Pattern making from preexisting garments
I am trying to teach myself how to sew. I have found online tutorials and books to help me but none of them teach me what I want to learn, how I want to learn it. I want to learn how to make clothes - more importantly I want to make clothes that I'll actually wear. So I will be starting a series of sewing instructables called Learning How to Sew Carleyy's Way, it will start as individual instructables and eventually be compiled into a guide. Think of each of these instructables as individual lessons. Each 'lesson' will have a list of skills learned from completing that instructable. There are no rules as to what order I do these instructables, just what I want to learn for myself. So if you're following along to teach yourself to sew, work on the instructables that interest you. So keep checking into see what I am working on.
Step 1: Materials
2. Sewing Machine - if you have access to a serger that would be helpful but not necessary, I used a sewing machine and serger for this project but I will tell you how you can use a sewing machine to do the sergers job
3. Clear Elastic - you will get the length from your pattern, but it shouldn't be any longer than then your waist size
4. Cotton/Jersey Fabric - this is for the crotch, you only need a few inches of this, just make sure you chose a fabric that will be comfortable down there.
5. Pattern Paper - this doesn't necessary have to be the kind sold at fabric stores, any paper will work, I used brown packaging paper.
6. Other Sewing Essentials - scissors, thread, seam ripper, pencil