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Sewing patterns?


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Well my holidays have officially started and I have BAGS of material to use.

I've made 2 pencil skirts so far but I need some new ideas. 

I like looking through www.burdastyle.com but I'd love to find a new site with free sewing patterns. Any suggestions??

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not exactly free but i buy cheap ones from ebay sometimes.

There's this really amazing site called about.com. :)  They have all kinds of resources, including a bunch of free sewing patterns!

http://sewing.about.com/od/patternsprojects/S ewing_Patterns.htm

I hear tell they even have this awesome calorie counting site at about.com.  I may look into that someday.

And if you Google sewing patterns you can find a TORRENT of information.  I might even include "torrent" in my search if I were you.  Peer to peer sharing of information is very nice.  Now, you won't want to download any copyrighted patterns - but there is nothing wrong with P2P being used for people to freely share information they come up with themselves.  And I daresay there's a lot out there.  A LOT out there.

Erm, yeh I've done the obvious searching google and looking at about.com, but I was really looking for something modern and quirky. Everything I seem to find is mega naff haha. 

Oh, I never thought of looking for them on ebay!

I wish I could sew.

My mother and grandmother have huge collections of patterns, but they're mostly from the '70s and '80s. :D

I love old patterns. They're so easy to restyle. My mum only ever made her own clothes when she was my age. She makes it sound so easy and complains I shouldn't need to have a pattern. I guess practice makes perfect...

craftster.com is a great site. if you look in the sewing section there might be some patterns, but it's more a place for great ideas. Check it out.

Go to thrift stores and hit up garage sales come spring. You can pick up old patterns very cheaply. I love the old patterns because you can really make your clothes stand out as your own style by using some of the vintage look collars, sleeves and details. I love patterns from the 50's - 70's.

Also watch for sales at pattern stores. You can get them 1/2 off or more. I'll pick up several modern basic patterns and just peruse the books for ideas on altering them. I have been sewing for years and can alter patterns easy.

How easy / difficult is it to learn to sew well enough to make your own clothes?  It's something I've always wanted to do.

I think it's really easy to learn. I only got a sewing machine in summer and I've already managed to make an awesome dress without a pattern (and a heap more from other websites)! I think its just practice, but you have to accept that mistakes and disasters will happen. 

Sunny, sewing is very easy. I learned at the age of 12. Pick a simple pattern, either a skirt, pants or shorts with no zipper for your first project. Pick a simple cotton material as well. Don't get something shiny, real stretchy, slick or patterns that have to be matched for your first project.

Patterns are really easy to read. They tell you step by step what to do. Zippers really aren't that hard either, but I'd do a pair of shorts or pants with an elastic waist first, just so you don't get mad and frustrated.

 

Sewing is pretty easy, if you start simple and progress in steps toward more complicated patterns.  I made my first cotton, elastic waiste skirt when I was 10 years old.  I wish I had more time -- I kinda miss sewing when I think about it, but there are too many other things that I like more (reading, running, NBA) and I never get to it.

I say go on freecycle.org and sign up with that. Then put out a

Wanted: Sewing Patterns

and see if you get anyone getting rid of a box in your area. Tons of people have their sewing material hanging out for the holiday season.

Good luck finding stuff!

Oh and the goodwill has a decent amount, but some are missing pieces to the pattern.

Original Post by x17star17x:

I say go on freecycle.org and sign up with that. Then put out a

Wanted: Sewing Patterns

and see if you get anyone getting rid of a box in your area. Tons of people have their sewing material hanging out for the holiday season.

Good luck finding stuff!

Oh and the goodwill has a decent amount, but some are missing pieces to the pattern.

That's an awesome idea! Hmm.. there's a recycling centre where people donate heaps of stuff, maybe I should try there? I get all my wool from there.

Oh, I totally forgot about craftser.com, its so good! I made my friends all ipod covers from a pattern on there last year.

WalMart has sewing patterns for a discount.  You can get the Sew Easy ones by Simplicity for under five dollars each, and once you're advanced enough in sewing you can alter the patterns and learn to draft your own.

You can also go to Simplicity.com and get their out of print patterns pretty inexpensively.

Original Post by baboo4:

I love old patterns. They're so easy to restyle. My mum only ever made her own clothes when she was my age. She makes it sound so easy and complains I shouldn't need to have a pattern. I guess practice makes perfect...

 What size do you need - I'll send you all of mine - mostly sz, 8-10

Ooo ooh! I know how to sew a toga! :D

Hey, this came to mind while at the dentist.  Have you checked OhMyStars?  They've got a craft page with instructions on deconstruction and some simple patterns, all totally free.

Google it.  It's like ohmystars.com/crafts or something.

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