What to look for in a beginner sewing pattern 

You want to start sewing but aren't sure where to start? There's lots of patterns and choices out there so let's break it down so you can narrow down your choices and get your going on your first projects. 

Here are 5 things to look for in beginner sewing patterns:

  1. Straight lines. Look for patterns that have simple straight lines that are not very long, under 12 inches or so. Curves are harder to sew consistently and evenly. 
  2. Find similar materials for practice. There's a reason fashion designer's make a muslin version first. You can see the tricky spots and practice any challenging areas before you use your good fabric.
  3. Look at the technical drawing and see how many seams it has. Fewer will be easier than lots of complicated curves and many different pieces. 
  4. Patterns that are simple shapes, like a pillow cover which is basically a square or tote bag (a rectangle).
  5. Fabric that is easy to work with. Look for mid-weight wovens (non-stretch) materials that are not terribly expensive are a great place to start. 

For more ideas you can check out my childrens sewing patterns here. The baby hat pattern is a great place to start with a mid-weight knit and seams that hide any wiggles. And it’s available as a diy kit here.

Thinking back on it, when I started it was a lot of frustation with my skills and how hard it is to sew straight lines. I remember being told just get more practice. And I didn't want to hear it. But like any skills if you keep going and you are going to get better. 

What's the first thing you sewed or are thinking of making?

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