Choosing Your First Pattern


Many beginners fall into the trap of picking a pattern that is too complicated for their skill set. Sandra Betzina, and her daughter Kim, show you what to look for and how to choose an easy pattern, with few seams, to ensure your first sewing success!

Scroll down for step-by-step instructions. For more detailed advice, read Sandra’s article, “Your First Pattern”


Step-By-Step Instructions


V1071LineDrawings Choose patterns with few seams.
V1071 Cut on sleeves such as dolman sleeves and raglan with a simple seam are far easier to sew than a set in sleeve.

Vogue 1071 - Top & Dress

Looser fitting garments are more successful until you know the tricks to making the pattern fit your body.
V1096 Elasticized waist on pants and skirt are easy and fit- forgiving.
V1096-2 It’s perfectly OK to skip some of the detailing on your first project. Details such as pockets, zippers and tabs can always be mastered later.