4 sewing patterns for beginners

Let’s get sewing with a few of my favourite and easiest patterns to sew!

Hey guys, I’m so excited to be chatting with you today! Ok, ok, maybe it’s not really a conversation and I may infact be me talking to myself! But I wanted to pop by and share my favourite 4 sewing patterns for beginners with you!

The last year has been rough, and sewing has been like therapy for many of us. If you never sewed a stitch prior to the Covid-19 lockdowns – welcome to the club! Now that you’ve conquered a stitch or two! You may be on the hunt for sewing patterns, which won’t have you pulling your hair out. Or even worse have you swiftly returning your machines to the dealer!

Pattern 1 – Adrienne Blouse from Friday Pattern Co

I’ve been sewing for just about three years, and I’ve only recently picked up this pattern. The Adrienne is a cute top with gorgeous billowy sleeves, and comes in an extensive size range from XS-4XL.
So, what makes this blouse a perfect beginner pattern? Could it be the fact that it only has three pattern pieces! Or perhaps because it’s easy to fit – courtesy of the knit fabric. Or maybe, it’s has something to do with it has no fastenings! Just pop a little elastic in, and it’s good to go!  

Pattern 2 – Montgomery Skirt from Little Lizard King

You’ve now conquered an easy to sew knit blouse so what next? I’d say this skirt pattern would be a good bet. The Montgomery Skirt is a circle skirt with a flat front, elasticated back, three different lengths and optional sash belt. The patterns is designed for designed for tulle and woven fabrics.
The instructions for this pattern are stellar! Little Lizard King really does hold your hand every step of the way. It has fitting tips, as well as guides for customising the pattern. The trickiest part of this make is probably the hem. However, even this step has two options – a double turned or a bias tape hem. There’s only one downside to this pattern – the sizing goes up to size 18 only, which is a 38in waist and 47½in hip.

Pattern 3 – Ogden Cami from True Bias

My next pick is an Instagram favourite and closet staple. This cami pattern is available in two size ranges: 0-18 and 14-30 in printed and pdf format. The PDF includes only 14 pages, and is quick and easy to assemble.
Although it can be worn alone, it makes a great layering piece. There’s also lots of opportunities to hack it, which gets double points in my book! Just check the hashtag for proof! This camisole has no closures – it’s a slip on and go kind of  top! The bigger size range includes a bust dart for added shaping. Dart or no dart – it’s such a simple make which can be sewn up and out the door in just a couple hours!

Pattern 4 – Ava Skirt from Sew Over It

Last up, and the most challenging of my picks, is this skirt pattern.  It’s A-line and has two length options. The pattern has three main pieces and optional pockets, ‘as everything is better with pockets!
The skirt has front and back darts for shaping, and a back zipper – but don’t let that intimidate you. The instruction booklet is so comprehensive, you’re sure to feel like you have a teacher at your side. As an additional resource, Sew Over It also offers a ‘Stitch School’. The Ava Skirt is part of the ‘Beginners Guide to Dressmaking’ online class too. Along with two other patterns, and this feature does come at an additional cost!

So, there you have it, four sewing patterns to help you build your me-made wardrobe from the ground up. Pair your Ogden or Adrienne with your Montgomery skirt and flats for a quick trip around the town; or switch out for an Ava skirt and heels to head to the office (if that’s even still a thing).

Happy sewing!

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