Nothing gives a greater sense of accomplishment and satisfaction than when you find a pattern that you love and have done a seamless job at sewing it up.
Most beginner DIY sewers and even advanced ones who don’t have the knowhow to draft a pattern can identify with these feelings.
I certainly have many times.
To receive compliments on pieces you have made for yourself or even for others provides the added motivation to continue.
Simply learning about the different pattern marking tools and symbols, I have found, will send you well on your way to sewing prowess.
The following patterns represent a lovely sampling of ones I have found to be practical and easy to sew up.
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The first one is the…
1. Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day
This diverse paperback pattern guide will actually walk you through the steps of what is required to draft four basic custom skirts for yourself.
The skirts styles are straight, high waisted flared and wrap.
You will then be taught how to further do 7 variations on each of these skirt styles.
Before you know it, you will end up with 28 amazing skirts and a quite substantial wardrobe size.
When you learn the basics of drafting and customizing, then you will be able to sew for others also.
I have found the instructions to be crystal clear so beginners will have an easy time following them.Check Price on Amazon
If you’d like to sew up a few dresses as well, then check out the…
2. New Look U06095A Misses Dresses Sewing Pattern
This pattern covers sizes 10 to 22 in US sizing and 36 to 48 in European sizing.
The instructions come in three languages, English, Spanish and French so quite a lot of people can access and understand it.
With this style pattern you get the option of creating 4 variations of the dress as well as your choice of coordinating tote bag.
I think that is a great bonus!
With this pattern you can create a dress with capped sleeves, no sleeves, attached waistband or fabric blocking at the hemline.
You get to use your creativity and the pattern works with woven as well as stretchable fabric.Check Price on Amazon
With sewing being such a rewarding skill or hobby, you might want to find projects you can do with your kids or teach them.
This next sewing guide takes us to…
3. Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
This practical guide starts out by looking at all the essentials needed to make up a sewing kit before segueing into the techniques.
The projects are suitable for children as young as 5 years old and will be fun for them and for you.
The cut out patterns with simple instructions will have your kids making pillows, dolls, blankets etc.
When they create items they can use and look at they will certainly feel inspired and motivated to continue as well as accomplished.
Most of the projects they can do by themselves with very limited oversight and by hand, so it also gives them a feeling of independence.
No sewing machines are required for these projects.
Teaching your kids this skill will leave them with a valuable asset they can use throughout their lives.Check Price on Amazon
If you want to be able to create a complete outfit, this next item will be of particular interest to you.
It is the…
4. The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: 5 Master Patterns, 15 Creative Projects
This handbook put out by Burda, is the first of its kind from them.
Suitable for the beginning sewer as well as the intermediate and advanced, this book has much to offer.
Complete with easy and clear instructions, you will learn what is required to make a skirt, top, dress, coat and even a handbag.
The fifteen guided projects will give you what is needed to move from the basics to creating your custom wardrobe.
More than that, you will also learn the fundamentals of sewing, which I am sure you will agree with me is the logical starting point.
From threading a needle to understanding the tools and equipment and reading a pattern, you will benefit greatly.
You will then move on to the more advanced aspects of setting up your own sewing studio and achieving the perfect fit.
This sewing handbook is designed to help you achieve mastery all from the comfort of your home.
I also especially like the fact that you can go at your own comfortable pace.
Just be careful not to lag too much so you keep the interest and the enthusiasm going.Check Price on Amazon
If you are already adept at drafting but at a loss as to where to find paper suitable enough for your creations, check out this suggestion…
5. Medical Pattern Paper: 21″ x 225′ Single Roll of Patternmaking, Drafting, and Tracing Paper by Cardinal Health
This 21 inch wide roll of medical paper is the perfect solution for tracing out your drafted patterns.
It has the perfect balance between thin and thick and has a smooth quality finish.
You can use this paper to also create quilt pieces, appliques and also for drawing or sketching designs.
I love this clever idea, because you also get 225 feet of paper and that’s a whole lot of potential patterns!
Thinking outside of the box can be such a rewarding exercise.
Even more so when you find solutions which are practical and affordable and work perfectly in their modified usage.Check Price on Amazon
Head back to Chapter 1: The 7 Sewing Essentials for Beginners!