With hundreds of patterns available online and offline these days, just how do you know which ones to give a try?
This is a common struggle among first time sewing hobbyists. Oftentimes, the most experienced sewers and hobbyists talk about their patterns like they just easily bumped into it readily. Not much has been said about the process of selecting a pattern that actually work for them. This is a crucial consideration when it comes to selecting sewing patterns: learning what works for you. Other than that, here are the other factors that should influence you in choosing a sewing pattern:
1) Your Fashion Taste
Before you start creating for other people, the best start is to sew for yourself first. With this, people, the best practice will always be to create something you love, something that is close to your heart. If you know the type of dresses you love wearing even before you started sewing, try to find a pattern for that dress. The excitement of finally recreating one of your favorite clothes will help you focus on the pattern more easily.
2) Your Body Shape/Size
Every sewing pattern is created according to a certain body size. So this is more of a technical consideration for you when choosing a pattern. Most sewing pattern brands have clearly indicated the sizes of the pattern so this shouldn't be a struggle for you. It is however crucial to know whether the measurements are according to US or UK system as this is where majority of the fitting trouble comes in.
You do not want to end up buying a new pattern each time you feel like creating something new. Unless you are really doing it for a living or for commercial purposes. For hobbyists, it is not practical to stock up on too many patterns when you can reuse many of them. In order to ensure that you can reuse your patterns, go for those that are open to different fabric. There are also patterns wherein you can easily tweak the actual measurements, especially the length. This is specifically useful in dress patterns, since you may want to play around with your dress fit from time to time. At the right time, you may even find yourself tweaking your available patterns to create a unique piece of clothing.
4) Go for less seams
The lesser the seams, the easier it is to perfect your first sewing projects. Seams can be quite a challenge to achieve especially if you are just starting. So when looking for your first few sewing patterns, go for those that have minimal seams. Once you start getting the hang of it, you can upgrade to the more complex ones.