I know it can be overwhelming to pick a first project when you first start sewing. Once you have all your supplies ready and you finally feel ready to use your machine, You realize you just don’t know where to start. I’ve made a list of some patterns that look great on many different body types, are stylish, and still simple enough for a beginner to handle. I’ve made quite a few of these patterns myself and love them!
- Moneta– This Pattern is must have in my book. The classic silhouette is so flattering and one of my favorites. You can choose between 3 Versions.
sleeveless, short sleeve, and 3/4 sleeve. Colette Patterns also offers a free download of Moneta extras which contains 5 different collar variations! I have made three versions of this pattern and will definitely be making more. I added a couple of my versions below for inspiration.
2. Mabel – All you need is one yard of fabric to create this knit mini skirt. A nice medium-heavy weight fabric will give you enough stability and shape. There is also a knee length version if you are like me and don’t like to show too much leg.
3. McCall’s 6744 – The amount of style variations in this pattern is one of my favorite things about it. You can make a maxi dress or slightly above knee length, and pair it with a wrap ,racer back or tank style for the bodice. A simple elastic waistband makes this dress a breeze. Oh and did I mention I’ve made 3 versions of this one too???
4. Staple Dress– By April Rhodes . The name says it all.
5. Hemlock Tee– Awesome Loose fitting top that can easily be made in multiple fabrics to add as a staple to your wardrobe. I Love the relaxed fit, and the best part is… IT’S FREE!! You can download the pattern from the grainline studio website.
6. Lou Box Top– Another great casual top that can be made with 3 different hem lines , and two neckline variations.
7. Inari Tee Dress & Crop Top – from Named clothing patterns this is two for one pattern. It is a straight forward tee shirt dress with straight side seams. Easy as it gets. casual & chic it’s a blank slate for you to paint your style on.
8. Plantain Tee– By Deer and Doe this tee has a 3/4 sleeve and an slightly a-line silhouette. I like for my tops to have some extra room at the hip and this pattern was perfect for me. If you are smaller on top and fuller at the hips this pattern is very flattering. And Guess what?? It’s free too!!
9. Satsuki – By one of my favorite indie pattern companies Victory Patterns this beautiful flowy pattern can be made as a top with a belt or as a dress. I own this pattern and have yet to make it!! So many things to sew!!
10. Myrtle– Another one from Colette!! I can’t get enough of their patterns. I am in love with the cowl neckline of this dress. It can be made in either knit or woven fabric. It’s another one on my “To make“ List .
11. Leggings– There are so many patterns for leggings online so it’s really a matter of choice which one you use. Some are free and others have small details that make them unique. Below are a couple of options. The Matilda leggings is a free pattern from Spit up & stilettos and the Pacific leggings are from Sewaholic Patterns.
12 . Fay skirt – From Style Arc – classic pull on pencil skirt made for knit fabric.
Below are a few patterns that are available through Seamwork magazine
An online magazine subscription that provides 2 new sewing patterns each month for only $6. It’s a really great value, but what’s also great is that you don’t have to subscribe to access the patterns. You can buy any pattern from their past issues on their website.
13 . Akita – Simple top made for woven fabrics.
14. Astoria– Waist -defining cropped sweater. choose between long sleeves or 3/4 length.
15 . Mesa– Knit shift dress with scoop neckline.