Article: Your First Pattern
As you peruse the pattern books, keep in mind that the fewer pieces a pattern has, the easier it is. Choose a pattern with a minimum number of pattern pieces. Cut-on sleeves (dolman) or sleeves joined at an angle (raglan) are not only easier to sew, but easier to fit than set-in sleeves. Collarless styles are easier than those with collars, patch pockets easier than welt pockets, and pull-on styles easier than those with zippers or buttons. To make your first project more enjoyable, avoid zippers, button holes, set-in sleeves, and lapels. Pull-on tops and elasticized waists are easy to sew and fit. Simple styling in great., drapey fabrics will always be a success. In time, all of these details will be on your menu, but for right now confine yourself to something easy which will build both your skills and your confidence.
You can also watch Sandra, and her daughter, Kim demonstrate step by step instructions on Sandra’s, Learn To Sew Series: Choosing Your First Pattern.