Perfect beginner sewing patterns!
New Year, New Hobby? If you're a beginner sewist (or if you know someone who is), and you're looking for garment projects that are perfect for newbies to sink their teeth in to, look no further!
We've rounded up the Muna and Broad patterns which are perfect for beginners and also come with free sew-along videos to supplement our fully-illustrated PDF instructions!
Not sure how to measure yourself for sewing patterns? Check out this video!
Beginner Friendly Plus-Size Sewing Patterns
- The Torrens Box Top
- The Glebe Pants
- The Birchgrove Pants
- The Kapunda Undies
- The Waratah Undies and Period Undies
The Torrens Box Top
The Torrens Box Top is an easy-to-wear top with a boxy silhouette. This loose fitting top comes with short sleeve and long sleeve options, and the inside neckline is finished with a neck facing, which makes for a super-tidy finish!
We have a free Torrens Box Top sew-along video for beginners, and a sew-along video that deals specifically with applying the cuff sleeves on the short-sleeve version. Our instructions are also fully-illustrated and include a glossary of terms.
You can use a variety of different fabrics with the Torrens Box Top. Cotton lawn, medium weight linen, or handwoven cotton (such as an ikat) would all be ideal fabric choices for a beginner sewist.
Are our sizes too small to include you? We will grade up to your size at no additional cost.
The Glebe Pants
Our Glebe Pants are wide-leg elastic-waisted pants that are designed to get a great fit for large bodies. Both views feature large slash pockets, a generous rise, and ample room through the crotch to accommodate large bodies.
View A of our Glebe Pants would make a perfect first project! Make your first pair from sleepwear appropriate fabric like light to medium-weight wovens such as cotton flannel, linen, quilting cottons, cotton shirting, and cotton lawn. That way you can practice all the steps and your practice run will still be wearable!
We have a free sew-along video for our Glebe Pants, and the pattern comes with fully-illustrated PDF instructions.
The Birchgrove Pants
Our most tapered pants yet, and they also have the closest fit of our elastic-waist pants. These pants are a very simply sew, and they've got generous pockets which are designed not to gape.
We've got a free sew-along video over on Youtube, which is perfect for folks which need a bit of extra help.
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Make your own undies!
Another great way to get into sewing is to make your own underwear! Both our Kapunda Undies and our Waratah Undies and Period Undies are great options for beginner sewists! Both of these undies can be sewn on a home-sewing machine, but you can use an overlocker for some of the steps if you have one!
Choosing the right fabric for your undies is important. You'll want fabric with 4-way stretch (that's stretch and good recovery in both directions)! We've put together a roundup of places which stock 4-way stretch online, but you can also look at all of our blog resources for our undies here.
Our favourite undies are from Bamboo/Spandex fabric, but Cotton/Spandex with 4-way stretch is also great. Spandex content of around 6% will be perfect for making undies!
Free Undies Sew-along videos
There's a great sew-along of the Waratah Undies pattern here and there's a sew-along of the Waratah period undies here. We've also got a video about selecting fabric for your Warath Undies and one about selecting Waratah Period Undies fabric. For our Kapunda Undies, we've got a free sew-along video which shows how to attach the fold-over elastic.