If you're going to have a go at sewing your own clothes one of the most important things to get right is choosing an easy sewing pattern to get you started. This can make the difference between trying, struggling and giving up vs enjoying the new challenge and coming out with something you're really proud of at the end. Warning: if the latter happens you will more than likely become addicted to sewing and will never love another hobby the same way again. It may well take over your life. Seriously.
As a relatively new sewer myself I know how it feels to take those first few tentative steps on the journey to a handmade wardrobe. I am lucky enough to have the guidance and support of my mother in law Angela (co founder of Sew Essential and sewing for over 60 years) but I know that in the beginning what you really need is a bit of quick gratification: to spend a few hours into making something and see the results almost instantly. This is what will give you the belief you can make your own clothes, it isn't as complicated as you think and you could, one day, go on to be a sewing demon producing uber complicated garments worthy of a Milan catwalk or a Hollywood red carpet...Continue reading