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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > easiest brand of patterns to use ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/3/13 12:53 PM

I find myself getting more frustrated with the learn to sew patterns and simplicity patterns. Many times unclear and steps seems to be missing. Is there an easier brand that gives better detail and pictures?

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Date: 10/3/13 12:59 PM

Hi Racyta, as you have found out the patterns labeled "easy" are not really all that easy. Kwik Sew have excellent directions that are easy to follow. Some of those patterns are older styles though but will help you get the basics down. People on here will help too if you ask specific questions. What are you wanting to sew?

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Date: 10/3/13 1:13 PM

I have wondered what they consider to be "easy". To me (as a beginner), it's kind of relative. A simple pattern can be made difficult by pattern pieces that are poorly drafted.

Some patterns that I've found really easy to sew were:

McCalls 6519 top (two pieces, finished with bias binding at the neck and arms)

New Look 6108 top (two pieces and a facing - SUPER easy)

New Look 6150 tops (lots of good reviews).

I've not sewn any Kwik Sew patterns but they always get thumbs up for good directions.

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Date: 10/3/13 1:56 PM

Colette is famous for their instructions. Kwik Sew is another one. Some brands are famous for not having instructions (Marfy). Keep in mind, however, that easy to sew and easy to fit are *not* the same thing.

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Date: 10/3/13 2:11 PM

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Some patterns that I've found really easy to sew were:



McCalls 6519 top (two pieces, finished with bias binding at the neck and arms)


I agree with this comment. I actually sewed this pattern up after a few months of lots of sewing and I kind of wish I had found this pattern earlier.

It took me no time to sew up and the end result is beautiful, especially with the various tweaks I made to the pattern to suit my frame better.

I foresee many tops being made from this pattern in the future, and can definitely recommend it to anyone just starting out.

I would say to work with a pattern that does neckline facings, though, first, since I think that gives a really solid base for future sewing. My first top was a pattern that was nearly this easy (Butterick 5463). I personally like how the facing works to keep everything nice and tidy, and it taught me understitching, edgestitching, and how to clip curves.

But after practicing facings, definitely make your life easier with patterns that use binding, lol. Save the facings for projects that really need it.

Re: Kwik Sew...I have done one pattern in their brand and it was very easy to follow the directions. I have looked through a few others, and I am happy to report all the directions are very clear and precise. I also love that they print on white paper with blue lines, very easy to see.

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Date: 10/3/13 3:09 PM

The instructions for the patterns by the big companies can be so frustrating. Skipped steps, unclear descriptions, and my pet peeve of outdated or clunky sewing methods are some things that come to mind. There are a few patterns that have good instructions but that is like the luck of the draw or something.

There are some independent designers that have great instructions. Colette is one but as with any independent you would need to like that particular style. I really like MariaDenmark e-book sewing patterns. You will have to click on the link in the menu at the top of the page to see her collection of designs as I don't know how to get a direct link to anything on her site, sorry about that. Anyway, after a few seconds there is a pop-up thing that offers a free pattern, the Kirsten Kimono tee. Free, can't beat that, and it's a download so instant gratification. You can read through the instructions on the PDF you get and see what you think before you print. I love the Kristen Kimono tee, it's a favorite summer top for me.

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Date: 10/3/13 3:17 PM

Often the big 3-4 will say something like "finish your sleeve edges and buttonholes" or such, assuming you've done it 100 times before, and often never mention basics like finish the seam edges. Study a couple of books at the library--with great photos-- for all the beginner things they don't explain.
If you have a Half Price bookstore, that's a good place to start your own little collection. Besides the helpful members of PR, you can Google most problems and find someone made a Video for it.

Nancy's Notions has written several books with Tips on everything, sent in by her customers over the years. Sue Hausmann of Rodale Press has "Sew Fast, Faster" with lots of hints not seen on patterns.
We still refer to these after years of experience, always learning!

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Date: 10/3/13 3:56 PM

A company I like a lot, along with others, is "Cutting Line Designs" by Louise Cutting. Martha Myers reviews a lot of her patterns, and also always seems to include comments on how good she thinks the instructions are. Depends on your taste, of course...

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Date: 10/3/13 7:07 PM

kkkkaty (and Martha Meyers) are right. Cutting Line Designs instructions are like a sewing lesson, and you can apply the techniques to other patterns. Some of the designs are very distinctive ones that you wouldn't make multiple times. But some are classics that can be used again and again, like The Blouse Perfected and Easy Ageless Cool. I mention this because they are not cheap patterns, so one that can be a TNT basic is a really good buy.

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Date: 10/3/13 9:20 PM

Another Kwik Sew fan, for clear pattern instructions. There are a number of techniques I first learned from Kwik Sew patterns that I now use on other projects.

Consider the book Easy Sewing the Kwik Sew Way (PR review here by Mini). It comes with a set of basic master patterns. It was published in 2002, so you aren't going to find the latest styles, but these are very basic patterns for basic wardrobe elements, and you can apply all the techniques in the book to whatever project you are sewing.

Amazon has a good price on this book (about $20 instead of $26). Check you local library to see if they have a copy, if you would like to browse before you buy.

To quote Mini's review:

"However, even if you never use the patterns at all, the book could still be worthwhile.

Here is why I recommend this book so highly. Experienced users of Kwik Sew patterns may not learn a lot that is new from this book. However, it is a handy reference to have when you want to look up a technique without having to sort through all your pattern instruction sheets to find it. For those not familiar with Kwik Sew patterns and sewing methods, the book can be a way to learn good techniques that can be applied to any pattern or project.

For the less advanced, this book provides a resource for learning the basics of sewing. If you are beyond the beginner stage and would like to learn how to make design variations on basic patterns, this book is a great place to start. "

CMC

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