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5 Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginners

August 24, 2016Eve Tokens

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Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginners: An Overview

If you’re just getting started in the world of fashion creation, I highly recommend experimenting with some easy sewing patterns for beginners. These more simple patterns will help you to better understand the process of creating garments. By selecting various easy sewing patterns for beginners you can almost guarantee that you get started with the basics, and not thrown in at the deep end.

To that end, if you’re not sure about how to sew and are just thinking about getting started, check out my earlier post on learning to sew. You can get an idea of the history as well as the different types of sewing stitches.

This means you’ll be less frustrated in the beginning. Frustration mixed with some not so great outcomes, often means that we give up, in all sorts of disciplines, and that is the last thing I want to happen to you and your fashion creations!

If you’re uncertain about getting started with sewing, do check out my previous post on Seams so you’re on track with the first steps! 🙂

Sewing Pattern Brands

There are many, many pattern brands offering a multitude of different styles, sizes and skill levels. The big four pattern brands are Buttericks, Vogue Patterns, McCalls and Simplicity – with Mc Call actually incorporating Butterick and Vogue Patterns within their company.

However there are a growing number of small indie designers around the world, releasing patterns via their own websites as digital downloads, or selling them via a more traditional method in fabric and herbadashery stores.

Generally, the mainstream companies tend to offer the same styles, with new season lookbooks available to view and order from. They do have some heavy weight pattern cutters behind them, but I genuinely feel that these are neither stylish not fashionable.

As such, I personally feel that the patterns released by the Indies are more original in design and style, often coming from designers like myself looking to supplement their income with quality products.

Considerations when Looking for an Easy Sewing Pattern

First consideration when looking for an easy sewing pattern should be given to the simplicity of the pattern.

Is it easy to read?

Having a pattern that is well laid out is essential, because if you can’t read the pattern, you’ll end up making mistakes and being frustrated.

Is there information on the sizing available?

  • Patterns are usually ‘graded’ for multiple sizes, making it easier for you to find your size
  • Information is usually printed on the back of the pattern packet, or available in the ‘more info’ tab when buying PDFs
  • Using your measurements, check the pattern sizings available cover your size before buying

Does it inform you of the fabric and tools required?

How well marked is the pattern?

  • Pattern markings are the single most important thing to be aware of
  • Notches are matching points. They help you connect the pieces correctly, like a jigsaw
  • Grain lines guide you on where to place the pattern piece on the fabric
  • The cut number informs you of the number of pieces that need to be cut
  • Without good pattern markings, you’ll struggle if you’re a newbie!

Do you understand the markings used?

  • Is there a guide on the pattern as to what the markings mean?
  • Does it feel ‘easy’ to you looking at the markings?

Is it easy to sew, with simple seams for beginners?

  • What information is given regarding the seam allowances?
  • Are you able to work out what seams are open to you with the available seam allowance?
  • How many pieces are there to seam together?

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Are the directions clear overall?

  • Overall, do you feel like the pattern is straight forward and that you would have success using it?

Finding Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginners

There are so many patterns available both online and offline. A quick search on Pinterest will offer up lots of ideas too. You could even check out my Sewing Patterns Pinterest Board for inspiration, where I curate a vast collection of Sewing patterns of varying complexity.

To make things a little easier, I’ve collected a list of easy sewing patterns for beginners that would make a great starting point.

Now, this list is not exhaustive. There are so many patterns out there that it would take forever to search them all. What this list is, is a go to list for stylish, fashionable beginner sewing patterns. We want fashionable, not fuddy-duddy, and this list is a great start.

My Top Five Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginners:

I searched over 200 free sewing projects online, and these were the ones that had any inkling of fashion style about them. I have no interest in showing you how to make clothes worn by everyone – there are a gazillion sewing pattern producers out there that can sell you those patterns.

My aim is to teach you how to create fashion pieces that are stylish. No old lady clothes here and no frumpy silhouettes either thank you very much. I may risk alienating a lot of people who are in my field, but I don’t want to be the same. I want to be different, I want to offer you something different, because we all deserve to have some wow in what we wear!

These are my top five, free easy sewing patterns!

1: Bored & Crafty: Draped Cardi

For a simple and effective draped cardi – and not the granny kind either – which can also be made longer for a beach cover up, check out Bored & Crafty’s Tutorial. The post is from 2012, so it is an older one, BUT, it is something very easy to put together, and with the right fabric, will look amazing when styled right.

2: Sew4Home: PJ Pants

Theres also this pattern – for comfy Pj Pants. While not technically fashion if they’re bedroom items, I think last year’s trend for wearing silky PJ pants out and about makes this a worthy addition. And trousers are simple to sew, when you have the right pattern. I’d knock up a pair of these in a silky print and wear them with a fitted solid coloured top. What do you think?

3: By Hand London: Polly Top

This free pattern is a very simple top, with a separate front panel. This eliminates any need for bust darts with gives a more fitted look. This is a free downloadable pattern from By Hand London, who have a few patterns available for sale on their site. My other favourite is the Victoria Blazer.

4: I Heart Jenny’s Art: Dita Von Teese Dress

Another easy to make pattern is the Dita Von Teese wrap dress on the I Heart Jenny’s Art blog. Although the fabric choices in her finished pieces are a bit blurgh for me, if it was made up in a solid colour that suited your skin tone? I reckon it’d be a big hit! 🙂

5: Sew Different: Drapey Knit Dress

This dress is possibly not quite as easy as it has integrated pockets, and there are no instructions either. It is taken from the Great British Sewing Bee, and I even have a version that I bought from Cos in the Spring. It’s a great dress, with an interesting shape and I think it should also be attempted in a woven fabric instead of knit, just to see how it comes out.

For more patterns from The Great British Sewing Bee, check out this link to Quadrille Publishing, who have 19 patterns available for free!

Til next week…

RECOMMENDED POSTS: Check out my post on FASTENINGS and FACINGS so that you’re well equipped to complete these easy sewing patterns, and this post on seams too!


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Comments (2)

  • Lesley

    September 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    For older sewists or those with a few lumps and bumps, both of which apply to me, there are the merchant and mills range, two of which fit me without having to fiddle with the pattern, and also the magic bias dress. These patterns all have a bit of zing and went together ridiculously easily.

    1. Eve Tokens

      September 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hi Lesley! Thanks for the info. I love the ‘lumps and bumps’ aspect! 🙂 The Magic Bias Dress sounds intriguing! I’ll definitely take a look!

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