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Date: 11/9/13 9:08 AM

After sewing three Halloween costumes, one slightly decent cardigan, and 1/3 of a dress that doesn't look like it's going anywhere....I've turned to knitting to pass my time because I feel like nothing I sew turns into wearable garments.

I'm naturally attracted to garments that seem to involve lots of seams and intermediate techniques that require time to master.

I'd like to return to sewing simple garments (maybe with extra nice fabrics...eventually) because I think I'm jumping ahead of my abilities. So suggestions of simple garments without a lot of seams and techniques...with a nice majority of knits...would be extremely welcome!

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Date: 11/9/13 9:47 AM

Two suggestions: Jalie and KwikSew

Jalie patterns produce the kind of RTW fit that we work hard to achieve. The construction methods are simple and effective and the fit is great. Really great.

Don't be put off by the clunky-looking artwork on KS patterns; with just a little fitting experience (which might involve dropping down 1/2 size by tracing between two sizes), you'll be able to sew up some attractive, wearable things with RTW-looking finishes. KS lines are very simple and they let your fabric do the talking.

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Date: 11/9/13 9:49 AM

These three patterns have been my biggest, easiest successes as a beginner. They are flattering, too:


Simplicity 5914


Simplicity 9825


Kwik Sew 3115

Simple seams, well drafted patterns that tend to flatter, and nothing more complex than a zipper and a bit of topstitching to manage. All of these have been positively reviewed over and over and over.

ETA: The KS pants are the only knit thing I've ever sewn, so that's why I don't have more suggestions for knits . . .
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Date: 11/9/13 10:30 AM

Whenever I'm feeling uncertain about my sewing skills, I do as Karla suggests -- pull out a Jalie or Kwik Sew. Their instructions are good, esp. Kwik Sew for a newer sewist. Now they are polar opposites on fit! Jalie is very closely fitted so do not fudge on your measurements or unhappiness will ensue. KwikSew run large so be sure to consult the finished garment measurements which are printed on the pattern pieces and then compare them to something similar that fits well enough. That is my only quibble with KS ... well, the artwork isn't great either!

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Date: 11/9/13 3:41 PM

In addition to Jalie and Kwick Sew, My go-to patterns are from Christine Jonson (cjpatterns.com). They fit me like a dream,are drafted well, the instructions are great, and she uses really good techniques for construction.NAYY

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Date: 11/9/13 3:44 PM

That's a good suggestion, Andi.

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Date: 11/9/13 4:45 PM

Anything of stretchy knit, with only a very few pattern pieces in it, with no cuffs, collars and facings, and no button holes, plackets, zippers or closures on it, that you can just get it on you and wear it, by pulling it on instead, over your head or over your hips, is always many, many times quicker and more easy to sew than anything woven with all that other kind of "stuff" in it instead. Also lots of many "fitting issues" just probably would even maybe just vanish, if it more just stretches onto you.

If I just want to make a bunch of clothes as quick as possible, for sort of instant gratification and quick, without having to think about it much, and want more "instant results" that is the kind of stuff I always go for.

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Date: 11/9/13 8:54 PM

It's slightly out of season for winter but tank dresses are great for quick easy sewing. There's the Eucalypt from Megan Nielsen:


The Wiksten Tank is a very similar pattern but drafted for someone with more of a narrow and sloping shoulder (I generally use Vogue size 8 and the Eucalypt fit me much better than the Wiksten tank).


StyleArc patterns also seem to work well for a lot of sewers, and they have many simple, streamlined designs.
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Date: 11/10/13 8:01 AM

I really like Style Arcs Creative Cate.

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Date: 11/10/13 9:31 AM

these are some excellent suggestions, for me too! Thank you so much everyone. And I have got to try a Jalie pattern. Have heard so many wonderful good things about them. TFS!

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