50 Stylish Sewing Patterns for Women’s Pants (12 FREE PDF’s)

Here are the most stylish sewing patterns I’ve found for women’s pants. This list includes paper patterns, free pdf patterns to print at home, and plus sizes. I’ve pulled together useful information about each pattern like sizing, fabric requirements, and whether they’re beginner-friendly. Here are the main pant styles I’ve covered (in order): ‘Pull-on’ pants … Read more

Is Polyester Fabric Stretchy? *11 Samples Tested*

Polyester can be stretchy or non-stretchy depending on how the fabric is made. As a general rule, knitted polyester fabrics are the most stretchy (eg. t-shirts), woven polyester fabrics basically have no stretch (eg. flowy blouses), and woven polyester fabrics with elastic fibers have some stretch (eg. work pants). I explain this further below with … Read more

Free Fabric Swatch Book Template

If you want to remember what’s in your fabric stash, here’s a free swatch book template for you to print at home! This template includes: Fabric name Fiber composition Fabric length x width Care instructions Notes (for things like fabric weight, pattern repeat measurements, supplier, price) “Pre-washed?” tickbox “No longer in stash?” tickbox Printer settings: … Read more

28 Types of Fabric for Dresses (Names, Pics, Uses)

Here are the most popular fabrics used for dresses. I’ve listed their names, described what each fabric is like, and what types of dresses they’re used for.  I also interviewed a fashion industry veteran on how to choose the best fabric for your DIY dresses. Polina spent over a decade doing fashion development and production … Read more

11 Different Types of Sewing Machines

There are many different types of machines that sew fabric. Each one has a specific use which I’ll explain today. Electronic sewing machines  They’re basic machines with no computerized elements. They have a limited number of stitches – typically 10 to 30, with only 1 buttonhole style (rectangle). The most basic versions will have pre-set … Read more

16 Sewing Patterns for Potholders & Oven Mitts (9 Free!)

Here are the best sewing patterns I’ve found for potholders, hot pads, oven mitts, and double oven gloves. I’ve included free printable PDF patterns and physical paper ones. And here’s my research on what fabrics and battings to use for these heat-resistant projects. Ps. I run an email list where I send people 1 FREE … Read more

DIY Double Oven Mitt: FREE Professional Pattern & Tutorial

I wanted to learn the best way to make double oven mitts, so I went to big department stores to see exactly how professionals make them. I even bought 3 mitts and deconstructed them! This tutorial and free pattern (download pattern here) are based on this research. I’ve also included lots of tips to help you achieve … Read more

The Best Sewing Machines for Beginners *All Tested*

I compared 56 sewing machines and picked 7 of the best options to try. After extensive testing, I think the best sewing machine for beginners is the Brother innov-is A16. It’s easy to use, powerful, and has enough features that you can grow with it for years. Buy it from UK Amazon. If you’re from … Read more

32 Quilting Supplies for Beginners & Beyond (Tested)

Here’s a list of essential tools for machine and hand quilting. These have been tried and tested by the quilting community and are widely recommended. I’ve explained each item for complete beginners. And as a bonus, I’ve included other nice-to-have supplies that you may want later in your quilting journey. Essential quilting tools for beginners: … Read more

I Bought the Brother Ls14s Sewing Machine (6 Month Review)

Here’s my review of the Brother Ls14s (Amazon link) after 6 months of testing. Note: it’s called different things around the world, like the L14s, Sm1400, Sm1704, Lx3817, Xm1010, RLX3817A, and Js1400. I think it’s best for beginners who need a cheap sewing machine for occasional use. It suits everyday projects and light/medium weight fabrics. … Read more