The time has come! I started a new video sew along using Butterick 6214. I chose this pattern because it has a simple loose-fitting silhouette, no closures, very few pattern pieces and can be sewn up in both a woven and a stretch knit fabric. All that combined seemed to fit the bill of what I was looking for to teach as a beginner friendly project!
If you have struggled with choosing the right size sewing pattern from a commercial envelope this sew along is just for you! In this new FREE series of videos I’ll be walking you through the most common mistakes I’ve seen beginners make when trying their hand at sewing clothes and then I’ll also show you how to correct them and what you should be doing to help get some more successful results even as a newbie sewist!
Above you will see me wearing the exact same top in two different sizes. I made both of these in the same fabric to illustrate what often happens when beginners first start sewing from commercial patterns. Maybe you have done this before? You pick the size according to your body measurements and the pattern envelope size chart and end up with something that is way too big! That’s what I did for the picture on the right. Based on my body measurements the pattern had me cut out the XL. This is what you get because of the amount of ease that has already been added to the base pattern measurements by the manufacturer. Way too much ease for my liking. In this new series I will teach you how to use the exact same pattern with no modifications to get a better fitting garment as shown on the picture on the left. I have so much content to cover! Phew! I hope you are up for it.
In this first video I discuss the pattern we’ll be using, why I chose it, what fabric I used to make the black & white version I’m wearing in the video and what you need to do to get ready to follow along in this video sew along series! Hope you’ll join us for some sewing fun!
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