Hello, Fellow Sewists! Learn How Easy It Is To Sew With Patterns

Hello, fellow sewists! This is my first official post as the Online Editor of Sew Daily. I am so excited to be a part of this warm and vibrant community and can't wait to get to know you all and what you like to sew.  As for me, I began sewing clothes for my Skipper (Barbie's little sister) way back in second grade. Ever since then, I can't be kept away for long from needle and thread. I'm largely self-taught, which is kind of a painstaking way of learning to sew, but there you go. 

My first love is garment sewing. I love the challenge, but I love the results more–new clothes! And speaking of challenges, on my Instagram feed I found a new online pattern maker from France, Vanessa Pouzet. She makes those types of garments that French women are so well know for: simple, classic, but with a modern twist. So I begin my latest challenge recalling high school French class in order to translate the directions. Parlez vous francais anyone?  I'll get it, because I love this jacket more than anything and will have it made!

Karen LePage in her new video
"Getting Started Using Sewing Patterns."


If you are new to sewing, you may not want to start out with such an ambitious project as mine. A perfect place to start is learning from the pros (unlike how I started!). Karen LePage is just the pro to teach you how to sew with sewing patterns.  Learning how to use and read sewing patterns is the first step in making a beautiful garment. Check out a preview of her video, Getting Started Using Sewing Patterns. The video will teach you all the mysteries of sewing with patterns; it's an essential starting point in your journey towards sewing garments.  

Since I am a newbie to this community, I would enjoy hearing what you love about sewing, what challenges you would like to tackle or where you are in your journey towards becoming a great sewist.

How did you learn to sew? Did you learn with classes, from a parent or are you mostly self-taught? I would love to hear the details.

Let's get started!


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About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

12 thoughts on “Hello, Fellow Sewists! Learn How Easy It Is To Sew With Patterns

  1. I was in the 7th or 8th grade and wanted to learn how to sew – so I could have more clothes! I made a simple flared skirt out of cotton, with zipper and waistband. Fortunately I had an aunt who was a home-ec teacher (remember when we had them?). She gave me a few pointers. My mother sewed a lot but it’s hard to take direction from your mother! When my daughter was ready to sew, I turned her over to a 4-H leader.

  2. I was the 7th grade, home economics, with new pattern and material our project was simple blue jean skirt. I worked hard on my skirt, made every cut and stitch on my grandmother’s singer ,and in class. When we graded I received my first F. My teacher said it was too perfect someone must have done it for you. Thank goodness I have a I’ll show you attitude, and I haven’t stopped sewing since. Most of my experience has been self taught and out of necessity, and every time I make a skirt I think of that woman.

  3. I too learned how to sew by making clothes for myBbarbies and baby dolls for myself and my sister. I wanted the beautiful things other girls had! When I got into 7th grade Home Ec. I figured out that clothing had armholes and crotches to them. I am amazed at the stuff I did make, not knowing that little fact. I sew mostly clothing, for almost everyone I know. As a pretty much self taught I now have a wedding dress under my list of accomplishments.

  4. Mom was a fabulous sewist who made wool tailored suits, coats, plus every A-line skirt I ever wore, and two of my grandma’s were quilters so I didn’t have to learn to sew. I did learn to embroider from one of my grandmas. When I was 19 and living in my first apartment the department store in town started to carry Necchi sewing machines and as a promo had a drawing for a pretty basic machine. I won! So I had my very own brand new Necchi that zigzagged and made buttonholes, it was a wonder. I started sewing, like nearly everyone I know, by making rectangular things–curtains and pillows–then I branched out into kids’ clothes and clothes for me, but I never got interested in tailoring. I guess I’m a utility sewist. My son and daughter learned to sew on it, on their own with just a bit of help from Mom. I still have it and sew on it all the time because it’s a mechanical machine, not a computer, is nearly indestructible, and it still makes the nicest buttonholes of any machine I’ve seen. Both of the kids still sew, daughter more than son, but he’s made a kilt all by himself. I’m hoping his 10 month old daughter wants to learn to sew one day too.

  5. I love the comments from sewold1, eswittine, and Lorraine! I got a tiny Singer sewing machine that made a chain stitch instead of using a bobbin, when I was in 4th grade. That’s where I learned to make Barbie clothes (never as beautiful or glamorous as the ones my mom made, tho.) The summer between 6th and 7th grade my mom taught me to sew shorts and pants, so I’d have a clue when I got to 7th grade home ec (Thanks, Ms. Jenness!) She had a Singer that my dad converted from treadle to electric. I had one of my own when I grew up (early black, scrolly gold paint, but already electric.) I made clothes for myself and my best friend, Dawn. THEN I got a Bernina that I’ve had ever since. I got away from sewing for a long time, but recently started sewing again, and remembered how HAPPY it makes me! That’s my story, Jill. Welcome to this awesome site.

  6. I had a sewing class in junior high, and my grandmother (who lived with us) could sew _anything_, with or without a pattern. It didn’t take, however – I really hated the sewing class, in fact – until I had to buy my own clothes in college.

    I was always heavy, no matter what I did, and we tried absolutely everything, (including picking up the only food I was allowed each week at the doctor’s office every Thursday; imagine what that did to my teen-aged social life!). And in those days, there were no ‘young woman’ clothes in larger sizes. If I was going to have anything nice or even remotely fashionable, I had to make it myself. Under those circumstances, you learn fast, and my college roommate was a pretty decent seamstress, which helped.

    Even though I finally have found something that works and I’m now a more ‘normal’ size, I’m grateful for the sewing skills. Ultimately they led me into theatrical costuming, which I deeply enjoy. And I still make many (if no longer all…) of my own clothes.

  7. My first sewing task was sitting next to my mother and pulling both threads to the same side of the fabric and knotting them when I was about 5. When other girls were playing with dolls, I was hand sewing to dress mine to go with pictures of costumes thru the centuries. (This was before Barbie dolls.) I am still sewing wonderful gowns for the medieval reinactment group that I enjoy.

  8. I don’t remember how I learnt to sew. I come from a long line of sewist’s. As far back as I can remember my grannie, mum, all her sister’s (my aunt’s) and many of my cousins – male and female – have all sewn. I think I must have been born with a needle in my hands.
    When I was in senior school (UK) my needlework teacher often complained that I couldn’t sew (and was disruptive in class). One parents evening my mum had had enough so she asked me to wear a certain dress. She asked the teacher “What do you think of Jan’s dress,” Teacher answered “Very nice. You’ve made a good job of that”. Mum replied “JANICE made that”.
    Teacher’s face was a picture.
    I was almost 12yrs old at the time.
    Unfortunately time and age is making it difficult for me to do much sewing now.

  9. My mother always sewed, and some of my earliest memories are of standing next to her, and watching the needle go up and down. (I also remember turning the knob that adjusted the stitch length, not knowing what it did, and not being able to see any change in what the needle did. It must have driven my mom nuts!) She helped me sew my first project–an apron made out of red quarter inch gingham–when I was about 8, and I sewed, off and on while I was growing up. I had one class in junior high, and I tailored a blazer for my boyfriend when I was in high school–no one told me that was way more advanced than my skill level. As I recall, it turned out beautifully, except that it didn’t fit him. I sewed in earnest when I had little ones, making everything from sleepers to jeans, then took a break when they grew up enough to want store-bought clothes, but set up my sewing machine again when my skills were needed for unique prom dresses. I took another break until my eldest got married; she found a dress to buy that she loved but I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear to her wedding, so I made a blue silk suit that turned out exactly as I envisioned, and that started me sewing for myself again. Now I am completely spoiled by having garments that actually fit, in nice fabrics I can’t find in ready to wear. Along the way, I picked up quilting– both piecing and quilting. But my true love is garments. And paying it forward; I love helping others learn.