Have you ever thought, “I sure would love to learn how to sew my own clothes! But I don’t feel like/don’t have time for learning.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone! That’s how I and many others have felt before we found the time or desire to learn.
If you’ve read my About page, you know the story. But if you haven’t,
shame on you! I’ll give you the tl;dr version: I wanted to learn how to sew for years, and my mom even offered (many times!😵 ) to teach me. So how did I buckle down and commit to learning? Here are a few tips.
Choose An Easy Pattern
This may be a no brainer, but pick something easy! Try to find patterns that have any of the following buzzwords on the envelope:
* Very Easy
* 1-Hour (or 2-Hour)
* Learn To Sew
If you’re at a physical store (as opposed to ordering a pattern), take the time to look through as many of the pattern catalogs as possible. As you find one you like, make note of it in your phone, unless you have an awesome memory and can remember pattern brands and numbers with no problem.😊
When you locate the physical pattern envelope, take a look at the instructions.
That way, you can see what you’re getting yourself into. For instance, you probably don’t want your very first self-made garments to involve a weird technique like an invisible zipper or something! And take a look at how many pieces are involved with the style you’re planning to make.
If you like cutting things, it may not be a big deal. But if you’re like me, too much cutting can be discouraging!
Also, check the recommended fabrics and notions for the pattern, as well as how much fabric you’ll need.
If the pattern requires only silky or knit fabrics, only attempt it if you feel confident enough. Otherwise, try to find one that recommends easy-to-use fabrics. Speaking of which…
Use A Simple Fabric
Fabric shopping can be one of the most sensational experiences a person can ever have, especially if you’re blessed to live near a fabric store with unique varieties. But remember to use one of the fabrics that the pattern recommends. Quilting cotton is usually the safest way to go.
Be aware that while quilting cotton is super easy to use, it also tends to make garments look very handmade. That’s not really a bad thing, but it’s something to consider if you’re trying to avoid that look.
Check The Notions
On the back of the pattern, the required notions are listed.
This will give you more insight into what the pattern involves. For example, if buttons are on the list, are they just decorative buttons? Or will you have to make buttonholes?😱 Does your machine have a buttonhole maker? If not, will you have to make them by hand?
Or if a zipper is involved (regular or invisible), do you feel confident learning how to install one yet?
When you check the notions, not only will you know what to get while you’re still in the store, but you’ll also know what to expect. No scary surprises!
Ultimately, when you’re ready to learn how to sew, use a super easy pattern and a not-so-fussy fabric. And make sure the only notions you’ll need are the ones you feel comfortable enough to tackle.
What tips do you have for beginners? I’d love to know! 😄
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