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Date: 5/23/13 11:38 PM

Sooooooo.....what are some of the best patterns for beginners? I've heard a few things. Like all see and sew patterns are good. And apron patterns are good. Basic dress patterns are good. So what is the best thing to help me master sewing?

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Date: 5/24/13 0:20 AM

Well, it depends on what you're looking for (doesn't it always). Accessory patterns, like aprons, can be a good way to start sewing if you're interested in them, but the best project is one that you're enthusiastic about. If you're making clothes, you often have to make a tradeoff between styles and pattern brands that fit your body and ones that have good instructions and drafting. (What patterns tend to fit what kind of bodies has been discussed here a lot if you search the archives.) KwikSew has good instructions and would be a line I'd recommend to beginners, although they never fit me without a lot of tweaks, and that would be discouraging if you thought it was your fault, not the pattern.

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Date: 5/24/13 1:45 AM

If you have a child you can sew for, that's a good place to start because you avoid a lot of the fitting issues that come along with an adult female body and children tend to be uncritical of little imperfections.

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Date: 5/24/13 4:33 AM

I have to echo the idea that it's important to pick something you're enthusiastic about because the best outcome in the world from a simple pattern is useless if you then stuff it in a drawer and never use/wear it. What is it you really want to make/wear/own?

You may also need to take a sort of stepping stone approach. I started sewing because I wanted to make bags. I started out with simple tote bags and then gradually worked up to complicated handbags. What I always wanted to do was make complicated handbags, but I needed the skills I learned from making simple patterns before I could get there.

For me it is the same with making clothes. I am learning how to fit my upper body (very challenging fit issues) by making relatively simple patterns so that I can gradually learn to make more complicated patterns.

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Date: 5/24/13 9:37 AM

I agree with westmoon-at first, I picked patterns which were simple to fit, and did not include a lot of detail. I chose a bathrobe for my first major project using an embroidered cotton. It had a shawl collar and was very simple. I made a few loose coverups with a Simplicity pattern, and then tried a more fitted top using matte jersey. I tried to make things I would actually wear as this was motivating to me. My first jacket was unlined, and I did not finish the seams! I still have it and it still looks good (on the outside).

I think the best advice is to look inside and decide what would make you proud to use when done sewing. That should be your project.

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Date: 5/24/13 9:37 AM

Kwik Sew does a great job of explaining things and would be a good place to start. Get a good book. I like Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. It goes through everything with great pictures. and Welcome! Just ask us lots of questions if you get stuck. Someone on here has probably done the pattern that you are working on and can help answer questions.

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Date: 5/27/13 11:54 AM

I selected easy dresses, skirts and shirts for my first projects. I always look at the instructions to see if I actually understand them! I also look at the amount of pieces to a pattern - the fewer the better for me (at least right now!). I've found several that I really like and that have been super easy for me. My fave skirt pattern is New Look by Simplicity 1717 - it's a great pattern that you can change up in so many ways as you gain more experience

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Date: 5/27/13 11:57 AM

I love PJ bottoms as a beginner project.

Lots of basic sewing techniques are learned (laying out a pattern, cutting, basic stitching, basic fitting and hemming). PJs can be made of lightweight woven cotton which is a breeze to sew.

The project will mostly likely get used as PJ's can be worn around the house.

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Date: 5/27/13 7:57 PM

I highly recommend Kwik Sew patterns. I think they have some of the best written instructions out there.

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Date: 5/28/13 2:28 AM

All beginners are not created equal: sew something you want to wear and take your time reading about the necessary techniques to make it.

My first dress was a sleeveless, jewel neckline, A-line mini-dress deemed suitable for a beginning 8th grade seamstress in home econ class. The experience was an unmitigated disaster from start to finish; I still have nightmares 45 years later.

I didn't touch a sewing machine again until 10th grade. Then I chose an empire waist bodice with full skirt and bottom ruffle, gathered sleeves, and a square neckline. I got a book from the library to learn to do a FBA. I didn't want to wear a slip and since no one told me that underlining and lining were not beginner techniques, I lined the entire dress.

Turned out great and I made at least two other versions of it, including my first formal. Only mistake I made was misjudging the fabric needed. I still have fabric bags made from that stuff!

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