Learning anything for the first time can be frustrating. You’ve probably watched countless tutorials online, but it all seems a bit overwhelming. Well, I’ll do my best to make the sewing journey a bit easier for you in this post.
Back when i was studying fashion, we started out by learning parts of the machine, then actually doing some very basic stitches. The point was to get us comfortable with using the machine and to become a bit more confident.
As a beginner though, you probably don’t have a sewing machine yet, which is still fine, or maybe you do. Whatever the case might be, this will definitely be of help. Lets get to the list.
First thing first:
Take some pieces of clothing from your closet, and start observing how they are made. Begin with the simple stuff, such as T-shirts and simple tops. Turn them inside out and notice how they are stitched.
You’ll realize that apart from just sewing straight lines on a piece of fabric, you actually need patterns to make garments.
Now, pattern making is a whole topic on it’s own, but no worries. You can still make your own garment without all of the expertise.
Keep observing, and move on to more complex garments such as jackets, and dresses with dynamic designs. By now, you’ll probably be curious as to how these garments are made, and that’s where the next step comes in.
Now, don’t panic about having to rip your precious clothes, you can get some outfits from fleece markets or thrift stores, and rip those. You can even use old clothing you no longer wear. Once you do get some, turn the clothes inside out, then using a seam ripper, undo the stitches. It can be tedious, but hey, you wanna learn don’t you?
Once your done taking the clothes apart, lay the pieces separately and observe them again. Look at the sleeves, notice the shape and how it joins onto the armhole. If your garment has darts, notice how it looses shape once you rip the darts. These are all details that you will be able to instinctively know with time.
Now that you have an idea as to how garments are constructed, you can have your first attempt. Before you actually stitch a garment though, practice some basic stitches on a piece of fabric.
This will help you get a handle on the sewing machine, and get used to the different speeds. If you don’t have access to a sewing machine, you can use a hand needle, or check out these ways to ”sew” without a sewing machine.
After a bit of practice on basic stitches, take one simple garment that you’ve deconstructed, such as a T-shirt, and use those pattern pieces to cut out another T-shirt. Essentially, you’re copying your garment.
I have done many tutorials, whereby i use existing clothes to make new ones. Check out one of my video tutorials that demonstrates how below:
On this next video, i show you how i stitched the duplicate cold-shoulder top. See below:
If you’re making a T-shirt, look at other T-shirts you have and use them as guidelines. Don’t be too hard on yourself with whatever the result, just keep practicing, and you’ll get better.
4. Take Classes
Another way is by taking classes. You will be able learn from an experienced person, and in addition, have others who share in your hobby, which is always fun. If you have workshops in your area, you can attend those too, as there’s always something to learn, or contribute to.
Through this, you’ll also get to know how to make your own clothes from your own personalized measurements!
5. Read books
Yep, that too. There are tons of awesome books out there to help you with this sewing thing. Most books are extremely detailed, and you won’t miss a thing. I just recently purchased this sewing book book, with simple projects you can start right away!
6. Teach Others
Once you start getting better and in turn more confident, do share what you’ve learned, however little. You’ll become even better and have a firmer grasp on what you already know. Plus remember, sharing is caring))
Speaking of sharing, if you found this article helpful, do share it with others who might be interested in sewing as well. Lets interact in the comments, let me know if and when you’ll begin your sewing journey))