Learn to Sew: Choosing Your First Pattern





Introduction: Learn to Sew: Choosing Your First Pattern

About: Sandra Betzina, the “power” behind Power Sewing, is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home, No Time To Sew and Fear of Sewing. She has produced a skill...
Sandra Betzina shows you what to look for and how to choose an easy pattern to ensure your first garment sewing success!


Step 1: Selecting

Choose patterns with few seams.

Step 2: Sleeves

Cut on sleeves such as dolman sleeves and raglan with a simple seam are far easier to sew than a set in sleeve.

Step 3: Fit

Looser fitting garments are more successful until you know the tricks to making the pattern fit your body.

Step 4: Pants & Skirts

Elasticized waist on pants and skirt are easy and fit- forgiving.

Step 5: Details/Technique

Its perfectly OK to skip some of the detailing on your first project. Details such as pockets, zippers and tabs can always be mastered later.

Step 6:

For more advice on how to choose your first pattern, check out Sandra's, "Your First Pattern" article at www.powersewing.com/category/learn-to-sew-article/



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    Thanks for the video. I do not sew, but think about it often. My wife is a bit adverse to sewing which means I only get to think about it. I do find the art of sewing very mentally stimulating.

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    Glad you liked the video! There's more coming!

    Your wife doesn't let you sew? That sucks sew much! Maybe you should wait until she's asleep before you get out your needles!

    oh man, I've been dying for a "Sewing for people who know nothing at all" series. I'm sew excited!!

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    Thanks! I think this step by step is just my speed!   Kim is so cute, and she asks all the questions that I would ask.

    Thanks for the info! I have always wanted to learn to sew my own clothes- now here's the perfect opportuntiy to learn from a great teacher!

    Nice! I've got to start somewhere... good advice!


    I agree! Excellent advice, and looking forward to more. There's hope for me yet.............

    This is great advice. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!