What’s a great thing to sew when you want to add to your wardrobe, and fast? A simple little top. Keep the design lines to a minimum, make it on the loose-fitting, boxy side, and you can have a chic top in just a few hours. Right now I’m sewing three different versions of Butterick B6175, which fits this bill. One version uses up some Oscar de la Renta brocade I had in my stash, another version will be out of lightweight denim, and the third is planned for a designer silk in a bold orange print.
Fact: Even the newest of beginning sewers can sew really cute tops as a first garment project. Seriously! Here are three top patterns we think an unassisted newbie could successfully tackle on her own:
For fabrics I’d recommend lightweight wovens: cotton shirting, cotton voile, chambray, silk or poly crepe, or medium-weight georgette. Always choose a fabric you love, not just because the price per yard is right. No matter how perfect a sewing job you do on your garment, you won’t want to wear it unless you love, or at least really like, the fabric you made it from.
Topic for discussion: Should brand-new sewers sew their first garment(s) using or NOT using a pattern? The reason I pose this to you is that if you search “beginning sewing” or “beginning sewing patterns” on Pinterest you see a lot of pins that tell you how to make a garment without using a pattern. Sure, you can definitely sew something like an elastic-waist skirt without using a pattern, but do you really want to make a dress, say, by using one of your RTW dresses as a pattern? If you’re a BEGINNER?! There are pins that encourage you to do this. I haven’t been a beginner since forever, and I can make my own patterns if I have to, but…WHY would you do this? It’s so much easier and faster to sew with a pattern. And cheaper too if you’re factoring in your time.
Your thoughts on this topic? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think about beginning sewers starting off sewing garments by making their own patterns. (This is assuming they’re hobbyists and not fashion designer hopefuls.) Thanks!