Resources for Learning to Sew
Last week I listed 5 reasons to learn to sew. I hope that inspired you to either start sewing or improve your skills. But like any skill, there are things you need to learn before you can do it properly. Today I will be sharing with you a variety of resources for learning or improving your sewing skills. Ready to get started?
Starting from scratch? Here are some places that cover simple things from threading a needle to basic clothing construction.
Sewing Novice is a blog with a nice 'Getting Started' section. She also has some nice basic sewing projects with which to get started.
If making your own clothing is what gets you excited about sewing then here are some sights that can help with that. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it will give you an idea what is out there.
Colette is a fabulous pattern company based in Portland, Oregon. To help people sew their patterns they have a great tutorial section. They cover how to sew with different types of fabrics, how to use different tools and the basics of pattern alteration. Even if you aren't sewing with their patterns you can still find a lot of useful information in their tutorials.
Gertie is a fabulous gal who loves vintage fashion. (It doesn't hurt that she has a bombshell figure and a few stylish tattoos.) All of the projects I have seen on her blog are in the style of the 40's to 60's but she does give some great descriptions of how she alters patterns and constructs garments. She also has two books (one of which I reviewed here) and some on-line and in person workshops if you are into that.
And for the fellas there are still plenty of great resources for you such as Peter's blog Male Pattern Boldness. (I just love the name!) This is a great site to get inspiration if you have a more masculine style but still want some fun and interesting clothes.
Sewing For The Home
Sew 4 Home has a wide array of project ideas from bags to towels and poofs to sit on. There are also some product reviews to give you an idea of what buttons to use for what project and that sort of thing. I do really like the post on different types of closure options since it highlights some you might not know about.
How to Sew is put on by Better Homes and Gardens and has some good home related sewing tips and projects. They even have a First Projects section which seems to be mainly coasters but we've all got to start somewhere.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is out there for sewing resources on the web. I chose to highlight mainly blogs but there is also Youtube. Not sure how something on your machine works? Look for it on Youtube and you will probably find a video explaining it. There are also sites like Craftsy which have loads of great resources but you do have to sign up for an account so I didn't include it in this list.
Then there are books. Your local bookstore or library should also have a variety of sewing related books. I know my local library has great books such as victorian fashion patterns, how to make your own shoes and many many more options.
So between the sewing blogs listed above, Youtube, other sites as well as books and even in person classes that may be available in your area there are plenty of ways to learn or improve your sewing. So pick a type of sewing that interests you and get going!