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Good beginner patterns??

MlleHouse | Posted in Patterns on


I am new to patterns and am looking for suggestions on pattern brands (women’s clothing) that are particularly good for beginners.   Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.  



  1. ElonaM | | #1

    Burda has a line of simple, very good-looking patterns called "Burda--Start." There's well-fitted tee, "one-seam" pants and shorts, a basic shirt, a tank top, a skirt, and another shirt, I think. Several of these have received quite a bit of praise at http://www.patternreview and http://www.sewingworld.com.

    These are multi-sized patterns, which means that you do have to trace off a pattern according your real measurements, but this gives you a remarkably personalized fit.

    1. MlleHouse | | #3

      Thank you! I will definitely check out the Burda patterns-

  2. BYDEZINE | | #2

    Kwik Sew patterns are also easy. Look for a pattern that fits loosely, doesn't have alot of tailoring detail, and maybe has an elastic waist. Also look for sleeves that get attached before you sew up the side seams.

    once you have mastered that kind of easy garment you can slowly move to zippers, buttonholes, collars and set in sleeves.

    And shop for an overall book on sewing like the reader's digest book or vogue sewing because it can really help in a pinch when the pattern instructions seem to be written in greek translated from the babylonian.

    When looking at a pattern in the store it is permitted to open it and look at the instructions before you buy. just don't mess with the actual pattern parts.

    Another important tip is to buy extra fabric to fix your goofs,  everyone who sews has to repair mistakes and a seam ripper is a tool even fashion designers use.

    Finally--- buy fabric you really love because it's a real drag to sew on fabric that isn't interesting.  follow the pattern guidelines to the type of fabric suitable for the pattern. starting with the wrong fabric for the garment can be a real bummer and a major obstacle to success.  I think buying really good fabric for the beginner is imperative, cheap fabric can often disappoint and beginners need the encouragement of beautiful fabric that sews easily.

    Have fun, sewing is a joy that lasts a lifetime.

    1. MlleHouse | | #4

      Thanks for the input!

  3. KLHodge | | #5

    I STRONGLY suggest the Loes Hines patterns.  They are wonderfully easy for a beginner.

    Try the swing skirt and the cowl neck top.

    Other patterns I like are the Textile Studio Brussel's Skirt and basic top.

    I like the Burda patterns, but the ones from Loes Hines sewed up like a dream AND are lovely to wear.


    1. enidshapiro | | #7

      I started out with Vogue nightshirts. Super-easy, no fit problems, and use them to this day.

  4. TessaGMB | | #6

    I would add my vote for Kwik Sew patterns. They have easy to follow instructions that don't assume you know anything, especially on Learn-to-Sew patterns which include extra warnings about steps a beginner might not understand. I also agree that you should start with good quality fabric, and natural fabrics (cotton, wool) are generally easier to sew than synthetics. Most of all, pick a pattern and fabric you really like and have fun!

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