Learn to Sew: Choosing Your First Pattern

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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...

Intro: Learn to Sew: Choosing Your First Pattern

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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    mossDboss

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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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    arishinemossDboss

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    arishine

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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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    davadiva

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    KarFran

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!
     
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    canida

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Z..

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    scoochmaroo

    8 years ago on Introduction

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