Like I mentioned before, when I first started sewing clothes a couple years ago, I was never satisfied with the results. The clothes never fit and I had no clue what I was doing. I think a huge part in enjoying sewing clothes is to understand what you are doing, to not bite off more than we can chew. I never really wanted to invest money into sewing patterns, or classes, or books when I was attempting to make garments. That was a huge mistake. I was just reading a free tutorial and trying to make something amazing from that short little snippet. Free tutorials and patterns are GREAT and please utilize them, but when you are learning and want to get great results, don’t rely on one free tutorial to teach you what you need to know. Pinterest is filled with free patterns and tutorials. I can’t stress enough how they should be more tools in your tool belt, rather than what gives you great results. If you don’t have the basic understanding on things, you most likely won’t get great results on a brief tutorial. Now that I have been participating in the PDF pattern world, I am finding designers that I really trust and like do have free actual patterns. I wouldn’t hesitate to use those. The free tutorials are what I am more concerned with for beginners. They don’t include the actual pattern piece and just give you measurements. When I didn’t have a basic understanding of what I was doing, I never got good results. I think those are for a little more advanced seamstress. But like I said, tools in the tool belt. Use the tutorial to learn techniques, but don’t use it solely to make your garment.
Yesterday I recommended deciding on what specifically you wanted to sew before starting. Once you decide what you want to sew, start looking around for resources on this topic. Lets say you want to sew with knits because they are comfy. Start googling working with knits. You tube is great. I have taken many classes on Craftsy and I highly recommend investing in a class. After you have learned more about the area you want to sew in, buy a few patterns relating to it. I have learned a lot by following someones pattern and seeing what technique they use. I didn’t really get great results until I invested a little money and time into it.
I am not saying don’t use free content at all. There is a TON of great free content out there. Like a ton. All I am saying is don’t try to make something from only one free blog post. Learn as much as you can from blog posts, classes, you tube videos, library books, before actually making a garment if you want to get great results.
So before starting a project, take the time to get basic skills in place. Once you feel like you understand it better, tackle your project with confidence!
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