Beginner friendly sewing patterns

New to sewing, or just looking for your next project that isn't too complicated but will provide you with a beautiful make. Then I am able to help by listing below beginner friendly dressmaking patterns from indie sewing pattern brands like True Bias, Helen’s closet and Tilly and the Buttons. Their patterns are versatile, easy and allows you to be very creative and be able to adapt them to your taste. 

As well as the above all these patterns are good for beginner sewists and all of them offer different techniques which means you will learn so much by sewing each of these patterns. 

True Bias Ogden Cami

True Bias Ogden Cami Sewing Pattern

If you haven’t heard of True Bias patterns, then it is worth doing a search. An established Indie pattern company that offers lovely patterns that are great for both experienced and beginners. 

The Ogden cami pattern is a simple camisole with a v neck centre design both at the front and back necklines, finished off with slim spaghetti straps. 

The reason why the pattern is popular is because the instructions are easy to follow, and the pattern is versatile as you can wear it on it’s own during the warmer months and it can be layered during the cooler months. 

It works very well with the following fabrics, which are listed on the pattern: light weight woven fabrics such as crepe, rayon challis, voile, and lightweight linen.

Once created it can be adapted to suit your preferences, for example some sewists have extended the length of the True Bias Ogden cami and made a slip dress, or they have widened the straps to provide more support and some have even added buttons to the centre front. It is definitely a sewing pattern to keep in your stash that will be used again and again.

Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush top

Friday Pattern Company Sage Brush Top Sewing Pattern

I have made this top and also talked about how much I like the Friday pattern company Sage Brush Top. It is a really good pattern because it has only seven pattern pieces, minimal techniques to master, so you don’t have to worry about buttons, zips or plackets. You will learn about creating bias binding, inserting bias binding and the hem. 

Another great benefit of the pattern, the sage brush top works well in linen, viscose, chambray and cotton lawn so pretty much any woven fabric. Meaning wherever you are on your sewing journey this pattern gives you lots of different fabric options to compliment the pattern.

Why not go and read my blog on the Friday pattern company sage brush top and why I love it so much. Click here

Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress

Tilly and the Buttons Indigo Smock Top or Dress Sewing Pattern

A popular pattern by Tilly and the buttons because it is a pattern with no complex techniques, comfortable and stylish. The Indigo smock is quick to make and can be easily adapted, sew it with classic gathered seams or change it up by adding a pretty exposed frill seam.

Indigo has a bodice shaped with bust darts, a curved empire waistline, and a floaty gathered skirt. It comes with the option sew it as a top with a dipped hem, or a knee-length dress with a straight hem and finish it off by adding pockets. You can then choose from a three-quarter flounce sleeves or slim-fitting bracelet sleeves. As Tilly has said, once you have worn it once you will definitely want to make it multiple times and include it in your wardrobe staples.

The pattern compliments a number of sewing fabrics, so light to medium weight fabrics with drape such as cotton lawn, viscose, lyocell (Tencel), chambray, linen and double gauze.

Closet Core Patterns Elodie Wrap dress 

Closet Core Elodie Wrap Dress Sewing Pattern

If you are looking for beautiful, elegant and stylish pattern to sew then look no further than the Closet Core Elodie wrap dress. They have taken the wrap dress and elevated it to a modern pattern that will go beyond trends and be worn multiple times. 

The Elodie wrap dress features a lovely soft flowing bodice, with release pleats under the bust and a dolman style sleeve. There is the option to select a short sleeve or a longer sleeve which offers a more formal option that ends at the elbow. The skirt has a wonderful swooshy and voluminous finish and comes in three lengths, above the knee, midi or maxi, with the optional patch pockets.

If you are looking for a pattern that allows you to choose from a wide range of fabrics, then the Elodie is great as it works with light to medium weight woven fabrics like linen, cotton poplin, batiste, voile and chambray. Giving the pattern a relaxed and a more casual style. If looking for a more draped finish then viscose, tencel or rayon challis will be appropriate.

Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress

Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress Sewing Pattern

Deer and Doe are a french pattern company and have created numerous sewing patterns that allow you to create amazing clothes you will wear time and time again. 

The Magnolia dress is a mock-wrap dress with two pattern options, the first offers a plunging neckline with a maxi skirt and a slit, plus long sleeves. Option b, has a regular neckline, with a short skirt, and butterfly sleeves.

The pattern will work very well with woven fabrics, such as cotton lawn, batiste, rayon twill or crepe and cotton voile.

Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory patterns

Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern

Have you heard of the Zadie jumpsuit, if not then continue reading. I think this is a brilliant pattern as you get introduced to trousers, well sort of as it is a jumpsuit. It is suited to an advanced beginner, so if you are looking to give yourself a worth while challenge then I would recommend this pattern. Theory patterns have written such a great description of the pattern “The Zadie Jumpsuit is a relaxed and easy to wear one piece that comes with the option of wide 3/4 length sleeves, or go sleeveless with a dropped shoulder. It wraps around the body and fastens with a tie so there is no need for buttons or a zip - making it quick and to easy sew” and they have also ensured the pattern is simple to wear and take off.

The trouser section of the pattern has wide cut and just sits above the ankles, giving it a comfortable, easy feel. In addition Zadie jumpsuit includes deep slant pockets on the front, with small pleats at the waist on the front and back and the neck edge is finished with a bias binding. Overall the pattern doesn’t have unnecessarily complicated sections and you will come away with a lovely make. 

This pattern will work really well with woven medium fabrics such as cotton, linen and chambray. If you would like a little drape in the finish then why not consider crepe, viscose twill or satin. There is also the option to use heavier weighted fabrics such drill and light weight denim.

York Pinafore by Helens Closet

Helens Closet York Pinafore Sewing Pattern

A fun and simple sewing pattern to add to your next make list. The york pinafore is an easy beginner friendly sewing pattern which is great for layering with t-shirts for summer or turtlenecks and leggings or tights for the colder months. The Helen’s closet sewing pattern is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two sewing options. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with a high neckline and a kangaroo pocket.

The sewing fabrics that will suit this pattern are medium to heavy weight woven fabrics such as denim, cotton twill, wool, linen, chambray, corduroy, and canvas. Helen’s closet also recommends light weight fabrics such as cotton and lightweight linen which will suit warmer weather. There is also the option to use fabrics with more drape, such as tencel twill, wool crepe, rayon crepe, or viscose poplin which offers a softer, less structured look.


I hope I have been able to assist you by providing options, great beginner friendly sewing patterns which will give you the opportunity to develop your sewing skills and looking amazing in your hand made wardrobe. 

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