I get asked this question quite often.
“What would be the best pattern for my young, or brand new sewist start with?”
Oh Sew Kat! offers patterns with basic pattern pieces and simple constructions for this very reason. The goal is to give success to someone who has NEVER SEWN A PATTERN EVER. Here are my top 3 patterns for newbie seamstresses: The Sixth Grade Skirt, the Playtime Peasant Top, and the Easy Up! Jumper.
The greatest thing about the Sixth Grade Skirt is that it’s very hard to mess it up. Because it is an open skirt, with a hook and loop tape closure in back, it fits a wide variety of dolls (and toys), and also accommodates a beginning seamstress’ (possibly) uneven seam allowances. It’s fun to mix and match different fabrics, and you can add easy pockets with this TUTORIAL, or ruffles or lace to the hem like in this TUTORIAL.
As far as a doll shirt goes, the peasant top is a timeless staple for every doll wardrobe. It really does not get much easier than this. The simple construction still lends itself to whimsical fabric combinations for unique styles. Feeding a safety pin through an elastic casing for the easy neckline will teach a beginner a skill that can be then used on skirts, pants and shorts too!
Make the Playtime Peasant Top with long sleeves with elastic at the wrist. This classic look works for both historical and modern outfits.
The Easy Up! Jumper is just that! Easy! It’s easy to cut, and quick to sew. For first time seamstresses, make the simple version (no side pleats) and use FOE (fold over elastic) for the straps. Be careful, this pattern is addicting! It’s hard to make just one!
Visit the Inspiration Gallery for each pattern to see more ideas.
Other simple patterns to try: Boardwalk Boutique, Playground Pants, HalterAlls, and the Party Time Peasant Dress.
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