If the idea of crafting your own wardrobe has ever crossed your mind, now is the perfect time to embark on this creative journey. With a plethora of independent sewing patterns and a stunning array of fabrics available, the possibilities are endless.
Gellis, the expert sewing and fashion in-person or online teacher, shares invaluable tips tailored for absolute beginners. According to her, the key to success lies in practice, emphasizing the importance of starting with simpler garments to build confidence. Gellis advises newcomers to opt for printed patterns designed specifically for beginners.
Choosing the Right Sewing Patterns for Beginners
A sewing pattern is your roadmap to creating a garment, providing essential information on sizing, required skills, garment details, photos, illustrations, body measurements, and fabric suggestions. Inside the envelope, you'll discover step-by-step instructions, guiding you through the process of bringing your garment to life using the pattern tissue as your template.
Pattern or Fabric: Which Comes First?
Carefully reading a sewing pattern helps you select the most suitable one for your skill level and provides valuable advice on fabric selection (check out our guide on choosing fabrics for dressmaking). Familiarizing yourself with the pattern's terminology makes decision-making more straightforward. For additional insights into sewing patterns, explore The Beginners Guide to Sewing Patterns on The Pattern Pages website.
When hunting for patterns, look for those explicitly labeled for beginners. These patterns employ easy techniques and steer clear of complex tailoring and fitting. Many reputable brands offer collections tailored for newbies:
Burda categorizes its patterns with a cotton reel rating, designating one reel for easy patterns. The brand also features a 'Super Easy' range for beginners.
Simplicity boasts several collections catering to beginners, such as 'Learn to Sew,' 'Easy-to-sew,' 'It’s So Easy,' and 'Sewing Patterns for Dummies.' The 'It’s So Easy' range streamlines pattern selection with a dedicated section.
New Look patterns are conveniently labeled 'Easy' or 'Very Easy,' with quick makes denoted on the front of the envelope.
Kwik Sew presents the Kwik Start, Learn to Sew range tailored for sewing novices.
A quick note: always ensure the sewing pattern includes the seam allowance, as some independent patterns may omit this crucial detail, causing issues during the sewing process.
Embark on your sewing adventure, and enjoy the satisfaction of creating your unique style with these beginner-friendly sewing patterns!
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