Basic information useful to every sewing newbie
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Basic information useful to every sewing newbie

Of Patterns and Threads - Musings of a Sewing Newbie

Of Patterns and Threads - Musings of a Sewing Newbie

I am currently new to sewing. And even newer to pattern making. I basically started about two months ago, with no fixed schedule. Sometimes I try to sew one a week, most of the time I’m just really hoarding patterns to save for ’&later’. I have a bunch of untouched patterns today.

While browsing some sewing inspirations, I realized that the really experienced ones do not just buy or order patterns blindly. Some of them even have only two to three patterns on their stash, yet they keep on creating their beautiful pieces!

It turned out that experienced sewing hobbyists do not just rely on pre-made patterns. They choose patterns that will allow them to create a new, more personalized pattern from. For instance, in a pattern decision guide I read today, one of the important considerations is whether a pattern is flexible enough that it can be combined with another pattern to make a completely new and unique creation.

This is such a lightbulb moment for me. As a started, one of the main reasons why I kept on buying new patterns is because I cannot seem to find the perfect design that I want to create. It’s actually possible to combine two patterns in order to achieve my idea of style.

So, for instance, I’ve been meaning to sew my own figure-hugging dress, but cannot seem to find the right upper body cut for it in any of the patterns I have. But I think I have this favorite top pattern that I once made for friend. I guess I now have an additional challenge


Kathy is fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing her own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives her another avenue to express her experiences and learning in her sewing journey.

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