I’ve only been sewing for a few months, and started by taking two different classes at Workshop in San Francisco: one on sewing machine basics, and one on introduction garment making.
After that, I started trying out sewing from patterns on my own with this book, “Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking.” This book is great because it walks you through everything you need to know for learning to sew, starting with machine basics. It includes several patterns with detailed instructions, each with increasing difficulty so you can begin to build skills. After making a headband and pajama pants from the book, I decided to try out a pattern on my own, the Alice top pattern from Tessuti Fabrics.
Being a pretty novice sewer, there were some parts of this pattern that were difficulty for me, including the yoke (which had 2 layers), the gathering in the front and back, and the armhole bands that had to be sewn in. Luckily, my mom was able to help me with the hardest parts the first time around with the yellow eyelet fabric I used to “practice” this pattern, before using the seersucker I had originally bought for this pattern. But it turned out great, even for a “practice”!
And now I just finished up the same Alice top, using seersucker this time:
Next project: making the dress from this same pattern, and then adding some embroidery on it (after I take an embroidery class at Workshop)!