from the infamous Beatles. I love that song and how it inspires to step outside the box and don't be afraid of reaching for something new that you love. So I did. I [...]

Sointu Tee Tutorial

Named Sointu Tee Named Clothing is a company that produces sewing patterns, offers fabric sales, instructions and SEW much more! I perused their website and was very impressed with their offerings. I chose to give the Sointu Tee pattern a go. The Sointu Tee is a great pattern for either woven or stretch fabrics. How [...]

Jalie Shorts tutorial

First I kept looking at these 1 yard pieces of quilting fabric I had laying around begging to be used. I had no idea what to make other than a quilt with it and it really wasn't but a yard of fabric. What in the world can you make with that? Answer: SHORTS ! SUMMER [...]

Vienna Tank Tutorial

Got an Itch to Stitch? Then this pattern may just be for you! Itch to Stitch pattern company has designed a great summer tank perfect for hot weather. My attention was brought to this pattern because of the extra ruffle around the collar and the tie strings at the neck. The front seam adds interest [...]

Miley Top Sewing Tutorial

Sew Here We GO! Welcome to the Style Arc MILEY! Can't say enough great things about this top. Style Arc has designed wonderful, flowy, interesting top for woven fabric that knocks it out of the ball park. Did someone say "interest"? That's right, you'll find tons of interest in the detailed flounces and cinched sleeves. [...]

Style Arc Ziggi Jacket

Sew Here We GO!... How To Sew the Ziggi Moto Jacket designed by Style Arc Style Arc is an Australian pattern company which is perfect for my body type! I love the style and fit of the Ziggi Moto Biker zip jacket. It has beautiful embellishments to include quilting accents, zippers and tons of top [...]

Let’s Sew!

I love to sew. I love to learn new skills as I go along, but there is nothing more aggravating than trying to sew a pattern and feel totally lost in the process. As I reached across the web to find tutorials on patterns I was a bit underwhelmed in what I found. I longed [...]