Welcome to SewMona.
I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. My mom sewed and she taught me. I’m pretty good if I do say so myself. I made my prom dress in 12th grade and four years later, my wedding dress. Few things have stumped me. Now, I sew mostly for my kids although I do occasionally make clothing for my husband and myself.
I used to use strictly paper patterns. Then I discovered PDF patterns and a whole new world of possibilities appeared! There are Facebook groups for most of the pattern makers, plus a generic PDF pattern group and a FREE PDF pattern group. There are so many pattern makers out there! My best advice is to try a free pattern that they offer – see how it fits, how much you need to modify it, how are the directions. If you like it, then you can buy patterns from that maker. If not, try another one. I’ve found a handful that I regularly use. That doesn’t mean there aren’t others that would work for me, just that I’m most comfortable with a select few and they’re the ones I tend to use. Look in Pattern Reviews to see all the patterns I’ve used.
Now, my kids are getting to the age where they can and want to learn to sew too. I didn’t want them to just make pillows or other things that won’t really be useful, so I started searching for easy patterns for them to make clothes. One of them first things I had them make was a tank top from a knit material. That means no hemming and we didn’t do any bands around the neck (they just wore it as a jammie shirt). My daughter made her own Chloe skirt and she made dresses for some little friends from church. To learn more about how to sew check out my How To Sew posts.
Another thing I discovered about the same time I discovered the PDF patterns was custom fabric. Oh my! I never knew it was a thing! Customs are pricey, but they are unique! I’ve also discovered so many new places to order fabric! I’m checking them out as my budget allows.
When we moved from PA to FL a few years ago, we had to change our wardrobes! One thing I discovered was that I could alter some of our clothes to make them suitable for Florida’s climate. Then I discovered that I could do a lot more – changing patterns (sometimes called “hacks”), recycling/upcycling clothes that don’t fit to something new. It’s a great way to expand your kids wardrobe (or yours) without spending a lot!
Take a look around- maybe you would like to learn to sew too.