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I am really, really, really trying to overcome my inability to sew. I have books and fabric and a great machine, and yet nothing comes out the way I want it to. Today I tried making a "simple"…Continue

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Here I go.

I just cut out my first shirt pattern- Colette Pattern's Sorbetto. A few people recommended this as a starter project. I pinned it up to my dress form and it kinda looks like a shirt. Now, I need to convince myself that I can sew it. Frightening.

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 5:20pm

Hello Sew Weekly!

I am brand new to the world of sewing and have great expectations and dreams of being able to make all of my own clothing. Regrettably, I am having a very hard time getting the hang of it. Can anyone recommend any starter projects? I have a bunch of dress patterns from the 1950's that I can't wait to make, but I don't want to ruin them until I feel comfortable. Any suggestions would be amazing. Thanks!

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 5:28am — 2 Comments

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At 6:03am on July 24, 2011, Céline Badaroux Denizon said…
Thank you for your lovely comments Mary! Happy sewing to you! ^^
At 10:25am on July 24, 2011, Magpie Mimi said…



A good, free starter pattern would be Colette's Sorbetto top and probably their  Ginger skirt too, although I haven't tried that yet, but any basic a-line skirt is the staple starter project for sewing beginners!  Burda do good easy patterns too, check out their website for free patterns and the Anna Maria Horner website has a free skirt pattern too, but it's got an elasticated waist.


Anyway, hope that helps!

At 5:00pm on August 8, 2011, littlemonkeys said…



I agree with Magpie Mimi- nothing is simpler than a skirt! :) Welcome to the world of sewing!!!



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