Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced sewer looking for a quick weekend project, we've got some ideas for simple sewing projects that will quickly become wardrobe staples.
If this is the year you've decided to learn to sew, here are some great beginner-friendly projects we think you'll love.
Starting off strong with my favourite sewing pattern of all time. I have made 3 pairs to date and am far from finished my collection. You'll learn finishing seams, elastic waistband techniques, hemming, and how to make patch pockets.
Check out #pomonapants for thousands of inspo pics.
This is another project I've made multiple times - easy to fit, flattering, and works in a bunch of different fabrics. In this project, you'll learn how to sew darts, finish seams, and insert sleeves.
If you're not sold yet, check out #seamworkadria for more inspo.
Hear me out - this project is deceptively beginner-friendly. Since you're working with a large amount of fabric to make a robe, I wouldn't make this your very first sewing project, but once you've gained a bit of confidence it's a must-try.
#medlowrobe for more inspo!
Alright, full disclosure, I haven't made this one yet, but I think it will be my first project of the spring. I'm a big fan of "no pants day" and have never loved wearing shorts, so a loose fitting linen dress is usually my summer uniform. In this pattern you'll learn how to make thin straps, finishing seams and hems, and of course the basics of using a pattern like following grainlines and transferring markings.
Peep #wattlebirddress to see how others have made it!
Toronto-based Glory Allan makes beginner-friendly sewing patterns and DIY kits, and this one would be a great intro to sewing with a fabric that stretches. If you opt for the DIY kit, that will help take the guesswork out of making sure you chose the right fabric for this project.
I'm doubling down on Glory Allan patterns for this blog post because I couldn't possibly skip the bucket hat. Alternating colours? Water resistant fabric? A fun print? The options are endless.
Check out #gloryallan for more inspo
I made this top for a party and got a ton of compliments. It's a bias cut, cowl neck tank and would be a great introuction to working with silk or other slippery fabrics. You'll learn about working with fabric on the bias, making thin straps, and finishing seams (this would be a great candidate for french seams!)
Check out @annathetailor on Instagram for more patterns.
Paradise Patterns Blomma Tank (free!)
This would be another great introduction to working with stretch fabric and using a binding (the strips around the neckline and armhole). Definitely a wardrobe staple!
Check out #blommatank for some cute hacks and makes.
Erin, Owner of The Sewing Club