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.