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/
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.
<p>Glad you liked the video! There's more coming!</p>
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!<br />
oh man, I've been dying for a &quot;Sewing for people who know nothing at all&quot; series. I'm sew excited!!<br />
<strong>Thanks! </strong>I think this step by step is just my speed!&nbsp;&nbsp; Kim is so cute, and she asks all the questions that I would ask.<br />
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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!

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Bio: 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 ... More »
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