Tips For Learning To Sew Clothing

Choose Fabric Carefully

If you’re a beginner, it is very important that you choose your fabric carefully. This is because the type of fabric you select can significantly affect your finished product. For example, a loose and flowy linen garment would look very different from a more tailored and structured cotton garment.

When choosing your fabric, consider its purpose and how it will be used (e.g., special occasion, everyday wear, etc). Also, pay attention to the fabric’s care instructions as this can have a big impact on how your fabric will hold up over time.

Start Small

When starting out, use an inexpensive fabric and a simple pattern to create a mockup (known in sewing as a toile) of the article you are trying to make. This will help ensure that your finished garment fits well and is free from any errors you might have made. Then, once you are comfortable with your skills, you can move on to a more complicated project.

Read Your Patterns

Reading a sewing pattern can be difficult to understand, especially for the beginner. To make things easier, it’s a good idea to start with the back of the pattern envelope that contains all the vital information as far as materials go, including fabric yardages, interfacing, zippers, and more.

It also includes the sizing of the pattern, which you should read carefully. It is easy to select the wrong size, which will require you to begin from scratch and waste time, energy, and fabric. To avoid this, try to highlight the lines that correspond with your size and trace them carefully.


When sewing clothing for the first time, it is important to remember that no one expects your initial projects to be perfect. Even professional sewists sometimes struggle with crooked seams and uneven hems in their early sewing efforts. However, it is important to be patient and practice until you become proficient at a particular sewing technique.

For example, some sewing beginners choose to sew a pillowcase or other simple pattern on cheap fabric from the thrift store to get comfortable with their new skills. Others may make what is called a toile or muslin which is a test run of a full sewing pattern on scrap fabric before they use it on their final garment.