It was not until recently in my sewing journey that I started purchasing downloadable patterns. Mostly because I had no clue how to read them as a beginner. The pattern envelope alone was like one giant math problem that needed to be solved. And when I thought I solved the math problem (figured out the pattern) I would try it on and it was a disaster. But that is ok (deep breaths) … right?!?!?! Luckily for all of the beginner sewers today, YouTube exists, and you can find so many great tutorials on how to make your own clothes patterns, and MUCH, MUCH more.

Fact is, reading a pattern just might not be for me. But it might not be for you either. Which is why I wanted to share with you a YouTube video tutorial on how to use your clothes that you already love and know fit well to make your own patterns. This is a method I have been using much more successfully as a clothes pattern phobia’d sewists. Wendy does a great job showing you how simple this process can be.

Learning to make your own patterns can also be nice on the budget. Saves your money for fabric hoarding – I know I am not alone here!

And the truth is, after creating my own patterns, it was easier for me to comprehend other patterns.

For other tutorials in Wendy’s sewing journey you can follow her channel on YouTube. Not all of them are geared for beginner level, however does a great job explaining the process if you are interested in learning more about sewing your own clothes.

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!


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