Introduction: Learn to Sew: Choosing Your First Pattern

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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

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Choose patterns with few seams.

Step 2: Sleeves

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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

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

Step 4: Pants & Skirts

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

Step 5: Details/Technique

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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:

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For more advice on how to choose your first pattern, check out Sandra's, "Your First Pattern" article at


mossDboss (author)2009-10-07

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.

Sandra Betzina (author)mossDboss2009-12-13

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

arishine (author)mossDboss2009-10-08

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!

arishine (author)2009-10-08

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

davadiva (author)2009-10-08

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.

KarFran (author)2009-10-07
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!
canida (author)2009-10-06

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

Z.. (author)2009-10-05

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

scoochmaroo (author)2009-10-05

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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