Hi Ya’ll. I was flipping through some old photos on my phone and came across my very first no-pattern sewing project and my first completed sewing project using a commercial pattern. As I admired my first creations, I immediately smiled and thought of all the advice I would have given myself 3 ½ years ago.
If you’ve read my “About Me,” you know what motivated me to start sewing. What you don’t know is the love/hate relationship I’ve had with fabric, notions, sewing tools and my sewing machine. I’ll admit there were a few times my hobby didn’t feel so fun and relaxing. To save a future sewer the heartaches (and headaches) I went through, I’m going to share my advice on things to consider and know when beginning your sewing journey. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short and sweet. 😉
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
There are a lot of sewing gurus on social media and many make sewing seem so easy and fun. Well it is easy and fun but not if you start off too big, too soon. I suggest starting off with a simple project. By simple I mean non-stretch fabrics, elastic waistbands, no zippers, simple patterns with no darts and minimal seams. Believe me, if you try to do something too complicated out the gate, you’ll get frustrated and toss the project aside (or in the garbage can.) Challenge yourself little bits at a time.
YouTube is Your Friend.
Say it with me class, “YouTube is your friend.” If you like to learn in the comfort of your own home at your own pace, YouTube is your best bet. There are numerous sewers, both amateur and professional, who have made great instructional videos for sewers of all levels. I swear by YouTube…it’s my friend. Some of my favorite YouTubers both past and present include Mimi G. Style, Profession Pincushion, FashionSewingBlogTV, Tabitha Sewer, Nadira037 and Brittany J Jones, just to name a few.
If you’re not into online learning, take a class. There are a lot of fabric retailers and individuals that probably offer basic sewing class in your area.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Something Ugly.
…and you will. Believe me I know. I’ve made a few things in my journey that I’ve never worn or I ended up refashioning it into something I can actually wear in public. Just remember, it’s all a part of the learning process. 3 ½ years later, I still make things that end up in the sewing graveyard (i.e. way in the back of my closet.) Over time, your garments will become more appealing and sophisticated.
Bloggers and #SewistofInstagram are Great Resources
I am a visual person but I do read blogs from people who don’t post on YouTube or do how-to videos. There are many sewing bloggers that have been where you are today. Go and seek them out. I tend to find my fellow bloggers on Instagram. I like to find them on Instagram so I can check out their sewing style and projects. Plus, I do believe in community and many bloggers and #sewistofinstagram will gladly share advice with you. These are great places to see and share in return.
Keep it Fun.
If this is your hobby, shouldn’t it be fun? It can be challenging at times but challenging things can be fun. Always remember why you started and if you need to take a break, do so. Never over do it to the point that sewing loses its luster.
Bonus: My 1st Projects
We’ll, I hope I’ve given you some good advice and some things to think about. Hope you all enjoyed. Please like, comment and follow.